Tripura and West Bengal enforce strict norms to control water pollution post Durga Puja

Agartala/ Siliguri, Oct 05 (ANI): State authorities in Tripura and West Bengal have enforced strict pollution norms in reference to idol immersion for Hindu festival Durga Puja, so as to control pollution level in the water bodies. The municipal bodies have asked their staff, with the help of volunteers, to carry out cleaning process soon after the idols are immersed in the river. Hindu festival Durga Puja celebrates the victory of good over evil. The festival culminates with the immersion of the Durga idols into water bodies. Meanwhile, the municipal body in Siliguri city of West Bengal has also made similar arrangements to keep the rivers clean. For the first time, at both the places, the cleaning teams did not waste any time to carry out their work of cleaning rivers after the immersion of idols of the goddess. Oct 5, 2014

Lone tiger cub nursed by female dog in Indore zoo

Indore, Oct 5 (ANI): A lone tiger cub, which escaped death after her mother accidentally jabbed her teeth into its body, is now being given special care by the zoo authorities in Madhya Pradesh and being fed milk by a female dog after it was separated from the mother. Shivani, a white tigress at the zoo in Indore city, had given birth to four cubs last month after cross breeding with a yellow tiger, first such case in the country. However, three cubs died due to mishandling by the big cat. Meanwhile, Uttam Yadav, doctor at the zoo, said they did not want to send the lone surviving tiger cub to the mother as they feared that it might also be killed. In order to provide milk to the tiger cub, the zoo authorities carried on a small experiment where the tiger cub could be nursed by a female dog. Yadav said the dog named Jimmy now considers the tiger cub as her own child. Oct 5, 2014

Rajnath targets Congress, urges Maharashtrians to vote for BJP

Chimur, Oct 5 (ANI): Taking potshots at the Congress, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday urged the people to vote for the BJP in the upcoming assembly polls for prosperity and progress of Maharashtra. He attacked Congress for not being able to make India a powerful nation in its sixty years of governance. He further said that BJP after coming to power in the last four months has controlled the inflation which had reached skies during Congress rule. The election for 288-member Maharashtra Assembly is scheduled to be held on October 15 while the counting of votes will take place on October 19. Oct 5, 2014

Former Jharkhand minister arrested for Maoist links

New Delhi, Oct 5 (ANI): Former Jharkhand minister arrested for Maoist links According to reports, Sao has been accused of founding the ultra unit Jharkhand Tigers, following which he had to resign from the Hemant Soren-led Cabinet in the state. Oct 5, 2014

Respect for Balasaheb Thackeray remains consistent despite BJP-SS separation: Rajnath Singh

Chimur, Oct 5 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that although the 25-year old BJP-Shiv Sena alliance has ended but the separation has not affected the respect Singh had for late Balasaheb Thackeray. Singh said that all the BJP workers have the same respect for Thackeray which was there years back. He added that Thackeray will always be respected and loved by Indians. Oct 5, 2014

Two TMC leaders brutally murdered in West Bengal's Bankura district

Bankura, Oct 05 (ANI): Two leaders of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) party were brutally murdered early on Sunday morning in Bankura district of West Bengal. Bikash Dutta, 45 and his father Madhu, 65, died after their throats were slit. Bikash Dutta was the president of Trinamool Congress Local Committee in Hatgram within Bankura district's Indpur community. Talking to mediapersons, party leader Subhasis Batabyal said few miscreants whose aim is to break the party and grab power might be the cause behind this brutal killing. Though Bikash was threatened quite often but nobody expected that he would be murdered. Oct 5, 2014

Kashmir to witness gloomy Eid-al-Adha this year due to floods

Srinagar, Oct 05 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing subdued preparations for Eid this time due to the floods that devastated the state last month, leaving hundreds dead and thousands homeless. There is no rush in the markets or festivity to be seen. The animal traders in Srinagar city say this year they have less to offer for animal sacrifices as most of their livestock perished in the floods. The blockage of transport system due to damage to infrastructure has also marred their business. India would be observing Eid-al-Adha, one of the two most important festivals in the Islamic calendar, on Monday. It marks the end of an annual Haj or pilgrimage to Mecca. A goat-seller, Mohammad Yousuf said that he is unsure about his business as the valley has still not recovered from the floods. Oct 5, 2014

Muslims in Kerala mark Eid-al-Adha with prayers

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 5 (ANI): Muslims in Kerala attended morning prayers and greeted each other in mosques and open grounds on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha on Sunday, marking the end of annual Haj in holy land of Mecca. The festival, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, is a day to commemorate the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. Men, women and children attended the morning prayers that were held at the central stadium in Thiruvananthapuram city. A resident of the city, KC Abdul Gafoor said they are praying for the betterment of every human being and for the prosperity of India. Oct 5, 2014

Modi accuses previous Congress Govt for hindering development

Tasgaon, Oct 5 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assailed the previous Congress government during a rally in Tasgaon, Maharashtra. Modi said that the Congress government is responsible for hindering development in the country. Oct 5, 2014

Wives of suspected militants in Burdwan blast case arrested for enquiry

Burdwan/ New Delhi, Oct 05 (ANI): Two women were arrested and remanded to police custody for two weeks in connection with the explosion at Khagragarh area of Burdwan that left two suspected militants dead. Rajira Bibi is the widow of suspected militant Shakil Ahmed, who was killed in the explosion in a house at Khagragarh on October 2, while Amina Bibi is the wife of Hasan Saheb, who was critically injured in the blast and is under treatment at Burdwan Medical College and Hospital. The two suspected militants were killed and another was injured when an explosion occurred in a house inhabited by them on Thursday. According to police officials, large number of watch dials, SIM cards, and other tools required to make improvised explosive devices were found in the house. Owner of the two-storey house, Hasan Chowdhury, who lives in another house across the road, said he had given the first floor to Shakil Ahmed, the deceased, on a monthly rent of Rs 4,700 but he did not know the identity of the two others. Oct 5, 2014

BS Hooda slams BJP while advocating for Congress' policies at Haryana rally

Ambala cantt, Oct 5 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda during an election rally on Sunday slammed BJP for misguiding people during the Lok Sabha polls. At the same time, Hooda advocated Congress' policies which have been beneficial for the development of the country. He urged people of Haryana to understand which party is speaking the truth. Oct 5, 2014

Supporters of Jayalalithaa pray for her release in Chennai

Chennai, Oct 05 (ANI): Supporters of regional party All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Sunday performed special prayers for the release of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was pronounced guilty in the disproportionate assets case. In Chennai, AIADMK ministers and legislatures have been protesting every day in various ways to show their displeasure over former chief's arrest. AIADMK councilor, MM Babu said prayers and the wishes of the down trodden of the society will help Jayalalithaa's release. Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years in jail in the disproportionate assets case by a special court in Bangalore. The court has also fined the party chief Rs 100 crore which will be taken from the properties that have already been seized by the court. Oct 5, 2014

Dalai Lama marks Nobel anniversary as Western support wanes

It is 25 years since the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel peace prize for leading the Tibetan struggle against Chinese rule. But with little sign of progress, some Tibetans are now calling for a different approach. Duration: 02:50 Oct 5, 2014

Bodies found near Mexico town where students vanished

Authorities unearth unmarked graves containing a number of bodies on the outskirts of a southern Mexico town, where more than 40 students disappeared after a deadly police shooting last week. Duration: 01:22 Oct 5, 2014