Mentally challenged woman brutally gangraped and murdered in Rohtak, Activists condemn

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): In yet another shocking crime in Haryana, a 28-year old mentally challenged woman was brutally gangraped by a number of unidentified men and then murdered in Rohtak. Her body was then dumped along the Rohtak-Hisar highway. Social activists condemned the incident and demanded the Central government to take immediate steps to prevent any such crime further. Feb 8, 2015

Baghdad residents relieved following end of city's curfew even as bomb blast kills at least 34 befor

Baghdad, Feb 08 (ANI): Residents of Baghdad enjoyed the first curfew-free night in over a decade as authorities on midnight at Sunday finally lifted restrictions on movement that had been synonymous with instability and a lack of security. A large crowd gathered at Baghdad's central Tahrir Square to celebrate the occasion as security forces kept a visible presence on the streets. Officials hope to demonstrate that Baghdad no longer faces a threat from Islamic State, the militant group which seized large areas of northern and western Iraq last year. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a moderate Shi'ite Islamist who took office in September, has struggled to develop a broad support base. Baghdad police chief Shaker Abdul Rida Asadi said the lifting of the curfew showed Iraq's security forces are becoming more competent in tackling the issue of violence. However, at least 34 people were killed in three bombings around Baghdad on Saturday (February 7), hours before the government was due to lift the curfew on the capital. Feb 8, 2015

Visually challenged experience car driving in Mumbai

Mumbai, Feb 08 (ANI): The Blind Man Car Rally in Mumbai city on Sunday gave an opportunity to visually impaired people to experience car driving and showcase their abilities. At the rally, the sighted drivers were navigated by visually impaired individuals, with their route mapped in Braille. Around 103 visually impaired navigators were selected to drive across pre-selected city circuit. The rally, which was organised by Bombay Round Table 2, aims at making society aware of the challenges faced by visually impaired people. Meanwhile, the sighted drivers said they enjoyed helping the people in need and more such events can boost the confidence of people with disabilities. The car rally, which is an annual event, is a time distance rally and not a race. The registration amount is used for the welfare of the visually handicapped and the education of underprivileged children. Feb 8, 2015

Nigerian presidential polls postponed

Members of Nigeria's electoral commission have decided to postpone the country's February 14th presidential election until the end of March citing security concerns. The chairman of the commission Feb 8, 2015

Three injured in Pennsylvania mall shooting

Police in Monroeville, Pennsylvania are looking for a suspect after three people were injured during a mall shooting incident. FBI officials say it happened inside the Monroeville Mall - located just Feb 8, 2015

Delhi witnesses record voter turnout of over 67 percent

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): New Delhi witnessed a record voter turnout of 67.08 percent as Delhiites exercised their franchise to elect a new government. Delhi went to polls for the second time in 14 months on Saturday after the last elections in December 2013 threw up a hung Assembly. Voters came out in large numbers to cast their votes and surpassed the 2013 polling percentage of over 65 percent, said Chief Electoral Officer, Chandra Bhushan Kumar. Kumar said that the polling went off peacefully. The official results would be announced on February 10. Feb 8, 2015

Exit polls show AAP to be ahead but party hopeful till result day: BJP

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao on Sunday reacted to the exit polls, which show AAP to be emerging as a majority party in Delhi Assembly Polls. Rao said that workers of a party which are loud and vocal get more attention in exit polls, which is why it was more inclined towards AAP. Acknowledging the tough fight which AAP gave to BJP, Rao said that BJP is hopeful till the result day. Feb 8, 2015

Boating introduced in Manipur's Loktak Lake to attract tourists

Manipur, Feb 08 (ANI): Situated in the Bishnupur district, some 48 kilometers from Imphal, the Loktak Lake stretches up to 250 square kilometer area. One of the largest freshwater lakes of India, Loktak is also home to the world's only floating National park, Keibul Lamjao National Park. Surrounded by hills, the scenic beauty of the lake and the rich biodiversity attracts large crowds. Recently, the Loktak Lake Tourism Development Society introduced boating facility to attract tourists. There are more than 20 boats of different passenger capacity to ferry tourists across the lake. Some of these boats are fitted with music system and serve meal during the ride. The fare per person for a trip is Rs.20 to Rs .200, depending upon the hiring time and facilities. Tourists can now enjoy nature from close while boating in Loktak Lake. A large number of migratory birds flock the lake every winter. Feb 8, 2015

Classical, folk artistes enthrall audience at cultural festival in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Feb 08 (ANI): The national festival of performing arts or ‘Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav’, to pay tribute to cultural heritage and various dance forms of the country, kicked off in Odisha. The three-day-long ‘Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav’ commenced at the foothills of Dhauli, considered the symbol of peace in Odisha, to mark the attainment of piousness by the famous King Asoka. The festival started off to a captivating and colourful Kathak performance, which is Odisha’s classical dance form, by Aditi Mangaldas. The performers enthralled audience at the festival with folk art forms, classical art forms and martial arts. The festival at Dhauli has been celebrating the country's legacy of cultural co-existence and also helped in increasing the tourism potential of the state. Feb 8, 2015

Arunachal Pradesh aims to export quality Mandarin orange

Arunachal Pradesh, Feb 08 (ANI): Mandarin Orange is the oldest cultivated major fruit of Arunachal Pradesh. If occupies over 45 per cent of total area under fruit crops and contributes about 57 per cent of total fruit production in the state. Area expansion in Mandarin orange is being taken up in Siang district, Lohit, Dibang Valley, East Kameng districts and Dambuk valley. Recently, a two-day long orange festival under the theme ‘poetic in nature’ was held at Dambuk valley. The Festival was held inside an orange orchard with around 200 orange trees attracting the local people as well visitors from other districts. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki inaugurated the event. Various cultural troupes from different tribes like Adis, Misings and Idus performed their colorful traditional dances and songs. American artist Scott Moses Murray, Guru Rewben from Manipur, Taba Chake from Arunachal Pradesh and many other music bands enthralled the audience with their music. The pro-active approach of the government to promote horticulture will give boost to the economic and social upliftment of farmers in the state. Feb 8, 2015

Horse in bathtub rescued by firefighters

Phantom the horse was stuck here accidentally. Chillin' was all she could do in the circumstance. Officials say the 30-year-old horse had been dancing around her stall to protect the bathtub, which Feb 8, 2015

Uruguay celebrates Carnival to its own special beat

It's party time on the streets of Uruguay's capital, Montevideo... ...as hundreds get into costume -- and into the spirit -- of Carnival. Drums beat out the unique African-based rhythm, known here Feb 8, 2015