Carnival showcases the rich culture of Arunachal in Guwahati

Guwahati, Oct 19 (ANI): A three-day-long Arunachal Carnival festival was organized in Guwahati under the theme of "Celebrating Oneness". The event was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju. Held under the aegis of Guwahati Arunachal Student Union (GASU) it aimed to bring unity and integrity among students of the north east region. Artists from various tribes of Arunachal Pradesh including Apatani, Adi, Singpho, Nyeshi and Galo performed their traditional dances in colorful attires. During the festival, various competitions were also conducted to showcase the young talents of the state which included a photo exhibition, Film Festival and Cultural Competitions. The major attraction at the venue was the Food Zone where people of the region put up their traditional food stalls. Events like this not only promote culture and tradition of the region but also help to unite the youth. Oct 19, 2014

Jayalalithaa lands in Chennai amid massive cheers

Chennai, Oct 18 (ANI): Celebrations began in Chennai on Saturday evening as former Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa arrived here after spending 22 days in Bangalore Central Jail following her conviction in the disproportionate assets case. Scores of AIADMK workers and supporters had gathered outside the Chennai Airport to have a glimpse of their favourite leader, who arrived here from Bangalore in a chartered plane. Jayalalithaa, who was driven to her residence amidst tight security arrangements, waved towards the supporters. Many of Jayalalithaa's supporters broke out in impromptu celebrations and cheered as her convoy passed them. The AIADMK supremo had on Friday got a major relief when the Supreme Court granted her conditional bail on medical grounds in the disproportionate assets case. Oct 18, 2014

Protesters push for rehabilitation, demand postponement of elections in flood hit Kashmir

Srinagar, Oct 18 (ANI): Protesters in Srinagar took to streets on Saturday demanding that the state assembly elections be postponed and first priority be given to the people who have lost their homes and property in the recent floods. The devastation due to floods has also put the state assembly in a dilemma about holding the assembly elections scheduled to take place in December this year. Officials of the Election Commission of India, including the Chief Commissioner, VS Sampath and two commissioners, HS Brahma and Naseem Zaidi, are in the state on a two-day visit to survey the flood-ravaged state and review whether polls can be conducted as scheduled. They are likely to reach a decision later in the day. People of Kashmir, who have lost their livelihoods, however, feel that the government is deviating from the main agenda of rehabilitation. Oct 18, 2014

Japan unveils first passenger jet in four decades

The first made-in-Japan passenger aircraft in nearly four decades is being unveiled as its maker pushes into the booming regional jet sector with an eye to taking on industry giants Embraer and Bombardier. Duration: 01:16 Oct 18, 2014

Kurds thwart new jihadist bid to cut off Syria town

Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobane repulsed a new attempt by Islamic State fighters to cut off the border with Turkey Saturday as troops battled the jihadists in neighbouring Iraq. Duration: 01:17 Oct 18, 2014

Himalayan snowstorm survivors are discharged from hospital

Himalayan snowstorm survivors, some treated for frostbite, are discharged from hospital before heading to the airport in Kathmandu Saturday. The death toll from the devastating snowstorm climbed to at least 43. Duration: 00:35 Oct 18, 2014

BJP using black money issue for political gains: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Congress leader Ajay Maken on Saturday lashed out at the BJP for using the issue of black money for political gains. Taunting the BJP over the promises it had made to bring back black money to the nation from abroad, Maken said the way the BJP has used the issue for political gains, this has never been seen before. He further said that the Congress now wants to know, why was the BJP misleading the people of the nation? Yesterday, the Centre had told the Supreme Court that it cannot disclose the names of all those having black money stashed abroad as it violates the double taxation avoidance agreement. Oct 18, 2014

DA Case: Jayalalithaa released from jail

Bangalore, Oct 18 (ANI): AIADMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa walked out of Parappana Agrahara Central Prison on Saturday. The Supreme Court granted her interim bail on medical grounds in disproportionate assets case on Friday. A huge convoy escorted the AIADMK chief out of Bangalore jail. Jayalalithaa will take a private flight from HAL airport to Chennai, where thousands of party workers are waiting to welcome her. Meanwhile, AIADMK supporters celebrated outside Parappana Agrahara jail in Bangalore. Oct 18, 2014

Fire engulfs coach of election special train near Allahabad

Allahabad, Oct 18 (ANI): A coach of an election special train returning from Maharashtra to Assam carrying election duty army and security officials caught fire near Allahabad. The bogie was separated from the engine and later the fire was put off. District Magistrate of Allahabad, VK Tiwari said that the fire was controlled by fire officials and ambulances are also called in to tackle the situation. He said that there is no casualty and enquiry will be conducted to know the cause of the fire. Oct 18, 2014

Reactions flow in after Pak army chief says resolution of Kashmir issue vital for peace

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Reactions flowed in on Saturday after Pakistan Army Chief Raheel Sharif said that the resolution of Kashmir issue is imperative for peace in the region. Defence Expert Lt Gen (Retd) Vinod Bhatia said that Pakistan is trying to internationalize the issue of Kashmir and hence Pakistan officials are raising the issue over and again. Defence Expert Lt Gen (Retd) Raj Kadyan said that peace talks can take place between the two countries only when Pakistan stops violating ceasefire agreement and killing the innocent civilians of India. Oct 18, 2014

Indian society must not be intolerant, have dedicated helpline and police force for northeastern peo

Gurgaon, Oct 18 (ANI): After the assault of three Nagaland youths in Gurgaon, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said that India is a democratic nation and that Indian society must not be intolerant. He said that hate crimes will not be tolerated and that government is Indian is working in all directions to ensure safety for northeastern people. Rijiju also said that the government has agreed to set up dedicated helpline and police force for the people from north east. Rijiju visited Gurgaon today to take stock of situation and met senior police officials of the area. A high-level meeting will be held on the issue which will discuss steps required to prevent such future instances. Rijiju further said that the central government has taken serious note of the matter and appropriate action will be taken and they will leave no stones unturned in the matter. Oct 18, 2014

Manjhi takes a U turn on his 'chopping doctor's hands' remarks, says it was a Hindi proverb

Patna, Oct 18 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday took a U turn on his controversial statement wherein he said that he would chop off the hands of lax doctors if they found neglecting poor patients. Manjhi said that 'chopping off the hands' is a Hindi idiom and it means restricting ones rights. He added that his intentions were not to hurt the sentiments of the doctors but warn the lax doctors who fail to do their duties sincerely. Oct 18, 2014

Politicos react as Pankaja Munde says becoming Maharashtra CM will be an honour

Mumbai/ New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Saturday after BJP MLA Pankaja Munde said that becoming Maharashtra chief minister will be an honour and she will be obliged with the same. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that it is true that BJP will win the elections but CM candidate will be decided by party's committee. Meanwhile, Congress leader PC Chacko and NCP's Tariq Anwar said that talking about being a chief minister of a state way before the declaration of results is not mature and BJP should avoid this. Chacko further said that it's interesting to see that a new politician is aspiring to be a chief minister. Oct 18, 2014

Multiple arrests as Hong Kong demonstrators retake protest camp

Riot police clashed violently with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong as demonstrators reoccupied a camp mostly cleared the previous day, leading to multiple arrests and jeopardising talks aimed at ending a political stalemate. Duration: 00:41 Oct 18, 2014