Electric rickshaw owners to get clearances soon, says Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi, Oct 20 (ANI): India's Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday assured that electric rickshaw owners would be able to get clearances soon for their vehicles. Earlier this month, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways brought out the much awaited notification on electric rickshaws, also known as e-rickshaws. According to the notification, the conditions which are necessary for e-rickshaws to be able to ply on Delhi roads include a driving licence, a registration number like that of any other vehicle, vehicle insurance and the approval of the concerned e-rickshaw model by the government. The notification came as a reversal of a ban on e-rickshaws by the Delhi High Court on July 31, citing them as a hazard. It had also stated the ban would continue till the rules and regulations for them are outlined by the India's Road Transport Ministry. Gadkari, who met Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday and other authorities to fine tune the process, said minor technicalities have been smoothened out. Oct 20, 2014

George Clooney wants to be a stay-at-home dad

New Delhi, Oct 20 (ANI): George Clooney is reportedly so desperate to have kids that he has offered to be a stay-at-home father. According to sources, before meeting his wife Amal Alamuddin , he had come to terms with the fact he wasn't going to have children and despite always wanting to be a dad, he had convinced himself it wasn't going to happen, a leading daily reported. Sources said that meeting his wife changed everything and he told pals how he couldn't wait to make 'mini Clooneys' and hoped they took after their mother and inherit her Lebanese beauty with her dark and striking characteristics. He has even offered to be a stay-at-home dad and plans to start slowing down on work but Amal is convinced he will quickly change his mind once their first baby comes along. Oct 20, 2014

Metal polishing industry conveys message of communal harmony in its own unique way

Aligarh, Oct 20 (ANI): India has amazing diversity, but this has never come in the way of good relations between different communities. One such example comes from Aligarh, situated in India's Uttar Pradesh state. In this small town, workers from different faiths, work together in perfect harmony at metal polishing unit. The unit provides a livelihood to workers belonging to different communities. The success of this unit is a result of good relations between people belonging to diverse faiths. Such examples can found across the length and the breadth of the country. Oct 20, 2014

Mausoleum of Saint Sayuddin in Bijnor endorses communal harmony

Bijnor, Oct 20 (ANI): The colorful decoration of Dargah, gathering of large number of people...It is time for Urs or death anniversary of Saint Sayuddin in Bijnor. And people from different faiths throng the Dargah to pay obeisance to him. Legend has it that the mausoleum was built four hundred years back and saint Sayuddin came from Dubai and finally decided to settle in the region. Since then he preached communal harmony and thus people from all beliefs come here to celebrate his preaching. Devotees visit the mausoleum with utmost devotion and make offerings of sweet candy, salt and even holy cloth to the Saint after seeking boons from the saint. Truly, the Dargah of Sayuddin, is a perfect example of the composite culture of India, that stands on the bed-rock of amity between different communities. Oct 20, 2014

PM Modi meets Foreign Affairs Minister of Nepal

New Delhi, Oct 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met the Foreign Affairs Minister of Nepal Mr Mahendra Bahadur Pandey to hold bilateral talks. Pandey had also met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj earlier in the day. Speaking on the issue of Pakistan supporters protesting against India in London, MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that the issue was raised with the colleagues in UK who assured that such matters should be solved by Pakistan and India itself. Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh also met Germany's Foreign secretary Dr Markus Ederer and a meeting was held between a delegation of leaders from both countries. Oct 20, 2014

Colourful earthen lamps for Diwali attract people in MP

Bhopal, Oct 20 (ANI): More than five thousand kinds of earthen lamps at display at a grand fair in Madhya Pradesh attracted many visitors ahead of Hindu festival of lights, Diwali. Earthen lamps are synonymous to Diwali as they adorn every corner of the home or even streets during the festival and add fervour to the festive spirit. The hand-made colourful lamps in various shapes and sizes were available at the fair that has been organised by state government’s handloom and handicrafts department. Artisans from 24 districts of the country are displaying their work at the fair in Bhopal city. The traditional lamps - made of clay and terracotta - are much in demand despite the availability of modern designer lamps and candles in the markets. Oct 20, 2014

Uddhav Thackeray selected as Parliamentary Board Chief Shiv Sena

Mumbai, Oct 20 (ANI): Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday said that the party has selected Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief of Parliamentary Board. He added that all decisions based on selection of representatives and on polls will be taken by him. Oct 20, 2014

Matchmaking event organised for differently abled in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Oct 20 (ANI): A 60-year-old man in Gujarat has taken the initiative to help disabled people find love and choose their life partners to embark on a new journey. Natubhai Patel is playing matchmaker to the differently abled people as they are alienated from the society and a lot of times are not able to voice their opinion. Disabled people from across India came to the event organised for them to find a match for life in Ahmedabad. The participants were required to fill registration forms at the beginning of the event and were later called on stage one by one for introduction. Around 200 male candidates and 50 female candidates participated in the matchmaking event. Oct 20, 2014

BJP to focus in southern India following positive poll results

Chennai, Oct 20 (ANI): BJP leader Muralidhar Rao informed that the party is going to put effort in the southern zone of the country, following the positive poll results in Haryana and Maharashtra. Rao said on Monday (October 20) that the results of Maharashtra and Haryana have shown that people has faith in the party. Rao further said people are taking reasonable decisions and the results have shown that they are for development and good governance. The mandate shows a complete rejection of the Congress party and its rule and its policies are no more acceptable to the people. He said that the people have rejected the Congress party for its anti-people policies and misrule. Oct 20, 2014

EU tackles Ebola response

European Union foreign ministers thrashed out measures to help halt Ebola's deadly spread on Monday, as Nigeria -- Africa's most populous country -- was expected to be declared free of the disease. Duration: 01:04 Oct 20, 2014

Kurds watch Kobane battle on Turkish hilltop

Everyday dozens of peope gather on a hilltop along the Turkish border with Syria to watch fighting 100 meters across the border between IS group fighters and Kurds in the beseigned town of Kobane. Duration: 00:41 Oct 20, 2014

Indonesia inaugurates outsider Widodo as president

Joko Widodo, Indonesia's first leader without deep roots in the era of dictator Suharto, is sworn in as president but faces huge challenges to enact a bold reform agenda. Duration: 00:52 Oct 20, 2014

Princess of Belgium visits museums in Colombia

Princess Astrid of Belgium visits the Museum of Modern Art and the Gold Museum in Bogota during a trip to Colombia on behalf of her brother, King Philippe aimed at strengthening the two countries' economic and commercial relations. Duration: 00:41 Oct 20, 2014