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Winter carnival in Kashmir a hit among tourists

Udhampur, March 01 (ANI): Tourists from northern India thronged the two-day winter carnival in Jammu and Kashmir to enjoy adventure snow sports and cultural programmes. The winter festival, organised by the state tourism department in collaboration with Patnitop Development Authority, is being held at the snow-covered Patnitop in Kashmir’s Udhampur district. A number of snow sports like skiing, sledging, tug of war and snow man building are on offer for tourists at the carnival. During winters, holidaying crowd from the plains of India and other parts of the country prefer to horde northern states of India to experience snowfall. The inflow of tourists has brought in good business for local shopkeepers. Located in the tropics, most of India witnesses a very hot summer and a largely temperate winter. Mar 1, 2015
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Members of a northeastern tribe dazzle Chennai

Chennai, March 01 (ANI): Members of the Tangkhul tribe, mostly settled in northeastern states of India, showcased their rich tradition and cultural heritage at a function held in Chennai. Based on the theme of “Luira Phanit”, an annual sowing festival, the performance drew a good response. Dressed in traditional costumes, complete with colourful headgear and jewellery, the young tribal dancers gave a scintillating performance. The slow dance movements to the soothing beats depicting the traditional way of celebrating the festival was the highlight of the function. The festival is celebrated by the Tangkhul tribe to seek blessings of the god for a bountiful harvest. Organisers said the objective of the festival was to introduce the rich cultural heritage of the Tangkhul tribe to the mainland India. Mar 1, 2015
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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
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Bangladeshis mourn American blogger's death

Mourners gather in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka to pay their respects to the American blogger who was hacked to death. Avijit Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was returning from a book Mar 1, 2015
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J&K CM all set to make state model of development Part - 1

Jammu, March 01 (ANI): After taking oath as chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday addressed mediapersons and said that the government will work to make Jammu and Kashmir a 'model of development' like Gujarat. Sayeed took oath as the chief minister of the state for the second time, leading a historic alliance with the BJP which will be part of a government in the state for the first time. He said that the objective is to make the alliance a turning point for the people of JandK and that he and the government will work towards the goal of better and peaceful state. Sayeed also said that the alliance with BJP in the state is out of Conviction and not Convenience. He also assured that the government's first priority will be to fight against corruption and that he has appointed the best team of officers for the same. Mar 1, 2015
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J&K CM all set to make state model of development Part - 2

Jammu, March 01 (ANI): After taking oath as chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday addressed mediapersons and said that the government will work to make Jammu and Kashmir a 'model of development' like Gujarat. Sayeed took oath as the chief minister of the state for the second time, leading a historic alliance with the BJP which will be part of a government in the state for the first time. He said that the objective is to make the alliance a turning point for the people of JandK and that he and the government will work towards the goal of better and peaceful state. Sayeed also said that the alliance with BJP in the state is out of Conviction and not Convenience. He also assured that the government's first priority will be to fight against corruption and that he has appointed the best team of officers for the same. 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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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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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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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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BJP, Congress react to reports of Ajay Maken to be DPCC Chief replacing Lovely

New Delhi, Mar 01 (ANI): BJP and Congress leaders on Sunday reacted over reports of Ajay Maken to be elected as DPCC Chief replacing Arvinder Singh Lovely. BJP leader Vijay Sonkar Shastri said that there is turmoil within Congress after its defeat in the Delhi Polls. He added that no matter what Congress does to regain its position it will not be able to win peoples' hearts. Meanwhile Congress leader JP Aggarwal said that it is a decision of the party leadership about whom to choose as State Chief. He added that such positions keep rotating among various leaders depending on their capability and hard work done for the party. Mar 1, 2015
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JandK Govt formation 'historic and exciting moment' for us, says BJP's Vijay Shastri

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vijay Sonkar Shastri on Sunday described the BJP-PDP government formation in Jammu and Kashmir as a historic and exciting moment for the party. People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was today sworn-in as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir while BJP leader Nirmal Singh took oath as the state's deputy chief minister. Mufti will be heading a PDP-BJP coalition government in the state, ending the 49-day Governor's rule in the state. Mar 1, 2015