Livelihood College a boon for tribals in Naxal-hit Dantewada

Dantewada, Jan 10 (ANI): Dantewada in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh lacks basic facilities like education and healthcare because of threats posed by the Naxals. The area has a low literacy rate and the youth have no employment opportunities. The chances of their being misled by the Maoists are quite high. In the effort to create employment opportunities for the youth and to prevent them from being exploited by anti-social elements, the Livelihood College plays a significant role. The college helps in capacity building of the youth to encourage them to become self-employed. The college has hostel facilities and it aims to improve the skills of the local youth who already have technical qualifications. Many trained youth have decided to work in their villages and towns as outsiders face threats from the naxals. Jan 10, 2014

Akhilesh Yadav defends Saifai Mahotsav, BJP criticizes

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): The BJP on Friday slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for defending the Saifai Mahotsav. After the Samajwadi Party's splurge on Saifai Mahotsav drew much criticism, Akhilesh Yadav defended himself and his party saying that whatever was possible for the state government, it has already done it for the Muzaffarnagar riot victims. Yadav added that it was sad that artists who don't know about Muzaffarnagar were asked about it. Jan 10, 2014

It happens: Birth Anniversary celebrations of Sikh's tenth guru

Patna, Jan 10 (ANI): Devotees from the Sikh community revelled in festive spirit, as thousands thronged Sikh house of worship, gurdwaras, across India on Tuesday to mark the 346th birth anniversary of their tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Despite the bone chilling cold, devout Sikhs gathered at Takhat Patna Sahib in Patna city of India's eastern Bihar state to seek blessings from Guru Gobind Singh, where the tenth Sikh Guru was born in 1666. Every year, thousands of Sikh devotees from across the world also throng the most revered site, the Golden Temple, also known as Harminder Sahib in Amritsar city of northern Punjab province. Devout Sikhs were seen taking bath in the holy pond in the temple premises and offered prayers before the holy book. A procession was also taken out which is marked by the carrying of the Holy Scripture 'Guru Granth Sahib' in a decorated chariot. In daredevil acts, to depict victory over evil, Sikh martial art forms like the 'Gatka' are also performed by trained professionals. Jan 10, 2014

It happens: Silk Exhibition

Visakhapatnam, Jan 10 (ANI): Businessmen held a colourful seven day silk expo in port city of Visakhapatnam on Saturday organised by the Silk Mark Organisation of India to boost the sales of the famed traditional south silk, also aiming at benefiting the weavers. The exhibition is expected to showcase the entire range of pure silk fabric from remote weaving clusters of India under one roof, which will have 64 participants from over 17 states across the country. From muted shades to bright hues, the expo offers a wholesome shopping experience. Indians have a flair for silk fabric and is widely used by designers for traditional as well as contemporary dresses. About 97 percent of the raw silk is produced in five major states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir. Jan 10, 2014

It happens: Northeast Trade Fair

Assam, Jan 10 (ANI): Officials in India's northeastern Assam organised a trade fair, an initiative to encourage budding entrepreneurs and craftsmen to boost business and commerce in the province. Small businessmen and craftsmen from across the country assembled at the trade fair held in Jorhat district on Wednesday. Some traders came from neighbouring Bangladesh with the motive of showcasing their local skills in textiles. However, the main attraction at the trade fair was an E-Rickshaw (Tuk-tuk) that operated fully on battery. Jan 10, 2014

'No regrets' over North Korea Rodman game: player

Former NBA star Charles Smith says he has 'no regrets' about the trip organised by Dennis Rodman to North Korea where players took part in a match marking leader Kim Jong-Un's birthday. Jan 10, 2014

Mumbai bets on airport revamp to boost global standing

Mumbai unveils its lavish and long-awaited new airport terminal, part of a $2 billion revamp that aims to challenge India's reputation for shoddy infrastructure and boost the financial capital's status. Jan 10, 2014

Akhilesh Yadav defends and justifies Saifai Mahotsav

Lucknow, Jan 10 (ANI): After the Samajwadi Party’s splurge on Saifai Mahotsav drew much criticism, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday defended himself and his party saying that whatever was possible for the state government, it has already done it for the Muzaffarnagar riot victims. Yadav added that it was sad that artists who don't know about Muzaffarnagar were asked about it. Jan 10, 2014

BJP hits out at Shinde s remark on arrest of youth from minorities

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reacted strongly to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's comment that he has asked all state Chief Ministers to be careful while arresting youth from the minority communities. Talking to mediapersons, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar accused Shinde of pursuing a divisive agenda. He also said that criminals should not be identified on the basis of religion. Jan 10, 2014

Shinde tells CMs to be careful while arresting youth from minorities

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday said that he has asked all state Chief Ministers to be careful while arresting youth from the minority communities. Speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi, he also clarified that by minorities, he didn't mean any specific religion, and his statement applied to youths of all minority communities. Jan 10, 2014

Delhi HC rejects stay on LG order on nursery admissions norms

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): In a setback to private schools in Delhi, the High Court on Friday rejected a plea seeking stay on fresh nursery admission guidelines issued by the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. The petition was filed by Delhi School Association after Jung made some changes in nursery admission process and decided to put an end to the management quota following protests by parents. The petitioners argued that the order compromised the autonomy of private unaided schools in Delhi. The petitioners had questioned the power by which Jung issued guidelines for nursery admissions in Delhi. Jan 10, 2014

Narendra Modi tried and tested alternative, have ideas and experience

Chennai, Jan 10 (ANI): After endorsing Narendra Modi openly, Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi on Friday said that Modi is a tried and tested alternative against Congress and that he have ideas and experience. Bedi said that when Modi speaks it seems like others need schooling. Talking about the controversy it brought, she said that she is not a part of any political party and that her view is of an independent voter and for the nation. Jan 10, 2014