Oct 31 to be celebrated as "Rashtriya Ekta Diwas": Prakash Javadekar

Mumbai, Oct 22 (ANI): IandB Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said that the Government of India has decided to celebrate October 31st, which marks the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, as "Rashtriya Ekta Diwas". He added that on 31st October 'Run for Unity' will be organized across nation and in the evening there will be parade by NSS, NCC at district headquarters. Power Minster Piyush Goyal said that the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel will be celebrated with festive fervor in the whole nation. Oct 22, 2014

Another minor girl raped in Bangalore school; parents, activists protest

Bangalore, Oct 22 (ANI): A three-year-old girl student was allegedly raped inside a private school in Bangalore on Tuesday, police said. This is the third incident of a minor girl student being allegedly sexually assaulted on school campus in the city. According to the complaint, the girl was crying when her mother picked her from the school in Jalahalli and was not behaving normal and had symptoms of fever. A criminal case has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 and IPC section 376 (rape) on a complaint from the father of the child, police said. CCTV footage from the school is being examined and the staff members were being questioned. Oct 22, 2014

Ramdev appreciates Uttarakhand CM for inviting him to Kedarnath

Haridwar, Oct 22 (ANI): Yoga Guru Ramdev on Wednesday appreciated Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat for inviting him to visit Kedarnath temple. Ramdev said that Rawat has moved beyond the politics of elections and parties and invited him as a person to visit the temple. He also said that he will pray for peace to prevail in the country and for welfare of all citizens. Oct 22, 2014

Modi to spend Diwali in flood-hit Srinagar, politicos react

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will spend Diwali in Srinagar, interacting with flood-affected people, even as the Bharatiya Janata Party is preparing to make an impact in the forthcoming State Assembly election. The visit has evoked a mixed response from the political parties. Oct 22, 2014

Terry Walsh to continue as Indian Hockey coach, gives time to SAI for new contract

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): Indian Hockey Coach Terry Walsh who had submitted his resignation on Tuesday will continue as the coach till Olympics. DG of Sports Authority of India Jiji Thomson said that Walsh will continue serving as the coach of Indian hockey team till next Olympics. He added that the contract with Walsh will be renewed and other issues be solved. Meanwhile, Terry Walsh said that he has not withdrawn his resignation but looked for better ways to move forward. Oct 22, 2014

Sushma Swaraj meets Mexico's Foreign Minister

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her visiting Mexican counterpart Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena, at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. The two leaders shook hands and exchanged pleasantries before they headed for Joint Commission meeting pertaining to mutual interest of both countries. The two countries are also expected to sign bilateral agreements/Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) following the meeting. On Tuesday, Kuribrena also met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to discuss issues of bilateral interest. Mexico is India's leading trade partner in Latin America. Oct 22, 2014

Regional leaders in Tamil Nadu slam Sri Lankan navy chief's Indian visit

Chennai, Oct 22 (ANI): The visit of chief of Sri Lankan Navy, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, to India drew flak from politicos of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. National committee head of a Tamil nationalist party, Naam Tamilar Katchi, Ayyanathan, said to think of a security agreement with Sri Lanka is a diplomatic blunder. Sri Lanka, he added, is already sharing its ports with China, and to share India's southern region's security with Sri Lanka is to share it with China. This will strain the relations between the government of India and people of Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, DMK leader TKS Elangovan, also slammed the central government's attempt to think of a shared security with Sri Lanka. Oct 22, 2014

Maoists in red corridor of Bokaro blow up railway track, disrupting train network

Bokaro, Ramgarh, Oct 21 (ANI): Maoists blew up a portion of a railway track in the red corridor of Bokaro district in Jharkhand disrupting the train services. As per the police, the rebels destroyed about 1.5 meter track due to which the passenger trains were held up at different points. Divisional railway manager, BK Singh, said the train service will resume soon after restoration work will be completed. Meanwhile, police also recovered a 15 kilogram can bomb hidden below an over-bridge on NH-2 at Chittarpur. In-charge of the Rajrappa Police Station Lileshwar Mahto said the police received information from the villagers and immediately took action about it. He added that a bomb disposal squad was called from Hazaribagh defused the bomb. Oct 22, 2014

Japan catches world attention through conventional and modern novelty

Tokyo, Oct 21 (ANI): "Sadou", a tea ceremony, is one of the Japanese traditions to serve "Matcha", a kind of powdered green tea. "Sadou" is usually a formal event, but in Tokyo a large scale tea ceremony was held to introduce the traditional Japanese tea culture. They brought a number of "Sadou" schools together to serve it to people from overseas and those unfamiliar with the tea ceremony. Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony was held at Hamano-Rikyu Gardens, one of the traditional and most beautiful Japanese gardens in Tokyo. An annual event held since 2008, it aims to create a lively atmosphere that everyone can experience green tea in "Sadou" manner. International visitors enjoyed a special outdoor tea ceremony with English interpreter. The visitors also enjoyed a Japanese sweet along with green tea. The event was part of the Tokyo Culture Creation Project, an organization supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to promote "Tokyo as a city of global cultural creativity". Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony introduced the world of Japanese hospitality, each host wears a beautiful kimono, each movement they make has a meaning to welcome the guest. Oct 22, 2014

India is fully equipped to handle Ebola threat: Health Minister

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, said in New Delhi that the country is fully equipped to tackle Ebola threat as the surveillance system has been geared up to track travellers and monitor for symptoms. Vardhan said that the government will also set up facilities at airports and ports to manage travellers showing symptoms of the disease. Signs range from fever and intense weakness to internal and external bleeding and the incubation period is two to 21 days. All international airports across the country have been put on high alert and precautionary measures are being taken to screen Indian nationals returning from the Ebola-hit regions. Oct 22, 2014

Mizoram Premier League footballer dies from spinal injuries after somersault goal celebration

Siliguri, Kolkata / Guwahati, Oct 22 (ANI): Football fraternity, condoled death of a 23-year-old footballer, who died from severe spinal cord damage after attempting to celebrate a goal with a somersault. Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala died on October 19 at a hospital in India's northeastern Mizoram state after the incident in Tuesday's (October 14) match in the third tier Mizoram Premier League (MPL). A veteran state level football player and coach, Joybrata Bose, said Biaksangzuala death is a big loss for the country. After scoring the equaliser against Chanmari West FC, a flipping Biaksangzuala landed awkwardly and was lying unconscious as his team mates surrounded him and gestured for help. Meanwhile, a football coach from Sports Authority of India, SK Bandopadhyay in Guwahati said that players often express themselves after scoring a goal. Meanwhile, an another former footballer, Subroto Bhattacharya, said the concerned authorities must formulate some rules to prevent such incidents in future. Oct 22, 2014

Five people injured in massive fire in Faridabad

Faridabad, Oct 22 (ANI): At least five people were injured when massive fire broke out in a crackers market, gutting more than 150 shops in Faridabad. At least 10 vehicles were burnt in the inferno. Loud explosions were heard for about 15 minutes at the ground, where the cracker market is organized every year during Diwali. Angry victims blamed the police administration for the accident and sought compensation for their damages. Oct 22, 2014

Nepalese government defends snowstorm rescue operation

Kathmandu, Oct 22 (ANI): Nepal's Home Ministry Secretary, Surya Silwal, defended the government's actions after it came under fire for its handling of the search and rescue operation for hundreds of trekkers who were caught in a Himalayan storm last week. Nepal has been criticized for failing to issue timely weather warnings, but Silwal said the storm, which brought unseasonable snow and avalanches, came about suddenly. The extreme weather was triggered by the tail end of a cyclone which hit neighbouring India last weekend. He said any country would have handled the incident similarly and denied reports that the government had terminated trekking permits. Oct 22, 2014

Jitendra Singh announces enhancement in research fellowship

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): Ministry of science and technology announced enhancement for scientific researchers in a bid to contribute more for research and development. Minister for Science and Technology, Jitendra Singh, told mediapersons that the long pending demand of researchers has been addressed as the government had decided to revise their fellowships. There were various practical considerations in deciding on the revision of fellowships, which have been taken into account in the all possible scenarios, while attractive fellowships would attract promising candidates to take up research as a career. Singh also said that there is also a need to create an ambience required for pursuing research, which is a pre-requisite. Singh said that scientific researchers are the real nation builders, who work day and night away from the limelight of media or public and remain unaffected by upheavals in their surroundings. However, this hike would not disturb various kinds of perks and privileges, which are enjoyed by them already. Oct 22, 2014

Happy in Delhi now, will support anyone BJP selects as Maharashtra CM: Nitin Gadkari

Nagpur, Oct 22 (ANI): Refuting rumours of being the probable CM candidate for Maharashtra, union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has said that he is happy in Delhi and would support anyone who is chosen as the chief minister by the party. According to reports, around 40 BJP MLAs had visited Gadkari's house to persuade him to take up Chief Minister's post after the party won with a major margin in the assembly elections. Oct 22, 2014