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Maharashtra polls: Raj, Uddhav, Nitin show confidence, cast their votes

Mumbai/ Nagpur, Oct 15 (ANI): Estranged cousins MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray cast their votes on Wednesday in Mumbai. Uddhav was accompanied by wife Rashmi and son Aditya. Talking to mediapersons, Uddhav said that he is sure the turnout will increase and people of Maharashtra will vote for the leaders they trust. MNS president Raj Thackeray also cast his vote at Shivaji Park which falls in the Mumbai South Central seat where his party's Aditya Shirodkar is pitted against Shiv Sena's Rahul Shewale and Congress's Eknath Gaikwad, seeking a third term. Meanwhile, BJP leader NItin Gadkari also cast his vote in Nagpur. Oct 15, 2014
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Politicos exude confidence, cast their votes in Haryana

Haryana, Oct 15 (ANI): Political bigwigs in Haryana on Wednesday cast their votes as polling is underway for the 90 assembly seats in the state. Major political players like the Congress, BJP and INLD exuded confidence saying that the voters of Haryana would take the right decision. Oct 15, 2014
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President Pranab Mukherjee arrives in Finland

Finland, Oct 15 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Finland on a two-day official visit after completing his visit to Norway. He was received by Secretary of State Peter Stenlund at the airport in Helsinki. Mukherjee is accompanied by a high level delegation to Finland where he is expected to meet Finnish president, prime minister, foreign minister and the speaker. He will address a Business Seminar in Helsinki and attend an official lunch hosted by its Mayor. He will also visit 'Arktikum' museum, Arctic Science Centre, Rovaniemi and cross the Arctic Circle. Mukherjee is to return to India on October 17. Oct 15, 2014
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IAF fighter jet crashes into hamlet near Pune during training session

Pune, Oct 15 (ANI): An Indian Air Force fighter jet crashed at Wagholi village, 20 kilometres from Pune city airfield in Maharashtra, during a training session. The Sukhoi-30MK1 jet, which is one of the main aircrafts in the Indian Air Force, was introduced in the Air Force fleet in 1997 and has been considered safe. Both pilots ejected safely and no loss or injury to life has been reported. Locals heard a loud noise and saw the plane fall out of the sky. Police and Air Force teams rushed to the spot after they were informed of the crash. India has 200 Sukhois in its fleet and 70 more jets have been ordered from the Russian manufacturer. But many jets have been reported to have made emergency landings due to malfunctioning. Oct 15, 2014
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Bollywood stars as well as cricketers turn up at polling booths to cast their votes in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 15 (ANI): The polling booth became a visual treat for the voters on Wednesday as Bollywood Actor Abhishek Bachchan, his mother Jaya, the glamourous Rekha and also Bhagyashree turned up to cast their vote in Mumbai. Abhishek Bachchan appealed the people to vote in large numbers. Veteran actress Jaya Bacchan also accompanied her son, Abhishek, to cast her franchise. The people outside polling station also witnessed the glamourous Rekha as she showed her inked finger to the camera. Actress Bhagyashree also casted her vote and wished for a responsible government to come to power.Meanwhile, Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar also casted his ballot in Mumbai. Parties are fighting for 288 seats in Maharashtra, voting for which started early at 7:00 AM on Wednesday. Oct 15, 2014
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Political bigwigs cast their votes in Maharashtra

Maharashtra, Oct 15 (ANI): Political bigwigs in Maharashtra cast their votes today as polls began for 288 assembly seats in the state. For the first time, all four major parties in the state-the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena-are contesting assembly elections on their own instead of as alliance partners. Counting of votes will be taken up on October 19. Oct 15, 2014
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Traditional Buffalo fight thrills scores of spectators in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Oct 15 (ANI): Scores of spectators thronged to witness the thrilling one-day buffalo fighting festival organised as part of local tradition and religious belief in Himachal Pradesh. The buffalo fight organised in Poabo village nearly 10 kilometers from Shimla saw villagers coming from more than 15 villages who brought their buffalos to participate in the match. The century-old buffalo fight is performed annually and involves the specially reared animals being brought to the ring, following which they are provoked for the duel. Organiser Rameshwar Thakur believed that it is a rich heritage which they want to preserve for future generations. The tradition is also to pacify the god Saturn and villagers believe that an opportunity to watch and participate in this fighting is a way to please Saturn which would bring happiness and prosperity. Oct 15, 2014
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Sachin Tendulkar unveils logo of 'Legends of Rupganj' in Bangaldesh

Dhaka, Oct 15 (ANI): India's cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar unveiled the logo of Dhaka Premier League cricket club 'Legends of Rupganj' in Bangaldesh. The batting maestro, who arrived on a one-day visit to the country, unveilied the logo at a hotel in Dhaka. After unveiling the logo, Tendulkar thanked the people of Bangladesh for the love and respect. The last time Tendulkar was in Dhaka, he scored his 100th international century during the Asia Cup in 2012. Upon arriving in Dhaka on Tuesday morning, he was taken by a helicopter to Rupganj, a sub-district of Narayanganj. There Tendulkar attended a health awareness programme organised by UNICEF at a local high school. Oct 15, 2014
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Bihar Madarsa bans admission for girls

Nalanda, Oct 15 (ANI): An Islamic religious school - madarsa - in Bihar has banned admission for girls as there is no separate sitting arrangement for them in the campus. Madarsa Azizia in Bihar Sharif, district headquarters of Nalanda district, has issued a diktat that girls will not be enrolled and those already enrolled will not be allowed into the premises. He further added the decision has been taken in the wake of social evils prevailing in the society. Madarsa Azizia is run by Soghra Wakf Estate Committee. It is one of the hundreds of Madarsas affiliated by the state government and its students get free bicycles, uniforms, books and other schemes. Oct 15, 2014
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No place for third party in Indo- Pak relations :MEA

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said issues between New Delhi and Islamabad would be resolved through dialogue and there was no place for third party after Pakistan had sought United Nations intervention in the wake of border shelling in disputed Kashmir region. Akbaruddin added that India would not tolerate violence at the de-facto border dividing two nuclear armed neighbours. Further, he said that it seemed that Pakistan was not interested in a serious dialogue. Since the beginning of October, Pakistan and India have been firing mortars and machine-guns across the border, leading to the highest death toll in a decade among civilians on both sides. Oct 15, 2014