Kashmir dances to its first internet android radio channel

Srinagar, Feb 17 (ANI): The first android-based radio FM channel in Jammu and Kashmir is bringing in more listeners day by day. City FM JK was started in December 2014 by 28-year old mass communication graduate, Tariq Ahmad Salfi, and aimed specifically at the local audience. The radio station in Srinagar operates from a small room equipped with modest equipment like laptops and the odd sound mixer. But days after it was launched, Salfi was informed by his technical team that City FM JK radio waves had even penetrated other countries including the UK., US., Austria and Russia. Salfi has sold his car and invested a lot of his money in his humble project, one he says may be fast becoming at par with radio channels of business tycoons. He says his channel can also be an opportunity for employment in the valley. Despite poor internet connectivity in Kashmir, his local audience has grown; many claim his channel stands apart. Feb 17, 2015
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Indian citizens to get e-passports by 2016

Coimbatore, Feb 17 (ANI): In a bid to rein in the number of fake passports, Indian government is working on to issue electronic passports or e-passports to the citizens by 2016, an official said in Coimbatore city. An e-passport will have a chip on its back cover with the holder's biometric details stored in it. In the initial phase which began in 2014, the government had issued 10 million e-passports, out of which majority were issued by Indian embassies abroad. From this year, the government is planning to introduce e-passport service across the country in 72 Passport Kendra Service (PSK). E-passports might be able to fully check the number of fake passports but it will certainly bring it down, said Swaminathan. Feb 17, 2015
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Police arrest Maoist in Jharkhand

Palamu, Feb 17 (ANI): Police in Jharkhand claimed major success after they arrested a hardcore Maoist rebel involved in several anti-government operations. State police and personnel of paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had launched a joint operation to arrest him. Police said the Maoist was arrested from Naudiha Bazar of Palamu where he was hiding. The rebels have operated for decades across a wide swath of central and eastern India, and grew in strength during recent times in areas where poor, tribal villagers came into conflict with mining companies seeking resources for industrialisation. Feb 17, 2015
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Indian origin boy shot dead in US, family seeks justice

Kheda, Feb 17 (ANI): An unknown assailant shot dead an Indian origin-boy, Amit Patel in New Jersey in the US. A native of Kheda district in Gujarat, Amit Patel, 27, was living in Irvington town of New Jersey for the past 15 years with his parents and wife and owned a liquor store there. His mother and wife, who were in India to attend a wedding, immediately left for US on receiving the news. At the time of the incident, Amit Patel was sitting at the counter of his shop, while his father was asleep. The sound of the shot woke him up who then called his friends seeking their help, but the victim died on the spot. Meanwhile, Amit Patels fathers best friend, Janak Gour demanded justice. Few days ago, the incident of an elderly Gujarati man from Kheda district badly beaten up by American police had also sent shock waves among the Gujarati community living in the US. Feb 17, 2015
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Border guard kills his colleague and injures four others

Malda, Feb 17 (ANI): In yet another fratricidal incident, an Indian soldier killed his colleague and injured four others in West Bengal on Tuesday (February 17). Basant Singh opened fire on sleeping personnel after a heated argument, killing a head constable at a Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Malda town. Deputy Inspector General of Border Security Force (BSF), Raj Singh Rathor, said the assailant ran away after the incident and search is on to nab him. Indian armed forces have been grappling with rising incidences of soldier suicides and fratricides. According to Indian defence ministry, 125 soldiers are either committing suicides or killing themselves on an average every year. Feb 17, 2015
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Congress imposing baseless allegations out of frustration: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Bhopal, Feb 17 (ANI): Reacting over the Congress' fresh allegations against him in 2013 Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam better known as the Vyapam scam, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said that the Congress is imposing completely baseless and false allegations out of frustration. Addressing a press conference in Bhopal, Congress leaders alleged that CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan's name was removed from an excel sheet related to the Vyapam scam. Feb 17, 2015
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Congress claims involvement of Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Vyapam scam, BJP smells conspiracy

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): The Congress party has made fresh allegations against the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh in connection with the 2013 Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam better known as the Vyapam scam. Addressing a press conference in Bhopal, Congress leaders alleged that CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan's name was removed from an excel sheet related to the scam. Meanwhile, the BJP defended Chouhan by saying that the allegation by the Congress is a conspiracy to defame the successful Chief Minister. Feb 17, 2015
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At least one wounded in Afghanistan blast

At least one person has been wounded after a bomb exploded in the Afghan capital Kabul Tuesday. Police say the bomb was attached to this vehicle, probably by a magnet. The blast was so powerful it Feb 17, 2015
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Politicos react as RSS mouthpiece Organiser cautions against AAPs freebies agenda

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday react after RSS mouthpiece 'Organiser' cautioned BJP on AAPs freebies agenda. AAP leader Atishi Marlena said that the RSS should only understand what people of Delhi wants and what they voted for in the national capital. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that RSS is failing to adjust to their defeat in Delhi and therefore such remarks are coming up. BJP leader Manoj Tiwari said that the defeat is not of the party but of defeat of promises made by AAP which will not be fulfilled in any time. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that politics should not be done on promises of giving services for free. Feb 17, 2015
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Politicos condemn attack on CPI leader Govind Pansare, wife

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Political leaders cutting across party lines on Tuesday condemned the attack on senior Communist leader Govind Pansare and his wife Uma. Leaders of various political asked Maharashtra government to ensure that the culprits are arrested and an in-depth probe is held. The couple was seriously injured after unknown men opened fire at them in Kolhapur on Monday. According reports, the assailants fired gunshots at the couple at around 8 a.m. when they were out for a morning walk. The assailants, who fired at least four rounds from close range at the couple, fled the scene after the incident. The Maharashtra Police have launched a massive manhunt to nab the assailants Meanwhile, Govind Pansare is said to be recovering well to medical care but his condition is still critical. His wife is out of danger. Feb 17, 2015

Organiser's article on AAP not BJP, media bringing up story on BJP and RSS relations for more sales:

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Organiser, the RSS mouthpiece seems now increasingly emerging as a critical mirror for BJP and the party-led government at the Centre. In its latest issue, the magazine has looked into the reasons for BJP's defeat in Delhi at the hands of Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party. In a cover story titled 'Landslide Victory, Uphill Task', the magazine stated that AAP won because it cornered all Congress and BSP votes, but it also castigated BJP for making strategic mistakes. Talking about the same, Editor of the Organiser, Prafulla Ketkar said that picking upon word and showing that the whole story revolves around the same is not correct and clarified that the article is on AAP and not BJP. He said that the Organiser has just reviewed Delhi polls. Slamming the mainstream media, Ketkar also said that it is not right for the mainstream media and unethical to bring up stories on relations between RSS and BJP over every issue and topic just because it sells more. Feb 17, 2015
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Will work with Bloomberg to advance 'Smart Cities' initiative: Modi after meeting Michael Bloomberg

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Bloomberg, also the founder of financial software, data and media company Bloomberg LP, had earlier met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, with bids to help India develop smart cities. PM Modi termed his meeting with former New York City mayor as very productive, adding that the two leaders would work together to take forward the 'Smart Cities' initiative. The Prime Minister took to twitter to share news of the meeting. "My friend @MikeBloomberg and I had a great meeting! We will work together to advance the Smart Cities Initiative," he posted. Modi also retweeted a post by Bloomberg. "Prime Minister @NarendraModi and I share the belief that #Cities are key to driving innovation and progress," Bloomberg had written. Feb 17, 2015