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Artist's ode to the Mahatma via abstract paintings

New Delhi : An intimate yet abstract portrait of Mahatma Gandhi with his wife Kasturba, a frail-looking Gandhi during Satyagraha march and many other pivotal facets of the father of the nation are captured in an artist's work whose exhibition will open here Saturday.

Ahmadabad-based artist Haku Shah's exhibition "Nitya Gandhi: Living Reliving Gandhi" are mounted at Art Konsult gallery at Lado Sarai in south Delhi.

Using the medium of abstract and figurative paintings, the 81-year-old had been working on this exhibition for the past four years.

Let truth be revealed: Mukul Roy after CBI grilling

Kolkata : Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy, who was grilled for around four and a half hours Friday by the CBI in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam, said he wanted the truth to come out and the investigation to move in the right direction.

"Let the truth be revealed. Let the investigation move in the right direction," Roy told media persons after coming out of the Central Bureau of Investigation office in the afternoon.

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Kolkata Police's short film for helping accident victims

Kolkata : Kolkata police officers are working on a short film featuring survivors of road accidents in the city to encourage pedestrians to come to the timely rescue of accident victims.

The short, a little over two minutes, will be screened in theatres across the eastern metropolis and suburbs.

Directed by Indranil Choudhary, it involves five survivors who lost their limbs in accidents while bystanders remained indifferent to their plight.

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Mizoram launches cleanliness drive

Aizawl : The Congress-ruled Mizoram government Friday launched a massive state-wide cleanliness programme in order to make it the cleanest state in India.

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla launched the programme - "Mizoram Faina Beihpui Hnatlang" (mass voluntary movement for cleanliness) - in Aizawl.

Thanhawla, accompanied by local leaders wielding brooms, cleaned the city and asked the people to do the same in their localities.

"We would make our state the cleanest in the country," the chief minister said.

Uneasy calm again on international border in Jammu

Jammu : An uneasy calm again prevailed on the international border in Jammu district Friday as tension was palpable in Arnia and R.S. Pura towns because of shelling by Pakistan Rangers.

The shelling injured three people, including two men and a woman, in Arnia town Thursday evening.

They have been admitted to government medical college hospital in winter capital Jammu.

Pakistani mortar shells had hit a school and a residential house in Arnia town which is 3.5 kilometres away from the international border.

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Adil Hussain feels privileged to meet Dalai Lama

New Delhi : Versatile and critically acclaimed actor Adil Hussain says meeting Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will forever remain a “privileged” moment for him.

The actor was in awe with the optimistic views and the positivity exuded by the spiritual leader.

“What a privilege to have met His Holiness a few days ago. He was so joyous and optimistic about the future in spite of all that surrounds us,” Adil wrote on social networking site Facebook.

The 51-year-old also posted a photograph with the Dalai Lama on the social networking site.

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India-US n-deal: Pakistan warns of arms race

Islamabad : Pakistan has warned of a renewed arms race in South Asia after India and US reached a brreakthrough on nuclear trade.

"Pakistan is examining the imbalance (likely to be caused by these agreements) and the possible ways and means for redressing it," Pakistani Prime Minister's Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Thursday.

He made the comments at a seminar organised by Islamabad-based think tank Strategic Vision Institute on the implications of US President Barack Obama's second visit to India Jan 25.

Barred from organising conversion, party threatens action

Chennai : Accusing the Tamil Nadu government of preventing voluntary conversions to Hinduism, a political outfit - Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) - said Friday it would seek legal recourse.

Speaking to IANS, HMK president Arjun Sampath said: "I have been kept under house arrest in Anna Nagar here. Large numbers of police have been deployed outside the house where I am staying."

"Vans carrying people who are willing to become Hindus are being forcibly turned away," he charged.

Minor raped by step-father in Delhi

New Delhi: A 10-year-old girl was raped by her step-father at her home here, police said Thursday. The accused has been arrested.

Police said the complaint was lodged at Timarpur police station in north Delhi, after the victim informed her school teacher Thursday morning.

The girl told police that her step father, who is a labourer, raped her in the absence of her mother Wednesday. He also threatened her of dire consequences if she disclosed the incident to anyone, police said.

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Pakistan shelling in Jammu district, three civilians injured

Jammu: Three people were injured Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir's Jammu district following heavy shelling by Pakistan Rangers on the international border, police said. The Border Security Force retaliated to the firing.

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