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New Delhi, Nov. 23 (ANI): Social activists on Sunday condemned Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shaina NC's unwarranted comment against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati, saying her statement is anti-women and shameful.
New Delhi, Nov. 23 (ANI): Father Kuriakose Chavara and Sister Euphrasia were declared saints by Pope Francis at a special mass at St Peter's Square at Vatican on Sunday.
Catholic priest, nun from Kerala to be declared saints today Nov 23, 3:21 pm
Thrissur, Nov. 23 (ANI): Special prayers and masses are being held across Kerala as a Catholic priest and a nun, hailing from the state, will be declared saints by the Vatican today.
Ricciardo, Vettel disqualified from Abu Dhabi GP qualifying after cars deemed illegal Nov 23, 3:05 pm
London, Nov 23 (ANI): Red Bull racing duo Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel have both been disqualified from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying after their cars were deemed illegal.
London, Nov 23 (ANI): Louis van Gaal grabbed his first away win as Manchester United manager as his side battled on to beat Arsenal 2-1 and move up to fourth place in the Premier League table.
Siliguri (West Bengal), Nov. 22 (ANI): A fire broke out in a special train, which was carrying police officers deployed on election duty in Jammu and Kashmir, near Siliguri in West Bengal on Saturday.
Agartala, Nov. 22 (ANI): Natural beauty, wildlife, handicraft, culture and food - the northeast region boasts abundant vibrancy and diversity to attract domestic and foreign tourists. With the decline in insurgent activities, the region is witnessing a rise in tourist inflows.
US watching Kashmir election process, no major complaints Nov 22, 5:05 pm
Washington, Nov. 22 (ANI): American officials are keenly watching the political drama unfolding in Jammu and Kashmir, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party is running to claim the coveted prize of winning India's only Muslim-majority state. They are aware that if the BJP successfully completes its most ambitious and audacious project or comes close to the prize, the signal that it is the new national party would be unmistakable. US diplomats have learnt a quick lesson after the national elections where their analysis was a little behind the curve. But Kashmir also arouses worry in Washington -- it is seen as a "flash point" between India and Pakistan, an ever-simmering flame that can spark a confrontation. Pakistani visitors never fail to whip up exactly those sentiments among Americans with exaggerated accounts of alleged Indian army excesses and the desire among Kashmiris for "azadi." It so happens that Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's army chief, is currently on a six-day visit to the US, meeting officials at the Pentagon and the State Department. He has blamed India for the current spate of LOC firings, saying that his attention is being forcibly diverted from fighting terrorists on his eastern border. But blaming India for Pakistan's self-inflicted wounds doesn't sell as well in Washington as it used to. The constant misinformation campaign on Kashmir - best exemplified by the unmasking of ISI-fronted Kashmiri American Council and ISI-funded Ghulam Nabi Fai in 2011 - has taken a heavy toll on the credibility of Pakistani claims. US officials can see that the BJP is looming large on Kashmir this time with an effective strategy of making inroads over the past two years. But they are worried about BJP's stated desire to "debate," if not abolish Article 370, which gives the state a special status. Even though BJP leaders are trying hard to keep the 370 issue away from headlines this campaign season, the pot has been stirred. The first phase of voting for the 87-member State Assembly begins Nov. 25 and political dynamics are fluid to pin down. Only two things are sure: that the BJP won't join the Congress in a coalition and that the two main regional rivals, the National Conference and the PDP won't join each other. All other combinations are possible, especially with smaller parties, many of which were created recently, playing an important. They will be crucial in BJP's attempt to get the magic number of 44 since no matter how hard it tries; its appeal among Muslims in the valley is low. US analysts say that parties like the Kashmir Development Front, which has several former bureaucrats and academics, may be appealing to voters. KDF was created by Farooq Renzu Shah, who left the Congress Party saying he was disillusioned. Renzu, a bureaucrat who helped rebuild damaged shrines and big bridges when he was in government, is popular among the people. US officials say they see no major problems in the execution of the elections and the theme of development in Kashmir is just what the doctor ordered. They don't see the streets erupting if the BJP forms the government. The meeting between Modi and former separatist leader, Sajjad Lone, was seen as an especially interesting development. Vijay Sazawal, a Kashmir expert who is consulted widely by Washington opinion makers, said the mood in the valley and elsewhere has noticeably changed, mostly in favor of the BJP. He cited two factors - the apology by the Indian army for the shooting of a teenager and a young man on Nov. 3 and the sentencing by a military court of five soldiers, including two officers, to life imprisonment for the staged killing of three Kashmiri civilians in the Machil sector in 2010. The rare developments have been welcomed by Kashmiris whose wounds are deep and feelings raw. "It has helped greatly and the apology came after direct orders of the PMO not to fudge the issue. The people are happy that the army has been punished. People tell me that none of Modi's posters has been torn or defaced in the valley," says Sazawal, who regularly talks to people on the ground. He marveled at the strategic insights of BJP managers - Amit Shah and Ram Madhav - in making the right moves and saying the right things. He cited BJP's state unit vice-president, Ramesh Arora's declaration that Sufi Islam would prosper under BJP. This is clever messaging to those Muslims who are tired of terrorism and want the peaceful version of their religion to return home. The US government, struggling to contain the extreme strains of Islam as exemplified by ISIS, can hardly quarrel with promotion of Sufi Islam. Pakistan, the other player in the "dispute" doesn't raise confidence levels when it comes to dealing with or "managing" Wahabism, which it and Saudis have injected into India.
India gets off to stuttering start on Oz tour Nov 22, 4:04 pm
Sydney, Nov 22 (ANI): Even before India's tour of Australia has gotten under way, the superstar cricket team seems to have taken a stuttering start as they kept the police, fans, media and a Cricket Australia official waiting in Adelaide.
Bipartisan report clears CIA of 'wrongdoing' in Benghazi attack Nov 22, 12:06 pm
Washington, Nov 22 (ANI): The House intelligence committee has cleared the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of wrongdoing in the 2012 Benghazi attack in Libya.
No 'special treatment' for jailed Pistorius on 28th birthday Nov 22, 10:47 am
Johannesburg, November 22 (ANI): Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, who is serving a five-year prison sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has turned 28 and is expected to receive no special treatment .
Washington, Oct 21 (ANI): Officials have revealed that the gunman who went on a shooting spree at Florida State University's library wounding three people was a former student.
Washington, Nov 21 (ANI): Two entrepreneurs have come up with a unique shot glass that will help you to avoid those awkward facial contortions brought on by taking the first sip of alcohol.
Russia warns against US arms supply to Ukraine Nov 21, 4:14 pm
London, Nov 21 (ANI): Russia has expressed concern over a US official's suggestion that the US should provide arms to Ukrainian forces combating pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Rijiju concerned over attacks on north-eastern people Nov 21, 3:40 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has called for a meeting with all the ministers and officials of the Delhi Police to look into the increasing attacks on the north-eastern people across the country.
Pak special court accepts Musharraf's plea seeking trial of co-accused in treason case Nov 21, 3:40 pm
Islamabad, Nov 21 (ANI): Pakistan's special court has ordered the federal government to re-file its complaint in the treason case against Pervez Musharraf while accepting the former military ruler's plea seeking trial of the three co-accused.
India placed the issue of existence and repatriation of black money at G-20, says PM Modi Nov 21, 2:19 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stated that India placed the issue of existence and repatriation of black money at the recently concluded G-20 Summit, expressing his satisfaction over the official communique of the summit reflecting the same.
FIFA to examine WC corruption full report Nov 21, 11:29 am
London, November 21 (ANI): In a latest development to the controversy revolving around World Cup bidding process, FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and lawyer Michael Garcia have agreed to release full copies of probing reports into the WC bidding corruption to the organisation's compliance chief.
Vettal signs three-year contract with Ferrari Nov 21, 10:35 am
London, November 21 (ANI): Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettal has officially joined the Italian giant Ferrari to partner Kimi Raikkonen by signing three-year contract as former driver Fernando Alonso has confirmed his exit from the team.
Injured F1 driver Bianchi out of coma, says family Nov 21, 10:35 am
London, Nov. 21 (ANI): Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi, who was critically injured in last month's Japanese Grand Prix, has come out of his induced artificial coma and is breathing unaided, his family confirmed.
Kobani battle crucial 'public test' for Obama, IS militants Nov 20, 5:21 pm
New York, Nov 20 (ANI): The ongoing battle in Syrian town of Kobani is an important public test of US President Barack Obama and his strategy of collaborating the American air force with local ground troops to combat the Islamic State militants.
Chandigarh, Nov. 20 (ANI): The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday sent controversial 'godman' Sant Rampal to judicial custody till the next date of hearing on November 28, and also asked the Haryana DGP to submit an affidavit detailing the operation conducted by the police to execute the godman's arrest.
New Delhi, Nov.20 (ANI): Expressing shock over the increasing attacks on the north-eastern people around the country, writer-activist Binalakshmi Nepram on Thursday claimed that such attacks were 'politically motivated'.
Johannesburg, November 20 (ANI): FIFA president Sepp Blatter has discarded demand made by the English Football Association (FA) head Greg Dyke to publish the report into the long-standing allegations of corruption surrounding the bidding process for 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
New Delhi, Nov. 20 (ANI): Cyber expert Pawan Duggal on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rising social media popularity reflects India's significance under the latter's leadership, and added it is a salutation to his eccentric understanding of the social media and internet.
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