Shankpal temple in Ramban attracts devotees from all religion

JandK, Aug 26 (ANI): Besides natural beauty, the state of Jammu and Kashmir is known for religious tolerance between different communities. A land of religious diversity, the state, from centuries, has witnessed people celebrating, participating and offering services in each other's fairs and festivals. This ethos comes alive during the annual fair at Shankpal Temple in Ramban district of Jammu. The temple attracts devotees belonging to different communities in large number from across the region. Every year people offer prayers and perform various rituals with utmost devotion and faith. While Hindu devotees perform prayers, Muslims here establish stalls for providing eatables, water and horse-riding service. Aug 26, 2014

Muslim artists prepare dresses and accessories for idols of Hindu gods

Mathura, Aug 26 (ANI): Mathura, the land of lord Krishna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh has presented some of the exuberant examples of inter- faith harmony. The brotherhood can be seen in the nook and corner of the region. And this oneness is not limited only in living together but they also display the same love for each other’s faith. Here, Muslims make dresses for Hindu idols and feel specially chosen by the almighty. The vibes are such that during the Hindu festivals, the Muslims gear up themselves to help them offer prayers easily. The devotees believe that they never feel any differences and people from far flung come here to seek blessings from lord Krishna. Aug 26, 2014

BJP accepts Bihar bypoll results, will review what went wrong: Sushil Modi

Patna, Aug 25 (ANI): BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Monday said that his party accepts the verdict in the bypoll in ten Bihar assembly seats. He said that the party would review and make amends in its efforts to win the assembly elections next year. The Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress Party combine has won six out of 10 seats in Bihar that went to polls last week. The BJP has won four seats. Aug 25, 2014

A womens rights group expresses solidarity with victim of love jihad in Jharkhand, demand arrest

Ranchi, Aug 25 (ANI): Members of ‘Nari Sena’, a women's rights group in Jharkhand, on Monday expressed solidarity with the national level shooter, Tara Sahdev, the alleged victim of a ‘love jihad’ demanding the arrest of the accused. ‘Love jihad’ refers to Hindu girls being allegedly converted to Islam after a love marriage. Jharkhand-born sportsperson, Tara Sahdev had reportedly married a certain Ranjit Kumar Kohli in June, who she alleges concealed his true identity as his real name is Rakibul Hasab. The torture began on the first night of her marriage when Kohli forced her to convert to Islam. She also said that she was kept in captivity for a month and was not allowed to eat properly. She, allegedly, was bitten by dogs as punishment for refusing to convert. Meanwhile, giving it a communal colour, a sister organisation of the ruling BJP, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), called for a shutdown and rampaged across the city protesting against the alleged ‘love jihad’. Aug 25, 2014

UK wants to boost Indias target to expand education sector: Nick Clegg

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): Britain Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Monday said that UK wants to boost India’s target to expand education sector further. Clegg said that India and UK both has capability to expand the sector with the help of each other and they should do so. He also said that UK wants students from both countries to go in both directions. Further, Clegg also said that Indian entrepreneurs can benefit from UK's open business environment & competitive tax regime. Aug 25, 2014

Govt ready to act once final decision is taken: Piyush Goyal on Coal scam

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): Welcoming the Supreme Court’s verdict that all coal blocks allocated between 1993-2010 were illegal, Coal Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said that he respects the court's decision and that the nation should accept the final verdict. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, Goyal said that the government was ready to act quickly once the final decisions were taken by the court in the case Aug 25, 2014

Priyanka not interested in Als Ice Bucket Challenge

New Delhi, August 25 (ANI): Bollywood babe Priyanka Chopra is not at all interested in taking ALS Ice Bucked Challenge. She has been nominated by many to take up the challenge, but she simply ignored it. Many stars from Bollywood have taken up the challenge. But Piggy Chops is not joining the league. On Sunday, Priyanka posted a web link on Twitter, which shows an Australian newsreader Lincoln Humphries. Humphries acknowledged the good that the ice bucket challenge has done, then suggested some other things that can be done to make a difference, including spreading the love around to other deserving causes like cancer and fresh water charities, and not wasting so much ice. Great thought Pee Cee!!! Aug 25, 2014

SC says all coal block allocations since under UPA regime illegal

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday said that all coal block allocations that were done under UPA regime are done in an illegal manner and it suffers from vice of arbitrariness. The court observed that there were no transparency and that no guidelines were followed in the allocation. A special bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha delivered the verdict on the two-year-old petitions that were based on Comptroller Auditor General’s (CAG) report, estimating a loss of Rs. 1.64 lakh crore caused due to the arbitrary allocations. Further, the apex court has announced the sate for taking a decision on re-allocation of mines as 1 September, 2014. Aug 25, 2014

Political crisis deepens in Pakistan

Islamabad, Aug 25: Pakistan is facing one of its worst political crises in the present era. An estimated 50,000 protesters, who are holding Islamabad city to ransom, marched to Parliament demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation. The twin anti-government protests by cricket star-turned politician Imran Khan and activist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri are targeted at ousting the PML-N-led government on charges of corruption and inflation. Imran Khan, who is leading the 'Azadi March', is also protesting against the alleged vote rigging that took place in last year's polls. However, PM Sharif is ready offer Khan a full audit of the ballots to address his concerns on poll rigging. Aug 25, 2014

Kareena Kapoor Khan bring the curtains down at LFW 2014

Mumbai, August 25 (ANI): With utmost poise and grace, Bollywood's top actress Kareena Kapoor brought the curtains down on the Lakme Fashion Week 2014, as she cat walked the runway for the ace fashion designer Manish Malhotra in India's showbiz capital Mumbai. Manish Malhotra showcased the absolute's bridal trousseau at the Lakme Fashion Week Grand Finale for which he joined forces with the make-up maestro, Cory Walia. Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor dazzled the ramp donning a gorgeous metallic purple long Lehenga with shades of grey and a complete diamond and silver studded open jacket which was teamed with a net veil dupatta. Speaking on the occasion Kapoor praised Malhotra saying he is a blessing for not just the fashion industry but for the film industry as well. Malhotra's bridal range which was a blend of gowns, skirts, sarees and lehenga cholis with diamond studded sequences and embroidery work, at the grand finale of Lakme Fashion Week. Malhotra emphasised on the colour grey to make it popular this winter. This was his fourth finale at the LFW. Many Bollywood celebrities were spotted at the event including Bollywood actress Kajol, Juhi Chawla, Huma Qureshi and Sridevi along with Bollywood Producer Boney Kapoor and Bollywood Director Karan Johar. The fourth day of the LFW Ind Aug 25, 2014

Results of bypolls are clear indication that Bihar won't accept divisive politics: Nitish Kumar

Patna, Aug 25 (ANI): Former Bihar Chief Minister and JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar on Monday expressed his satisfaction at the bypoll results and thank all the voters. The Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress Party combine has won six out of 10 seats in Bihar that went to polls last week. The BJP has won four seats. Kumar said that the results of bypolls are a clear indication that people of Bihar won't accept divisive politics. Aug 25, 2014

Karnataka: Congress wins two seats, BJP one in Assembly by polls

Bangalore, Aug 25 (ANI): The Congress won two of the three seats in Karnataka assembly by elections for which counting was held on Monday. Byelections were held to Bellary Rural, Shikaripur in Shimoga and Chikkodi-Sadalga in Belgaum districts on August 21. The Congress wrested Bellary Rural from the BJP, retained Chikkodi-Sadalga, while former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa once again established his hold over Shikaripur with his son B Y Raghavendra winning it. Meanwhile, expressing his happiness over the victory Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, said that the Congress winning in majority of the bypolls across the country shows that Narendra Modi's victory was a temporary one. Aug 25, 2014

Indian Army ready to thwart infiltration bid by Pakistan, security beefed up along Indo-Pak border

Poonch, Aug 25 (ANI): Senior Army officers expressed confidence that the soldiers posted in forward areas along the India Pakistan border in Kashmir are well trained to foil any attempts by Pakistan to pump in infiltrators across the Line of Control. Kashmir has witnessed almost uninterrupted ceasefire violation by Pakistan since August 15. Brigade Commander, Sanjay Thakaran, posted in border district of Poonch said on Monday that the soldiers are aware of Pakistan's attempt to keep the tension on Line of Control high, but all such attempts will be thwarted. Another officer, Colonel Amit Bisht, also spoke on the same lines and assured that every bid to infiltrate will be thwarted. Aug 25, 2014

SC refuses to entertain 'premature' petitions against judicial appointment Bill

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain petitions challenging the 121st constitutional amendment by which collegium system for appointment of judges in higher judiciary was scrapped and a new mechanism under National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) was proposed to be put in place. The Court said that the bill is yet to receive Presidential assent and become a law of the land. Aug 25, 2014

Congress' Preneet Kaur wins Patiala by poll

Patiala, Aug 25 (ANI): Congress leader and former union minister Preneet Kaur on Monday won the Patiala Assembly seat. She defeated Bhagwan Dass Juneja, her rival from SAD, by over 23,000 votes. The seat fell vacant after former chief minister Amarinder Singh, husband of Kaur, got elected to Lok Sabha from Amritsar. Patiala seat was retained by Congress. Aug 25, 2014