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We are fully prepared to counter the cyclone: Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneshwar, Oct 11 (ANI): As Cyclonic storm 'Phailin', which is classified as very severe by the weather department, is expected to hit coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh at around 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the state is fully prepared to counter the cyclone. The Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Governments have taken all preventive measures to counter the expected cyclone, a warning for which has already been issued by the meteorological department in both states. Oct 11, 2013
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JPC report on 2G scam a cover up operation for PM & FM: CPI (M)

Hyderabad, Oct 11 (ANI): After CPI leader Sitaram Yechury filed a dissent on JPC's 2G report saying that the report failed to question Prime Minister and finance minister on 2G scam, he said that A Raja was not given chance to put his point and that the report was just a cover up for the PM and the finance minister. He further said that the report has to go through both the houses in the Parliament, according to the procedures and the final decision will be awaited. Oct 11, 2013
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Stapled visa issue: Arunachal Pradesh archers shocked, saddened

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): Two young women archers from Arunachal Pradesh, who were issued stapled Chinese visas were prevented from boarding a China Southern Airlines flight at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport last night while they were heading to Wuxi for the Youth World Archery Championship, on Friday expressed shock and sadness over the entire incident. Oct 11, 2013
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Arunachal CM over stapled visa row

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki on Friday said that it is very unfortunate that two archers from Arunachal Pradesh were stopped from going to China for a world championship, after the Chinese Embassy issued them stapled visas as a mark that the border state was a 'disputed region'. Talking to mediapersons, he said that Arunachal Pradesh is a part of India and he does not agree with the idea of considering the state as a disputed land. Oct 11, 2013
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Stapled visa row: India should realize China's intentions and act accordingly, says BJP

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday reacted sharply to the Chinese Embassy issuing stapled visas to two Arunachal Pradesh archers, suggesting that the border state is still a 'disputed region', and said it is high time the Government of India realize Beijing's intentions and act accordingly. BJP vice president Balbir Punj said both China and Pakistan are taking full advantage of the situation in India because it knows pretty well that New Delhi has a non-existent government. Two young women archers from Arunachal Pradesh, who were issued stapled Chinese visas, were prevented at the IGI Airport from leaving for China last night to take part in the upcoming Youth World Archery Championship. Oct 11, 2013
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UP is burning, SP just interested in vote bank: Raj Babbar after Raja Bhaiya's comeback

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): After controversial UP leader Raghuraj Pratap Singh or 'Raja Bhaiya' returned as a minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government, Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar said that the whole of UP is burning in the flames of communalism and corruption and that SP government is only interested in its vote bank. He further said that UP government was responsible for the Muzaffarnagar riots and bringing back Raja Bhaiya in the cabinet is another tactic in the same series. Oct 11, 2013
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Asaram's judicial custody extended till October 25

Jodhpur, Oct 11 (ANI): Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu's judicial custody was extended on Friday by another 14 days, till October 25, by a Jodhpur court in connection with a sexual assault case. According to reports, the Jodhpur based court also extended custody of his two close aides, including former ashram supervisor Shilpi. Asaram had earlier moved a bail application in the Rajasthan High Court, which was rejected. According to reports, the court of the district and sessions judge (Jodhpur Rural) will, meanwhile, decide on the plea by a Gujarat Police team seeking custody of Asaram for questioning him in connection with a sexual assault case lodged by two sisters from Surat against him and his son. Oct 11, 2013
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Sachin, an inspiration for all the team members, says K. Srikkanth

Chennai, Oct 11 (ANI): As the cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar announced that he would be retiring from international cricket after playing his 200th Test against the West Indies, Former India opener and Captain K. Srikkanth said that he was the inspiration for all the team members. Oct 11, 2013
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Stapled visas by China against dignity of nation: CPI on Arunachal archer's detention case

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): Following yet another case where two Arunachal Pradesh young women archers having stapled visas for China were prevented from boarding a China Southern Airlines flight at New Delhi's IGI Airport, CPI leader Atul Anjan said that China should stop such actions if it wants better relations with India. He further said that this is the question of the dignity the nation and issuing stapled visa is like giving it with 'a pinch of salt' and is against the nation's respect. Oct 11, 2013
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Manmohan Singh to discuss bilateral partnerships with Indonesia

Jakarta, Oct 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to have a meeting with Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday and will have talks with other top functionaries of the Indonesian government during his two-day visit to the country. Singh arrived in the country’s capital Jakarta on Thursday. He will hold talks with Indonesia’s leadership on key bilateral and regional issues, including ways to increase economic cooperation. The two leaders are likely to discuss means to enhance bilateral partnerships in the fields of economics, defence, and energy. Oct 11, 2013
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Security Forces seized huge cache of drugs from Punjab

Amritsar, Oct 11 (ANI): Acting on a tip off, personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) in Punjab seized 26 kilograms of suspected heroin worth billions of rupees in the international market. The suspected heroin worth rupees 130 crores ($ 0.2118 billion), was recovered from the Rajatal border outpost in Amritsar sector. The Deputy Inspector General MF Farooqui, said on Thursday that the security personnel started patrolling the area when they noticed suspected movements across the border fence and challenged the smugglers. The BSF personnel also fired at the smugglers but they managed to escape. Oct 11, 2013
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Pakistani cricket fans pay tribute on Tendulkars retirement

Lahore/ Karachi, Oct 11 (ANI): The cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar finally calls it a day, and there goes an entire nation mourning the same. But, master-blaster has his magic beyond the borders too as Pakistani cricket lovers too paid tribute to Tendulkar after he announced his retirement. Tendulkar, who made his debut against bitter rivals Pakistan in 1989 as a sixteen-year old, has gone on to accumulate 15,837 runs in 198 tests and 18,426 runs in 463 one-day internationals. In Pakistani home to cricket, Lahore, a local coach dubbed Tendulkar’s retirement as shock to cricket on Thursday. Oct 11, 2013
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Opposition files dissent against JPC report in 2G scam

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): The main opposition, BJP as members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee probing the multi-billion 2G spectrum scam, expressed their dissent as they called the report flawed. Speaking to mediapersons during a news conference in New Delhi, senior leaders of the main opposition, BJP contended the report and said that they had filed a dissent. Party’s senior leader Yashwant Sinha, said that the report was just a bundle of contradictions. Earlier, Supreme Court had rejected the petitions of persons accused in the case, seeking review of its earlier orders, thereby restraining the High Court from hearing matters arising out of the scam. Oct 11, 2013
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Kashmir police refutes reports of suicide attack

Srinagar, Oct 11 (ANI): The police chief of Kashmir, Ashok Prasad refuted reports of impending suicide attack in the state’s capital, Srinagar. This came after a section of media reported that intelligence agencies have warned Kashmir of possible suicide attack in the city. Prasad confirmed this on Thursday. He further said if, Information Bureau (IB) had any information it would be examined thoroughly. Oct 11, 2013