BSF Chief flags off contingent for UN Mission

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): Chief of Paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF), D. K. Pathak flagged off the contingent for 9th United Nations (UN) Organisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) on Monday in New Delhi. The BSF Peace-Keeping Mission which is the ninth consecutive contingent to Congo holds a total strengthen of 135 personnel which comprises seven officers, seven subordinate officers and 121 members of other ranks. The contingent who will be deployed in the African nation for a year to perform the duties is led by commandant BSF Yuvraj Dubey. Director General of BSF, Pathak said that this is a prestigious assignment and a specific capsule training on the UN based guidelines was imparted by the BSF to the personnel for their selection. Sep 29, 2014

PM Modi meets Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. Modi also met the CEOs of 11 top US companies including Google's Eric Schmidt and PepsiCo's Indira Nooyi over breakfast, earlier in the day. After meeting the CEOs, Modi would later meet former US President Bill Clinton and former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton before heading to Washington for his first ever meeting with US President Barack Obama. Sep 29, 2014

PM Modi meets Henry Kravis and Laurence D. Fink

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met Henry Kravis, CEO of American private equity fund Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co (KKR) followed by Laurence D. Fink of BlackRock. Before meeting with Kravis and Fink, Prime Minister also had a similar one-on-one with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Boeing James McNerney. KKR and Co. is an American multinational private equity firm, specializing in leveraged buyouts, headquartered in New York. Prime Minister will hold a series of meeting with CEOs of few other companies namely Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO of General Electric; Lloyd Blankfein and CEO of Goldman Sachs. Sep 29, 2014

Massive Lenin statue toppled in Kharkiv

Pro-Ukrainian protesters in eastern Ukraine's city Kharkiv on Sunday toppled a giant Lenin statue seen as a symbol of Soviet legacy and Moscow's control. Duration: 00:37 Sep 29, 2014

John Cleese lost virginity at age 24

New Delhi, Sept 29 (ANI): John Cleese's autobiography has revealed that he lost his virginity at the age of 24 while touring New Zealand with the Cambridge Circus. He revealed in one of the autobiography's extract that was published in Sunday Times Magazine revealed that it was a very asexual atmosphere where he came from and girls just weren't around, an online portal reported. He added that when he was teaching at his prep school before going to Cambridge, he took out the local doctor's daughter and they had a perfectly nice, polite conversation but the idea that anything would have happened physically just wasn't on the cards. Sep 29, 2014

PM Modi meets Boeing CEO James McNerney

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday had a one-on-one meeting with Boeing CEO James McNereney. Earlier in the day Modi also met the CEOs of 11 top US companies including Google's Eric Schmidt and PepsiCo's Indira Nooyi over breakfast. The Prime Minister is likely to hard sell India as the best investment destination in Asia, few days after he launched the ambitious "Make in India" campaign, where he promised red carpet treatment for investors. Modi is also likely to meet the CEOs of firms like IBM, GE and Goldman Sachs. Sep 29, 2014

Indo-US joint military exercise underway in foothills of Himalayas

Ranikhet, Sep 29 (ANI): The annual Indo-US joint military exercise 'Yudh Abhyas' focusing on combined training events within three key elements of command post exercise, field training exercise and expert academic exchanges is underway in the foothills of Himalayas in Ranikhet district of Uttarakhand. Focusing on tactical and technical skills in countering insurgency and militancy, Indian and U.S army officials started the joint exercise on Monday. The troops of both the side will train, plan and execute a series of combined strategic drills for neutralization of likely threats that may be encountered in UN peace keeping operations. Sep 29, 2014

PM Modi meets top American CEOs

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met the CEOs of 11 top US companies including Google's Eric Schmidt and PepsiCo's Indira Nooyi over breakfast. The CEOs are meeting Modi to understand his vision for the Indian economy and his vision as far as bringing FDI to India is concerned. The Prime Minister is likely to hard sell India as the best investment destination in Asia, few days after he launched the ambitious "Make in India" campaign, where he promised red carpet treatment for investors. The breakfast meeting with CEOs of Google, Citigroup and Pepsico would be followed by one-on-one meetings with six other CEOs of firms like Boeing, IBM, GE and Goldman Sachs. Sep 29, 2014

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

Vishakapatnam /Kolkata, Sept 29 (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. Sep 29, 2014

Devotees from various communities flock in to celebrate the Urs of Sufi Saint in JandK

Rajouri, Sep 29 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir is known for its rich cultural history and varied religious diversity. While people belonging to different faiths have varied customs and beliefs, they enjoy and celebrate them together to maintain age-old tradition of religious acceptance and tolerance in the state. A similar example is seen at the shrine of Lal Din Mandrian Wale in Rajouri district, where devotes belonging to different religion gather and celebrate the death anniversary of saint with much religious fervor. Every year devotees in large number come from far off places to pay homage and seek blessings from the Sufi saint. The celebration also includes community meal where people irrespective of their caste participate together with great enthusiasm Sep 29, 2014

Road construction amalgamates people of different faiths in WB

Bankura, Sep 29 (ANI): Located in the India's eastern state of West Bengal, the Bankura city is known for its rich cultural and traditional heritage. The city is also known for its amalgamation of various faiths and beliefs. The people of different communities including Hindus and Muslims live and work together to live a life of brotherhood and amity. In a similar example, workers of both Hindu and Muslim community work together in construction of roads in the region. Good relations prevail between the workers of both communities as they work and live together. They live in common makeshift camps and cherish their meals together. The workers of both communities share a common bond without having any religious bias with them. Sep 29, 2014

Tourists from across the globe throng to 4th International Buddhist Conclave in India

Varanasi/ Bodh Gaya, Sept 29 (ANI): The 4th International Buddhist Conclave in India attracted tourists from across the world, who were eager to visit the place where the Lord attained enlightenment and to learn more about the religion he propagated. The Conclave began on September 26 at Bodh Gaya in Bihar and concluded on Monday on the banks of the holy river Ganges in Varanasi. Most of the visitors were enthralled to witness the rituals performed by priests on the banks of the holy river Ganges. The chanting of hymns, the flickering lights of the traditional earthen lamps and the essence of incense sticks presented a rare spiritual experience for the participants. Secretary, Indian Tourism, Amrit Abhijat, said that the conclave was initiated with the view to attract more of Buddhist tourists from various countries. Sep 29, 2014

Shiv Sena minister Anant Geete to quit Union cabinet

Mumbai, Sept 29 (ANI): After the break-up of Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday informed that the party's lone member in the Union Cabinet Anant Geete would also resign. The Union Minister of Heavy Industries Geete, is about to quit after Modi returns from his US trip on Wednesday. BJP, who after the breakup with Shiv Sena said that they have no enmity with them, is yet to take a stand on the issue. Shiv Sena after ending its alliance with BJP in Maharashtra, had earlier said that those who broke the alliance were enemies of Maharashtra. Sep 29, 2014