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Pranab Mukherjee confers Padma awards

New Delhi, Mar 31 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee today conferred Padma awards on 66 eminent personalities at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Noted scientist Dr. Raghunath A. Mashelkar received Padma Vibhushan while classical singer Begum Parveen Sultana, actor Kamal Hasan, sportsperson Pullela Gopichand were among those who were honoured with Padma Bhushan. Padma Shri Awardees included sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik and actress Vidya Balan. Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were the Vice President Mohd. Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. Mar 31, 2014
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Economic growth is stable and there are no downgrade threats: P Chidambaram

New Delhi, Mar 31 (ANI): Finance minister P Chidambaram on Monday claimed that the economy of the country today is far more stable and far stronger than it was 20 months ago. He added that the government is hopeful of meeting major fiscal consolidation targets and the country's current account deficit is estimated to come down to Dollar35 billion in the 2013-14 from a record high of Dollar88 billion. Mar 31, 2014
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Sabir Alis wife protests outside Naqvis residence, demands apology

New Delhi, Mar 31 (ANI): Sabir Ali’s wife, Yasmin Ali on Monday sat on a protest outside BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s residence in New Delhi. Naqvi had alleged that Sabir Ali was not fit to be inducted in BJP for having links with Indian Mujahideen. The party later cancelled his membership. Yasmin Ali is now demanding an apology from Naqvi. She was later evicted from the place by the Delhi Police. Mar 31, 2014
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Rahul Gandhi addresses farmers and tribals in Odisha

Odisha, Mar 31 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, while addressing a rally in Nabarangpur district of Odisha, laid stress on the development and upliftment of farmers and tribal people. Blaming the state government, Gandhi said that Odisha is rich in everything still its people are poor. Further Rahul Gandhi gave an insight to the manifesto of the Congress which emphasized on women empowerment. Mar 31, 2014
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Hindus throng temples & river banks to mark onset of Navratri

New Delhi Allahabad/ Varanasi, Mar 31 (ANI): Festive fervour gripped India as thousands of Hindus begin the nine-day fasting festival ‘Navratri’ on Monday. Devotees across the country converged on river banks and queued up at temples chanting hymns and offering special prayers. The festival lasts for nine days in honour of nine manifestations of Durga, goddess of power. Priests in Varanasi performed a yoga exercise, surya namaskar (sun salutation), to pay obeisance to Sun God on the auspicious festival. Devotees also converged at various temples in New Delhi, prominent among them being Jhandewalan Temple to offer prayers prior to dawn and observed fast throughout the day. Mar 31, 2014
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Former Pakistani President Musharraf pleads not guilty to treason

Rawalpindi/ Islamabad, Mar 31 (ANI): A court in Pakistan indicted former president Pervez Musharraf for treason on charges relating to his 2007 imposition of emergency -- a crime that carries the death penalty or life imprisonment. The former military ruler pleaded not guilty to five counts of treason on Monday. Musharraf is accused of unlawfully suspending the constitution and instituting emergency rule in 2007, when he was trying to extend his rule as president. Judge Faisal Arab, who heads the special panel of three judges, rejected a defence plea for additional time. Musharraf, who was President from 2001 to 2008, is the first Pakistani army chief to face such a prosecution. Mar 31, 2014
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National Front to run at least 11 French towns

France's ruling Socialist Party suffered humiliating losses Sunday in a local vote marked by breakthrough successes for the far-right National Front and the historic election of a first female mayor of Paris. Duration: 00:52 Mar 31, 2014
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Road accident kills four IIT-Delhi students in Rajasthan

Jaisalmer, Mar 31 (ANI): Four IIT-Delhi final-year students, who were on a road trip to Rajasthan to celebrate their placements, were killed and two other injured in a road accident as the vehicle carrying them overturned. The accident took place at around 2:00 pm near Jaisalmer district when the students were returning from a trip. The injured were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. While three students died on the spot, another succumbed to injuries in hospital. The car driver and two students are being treated at MDM hospital in Jodhpur and are reported to be stable. Mar 31, 2014