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PM remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday remembered former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 74th birth anniversary, and recalled his contribution to the nation. On his birth anniversary, we remember former PM Rajiv Gandhi and recall his contribution to the nation, said Modi on Twitter. Gandhi's widow and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, son and party Vice...

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Anupam's interest for Chhattisgarh is heart warming: Chhattisgarh CM

Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, whom Anupam Kher met on Saturday, says the veteran actor's interest for the state is heart warming. Singh tweeted photographs of himself and Anupam with the caption: Met veteran actor Anupam kher in Raipur today. His love and interest for Chhattisgarh is heart warming. On Sunday, Anupam also shared a series of photogr...

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Planters apprehensive about future of Darjeeling tea exports, pin hopes on GI tag

Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) Amid fears of losing export markets to other nations due to the ongoing unrest in the northern West Bengal hills, Darjeeling's tea planters are hoping that the Geographical Indication (GI) tag will enable them to regain their market share in the future. All plucking and manufacturing operations in Darjeeling's 87 gardens have been suspended since June 9 due to the ...

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Nine Chhattisgarh officials suspended over cow deaths

Raipur, Aug 19 (IANS) In the wake of the uproar over the death of 250 cows in Durg and Bemetra districts of Chhattisgarh, nine officials of the Agriculture and Animal Husbandry department have been suspended and issued show-cause notices, officials said on Saturday. The departmental action came after a report on the deaths was submitted by Agriculture Department's Director S.K. Pandey on...

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Artist's journey narrated through work

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) The journey of an artist is encapsulated in her ongoing timeline narrating where she began from to now, when she engages with her subject before putting life in them. Artist Kanchan Chander has created expressions though her drawings, paintings and installations with a unique charisma to engage her audience. Her show titled, Whispering Toros is on for vie...

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Mamata congratulates Sharad Yadav for 'save composite culture' event

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday congratulated rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav for organising the save composite culture event in Delhi. Banerjee also said she and her party Trinamool Congress were glad to be a part of it. Eyeing a new political equation after JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar switched sides to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJ...

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'VIP 2: Lalkar': High on drama, low on emotions

Film: VIP 2: Lalkar; Director: Soundarya Rajinikanth; Cast: Dhanush, Kajol, Amala Paul, Ritu Verma, Balaji Mohan, Samuthirakani, Vivek; Rating: **1/2 This film suffers from sequel fatigue but unlike its prequel, this is not really an underdog story. Taking off from where it left in its prequel, the 2014 released VIP, it is the tale of the jobless, yet conscientious engineer, Ragh...

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Composite culture of the country in danger, say Opposition parties

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav on Thursday brought together opposition parties on a common platform for saving the composite culture of the country that was in danger as participants asserted that there was a need to fight divisive forces that posed a threat to the Constitution. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Leader o...

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Murali Vijay, Jonty Rhodes to attend Surfing Festival

Chennai, Aug 17 (IANS) India Test opener Murali Vijay and South African legend Jonty Rhodes will attend the fifth edition of Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival, starting here from August 25. The championship is recognised by Surfing Federation of India and will see top men's and women's surfers from across the country vie for the top spots under seven categories namely Novice (...

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'Shreelancer': Quirky and captivating

Film: Shreelancer; Director: Sandeep Mohan; Cast: Arjun Radhakrishnan, Salmin Sheriff, Monica Mahendru, Cesar Lorente Raton, Francisca Emilia Papale and Ajay Srivastava; Rating: **1/2 Making the best use of one's given time, the consequences of seemingly innocuous careless moments, the inexorability of fate and the possibility of grace are the inevitable or unescapable themes of Shreelan...

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GMDA set up, Sharan appointed CEO

Gurugram, Aug 16 (IANS) Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, a set up to provide integrated and coordinated planning for infrastructure development, became functional on Wednesday, an official said. Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, Anand Mohan Sharan has been appointed its Chief Executive Officer in addition to his present duties, said the official. The senior off...

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Two mild quakes hit Chamba in Himachal

Shimla, Aug 16 (IANS) Two mild quakes were recorded simultaneously on Wednesday in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba region, which witnessed tremors for three consecutive days in May, an official said. Two earthquake measuring 3.5 and 4.1 on the Richter scale were recorded at 8.33 a.m. and 8.56 a.m., respectively, Meteorological Office Director Manmohan Singh told IANS. He said the epice...

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RSS flays Kerala bid to prevent Bhagwat from hoisting flag

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has condemned the CPI (M)-led Kerala government's orders to prevent its chief Mohan Bhagwat from unfurling the national flag at a school in Palakkad district of Kerala on Tuesday. Bhagwat, however, hoisted the tricolour defying the orders issued by the district administration. We condemn such brazen attempts by the C...

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India celebrates 71st Independence Day -- peacefully

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) India on Tuesday celebrated its 71st Independence Day peacefully, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi declaring that goli (bullet) and gaali (abuse) cannot resolve the Kashmir problem. Millions poured out of their homes to take part in events big and small all across the country. A shutdown called by separatists affected life in the Kashmir Valley and in some parts...

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Sonia calls for fighting communal forces

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday stressed the need for speaking in unison against separatism and terrorism as well as divisive and communal forces and to unite to protect India's fundamental values. In her message on the 71st Independence Day, she greeted people on the occasion and said: My prayer to God is that the country keeps making progress and all...

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Gorakhpur tragedy 'irreversible', says Kerala CM in I-Day speech

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 15 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday termed the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy as irreversible and said the lives lost can never be got back, in his address at the Independence Day function here on Tuesday. Vijayan took the salute at an impressive parade in the Central Stadium and highlighted on various aspects - from nationalism, the Gorakhpur ...

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Modi invokes Hindu gods in Independence Day speech

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invoked Lord Rama and Lord Krishna, apart from Mahatma Gandhi, while asserting that each Indian had a role to play in the making of a new India by 2022. We are rich inheritors of the historical legacy (ranging) from Sudarshan-dhari Krishna to 'charkhdhari' Mohan (Mahatma Gandhi), he said in his Independence Day speech from ...

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RSS chief raises flag at Kerala school

Palakkad (Kerala), Aug 15 (IANS) RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday unfurled the Indian tricolour at a government-aided school here despite being told by authorities that political personalities can't do this. This sparked criticism from the CPI-M and the Congress. The District Collector and police had told the Karnakeyamen School management near here that since the school was state-supp...

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RSS chief raises flag at Kerala school

Palakkad (Kerala), Aug 15 (IANS) RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday unfurled the Indian tricolour at a government-aided school here despite being told by authorities that political personalities were not permitted do this. The District Collector and police had told the Karnakeyamen School management near here that since the school was state-supported, only people's representatives or the...

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Hymns to Hindustan: Patriotic film songs from pre- and newly Independent India

Every August 15 and January 26, wherever official or private programmes to celebrate the Independence Day and Republic Day are being held, the strains you are likely to hear would be most probably Aao Bachon tumhe dikhaye, Kar chale hum fida, Chorho kal ki baaten, Mere Desh ki dharti or Dil diya jaan bhi denge, Ae Watan tere liye. It may seem strange, or rather evoke the dominant medium,...

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