Flower industry gets a boost in West Bengal
West Bengal, February 02 (ANI): India's flower industry has received a boost, thanks to the efforts of a farm in the Jalpaiguri town of West Bengal, which is growing anthurium flowers that are native to South America. According to Utpal Banarjee, the owner of this farm, the relative cooler sub-tropical climate of northeast India is suited to the flower's growth.
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Pune victim, Abhishek Saxena's relatives mourn his death
Pune, February 17 (ANI): Friends and teachers of a 24-year-old Abhishek Saxena, Pune blast victim who died on Tuesday, are yet to come to terms with the loss. Saxena, a student of D Y Patil College and resident of northern Lucknow city succumbed to injuries in the city-based Dudhrani hospital. With Abhishek's death, the Pune death toll on Tuesday reached ten.
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Mirwaiz pitches Kashmir talk in upcoming Indo-Pak dialogue
Srinagar, February 20 (ANI): Mirwaiz Umer Farooq leader of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference on Friday in Srinagar said that he will call on Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir in New Delhi ahead of his meeting with Indian counterpart, for inclusion of the Kashmir issue in the dialogue. Mirwaiz added that the real representatives of people of Jammu and Kashmir should be involved at proper time in the dialogue process so that the issue is solved as per the aspirations of the people of Kashmir.
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Myanmar Navy Chief Nyan Tun inspects Guard of Honour display
New Delhi, February 22 (ANI):As part of his official visit to India, Vice Admiral Nyan Tun, Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Navy played spectator to a Guard of Honour display carried out by Indian navy personnel,on the lawns of South Block,which houses the Prime Minister's Office and the Defence and Foreign Ministries,on Monday.During his visit,Tun is expected to meet AK Antony,India's Defence minister along with Chiefs of Army Staff and Navy Staff and the Vice Chief of Air Staff.
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Pakistans Apathy Kills Several in Hunza Valley
Hunza,March 02: Hundreds displaced by a massive landslide in Hunza Valley in January say Pakistan government's apathy has claimed more lives than the calamity.Many housed in flimsy tents devoid of basic amenities like protective clothing, food and medicines have perished in the harsh winter.
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Navy Plane crashes at Air Show in Hyderabad
Hyderabad,March 03 (ANI):A trainer aircraft with the Indian Navy's aerobatics team,Sagar Pawan,crashed into a two-storied building during an air show in Hyderabad on Wednesday. According to sources,the pilot has been killed. The aircraft,an HJT-16 Kiran Mk2 trainer built by Hindustan Aeronautics,crashed a couple of minutes before noon near the old Begumpet Airport in the heart of the city.
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Indian women get trained in netball for CWG
Noida,March 14 (ANI):Indian women are training hard in netball for the Youth Championship,a test event for Commonwealth Games,in Noida.Trained by national and international coaches, the twenty two girls, divided in two teams Red and Black,are seen sweating it out at the Genesis Global School in the town.According to Mary Mecia Lourdes Jayasekara,a Sri Lankan coach,the girls are very much capable of giving a good fight to their competitors at the Commonwealth Games.
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ANVC holds first round of talks with central interlocutor
Shillong, March 17 (ANI):The representatives of the banned outfit Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC),a Garo rebel group demanding autonomy on Tuesday held the first round of talks with the central government interlocutor P C Haldar,in Shillong of Meghalaya.ANVC, a tribal Garo rebel group operating in Meghalaya's Garo Hills region,is fighting for the creation of Garoland Territorial Council.ANVC's spokesperson,Torik Jangning Marak,said that the joint monitoring committee would be meeting again soon to discuss the matter before the ceasefire expires on March 31.
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Hyderabad still tense after communal clashes
Hyderabad,March 29(ANI):Tension in Hyderabad continued on Monday following overnight clashes in the communally sensitive old part of the city and attacks on places of worship in several areas.With situation remaining tense after communal clashes,the Andhra Pradesh government today said that additional forces,including nearly 1000 paramilitary personnel despatched by the Centre,were being deployed to restore peace in the trouble-hit areas.Strife started in Moosa Bowli area of the city when the majority community reportedly removed green flags installed by members of the other community and installed saffron ones,instead, during a recent festival.
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Environment Disaster Looms Large as Pakistan Melts Himalayan Glaciers
Gilgit, March 30: Faced with an acute shortage, Pakistani government is exploring the possibility of producing water from artificially melting snow. Residents of Gilgit Baltistan, where the tests on the glaciers are being conducted, say the undue exploitation of nature could spell disaster for the local population.
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Men walk in exclusive inner wear at fashion show in Bangalore
Bangalore,April 07(ANI):In one of the unique fashion shows, male models walked down the ramp showcasing inner wear in Bangalore on Tuesday.Models,sporting their toned bodies,wore inner garments for a brand called FACIT.A range of vests,briefs and boxers in different cuts and styles was showcased.Also featured was gym wear.Fashion coordinator Prasad Bidappa called the innerwear collection fashion-forward.
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Police get special arms-training to tackle Maoists
Ranchi, April 17 (ANI): After Dantewada massacre in which maoists killed 76 CRPF personnel; Police in Jharkhand are undergoing a special arms-training exercise to combat the increasing rebel violence. Officers in charge of 131 police stations located in Maoist-infested areas of the state are being trained in state-of-the-art weaponry and are being imparted knowledge on intelligence inputs in the programme. The training program is being conducted at the Bariatu firing range in Ranchi city.
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Huge dump of arms, ammunition, explosives unearthed in Baramulla
Baramulla, April 20 (ANI): In a major arms haul, security forces recovered a huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. Acting on specific information, police launched a joint search operation with Rashtriya Rifles in Fresthar village, about 30 Km from the summer capital, Srinagar. The seized arms and ammunition included an AK assault rifle, its five magazines, 111 rounds, two Chinese pistols with three magazines and 10 rounds, an AK silencer, two 12-bore guns, seven hand grenades, two rockets, an Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) with 27 grenades, four high explosive bombs and three explosive sticks.
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A look at bollywood's gen next stars rocking ad-world
New Delhi,April 24 (ANI): Move over Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta,gen next celebrities are here to rock the ad world. Deepika Padukone,24,is endorsing brands like BSNL which earlier had Preity as its face Sony cameras and Fiama D'Willis.Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na star Genelia, 22, has not only replaced Rani Mukerji in the Fanta and Vatika hair oil ads, she has also taken the Cadbury Perk ad from Preity.Imran Khan has become the face of soft drink giant Coca-Cola.Though his uncle Aamir Khan remains its star endorser, Imran was roped in to give a younger feel.
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Hrithik Roshan loses his cool with media at Shirdi
Shirdi, May 08 (ANI): Bollywood Actor Hrithik Roshan, who visited Shirdi this morning to pray for the success of his upcoming film, Kites,lost his cool and misbehaved with the mediapersons.Hrithik was angry and upset at being chased down by the media professionals and shouted at them,pushing them back.Some mediapersons have alleged that Hrithik even used foul language during the scuffle.Instead of apologising for his behaviour,Hrithik Roshan tried to find fault with the mediapersons on the social networking site Twitter. He defended his action and talked about forgiving them.
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Maoists kill local CPI Marxist leader in West Bengal
West Midnapore,May 08(ANI): Maoists on Friday killed a local leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M)) at his residence in West Midnapore district of West Bengal. Local Committee Secretary of CPI (M) and West Midnapore District Committee member Himangshu Maity was sleeping when a group of Maoists arrived at his home at around midnight and shot him dead.
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Two train passengers injured in firing by Maoists in WB
West Bengal,May 23(ANI):A university student standing at a door of a Howrah-Tatanagar Steel Express coach and a CRPF jawan were hit on Saturday evening when Maoists opened fire on a police patrol at Banstala station of West Bengal.Pallab Tripathi,a university student,who was standing near the carriage door,was hit by a bullet on his leg.
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Counter insurgency operations to continue in Assam: PC
Guwahati, May 26(ANI): After a high-level meeting with the chief of Assam Tarun Gogoi and other senior officials of the state including the top brass of the security forces at Guwahati on Tuesday, India's Home Minister P Chidambaram said that the counter insurgency operations in Assam will continue till the rebels lay down their arms and shun violence.
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Bollywood focuses on female-centric films
New Delhi,June 01 (ANI): Women-centric themes seem to have caught Bollywood's fancy yet again.Mani Ratnam's much awaited film Raavan stars two men Abhishek Bachchan and southern star Vikram.But it is Aishwarya Rai who is being described by her co-stars as the hero of the film.Then there is Karan Johar's remake of Hollywood movie Stepmom,starring Kareena Kapoor,which is a heart-warming tale of two women.
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Rajneeti premiered in Mumbai
Mumbai,June 04(ANI):The film fraternity of Bollywood turned up in droves for the premiere of the much-awaited flick,Rajneeti in Mumbai on Thursday.The award-winning writer-director Prakash Jha,who has often explored the dark underbelly of India's regional politics,has directed the movie.Rajneeti,which is a big-budget political thriller,has a multitude of stars such as Katrina Kaif,Ranbir Kapoor,Ajay Devgan and Nana Patekar.
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