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Holi celebration kick starts in Ayodhya with gaiety and fervor

Ayodhya, March 01 (ANI): The popular festival of colours 'Holi' commenced with auspicious prayers in the temple city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. As per Hindu traditions, people in Ayodhya celebrate the annual festival in the month of 'Phalgun' (usually February-March) to propagate social amity. At the Hanuman Garhi temple, priests offered special prayers to Lord Hanuman and took out procession on streets and visited various temples in the neighbourhood. Enroute, people in the procession spray colours and exchange greetings with others. As per Hindu almanac, 'Holi' falls on March 06 this year. Mar 1, 2015

Hamas says listing by Egypt as terrorist organisation is "shocking and dangerous"

Gaza, March 01 (ANI): An Egyptian court decision to list Hamas as a terrorist organisation is "shocking and dangerous," and in no way will affect the Islamist movement, the group said from Gaza. The Egyptian decision, confirmed by judicial sources on Saturday, is part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state. Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood, which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group in Egypt and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013. Mar 1, 2015
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AAP shuns reports of internal rift, terms it as 'difference of opinion'

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Anand Kumar on Sunday refuted the reports of a rift within the party, adding that what was widely being seen as an internal 'cold war' was merely a difference of opinion. He further said that the party is united against corruption. Earlier, senior AAP leader Admiral L Ramdas had written a letter to party Chief Arvind Kejriwal as well as party members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, expressing concern over the growing divide and trust within the party. Ramdas, in his letter, reportedly sought to draw the attention of the founding members to the importance of 'internal unity' and appealed for a quick resolution. Mar 1, 2015
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Second Hindu temple gets vandalized in US, India condemns

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): A Hindu temple in the US has been vandalized with several windows broken and the word 'fear' painted on its wall, the second such incident in America's Washington state in February. Cutting across political lines, leaders condemned the incident and asked the Indian government to take action. Mar 1, 2015
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PIL in HC on whereabouts of Rahul Gandhi, politicos react

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday reacted over the public interest litigation (PIL) filed in the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court seeking to know the whereabouts of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who has taken a sabbatical. Mar 1, 2015
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Govt will fulfill promises made to Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, says Venkaiah Naidu

Hyderabad, March 01 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that the central government will fulfill the promises that were made to Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. He added that it will be wrong to say that Andhra Pradesh did not get sufficient budget. He further said that considering both Finance Commission and Budget Allocation, Andhra Pradesh has got sufficient budget. Speaking on the ordinances, Naidu said that the priority of the government is to convert the six ordinances into bills. Mar 1, 2015
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BJP welcomes new coalition govt with PDP in Jammu & Kashmir

New Delhi, Mar 01 (ANI): BJP leaders on Sunday welcomed the new coalition government with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. Sambit Patra said that keeping in mind the interest of the people of the state, the partnership of BJP and PDP will work for betterment and development. Meenakshi Lekhi said that a new sunrise will take place in Jammu and Kashmir every day after BJP-PDP coalition government has come into play. Mar 1, 2015
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Sun can rise from the West: Manish Tewari on BJP-PDP govt in J-K

Chandigarh, Mar 01 (ANI): Congress leader Manish Tewari on Sunday reacted to the new BJP-PDP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. Tewari said that after the two parties came together he has been made to believe that Sun can rise from the west too as both the parties had different ideologies and promises for the state’s development. Tewari also said that it is hard to say how long the coalition is going to last. Mar 1, 2015
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Forming such govt is like auctioning people of state: NPP on BJP-PDP govt in J-K

Jammu, Mar 01 (ANI): NPP President Bhim Singh on Sunday reacted after BJP-PDP coalition government under Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has been formed. Singh said that forming such a government, of BJP-PDP coalition, in Jammu and Kashmir is like auctioning the people of the state in the famous Lal Chowk market of Srinagar. Sayeed was administered oath of office by Governor NN Vohra in Jammu earlier in the day. Mar 1, 2015
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Police bust fake currency and drug racket in Kashmir

Poonch, March 01 (ANI): Police busted a drug and fake currency racket in Jammu and Kashmir. According to the sub divisional police officer, Mendhar, Surinder Kumar Chowdhary, police were getting inputs about circulation of fake currency. Several check-points were set up to inspect passers-by. Chowdhary said police found five suspicious men sitting in an SUV as they did not respond to police queries properly. Police recovered rupees 1,26,000 of fake currency and 1,100 grams of heroin. Their interrogation led to the arrest of one more person. Police are on the look-out for their accomplices. One of the arrested men was running a cafeteria in Mendhar and selling heroin in cigarette packets outside a college. Mar 1, 2015
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Artist in Gujarat expresses love for PM Modi through unique potrait

Vadodara, Feb March 01 (ANI): An artist in Gujarat state has expressed his love for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a very unique manner by preparing a portrait of the leader with bindi. Hariom Gurjar, from Vadodara city, used 38,441 bindi of 11 different shades to create Modi's portrait. The portrait has been nominated for Limca Book of World Records. The artist wishes to gift the artwork to Modi, the next time he visits Vadodara city. He also plans to put it up for auction and donate the funds to a social scheme initiated by the PM. Mar 1, 2015
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J and K governor administers oath to state cabinet ministers

Jammu, March 01 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir's cabinet ministers were administered oath on Sunday by JandK Governor NN Vohra at Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu University. Thirteeen MLAs of PDP and twelve MLAs of BJP took oath after Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was sworn in as the 12th Chief Minister of JandK with support from the BJP. Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi congratulated Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on becoming the Chief Minister of JandK. BJP leader Nirmal Singh took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state. Abdul Rehman Bhat, Chandra Prakash, Javed Mustafa Mir, Chaudhari Lal Singh, Bali Bhagat, Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, Sukhnandan Kumar, Chaudhary Zulfikar Ali, Sajjad Lone, Haseeb Drabu, Ghulam Nabi Lone, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari and Naeem Akhtar were administered oath of office. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, party veteran L K Advani and Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar were among those who attended the ceremony. Mar 1, 2015