It happens: Sand Art of Sachin Tendulkar

Odisha, Nov 15 (ANI): Internationally acclaimed sand artist, Sudarshan Pattnaik salutes Indian batting maestro, Sachin Tendulkar by creating his sculpture with 200 colourful cricket bats, a tribute to the 'master blaster' as he plays his last 200th test match. The 'Little Master' will bring the curtain down on a glittering 24-year career at the age of 40 when he plays his 200th test match, against West Indies, at his home ground starting on Thursday. Statistically the greatest batsman of all time, Tendulkar's greatness goes far beyond those numbers. The cricket bats made of sand in different colours and the sculpture lured domestic and international tourists who gathered at the beach in Puri, a coastal district of India's eastern Odisha state. For the last time, the superstitious Tendulkar will put on his left pad first, and walk out to bat in India's colours, having long secured his place among the game's greats.Pattnaik, who pinned high hopes on Tendulkar, praised him for his excellence in cricket. Nov 15, 2013

It happens: Muharram

Gorakhpur, Nov 15 (ANI): On the occasion of Muharram, devotees of all faiths throng to see a special 309- year old 'Tazia' made from gold and silver which is owned by the erstwhile Imambara estate, in the northern Gorakhpur city of India's northern Uttar Pradesh state. The Imambara is considered to be the symbol of brotherhood where people of all faiths throng to pray for the fulfillment of their wishes and desires. Devout Muslims also prepared a Tazia with gold and silver decorations ahead of the Muharram procession (in the first month of the Islamic calendar) to pay homage to Imam Hussein on the anniversary of his martyrdom at Karbala. Nov 15, 2013

Anurag Thakur on abusive language used by politicians

Chandigarh, Nov 15 (ANI): Even as the nation is trying to come to terms with controversial and abusive remarks by politicians during public rallies one after the other, the political parties are passing the buck to their opposition parties, eluding any kind of responsibility. BJP leader Anurag Thakur on Friday said that politicians should think twice before using any kind of bad language. Talking to mediapersons in Chandigarh, he also said that leaders should talk about policies and ideologies instead of pointing fingers on each other. Nov 15, 2013

Mahinda Rajapaksa urges member nations to focus on development during CHOGM

Colombo, Nov 15 (ANI): Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday said that the Commonwealth members must focus on development challenges rather than turning into a 'judgmental' body as he addressed the dignitaries at the opening ceremony of CHOGM. The meet kick started under the shadow of alleged human rights abuses in the island country during its 25-year war with minority Tamils. Nov 15, 2013

Can person responsible for death of so many people be PM, asks Beni

New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): Even as BJP's PM Candidate, Narendra Modi said that it was better to sell tea than to sell the nation, Union Steel Minister, Beni Prasad Verma on Friday hit out at Modi saying that a person responsible for the deaths of so many people could not become PM of the country. Nov 15, 2013

At least 5 killed in Nashik train derailment

Igatpuri, Nov 15 (ANI): At least five people are feared killed and several others injured when ten coaches of a train derailed at Ghoti near Igatpuri in Nashik district on Friday morning. According to a railway official, the incident took place at around 6.20 am when Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Express train was passing through the Ghoti-Igatpuri section near Nashik of the Central Railway. Nov 15, 2013

Group blocks Budapest council meeting on homeless law

The mayor of Budapest was due to make ​​public a list of places prohibited to homeless people on Thursday, in accordance with a new law on the homeless passed by the Hungarian Parliament in October. Duration:01:21 Nov 15, 2013

For Narendra Modi, all capitalists are his maternal uncles: Raj Babbar

New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): A day after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had asked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi whether central funds for Chhattisgarh came from his "Mama's (maternal uncle's) house, Congress leader Raj Babbar on Friday said that Modi has made all capitalists his maternal uncles. Further criticizing Modi, he said the RSS prime ministerial candidate's lack of knowledge of history and claimed that his mental bankruptcy has been exposed. Modi on Thursday rubbished the Congress Party's claims that the BJP Government in Chhattisgarh has misused funds allocated to it by the Centre for various projects. Nov 15, 2013

Protest in TN as CHOGM starts

Chennai/ Colombo, Nov 15 (ANI): As CHOGM summit starts in Colombo on Friday with all the major commonwealth countries including the Indian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid attending it, demonstrators in Tamil Nadu blocked trains and staged protests against the same. Earlier, Tamil Nadu had put immense pressure on the government to boycott Commonwealth meet, following which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cancelled his visit to Colombo. Nov 15, 2013

Sonia slams BJP for shielding corrupt leaders in MP

Khargone, Nov 15 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi while addressing a rally on Friday in Khargone region of Madhya Pradesh slammed the BJP government for shielding corrupt leaders in the state. She also said that a wind of change is blowing in Madhya Pradesh. She also targeted the BJP for the poor condition of the state and its people. Nov 15, 2013

Media treats Cong lightly in comparison to me: Narendra Modi

Raigarh, Nov 15 (ANI): BJP's PM Candidate, Narendra Modi on Friday alleged that the media was soft while dealing with the Congress, and if the media were to treat the Congress the way they behaved with him, the party would not be able to show their face. Nov 15, 2013

Better to sell tea than to sell nation: Narendra Modi

Raigarh, Nov 15 (ANI): While reacting to SP Leader, Naresh Agarwal's controversial statement wherein he said a tea seller can't aspire to become PM of the country, BJP's PM Candidate, Narendra Modi on Friday said that it was better to sell tea than to sell the nation. Nov 15, 2013

Indian army hopes for better relations with China after joint military exercise

Guwahati, Nov 15 (ANI): Indian army is hopeful of an improved relationship with their Chinese counterparts as both sides concluded their ten-day long joint military exercise on Thursday. The joint exercise to combat terrorism took place in China's southwestern province of Chengdu. The Indian soldiers returned back to India on Thursday night. Interacting with the reporter, an army officer, D.S. Shisodiya said that he is satisfied with the training as both contingents had a 'nice' professional interaction. The joint training exercise between the two countries was one of the major bilateral defence cooperation and is third in the series which started in 2007. The first was held at Kuming, China in December 2007 while the second was held at Belgaum, India in November 2008. Nov 15, 2013