Carnival scenes as Malaysian Hindus mark Thaipusam

More than a million Hindus throng temples throughout Malaysia to celebrate Thaipusam, a colourful annual religious festival in which many display their devotion by piercing their bodies with hooks and skewers. Duration: 00:46 Feb 3, 2015

AAP candidate Sarita Singh's car attacked by unknown miscreants

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): AAP candidate Sarita Singh was attacked by unknown miscreants when she was returning after her poll campaigning in Rohtas Nagar. The miscreants attacked her car but Singh escaped unhurt. An FIR has been lodged. Further details on the identity of the attackers are unknown. Feb 3, 2015

AAP demands SC monitored SIT probe in funding of all major parties before Delhi polls

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Amid accusations of the party receiving funds from fake companies, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has demanded a Supreme Court monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe funding of all three major parties in Delhi polls. Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "5 AAP leaders will go to SC today at 10.30 am to submit an application for an SIT probe into funding of BJP, Cong n AAP."AAP leader Ashutosh further tweeted, "AAP will write letters to BJP and Congress presidents requesting to cooperate in SIT probe about their fundings for clean politics. Let me ask will Amit Shah and Sonia Gandhi accept AAP's proposal of SIT PROBE ? If yes then they should announce today!"The party's demand come a day after an activists group calling themselves AVAM (AAP Volunteer Action Manch), alleged that last year the party received 50 lakhs through four bogus companies that were fronts for money-laundering. Feb 3, 2015

Facts relating to dubious funding of AAP 'self-evident': Arun Jaitley on AAP funding issue

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday while speaking over the AAP funding issue said that the facts relating to dubious funding of AAP are 'self-evident'. He added that the companies which are showing themselves as the donors of Aam Aadmi Party are not doing any business and have directors who have not any funding source and profit. He further said that this is the round tripping of black money into the political system. Speaking on Kejriwal's allegations of EVMs getting tampered, Jaitley said that these are all diversionary tactics of Kejriwal. Feb 3, 2015

BJP alleges AAP accepts black money as funds

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party questioned the source of Aam Aadmi Party's funding, alleging that AAP accepted black money, ahead of Delhi polls. The BJP alleged that shell companies were created to transfer rupees 20 million to the AAP on April 05, 2014, while official records pointed that these companies didn't make any profit and had common directors. The BJP further added that AAP circumvented Indian laws to accept donation from foreign company. But the party was silent on initiation of probe against the AAP. Meanwhile, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav asked the central government to initiate investigation into allegations. Delhi goes to polls on February 07 for the second time in 14 months after AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal resigned as Delhi Chief Minister in February 2014 after being 49 days in power. Feb 3, 2015

Bangladesh delegation arrives in Tripura to discuss cross-border crimes

Agartala, Feb 03 (ANI): A team of Bangladeshi delegation arrived in Tripura to hold District Magistrate (DM) and Deputy Commissioner (DC) level talks to resolve trans-border issues. Indian officials received the 25-member delegation at Akhaura checkpost (between India and Bangladesh) in which besides the district heads, district police heads, officials of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were also present. The team consists of heads of those four districts of Bangladesh that share border with Tripura. The Bangladeshi delegation will meet with their Indian counterparts on Tuesday to discuss issues related to curbing border crimes and to increase trade between the northeastern states and Bangladesh. A visiting member from Bangladesh, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Bangladesh's Moulvibazar area, Md Kamrul Hasan said for the first time such initiative has been taken and hopefully such talks would continue in the future too. Feb 3, 2015

Kiran Bedi holds roadshow in Krishna Nagar, says vision document to be released today afternoon

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, Kiran Bedi on Tuesday held a roadshow in Krishna Nagar constituency. Bedi while talking to mediapersons said that the party leadership will release the vision document today by afternoon. She also said that the document will bring in light party's plans for development in the national capital. Bedi said that the party's top leadership and she herself will be present during the release of the vision document. Feb 3, 2015

Two policemen killed, six injured in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Feb 03 (ANI): Two policemen were killed and six other security personnel injured when heavily-armed Maoists opened fire on them in Chhattisgarh. The local police, along with paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) were conducting a combing operation in Pakhanjur area of Kanker district following a tip off when Maoists in large numbers attacked the security personnel. Authorities had rushed a chopper to airlift the injured personnel and sent reinforcements to the site to nab rebels. The Maoists, also known as Naxals in India, are inspired by the political philosophy of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong. They say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. Feb 3, 2015

World Bank team reviews Sarnath to boost tourism in Uttar Pradesh

Sarnath, Feb 03 (ANI): A team of specialists from the World Bank arrived in Sarnath city of Uttar Pradesh to inspect the area as part of state government's programme to boost tourism at the pilgrimage site. The team, which is on a two-day visit, has come to help and suggest the government in order to develop the area and boost tourism. Sarnath, located at about 10 km from holy city of Varanasi, is the place where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon. One of the members of the visiting team, Geetanjali said the team has come to review the area and explore the possibilities of integrating other areas to generate income for the locals. The major priority is to chalk out a development plan by inspecting the main areas. The team would visit the local village areas to understand the livelihood opportunities linked with tourism and inspect the zoo and traffic system of the area. Feb 3, 2015

Weather department predicts heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla/ Rajouri, Feb 03 (ANI): Meteorological Department (MeT) of Himachal Pradesh issued warning of heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of the state. The cold wave has gripped the entire state with the temperatures in higher alters reaching sub zero level. The director of weather department of Himachal Pradesh, Manmohan Singh said the state will receive heavy spell of snow. He added the day temperature will improve only after Tuesday but nights would continue to remain cold with mercury dipping further. Shimla, Kinnaur, Kullu, Manali, Chamba and Sirmaur regions of the state received snowfall on Monday. Meanwhile, the lowest temperature recorded at Keylong was minus 7.5 degree Celsius. The snowfall in northern states has brought cheers to the tourists but has added to the plight of passengers travelling on those routes with snow blocking many roads. In Rajouri district, people were seen clearing snow off the roads. Bulldozers were also put in use to make the way. Feb 3, 2015

Pakistani envoy hopes to bolster fragile ties with India through trade

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Pakistan ambassador to India, Abdul Basit hoped that some progress in trade ties between the two countries would help bolster a fragile peace process between the nuclear armed neighbours. Basit said that India needs to be flexible when it comes to Pakistan in terms of non-tariff barriers to trade. Basit also accused India of hardening its stand on Jammu and Kashmir when bilateral trade between the countries had seen a rise. In August last year, New Delhi withdrew from the planned peace talks in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, after Pakistan's Ambassador to India met Kashmiri separatists ahead of the meeting. Feb 3, 2015

Chennai hosts 3 day India international leather fair

Chennai, Feb 03 (ANI): The India international leather fair is drawing huge crowd of customers, traders and exhibitors to Chennai city. The three-day 30th edition of India International Leather Fair 2015 was opened for business visitors from Sunday. The exhibition showcases entire range of products - from raw material to finished products and auxiliary products such as finished leather, shoes, shoe components, leather garments, fashion accessories and leather goods. General Manager of India Trade Promotion Organisation, V Kumar said the machinery and equipments displayed by foreign participants were in great demand among Indians. The domestic leather industry provides employment to about 2.5 million people. Feb 3, 2015

Devotees from various faiths unite in J and K to seek blessings of a Sufi Saint on annual urs

Jammu and Kashmir, Feb 03 (ANI): Sufism in India has served to promote a common way of understanding the world. People from different faiths across the country congregate at Sufi shrines to pay their respects. One such instance can be witnessed during the Urs of Baba Nanga Baji Sahib in Rajouri, where people belonging to different faiths come together to celebrate the occasion. Every year Urs here is celebrated in high spirit and people irrespective of their caste come together to pay obeisance to the saint and get his blessings in return. The message of harmony comes out loud and clear at the mausoleum. And it simply reaffirms the fact that amity between different communities has been a way of life in India since ages, and it will continue to strengthen the social fabric in times to come as well. Feb 3, 2015

Promoting brotherhood and amity, workers from different faiths work together

West Bengal, Feb 03 (ANI): Jagannathpur, Bakadaha, Bamunbandh villages of Bankura district in West Bengal houses people belonging to Hindu, Muslim and other communities. What clearly reflects from this fact that these people of different communities still prevails the age old tradition of communal harmony. This can also be witnessed during their working hours in farming fields. Here people belonging to both the communities work together in potato farming unit. Farmers here remain in constant touch and assist each other in their problems. These farmers of Bankura reflect the age-old cultural legacy of Indian state, and are a better path for other to imbibe. Feb 3, 2015