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Shahbaz Sharif visit Punjab, calls for peaceful relations with Pak

Jati Umra, Amritsar, Dec 16 (ANI): Shahbaz Sharif, chief of Pakistan's Punjab, called for peaceful solution of issues between India and Pakistan during a visit to his ancestral village and Golden Temple in India's Punjab. Addressing the villagers, Sharif called for fostering the bond of friendship and love between the neighbours. After visiting his village, Sharif offered prayers at the Golden Temple. Sharif was accompanied by his Indian counterpart Parkash Singh Badal and they are likely to ink an agreement to identify mutual areas of interest and cooperation. Dec 16, 2013
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Candlelight vigil to bring jailed Captain Sunil James back

Lucknow, Dec 16 (ANI): Families of Indian sailors held peace march in Uttar Pradesh over release of jailed Merchant Navy Captain Sunil James from a month-long detention in Togo, for last rites of his son. Sunil James is facing charges of aiding pirates. The efforts are on for James' release so that he can join his family in Mumbai to perform the last rites of his 11-month-old son, who died this month. Several participants of the peace march, many of who were sailors themselves, sought Indian government’s intervention and demanded swift action to bring Captain James back. Dec 16, 2013
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ASG writes to PM for removal of Justice AK Ganguly

Kolkata, Dec 16 (ANI): Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought removal of former Supreme Court Judge AK Ganguly from the post of chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission. Addressing mediapersons on Sunday, Jaising stated that people who implement the law should live by the law. Ganguly has been accused of sexually assaulting a law intern who worked with him. The Supreme Court had set up a three-judge panel, which heard testimonies from both, the law intern and Ganguly and submitted its report to the Chief Justice of India, P. Sathasivam, naming Ganguly as the accused. Dec 16, 2013
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Bangladesh celebrates execution of Abdul Quader Mollah

Dhaka, Dec 16 (ANI): Thousands of people in Dhaka participated in a rally to celebrate the execution of Islamist leader, Abdul Quader Mollah, who was convicted for war crimes committed in the 1971 liberation war. The rally also defied the strike called by the Islamist groups in the country. Many citizens celebrated the first ever execution of a Bangladesh war criminal, which took place late on Thursday (December 12) at the Dhaka Central Jail. Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami party had called for a nationwide strike on Sunday in protest of the execution of Mollah. Dec 16, 2013
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Vasundhara Raje takes oath as Rajasthan Chief Minister

Jaipur, Dec 13 (ANI): Vasundhara Raje, who spearhead BJP's spectacular comeback to power in Rajasthan, took oath as state Chief Minister on Friday. Governor Margaret Alva administered the oath of office and secrecy to Vasundhara Raje. Top leaders of the BJP including party patriarch LK Advani, party prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, party president Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, among others attended the ceremony. The BJP returned to power in Rajasthan after five years, winning a record 162 seats and leaving the Congress bruised with just 21 members in the 200-seat legislature. Dec 16, 2013
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Ukraine's opposition holds mass pro-EU rally

At least 200,000 pro-European demonstrators began a mass rally in the Ukrainian capital Sunday in a fresh show of force against President Viktor Yanukovych after his failure to sign a key EU agreement. Soundbites of pro-EU protesters. Duration: 01:30 Dec 15, 2013
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Mandela's village bids solemn farewell

Perched above the pomp and ceremony of Nelson Mandela's state funeral, villagers and visitors to his rural home said a final goodbye among the open spaces and grasslands of his boyhood. Duration: 00:59 Dec 15, 2013
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Kiran Bedi slams Kejriwal over disapproval on Lokpal, says he is misguiding public

Ralegan-Siddhi, Dec 15 (ANI): After AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal said that Anna Hazare is misguided about the amended Lokpal Bill, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi slammed him and said that Kejriwal is misguiding the people. Bedi said that there are people around Anna who have done proper research on the bill and that these people are well educated and not illiterate and that there is no chance of any mis-conception in Anna's mind. She also said that Kejriwal's issue is with the Parliament and not Anna and so he should stop commenting on Hazare. Dec 15, 2013
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India summons US envoy over Devyani Khobragade's arrest

Farrukhabad, Dec 15 (ANI): India has summoned US Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell to protest and convey the displeasure against the arrest of its high-ranking diplomat in New York for an alleged visa fraud, said Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday. Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who is the Deputy Consul General at the Indian Consulate in New York, has been accused of lying on the visa application for an Indian national who worked for her for less than four dollars an hour, violating U.S. norms. Khurshid hopes that the United States would rectify its legal process that led to the arrest. Dec 15, 2013
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MS Dhoni's brother Narendra Singh joins Samajwadi Party

Lucknow, Dec 15 (ANI): Narendra Singh Dhoni, elder brother of Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni on Sunday joined the Samajwadi Party. NS Dhoni said that he met SP President Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav before joining. He said that he listened to the policies of the party which convinced him for joining. Dhoni is planning to stand in elections from Jharkhand and work for the welfare of people. Dec 15, 2013
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1000 crore fund cant solve problems of women: Annie Raja

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Social Activist, Annie Raja on Sunday slammed government over the untouched Nirbhaya fund and said that it’s not the answer for what the women of India are facing today. She further said that passing legislation and leaving it is not the way. Dec 15, 2013
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Satisfied with amended Lokpal, wont end hunger strike till it gets passed: Anna Hazare Part - 2

Ralegan Siddhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Entering sixth day of his hunger strike, Social Activist Anna Hazare said that he is satisfied with the amended Lokpal Bill and also paid gratitude to the ruling government for the same. He also said that he won’t end the hunger strike unless the bill gets passed by both the houses of the Parliament. He also stressed on the importance of the bill getting passed in the ongoing session of the Parliament. Talking about AAP Convener Arving Kejriwal’s disapproval on the proposed bill, Hazare said that if he is not satisfied, he should struggle and bring the changes he desire to bring. Dec 15, 2013