Westerners wield brooms on Chhath festival to clean Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya, Oct 29 (ANI): Westerners in the Buddhist holy town of Bodhgaya launched a cleanliness drive on Wednesday (October 29), the first day of the Hindu festival of 'Chhath'. Chhath is considered an extremely auspicious festival by the people of Bihar and in parts of Uttar Pradesh. The Chhath, celebrated on the sixth and seventh days after Diwali, the festival of lights, is significant for married women who observe a three-day fast and standing in waist-deep river waters, present religious offerings to the Sun God.The cleanliness drive was led by a French national, Jean Pierre, who runs a school for poor children in Bodhgaya. She said that the effort was carried on the occasion of Chhath, which started on Wednesday. Oct 29, 2014

No doubt on Modi govt, delay in bringing black money creating suspicion: Ramdev

Haridwar, Oct 29 (ANI): Yoga Guru Ramdev on Wednesday said that the Modi government is working hard to bring back black money but the delay in process is creating suspicion among people. Requesting the Centre to take firm steps towards retrieving black money, the yoga guru alleged that the black money is being used against the nation by Naxalites and terrorists. Oct 29, 2014

Security forces gun down three militants in Kashmir

Handwara, Oct 29 (ANI): Security forces killed three militants in a gun battle in Handwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. A soldier was also reported dead. The encounter started at Rajwada forest of the district on Tuesday. On the tip off intelligence, a massive search operation was launched in a village where the three militants were suspected to be hiding. Reportedly, Indian army launched a joint search operation with the police on Monday night, which ended on Wednesday. The militants fired few rounds at the security forces to which they retaliated, reports said. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Handwara, Ghulam Jeelani, said that the police was trying to identify the militants. Oct 29, 2014

Eye witness identifies Bollywood actresses in Black Buck poaching case before court

Jodhpur, Oct 29 (ANI): Prosecution eye witness on Tuesday identified Bollywood actresses Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu during hearing of 16-year old Black Buck poaching case before the court in Rajasthan. Apart from the trio, Bollywood actors Salman Khan, who is allegedly the main accused, and Saif Ali Khan were also involved in the Black Buck case, which was reported on September 27, 1998, in Kankani village near Jodhpur city of Rajasthan. Salman Khan, while shooting for a movie titled "Hum Saath Saath Hain", had allegedly shot down two Black Bucks while he was accompanied by Saif Ali Khan and the three actresses. The case was heard by Chief Judicial Magistrate (rural) Anupama Bijlanai. Prosecution lawyer, Mahipal Bishnoi, said that the three actresses were identified by eyewitness in the case, Sheraram, who saw them sitting in the vehicle driven by Salman Khan. Oct 29, 2014

Sri Lanka landslide kills at least 10, with over 250 missing

Haldummulla, Oct 29 (ANI): A landslide buried more than 140 houses in south-central Sri Lanka on Wednesday (October 29) after days of heavy rain, killing at least 10 people with more than 250 missing, officials said. Rescue operations have recovered 10 bodies so far, but over 250 people are still missing, a spokesman for the Disaster Management Centre said. Disaster Management Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera, said the landslide was at least 3km (2 miles) long. Amaraweera added that villagers had been advised to move away from the area because of the threat of a landslide, but many had not heeded the warning. Oct 29, 2014

Indian Navy prepared to face cylone Nilofar: Navy Chief RK Dhowan

Vizag, Oct 29 (ANI): Naval chief Admiral R K Dhowan on Wednesday said that the Indian Navy is always prepared to deal with any kind of natural calamity. Talking about the cyclonic storm Nilofar that is likely to have a landfall near Naliya village of Kutch district by November 1, Dhowan said they are ready to face it. Oct 29, 2014

Nagaland and Assam Chief Ministers meet Rajnath Singh over growing border tensions

New Delhi, Oct 29 (ANI): Chief Ministers of Nagaland and Assam on Wednesday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh amid growing tension at the state borders. The meet comes at a time when a 1000-hour deadlock has been imposed in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam, which shares its border with Nagaland. It was called on Monday by the Joint Action Committee for Autonomous State (JACAS) against a delay in announcing dates for talks with the government for creation of a separate autonomous state within Assam under the Indian Constitution. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had issued an interim order directing the Home Ministry to solve the border tension outside the court. Oct 29, 2014

Peshmerga in Turkey to join fight for Kobane

Heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga fighters are set to reinforce fellow Kurds defending the Syrian border town of Kobane from the Islamic State group, as anti-regime rebels also joined the battle. Duration: 00:40 Oct 29, 2014

Orbital to investigate cause of rocket explosion

An unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded in a giant fireball and plummeted back to Earth just seconds after launch on what was to be a resupply mission to the International Space Station. Duration: 01:02 Oct 29, 2014

US ambassador to UN Samantha Power visits Ebola-hit Liberia

Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN, travelled from Sierra Leone to Liberia on Tuesday for the third leg of a tour of the three worst-hit nations aimed at garnering global support for the Ebola response. Duration: 01:27 Oct 29, 2014

Music video launched on Modi's Clean India vision

Mumbai, Oct 29 (ANI): Singer and Producer Ravindra Singh along with singer Mohit Chauhan launched a music video supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Clean India mission and his vision of development, in showbiz capital Mumbai. Modi had launched the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' or Clean India Mission, on birth anniversary of freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi to modernise sanitation within five years. The video titled 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' (One India, glorious India) has been released to create awareness among the masses on cleanliness. Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini and top sporting stars like Sachin Tendulkar, Mahindra Singh Dhoni, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom and Sushil Kumar feature in the video. The video is directed by film and television actor, Rajeev Khandelwal, and lyrics are given by Rani Malik. Meanwhile, Mohit Chauhan praised Ravindra Singh and his team for his efforts in raising awareness on sanitation. Oct 29, 2014

Politicos react after LG Najeeb Jung says will explore government formation options

New Delhi, Oct 29 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Wednesday after LG Najeeb Jung said that he will explore the possibility of government formation in Delhi over the next few days. BJP's Delhi unit President Satish Upadhyay said that Najeeb Jung was made governor by Congress and not by BJP and so he won't take decisions which may favor BJP. However, Congress leader JP Aggarwal said that 35 MLAs have submitted letters to Jung seeking fresh elections in Delhi and still Jung wants to hold consultations with all the political parties. He added that such a statement will put a question on LG Najeeb Jung's credibility. Oct 29, 2014

LG more interested in getting BJP to power: Arvind Kejriwal

Ghaziabad, Oct 29 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung is only interested in bringing BJP to power in Delhi. Kejriwal's reaction came after Jung said that he would be exploring the possibilities with the leaders of all political parties over the next few days. Kejriwal said that if LG's intentions are noble then LG should call the party meet today evening. He added that LG by making such statements is trying to bypass Supreme Court's hearing on Delhi government formation which is scheduled tomorrow. Oct 29, 2014

Reactions pour in as Govt submits list of black money account holders to SC

New Delhi, Oct 29 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Wednesday after the Government of India submitted the list of all black money account holders to the Supreme Court as directed. The Supreme Court on Wednesday was told by the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government that it would require time till March 31, 2015 to complete all income-related assessments of people found guilty of parking ill-gotten money (black money) in banks abroad to facilitate an accurate probe and subsequent punitive action. Oct 29, 2014