Luscious varieties of 'King of Fruits' lure crowds to Mango Festival in Goa

Goa, May 15 (ANI): The ongoing Mango Festival in Goa drew a huge crowd of visitors from across the country to savor the delicious taste and tempting flavour of the fruit that is rightly dubbed the 'King of Fruits.' The festival which began on May 13, has been organized by the Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Goa and National Horticulture mission and will conclude today. Around 60 varieties were on display, including the Alphonso, Totapuri, Malgoa and Bhishma, besides others. Interactive sessions and seminars were also held by experts who informed people about mango production technologies, ultra high density planting as well as pest and disease management. May 15, 2014

Special prayers across India for Modi's victory day before poll results

Patna /Kaushambi / New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): Special prayers were being held across India on Thursday for the victory of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, a day prior to the results of the mammoth general election of the world's largest democracy. Major exit polls forecast BJP and its allies to sweep to a parliamentary majority in the world's biggest ever election. In Kaushambi district of Uttar Pradesh, BJP supporters conducting special prayers said they will continue till Modi takes over as the Prime Minister if BJP is elected to power. Supporters sat around the religious fire along with an idol of Modi, giving offerings to the fire and chanting hymns. Meanwhile, the scenario was no different in Patna and New Delhi with people holding banners and photos of Modi participating in the prayers. May 15, 2014

BJP and DMK reject possibility of alliance

New Delhi/ Chennai, May 15 (ANI): The BJP and the DMK both rejected the possibility of alliance for government formation on Thursday. While the BJP said they do not need the DMK's support, the regional party confirmed that they would support a secular party. May 15, 2014

Stock market prepared for volatility on polls result day: SEBI

Mumbai, May 15 (ANI): Chairman of Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) UK Sinha held a press conference in Mumbai where he talked about the market fluctuations and that they are now ready to handle any stress in the market towards the lead up to election results. Indian shares edged up on Thursday to near the record highs with a strong sign that Narendra Modi led NDA government will come to power. Sinha said that they are conducting daily tests on the market and their risk management program is answering well to the tests and they are satisfied with the results. May 15, 2014

Amul plant to open in Varanasi soon

Gujarat, May 15 (ANI): India's leading milk and dairy products supplier Amul is soon extending its plant installation from Gujarat to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The Chairman Parthi Bhatol said that the UP government has given permissions to open a milk plant in Varanasi where the demand of milk is very high. He added that permissions have also been sought to open plants in Kanpur and Lucknow along with Varanasi. May 15, 2014

Anand Sharma bids adieu to Commerce Ministry

New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Thursday bid adieu to the ministry during a farewell with the staff of the ministry. Sharma said that the UPA government had worked tremendously for the development and trade industry of the nation and that he hoped that the works continue during the next government too. Further, in a farewell letter to USTR and IMF, he thanked them for their support to India's commerce. May 15, 2014

BJP prepares for win in General Elections

Gujarat, May 15 (ANI): Confident of a win with clear majority, BJP gears up to celebrate its victory in the country's mammoth general elections on Thursday, a day before the poll results. With a few more hours remaining for the fate of the world's largest democracy to be decided, BJP in Gujarat has already started preparing for the post-win celebrations and interactions. The confidence comes from the exit polls, conducted after the poll exercise ended on May 12, which showed the BJP and its allies would touch half-way mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha of the Parliament. Meanwhile, BJP members in Rajkot also prepared for the celebrations to be held tomorrow. They plan to lighten the city with bursting crackers as soon as the results are declared, apart from setting up a large screen where results will be telecasted. May 15, 2014

Women's National Football championship in Assam brings together players from across the country

Assam, May 15 (ANI): The game of football is extremely popular in the Northeast. The ongoing 20th Senior Women's National Football Championship in Assam is witnessing a large turnout of people keen to watch the games. The national sporting event, being organized for the 1st time by the Dibrugarh and Golaghat District sports associations, was inaugurated recently at the Dibrugarh outdoor stadium. During the inaugural ceremony, artists presented various cultural performances, including Bihu dance. A total of 22 teams from 21 states and the Railways have been divided into 4 groups. The matches will be played at Golaghat, Dergaon, Chabua and Dibrugarh. The championship commenced with the inaugural match between West Bengal and Delhi. May 15, 2014

BJP and DMK reject possibility of alliance

New Delhi/ Chennai, May 15 (ANI): The BJP and the DMK both rejected the possibility of alliance for government formation on Thursday. While the BJP said they do not need the DMK's support, the regional party confirmed that they would support a secular party. May 15, 2014

Sajjive Balakrishnan drew caricatures of Cancer patients bringing therapeutic effect

Kochi, May 15 (ANI): Renowned Indian caricaturist Sajjive Balakrishnan drew sketches of cancer patients at a government hospital in Kochi city of Kerala in an attempt to bring happiness to their lives and make them forget the pain for a while. Fascinated patients watched Balakrishnan sketch and were overjoyed to spend a day with him as he made their one-minute sketches with unparalleled artistry and finesse. The artist also interacted with the patients and staff at the hospital. Balakrishnan was in the hospital as part of its Arts and Medicine project. May 15, 2014

Shutdown in Kashmir against arrest and death of youths hits normal life

Srinagar, May 15 (ANI): Separatist leader and Chairman of hard-line Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, called for a shutdown in Srinagar on Thursday as a mark of protest against the arrest and death of youths who were allegedly involved in violence. The city wore a deserted look as shops and other business establishments remained closed. An irate resident, Safiz Ahmed, said the commuters had to face the brunt of the strike as many vehicles remained off the roads. Security personnel were deployed in large numbers to avert any untoward incident. The restive region has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency, and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades. May 15, 2014

Women leaders from SAARC countries come together in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, May 15 (ANI): Nepal recently hosted a "Conference on democracy and inclusive good governance for gender equality and sustainable development in South Asia" in capital Kathmandu. The programme opened with the SAARC anthem, a song penned by Kathmandu-based Indian diplomat Abhay Kumar. Nepal's education minister Chitralekha Yadav inaugurated the 3-day long event organized jointly by the South Asia Women's Network (SWAN), Stri Shakti and the Nepal based NGO, SEARCH. Women leaders from the 8 SAARC countries took part in the conference and discussed various issues concerning women and the problem of gender discrimination. May 15, 2014

Obama hails 'true spirit of 9/11' at new museum

US President Barack Obama Thursday hailed the love and sacrifice he said was "the true spirit of 9/11" as he inaugurated a searing Ground Zero museum about Al-Qaeda attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people. May 15, 2014

Parliament takes slew of measures to ensure smooth arrival of new lawmakers

New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): The Secretary General of the Lower House P Sreedharan on Thursday said that the Parliament has taken a slew of measures to ensure smooth arrival of newly elected lawmakers in New Delhi. Sreedharan said the government has set up six guide posts at airport and three railway stations in the capital to receive the newly-elected members and facilitate their journey to the parliament or the place of their stay. He added that the posts would be operational from May 16. He also said the chief electoral officers and returning officers in the district have also been informed of details to guide the lawmakers. May 15, 2014