Sonia Gandhi visits Rae Bareli to take stock of development works in constituency

Rae Bareli, Sep 01 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi visited her parliamentary constituency of Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh to make an assessment of the ongoing development works. During her two-day visit, which started on Monday, Gandhi will launch a number of schemes for her parliamentary constituency. Gandhi met the employees of Industrial Training Institute, a public sector unit who were facing problems of non-payment of wages for the past four months. Chairman of Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Joint Action Front, VK Shukla said that employees of the institute were going through a dismal phase since they were not getting their dues. Sep 1, 2014

New Motor Vehicle Bill to be discussed in next parliament session: Gadkari

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways would initiate discussion on new Motor Vehicle Bill in the next session of the parliament. While addressing a gathering of mediapersons in New Delhi, Gadkari stressed upon the need to study the transport laws in developed countries and incorporate essential elements in the new Bill. Highlighting the fact that 64 percent of road accidents take place on state and national highways, Gadkari added it is the primary responsibility of the government to set up research think tanks and also rope in polytechnic institutes to prepare detailed project reports in order to study big and small problems in detail and address all of them to work out a solution. Sep 1, 2014

Celebration of India's rich old legacy of communal harmony

Aligarh, Sept 1 (ANI): Aligarh, India's northern Uttar Pradesh state is one of the most culturally diverse states of the country. And every year with a motive to promote the age old ethos of harmony a conference is organized. The conference aims at brining eminent personalities from various faiths under one roof and share the importance of being together. Locals endorsed the efforts and learn the importance of embracing each other. Many ideas and ideologies are shared during the conference which encourages people to embrace each other with open arms. Aligarh provides yet another example of India's composite culture whose strands are woven with the thread of love and brotherhood. Sep 1, 2014

Urs of Sufi Saint Mubarak Khan Shahid draws devotees from various faiths

Gorakhpur, Sept 1 (ANI): Gorakhpur is situated in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh. The city named after the medieval saint Gorakshanath, has been home to many saints of different communities. Today, it is known for religious tolerance and harmony between different communities that live here. The annual Urs or death anniversary of Mubarak Khan Shahid exemplifies this spirit of communal harmony. This is reflected in good relations between Hindu and Muslim devotees who come to the mausoleum to pay obeisance to the Sufi saint in large numbers from across India. Devotees throng the shrine with utmost devotion. Many believe that their prayers are answered here. The message of harmony comes out loud and clear from this shrine. And it simply reaffirms the fact that amity between different communities has been a way of life in India since ages and it will continue to strengthen the social fabric in times to come as well. Sep 1, 2014

Poland marks 75th anniversary of World War II

Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during the war and is now throwing its weight around in neighbouring Ukraine. Duration: 01:21 Sep 1, 2014

Fresh clashes in Pakistan anti-PM protests

Anti-government protesters clash with police in Islamabad, hours after the army called for a peaceful resolution to the political crisis rocking Pakistan. Duration: 01:30 Sep 1, 2014

Iceland lowers aviation alert on volcano

Iceland has lowered its aviation alert on its largest volcano after a fresh eruption on a nearby lava field prompted authorities to enforce a flight ban for several hours. Duration: 01:07 Sep 1, 2014

Coal block allocation: SC asks petitioners to file affidavit till Monday while govt readies to cance

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday asked all the petitioners to file an affidavit till Monday and the hearing on the same will take place following the same. This came even after government confirmed with the Supreme Court that it is ready to cancel all the allocations and hold new auctions for the same. Further, Court will also decide on whether to penalize the companies which have done mining in the coal blocks or not and on what basis on further date. Sep 1, 2014

IPL spot-fixing case: SC refuses to reinstate Srinivasan, grants 2 months time to Mudgal committee

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate N Srinivasan as the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The court also granted two months extension to Justice Mudgal committee to complete its final probe in the IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal. The bench of judges also made it clear that Mudgal committee can file another interim report on the matter, if they can do it before time. Sep 1, 2014

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe joint press conference: Highlights Part 2

Tokyo, Sept 1 (ANI): On Day 3 of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan, a press conference was held by Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after the delegation level talks. In a big boost to India's focus on building infrastructure, Japan has promised to invest $33.58 billion in India. The investment will be directed primarily at finance, infrastructure projects and building of smart cities. Sep 1, 2014

Japan PM hosts tea for Modi in traditional style

Tokyo, Sep 01 (ANI): Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, on Monday hosted a traditional tea for his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, in Tokyo ahead of summit-level talks. Modi and others sat on their knees in the typical Japanese manner while sipping the herbal tea at Akasaka Palace. Modi, on his first major foreign visit since a landslide election win in May, arrived on Saturday (August 30) for a five-day trip aimed at capitalizing on a personal affinity with Abe to bolster security and business ties in the face of an assertive China. India hopes to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during Modi’s visit, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country. Sep 1, 2014

Brangelina pay 120K pounds to locals to flee honeymooning Malta Island

New Delhi, September 01 (ANI): Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who are reportedly planning to spend their honeymoon in Malta, recently paid 120K pounds to locals to leave Malta Island. The Hollywood duo want to spend some time alone as they shoot for their raunchy blockbuster in Malta, a leading daily reported. A source spilled the beans saying that a lot of people had agreed to leave the island so that the couple could have some privacy and 120,000 pounds was a very alluring offer. Business owners have agreed to leave the island of Gozo while Angelina and Brad enjoy their honeymoon and shoot for their new flick 'By The Sea'. Sep 1, 2014