Jagannath rath yatra begins in Puri amidst tight security

Puri, June 29 (ANI): The much-awaited Jagannath Rath Yatra, one of the grandest annual spectacles in the world, began in Odisha’s holy city of Puri on Sunday. The Yatra has started under a huge security cover since it is one of the most anticipated event of the year. Lakhs of devotees have thronged the pilgrim city to witness the grand festival. The crowd is likely to swell because of good weather conditions. Jun 29, 2014

Foreign Secretary says China's new map does not change facts on the ground of India's possession

Beijing, June 29 (ANI): India's Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh stood by the statement of Foreign Ministry which said that "cartographic depiction does not change the reality on the ground" after the Chinese government, in a new vertical map had shown Arunachal Pradesh as a part of its territory. Singh addressed a news conference in Beijing after Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari's meeting with Chinese premier Li Keqiang to brief on the issues discussed between the delegations of the two countries. Jun 29, 2014

Rosaiah sworn in as Governor of Karnataka

Bangalore, June 29 (ANI): Karnataka Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj, who was in the news throughout his five-year tenure in Karnataka, retired on Saturday. His Tamil Nadu counterpart K Rosaiah has temporarily taken charge. Bhardwaj's stint will be remembered for his strained relations with the previous BJP government in the state. Rosaiah's swearing-in-ceremony was held at Raj Bhavan in Bangalore. Jun 29, 2014

Chennai fish predicts fate of Soccer teams in ongoing FIFA World cup

Chennai, June 29 (ANI): Following the success of Paul, the psychic, World Cup result-predicting octopus, comes a fish called Chanakya 2, who lives at an aquarium in Chennai, bagging the top job as chief match predictor in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Indian Community Welfare Organisation (ICWO) organised the Football World Cup 2014 prediction session. Jun 29, 2014

Annual Jagannath Rath Yatra begins, Anandiben Patel performs Pahind-Vidhi

Ahmedabad, June 29 (ANI): The annual Jagannath Rath Yatra began on Sunday where people from different parts of the country will be united to sing bhajans. The Rath Yatra will go on for 18 kilometres and to avoid any unwanted event, CCTC surveillance has been employed. Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel will perform Pahind, the first time a woman would be performing the holy ritual. Ahmedabad mayor, Meenaxi Patel, has performed the ceremonial puja of Lord Jagannath to bring happiness and good luck to the city on the auspicious day. Jun 29, 2014

Operations underway to rescue the trapped under collapsed building in Chennai

Chennai, June 29 (ANI): Operations are underway to rescue the trapped people under debris of the collapsed under construction building in Chennai. Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Pon Radhkrishnan on Sunday visited the spot. He said that help will be sought from the Central government if necessary. Jun 29, 2014

Police in Latehar arrest eight Maoists, recovers cache of arms and ammunitions

Latehar, June 29 (ANI): Acting on a tip off, the police arrested eight Maoists in red corridor of Jharkhand and recovered a cache of arms and ammunitions. A Maoist was also reportedly killed during the police encounter. Superintendent of Police (SP) of Latehar, Michael Raj S said that combing was launched in the area to nab the red rebels and the operation was successful. Jun 29, 2014

Farmers in Manipur get training in sericulture to boost silk production

Imphal, June 29 (ANI): To give a boost to quality silk production, a 5-day long Beneficiary Empowerment Training Programme was recently organized by the Research Extension Centre of Central Silk Board at Khuman Lampak in Imphal. The participants were given theoretical training followed by field exposure visits to Changangei and Mantripukhr. Under the programme, eight batches, comprising of 20 participants each will be given training in Ukhrul and Churachandpur districts this year. The organizers aim to enhance the production from 1.5 metric tons to 14 metric tons in silk producing Ukhrul and Churachandpur district of Manipur. Manipur has been the largest producer of Oak-Tasar Silk in the country and second largest silk producing state in the Northeast region. Jun 29, 2014

Manipur's rich cultural heritage showcased on ramp

Manipur, June 29 (ANI): Dressed in traditional Manipuri dress, models sashayed down the ramp in Imphal. The event was organized at Iboyaima Sumang Leela Shanglen under the banner of ‘Sagonarakpa Natki Saktam'. Altogether 28 models from Manipur were invited to give the show an ethnic look. The show aimed at highlighting the uniqueness of the region with special focus on traditional tools. During the show, young Manipuri artists enthralled the audience by performing Maibi Jagoi, a traditional Manipuri dance. The models highlighted the traditional dresses and various tools like Poon, Shuk, Yangkok, Arambai, Shingjang, Potpu Langon, Thumok, Lang and Lei Polang. Jun 29, 2014

World Cup: Everyone loves the fancy taxi driver

A taxi driver in Porto Alegre has decorated his car to resemble a giant Brazilian flag, and he even wears an entire yellow and green uniform to match. Newton Boa Nova drives around the southern city picking up passengers and spreading joy during the World Cup. Jun 29, 2014

Sergio Mendes: "Football is just like music, it unites people"

The Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes has just released his 39th album, 'Majica'. To mark the World Cup currently being played in his home country, he recorded the song 'One Nation', which was selected for the official World Cup album. Duration: 01:17 Jun 28, 2014

Puri gears up for Jagannath Yatra amid traditional fervour

Puri, June 28 (ANI): Puri is all geared up to host the countless devotees arriving from across the globe to celebrate the world famous annual Jagannath Yatra or the Chariot Festival amid traditional rituals, pomp and religious fervour. This year about 15 lakh people are expected to arrive to witness the grand festival. Puri district collector, Dhiren Kumar Patnaik, said that all arrangements have been made for the smooth and secured Rath Yatra. He further added that safety, security and accomodation issues are on the top of the list. The Chariot of Lord Jagannath is annually built with wood. Jun 28, 2014

Hamid Ansari meets Chinese Premier, thanks China and Myanmar at trilateral summit

Beijing, June 28 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari on Saturday met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang while on his visit to the neighbouring country. The Vice President also attended the trilateral Summit Meeting to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Panchsheel treaty at Beijing and expressed gratitude to China and Myanmar. Ansari also talked about the relations between the three nations and about the significance of the Panchsheel in binding India with China. Jun 28, 2014