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Mysore hosts Dussehra festival with colourful tableaux, performances (Update)
Devotees thronged the Mysore Palace in Karnataka on Thursdayto participate in the majestic celebrations of the Hindu festival 'Dussehra' or 'Dasara'. ANI

RSS chief slams government over revised poverty line row
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief, Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday criticized the UPA Government on the revised poverty line row. ANI

Shimla artists use paintings to depict various political, social issues
A painting exhibition drew artists and art lovers to Shimla. Artists exhibited paintings to create awareness about the prevailing political and social issues. ANI

Kerala Christians follow 'Vidyarambham' Hindu ritual to initiate toddlers in alphabets
'Vidyarambham', the traditional Hindu ritual to initiate tiny tots to learn the alphabet, was performed on the last day of Dussehra, Vijaya Dashami, in Kerala. ANI

First all-women skydiving team demonstrates skill at Hindon base
An all-women Indian Air Force skydiving team demonstrated its skill for the first time during the Air Force Day parade rehearsal at the Hindon airbase on the outskirts of national capital New delhi on Thursday. ANI

Activists hope for PM's approval for closure of Koodankulam nuke plant
Anti-nuclear activists on Thursday said they were hoping that their meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the closure of the Koodankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu would work in their favour. ANI

No pressure being put on witness in NC worker death case: J-K Police
Senior sources of the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday said that no pressure was being put on the second witness not to depose in a case resulting in the death of a National Conference (NC) worker. ANI

Kolkata women perform vermillion ceremony to end Durga Puja festival
Married women in Kolkata performed the sindoor (vermillion powder) ceremony at the end of the Durga Puja festival on Thursday. ANI

PM, Sonia witness Dussehra celebrations at Ramlila Maidan
Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday visited the Ramlila Maidan to see the culmination of the annual Dussehra celebrations there. ANI

Arunachal MP condemns attack on police personnel, blames state govt. for lawlessness
Arunachal Pradesh (West) Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy on Thursday condemned Wednesday's attack on police personnel and civilians at Roing, the headquarters of the state's Lower Dibang Valley district. ANI

Kashmiri Hindus celebrate Dussehra in Srinagar
Kashmiri Hindus burnt a huge effigy of the demon king Ravana at Srinagar's Polo Ground on Thursday. ANI

PM, Sonia witness Dussehra celebrations at Subhash Maidan
Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday visited the Subhash Maidan to see the culmination of the Dussehra celebrations there. ANI

7 killed, 5 hurt in Indore cracker factory fire
At least seven people were killed and five others were critically injured in a fire at a cracker factory near Indore on Thursday. ANI

PM, Sonia must make efforts to release Rajiv Gandhi assassination accused: Karunanidhi
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief said in a statement on Thursday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi should make efforts to release the three convicts on death row in connectiopn with the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. ANI

Farooq Abdullah's defence of son Omar untenable: Mufti
People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah's defence of his son and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in connection with the death of a National Conference activist was untenable and unacceptable. ANI

BSF seizes 27 kg of heroin, Rs.1.98 lakh in foreign currency
Border Security Force (BSF) personnel ha reported the successful seizure of 27 kilograms of heroin and foreign currency worth Rs.1, 98, 500. ANI

Royal touch to Dussehra celebrations in Mysore
Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, scion of the Mysore Royal Family, led the grand Dussehra celebrations here on Thursday. ANI

IAF gears up for 79th Air Force Day with successful dress rehearsal
Officers and air warriors of the Indian Air Force IAF) took part in a full dress rehearsal on Thursday ahead of the 79th Air Force Day celebrations to be held on October 8. ANI

Devotees worship demon king Ravana in Kanpur
Even as the demon king Ravana is vilified and his effigies are burnt in most parts of the country on the occasion of Dussehra, the people in Kanpur worship and glorify him to honour his intelligence and valour. ANI

Former NASA astronaut interacts with Kashmir University students
Former National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Mary Ellen Weber has shared and discussed her first encounter in space with curious and aspiring students in Srinagar he two-time NASA astronaut Weber said: "The students asked incredible questions, they have a great deal of insight, they obviously are very bright and have worked very hard and they are very confident. ANI

Subramanian Swamy slams Centre for defending Chidambaram over 2G issue
Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy on Thursday slammed the Central Government for defending Home Minister P. Chidambaram on the 2G issue. ANI

Sale of effigies of Ravana hit by inflation in Jaipur
The continuous price-rise and inflation has affected the sale of effigies of ten-headed mythological demon king Ravana in Jaipur. ANI

NC worker death row: Farooq Abdullah says it's a political stunt
Lashing out at the People's Democratic Party (PDP) for holding Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah responsible for the custodial death of National Conference (NC) worker, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah on Thursday termed the whole controversy as a political stunt. ANI

Bilaspur convicts get opportunities to earn money, re-enter social mainstream
An open jail in Himachal Pradesh's Bilaspur District has allowed 64 jail inmates go outside to earn money and make efforts to re-enter mainstream society. ANI

Leech therapy popular in Tamil Nadu, helping patients to get rid of many ailments
A large number of doctors are resorting to leech therapy with an aim to cure patients suffering from various skin diseases in Tamil Nadu. ANI

Traders selling donkeys at high prices in Jaipur
Donkeys are being sold at high prices at the traditional donkey fair in Jaipur's Luniyawas Village. ANI

Preparations in full swing for Advani's 'Jan Chetna Yatra'
Supporters and workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Bihar's Sitab Diara village have stepped up preparations for party veteran Lal Krishna Advani's forthcoming 'Jan Chetna Yatra'. ANI

Indians celebrate Dussehra
The festival of Dussehra, which symbolizes the victory of good over evil, is being celebrated through out the country today. ANI

Gujarat government intimidating riots case witnesses, alleges Teesta Setalvad
Human rights activist Teesta Setalvad has accused the Gujarat Government of victimising and intimidating witnesses and whistleblowers in the 2002 communal riots case. ANI

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