People take part in 21st Thane Varsha Marathon in Maha
Maharashtra,July 18 (ANI): The 21st Thane Varsha Marathon was organised in Maharashtra on Sunday and was flagged of by Ashok Vaity,mayor of Mumbai.Also called Monsoon Marathon,the run was held to create awareness for good health and environmental protection by planting 22,000 saplings.The marathoners from Indian Army,Railways and Services took to the roads,vying for the prestigious titles at the famous Thane Varsha Marathon, which is held every year during monsoon.
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Sex Scandals hit National Women's Hockey Team
New Delhi, July 21 (ANI): India's national game got a serious setback as the national women's hockey team was rocked by alleged two sex scandals today.On the one hand, a player alleged sexual harassment by the chief coach M. K. Kaushik and on the other,photographs of the team videographer Basavraj with sex workers during the March-April China Tour were mailed to the management by an anonymous sender. Hockey India has now set up an inquiry to look into the matter.T he enquiry committee comprises of former hockey captains Zafar Iqbal,Ajit Pal Singh, Sudarshan Pathak and Rajiv Mehta.
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Indian army doctor wins medals at World Medical and Health Games
New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): When a lean and shy looking Major Surendra Poonia of the Indian Army entered the power-lifting arena at the 31st World Medical and Health Games, his opponents jokingly asked him if he was there for the chess tournament going on in the same hall. Little did they know that he would lift the gold medal and have the last laugh at the podium. A medical officer in the elite President's Bodyguard unit at the iconic President's House in New Delhi, Poonia became the first Indian to participate and win three medals at this international event held recently in Porec, Croatia.
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Women BSF guards to be part of retreat ceremony at Wagah border
Wagah,July 23, 2010 (ANI):Females entered yet another hitherto foray of male as female BSF constables would become part of The Retreat ceremony at the Wagah Border For the first time female constables have been trained and introduced to conduct the ceremony on an experimental basis.The female BSF guards say they feel proud and are excited about their participation in the retreat.Earlier,female constables had regular duties such as guarding the Border Out-Post's gates,frisking women at Wagah gates when they go beyond the barbed wire fence to work in their fields,managing crowds at Wagah during the retreat ceremony,and similar.
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Celina launches gay magazines in Goa
Panjim, July 27 (ANI): India's Bollywood actor and gay rights activist Celina Jaitley launched two magazines 'Fantasy' and 'Fun' in Panjim. The two magazines were a re-launch that was first introduced in 1992. 'Fantasy' was first introduced in India as a soft porn version of 'Playboy' and now it has re-launched itself as a lifestyle magazine catering to fashion, style, food, accessories, automobiles, gadgets, gizmos etc. Celina Jaitley said that she was honoured to be a part of the magazine as it is meant for men in general irrespective of their sexuality.
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Several feared dead in Pakistan airline crash
Islamabad,July 28 (ANI):A commercial Pakistani passenger plane with 152 people on board crashed in bad weather in hills near the capital,Islamabad,on Wednesday, officials said.The jet,belonging to private airliner Airblue, lost contact with the control room of the Islamabad International Airport at 0443 GMT while flying from the southern port city of Karachi.The plane was carrying 146 passengers and six crewmen.
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Eco-friendly Ganesha statues to be exported to London
Surat,July 29 (ANI):Faith often gets in conflict with science on many occasions.And one such example is immersing of idols which the environmentalists say pollute the environment. But now sculptors in Surat have designed special eco-friendly idols which would also be exported to London.14 idols of Lord Ganesha are being made on the order of non resident Gujaratis living in London.One of these Ganesha idols is 8 feet high It took almost 25 days for the sculptors to sculpt these statues.
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Geelani's appeal in vain, fresh clashes with security forces
Srinagar, August 05 (ANI): Despite appeals of Hurriyat's hardline faction leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani to protest peacefully, stone-pelting mobs today clashed with security forces in Kashmir Valley, leading to the death of one person in police firing and injuries to four others in the violence. Meanwhile, Normal life was completely crippled as curfew entered seventh day today in all the ten districts and locals were facing acute shortage of essential commodities. The Indian Railways, which run a train service from south Kashmir's Anantnag to Baramulla in the north, suspended its operations for an indefinite period after violent mobs burnt railway stations and targeted tracks in some towns
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Several feared dead in Leh cloudburst, flash floods
Ladakh, August 06 (ANI): At least 20 persons are feared dead in flash floods triggered by a massive cloudburst in Leh town of Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region on Thursday night. Many houses, hospitals, government and educational institutions have been damaged in the incident. According to media reports, several towers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), the state-owned telecommunications firm, have also been destroyed cutting off all communication to the region. The Army has launched massive rescue operations to evacuate trapped persons. It is reported that the dead include several jawans of the Indian Army. The number of those injured in the incident is estimated to be over 200.
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Jayalalithaa lashes out at Karunanidhi for water crisis
Tamil Nadu, August 15 (ANI):J.Jayalalithaa,chief of AIADMK lashed out at DMK led state government for shortage of water from River Cauvery for irrigation. Addressing a rally on Saturday, She said that Karunanidhi, despite his regular visits to Bangalore and couple of meetings with the chief of the neighbouring Karnataka, had never cared to talk about the water crisis and took no step forward to bring waters of River Cauvery to Tamil Nadu.
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CGF chief Michael Fennell assesses stadia in New Delhi
New Delhi, August 18 (ANI): Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell, who is on a two-day visit to New Delhi, visited Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi on Wednesday as part of his inspection visit of all the stadia built for the games. Fennell is to visit all the venues and also inspect allied infrastructure facilities, many of which are still under construction. He will also be briefed by the officials of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee about the preparations for the event. The arrival of Fennel against the backdrop of a spate of controversies surrounding the Delhi Commonwealth Games is looked upon keenly especially after a few participating nations raised doubts about security issues for the mega event.
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Koena Mitra goes Mallika Sherawat way, eyes Hollywood
New Delhi, August 18 (ANI): After Aishwarya Rai Bachchan & Mallika Sherawat yet another B-town hottie, who is vying to make her name in the west, is Koena Mitra. Koena, who's been signed by a management company in the US, is trying her luck in Hollywood. And her repeated attempts at wooing the West is paying her fruitful results too. Just recently it was held that she has caught the attention of Hollywood designer Gina Alexander, who will launch an entire range of bags on her name. Then she also attended Hollywood's most coveted award event Teen Choice Awards 2010, where she was the only Indian actress invited.
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Lafangey Parindey Deepika,Neil participate in Dahi Handi
Mumbai,August 20 (ANI): Fans in Mumbai on Thursday had a special gallery view of Deepika and Neil,lead pair of 'Lafangey Parindey',which hits the theaters today.Both the stars interacted with their fans at a residential colony in Mumbai,where they had come to witness a 'Dahi Handi', the Hindu tradition of breaking of a cream filled pot suspended high up on wires by group of boys imitating antics of God Krishna and his friends.
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Heavy rains cripple normal life in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh
New Delhi, August 23 (ANI): The fear of floods loom large in Delhi as the water of River Yamuna continues to flow well above the danger mark of 204.88 metres on Sunday, which has created a sense of worry amongst the locals in low lying areas. Rain is still coming down heavily in most parts of the city. The rainfall for the month of August has already broken a 10-year record. There has been more than 413 mm of rainfall in the city till now this month.
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West Bengal tops chart of teenage pregnancy
Kolkata, August 24 (ANI): According to the Family Planning wing of Health Ministry, West Bengal has the highest number of teenage pregnancy cases in the country. Reportedly, 14% of the births in the state have been attributed to teenage girls between 15 and 19 years of age. The reason of maternal mortality being high is that a whopping 41% of the girls are married prior to they attain the age of 18. Further she noted another factor responsible for teenage pregnancies is the education level of the girls.
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Shah Rukh,Gauri promotes furnishing brand D\'Decor
Mumbai,August 27 (ANI): For the first time ever, Mr.and Mrs.Shahrukh were seen together promoting a brand.The handsome couple was recently seen promoting furnishing brand D\'Decor in Mumbai.Stating the reason for becoming the brand ambassador,Gauri khan said she liked the fabric and has been using the brand for her house.Meanwhile,Reacting to a poser from the media about his association with Commonwealth Games,Khan said he was not asked to promote the event.
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Flood situation grim in UP, Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand/ Uttar Pradesh, August 28 (ANI): Incessant rains have caused flash floods in Bahriach areas in Uttar Pradesh, crippling normal life. Water entered residential areas, while houses in nearby villages collapsed due to the force of the water. Ghaghra and Rapti rivers have, however, started receding in eastern part of the state, but they are still flowing above the danger mark at most places. Villagers complained that they expected help from the government, but were given only food once and have not been given any further aid.
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Celebrate eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi as sculptors make clay idols
Chennai, September 03 (ANI): Today when people are expected to become environment conscious, Lord Ganesha is ready to contribute his bit too. With Ganesh Chaturthi approaching, sculptors of Chennai are making eco-friendly idols of the Lord. Hand-sculpted idols are being made with clay, and painted with natural colours using turmeric, and several other colours. Earlier, the idols used to be made from materials like plaster of Paris, which do not dissolve easily and reduced the oxygen level in the water, resulting in the deaths of fish and other aquatic animals.
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Bollywood town star attends 'Dabangg' special screening
Mumbai, September 07 (ANI): Bollywood town stars poured in at Ketnav Theatre in Mumbai to attend the special screening of Salman Khan's much-awaited Dabangg.Besides the lead stars, Salman and Sonakshi,biggies like Aamir Khan,Imran khan and Shilpa Shetty,who attended the evening.Apart from Gen X stars,veterans like Manoj Kumar also came at the do.Well,from glamour,style and fun,Dabangg's special screening scored high on everything.The only thing that went missing,was surely Katrina's presence.
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Katrina getting inked for her upcoming venture
New Delhi, September 12 (ANI): Katrina Kaif is getting inked and how, Director Ali Abbas Zafar has short listed 20-25 designs for tattoos that will be flaunted on Kat's body. Zafar is a debutant director who will be directing the actress along with Imran Khan in Yashraj's next untitled venture. A source close to the film informs, Katrina plays a rebel in the film sporting a grungy punk look. She will be getting interesting abstract tattoos, which will, of course, be temporary in nature.
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