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Huge cyclone bears down on India

A "very severe" cyclone gathered pace as it bore down on India's east coast Friday, as the military mobilised to help evacuation efforts and panicked locals recalled a devastating storm in 1999. Duration: 00:44 Oct 11, 2013
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Nobel Peace Prize to boost morale, says chemical watchdog

Representatives of the world chemical arms watchdog in The Hague say the Nobel Prize award will boost morale and will "motivate" the organisation to continue their work destroying the world's most dangerous chemical stockpiles. Duration: 00:37 Oct 11, 2013
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Tarantino makes surprise visit to Busan Film Festival

Speaking at South Korea's Busan International Film Festival on Friday, two-time Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino reveals he is afraid to make any film about a serial killer, because such a production would "reveal my sickness far too much." Duration: 00:47 Oct 11, 2013
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Japan's navy holds 'beauty contest'

Members of Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) strut their stuff in a contest to find the sexiest male and female sailor in the online competition designed to promote a naval career to young people at a time of raised tensions with China. Duration: 01:08 Oct 11, 2013
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Pedestrians kicked to curb by 'Paris taxi war'

It's the world's most popular tourist destination -- but Paris is struggling with a lack of taxis. The consequent boom in unlicensed alternatives has led to a fierce "taxi war" between the drivers competing for pedestrians' business. Duration: 02:09 Oct 11, 2013
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Chemical weapons watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize

The winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize is a body that has spent years trying to rid the world of chemical weapons in relative obscurity and was recently thrust into the limelight by the Syrian crisis. Duration: 02:08 Oct 11, 2013
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Mother visits US man jailed in North Korea

The mother of an American citizen jailed in North Korea has reportedly arrived in the reclusive state to meet her ailing son in hospital. In a video statement made before her trip, she speaks of her worry about her son. Duration: 01:41 Oct 11, 2013
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BSF helps children with cleft lip in Tripura

Tripura, Oct 11 (ANI): A two-day long medical camp for people with cleft lips was held at Salbagan in the west district of Tripura. At the camp, 14 people, including children and other persons with cleft lips and palates were operated upon by doctors. All patients were from poor families and the funds for organizing the surgical and medical camp were provided by Smile Train. Smile Train, founded in 2000, is an international charity that helps children with cleft lips. All parents were very happy that the BSF helped them in the treatment of their children. The surgeries were performed free of cost. Such camps have been held in the past as well. The initiative gives the children a new lease of life, and a smile on their faces. Oct 11, 2013
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It happens: Durga Puja celebrations

Kolkata, Oct 11 (ANI): The Hindu festival of Navratri also known as Dussera is a period of joy and celebrations for devout Hindus across India. At Kolkata in eastern state of West Bengal where the event is of utmost significance among all including foreign tourists participated in the gala festivities on Sunday.The festival is celebrated with grand fervour in Kolkata with festivities commencing early in the day with consistent prayer sessions along with continuous supply of cultural programmes and mouth-watering delicacies. Devotees assemble at the closest make-shift tent to their home and participate in the elaborate prayer session, where priest chant hymns and perform several Hindu rituals. Several foreign tourists joined him at the function and they were seen playing traditional drums and experiencing the spirit of Navratri for the first time. Elsewhere in the culture-rich city, the state's Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee also inaugurated a marquee, housing an idol of Goddess Durga. It is believed that during the days of Navratri, Goddess Durga descends on earth to rid it of demons and bless her devotee subjects with happiness and prosperity. During popular autumn festival of Navratri, nine forms of Devi (Divine Mother) are worshippe Oct 11, 2013
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It happens: Sikh Guru Birth Anniversary

Amritsar, Oct 11 (ANI): Devout Sikhs hailed the birth anniversary of fourth Sikh Guru, named Guru Ramdas across India on Wednesday. They chanted hymns in his praise while the illuminated Harmandir Sahib better known as Golden Temple at Amritsar in northern state of Punjab presented a grand spectacle. Hundreds gathered at this prominent Sikh temple to offer prayers on this auspicious day. Guru Ramdas is the fourth spiritual leaders of the Sikhs and he is believed to be the founder of the city of Amritsar. The Sikh religion originated with Guru Nanak (1469-1539 AD) who was succeeded by nine other prophets, Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708 AD) being the last. Followers of Sikhism are identified by five visible symbols namely Cachucha (underwear), Kasha (uncut hair), Kanga (comb), Kara (iron bangles) and Kiran (dagger). Most Sikh men sport a beard and wrap their uncut hair in turban. Most take the surname 'Singh', which means lion, after their Guru exhorted them to shed fear and defend their honour. Oct 11, 2013
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It happens: Eco-Friendly Navratra

Chennai, Oct 11 (ANI): India's Southern city, Chennai, witnessed extraordinary eco- friendly Navratri celebrations this season, as a handicraft artist introduced her eco- friendly products made of throw- away material. Artist Sowmyalakshmi, said that she liked to create eco- friendly, traditional dolls which helps in keeping the Indian Culture alive. Besides dolls, she also crafts fashion jewellery like Swarovski, Terracotta and attractive, inexpensive jewellery. The onset of winter marks the festive season in India, starting with Navratri and Durga Puja, followed by Dussehra and ending with Diwali. 'Navratri', which literally means nine nights and is observed twice a year, began across India with religious fervour from October 05 this year. A customer and also a teacher, Krishna Priya, said that she appreciated the idea of Sowmyalakshmi and encouraged her for doing more and more.The festival lasts for nine days in honour of the nine manifestations of Durga, the Indian Goddess of power. It is believed that during the Navratri, Goddess Durga descends upon earth to rid it of the demons and blesses her devotees with happiness and prosperity. Oct 11, 2013