'Mangalyaan' in full swing towards Mars

Kerala, Dec 10 (ANI): The Chief of India's Space Research Organisation (ISRO), K. Radhakrishnan has said that India's satellite Mangalyaan is progressing well towards the planet Mars. The Indian Space Body has successfully raised the orbit of the Mars Spacecraft for the fifth time since it launch on November 5 this year into the earth-bound orbit by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25). Radhakrishnan also talked about the mission details. Dec 10, 2013

Preparations at Mthatha airport ahead of Mandela funeral

At the Mthatha airport in the Eastern Cape, preparations are taking place and security has been tightened ahead of the landing heads of state coming to attend Mandela’s funeral in his home village of Qunu. Duration: 00:54 Dec 10, 2013

US Vice President Biden pays tribute to Mandela

US Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to Nelson Mandela on Monday as he signed the official book of condolences at the South African Embassy in Washington. Biden called Mandela a 'truly remarkable man'. Duration: 01:01 Dec 10, 2013

Mandela tributes at Victor Verster Prison

Flowers are laid at Victor Verster prison in Cape Town where Mandela, with his fist clenched in the air, walked to freedom in 1990 after 27 years in apartheid jail. Duration: 01:06 Dec 10, 2013

South Africa prepares for Mandela memorial service

South Africa raced Monday to meet the unprecedented logistical challenge of hosting close to 100 world leaders flying in from every corner of the globe for the state funeral of freedom icon Nelson Mandela. Dec 10, 2013

Bangladesh war veterans, scholars express concern over political unrest

Dhaka, Dec 09 (ANI): Bangladesh war veterans, scholars and social activists expressed concern over the political unrest in the country and blamed the Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami for mounting tensions between the feuding parties ahead of the national elections. A socio-cultural organization held a seminar in Dhaka and discussed about the current political situation and the role of opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Islamist forces. Dec 9, 2013

Maoists kill two, set vehicles on fire in Odisha

Koraput, Dec 9 (ANI): Maoists killed two, on suspicion of being police informers, and set ablaze vehicles in Kumbhariput village in Koraput district of Odisha. The inspector-in-charge of Kumbhariput, Bimal Mallik said that the police was investigating the case and will take due course of action. According to the police, the deceased have been identified as Bandhu Saraka and Gato Huika of Kumbhariput village under the Maoist-affected Bandhugaon police limits. Banu Saraka, son of Bandhu Saraka informed that a group of people with guns came looking for his father and took him away to the village where he was killed. Dec 9, 2013

Weather department says fourth successive cyclone Madi heading north

Visakhapatnam, Dec 09 (ANI): Weather department said on Monday that fourth successive Cyclone Madi was heading north, but a few places in coastal Andhra Pradesh would receive isolated showers boosted by strong winds for the next two days. Many parts of the city received mild showers on December 07 due to the cyclone effect, but it may die down once it moves further north. Madi, named so by Maldives, now lies centred 500km southeast of Chennai. Dec 9, 2013

Mausoleum of Hazrat Shah Pir draws Devotees of different faiths

Meerut, Dec 09 (ANI): India is blessed with amazing diversity... But, this does not come in the way of good relations between people of different communities… examples of which can be found in every nook and corner of the country. One such instance comes from Meerut, located in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where devotees belonging to different communities visit the mausoleum of Hazrat Shah Pir to pay their respects to the saint. Dec 9, 2013

Perfect example of communal harmony; Muslim donates land for building of temple

Bareilly, Dec 09 (ANI): Bareilly is located in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh. It is known especially for its rich culture and heritage of interfaith harmony, which is upheld by people of different faiths residing here. And, presenting a perfect example of this ethos is the Tusli Math, a temple dedicated to saint Tulsi Das built on a land provided by a Muslim Nawab. Dec 9, 2013

Young achievers from northeast gather in Guwahati to discuss the potential of the region

Guwahati, Dec 09 (ANI): The third edition of the Young leaders Connect Conference at the Guwahati Medical College auditorium was attended by young leaders and achievers from diverse fields of the northeast region. Centered on the theme of “Branding North east: Speaking for ourselves”, the conference focused on highlighting positive achievements of the region. Held under the aegis of Youth Net, a Nagaland based non-profit organization, the event was graced by personalities like filmmaker Prakash Jha, boxing Icon Mary Kom, Mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa and football player Baichung Bhutia. The event aimed to develop a positive outlook about the northeast and laid stress on the untapped potential that the region holds in terms of cultural heritage, natural resources and human capital. Dec 9, 2013