Indian university launches a course for sex workers
Sonagachi, Apr 13(ANI): An Indian university has set a benchmark of sorts by pioneering a special educational programme for sex workers and their children in Sonagachi area of India's eastern Kolkata city. Sonagachi, is one of Asia's biggest red light districts with 6,000 sex workers. The initiative by Indira Gandhi national Open University or IGNOU, a central university is aimed at uplifting the status of these women and their children.
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Organised retail creating huge opportunities
New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): Organized retail in India is expected to create over 800,000 new jobs in India in the next five years. Manpower requirements have overtaken availability. Providing education and training to generate this workforce is the challenge of the day. This is the story of economic liberalization that took off in India less than two decades back filtering down to the common man. The boom is just taking off, with a long way to go yet.
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Police detained agitators angered by Prophet Mohammed's cartoon
Vellore, Sept 2 (ANI): Police in Tamil Nadu detained 200 agitators of the Muslim community protesting against a local daily that published a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad. Dinamalar a leading daily in the state published the cartoon on September 2. The cartoon angered Muslim community, who first stoned the office of the newspaper and later destroyed 4 state run buses. Police has reportedly filed a case against the newspaper and is investigating the issue further.
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Emu farming generating business opportunities
Kochi, Apr 15(ANI): Poultry owners in India's southern Kerala are taking to Emu farming to exploit the multiple returns offered by these birds in terms of their meat, oil, skin, feathers and even their colourful eggs, that are in huge demand for ornamental purposes. Also, with the poultry industry being caught in the imbroglio of avian flu, emu farming is fast catching up in Kochi as entrepreneurs are emulating emu farmers in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and
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India's small e-car to hit roads soon
Rajkot, October 10 (ANI): It seems to be raining small cars in India. Makers of electric scooters and bikes under the Oreva brand, Ajanta group of India is all set to roll out its first e-car. After Nano, Oreva is also having their plants in Gujarat as Ajanta will be rolling out the car from the same unit as had produced e bikes. National Marketing Head of Oreva Group said that the car would be able to run up to 200-250 kilometers in one time charge.
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225 MLAs will vote against Telangana resolution: Rajagopal
New Delhi, December 14 (ANI): In an apparent bid to scuttle the move to form Telangana, Congress MP L Rajagopal on Sunday threatened to go on a hunger strike if a resolution favouring the separate state was introduced in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, which, he claimed, will be opposed by 225 MLAs.
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Hrithik-Sonam: Romeo & Juliet go desi
New Delhi, Apr 11(ANI): Sonam Kapoor’s stellar debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya has caught the eye of one of Bollywood’s biggest banners, Yashraj Films. The production house has approached Sonam to star with Hrithik Roshan in their upcoming film, inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
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Biotech industry expected to grow despite recession
Bangalore, November 15 (ANI): The biotechnology industry of India seems undaunted by the global meltdown and is confident of excellent augmentation in the coming years. Experts feel that the industry, which currently holds only two percent shares of the global market, has the potential to grow and emerge as global player in coming years. Experts expect the industry to cross the five billion dollar mark by 2010, through its products and services.
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Varun's arrest continue to spark rage from BJP leaders
Indore/ Raipur/Badayun, April 4 (ANI):Leaders of main opposition Bharatiya Janata party continued to express anguish over invoking the National Security Act against Varun Gandhi.BJP leader Arun Shourie,told reporters in Indore that Varun Gandhi has more understanding than Congress party general secretary,Rahul Gandhi.BJP says that it will field Varun Gandhi as a candidate in the coming general election, defying the Election Commission advice.
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Army organises heritage event at LoC
Kalsian, February 7 (ANI):Indian Army organised a heritage fair near the border with Pakistan in Jammu, amidst tensions between India and Pakistan. The intended purpose of holding such events is to instill confidence among the people living in the villages nearby the LOC areas of Jammu near Pakistan border due to continued tension. The fortnight long cultural event Virasat-2009 organized by the Indian Army's finally concluded at a tiny village of Kalsiyan situated in Rajouri at Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
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Sachin Tendulkar buys a new house in Pune
Pune, January 28 (ANI): Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar visited Pune on Thursday to inspect a palatial villa that he recently bought. The former Indian cricket captain acquired the keys of his newly booked luxurious villa, which is located at Ambegaon along the Mumbai-Bangalore Bypass on the outskirts of the city. Tendulkar who is often heard of driving down his Ferrari to Pune whenever his tight schedule permits also added on the occasion that visiting his newly acquired home might become his favourite routine.
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'Faans' inspired from the life of Sarabjit Singh
Wagah Border, July 3(AN): Sensational news has always been the source of inspiration for Bollywood filmmakers. And now the real life story of Sarabjit Singh has inspired director Avdhesh Chitransh. Faans is a film based on the life of a spy girl. As noted by Chitransh this is first time that a film based on a spy is being produced in India. Shiva, an actress of Tamil movies, is playing the lead role in film which incidentally marks her debut in Hindi films.
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Army chief warns of 26/11 type attacks
New Delhi, November 03 (ANI):Indian Army Chief Deepak Kapoor on Tuesday warned that 26/11 type Mumbai terror attacks were a possibility and that the country needed to be on guard to counter such acts of terror.Kapoor also said,a peaceful and stable Pakistan was necessary to India's security,further refuting India's involvement in aiding terror in Balochistan.
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Fish farmers in southern India earn huge profits
Tamil Nadu, July 12(ANI): Fish farmers in Tamil Nadu are giving a boost to inland fish farming. They are making best use of the available water resources in the region. Over 5000 farmers in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri are engaged in fish farming business, under the self-employment scheme. Around 1000 ponds have been formed near various villages for fish farming where the farmers devote at least two hours a day tending the fish.
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IPL can restore Indo-Aussie relations: Gilchrist
New Delhi, March 02 (ANI): According to Australian soon to retire wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist, the lucrative Indian Premier League could repair the bad blood between the Indian and Australian cricket teams. Addressing a new daily in Melbourne on March 1, a day ahead of the Commonwealth Bank tri-series finals against India starting on Sunday, Gilchrist said that he feels that IPL is going to be a ground-breaking territory.
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A R Rahman launches Commonwealth Games theme song
New Delhi,August 16 (ANI): Oscar-wining composer A R Rahman launched the theme song for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in national capital New Delhi on Monday.The Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi was also present at the event.Rahman said that the media should help in building a positive image of the Games to the international community.Rahman said the song would be released 10 days later as it needed tweaking to make it sound more exciting.
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Orissa continues to reel under communal violence
Khandamal, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, 28 Dec (ANI): India's eastern Orissa continues to reel under communal violence with reports of fresh violence during an exchange of fire between the police and unidentified rioters on December 28th. The Orissa government on Friday ordered a judicial probe into the communal violence in tribal-dominated Kandhamal district, which has claimed at least three lives.
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Shiv Khera launches a party for weaker section
New Delhi, July 14(ANI): Eminent author and business consultant Shiv Khera on Monday launched Bhartiya Rashtravadi Samanata Party in a mission to revolutionalize the weaker sections of the society based one economic norms. The party claims to take a public stand against all caste and religion-based reservations and the policies of the pacification. The manifesto of the party was also released.
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Wardrobe malfunction at Wills fashion week
New Delhi, March 15 (ANI): A German model's shoulder strap fell off while she walked in a blue cowl neck for designer Rajesh Pratap Singh's collection on the third day of Wills India Fashion Week in New Delhi on March14.But the model nonchalantly completed her walk after pulling it back. Meanwhile Manish Arora's collection based on the theme 'warrior' stole the limelight on the third day at the fashion week.
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Girls in J&K take to playing rugby
Jammu Kashmir, May 1 (ANI): Shedding their traditional veils, enthusiastic girls in the Jammu & Kashmir valley are getting ready for the rough and tumble of the rugby fields as they take to this male sport with enthusiasm. Rugby, which is a cross between football and soccer, originated in England in the 1800s and features a spherical ball and 15 players to a side. The game involves tackling and constant fight for the ball.
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