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Khap Panchayats are NGOs: Bhupinder Hooda

Chandigarh, Feb 07 (ANI): Defending Khap Panchayats, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday described them as NGOs. He also said that Khaps are part of Indian culture. Feb 7, 2014
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Rahul Gandhi pitches for minorities, extends support to their battle

Ranchi, Feb 7 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that his party would like to be a part of the minorities' battle and help them grow. Gandhi visited Jharkhand on Friday (February 07) to encourage the party workers ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He interacted with tribal women and heard their problems. Gandhi was expected to undertake a road show from Hazaribagh to Ranchi. Further addressing the answers of the tribal women he said that they need to pressurize the government to have their rights. Feb 7, 2014
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Narendra Modi says BJP to empower people if voted to power

Ahmedabad, Feb 7 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said on Friday that his party aimed to empower people if it comes to power in the general elections, as he shared his vision of 'brand India'. Modi said this on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of the 'Business Conclave' in Ahemdabad. Modi also said that Gujarat has made an immense contribution towards the country's growth. Feb 7, 2014
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It happens: Buddhist Festival

Gaya, Feb 7 (ANI): On the second day of the cultural festival in temple town Bodh Gaya in Gaya district in India's eastern state Bihar, artists from India and other countries mesmerized the audience with their spellbound performances. The cultural festival, called Bodh Mahotsav is an annual international event that is organised jointly by the Tourism Department and provincial government of Bihar and district administration, Gaya. The three-day event that kick started on Wednesday has artists and troupes not only from India but also from countries like Thailand, Vietnam and Bhutan participating at the land of Buddha's enlightenment. People dressed in bright and colourful attire enthralled the audience with their dance and musical performances at the Kalachakra grounds where Bodh Mahotsav 2014 is being held. The province of Bihar has been celebrating Bodh Mahotsav on a large scale since 1998 and the spectacular cultural show is attended by people from India and abroad as well. The festival also helps in providing a boost to the tourism in the state as efforts are made to present the cultural festival at par with international events. Feb 7, 2014
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It happens: Cultural Festival

Manipur, Feb 7 (ANI): India's northeastern Manipur is hosting an annual theatre festival popularly known as Shumang Leela. The art form derives its name from 'Shumang', which means 'courtyard' in local parlance. The event saw the participation of 13 Shumang Leela Organisations. On the inaugural day of the festival, Peacemaker Artists' Association staged a play, 'Tampha Yai', while on the second day, Poklen Pokpa Artists' Association staged 'Film Star Thoibi', followed by Sangai Artists' Association's 'Neirehe'. However, many of the Shumang Leela groups were disappointed with not being able to perform at the festival because of the prevailing law and order situation and diktats by different students and civil organisations banning them from staging their plays because of Board and other examinations, thereby , leaving them with fewer plays. Most of the plays depicted different kinds of women, the struggles within families and the evil nature of mankind. The festival also provided a platform to talented youngsters to explore and nurture their talents. This 11th Shumang Leela festival has been organised by Manipur State Shumang Leela Council. Shumang Leela's origin goes back to the reign of King Chandrakriti in the nineteenth century. Today, the theatre form is a distinct facet of t Feb 7, 2014
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It happens: Afghan Music Awards

Gurgaon, Feb 7 (ANI): Music was indeed the binding force as mesmerised audience clapped and cheered to every rhythmic beat at the music awards function hosted by Afghanistan on Tuesday, in Gurgaon, the millennium city of India. The extravagant show was organised by Afghanistan's largest television network, Ariana Television Network (ATN) at Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon of northern Haryana province. Renowned Afghani singers along with dance troupes were seen entertaining the audience with their performances. Veteran Indian actor Sharat Saxena and Bollywood diva of yesteryears, Sharmila Tagore, were also present at the event. Earlier, many Bollywood films used to be shot in Afghanistan but because of the growing militancy in the region, film makers are now wary of venturing into that region. Feb 7, 2014
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Defence Exhibition 2014 witnesses foreign vendors pouring in

New Delhi, Feb 07 (ANI): Foreign vendors showcased their latest technology at the Defence Exhibition in New Delhi, seeking higher prospects and possibilities in land, naval and air forces of the country. Despite the policy grey areas regarding Foreign direct investment (FDI) in defence production, foreign vendors appeared excited about future avenues in India, as the country hosts the eighth edition of the four-day International Land and Naval Defence Systems Exhibition. Meanwhile, Indian Head, Polaris, Pankaj Dubey, said the exhibition is a good platform to let out information about their new innovations and models that could be useful in Indian application or for other countries. Feb 7, 2014
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AAP's allegation on LG unfortunate and shows their mentality: AS Lovely

New Delhi, Feb 07 (ANI): After the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill came under scrutiny following the solicitor general's claim that it is unconstitutional, AAP leader Ashutosh on Friday dubbed Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung an agent of the Congress. Reacting over this, Delhi Congress President Arvinder Singh Lovely said that the LG is a respectable man and the AAP cannot throw muck at people. He also said that such remark from AAP is very unfortunate and shows their mentality. Feb 7, 2014
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SC tells NTPC not to cut power supply to Delhi till March 26

New Delhi, Feb 7 (ANI): In a major relief to Reliance controlled BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd. and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd. power distribution companies, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the NTPC to continue supplying power to the companies till March 26. Feb 7, 2014
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Rahul Gandhi immature & unintelligent person, nation dont need him: Ramdev

Nagpur/ Ranchi/ New Delhi, Feb 07 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev made a strong anti-Congress pitch by calling party Vice President Rahul Gandhi as immature and unintelligent. Recently, Ramdev had vowed to campaign for the BJP’s PM Candidate Narendra Modi so that he gets a clear majority in the upcoming 2014 general elections. Ramdev also claimed that Congress would wind up with only 50 seats in the upcoming general elections. Whereas, Jharkhand Congress leader BK Hariprasad refused to comment on Ramdev’s statement. Feb 7, 2014