Devout Hindu's celebrate victory of good over evil amid worshipping Ravana

Kanpur/Varanasi, Oct 03 (ANI): Hundreds of devotees worshipped the mythological demon king Ravana on occasion of Dussehra, which marks the victory of good over evil. Among the devotees in Kanpur, they believe that Ravana was an intellectual man of his times and this is one of his rare temples. The manager of the temple, Tirloki Triwedi said on Friday that the doors of the Dashanan Temple in the town are opened once in a year on the day of Dussehra. Meanwhile, in Varanasi, artists from Kolkata performed traditional form of center stage play for the residents. The center stage play popularly known as 'Jatra' which mean traveling is performed by artists who travel to many place and act out a play which deliver social message among the audience. Oct 3, 2014

BJP has been exposed in 3 months, that's why it didn't do well in by polls: BS Hooda

Rohtak, Oct 3 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday said that BJP has been exposed in front of the people in three months and that's why the party had a poor performance in the recent assembly elections. He added that the issues on which the Lok Sabha elections are fought are very different from the issues on which Assembly elections are fought. He further said that the Congress has been getting huge support from the public of Haryana. Oct 3, 2014

Durga Puja Pandal in Kolkata focuses on tiger conservation

Kolkata, Oct 03 (ANI): Residents in Kolkata city of West Bengal have made a pandal, based on the theme of Sundarbans forest for the ongoing celebrations of Durga Puja. The representation is drawing attention to the need for preservation and conservation of the Royal Bengal tigers which have been under threat from habitat destruction, illegal trade for body parts, natural calamities and poachers. The pandal created with an aim to spread awareness among the people about tiger conservation drew hundreds of visitors and got a good response. The four-day Durga Puja festival is the biggest Hindu festival in West Bengal. In Kolkata alone, more than 10,000 pandals in various themes are set up to venerate the mother goddess Durga. Legend has it that "Asuras" or demons from the underworld invaded the heavens after a hundred years of war with the gods. Oct 3, 2014

Road accident kills four hawkers in Patna

Patna, Oct 3 (ANI): Four people were mowed to death and four others were injured by a car which hit the hawkers sitting along the side of a road in Patna on Friday. Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) of Patna, Amit Kumar, said that an Indica car hit the people near Mahavir Cancer Institute at Phulwarisharif area. Reportedly, the car driver has been detained by the police. A hawker, Mohammad Alam, witnessed the incident that took place early in the morning. Oct 3, 2014

Tears, prayers as Muslim pilgrims mark peak of hajj

Tears, flowed and prayers filled the air as the annual Muslim hajj attended by about 1.4 million believers from around the world reached its zenith on a vast plain in western Saudi Arabia Friday. Duration: 00:29 Oct 3, 2014

Indonesians snap up 'luxury' cows for Eid festival

Every year ahead of the Muslim feast of sacrifice, a showroom in Indonesia swaps cars for hulking cows costing up to $25,000 each, seeking to lure a wealthy elite increasingly keen on ploughing money into celebrating their religion. Duration: 01:02 Oct 3, 2014

It Happens: Navratri boost tourism in Odisha

Odisha, Oct 3 (ANI): Tourists thronged to participate in the traditional celebrations and rituals of the Hindu festival of nine nights, Navratri, in Odisha. In Bhubaneshwar, devotees thronged decorated pandals, temporary platforms, where the idol of Hindu goddess Durga is installed and sought her blessings. At the Dream Odisha, 2014, an event organised by the city-based Odisha International Centre, thirty districts from all around the state had gathered to offer their prayers to Durga and indulge in dance and merry-making. The coordinator of the organisation, Paresh Nayak said that events like these give push to the tourism in the state. People at the event performed a traditional Indian dance called dandiya, which is played with two baton-like sticks. Though the dance form is not originally from the state, it is popular in Odisha as well as other Indian states during these nine days. Navratri is celebrated with great enthusiasm and people drench into the music of Garba for nine-long-days, representing the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. Oct 3, 2014

It Happens: 132 yrs old temple adorns idols in currency notes and gold ornaments

Vishakapatnam, Oct 3 (ANI): The Vasavi Kanyaka Parameshwari Temple in Vishakapatnam, on Monday adorned its idols in currency notes and gold ornaments during the ten-day Hindu festival of Durga Puja. The money donated will be returned to the owners, who consider it auspicious to donate currency so that their businesses remain fruitful and earn revenue during the year. Meanwhile, Kolkata is filled with pandals, housing beautiful idols of Goddess Durga, where devotees are immersed in the festivities. Organisers of the Ekdalia Evergreen pandal adorned their idols with pure gold ornaments as crowds thronged to worship them. It is believed that the Goddess Durga makes her annual visit to the world during Durga Puja and the festivities are meant to welcome her. The festival culminates with the immersion of the 'Durga' idols into water bodies. Oct 3, 2014

L Sarita Devi defends her decision to refuse bronze medal at Asiad, says it was for India

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): Indian boxer L Sarita Devi, who has been shrouded in controversy at the 17th Asian Games at Incheon, on Friday defended her refusal to accept the bronze medal. Her refusal to accept her bronze medal on the podium went against the values of sportsmanship, Asian Games organisers had said, adding they were reviewing the incident and could take action against her. Devi refused to wear the medal when it was presented to her on October 01, taking it only in her hand before trying to drape it over another competitor who had beaten her in a fight the previous day. Devi had to settle for the bronze medal after losing her lightweight semi-final on Tuesday (September 30) to South Korea's Park Ji-na, who was declared a unanimous 3-0 winner. However, the boxer defended her actions, saying she did it for her country. Oct 3, 2014

PM Modi greets nation on occasion of Vijaya Dashmi

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation today on the auspicious occasion of Dusherra, also termed as Vijaya Dashmi. "Greetings to everyone on Vijaya Dashmi. May good always prevail over evil," said Prime Minister Modi. 'Dussehra' marks the conquest of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana, making it a celebration of the spirit of goodness and the triumph of virtue over vice. Oct 3, 2014

Two Maoists surrender before BSF in Odisha

Malkangiri, Oct 03 (ANI): Two rebels working for Communist Party of India-Maoists surrendered before paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) in Odisha on Friday. It is an achievement for BSF which has been trying to tackle the Maoist insurgency in Malkangiri district of Odisha. The Maoists, who have been identified as Laxman Pujari and Chaitanya Harijan, surrendered before BSF Deputy Inspector General, KV Raghavacharyulu, at a surrender ceremony at the BSF sector headquarters. For the first time any Maoist has surrendered before BSF in Malkangiri. But the step was welcomed by Raghavacharyulu. Oct 3, 2014

Amit Shah appeals Maharashtras OBC community to unite & work towards goals of Gopinath

Bhagwangad, Oct 3 (ANI): Amit Shah on Friday in a rally in Bhagwangad district of Maharashtra appealed to the OBC community to continue the work of development of the poor that late Gopinath Munde left behind under the leadership of her daughter Pankaja Munde. He said that the main aim of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is to work for the development and progress of the OBCs. Oct 3, 2014

DD telecasts RSS chief's Vijaya Dashami address live, CPI condemns

New Delhi, Oct 3 (ANI): Condemning today's telecast of RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat on Doordarshan, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said that the telecast is a clear departure from the stated position of the government and from the practice so far public sector telecasting and broadcasting followed. Public broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) today telecasted the annual Vijaya Dashmi address of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat from Nagpur. Oct 3, 2014

PM Modi's 'Man ki Baat' touches peoples' hearts across the country

Lucknow/ Raipur/ Bhopal, Oct 3 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden radio address on Friday touched the hearts of people across the country. While some dubbed the Prime Minister's speech inspirational, others expressed the hope that he would lead the country towards development. PM Modi went live on AIR for about 20 minutes, in a pilot of a show he hoped would become a weekly opportunity to reach up to two-thirds of the country’s population. The maiden radio broadcast which was heard by millions of people was quickly translated into 24 Indian languages and 16 foreign ones. Oct 3, 2014