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 21, 2014

Obama condemns 'tragic' Ottawa attack

President Barack Obama on Wednesday offered his condolences to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper over the "tragic" attack near parliament and pledged continued security coordination with Ottawa. Duration: 00:55 Oct 23, 2014

Ottawa: video shows gunfire and police swarming into Parliament

Video footage shows police ducking for cover as they advance along a stone hallway, with loud gunfire echoing among the gothic columns, as police squads swarm in to hunt a gunman who shot a soldier guarding a nearby war memorial. Duration: 00:36 Oct 23, 2014

Displaced Syrians facing cold and floods in camp

Displaced Syrian living in Bab al-Salam refugee camp in the countryside of Aleppo, near the Syria-Turkey border, are weathering heavy rains and cold temperatures that have caused floods and destruction in tents. Duration: 00:43 Oct 22, 2014

Man in Chicago tells Obama 'don't touch my girlfriend'

While Barack Obama casted his ballot in Chicago on Monday, the fiancé of a woman standing next to him at a voting booth told the President 'don't touch my girlfriend', to which the President replied 'I wasn't planning on that'. Duration: 01:05 Oct 22, 2014

Security beefed up in capital ahead of Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Wednesday said security in the city had been increased ahead of Diwali. Bassi also said that the force was working on the prevention of the sale of adulterated sweets in the city. According to reports, 25 quintals of adulterated milk products were seized in Dehradun earlier this week, while adulterated sweets worth Rs one crore are said to have been seized in Maharashtra. Oct 22, 2014

Ramdev performs peace prayers at Kedarnath

Kedarnath, Oct 22 (ANI): Yoga guru Ramdev on Wednesday participated in the special Diwali prayers at Kedarnath temple. Ramdev said that the prayers are being performed for the peace of souls of all those who lost their lives in Uttarakhand tragedy. He added that the prayers are also being held for the prosperity of the nation. He further said that he will extend support to the state and central government for developmental work in Kedarnath. Oct 22, 2014

Rally against HK leader comments on poor people and democracy

A crowd of about 70 protesters marches on the residence of Hong Kong's current leader Leung Chun-ying, over his recent comments that open elections would put voting power into the hands of people "who earn less than US$1,800 a month". Duration: 00:58 Oct 22, 2014

Gault et Millau names Alleno cook of the year

French chef Yannick Alleno been named Cook of the Year by prestigious Gault et Millau food guide. The three-star Michelin chef, known for his creative sauces, runs the kitchens at the Pavillon Ledoyen on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Duration: 01:00 Oct 22, 2014

Sweden declares "violation of territorial integrity"

Five days after initial reports of suspicious activity off the coast of Stockholm, the Swedish Defense says it is looking for "someone or something that has violated its territorial integrity." Duration: 00:57 Oct 22, 2014

Buddhists perform special prayers in Bihar for world peace

Bodh Gaya, Oct 22 (ANI): A group of Buddhist devotees from Thailand attended special peace prayers in the holy town of Bodh Gaya in Bihar. The prayers will be followed by 'Kathin Cheevar Daan', Buddhist tradtion of donating a wearing cloth to Buddhist monks. A Buddhist priest of Mahabodhi Society of India, Bhante P Sivli Thero, said Buddhist monk Bhante Harivansh has come from Thailand after observing three-months of 'Varsha Vaas', meditation in nature's lap in rainy season in Buddha religion. He is doing the Cheevar Daan in Venu Vana in Rajgir city. Venu Vana is an artificial forest in Rajgir, where one can enjoy eternal peace and meditate. Devotees from Thailand and other parts of the world have arrived in Bodh Gaya to participate in the ceremony of robe-offering. Buddhist scriptures describe Bodh Gaya as the "Navel of the Earth", where pilgrims and tourists from Sri Lanka, China, Japan and the entire of southeastern Asia throng to this holiest of Buddhist shrines every year. Oct 22, 2014

Widows in Vrindavan celebrate Diwali

Vrindavan, Oct 22 (ANI): Widows, who have been abandoned by their families, lit earthen oil lamps and offered prayers on the banks of River Yamuna as part of Diwali celebrations in Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. Hundreds of the widows who live in various ashrams run by the Sulabh International participated in the celebrations for the first time this year. Diwali, the annual festival of lights will be celebrated across the country on October 23. On being asked whether they would celebrate Diwali with their families, Bijali Das, who has three children but has lived in Vrindavan for several years, said that it did not matter to her since she had devoted 3 her life to god. Oct 22, 2014