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Pro and anti-Damascus gunmen clash in Beirut

A firefight erupted in the Lebanese capital early Sunday between pro- and anti-Damascus gunmen, in the latest apparent spillover of the conflict in neighbouring Syria, the National News Agency reported. Duration: 00:50 Mar 23, 2014
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Pallet, belts sighted in Australia hunt for MH370

Australian officials say that a wooden cargo pallet along with belts or straps have been spotted in the remote Indian Ocean by one of the aircraft deployed in the hunt for a missing Malaysian jet. Duration: 01:15 Mar 23, 2014
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Venkaiah Naidu slams Congress, says party distributed & perturbed

Chennai, March 23 (ANI): BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu slammed Congress party and its Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, and said it wants to give power to one family only. Addressing a news conference in Chennai, Naidu took a dig at Gandhi, saying he talks about common man but ignored them during last sixty years. Naidu added that victory of BJP and its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, was certain and that too with majority. Furthermore, Naidu dismissed reports of differences within the BJP and said that the party is united. Mar 23, 2014
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Pramod Muthalik's BJP membership cancelled within hours

New Delhi, March 23 (ANI): BJP Spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday confirmed that Sri Ram Sene Chief Pramod Muthalik's membership is cancelled after the central BJP instructed the same to the state party. She said that the party felt strongly about the same and therefore have taken this action. Earlier, party leader and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had also expressed objection over the decision. Muthalik had courted a huge controversy in 2009 after members of his Sri Ram Sene carried out an attack on a pub in Mangalore during which young women were dragged out. He had also carried out a campaign against the celebration of Valentine's Day. Mar 23, 2014
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Swami Swaroopanand complains against BJP's campaign slogan 'Har Har Modi'

Kolkata, March 23 (ANI): Dwarka Peeth Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati has raised objections against the use of BJP's Lok Sabha election campaign slogan 'Har Har Modi' in favor of its PM candidate Narendra Modi. The Dwarka seer has strongly condemned the replacement of 'Mahadev' with 'Modi' in the holy enchanting slogan, and thus, lodged a complaint against the unfavorable slogan with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Swami has further condemned BJP leaders for considering Modi even higher than God. Mar 23, 2014
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Pramod Muthalik joins BJP, politicos react

Hubli/ Nagpur/ New Delhi/ Kolkata, March 23 (ANI): Sri Ram Sene Chief Pramod Muthalik joined BJP in the presence of party leaders on Sunday and said that he joined the party with the aim of making Narendra Modi the next PM of the country. Meanwhile, party leader Manohar Parrikar objected on the same and said that Muthalik's membership should be cancelled. Reacting on the same, Expelled JD (U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari said that Muthalik fits perfectly in Modi's cultural ministry. CPI (M) leader Mohd Salim said that its not surprising and that this is more control of Hindutva brigade in the party. JD (U) Leader KC Tyagi said that it's a bad news for Sushma Swaraj that BJP has incorporated all anti women ministers in it. Mar 23, 2014
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Maoist fear looms in Jharkhand ahead of LS Polls

Khunti, March 23 (ANI): Politicians in Maoist-infested Khunti district of Jharkhand expressed grave concerns as they face serious security threats from Maoists ahead of the general elections – a democratic exercise that the rebels despise. As per a report by the internal affairs ministry, Khunti has been ranked the topmost Maoist affected district in the country. Politicians said that as the mammoth exercise is just round the corner the people of the district are becoming increasingly scared of any Maoist activity. Meanwhile, the police said they are gearing up to put a fight against the insurgents and are getting support from higher authorities. Around 34 civilians and security officials were killed in Maoist attacks in Khunti last year. Mar 23, 2014
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Laxman Singh remains hopeful of win over Sushma Swarajs LS seat

Bhopal, March 23 (ANI): Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s younger brother Laxman Singh, who is a party candidate from BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s Vidisha constituency, is hopeful of a win over the same. He said that people are angry with Swaraj and that they need a change and that the Congress party will provide them the same. Mar 23, 2014
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Four suspected IM terrorists arrested in Rajasthan

Jodhpur/ New Delhi/ Mumbai, March 23 (ANI): Four suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists have been arrested in Rajasthan by the Special Cell of Delhi Police. Waqas, a Pakistani national, is one of the most wanted in connection with several blasts in the country. Meanwhile, Home Affairs Minister Sushilkumar Shinde termed the arrest of Waqas as a great success and a crucial link to terrorist outfits and activities. He also assured of all necessary security measures against any threat to the BJP leaders. Mar 23, 2014
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BJP MP Harin Pathak expresses pain over denial of ticket

Ahmedabad, March 23 (ANI): Senior BJP leader Harin Pathak on Sunday expressed pain as he was denied party ticket for the upcoming general elections. Addressing a news conference in Ahmedabad, Pathak said that people who attacked BJP are now being inducted in the party. Harin Pathak, who has won elections for seven consecutive times as a member of BJP, was denied the ticket for Ahmedabad (East) parliamentary constituency in Gujarat in decision taken by the top party leadership on Saturday. Reportedly, Pathak has been replaced by Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal. Pathak is considered a loyalist of senior BJP leader, Lal Krishna Advani. The BJP leader also said such decisions by leadership have lowered the morale of party workers in Gujarat. Mar 23, 2014
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Folk festival in Goa fills streets with dance, music and colours

Panjim, March 23 (ANI): Goa is celebrating its annual colourful street festival of folk songs and dance, ‘Shigmo Festival’ – a social carnival with a religious core. The 15-day-long festival, customarily spring’s biggest festival, commemorates the homecoming of warriors of the region who fought the invaders. It also bids adieu to the season of winters. The festival fills the state with colours, music and dance with huge processions being carried out. Men clad in elaborate costumes and holding heavy props depict the life of a resident of Goa through folk performances. Scenes and episodes from mythological Hindu stories are performed during the larger-than-life event. Mar 23, 2014