Hazrat Syed Yaqoob Urs: Beauty & communal harmony entwined

Srinagar, Feb 24 (ANI): The Kashmir valley of northern India is not only known for its picturesque locations but is also known as the valley of the Sufis. Time and again many Sufi saints have come here to spread the message of peace and oneness. Harmony among various communities can be seen across the state. Today we take you to Sonawar in Srinagar where Urs of Hazrat Syed Yaqoob is celebrated with equal fervor and zeal by people belonging to all walks of life. Hazrat Syed Yaqoob Sahib spread a message of brotherhood and humanity. Legend has it that he blessed everyone who sought his blessings. And even today, people from all walks of life visit his shrine to pray and offer their homage. Feb 24, 2014

Leopard on loose in Meerut, sparks panic

Meerut, Feb 24 (ANI): A high alert has been sounded in Meerut as a leopard has strayed into the city and injured at least two persons creating panic and prompting administration to order closure of schools and colleges. The big cat entered the Cantonment Hospital, and was spotted by a caretaker as it was entering the male ward, where three patients were undergoing treatment. Soon after that, the Army was called in to catch the irritated wild cat and protect the civilians. District administration has also appealed for closure of markets in the city as forest administration and army officials failed to trace the feline. Feb 24, 2014

Rajendra Rathore listens to people's woes in Dholpur, asks officials to work for development

Rajasthan, Feb 24 (ANI): In order to bridge the gap between the state government and the comman man, Rajasthan Health minister Rajendra Rathore recently made a visit to villages of Dholpur district. He visited Kaimpur, Mahadpura, Chilpura, Samor, Gunpur, Basai Kare, Machriya, Tikatpura, Gopalpura and other interior villages. During his visit he listened to the grievances of the locals, instructed the officials and made all possible attempts to resolve them immediately. Under Nirmal gram yojana he instructed officials to give importance to the construction of toilets and provide maximum employment under MNREGA scheme. Feb 24, 2014

TRS Chief meets Rahul Gandhi, fuels speculation about possible alliance

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Chief Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, who spearheaded the Telangana movement, met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday amidst speculations of a merger or alliance between the TRS and Congress ahead of general elections. Meanwhile, Congress leaders from the region also met Sonia Gandhi at her residence putting forth their demands. Congress leader Ganga Bhavani said she was satisfied with the meeting as the Congress chief gave a patient hearing to all her problems and promised concrete action. Another Congress leader MA Khan, who accompanied Bhavani, said the Congress assures all possible help to the people in his region. Feb 24, 2014

No death penalty for Italian marines, Centre drops anti-piracy charges

New Delhi/ Kochi, Feb 24 (ANI):The Centre withdrew anti-piracy charges in the Supreme Court against the two Italian marines, charged with the killing of fishermen on Monday, an incident that soured diplomatic relations between both the countries. This will rule out the chances of death penalty for the two marines who are facing trial for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in February 2012. Meanwhile, President of Kerala Traditional Fishermen Workers Union Charles George slammed the centre’s move and said that it is a shame to the nation Feb 24, 2014

Split in Lalu Prasad's RJD, 13 MLAs likely to join JD (U)

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): In a major blow to Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD just before the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, thirteen MLAs have left the party and may join the JD (U). Reacting over the split, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that looking at Bihar’s political scenario people have realized that going with the Congress & RJD will be wrong and only JD (U) is the alternative. Feb 24, 2014

Elephants in Chad outfitted with GPS collars

In an attempt to thwart poaching, elephants in Chad's Zakouma National Park are outfitted with collars that will transmit their location at all times. Duration: 00:42 Feb 24, 2014

Ukraine parliament appoints speaker interim president

Ukrainian lawmakers on Sunday appointed parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov interim president, a day after they voted to oust President Viktor Yanukovych following three months of protests. Duration: 01:21 Feb 24, 2014

Omars remark on AFSPA sparks debate among politicos

Srinagar, Jammu, Feb 24 (ANI): J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s statement that he would work for the revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that gives security forces sweeping powers to search arrest or shoot people became a point of debate and garnered criticism among political leaders. Commenting on the same, Awami Ittihaad Party President Engineer Rashid, on Monday said that the chief is trying to fool people with these false statements. BJP leader, Jugal Kishore Sharma, said the statement is political in nature as the state is still one of the militarized zones of the country. Meanwhile, National Panthers Party leader, Harsh Dev Singh, said that they have always been making the same statement since many years and it is not something new what Abdullah has announced. Furthermore, People's Democratic Party (PDP) Chief, Mehbooba Mufti said this statement is made keeping in mind the upcoming elections and political gains by the leader. Feb 24, 2014

Udit Raj formally joins BJP in presence of Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Senior Dalit Leader Udit Raj joined BJP on Monday in the presence of party's Chief Rajnath Singh. Singh welcomed Raj terming his arrival as a sign of change that is to come for the welfare of the country. He along with other party members took it as a good signal for the party in the upcoming general elections. Feb 24, 2014

BJP lashes on Kejriwal, questions over foreign funding to AAP

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Lashing out at AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, BJP Spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said that Kejriwal has lost all credibility and the language he used in Rohtak rally is used by people against him. Lekhi further questioned over AAP's foreign funding and said that why only his party getting those funds and not other parties. The BJP spokesperson also asked Kejriwal to answer the people of Delhi and the nation whom he betrayed and resigned as the national capital's chief minister. Feb 24, 2014

Canadian Governor General seeks to bolster business, academic ties with India

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Canadian Governor General, David Johnston said on Monday that he sought to provide greater impetus to bilateral ties with India including fresh initiatives in business, entrepreneurship and education. Johnston, who is on a week-long visit to India from February 22 to March 2, is accompanied by Canadian lawmakers and delegates aiming to enhance business, academic, cultural and people-to-people ties with their Indian counterparts. Hailing strong relations between India and Canada, Johnston said that the theme of his visit was education, innovation, entrepreneurship. Feb 24, 2014