Pranab seeking public appreciation through tough stand on Pak: CPI

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): Communist Party of India ( CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Friday said that President Pranab Mukherjee could have cautioned the government rather than attempting to get public support and appreciation over his remark that 'state-sponsored terrorism (from or by Pakistan) cannot be accepted'. Dasgupta said if President Mukherjee has something to say as strong as it is and if he believes that the government is not doing its job properly and is found to be soft on Pakistan then that is surely not the way to take the corrective measures. Oct 4, 2013

BJP doesn't want Rahul Gandhi to get credit for the ordinance: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): Even as veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani wrote in his blog that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had used party Vice President, Rahul Gandhi to save the party from embarrassment over the ordinance on lawmakers after knowing President Pranab Mukherjee's mind, Congress leader Rashid Alvi, said that the BJP doesn't want Rahul Gandhi to get credit for the ordinance. Oct 4, 2013

India, Belgium agree to deepen economic ties in critical areas

Brussels, Oct 04 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee, met Belgium Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo, in Brussels on Friday during his six-day visit to Europe, and signed an agreement to deepen economic ties in critical areas of infrastructure, nuclear energy, Information Technology and higher education. Mukherjee arrived in Brussels with an aim to enhance educational and cultural exchange between the two countries. In a rare gesture, King Philippe of Belgium received Mukherjee at the airport on Wednesday, when he began his first leg of the tour from Belgium. This is significant at a time when India is trying to attract more investments in infrastructure to deal with its weak external sector situation. Oct 4, 2013

PM calls for upgradation of forecasting, warning systems of the country

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for revamp of the country's disaster preparedness and response mechanism on Friday, as three and a half months pass, after Uttarakhand was ravaged by incessant rains and ensuing flash floods. Singh said that it was important that they learnt lessons from Uttarakhand tragedy and integrate, mainstream disaster risk reduction strategies into their mainstream development initiatives. Singh added that his government was committed to fully assist the Uttarakhand Government in task of rehabilitation and settlement of those whose houses and property was damaged. Oct 4, 2013

It happens: India's Longest Cake

Chennai, Oct 4(ANI): Bakers and cake lovers provided a visual treat to onlookers by displaying a 100 metre long cake which weighed 1000 kilograms focusing on India's southern Chennai city, as the images on the cake were based on the theme 'Namma Chennai, Namma Pride' (Our Chennai our Pride). The cake was created by The French Loaf, the bakery wing of Oriental Cuisines Private Limited (OCPL), as part of the 'Joy of Giving Week.' A group of 26 chefs took exactly 285 hours to make the cake and in total, there were 100 people involved in the baking and assembling of the masterpiece., Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa. The cake had images of the Ripon building, the Labour Statue, Tidal Park and many other prominent locations in Chennai city. There were also sketches of a sun between the mountains, a huge dolphin and India's father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi, with his spinning wheel, among many others. The cake, which looked delicious, was made of 600 kilograms of chocolate mixes, 300 kilograms of dark chocolate, 100 kilograms of white chocolate, 1,000 kilograms of icing sheets and 50 kilograms of fruit gels. Oct 4, 2013

It happens: Hindu God's Procession

Agra, Oct 4(ANI): Devout Hindus in India's Agra city on Wednesday participated in a three-day colorful procession to honor Lord Rama, as children got dressed in mythological characters of the epic, 'Ramayana'. Security has been beefed up in the city, as roughly one million people enthusiastically participated in the procession every year. People thronged the venue, which was decorated with sparkling lights and colourful buntings. Devotees were seen praying before the children dressed in mythological charters of Ramayana, carrying offerings and earthen-lit lamps that created a peaceful ambiance. People in large numbers came to seek Lord Rama's blessings. Dussehra festival marks the victory of the Hindu God Ram over the demon king, who abducted the former's wife Goddess Sita, and effigies of Ravana are burnt every year to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Oct 4, 2013

It happens: Kashmir Photo-Exhibition

Kashmir, Oct 4 (ANI): Photography enthusiasts thronged a 10- day long photo exhibition on Wednesday capturing the rich historical and cultural heritage of India's Kashmir. Visitors were mesmerized by the rare pictures of the rich culture of the valley, the lives of the royal family , ancient palaces and forts which for long have been the part of Kashmir's history but have been overlooked due to ignorance. The black and white pictures were a visual treat for the photography enthusiasts who said that it was very important that the present generation see these pictures and learn about their rich past. The organisers named the exhibition "Nostalgic Kashmir" and said that the pictures on display were just 30 per cent of the complete collection collected over the years. People from all walks of life thronged the venue to see and admire the rare photographs. The photographs in the exhibition include those of ancient crafts, shrines, temples, bridges, historical routes, landscapes, hunting expeditions and royal palaces. Oct 4, 2013

No going back on Telangana: Digvijay Singh

Indore, Oct 04 (ANI): Even as at least six central ministers from Seemandhra region have resigned to protest against the Union Cabinet's decision to create a separate Telangana state from the existing state of Andhra Pradesh, AICC general-secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday said that TDP and YSR Congress had earlier agreed for formation of Telangana and now are changing their words but the government cant take back the decision. Oct 4, 2013

Jammu and Kashmir Infiltration: What's the use of talks with inefficient Pak govt, asks BJP

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): After the Indian Army on Friday morning foiled an infiltration bid in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha asked the government and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh what is the significance of talks with the Pakistan government who is inefficient in tackling terrorists and its army itself. He further said that the attacks were on even when PM was to visit Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and the talk should have been avoided. Oct 4, 2013

Formation of Telangana triggers protest; four cabinet ministers quit

Vishakhapatnam/Hyderabad/ New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): The formation of the new state of Telangana from the unified state of Andhra Pradesh has prompted four Union Cabinet Ministers to resign and triggered protests by certain groups. Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi has resigned from his post in protest against the Union Cabinet's approval of the formation of a separate Telangana state. Three other Union Ministers MM Pallam Raju, KS Rao and Surya Prakash Reddy have also offered to resign. Meanwhile, TDP leader, Chandrababu Naidu, said that people were unhappy with the decision and were protesting but the government has taken a unanimous decision without paying heed to the issues of the people. Oct 4, 2013

'Hurt' Pallam Raju quits as HRD Minister over Telangana

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): Deeply hurt Union Minister for Human Resources Development Pallam Raju on Friday said that he would be tendering his resignation over the Union Cabinet's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, a decision he said was taken rather in haste. Oct 4, 2013

Residents face brunt of cross-border shelling in Kashmir

Chowkibal, Oct 04 (ANI): Locals in Kashmir on Friday said that they were facing the brunt of cross-border shelling as military fought the biggest group of infiltrators in Kashmir trying to cross from Pakistan in years. Some 30 to 40 heavily armed fighters have crossed the Line of Control dividing Kashmir between the rival nations in the Keran sector and are holed up for the past nine days in thick forests in the area. A resident, Abdul Rashid Mir, expressed his ire over the ongoing gun battle which has added to their woes. Another resident, Omar Rashid Lone, called for peace in the province and said that talks can resolve the long-pending Kashmir issue. Oct 4, 2013