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Natwar Singh hits back at Congress, says party also mentioned in Volcker report

New Delhi, Aug 02 (ANI): Hitting back at Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s allegation on K Natwar Singh of accepting "kickbacks" on the United Nation's oil-for-food programme, Singh said that the party too was involved. He said that the Congress was itself mentioned in the Volcker report as a non-contractual beneficiary. He also said that Singhvi might have forgotten about the video wherein he was found in a compromised position. Singh further attacked at the Congress party and its central leadership. Aug 2, 2014
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Army launches clean up operation at Tosa Maidan to clear littered shells

Budgam, Aug 02 (ANI): The Indian Army addressed a news conference to shed light over a number of issues faced by them in Tosa Maidan, a picturesque place used by the army for artillery exercise in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Tosa Maidan, famous for its meadows, was leased to Indian Army for 50 years for setting up an artillery firing range in 1964. With the lease about to be over, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army's Strategic Chinar Corps, Subrata Saha, said the plans to extend it are doing rounds and they have also launched a clean-up operation at the firing range. The operation is expected to take at least three months. Aug 2, 2014
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Kerala Tourism, UNESCO sign MoU for promoting Spice Route heritage

Kochi, Aug 02 (ANI): The tourism industry of Kerala signed an agreement with UNESCO to begin a historic cooperation between the two bodies to promote and protect the Spice Route Heritage. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Secretary of Kerala Tourism, Suman Billa, and Director and UNESCO representative to India, Shigeru Aoyagi, in the presence of the state tourism minister, AP Anil Kumar and Deputy Chairman of Kerala State Planning Board, KM Chandrasekhar. The MoU seeks to formalize a framework of cooperation in the areas of cultural heritage protection and promotion of spice tourism in the state. Aug 2, 2014
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Kashmir observes shutdown against Kausar Naag pilgrimage

Srinagar, Aug 02 (ANI): Shops remained closed and vehicles were off the road in Srinagar city on Saturday, as separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani gave a call for complete shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir to protest declaration of Hindu pilgrimage to a revered temple. Security personnel were patrolling the streets to prevent any untoward incident. Geelani, chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (G), claimed that the state government’s move to declare the ecologically-fragile Kausar Naag lake for annual pilgrimage would have disastrous consequences on the environment and water resources. He said the area was a very important source of drinking water for millions of people and also irrigates millions of acres of agricultural land. Kashmir is considered as one of the best tourism destinations in the country with the hospitality of the valley well-known that adds to the popularity of the tourism sector. Aug 2, 2014
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Boat owners hope for tourism boom as cleaning up of Nagin Lake begins

Srinagar, Aug 02 (ANI): State authorities in Jammu and Kashmir launched a drive to clean the picturesque Nagin Lake in a bid to attract more tourists. Tourists from different parts and ethnicities are seen enjoying Shikara boat rides and staying in house boats in the lake. Labourers were employed to undertake the cleaning drive of the lake, the beauty of which has been marred by the filth floating on the water and moss and weed growing inside it. House boat and Shikara owners hailed the step by the authorities as this would help to boost their tourism-driven businessThe initiative was taken up by the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA), which plans to restore the lake through a traditional cleaning process. The drive conducted annually in the lake polluted by increasing encroachments in the valley, will continue till the entire water body is cleaned up. Aug 2, 2014
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The perils of the Mezcal boom

Mezcal, a lesser known Mexican spirit than Tequila, is experiencing an unprecedented rise in popularity both at home and abroad. The boom, however, is only favouring producers big enough to capitalize on the luxury export market. Duration: 02:17 Aug 2, 2014
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Liberia spreads message to its population: 'Ebola is real'

The World Health Organization warned west Africa's Ebola-hit nations on Friday that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and could spread to other countries, causing "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption. Duration: 00:41 Aug 2, 2014