BSF exchanges Eid sweets with Bangladeshi counterparts

Siliguri/Agartala, Oct 6 (ANI): Troops of paramilitary Border security Force (BSF), stationed along the India-Bangladesh border, celebrated Eid al-Adha by exchanging sweets with security personnel of Bangladesh on Monday. BSF personnel posted at Phulbari border under Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal gifted a box of sweets to the members of Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) as a step of goodwill and to enhance bilateral relations. The exchange of sweets between India and Bangladesh along the border in West Bengal is an old and traditional gesture to show goodwill between the two nations and has been in practice for many years now. Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is considered one of the two most important occasions in the Islamic calendar, and marks the end of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Oct 6, 2014

Ira Trivedi launches "India in love - Marriage and sexuality in 21st century at Goa International Li

Panaji, Oct 6 (ANI): Famed author Ira Trivedi launched her book "India in love - Marriage and Sexuality in 21st Century' recently at the International Writers and Readers' Festival 2014 in the beach state Goa. The three-day lit-fest, which began on October 04 will wrap up on October 06. While launching her book Trivedi said that it was a proud moment for her to have launched her book at the International Writers and Readers' Festival in the presence of so many dignitaries. Meanwhile one of the organizers if the event, Shweta Bajaj said events like these boost cultural exchange on a global platform. Various sessions were slated for all the three days of the literary festival. Oct 6, 2014

Annual urs of Sufi Saint Wali Dad draws devotees of all religion

JandK, Oct 06 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir which is known for its picturesque beauty has also a rich cultural history and varied religious diversity. People of the state practice different religions and have own their set of customs and beliefs, yet they maintain brotherhood and enjoy religious celebrations together, which has been the age-old tradition since time immemorial. A similar example is seen at the shrine of Sufi saint Wali Dad in Bhathain village of Rajouri district, where devotes belonging to different religions gather and celebrate the Urs of the saint with much religious fervour. Every year, devotees in large numbers from Rajouri and other regions of Jammu and Kashmir valley gather at the foothills of Bhaithain village to pay homage to saint Wali Dad and seek his blessings. Day-long prayers are held at the shrine where people pray for their wellbeing ness and peace in the region. Oct 6, 2014

Pak denies exchange of sweets with India, BSF says will protest against 'anti-harmony move'

Amritsar, Oct 06 (ANI): With tensions prevailing on the Indo-Pak border, Pakistan on Monday denied exchange of sweets with India on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. According to official sources, during a late evening flag meeting between the sector commanders of the BSF and Pakistan Rangers on Sunday, the other side refused to fix a proper time for the ceremony to be held today. BSF DIG MF Farooqui said that the force will launch a protest over the same and further actions or developments will take place accordingly. The exchange of sweets between the border guarding troops of the two countries is an old and traditional gesture between the two sides which is aimed to show goodwill and to maintain harmony on both sides. Oct 6, 2014

Meat of missing persons served in Quetta: EP Today Report

Geneva, Oct 06: Incidents of enforced disappearances of thousands of innocent civilians and activists in Pakistan's Baluchistan province have shook one and all for years now. Amid all these intense situations, comes news of human meat being served in Quetta city. A report by EP Today, a monthly newspaper published by the European Parliament, reveals human meat being served in many small restaurants and to the army stationed in Quetta. The report named Asghar Hassan, who has received human bodies at intervals from some unidentified people. Along with the bodies, he received an amount of 100,000 Pakistani Rupees to get the job done. The supply of human flesh is occurring in a region where cases of missing persons have been left unanswered for ages. The disclosure has shocked Baloch political activists, who have strongly condemned it and blamed Pakistan's secret agencies for the genocide of Baloch. Oct 6, 2014

Miss Himalaya Pageant 2014 concludes with Jyoti Dogra as winner

Dharamsala, Oct 06 (ANI): The second edition of Miss Himalaya Pageant 2014 concluded in Dharamsala with Jyoti Dogra crowned as the winner of the contest. The event was organised by exiled Tibetan Lobsang Wangyal Productions in McLeod Ganj town. There were five contestants from the Himalayan region who participated in the annual event. After getting the crown of Miss Himalaya, the winner Jyoti Dogra said that she wants to become a role model for all Himalayan girls. The competition began on Saturday at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), which included talk and talent rounds. The first and second runner-ups were Shikha Sharma from Dharamshala and Dawa Dema from Thimpu. Oct 6, 2014

Religious harmony between Hindus and Muslims exemplified during Navratri

Midnapur, Oct 06 (ANI): The Haldia area of Midnapur is serving as a perfect example of India's age old ethos which stands as an epitome of country's culture, communal harmony. Here a artisan, Nur Muhammad Chowdhury, makes the idol of Hindu goddess Durga during the festival of Dussehra. Being a Muslim he has always preached his work and treats every idol in the same manner as a Hindu does during the festive occasion. Involved from past thirty five years, Nur Muhammad today has several artisans working under him who belong to both Hindu as well as Muslim religion. Oct 6, 2014

Pak decided to celebrate Eid in different way by ceasefire violation: Omar

Jammu, Oct 06 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah visited the government hospital in Jammu on Monday to meet those injured in shelling by Pakistani troops from across the Line of control in the Jammu region. Condemning the attack on civilians, Omar said that Pakistan decided to celebrate Eid in a different way by ceasefire violation. In one of the worst ceasefire violations, five villagers were killed and 29 injured in heavy mortar shelling and firing by Pakistani troops targeting hamlets and outposts along the International Border in Jammu district today. Oct 6, 2014

Arun Jaitley discharged from AIIMS

New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been discharged from the government-run AIIMS hospital in Delhi where he was admitted last week to recover from an infection that followed a stomach operation to treat diabetes. Jaitley, who doubles up as Defence Minister, was kept at an isolation ward at AIIMS. He was taken there after he had complained of respiratory problems following his stay in a private hospital where he was readmitted for post surgery check up. He had undergone diabetes management surgery on September 2. Meanwhile, talking about the series of ceasefire violation by Pakistani rangers along Indo- Pak border which killed at least four people, Jaitley said that India's Armed forces and paramilitary forces are fully ready and they are responding to each of the provocations effectively. Oct 6, 2014

Low-key Eid al-Adha celebrations in Kashmir after devastating floods

Srinagar/ Hyderabad/ Ayodhya, Oct 06 (ANI): Kashmir marked low-key Eid al-Adha celebrations, as Muslims congregated in open-air grounds for morning prayers on Monday, after the devastating floods in the province last month that left hundreds dead and thousands homeless. More than 75,000 people have been affected in partly submerged homes in Srinagar, where roads have been transformed into stagnant canals strewn with wreckage, trash and dead animals. The festival commemorates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail to God. A resident of Srinagar said there was less enthusiasm among the people so celebrations are muted because of the deluge. Oct 6, 2014

Missing three year old Jahnvi Ahuja reunites with family in Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): The three year old girl Jahnvi Ahuja, who went missing from India Gate a week ago, has been finally found with her head shaved and a placard around her neck at a market in Janakpuri locality of Delhi. It was after a passerby traced her at the D Block market and informed police, she could be recovered. The girl's head was shaved in an attempt to hide her identity. Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi had earlier announced Rs. 50,000 reward for anyone with information about the girl. ‘Missing' posters with her photo had gone viral on social media in the past week as the police probe made little headway. The girl's family was elated on her return and thanked police and media. Jhanvi, along with her parents, had visited India Gate at around 9:00 pm last Sunday where she went missing at around 9:30 pm. Oct 6, 2014