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Artists perform traditional art form in temple dance fest in Kerala

Kochi, Feb 23 (ANI): One of the rarest and oldest temple art form of Kerala, Muthappan Theyyam, is becoming a popular cultural event among art admirers. Muthappan Mahotsavam, a two-day festival held at a Kochi temple, attracted Theyyam enthusiasts from across the state. Foreign tourists and artistes also converged at the temple to witness the "dance of the deities". The festival aims to promote ritual folk art form among city dwellers. The word 'Theyyam' is considered a derivation of the word Daivam, meaning God. Theyyam has evolved to become an elaborate religious rite, with the player becoming the voice and the manifestation of God on earth. Feb 23, 2015
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State administration felicitated for rescue work during Kashmir floods

Srinagar, Feb 23 (ANI): Individuals who showed exemplary courage and selfless service to rescue people during the Kashmir floods last year were felicitated in an award function in Srinagar. The function was organised by the NGO Athwaas Kashmir in collaboration with some corporate houses. People from state administration, health department, social welfare department and volunteers from civil society were given awards for their contribution during the floods during the function. Award was also given to the Shikara association for lending their boats for the rescue operations during the floods. Feb 23, 2015
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Mamata Banerjee's aide Shibaji Panja granted bail

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): A Local court in Barrackpore in West Bengal has granted bail to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's close aide and businessman Sibaji Panja, who was arrested on Saturday on charges of financial fraud. The court granted him bail on a personal bond of rupees 50 thousand. Panja was a member of a delegation during West Bengal chief minister's visit to Bangladesh and had been detained by the Emigration Department officials in Kolkata, soon after his arrival from Bangladesh. The Delhi police had issued a lookout notice for Panja on February 19 in an economic offence case. Feb 23, 2015
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Efforts will be to work for nation's benefit in Budget session, says PM Modi

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hoped that the Budget session will be productive. He added that efforts will be made to work for nation's benefit. He further said that every issue will be discussed in the depth so as to reach a fruitful conclusion. The budget session began with President Pranab Mukherjee's address to members of both the houses of Parliament. Feb 23, 2015
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Budget session to begin today, Venkaiah Naidu says Govt ready to debate, discuss issues

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): The budget session of Parliament is beginning on Monday with President Pranab Mukherjee's address to members of both the houses of Parliament. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that the government is ready to discuss and debate issues if raised in the parliament. Naidu even appealed the parties let the parliament function and raise the issues they have with the ordinances inside the parliament. He further said Congress President Sonia Gandhi assured him that Congress is also interested in allowing Parliament to function and that they have some issues which will be raised inside the parliament for discussion. Feb 23, 2015