Workshop to preserve and promote traditional headgear and dress held in Manipur

Manipur, Oct 17 (ANI): These artisans are skilled in making traditional headgears and dresses. Around 25 artisans from different tribes and communities of Manipur are participating in a ten-day long workshop in Imphal. In Manipur, different tribes wear distinct headgears to highlight their identity. The workshop is being held with an aim to revive and promote traditional headgears and dresses. Elders from different tribes taught the youth how to make the headgear. The workshop has been organized by the Tribal Museum and Research Centre (TMRC) in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangralaya (IGRMS), Bhopal. Oct 17, 2013

'Short-sighted' Delhi BJP greedy for power: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): The Congress Party on Thursday lauded Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, and said the ongoing rife within the BJP's Delhi unit for claims to the coveted post reflects its greed for power. Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal, who was commenting on BJP Delhi unit president Vijay Goel's move to stake his claim to be the state's next chief minister, said it reflects the short-sightedness of the opposition. Emphasizing that the BJP's nominee for the Delhi Chief Minister's post should be the one who has been more 'active' in campaigning for the political outfit, Goel yesterday indirectly staked a claim to the coveted post and indicated that he was worthy for the top job. Oct 17, 2013

US ship detention: Actions will be taken as per law, says Nehchal Sandhu

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Talking about an American ship case which was detained by Coast Guard off Tamil Nadu coast for carrying arms, Deputy National Security Adviser Nehchal Sandhu on Thursday said that proper action will be taken as per law and there is no point dragging politics into the same. He further said that an FIR has been filed and registered and investigations are going on and the case is straight and simple in nature. Oct 17, 2013

Obama signs bill to end partial shutdown, delay debt ceiling crisis

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a bill ending the two-week US government shutdown and extending the Treasury's borrowing authority. The US Congress passed the bill to reopen the government and raise the federal debt limit. The Democratic-controlled Senate's bipartisan compromise won approval by 81 votes to 18. The deal was then passed by 285-144 in the House of Representatives, whose Republican leadership begrudgingly agreed to support the measure. Oct 17, 2013

'Toxic bomb' ticks on Maldives rubbish island

A far cry from the Maldives' famous turquoise waters and white sands, Thilafushi island is the country's biggest rubbish dump -- and an environmental disaster, say experts. Duration: 02:30 Oct 17, 2013

BJP starts 'Ghar Ghar BJP campaign', gets positive response

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Following footsteps of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), BJP started its door-to-door campaigning for the upcoming 2014 general elections, called 'Ghar Ghar BJP campaign'. Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel confirmed the same and said that the party is going to every house in every colony of Delhi and till now, is getting very positive response. Oct 17, 2013

Rahul Gandhi to address Congress rallies in MP today

Gwalior, Oct 17 (ANI): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will address two rallies in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh on Thursday during which he is expected to target the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in the state. Gandhi is scheduled to address two rallies, the first in Shahdol and then in Gwalior. The Congress number two, who will be accompanied by former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh and several other party stalwarts, will also visit Datia to meet those admitted to the hospital after being injured in Sunday's stampede at Ratangarh Temple. Oct 17, 2013

Allegations on industrialists would adversely affect economy: SP

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Reacting over the fresh FIR registered by the CBI against KM Birla, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal on Thursday stated that FIRs against top industrialists of the country is unfortunate and the central government should take up the matter seriously. Agarwal further stated that such actions would dissuade other business leaders in the country forcing them to leave the place which will adversely affect the economy. Oct 17, 2013

Haryana govt files 2nd chargesheet against Khemka

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Haryana government on Thursday agreed to file second chargesheet against senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had earlier exposed the land deals done by UPA President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra in Haryana. Khemka is likely to be given a major penalty under the service rules, according to sources. Khemka has been charged with administrative misconduct and exceeding jurisdiction for cancelling the mutation of the Rs 58 crore land deal between Vadra's company, Skylight Hospitality, and estate major DLF in October 2012. He had also ordered an inquiry into the undervaluation of land deals done in four districts in Haryana, adjoining New Delhi, by Vadra. Oct 17, 2013

2nd chargesheet against Khemka highlights Congress' double standard: BJP

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday assailed the Congress government after a second chargesheet was filed against senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had earlier exposed the land deals done by UPA President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra in Haryana. BJP leader Balbir Punj said that the act shows the double standard of the Congress party which had earlier backed another IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal who exposed the sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh. Oct 17, 2013

Empowerment of people possible through expansion of internet: Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): While addressing the mediapersons, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday talked about the power of internet and said that the empowerment of people can only be made possible through the expansion of internet. He further said that in order to bring transparency in the system, internet is an important factor. Talking about the recent disaster in Odisha, Sibal said that it is through internet and mobile phones that such a major evacuation was made possible and helped save many lives. Oct 17, 2013

Election commission issues notice to Kailash Vijayvargiya for violating code of conduct

Indore, Oct 17 (ANI): The Election commission issued a show-cause notice to Madhya Pradesh Industries Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya for violating the model code of conduct by distributing cash to people during a function. The district collector, Indore, Akash Tripathi, said that the Election Commission has asked Vijayvargiya to reply by October 18. While defending himself, Vijayvargiya, said that he would work in accordance with the norms of the election commission. Oct 17, 2013

Everyone equal before law: D Raja on Anand Sharma's statement on CBI

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Reacting to Union Commerce minister Anand Sharma's statement in wake of a fresh FIR against business leader Kumar Manglam Birla, CPI leader D Raja on Thursday said that everyone is equal before law and there should be no interference in the functioning of CBI. Sharma had said that CBI should not play to the galleries and create an atmosphere of sensation and shock Oct 17, 2013

Gurgaon: armed men assault toll booth staff, flee with cash

Gurgaon, Oct 17 (ANI): A group of men allegedly armed with chains, iron rods and hockey sticks assaulted Delhi-Gurgaon expressway toll staff and looted Rs 1.85 lakh. The whole incident was caught on a CCTV camera, installed on the Gurgaon-Pataudi Road. The men came in a black Scorpio with a red beacon light, beat up the toll plaza staff, grabbed the cash and fled. The police have registered an FIR in the case, however no arrest has been made as yet. Oct 17, 2013