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Indian gay men say being victimized in fight against AIDS

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Indian gay men say they are being singled out and victimized in the country's fight against AIDS. As health workers and activists look forward to marking the World AIDS day on December 1 with some significant gains in their battle against the dreaded disease, Indian gay men said they are often targeted as the problem group and blamed for spreading the virus.Gay rights activist, Gautam Bhan, who had a tough time before coming out of the closet with his sexuality in front of his middle-class conservative parents, said Indians must stop creating an 'artificial divide' between the so-called high risk groups and heterosexuals, when it comes to AIDS. The members of the gay community in India say that even the government studies single out them as a high risk group, discriminating them from general population. Nov 30, 2013
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India not to compromise on food subsidy programme at WTO

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Commerce minister, Anand Sharma has stated that there will be no compromise on its Food Subsidy Programme at a WTO (World Trade Organisation) ministerial meeting next week that diplomats feel could be a stumbling block to the deal. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi, Sharma, who will lead the delegation to Indonesia, said a group of 33 countries was supporting India's stand on the food subsidy programme which he said was "sacrosanct, non- negotiable." The minister said public procurement could not be released for global trade. Nov 30, 2013
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Subrata Roy challenges Indian regulators to prove legal lapses against group

Kolkata, Nov 30 (ANI): Chief of Sahara conglomerate, Subrata Roy has said that he is ready to face challenges posed by the entire country to come clean on the valuation of its properties or liabilities to government regulatory bodies. Addressing a conference in Kolkata, Roy said that he is ready to be hanged if anyone can prove the charges against his group. Often dubbed as a billionaire by the Indian media, the Sahara chief had earlier been locked in a battle with the market regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), over a bond scheme that the apex court deemed to be illegal, and was ordered by the regulator to provide details of his personal assets and two Sahara companies. Earlier this week, the apex court had barred Roy from leaving the country. His group had also been forbidden from selling any of its properties till the time the group would provide necessary documents to SEBI. Nov 30, 2013
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Will cooperate with investigation: Tarun Tejpal outside Crime Branch office

Panaji, Nov 30 (ANI): Ahead of hearing on his bail petition, Tehelka's Founder-Editor Tarun Tejpal on Saturday visited the Crime Branch office in Goa. Tejpal, who has been accused by a journalist of rape, said he was cooperating in the investigation. The bail hearing of Tejpal, is set to being in a Goa court shortly. Mr Tejpal will be arrested if he does not get anticipatory bail by the court today. Nov 30, 2013
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Pro-Yanukovych protest in Kiev

Rival rallies were held in Kiev on Friday in support of and protest against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to hold off signing an association agreement with the EU. Nov 30, 2013
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Acid attacks point to mounting religious tensions in Zanzibar

The families of two British teenage girls who had acid hurled in their faces in Zanzibar expressed frustration on Friday that no one has been charged almost four months later. The popular tourist island, off Tanzania, is facing rising concerns over the the spectre of radical Islam after a spate of church burnings, riots, acid attacks and assassinations. Nov 29, 2013
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Gold tiara worn by Victoria Beckham to be auctioned

A gold and diamond crown tiara worn by Victoria Adams when she married David Beckham, valued at £18,000-£25,000 and made by jewellery designer Slim Barrett, is to be sold by Bonhams on December 5 during their Fine Jewellery sale. Nov 29, 2013
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It happens: Migrant Butterflies add flash of color

Coimbatore, Nov 29 (ANI): Butterfly observers and lovers got to experience a colorful spectacle as large swarms of butterflies migrating with the change of season descended upon the hills of Western Ghats near India's southern Coimbatore city. Butterfly migration is mostly due to change in season which also coincides with the flowering of trees. These trees then play hosts to these butterflies. Some of the varieties of migrant butterflies coloring the hills are Common Blue Bottle, Peacock Pansy, Plain Tiger, Angled Castor, Common Castor, Common Grass Yellow, Common Fouring, Common Laster, Painted Lady, Crimson Rose, Yellow Pansy, Blue Mormon, Chocolate Pansy, Common Crow and Forget me not amongst many other beautiful ones. The dense forest covers, green vegetation and the mineral- rich soil of the hills provide the butterflies with the perfect conditions for reproduction. Nov 29, 2013
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It happens: Cultural Festival

Imphal, Nov 29 (ANI): The ongoing Sangai Festival 2013 in northeastern state of Manipur is attracting huge crowd as people are thronging the venue to watch traditional dance performances, exhibition of handicrafts, martial arts and indulge in some exotic music and indigenous food. Sangai festival, which is held annually, kicked off on November 21st at Hapta Kangjeibung, Palace Compound in northeastern city of Imphal. The attractions at the ten-day cultural festival are performances by cultural troupes from Thailand and Myanmar, an exhibition of hand loom and handicrafts, indigenous sports of Manipur and local cuisines of the state, and also aims to highlight state's cultural heritage and eco-adventure activities. Altogether, 600 stalls including 300 standards, 200 premiums and 100 food stalls have been set up and assigned at the festival venue. Nov 29, 2013
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It happens: Lord Buddha's Seat of Enlightenment dazzles with Thai Gold

Bihar, Nov 29 (ANI): India's sacred Buddhist Mahabodhi temple in the eastern state of Bihar, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site shines as its dome is inlaid with 280 kilograms of gold donated by devotees from Thailand. The Mahabodhi Temple complex, the holiest Buddhist of shrines is visited by Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka, China, Japan and the entire of south east Asia. The Mahabodhi temple is a sacred place for Buddhists around the world as it is the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The ancient temple is believed to have been built nearly 1500 years ago. Emperor Ashok, the great, visited this holy place in 260 BC and built a small temple there in honor of Buddha. Nov 29, 2013
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Tarun Tejpal Sexual Assault Case: Annie Raja condemns politicization

New Delhi, Nov 29 (ANI): As the young journalist, who is the victim of Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal's alleged sexual assault case, urged political parties to stay away from the controversial case, activist Annie D Raja backed her and condemned the politicization of the issue. The victim had urged political parties including BJP to stay away from the controversial case. "I call upon our political parties to resist the temptation to turn a very important discussion about gender, power and violence into a conversation about themselves,” she said. Nov 29, 2013
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Family of former PM IK Gujral upset as his memorial remains unfinished

New Delhi, Nov 29 (ANI): One year after the death of IK Gujral, his son has complained that the government did not build a proper memorial for the former Prime Minister. Naresh Gujral, also a leader of regional Shiromani Akali Dal said he has even written several letters to the current Prime Minister concerning the issue. Nov 29, 2013