Diwali celebrations: People light 51,000 lamps in Punes Shaniwar Wada palace

Pune, Nov 01 (ANI): With the festival of lights just around the corner, people in Maharashtra have already started celebrating Diwali. People recently lit 51,000 lamps at the Shaniwar Wada palace fort of Pune. The tradition goes back to the time of the Maratha empire in Maharashtra when lakhs of lamps were lit to decorate the palace at the time of Diwali. Nov 1, 2013

Hamid Ansari reaches London to sum up his 3 nation tour

London, Nov 01 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari has reached London to deliver a public lecture at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, during the last leg of his two-nation visit to Cuba and Peru. Ansari reached London on October 31 and was received by the Prince of Wales fellow, Dr. Farhan Nizami and other Indian Defence officials at the Heathrow Airport in London. Nov 1, 2013

Kiran Kumar Reddy invokes Indira Gandhi to underline united Andhra stand

Hyderabad, Nov 01 (ANI): In his speech on the state Formation Day celebrations, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N Kiran Kumar Reddy took a dig at the ruling Congress for approving the creation of Telangana as he recalled that the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was a supporter of a United Andhra. In late July, the ruling Congress party had passed a resolution for the creation of the new Telangana state, a move that revived deep political divisions. Nov 1, 2013

BJP slams second ranked Sibal for using trivial language against Modi

New Delhi, Nov 01 (ANI): Even as Union HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal ridiculed BJP’s PM Candidate, Narendra Modi calling him Congress’s ‘nirantar virodhi’, Senior BJP Leader, Arun Jaitley on Friday said a ‘second ranked’ Sibal was making trivial statements about Modi out of pressure. Nov 1, 2013

BJP hits back at Sibal, calls him to debate on issues Congress has been running from

New Delhi, Nov 01 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday hit back at Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal for challenging his party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for a debate. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad asked Sibal to debate with him first on the questions the Congress party has been running away from. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, he also said that Sibal had said that there was zero loss in 2G scam, but this was the same scam which lowered country’s image worldwide. Nov 1, 2013

Punj counters Sibal, says BJP doesn't take non-serious players of Congress seriously'

New Delhi, Nov 01 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vice-President Balbir Punj on Friday hit back at Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal for challenging his party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to a debate, and said that the opposition does not take challenges put by non-serious players of the Congress seriously. Punj said Sibal's challenge is a non-serious offer because only Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son party's Vice-President Rahul Gandhi are of importance in the ruling party. Sibal earlier in the day criticized Modi for repeatedly raising slogans of a 'Congress free India, and challenged him to a debate on any issue of national interest. Nov 1, 2013

Damascenes celebrate Halloween in war-torn city

Halloween is celebrated by some revellers in the Syrian capital Damascus, with event organisers saying they hope they will help chase away the 'evil spirits' that are hanging over their war-torn country. Duration:01:04 Nov 1, 2013