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BJP prepares for win in General Elections

Gujarat, May 15 (ANI): Confident of a win with clear majority, BJP gears up to celebrate its victory in the country's mammoth general elections on Thursday, a day before the poll results. With a few more hours remaining for the fate of the world's largest democracy to be decided, BJP in Gujarat has already started preparing for the post-win celebrations and interactions. The confidence comes from the exit polls, conducted after the poll exercise ended on May 12, which showed the BJP and its allies would touch half-way mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha of the Parliament. Meanwhile, BJP members in Rajkot also prepared for the celebrations to be held tomorrow. They plan to lighten the city with bursting crackers as soon as the results are declared, apart from setting up a large screen where results will be telecasted. May 15, 2014
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Women's National Football championship in Assam brings together players from across the country

Assam, May 15 (ANI): The game of football is extremely popular in the Northeast. The ongoing 20th Senior Women's National Football Championship in Assam is witnessing a large turnout of people keen to watch the games. The national sporting event, being organized for the 1st time by the Dibrugarh and Golaghat District sports associations, was inaugurated recently at the Dibrugarh outdoor stadium. During the inaugural ceremony, artists presented various cultural performances, including Bihu dance. A total of 22 teams from 21 states and the Railways have been divided into 4 groups. The matches will be played at Golaghat, Dergaon, Chabua and Dibrugarh. The championship commenced with the inaugural match between West Bengal and Delhi. May 15, 2014
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BJP and DMK reject possibility of alliance

New Delhi/ Chennai, May 15 (ANI): The BJP and the DMK both rejected the possibility of alliance for government formation on Thursday. While the BJP said they do not need the DMK's support, the regional party confirmed that they would support a secular party. May 15, 2014
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Sajjive Balakrishnan drew caricatures of Cancer patients bringing therapeutic effect

Kochi, May 15 (ANI): Renowned Indian caricaturist Sajjive Balakrishnan drew sketches of cancer patients at a government hospital in Kochi city of Kerala in an attempt to bring happiness to their lives and make them forget the pain for a while. Fascinated patients watched Balakrishnan sketch and were overjoyed to spend a day with him as he made their one-minute sketches with unparalleled artistry and finesse. The artist also interacted with the patients and staff at the hospital. Balakrishnan was in the hospital as part of its Arts and Medicine project. May 15, 2014
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Shutdown in Kashmir against arrest and death of youths hits normal life

Srinagar, May 15 (ANI): Separatist leader and Chairman of hard-line Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, called for a shutdown in Srinagar on Thursday as a mark of protest against the arrest and death of youths who were allegedly involved in violence. The city wore a deserted look as shops and other business establishments remained closed. An irate resident, Safiz Ahmed, said the commuters had to face the brunt of the strike as many vehicles remained off the roads. Security personnel were deployed in large numbers to avert any untoward incident. The restive region has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency, and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades. May 15, 2014
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Women leaders from SAARC countries come together in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, May 15 (ANI): Nepal recently hosted a "Conference on democracy and inclusive good governance for gender equality and sustainable development in South Asia" in capital Kathmandu. The programme opened with the SAARC anthem, a song penned by Kathmandu-based Indian diplomat Abhay Kumar. Nepal's education minister Chitralekha Yadav inaugurated the 3-day long event organized jointly by the South Asia Women's Network (SWAN), Stri Shakti and the Nepal based NGO, SEARCH. Women leaders from the 8 SAARC countries took part in the conference and discussed various issues concerning women and the problem of gender discrimination. May 15, 2014
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Obama hails 'true spirit of 9/11' at new museum

US President Barack Obama Thursday hailed the love and sacrifice he said was "the true spirit of 9/11" as he inaugurated a searing Ground Zero museum about Al-Qaeda attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people. May 15, 2014
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Parliament takes slew of measures to ensure smooth arrival of new lawmakers

New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): The Secretary General of the Lower House P Sreedharan on Thursday said that the Parliament has taken a slew of measures to ensure smooth arrival of newly elected lawmakers in New Delhi. Sreedharan said the government has set up six guide posts at airport and three railway stations in the capital to receive the newly-elected members and facilitate their journey to the parliament or the place of their stay. He added that the posts would be operational from May 16. He also said the chief electoral officers and returning officers in the district have also been informed of details to guide the lawmakers. May 15, 2014
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ScarJo sues French novelist for 50K Euros for 'personal slur'

New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): Scarlett Johansson has sued a French novelist for 50,000 euros in damages for his work of fiction that makes fraudulent claims about her personal life. The fictional work titled 'La Premiere Chose qu'On Regarde' (The First Thing We Look At) is written by Gregoire Delacourt, a leading daily reported.The book tells the story of a French model who looks so similar to the American actor that the book's lead male character thinks it is Johansson herself and has a series of adventures as Johansson until she is eventually found out and, in the end, dies in a car crash.Johansson's lawyer said that Delacourt's novel constituted a violation and fraudulent and illegal exploitation of her name, her reputation and her image and that it contains defamatory claims about her private life. May 15, 2014
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Badalta Manzar (May 15, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

The Jammu and Kashmir Government is committed to promoting sports and sporting activities among the youth of the state. Several initiatives have been taken to strengthen sports infrastructure in the region, so that talented youth have all the facilities required to hone their skills to compete with the best at the national and international level. Many major sports events and competitive tournaments have also been organized to provide them with greater exposure. In an effort to encourage young soccer players, the J&K Football Association (JKFA) recently held the Indoor Futsal Championship 2014 at the Sher-i-Kashmir Indoor Stadium, Srinagar. People of Rajouri and and Poonch have been demanding rail connectivity for years. The local leaders had promised them that the railway project would be taken up soon, but it hasn’t started yet. The govt. middle school Gohan in district Baramulla excels in education, but has a poor play ground, and as a result the students are not able to take part in different sporting activities. Also, the school does not have a proper fence, which compromises the privacy of the students. May 15, 2014
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Congress veteran ND Tiwari marries Ujjwala Sharma

Lucknow, May 15 (ANI): Congress veteran leader ND Tiwari on Thursday got married to Ujjwala Sharma, his biological son Rohit Shekhar's mother in Lucknow. The couple expressed their happiness after tying the knot. Tiwari said that he is extremely happy and congratulated everyone on the occasion. Meanwhile, Tiwari's wife Ujjwala Sharma said that she is completely satisfied now that their relation has achieved a social acceptance. May 15, 2014
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ND Tiwari marries Ujjwala Sharma, Politicos react

New Delhi/ Dehradun, May 15 (ANI): Politicos react on Congress leader ND Tiwari's wedding with his biological son Rohit Shekhar's mother Ujjwala Sharma on Thursday. Uttarakhand's CM Harish Rawat expressed happiness over the good news. BJP leader Jagdambika Pal said that Tiwari should have married the lady much earlier. May 15, 2014
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Speculations on CBI's autonomy during NDA govt surfaces as polls result approach

New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): As the results of 2014 general elections are to be out on Friday, speculations on CBI's autonomy during the NDA government surfaced. BJP leader Capt Abhimanyu said that the party wants to make sure that there is no corruption in the country and that the CBI will be free agency. Congress leader Meem Afzal and Rashid Alvi said that CBI was totally free during the UPA government and that future government will tell how CBI will work. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that there will be no difference and that CBI will remain a 'caged parrot'. May 15, 2014