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Iranians prepare for Persian New Year

Iranians are shopping for traditional items for Noruz, or Persian New Year. The ancient Zoroastrian tradition is celebrated by Iranians and Kurds and marks the arrival of spring. Mar 18, 2014
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Peaceful protests in Venezuela after crackdown

People demonstrated peacefully in Altamira Square - an opposition stronghold in Caracas - on Monday after Venezuela's authorities deployed hundreds of security forces to stamp out protests against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Mar 18, 2014

Lok Sabha Elections 2014: BJP May Field Modi from Ahmedabad as Well

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is likely to contest the Lok Sabha election from a seat in Gujarat also, said the party's Gujarat unit on 18 March. The party had already declared that Modi will contest from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Mar 18, 2014
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Urs of Mastan Shah Baba, perfect example of communal harmony

Haldawani, Mar 18 (ANI): The culture of harmony and amity among different communities has been kept alive over centuries in the country. This week we travel to Haldawani, located in northern state of Uttarakhand where devotees belonging to different communities celebrated Urs of Mastan Shah Baba. And during the Urs or the death anniversary there is a huge increase in the number of devotees, who celebrate the occasion in perfect harmony. Mar 18, 2014
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Jalandhar a hub of sports equipment industry

Jalandhar, Mar 18 (ANI): Jalandhar, located in the northern state of Punjab is not only famous for its rich culture and vibrant heritage, but also for its sports equipment industry. The state is home to people of different religions who have been living together in harmony for centuries. A sports equipment-manufacturing unit here perfectly exemplifies this ethos. Mar 18, 2014
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Politicians pitch for development as election fever grips India

Chandigarh/Amritsar/ Nagpur, Mar 18 (ANI): Politicians assured development in their respective constituencies, as Congress leader, Pawan Kumar Bansal, filed nomination papers while opposition leaders Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari campaigned to garner support ahead of the 2014 general elections. Scandal-hit Former Railway Minister, Bansal, who was re-nominated by Congress from Chandigarh, filed nomination papers on Tuesday. Bansal promised that he would work for the progress and development of Chandigarh. Mar 18, 2014
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Kirron Kher arrives in Chandigarh, says will win over angry BJP workers

Chandigarh, March 18 (ANI): A day after BJP picked actor Kirron Kher as its candidate to fight from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha constituency, a section of party activists on Tuesday staged a protest demanding that she be replaced with a local leader as the party's nominee. A group of party workers, reportedly owing allegiance to the local BJP unit, held protest and demanded the party's central leadership to review its decision to field Ms Kher. They said the party should field any of the three local party leaders - Sanjay Tandon, Harmohan Dhawan and Satyapal Jain - who were top contenders for the seat. Mar 18, 2014
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Toyota stops India production on workers pay issue

Bangalore, March 18 (ANI): Toyota Motor Corp's (7203.T) Indian unit has temporarily closed its two plants where some workers had stopped production lines to protest a delay in salary hike after 10 months of negotiations. Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), the world's biggest car maker's Indian unit, had stated that some workers over the past 25 days had disrupted business as the management, labour union and local government negotiated wages. The subsidiary closed the factories on Sunday (March 16) - a non-production day - and did not state when it will reopen them. The factories near Bangalore are Toyota Motor's only vehicle plants in the world's sixth-biggest auto market, where the Japanese manufacturer generates just a sliver of global sales. Mar 18, 2014
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Lowering our guard against China led to 1962 defeat: BJP

New Delhi, March 18 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday termed the report published online by Australian journalist Neville Maxwell on the Indo-China War in 1962, as yet another proof of clear lapses in defence preparedness by the then Congress Government of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. A section of the confidential Henderson Brooks report that critically reviewed India's defence preparedness and strategies during the 1962 war with China has been released online by Maxwell. While the report may not contain significantly new revelations about the poor state of India's forces during the war, it discusses "how the army was ordered to challenge the Chinese military to a conflict it could only lose," according to Maxwell, a retired foreign correspondent, who was based in Delhi at the time of the war. Mar 18, 2014
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BJP on the backfoot after Wikileaks denies endorsing Narendra Modi

New Delhi, March 18 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia on Tuesday took a jibe at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi after whistleblower website, WikiLeaks, clarified that its U.S. diplomatic cables released in 2011 never called Modi 'incorruptible'. Sisodia accused the BJP for creating false propaganda to garner positive publicity before general elections. Meanwhile, defending Modi, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that WikiLeaks should understand the ground reality of the country.WikiLeaks on its website, on Sunday (March 16), through its tweets, rubbished BJP's claims of quoting Modi as the 'lone honest Indian politician'. Mar 18, 2014