Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat stands atop chair to felicitate wrestler Khali

Dehradun, Feb 21 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday took the help of a chair to felicitate wrestler Khali in a function organized at his residence. Rawat, with the help of security officials, stood atop a chair and felicitated Khali with a 'shawl' and a 'garland'. Apparently, standing atop the chair was the only option for the CM considering Khali's height. The event was organized in order to felicitate the sport persons representing the country on national and international platforms. Feb 21, 2015

Obama begins sales pitch on trade to wary U.S. public

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday (February 21) began a broad sales pitch to the U.S. public about the merits of free trade deals, an area in which he Feb 21, 2015

Lalu hopes family alliance with Mulayam is auspicious for Bihar politics

Saifai, Feb 21 (ANI): RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday while leaving from the 'Tilak ceremony' of Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's grand nephew Tej Pratap said that he was very happy to receive dignitaries at the ceremony. He also added that family alliance with Mulayam Singh Yadav is auspicious and that auspiciousness will continue with JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar coming to power. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bollywood veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan also attended the pre-wedding ceremony. Feb 21, 2015

Burari Incident: AAP may move court if police doesn't take action

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): In an update to Burari incident which took place last night; six AAP workers who had been detained were produced in the court. Lawyer Basant Singh said that police should take the due course of action against the charge of not filing an FIR in Burari police station. He added that if police does not resort to the legal procedure AAP may also move Court in the matter. According to AAP workers, police resorted to baton charge on AAP workers after supporters of a party MLA gathered outside the police station. Feb 21, 2015

Tibetans in exile in Dharamsala seek divine blessing on their new year

Dharamsala, Feb 21 (ANI): Tibetans living in-exile in Dharamsala visited a Buddhist temple to seek divine blessing on the second day of the three-day New Year, Losar. Year 2015 is regarded as the Female Wood Sheep year as per the lunar calendar. Traditionally, celebrations begin with Tsedor or Losar prayers to the official protecting deity Palden Lhamo. The devotees gathered at the Buddhist temple, Tsuglagkhang and prayed in front of statues of Lord Buddha. 'Losar' is also marked with ancient ceremonies that symbolise the struggle between good and evil. Hymns are chanted and fire torches passed through the crowds as monks play traditional drums and blow horns. The celebrations will conclude on Saturday (February 21). Feb 21, 2015

Acid attack perpetrators to be jailed for ten years, says Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the government will punish acid attack perpetrators with ten years imprisonment. Singh said the acid attack victims faced the worst mental and physical repercussions of the attack. He added that two new sections have been added to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2013 to classify the crime as "heinous". Singh said the government was rattled by increasing incidents of acid attacks and promised all government help to the victims. Feb 21, 2015

Former Bihar CM Manjhi extends greetings to Nitish for his Chief Ministerial stint

Patna, Feb 21 (ANI): Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday extended his greeting to Janata Dal (United) senior leader Nitish Kumar who will take oath as the new chief minister of Bihar on February 22. Manjhi said that he will attend the swearing-in ceremony if he is invited. He added that on 28th he will be meeting his workers to decide the future course of action. Feb 21, 2015

India- Pakistan unite with cross-border royal wedding in Jaipur

Jaipur, Feb 21 (ANI): A royal wedding between two Hindu families settled in India and Pakistan seeks to bridge gap in the otherwise frosty relations between the two nuclear neighbours. At a grand wedding function, Kunwar Karni Singh Sodha of Amarkot (now Umerkot) district of Sindh in Pakistan tied the nuptial knot with Padmini Rathore of Kanota royal family of Jaipur district of Rajasthan. More than 100 relatives and friends of the bridegroom from Pakistan travelled across the border to attend the special alliance of former royals in India's Rajasthan. The marriage procession, accompanied by decorated elephants and horses, reached a heritage hotel where the wedding ceremony was solemnized. Feb 21, 2015

WB CM Mamata Banerjee meets Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

Dhaka, Feb 21 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday reached the Ganabhaban and met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Reportedly, the two leaders discussed bilateral issues. Banerjee also attended the lunch hosted by Bangladesh government in her honour. Later in the day, Mamata will join a conference organised by the entrepreneurs of Bangladesh and the West Bengal. According to media reports, trade relations between the two neighboring countries, especially with Dhaka and West Bengal, will be discussed in the conference. Mamata will also be meeting Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at the state guest house in Jamuna. Banerjee along with her delegation will be flying back from Dhaka tonight. Feb 21, 2015

US Secretary of Defense in Kabul

New U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday on his first trip since taking over the job this week, saying he wanted to talk to Afghan and American officials to ensure a " Feb 21, 2015

Fire in Dubai high-rise

Hundreds of people are evacuated after one of the world's tallest residential buildings caught fire in Dubai early Saturday. In this amateur video, which Reuters can't independently verify, flames Feb 21, 2015