Royalties celebrate week long Kullu Dussehra with fervor

Kullu, Oct 06 (ANI): Devotees in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh thronged the streets to celebrate the centuries- old, week long Hindu festival, Kullu Dussehra with the royal family of the place. Hundreds of devotees led by the head of the former royal family participated in the week- long festival. During the festival, idols of the various Gods and Goddesses of the valley are brought out from respective temples in full public view. The festival, which symbolises the triumph of good over evil, is marked by prayers, processions and musical programmes. The week-long Kullu Dussehra festival ends with the sacrifice of a buffalo, a rooster, a lamb, a fish and a crab. A huge pile of grass is also set on fire symbolising the burning of Lanka, Ravana's kingdom. Oct 6, 2014

At least five killed and around 30 injured in ceasefire violation by Pak rangers along Indo-Pak bord

Arnia/ Jammu, Oct 06 (ANI): At least five people were killed and around 30 injured in firing from Pakistan at the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir after midnight on Sunday, in the worst attack on civilian areas in recent years. This ceasefire violation by the Pakistanis is the fourth day in a row. Two women and a 13-year-old girl were among those killed when Pakistan Rangers started firing at posts of the Border Security Force and villages in the Arnia sector of Jammu at around 1:30 am. Heavy mortar shelling was also reported even as intermittent firing continues at Arnia and RS Pura sectors. Villagers near the border are terrified and panic gripped the border villages. The injured have been shifted to the government medical college in Jammu. Oct 6, 2014

Nation celebrates Eid-ul-Azha with religious fervor

New Delhi/ Bhopal/ Mumbai/ Patna/ Hyderabad/ Srinagar, Oct 06 (ANI): Eid-ul-Azha is being celebrated on Monday all over the nation in commemoration of the supreme sacrifice offered by Hazrat Ibrahim and his son Hazrat Ismail in the fulfillment of the divine order. In national capital Delhi, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi along with many other offered prayers on the occasion. Naqvi wished public on the occasion and prayed for peace. People in Bhopal too offered prayers at the mosque. Believers in Ajmer also offered prayers while praying for world peace. To celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, Muslims sacrifice animals including cow, goat, sheep and camel according to their purchasing power on any of the three days of Eid. People also thronged mosques in Mumbai to celebrate the festival with great religious fervor. Oct 6, 2014

Security Experts condemns Pak's ceasefire violation, advocates retaliation by Indian Army

New Delhi/ Bhopal, Oct 06 (ANI): Security Experts on Monday condemned ceasefire violations by Pakistan wherein at least four are killed and many injured. Alok Bansal said that Pakistan's action reflects desperation as they will be unable to infiltrate once winters comes. He said that Indian army is giving a befitting reply to Pakistan and that is the only way to counter the same. Meanwhile, Praful Bakshi said that this happens every year in desperation and this is to divert minds of people and to make them understand the importance of Pak Army. He said that Army should not only retaliate but become pro-active in the matter to counter the infiltrators. Oct 6, 2014

BJP blames TMC for turning West Bengal into safe haven for militants

New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that West Bengal's Trinamool Congress has turned the state into a safe haven for militants. BJP attacked the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal for the explosion in Khagragarh locality of Burdwan district on Thursday. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, the ruling TMC in the state, is giving refuge to anti national elements. According to reports, some suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists were killed in the blast on Thursday in Burdwan area in West Bengal. Singh alleged that the Burdwan police, instead of handing over to the NIA the materials recovered, took away the entire evidence and destroyed it. Singh added that the Mamata Banerjee's government should explain its links with the suspects killed Oct 6, 2014

TMC alleges BJP and CPI (M) hand in Burdwan blast

Kolkata/ New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): Trinamool Congress party alleged that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and CPI (M) could be behind the bomb blast in Burdwan district during the popular Hindu festival of Durga Puja in West Bengal. Addressing media persons, TMC General Secretary Mukul Roy said the possibility of the BJP and CPI (M) leaders committing such crimes to disturb the peaceful situation in Bengal cannot be ruled out. Two women were arrested and remanded to police custody for two weeks on Sunday in connection with the explosion that left two suspected militants dead. The crime branch of West Bengal police is looking into the possible involvement of terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Harkat-ul Jihadi al-Islami in the blast which left two suspected terrorists dead. Oct 6, 2014

Security forces bust militant hideout in Kashmir

Doda, Oct 06 (ANI): Indian security forces busted a militant hideout in Doda district of Kashmir and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition. Acting on a tip-off, the Jammu and Kashmir police carried out the search operation along with an Army unit and recovered the large cache hidden in the forest area. Militants have been frequently attacking security bases in Kashmir since the 1990s, when there was a full-blown insurgency against Indian rule in a region over which India and Pakistan fought two of their three wars. Oct 6, 2014

Dialogue held in the Capital to explore opportunities for youth from North and Northeast region

New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): In a bid to include the youth in the policy making process with focus on exchanging opportunities between North and Northeast India, an interactive policy making competition and discussion programme was recently held at the Indian Habitat Center in New Delhi. Titled as "YOUth Decide: Exchanging opportunities in North India and North East India: Education-Employment-Entertainment', the youth dialogue programme was organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce with support from the Home Ministry, University express ,and several northeast organizations. The event witnessed the participation of northeast and north Indian students from colleges and youth organizations from different parts of the National Capital Region (NCR). The event was marked by sessions on the theme of "Integrating North East with North of India -Experiences and Way Forward". Oct 6, 2014

Martyr killed in Kashmir blast laid to rest with military honours

Poonch, Oct 05 (ANI): As the soldier who died in a blast in Kashmir was laid to rest with full military honours on Sunday, senior officials of the Indian Army attending the funeral promised stern action against Pakistan. An improvised explosive device (IED) triggered by militants near the Line of Control (LoC) at the Balnoi battalion in Poonch district of Kashmir on Saturday killed one soldier and injured another. Both the soldiers were on patrol along the LoC in Balnoi sector when the IED blast injured both of them wherein soldier Akshaya Godbole succumbed to his injuries while Shubam Khadatkar was taken to hospital for treatment. Brigadier Neeraj Vasney of 16 Corps said the Indian troops were giving a fitting reply to the constant firing and ceasefire violation from Pakistan's side that has been going on for the past three days in Poonch sector. Oct 5, 2014

BJP promised 'ache din' but offered 'bitter medicines' to people: BS Hooda

Shazadpur, Oct 05 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda while addressing an election rally on Sunday said that BJP before the Lok Sabha polls promised 'ache din' but after coming to power offered the people only 'bitter medicines'. He further added that the Haryana government for the welfare of the farmers has decided that the interest of the loans taken by the farmers will be paid by the government. Oct 5, 2014

Suspect in MP stripped and dragged to court, Congress demands explanation

Bhopal, Oct 05 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Police invited controversy for dragging a suspect to a district court in the Gandhinagar area of Bhopal after allegedly stripping and chaining him. The video also witnessed an alleged culprit being taken with respect while the suspect is being brutally dragged. The Congress on Sunday sought an explanation from Home Minister Rajnath Singh and demanded prompt action against those guilty. Congress leader Manak Agarwal accused Home Minister of not doing his duty and instead attending rallies. Oct 5, 2014

President greets nation on Eid-ul-Zuha

New Delhi, Oct 05 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha, which will be celebrated tomorrow. "On the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha, I convey greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens, especially my Muslim brothers and sisters," President Mukherjee said in his message. "Eid-ul-Zuha symbolizes sacrifice, faith and devotion. Let us this day imbibe the spirit of universal love, brotherhood, sacrifice and service which constitute eternal values always upheld by our composite culture and work unitedly for peace, progress and prosperity of our nation and the world," he added. Oct 5, 2014

Congress replies back to BJP, says will make sure Modi doesn't fool people anymore

New Delhi, Oct 05 (ANI): Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Sunday replies back to BJP's criticism and questioned if the biggest remote control these days is in Nagpur. Singhvi said that as a responsible opposition party, Congress will try its best to make sure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not fool people anymore. Singhvi also alleged that the key reforms undertaken by the BJP government were introduced by the previous UPA government and that BJP adopted those policies without even giving credit to Congress. Singhvi also questioned BJP on its defeat in the previous elections than the 2014 LS polls and said that Congress was defeated just because BJP's false advertisements worked. Oct 5, 2014

PM Modi refers NCP-Congress as 'chor lootere bhai bhai' during election rally in Gondia Part - 1

Gondia, Oct 05 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday while addressing an election rally in Gondia district of Maharashtra referred NCP and Congress as 'chor lootere bhai bhai' who have been looting the state of Maharashtra from 15 years. Taking a dig at Sharad Pawar, Modi said that since Pawar knew that he would lose the Lok Sabha elections, hence he didn't fight the elections himself and made Praful Patel a scapegoat. He added that for the development of Maharashtra, it is necessary that a clear mandate is given to a party. Oct 5, 2014