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Attukal Pongala celebrated in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, March 5 (IANS) Lakhs of devotees took part in Attukal Pongala, the largest congregation of women in the world, here in Kerala on Thursday. The event has been listed by the Guinness World Records as the single largest gathering of women in the world to offer prayers. Over the years the festival has become more popular with people from other religions also taking part i...

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Goa governor gives Swachh Bharat twist to Holi message

Panaji, March 5 (IANS) Enjoy Holi, offer gulal, but also clean your homes and surroundings during the festival, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha told the people on Thursday. In her address to the people, Sinha, who has been nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a Swachh Bharat ambassador, said Holi symbolised cleanliness in a holistic way. Holi is also a symbol of cleanliness. D...

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Sensex closes 68 points up, healthcare stocks zoom

Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), closed Thursday's trade up 68 points or 0.23 percent. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed the day's trade flat, up 15.10 points or 0.17 percent at 8,937.75 points. The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 29...

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US youth accused of helping man join IS, arrested

Washington, March 5 (IANS) A US high school student, who allegedly helped a man travel to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, has been arrested, according to media reports. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided the house of the accused teenager, a student of Osbourn Park High School in the US state of Virginia, and arrested him, the Washington Post reporte...

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Pilot injured as IAF fighter jet crashes in Haryana

Chandigarh, March 5 (IANS) An Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jet crashed on Thursday near the Kurukshetra-Ambala district border in Haryana, police said. The pilot of the Jaguar fighter was injured as he ejected the plane. The injured pilot was taken to hospital by IAF personnel, who rushed to the spot in a helicopter from Ambala. The Jaguar fighter jet crashed in an agricultural...

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Sarah Jane to make her debut in live performance

Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) Indie singer Sarah Jane Dias is set to perform in front of a live audience for the first time with the 'The Lost Party'. The two-day music festival will start from March 6 in Lavasa, Pune. I am thrilled to be performing at 'The Lost Party'. It is my first performance at a music festival and I'm happy because I love the ethos of the festival. I've also neve...

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Spectrum auction: Enters Day 2, receives bids in all 4 bands

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) The telecom radio frequency spectrum - or airwaves - auctions that started March 4 entered the second day on Thursday and received bidding in all four bands. The auction is taking place on 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands. A total of six rounds of bidding took place on Day One of the auctions for telecom operators with a total offer for Rs.6...

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UP chief minister greets people on Holi

Lucknow, March 5 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav extended Holi greetings to the people of the state on Thursday. In a message issued by his office, the chief minister said that Holi was a symbol of our rich tradition, diversity and multi-cultural heritage. This festival, he added, spread the message of mutual love, unity, brotherhood and harmony. Yadav ...

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Farmers block Haryana highway over demands

Chandigarh, March 5 (IANS) Farmers owing allegiance to the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) blocked the Kurukshetra-Saharanpur highway on Thursday seeking immediate acceptance of their demands, which include hike in the minimum support price (MSP) for crops. The protesting farmers are demanding the implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report on agriculture sector, including hike in the...

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Amarnath Yatra begins on July 2

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) The annual Amarnath Yatra (pilgrimage) will begin on July 2 on both the routes of Baltal and Pahalgram and conclude on August 29, official sources said Thursday. Registration is necessary for every pilgrim, they said. Nobody, shall be allowed to undertake the journey without a yatra permit which is valid for the day and the route in question, an official...

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India look to make it four from four

Perth, March 5 (IANS) Defending Champions India are on a roll, having won all three of their cricket World Cup matches, and are favourites to make it four out of four when they take on two-times former champions West Indies in a Pool B contest on the fast, bouncy WACA wicket here on Friday. For the West Indies, who have won two and lost two, it is a crucial game. A win will certainly put...

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' banned in India

Los Angeles, March 5 (IANS) American erotic romantic drama Fifty Shades of Grey has been banned in India. The country's film censors decided the raunchy film was too explicit for India's film-hungry audiences, even after all nudity was edited out of the film, reports dailystar.co.uk. Malaysia, Indonesia and Kenya have also banned the controversial film, which is an adaptation of ...

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Naidu invites Japan to invest in Andhra capital

Hyderabad, March 5 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday invited Japanese firms to invest in the development of the new state capital and in various sectors which offer huge opportunities. He promised the investors faster clearances, allotment of any amount of land, round-the-clock electricity supply, water and hassle-free business environment. Nai...

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HCL, Tele2 enter into partnership for Internet of Things

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) IT services company HCL Technologies and European telecom operator Tele2 have entered into a partnership to address the substantial market opportunities for machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in Europe, a statement issued by the former said here on Thursday. The two companies will jointly address one of the fastest growing areas of t...

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Policeman not to face charges in black youth's death

Washington, March 5 (IANS) The US Justice Department has said that it will not bring federal civil rights charges against Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, Efe news agency reported. According to a departmental report released on Wednesday, prosecutors did not find that the actions of Wilson, who is white, const...

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I'm a complete Amitabh Bachchan fan: Avinash Mukherjee

Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) Actor Avinash Mukherjee, who is best known for his portrayal of Jagdish Singh in soap opera Balika Vadhu, is a complete fan of megastar Amitabh Bachchan and loves to mimic him. Avinash is currently playing Neil's son, Ranbir in Sony Entertainment Television's Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyar. Everyone on the show's set teases Avinash and even pulls his leg over his admirati...

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'Margarita With A Straw', an inspirational film: Aamir Khan

Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan says that he watched Kalki Koechlin-starrer Margarita With A Straw on being persuaded by his wife Kiran Rao and was floored by it. Aamir launched the trailer of the film here on Wednesday. Margarita with a straw is the story of Laila, played by Kalki, who is suffering from Cerebral Palsy and shows how she still manages to go a...

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Holi catches a chill in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, March 5 (IANS) Swine flu and the chilly weather are likely to play spoilsport during Holi in Uttar Pradesh. The rise in the swine flu toll to 16 coupled with a dip in the mercury are proving to be a dampener this Holi, with some people deciding to skip the 'Holi Milan' -- a gathering to celebrate the festival. Revellers here intend to curtail their plans for Holi this Fr...

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Nitish Kumar, Modi main rivals in Bihar's 'pichkari' market

Patna, March 5 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are rivals not only in politics, but also in the 'pichkari' market here as water sprinklers -- used to spray water on Holi -- with pictures of the two leaders are doing brisk business. Nitish pichkari and Modi pichkari are in high demand, shopkeeper Raju Singh said on the eve of Holi, the festival of...

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Amending land act vital for rural infrastructure: Modi

Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh), March 5 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday made a strong pitch for amending the existing land acquisition law, saying it will enable creation of better rural infrastructure. Modi made a strong appeal to all members of the Rajya Sabha to support initiatives of the union government that will enable fulfilment of the mandate given to the government for...

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