People throng jewellery shops on 'Dhanteras'

Rajkot/ Surat, Oct 21 (ANI): People made a beeline to jewellery stores on the occasion of "Dhanteras" on Tuesday (October 21) to buy gold ornaments as retailers attracted customers with discounts. As per Hindu tradition, Dhanteras is considered highly auspicious for buying gold or silver. It is believed that any new venture undertaken on this day guarantees good results. Gold jewellery sales also doubled in Rajkot city of Gujarat as shoppers thronged markets ahead of Diwali. Meanwhile, along with gold, the demand and sale of diamond jewellery also increased this year and earrings, necklaces, chains or coins are all products in high demand. Oct 21, 2014

ML Khattar to take oath as Haryana CM on Oct 26: Venkaiah Naidu

Chandigarh, Oct 21 (ANI): Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said that BJP has unanimously selected ML Khattar as the representative of the party for Haryana. He also said that Khattar has given the letter of proposal for government formation to the Governor after which he invited Khattar to the oath taking ceremony on Oct 26. Oct 21, 2014

Indian passengers complain of delay in visa by Pak for cross border travel

Poonch, Oct 21 (ANI): Indian passengers who intend to go to Pakistan are compelled to prolong their wait of meeting their beloved ones as the process of granting visit permit clearance from Chakan-da-Bagh border post in Kashmir continues to be delayed. A fresh batch of 32 Indians had crossed over LoC (line of control) towards PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) to see their blood relations. This batch has been allowed to enter PoK after a gap of four months as Pakistan authorities cleared the list of 32 Indians to cross over the disputed border via Poonch Rawalakot bus service. While Poonch is in Kashmir, Rawalkot is in PoK. Several families have been divided and forced to live on either side of the border. Custodian of cross-LoC travel and trade, Mohammad Bashir Lone, said people coming from PoK was 50 percent more than the Indian side. Oct 21, 2014

Will work for the development of Haryana and run transparent govt: ML Khattar

Chandigarh, Oct 21 (ANI): BJP leader ML Khattar who has been newly elected as the Chief Minister of Haryana assured the people of the state that he will towards the development of Haryana. He also said that he will follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies and run a transparent and corruption free government. He also thanked the people of Haryana for electing BJP as the majority party. Khattar will be taking oath as the Chief Minister on October 26. Oct 21, 2014

Exercising three times a week cuts Depression Risk

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): A new study has demonstrated that people who are physically active three times a week are less likely to go under depression. People who increased their weekly activity tend to have fewer depressive symptoms than those who are less active, particularly at younger ages. Leisure time or any kind of physical activity has a protective effect against depression. People were already aware of the benefits of physical activity on their general health, but they now they can also see positive effect on their mental well-being. Oct 21, 2014

Total employees pay tribute to CEO after plane crash

Members of staff at French oil giant Total pay tribute to their CEO, Christophe de Margerie, after he died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoff. Duration: 01:05 Oct 21, 2014

Eritrean asylum seekers find refuge in Swiss monastery

Along with many European monasteries, the famous Einsiedeln Abbey in Switzerland has experienced an influx of asylum seakers since this summer, many of whom risked their lives to get there. Duration: 01:26 Oct 21, 2014

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail

South African judge Thokozile Masipa on Tuesday sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. Duration: 00:52 Oct 21, 2014

Haryana BJP MLAs meet begins to choose CM

Chandigarh, Oct 21 (ANI): Having got a majority on its own for the first time in Haryana, the BJP on Tuesday took step ahead in the installation of a government in the state. Newly-elected 47 BJP MLAs convened a meeting on Tuesday to elect legislature party leader. The meeting is being chaired by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu and party vice president Dinesh Sharma, who have been appointed observers by the BJP's Parliamentary Board for deciding on the name of Haryana CM, who is "likely" to take oath on October 22. Oct 21, 2014

Politicos react after BJP's Maneka Gandhi writes letter to Jayalalithaa

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): Political reactions poured in on Tuesday after BJP's Maneka Gandhi wrote a letter to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa welcoming her back. The Congress lashed out at Maneka for supporting the AIADMK chief who is facing trial in court for corruption. Oct 21, 2014

Reactions flow as govt brings ordinance on cancelled coal blocks

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): Political reactions flowed on Tuesday after government announced to pass an ordinance for e-auction of the cancelled coal blocks. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that this step of the government should be welcomed as it will solve the power related problems which emerged after cancellation of the coal blocks by Supreme Court. Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that this had to take place because the country could not stop generating coal. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that it is futile to talk of an ordinance until its integrity is clear. NCP leader Majid Memon said that the government was expected to take some immediate steps to resume services in power sector. Oct 21, 2014

Manohar Lal Khattar chosen for the post of Haryana CM

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh activist and BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar has been chosen for the post of chief minister in Haryana. Khattar said that it was a unanimous decision taken by the party. He further added that he is going to the Governor to put forth the party's claim to form the government. Oct 21, 2014

Omar on 'Million March' for Kashmir independence in London

Srinagar, Oct 21 (ANI): A "Million March"is to take place on October 26 which expects to see thousands of people rally through central London in protest against human rights violations in Kashmir. The rally will begin in London's Trafalgar Square and end at Prime Minister David Cameron's office at 10 Downing Street where a petition would be submitted asking Britain to push India into resolving the Kashmir impasse with Pakistan. Reacting over this Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah criticized the march and said that his government is focusing on rehabilitating the flood victims in the state. Oct 21, 2014