Textile industry in southern India slumps
Tamil Nadu, November 30 (ANI): The capacity utilization of the textile industry in Tamil Nadu, hit by the ongoing slump in the demand in the international markets and the acute power shortage, has dropped by 72 percent. Many mills are on the verge of shutdown as buyers from countries like United Kingdom and United States have cancelled their bulk orders.
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‘Rab ne Bana Di Jodi’ all set to hit the Box Office
Mumbai, December 7 (ANI): Thirteen years after Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, took the box office by storm, and eight years after blockbuster Mohabbatein, director Aditya Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan are back together with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. After the super success of the song Haule Haule, expectations were too high from the other songs of the Rab ne Bana di jodi. However, the music director duo of the film, Salim-Sulieman passed the test with their next song ‘Dance pe Chance’.
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Security to be beefed up in Uttrakhand
Dehradun, December 7 (ANI): Uttrakhand state which houses a prestigious military academy plans to tighten its security after the western Mumbai terror attacks. The security all across India has been beefed up after last week's Mumbai militant strikes. The Chief Minister of Uttrakhand Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri chaired a meeting of top officials and reviewed the security scenario in the state.
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Shortage of quality willow hits bat industry
Srinagar, December 7 (ANI): Makers of cricket bats in Indian Kashmir complain of shortage of quality willow. The cricket bat industry in the valley, which employs about 10,000 people, is a worried lot, as this shortage of the quality willow will affect their livelihood. Bat makers like Mudasir Dar; complain that the government has failed to implement their recommendation even after three years.
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Thousands visit Taj Mahal replica in Bangladesh
Sonargaon, December 13 (ANI): A village 30 km southeast of Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka is playing host to the life-size replica of India's monument of love, Taj Mahal. Thousands of visitors are flocking to Sonargaon to see this pink rimmed replica of Taj Mahal. The park opened for all on December 9 and the visitors pay a fee to enter the complex. Many of the visitors were happy to see the replica.
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Coordinated attacks fail to kill nightlife in Mumbai
Mumbai, December 14 (ANI): Coordinated attacks in Mumbai have failed to kill nightlife of the city and enthusiasm among the people. Mumbai's nightlife is known for attracting a large number of locals as well as tourists. Trade analysts say that the entertainment capital has witnessed a slump in business and the number of people thronging the nightclubs has gone down, but they attribute it more to the recessionary trends than to the terror attacks.
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Aamir Khan unveils his fitness secret
Mumbai, December 15 (ANI): Bollywood actor Aamir Khan unveiled the magic formula of his new eight-pack abs in entertainment capital Mumbai on Sunday. Khan looks very brawny in his eagerly sought film Ghajini. Khan said his newly acquired muscular look was to conform to the strict standards laid down by the director. Khan also revealed the formula to achieve super fitness.
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John Abraham goes full nude
New Delhi, December 17 (ANI): After stripping down to bare minimum in Dostana, Bollywood’s pin-up boy John Abraham has dared to bare it all for his next film. John had admitted in a recent interview that he is open to the idea of shedding all his clothes if a scene in the film requires him to do so. Well, it appears such a scene has finally found the actor. But it is not a scene that would leave the girls swooning, as John has shed his clothes for an interrogation scene.
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India prioritizing malnutrition can reduce hunger: WFP
New Delhi, December 18 (ANI): The U.N.'s World Food Programme is of the view that Indian's commitment to accord priority to malnutrition can make a significant contribution to the global fight against malnourishment and hunger. While the proportion of malnourished people has fallen in India, their absolute numbers are rising with the population. Sheeran added that the WFP would like to benefit from the wisdom available at grass root level regarding food management.
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Anti terrorism bill passed in upper house
New Delhi, December 19 (ANI): Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament unanimously on Thursday passed the bill to set up a National Investigative Agency, a day after it was passed by Lok Sabha, the lower house. K Rehman Khan, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha put the motion taking the National Investigative Agency Bill-2008 to vote. The bill was debated by the members in the house following which, it was passed.
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IAF conducts passing out parade for its cadets
Hyderabad, December 20 (ANI):Indian Air Force on Saturday conducted a combined graduation parade or CGP in Hyderabad for its cadets who have successfully completed their basic and professional training. A total of 97 cadets from all branches of the Indian Air Force were awarded the President\'s commission by Chief of Indian Air Force upon passing out after completion of their training in flying, navigation and ground duty.
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Farmers in Himachal Pradesh take to floriculture
Mahog, December 21 (ANI): Changeover to floriculture by farmers in villages of Himachal Pradesh using latest techniques has helped them improve their standard of living. The credit for this trend is attributed to the growing demand of flowers around the world, which in turn has inspired these villagers to take to floriculture. They have adapted the latest techniques in floriculture that have been made available to them by the government of Himachal Pradesh.
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Jail inmates of Kolkata undergo dance therapy
Kolkata, December 21 (ANI): In Kolkata inmates of Presidency and Alipore Women's Correctional Homes formed a dance-drama troupe and staged shows across the city. The dance troupe is an outcome of 'Dance Therapy' mooted by the IG of Prisons in West Bengal state as a part of the reform process. This dance troupe consists of 75 members who perform on a regular basis in Kolkata. Among them 54 are the prisoners who have now turned into stage thespians.
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Akshay Kumar runs for a special cause
New Delhi, December 21 (ANI): Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar took part in a special torch run organised in New Delhi on Sunday for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. The Special Olympics is aimed at empowering specially-abled individuals to take active part in sports training and competition. Akshay Kumar who led the Indian leg of the torch run flagged off by Chief Minister of New Delhi, said that there is a need to encourage the specially-abled individuals to be a part of the main stream society.
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Farmers reap rich dividends from Gerbera cultivation
Uttarakhand, December 23 (ANI): With the Christmas and New Year round the corner, farmers in Uttarakhand cultivating ornamental flower Gerbera are eagerly looking forward to cashing in on the festive spirit. These farmers are already reaping rich dividends from Gerbera cultivation in the region. The central and state governments are promoting cultivation of Gerbera by offering subsidies through the National Horticulture Board and the state’s national gardening board.
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Insurance coverage to tea workers in Assam
Assam, December 23 (ANI): Geneva-based International Labor Organization or ILO on Monday recognized ICICI Life Insurance Prudential to provide insurance solution to over 1.2 million tea plantation workers in Assam over the next two to three years. ICICI Prudential Life will provide an effective channel for consumers' funds, to create a sustained savings mechanism as well as create awareness on the need and benefits of life insurance as a social security mechanism.
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Himachal Pradesh gears up for Christmas
Shimla/Manali, December 24 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh is all geared up for the Christmas, putting behind downfall in the tourism business. Tourists in Shimla and Manali, which received a heavy snowfall this year, are awaiting the advent of Christmas with lots of fun, frolic and more snow. The travel, tourism and hotel industry in Shimla expect the Christmas celebrations to make up the slump in tourism business.
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Women technicians co opt male bastion in Bollywood
Mumbai, December 25 (ANI): After entertaining the audiences with their acting power on-screen, more and more women are venturing in the fields of production, direction, cinematography to carve niche for themselves in Bollywood. Names such as Savita Singh, Sharmistha Roy, Amala Papuri and Fawzia Fatima may not be familiar to most of us but they have begun to convert male-dominated areas into their own.
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Protest against Pakistan in India
New Delhi, December 25 (ANI):One of India's radical Hindu organizations,Rashtrawadi Sena staged a protest demonstration in New Delhi on Thursday. The party demanded the closure of terrorist training camps in Pakistan in the wake of recent Mumbai terror attacks. Rashtrawadi Sena chief Jai Bhagwan Das urged the Indian government to mount a strong action against terrorists and destroy their camps in Pakistan.
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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister meets E Ahmed
New Delhi, December 26 (ANI): Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal on Friday met India's junior Foreign Minister E Ahmed in New Delhi. According to reports India has apprised Al-Faisal about the evidence against Pakistan in connection with the recent Mumbai attacks during the brief meeting.
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