It Happens: Devotees go in trance during religious festival in Assam

Guwahati, August 22 (ANI): Devotees from various parts of the country thronged temple of Hindu goddess Kamakhya in Assam to witness three-day Hindu festival, Deodhani dance. The Deodhani dance festival is held to worship Hindu snake goddess Mansa, during which goats and pigeons are sacrificed. Deodhani dance is a semi-classical dance form, which is common across the southwest Kamrup and Mangaidoi parts of Assam. The devotees participating in the festival go through a month-long preparatory phase, during which they are not permitted to meet their families and have to stay in the temple premises with a photograph of the deity they want to represent. They also seek knowledge from their religious mentors during this period. It is believed that Hindu goddess possesses a devotee’s body during the festival to dance. As per Hindu mythology, one’s wishes come true if they wish for something special during the festival. It is believed that taking part in this festival bestows the dancers with powers from goddess Kamakhya. The temple situated atop Nilachal hills, is dedicated to goddess Kamakhya, consort of Lord Shiva. Aug 22, 2014

It Happens: Indians soak in devotion at birth place of Lord Krishna

Mathura, August 22 (ANI): Thousands of devotees soaked in devotion thronged birthplace of Lord Krishna in Uttar Pradesh on Monday to celebrate his birth anniversary. Chanting hymns and carrying religious offerings, people flocked temples dedicated to the Hindu god in Mathura to mark the festival of Janamashtmi with pageantry. The priests performed rituals in the temples to mark 5240th birthday of Lord Krishna. A devotee, Nishi Khurana, said she was elated to visit Mathura to be a part of the celebration. Lord Krishna is regarded as the eighth incarnation of the Hindu deity 'Vishnu', the Preserver of the Universe. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that Lord Krishna was born at the midnight hour on this day. Another devotee, Goldy Khurana, said Mathura reverberated with a different kind of enthusiasm when it came to celebrate Janamashtmi. According to the Hindu calendar, Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami Tithi, which is the eighth day of the month of Bhadrapada (sixth month of the Hindu calendar year) in the Hindu almanac. Aug 22, 2014

Kejriwal targets Centre over removal of Sanjiv Chaturvedi as AIIMS CVO

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Friday slammed the central government over removal of Sanjeev Chaturvedi from the post of chief vigilance officer (CVO) of AIIMS. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, Kejriwal demanded that the CBI must investigate the issue and government reinstatement Chaturvedi. He also reiterated that Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan must either resign or face dismissal. Aug 22, 2014

Rajnath Singh takes aerial survey of flood affected areas in UP

Uttar Pradesh, Aug 22 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday took an aerial survey of the flood affected areas in Uttar Pradesh. Singh said that some areas have been deeply affected by the floods and rescue operations are going on, though in a non-satisfactory manner. He also said that an investigation team will be sent by him to the areas to inspect the condition. Singh assured that relief will be provided to the people and added that compensation amount has been provided to the victims. He also appreciated the NDRF members for the rescue operations undertaken by them successfully. Aug 22, 2014

CPI (M) slams TMC MLA for

Kolkata, Aug 22 (ANI): CPI (M) leader Mohd Salim on Friday slammed the Trinamool Congress party over its MLA Dr Nirmal Majhi_s controversial comment. Majhi issued a controversial comment where he questioned whether people should burn _living effigies_ of doctors affiliated to CPI (M)_s medical wing. Aug 22, 2014

Constitution has rules for LoP, which no party fulfills: Rajnath Singh

Gorakhpur, Aug 22 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday spoke on the issue of LoP, maoist and Assam-Nagaland violence issue. Singh said that the Constitution has some rules set for the Leader of Opposition post, which, unfortunately, no party in Opposition fulfills. He also said that the maoist issue is a serious issue in the country and it needs to be given urgent attention. Further, Singh said that issue of violence on Assam-Nagaland borders will be solved and both states_ Chief Ministers have met to find a way out of it. Aug 22, 2014

Politicos condemn Fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammus RS Pura sector

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday condemned the fresh ceasefire violation by the Pakistani forces. The Pakistani forces despite repeated warnings, resorted to fresh round of unprovoked firing at the Indian forward posts in the RS Pura sector of Jammu and Kahsmir. One civilian has been injured after a shell hit his home near the LoC. No casualties have been reported. Meanwhile, the opposition targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that the government should take strict action. Aug 22, 2014

SC asks government to explain stand on LoP

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): The Supreme Court has asked the BJP government to explain its stand on the Leader of Opposition post after the Speaker rejected Congress’ bid for the post. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that Opposition is the essence of democracy and if the government is ignoring, it is an assault. He added that the government should explain its stand if the Supreme Court has asked thus. Aug 22, 2014

Sri Lankas Tamil leaders meet Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): A delegation of Sri Lanka’s Tamil National Alliance (TNA) met on Friday (August 22) India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and they would urge New Delhi to ensure devolution of power to provinces in their country. TNA leaders would push their case for full implementation of the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution. They are also expected to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 13A amendment came into existence due to India -Sri Lanka accord signed in 1987 between then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and then Sri Lankan President JR Jayewardene. It stipulates devolution of powers to the provinces which was centre of ethnic conflict. Aug 22, 2014

High Court dismisses PIL challenging UPSC format

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed the PIL challenging the UPSC format in which the government made changes at a very short notice prior to the exam. The Lawyer said that High Court has dismissed the petition and they are now preparing a petition to approach CAT that such changes should not be made at such a short notice before exams. Aug 22, 2014

Irom Sharmila arrested again by police in Manipur on charges of attempting suicide

Manipur, Aug 22 (ANI): A struggling and screaming Irom Sharmila was dragged away from a tin shack by a team of police women on Friday morning. Sharmila, who was released from police custody on Thursday evening, was planning to observe a fast at the venue over a demand for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA). She has been arrested again on charges of attempting suicide. Earlier, the police women were quoted by media, as saying that they were taking her for a medical check-up. When she resisted, they forcibly took a hold of her hands and legs and carried her to a police jeep and drove her away. Forty-two-year-old Sharmila has said that she is continuing with her 14-year fast in protest against "army atrocities" in Manipur. The activist was released after a court decided she cannot be charged with attempted suicide for refusing food and water. Aug 22, 2014

Security personnel bust militant hideouts, recover huge cache of arms in Kashmir

Handwara, Aug 22 (ANI): In a joint operation, police and paramilitary personnel busted two militant hideouts in Handwara town of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday and recovered huge cache of weapons from the sites. The joint operation was successful in exposing the hideouts located in Hafruda forests of Kupwara district. The arms haul is considered as a big achievement by the authorities. The team also seized anti aircraft gun stand, hand grenade, wireless set, wireless antenna, map and compass. Aug 22, 2014

13-year-old in government shelter home in Bangalore

Bangalore, Aug 22 (ANI): In yet another shocking crime against children, a 13 year old boy was brutally beaten up in a government shelter home in Bangalore. The child has received serious wounds on his body and is being treated. DIG of Bangalore Central, Sandip Patil, said that a complaint has been filed against the accused and strict action shall be taken. Aug 22, 2014

Congress delegation meets LG over inflated power bills

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): Members of Congress party on Friday met the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung, demanding solution to high electricity bills. A delegation-led by Congress party leader, Arvinder Singh Lovely, on Thursday (August 21) had also released a chargesheet against BJP and AAP, holding them responsible for plight of the people. Lovely had accused both the parties of discontinuing various schemes started during Congress party’s regime in the national capital. He said people were fed up paying inflated electricity bills and demanded Jung’s intervention in the matter. Meanwhile, Spokesperson of DPCC Mukesh Sharma highlighted the entire agenda. Aug 22, 2014

SC gives Centre a month to explain why there is no LoP, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday asked the NDA Government at the Centre to explain why there is no Leader of Opposition in Parliament, and gave the former a month's time to come up with an answer on how it proposes to select Lokpal members, if such a post remains vacant or does not exist. The committee to select the nine members of the Lokpal is meant to include the Leader of the Opposition along with the Prime Minister and others. The apex court pointed out that the make-up of the committee is part of the law passed by Parliament that brings the Lokpal into existence. The Congress had claimed that as the single largest opposition party, its floor leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, should be recognized as Leader of the Opposition. But Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ruled that out, citing rules that a party must have at least 55 members in the House to claim the post. The Congress has 44 seats. While politicos from rival parties gave mixed reaction on the matter, the BJP said that it would give an appropriate reply as was asked by the court. Aug 22, 2014