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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
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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
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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