Muslims across world assemble for Bishwa Ijtema in Bangladesh

Tongi (Dhaka), Jan 25 (ANI): Muslims across the globe thronged a small village in Bangladesh for the annual Bishwa Ijtema (world congregation), the second biggest mass gathering after Haj, joining their hands in a special prayer to promote peace, tranquillity, spirit of brotherhood and understanding among Islamic nations. Streams of devotees arrived at the venue on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi, near Dhaka. The event focuses on prayers and meditation and does not allow political discussion. Another follower from a remote district of Bangladesh, Borhanuddin, said that he was going to pray for the Muslims, who lost their lives in violent clashes or war zones across the world. Jan 25, 2014

Pak suspends Shi'ite pilgrimage to Iran after suicide attacks

Pakistan, Jan 25 (ANI): Pakistan has suspended buses carrying Shi'ite pilgrims from travelling through Baluchistan to Iran due to security concerns after a suicide attack killed at least 27 pilgrims, officials said, as mourners buried their dead. Earlier, a suicide bomber drove his car into a bus killing 27 Shi'ite pilgrims and prompting hundreds of Hazaras to take to the streets to protest against the violence. The leaders of the Hazara Shi’ite community in Quetta called off their protest later after two union ministers, including Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, met with protestors and vowed to launch a ‘targeted operation’ against militants targeting the Shi’ites. Jan 25, 2014

DCW's actions political & motivated, Barkha Singh from Congress: Somnath Bharti

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): Reacting to the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief Barkha Singh's meeting with Lieutenant Governor to seek action against Delhi Law Minster Somnath Bharti, Bharti said that Singh was a member of Congress, and that the decision of the DCW was motivated and political. DCW had summoned Bharti over the controversial midnight raid led by him, in which four Ugandan women were allegedly mistreated. Jan 25, 2014

Manipur fashion extravaganza' - a blend of tradition and modernity

Manipur, Jan 24 (ANI): 'Manipur Fashion Extravaganza 2014' A blend of modern with traditional designs is the creation of Manipur's rising stylist Robert Naorem. Renowned local female models with top models from outside sashayed down the ramp wearing traditional Manipuri costumes, including bridal dress, phanek or wrap and evening gown. Models and designers from Bhutan also participated in the event. The main objective was to promote and raise awareness about the rich culture and traditions of the state. During the event, a renowned designer Rimchong Mareem also showcased the tribal fusion collection.The male models were seen wearing tribal attires.Miss World Runner Up, Parvathy, Former Miss India Shobata and Diana Irrapa, Miss Photogenic titleholder of Femina Miss India 2010 and top model Archana Akhilkumar were crowd pullers at the show. This was the second time that Diana Irrapa walked the ramp in Imphal. Jan 25, 2014

Government makes efforts to promote handloom sector in the northeast

Agartala, Jan 24 (ANI): Tripura recently hosted the 15-day-long National Handloom Expo at the Purbasha grounds in Agartala with an aim to encourage the handloom industry. The annual event is organized jointly by the Development Commission for handlooms, under the Ministry of Textiles and the Department of handlooms, handicraft and sericulture of the Government of Tripura. All together 60 stalls from 14 states and one from neighbouring Bangladesh were put up, showcasing the amazing handiworks of weavers and craftsmen. People were excited to get a chance to sample quality products from various places. The Northeastern region has a rich heritage of handlooms and handicrafts and the government has been laying considerable emphasis on uplifting the sector. Jan 25, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Oct 24, 2013): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

In order to boost agriculture, the govt. is spending 16 crore on the construction of four new dams in the border area of Lolab in Kupwara District. The dams will provide water for irrigation purposes to at least 10,000 Kanals of paddy fields. Other side sportspersons in Udhampur lack basic sports facilities and they are hoping that things will take a turn for the better. Beyond this the govt. has promised quality education to everyone, including the poor in far-flung areas, under various schemes like Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA), but these promises remain on paper in the state. One such example is the govt. middle school Kalas in Rajouri District. Jan 24, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Oct 10, 2013): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

The sports activities in the Bandipora district some 64 kms from Srinagar were badly affected by the non availability of a proper stadium despite having a historical sports stadium named Sher-e-Kashmir sports stadium. Other side the National Rural Health Mission was launched across the country, including Jammu and Kashmir, to upgrade health facilities and infrastructure in rural areas. The scheme has benefited people in the rural areas and it has brought down the infant mortality rate in Pulwama district. Beyond this a better transportation facility is still a problem in surrounding areas of Rajouri. Tredu village situated in Jammu city is such an example where people are still deprived from transportation facilities. School children are the most sufferers as they often face difficulties in going to school. Jan 24, 2014

Narendra Modi auctions gifts to educate girls

Surat, Jan 24 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, contributed to girl education by auctioning the gifts he has received from various sources on Friday. A visitor, Aarti, said that by doing this,Modi is fulfilling the purpose with which people gave him those gifts. The gifts included gold and silver artefacts, chariot, watches, mementoes, medals, metal and wooden handicraft, photo frames, swords, traditional and tribal attires. Jan 24, 2014

Gujarat running for progress of five capitalists, not five crore Gujaratis: Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari while attending the fifth roundtable on broadcast organized by CII on Friday, said that the Gujarat Government has been running for the welfare of four to five capitalists since the past 10 years, and not for five crore Gujaratis, also tagging BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as a fascist. Jan 24, 2014

Gujarat NSUI protests against Salman Khans Jai Ho

Ahmedabad, Jan 24 (ANI): The student wing of Congress party, National Students' Union of India (NSUI) took to streets, shouting slogans and burning posters in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat, against Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s ‘Jai Ho’ which released Friday. A group of youths led by national secretary of NSUI, Shahnawaz Sheikh, burnt the photographs of Dabangg Khan and posters of his film to protest against the actor who met state Chief Minister Narendra Modi earlier to celebrate the International Kite Festival. Jan 24, 2014

Birbhum gang-rape case: SC issues notice to WB government

Birbhum, Jan 24 (ANI): Taking suo moto cognizance of the Birbhum gang-rape case, the Supreme Court, describing the matter as "very disturbing", issued a notice to the West Bengal government on Friday. Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam also directed the Birbhum district magistrate to inquire into the matter and submit report in one week. Meanwhile, doctors treating the 20-year-old woman who was gang-raped by 13 men on the orders of a village court said that she is stable and recovering well even as state authorities assured cooperation. Meanwhile, chairman of the state level enquiry committee into the gang rape case, Ashok Sengupta, said that the reports have been sent for examination. Jan 24, 2014

Somanth Bhartis lawyer engages in heated argument with DCW chief

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti's lawyer and Delhi Commission for Women chief Barkha Singh Shukla had a heated argument on Friday as Bharti did not appear before the panel. Chaos prevailed at DCW’s office when Bharti sent his lawyer as his representative before the panel to reply over allegations of manhandling some Ugandan women by a group led by him during a midnight raid in South Delhi. Meanwhile, Shukla expressed her anger over the heated argument. Jan 24, 2014

Rakhi Sawant thanks Uddhav, calls Kejriwal item boy

Mumbai, Jan 24 (ANI): Item girl Rakhi Sawant thanked Shiv Sena party president Uddhav Thackeray for his comment that Rakhi would have been a better administrator than Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Talking to mediapersons in Mumbai, Rakhi said that she felt bad about her name being dragged into everything but she is thankful to Uddhav for the compliment. She also called Kejriwal an item boy. Jan 24, 2014

War of words continues as Mulayam Singh Yadav slams Narendra Modi yet again

Lucknow, Jan 24 (ANI): Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav slammed BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, on Friday yet again and called him a liar after war of words began between the two a day earlier at their rallies in Uttar Pradesh. Hitting out at Modi indirectly, without naming him, Yadav called him a liar. Jan 24, 2014

BJP takes on AAP, demands resignation of Somnath Bharti

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): BJP leader Harsh Vardhan, took on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday saying that the party, which won Delhi assembly election on the basis of clean politics, should ask Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti to step down. Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti is involved in a controversy over a midnight raid that he led where four Ugandan women were allegedly mistreated. Meanwhile, Harsh Vardhan slammed Delhi state chief, Arvind Kejriwal, and said if people have chosen the party for clean politics, he should ask Bharti to resign on moral grounds. Jan 24, 2014