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image   Agra, April 8 : Bollywood actress Sri Devi and her husband Bonney Kapoor Tuesday campaigned for Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate Amar Singh in Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh.

Huge crowds turned up to see Sri Devi, causing traffic jams on the national highway, witnesses said. Amar Singh's RLD has an alliance with the Congress.

He is pitted against Samajwadi Party's Pakshlika Singh and BJP's Choudhary Babu Lal. The Aam Admi Party has fielded Laxmi Choudhary. (IANS)    
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image   Bhubaneswar, April 8 : Congress chief Sonia Gandhi as well as BJP leaders Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj will campaign in Odisha for the second phase of the Lok Sabha election, to be held April 17, party sources said Tuesday.

Gandhi who visited Odisha for a few hours Saturday and addressed a rally in Khariar town of Nuapada district, about 550 km from here, will again be in the state Thursday to campaign in the coastal belt.

Swaraj, leader of the opposition in the outgoing Lok Sabha, will hit the campaign trail in Rairangpur, Anandpur and Mahakalpada the same day.

Similarly, Modi who was the star at three rallies April 4, will be wooing
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image Mysore, April 8 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday said that people will vent their anger against the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing an election rally in Mysore, he said: "The public is in a mood to teach Congress a lesson."

Modi alleged that the Congress did not fulfill any of its promises made in the last ten years.

He also attacked the party for fielding its former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, who was allegedly involved in Adarsh Housing scam, from the state's Nanded.(IANS)
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image New Delhi, April 8 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will be addressing rallies in Assam, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh while campaigning for the party's Lok Sabha candidates.

According to a release from his office, Gandhi will hold a public meeting at Silchar Lok Sabha constituency in Cachar district of Assam. This meeting, scheduled 10.30 a. m., will take place at Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex at Udharband.

Gandhi will attend another public meeting at 2 p. m. in Chhattisgarh's Kanker Lok Sabha constituency which falls in the state's Balod district.

The final meeting of the day will be at 5 p. m. at Ambedkar Sports Stadium in Mad
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image   Colombo, April 8 - The Sri Lankan government Monday refused to cooperate with an international investigation into alleged human rights abuses in the country.

External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris said the government will not allow international investigators to visit Sri Lanka to conduct a probe, Xinhua reported.

Peiris told reporters in Colombo that an international investigation cannot take place on Sri Lankan soil without the cooperation of the government.

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva had recently passed a resolution calling for an international investigation into the war in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan ar
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image   Thrissur (Kerala), April 7 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Monday appealed to voters to defeat the "forces of darkness" while slamming the BJP for being divisive and the CPI-M for pursuing a redundant ideology.

At an election rally in Thrissur, Gandhi said the 2014 Lok Sabha polls were crucial for India and it was up to the voters to choose between a divisive Bharatiya Janata Party and a unifying Congress.

"We should fight to defeat the forces of darkness and we will make the forces of light come alive in our country, as we have always done," she said.

Accusing the BJP of dividing India, Gandhi asked voters to cast t
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image   British telecom giant, Vodafone has said that it is planning to open 150 new shops and create 1400 new jobs across the UK during the coming 12 months.

The plans will increase the company's total investment in the country to £1 billion during 2014. The company is the biggest mobile providers in the UK and serves over 19 million UK customers across the country. Vodafone is aiming to offer indoor and outdoor 2G, 3G and 4G coverage to 98 per cent of the UK population by 2015.

The new stores of the company will bring the total number of Vodafone outlets in the UK to over 500. The company has also indicated that it will team up with organisations to
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image                                     To assuage privacy concerns, the White House and some lawmakers are pushing forward with changes to a surveillance program that would leave the bulk storage of millions of Americans' telephone records in the hands of phone companies, even though they are convinced the information now held by the government is protected and question whether the changes would actually do more to protect privacy.

President Barack Obama intends to ask Congress to end the bulk collection of Americans' phone records. Instead, the go
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image                                         Russian authorities warned the FBI in 2011 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two Chechen brothers accused of carrying out last year's Boston Marathon bombings, but U.S. authorities missed chances to detain him, NBC News reported on Tuesday.

Citing a congressional report it said could be released by the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee as soon as Thursday, NBC News said the Russian intelligence agency FSB cabled the FBI about its concerns in March 2011, warning that Tsarnaev was
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image                                         A Utah man named Christopher Reeves has been arrested for possession of methamphetamine drugs and for driving under the influence.

But hold your horses. This Christopher Reeves is not the same Christopher Reeve who portrayed the Man of Steel in the four Superman movies.

The arrested Reeves, 33, was allegedly speeding and driving erratically when he was pulled over by the police.

Reeves, a Utah resident, who appeared impaired, was arrested after he failed a field sobriety
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image                                   Search for missing Malaysian jet resumes off Australia as weather improves

The search for the Malaysian airliner that disappeared 18 days ago resumed on Wednesday in the southern Indian Ocean, looking for debris that may unlock the mystery of why the plane ended up in frigid seas thousands of miles off course.

A dozen aircraft from Australia, the United States, China, Japan and South Korea will scour the seas some 2,500 km (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth in the hunt for potential debris, the Australian Maritime
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image                                     A serpent eagle sits inside a cage at a police station after it was seized from illegal traders along with other animals in Manila. Reuters photo

Not all fatwas make sense to the non-Islamic world. However, here's on fatwa that is worthy of being lauded. The Indonesian Council of Ulama has issued a fatwa against illegal wildlife trafficking.

The fatwa declares illegal hunting of illegal trading of endangered species to be haram, or forbidden.

Believed to be the first of its kind in th
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image Efforts to try to identify debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean are unlikely to start again for "at least another 24 hours," Australian Defense Minister David Johnston said Tuesday.

"We're not searching for a needle in a haystack. We're still trying to define where the haystack is," Mark Binskin, vice chief of the Australian Defence Force, said Tuesday.

The news is sure to further upset family members whose loved ones were aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

For them, Monday was full of news they were dreading.

First, a grim-faced Malaysian Prime Minister confirmed
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image Shillong, March 18 : The opposition is dividing the people of India on communal lines, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said here Tuesday while launching his election campaign in Meghalaya.

"The opposition believes in centralisation of power and politics of anger.  But the Congress believes in uniting people, giving power to people, to youth, to women to transform the society and in the politics of love," Gandhi said at a huge rally at Resubelpara, the district headquarters of North Garo Hills.

"We should create an India in which all of you feel that wherever we go, we will be welcomed with open arms.  Such an ideology which attacks
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image   New Delhi, March 18 : The under-recovery, or revenue loss, on diesel for the second fortnight effective March 16 has come down to Rs. 7.16 per litre from Rs. 8.37 during the first fortnight of the month, the petroleum ministry said Tuesday.

"In the case of PDS Kerosene and Domestic LPG the under-recoveries for the month of March 2014 remains unchanged at Rs. 36.34 per litre and Rs. 605.80 per cylinder respectively as their refinery gate prices are determined on monthly basis," the ministry added.

"Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs), effective 16, March 2014, are now incurring combined daily under-recovery of about Rs. 399 crore on the sale of
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image   The infant gorilla delivered at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park stayed under 24-hour care Monday as she combats pneumonia.

The infant, given birth on Wednesday by cesarean section, is, no doubt treated by the veterinary staff and neonatal experts from UC San Diego Health.  The C-segment conveyance was a first for the world-popular San Diego Zoo.

On Friday, the gorilla experienced surgery to expand one lung that was not in a good shape.

"We've been working with the infant all weekend and in the wake of having a few days of experience treating her, it's really clear that we've been managing pneumonia," said Na
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image   Washington, March 13 - Researchers using ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) have found the largest yellow hypergiant star HR 5171 A - 1300 times the diameter of the Sun and much bigger than was expected.   This makes it the largest yellow star known. It is also in the top ten of the largest stars known - 50 per cent larger than the famous red supergiant Betelgeuse - and about one million times brighter than the Sun.   Olivier Chesneau (Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur, Nice, France) said that the new observations also showed that this star has a very close binary partner, which was a real surprise, asserting that the two stars are so close that
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image   New Delhi, March 12 : Some aberrations have crept into journalism in India and the media should itself find ways to remove them, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday.   "Vibrant and fiercely independent media in our country is an asset for all of us. It has served us well in disseminating information, educating the public and keeping a critical eye on the work of the government," he said at a function to mark 125 years of the Malayala Manorama group.   Manmohan Singh said that while the media had evolved and grown in size, some "aberrations" have crept in.   "But the good thing is that these aberrations are also being discu
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image   Johannesburg, Mar. 08 - Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly warned that popular social media networks YouTube and Facebook could be banned in the country after a number of online leaks added momentum to a corruption scandal.

Erdogan said in an interview that the government would take new steps to tighten their grip over Internet after 30th March, including a ban on these sites.

However, President Abdullah Gul, a frequent social media user, said that Facebook and Youtube were recognized platforms all over the world and a ban was out of the question, News 24 reports.

Erdogan's proposals come in light of the r
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image   Washington, Mar. 08 - A passenger jet carrying 239 people that reportedly lost contact with Malaysian Airlines is suspected to have run out of fuel.

Flight MH 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing lost contact with the Subang Air Traffic Control at about 2:40 a. m. local time.

Malaysia Airlines Vice President of Operations Control, Fuad Sharuji, said that they had no idea where the aircraft was, adding that they had tried to call through various means, but to no avail, CNN reports.

The airline said that the Boeing 777-200 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 a. m. and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a. m., and included
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