Amit Shah pays obeisance at Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 01 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah paid obeisance at 16th century Sree Padmanabhaswamy on Monday in Kerala and sought blessings. Clad in religious white dhoti, Shah visited the temple accompanied by security personnel. Shah later visited the BJP office in the state to strategise on the upcoming assembly polls. Shah is expected to discuss strategy with party workers in Thiruvananthapuram city to help BJP expand its foothold for electoral gains in the southern state. The party is looking with new hope in the state, where Congress party has strong hold among the voters. Sep 1, 2014

At least 4 killed and 12 injured in Noida road accident

Noida, Sep 01 (ANI): Four employee of Motherson company, a private firm based in Noida were killed and over 12 injured when a bus carrying them collided with a truck in Sector 71 of Noida on Monday. The injured were immediately rushed to the nearest hospitals. Doctor said that a few are serious while others can be released on an immediate basis. The accident took place early in the morning when the victims were on their way to the Motherson company. One of the injured said that the truck collided straight on to the bus and that both the drivers didn’t pay attention. Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Noida, Rajkumar Mishra confirmed the number of deaths. Sep 1, 2014

Devotees in Vadodara prepare gigantic 'Modak' sweet to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

Vadodara, Sep 01 (ANI): A group of devotees in Gujarat prepared a gigantic dumpling shaped sweet, Modak, on the occasion of the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day popular celebration during which it is believed that Lord Ganesha bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees. The group had initiated to create the lord's favourite sweet weighing 800 kilograms for the people of Vadodora city. The sweet was made into five layers each consisting of a different ingredient. The organiser of the sweet making event, Ankur said that a team of seven to eight people prepared the biggest sweet in around 36 hours. Devotees buy decorated and colourful idols of Lord Ganesha and establish them in their homes for 10 days and revel in religious pageantry. Sep 1, 2014

PM Modi welcomed at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo

Tokyo, Sep 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday was welcomed in a grand ceremony at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on the third day of his visit to Japan. The national anthems of both countries- India and Japan were played and Prime Minister Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe along with the gathering in the palace paid respect by standing still. Modi then met the Japanese delegation present inside the palace after thanking the choir in the Japanese way. Modi is on a five day official visit to Japan to strengthen bilateral relations between both nations. Sep 1, 2014

Bangladesh PM says assassins of founding father of the nation to be hanged

Dhaka, Sep 01 (ANI): Bangladesh PM said that the assassins of the founding father of the nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family will be hanged. Addressing a gathering organised by the Bangladesh Chatra (Students') League, the students front of the ruling Awami League party, Hasina said that the trials of the war criminals were in progress. The member students had also organised a rally to mourn the deceased Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Prime Minister Hasina said that the Bangladeshi's agitation towards the incident cannot be stopped. Hasina, on August16, also alleged that the founder of the opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Ziaur Rahman was involved in the killing of Mujibur. Sep 1, 2014

Indian Air Force personnel arrested for leaking inside information to Pakistan

Pathankot, Sep 01 (ANI): Police arrested an Indian Air Force personnel in Pathankot city of Punjab for leaking inside information to Pakistan. Sunil Kumar was arrested at the Pathankot Air Force base for trying to sell India-related defense information to a Pakistani woman, Meena Raina. The cyber squad of the Pathankot air base monitored his movements via the internet with Raina and saved the conversations. After accumulating enough evidence against Kumar, Indian Air Force removed him from his post and handed him over to the police. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Pathankot, Rakesh Koushal, said Kumar had shared a lot of information within a short span of time. Sep 1, 2014

Karnataka CM unhappy with change in Governor

Bangalore, Aug 01 (ANI): Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, said that he was unhappy with the Central government having appointed a new governor for the state without consulting him. Former speaker of Gujarat assembly, Vajubhai Vala, will take oath as the new Governor of Karnataka on Monday. Siddaramaiah added he would have welcomed any person, had he been consulted by the Narendra Modi-led government. Vala will take the oath of office and secrecy under the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, DH Waghela. Sep 1, 2014

PM Modi speaks at business lunch at Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Tokyo, Sep 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed a gathering during business lunch at Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Modi said that India has decided to form a team under PMO that will work to facilitate relations with Japan. He added that the world economy can improve if India and Japan work together. Sep 1, 2014

We want to follow Japan's model of skill development: PM Modi

Tokyo, Sep 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, while addressing a gathering at Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that India wants to follow the Japan's model of skill development. Modi laid stress that India contains maximum youth population and we aim on fulfilling the workforce requirement in our country itself. He also said that India wants to join in the research revolution of Japan as there is no end to research. Modi also said that in the maiden budget, India took various initiatives of introducing FDI in infrastructure, Defence and the benefits of these decisions will be seen globally. Sep 1, 2014

Thailand totters towards waste crisis

Fears are mounting in Bangkok that poor planning and lax law enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a waste crisis. Duration: 01:21 Sep 1, 2014

PM Modi visits Tokyo Elementary School, invites teachers to teach in India

Tokyo, Tokyo, Sep 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Japanese teachers to teach their language to the students in his country during his visit to premier Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo on Monday. Modi also stressed on building language ties between the two nations in a bid to prepare for 21st century while speaking in an interactive session at the 136-year-old school. Modi also tried to play a soprano recorder before the students at a music class. He also called for preparation of on-line Japanese language course to help Indian students. Modi added that the objective of his visit was to learn from Japanese school to improve India's primary education. Sep 1, 2014

PM Modi meets Japan's foreign minister and Industry Minister to discuss bilateral issues

Tokyo, Sep 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, in Tokyo to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues. Modi, on his first major foreign visit to Tokyo, after taking up the post as the prime minister of India, arrived on Saturday for a five-day trip aimed at capitalising on a personal affinity with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bolster security and business ties in the face of an assertive China. Japan wants explicit guarantees from India, which has not signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, to limit atomic tests and allow closer inspection of its facilities to ensure that spent fuel is not used to make bombs. Sep 1, 2014

DDA launches new housing scheme, forms available till October 09

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): The Delhi Development Authority on Monday launched its new housing scheme. The Vice Chairman of DDA, Balvinder Kumar, said that the scheme was launched successfully and offers more than 25000 flats under various categories. Kumar also said that forms are available in as many as 16 banks till October 09, starting from September 01. Sep 1, 2014

Union Home Ministry reviews the security situation at Assam-Nagaland Border

Guwahati, Sep 01 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, who was in Guwahati to attend a meeting with the Chief Ministers of 8 Northeastern states, reviewed the security situation on Assam-Nagaland Border. He held talks with Assam and Nagaland Chief Ministers on the escalating border violence. Meanwhile, a curfew has been imposed in Golaghat following the clashes between the police and protestors. The Army also held a flag march in the violence hit areas to bring the situation under control. In addition to three companies of CRPF, 1,000 paramilitary personnel have been deployed and security pickets have been set up in the affected villages. The Home Ministry had earlier also submitted a report on the border violence to the Prime Minister's office. Sep 1, 2014