Citizens take swine flu prevention into their own hands in Surat

Surat, Feb 24 (ANI): Citizens across Surat are distributing masks and raising awareness about swine flu as the pandemic is spreading across India. India has seen a sharp rise in the number of swine flu deaths and reported cases this year, prompting officials to investigate the cause and step up efforts to combat the virus. Meanwhile, in Surat, 7,000 employees of a diamond factory have been assured medical assistance by their boss. Workers were seen donning masks as they cut and polished diamonds. On the other side of the city, volunteers of the Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Youth for Gujarat distributed masks and spread awareness at a crowded railway station. Feb 24, 2015

Mysore gets its new King

Mysore, February 24 (ANI): Southern city of Mysore adopted a 22-year-old prince, Yaduveer Gopalraj Urs, as the next in line for the throne in a lavish ceremony, more than a year after the death of its king. Celebrations were on in the Mysore Palace as few guests, mostly royal patrons, dignitaries and family members were invited to witness the traditional adoption ceremony. Urs, who is studying in the US., will be coronated as king right after his graduation. His family was elated and hoped he would be a successful king. As per reports, a procession for Urs was out on the streets for the public to witness right after the religious ceremony. The palace built during the British Raj was also illuminated for the special occasion. The adoption ceremony is unique as it comes after 75 years when the last maharaja, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, had been adopted into the family. Urs will be the 27th custodian of the Royal House of Mysore after King Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, last of the Wadiyar dynasty, died in December 2013, leaving no heir. Feb 24, 2015

Mausoleum of Naqi Ali Shah and Hazrat Ali Shah perfect example of interfaith harmony

Bareilly, Feb 24 (ANI): The city of Bareilly is located in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh. It is known for its rich culture and heritage, especially the Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb or the culture of religious harmony. And presenting a perfect example of this ethos is the mausoleums of Naqi Ali Shah and his son, Hazrat Ali Shah. Devotees irrespective of their caste visit both the mausoleum, as they believe that the saints preached communal harmony and brotherhood in their entire life. All devotees who visit the shrine participate equally in various activities here. The mausoleum is respected by one and all, as it is believed that all prayers and wishes are answered here. For centuries people have coexisted peacefully in this country and religion has never come in the way of good relations between different communities. And, the mausoleum of Naqi Ali and Hazrat Ali is a perfect example of this fact. Feb 24, 2015

Doctor in West Bengal keeps legacy of Communal Harmony alive through his profession

West Bengal, Feb 24 (ANI): India is a multi-religious, multi-ethnic, and a multi-lingual country. Its beauty lies in unity in diversity. There are many examples in the country, which bring to the forefront the ethos of communal harmony. And there are many people who constantly work towards keeping this tradition alive. One such person is Doctor Md. Safatullah Mondal from West Bengal. A doctor by profession, Mondal cures patients of Bankura and nearby places of the district. Being a physician, he has been practicing in the area from past some years. What makes him special is the fact that people irrespective of their religion come from far off places to get treated by Mondal. Individuals and institutions such as this one strengthen the social fabric of the country which is made up of diverse strands. Feb 24, 2015

"Birdman," Redmayne, Moore win big at Oscars

The dark comedy "Birdman" held up a mirror to Hollywood and its struggling actors and received in return the film industry's highest recognition on Sunday (February 22), the Academy Award for best Feb 24, 2015

U.S. jury orders PLO to pay $218 million

A U.S. jury has ordered the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority to pay more than $218 million for providing material support to terrorists in attacks that happened around Feb 24, 2015

Trial of US marine to go ahead in Philippines

A US Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipina refuses to enter a plea, prompting a court to submit not guilty for him so his trial can go ahead, prosecutors say. Feb 24, 2015

What to expect for the year of the goat

Welcome to the year of the goat! Even though markets are still shut across Mainland China, in the freewheeling city of Hong Kong - a densely packed maze of skyscrapers built to cater to Chinese Feb 24, 2015