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Devotees celebrate Hanuman Jayanti with religious fervor

Ayodhya, April 15 (ANI): Devout Hindus thronged temples on Tuesday to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman and enthusiastically participated in the festivities. Hanuman Jayanti was celebrated with religious fervour at the birthplace of Lord Rama, Ayodhya, to mark the day since lord Hanuman was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. Devotees offered prayers and chanted hymns in praise of Lord Hanuman and offered flowers and sweets at the temple. The priests said that the festival is celebrated every year on the occasion of Chaitra Poornima, observed on the full moon day in the month of Chaitra. Apr 15, 2014
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Manipur celebrates Cheiraoba festival with devotion & fervour

Imphal/ Kolkata, April 15 (ANI): Residents in Manipur celebrated the Cheiraoba Festival heralding the Manipuri New Year with traditional devotion and fervour. Cheiraoba Festival usually takes place in the month of April. The name ‘Cheiraoba’ is a combination of two words - 'Chahi' meaning year and ‘Laoba’ to mean declaration, together ‘Cheirao-ba’ denotes the announcement of the coming year. Although this festival is mainly celebrated by Hindus, over the past couple of years, people from other communities in large numbers also take part in the celebrations. On this special day, thousands of people of different castes and communities climb the Cheiraoching and other hills of the state after a grand hefty feast with their family members and friends. Apr 15, 2014
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Modi targets Rahul over toffee remark, calls him 'childish'

Hazaribagh, April 15 (ANI): Hitting back at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his “toffee” remark, BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday called him 'childish'. Addressing a rally in Jharkhand's Hazaribagh, Modi said that Rahul Gandhi is obsessed with 'balloons and toffees' like a child. Rahul had dubbed the Gujarat model of development propagated by Modi as a "toffee model", saying it had benefited only one industrialist in the state. Apr 15, 2014
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PM's daughter hits out at Sanjaya Baru, politicos react

New Delhi/ Hazaribagh, April 15 (ANI): BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, after his eldest daughter Upinder Singh slammed Sanjaya Baru saying his book 'The Accidental Prime Minister - The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh' was a huge betrayal of trust. Modi said that Upinder’s remark show that whatever is written in the book is true. While Congress defended its Prime Minister, leaders of other parties attacked him over the matter. Apr 15, 2014
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Sonia Gandhis appeal must be against divisive Congress: MJ Akbar

New Delhi, April 15 (ANI): Reacting to Sonia Gandhi’s rare television appearance to urge voters to reject "divisive and autocratic" forces that would ruin the country's "Bharatiyata" and "Hindustaniyat", BJP Spokesperson MJ Akbar said that Gandhi must be appealing against ‘divisive Congress’. Akbar said that it is Congress which has been using divide and rule policy and have ruined the generation for years. He further said that it is Narendra Modi whom people are supporting because they have got employment on his name. Apr 15, 2014
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Kejriwal meets Varanasi's 'Shahar Qazi'

Varanasi, April 15 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday met Varanasi 'Shahar Qazi' Maulana Ghulam Yasin after he arrived in the temple city. Kejriwal said that he met the Muslim cleric in order to put an end to the religious politics wherein political parties divide the religions in order to garner votes for their vested interest. Meanwhile, Maulana Ghulam Yasin said that Kejriwal came to give a message of justice where all religions are considered equal. He further said that they are with Kejriwal and hoped that Kejriwal succeeds in convincing the people of Varanasi. Apr 15, 2014
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Modi claims to send tainted MLAs to jail, Politicos react

New Delhi, April 15 (ANI): Leaders from various political parties grabbed the opportunity to react on BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi's comment that he will send tainted MLAs to jail within one year of his governance. Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Meem Afzal have directly attacked Modi saying that he should first look for such people in his own party and justify his sources of money being spent on election campaigning. Meanwhile, former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui has stated that the political parties should first stop giving tickets to tainted people. Also, journalist turned politician Ashutosh condemned Modi's statement calling him a liar who makes false promises. Apr 15, 2014
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Sibal hails SC's recognition of transgenders as third gender

New Delhi, April 15 (ANI): Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday expressed his agreement with the Supreme Court's verdict recognizing transgender as a third gender. Sibal said that he is very happy with the SC's verdict and that he himself has fought for the rights of transgender and even got a land allotted to them in his constituency. Apr 15, 2014
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Varun Gandhi files nomination papers

Sultanpur, April 15 (ANI): BJP leader Varun Gandhi on Tuesday filed his nomination papers from Sultanpur Lok Sabha seat for the 2014 polls, after holding a massive roadshow. However, the road show was cut short as the local administration at Sahganj Chowk said permission was taken only for filing nomination and not for the road show. Gandhi is contesting against Congress’ Amita Singh, SP leader Shakeel Ahmed and BSP’s Pawan Pandey. Earlier, Priyanka Gandhi had slammed Varun, saying that he had lost his way and needs guidance. Apr 15, 2014
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Posters mocking Kejriwal angers supporters in Varanasi

Varanasi, April 15 (ANI): Posters in Varanasi mocking Aam Aadmi Party chief, Arvind Kejriwal for resigning as Delhi Chief Minister within merely 49 days of assuming power angered party supporters. Party supporters slammed the people behind the negative campaign against Kejriwal and said that the sole motive behind such a drive was to defame him ahead of the elections in the city. The posters were stuck keeping in view Kejriwal’s visit to the holy city of Varanasi on Tuesday where he is contesting against prime ministerial candidate of BJP, Narendra Modi. Recently in an exclusive interview, Kejriwal admitted that his decision to quit as Delhi chief minister was wrong. Apr 15, 2014
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BJP justifies Rajnaths meeting with religious Muslim leaders

New Delhi, April 15 (ANI): BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday justified party President Rajnath Singh’s meeting with religious Muslim leaders which has become a topic of debate among politicos. Naqvi stated that BJP is meeting eminent people to discuss about the nation’s condition, not for the sake of gathering votes. He further stated that everyone irrespective of religion is looking for better governance in which public should participate. Apr 15, 2014
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Varun Gandhi & Kumar Vishwas to file nomination papers

Amethi/ Sultanpur, April 15 (ANI): BJP leader Varun Gandhi and AAP candidate from Amethi Kumar Vishwas are to file their nominations from the 2014 polls from Sultanpur and Amethi respectively. Varun held a roadshow before filing his nomination papers, where flower petals were showered on Gandhi as he sat on an open jeep, weaving its way through the crowds. He is up against Congress's Amita Singh in the constituency. Meanwhile, Kumar Vishwas started his road show on foot from Amethi to the nomination filing office. Apr 15, 2014
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Trangender community hails SC judgement recognizing them as third gender

New Delhi, April 15 (ANI): After the Supreme Court recognized the transgenders as the ‘third gender’, the community hailed the judgement. Petitioner Laxmi Narayan Tripathi said that the transgenders are feeling proud to be an Indian as the court has today given all the rights given to others to this community. Apr 15, 2014