It happens : Caparisoned elephants attract visitors to temple festival

Kerala, Feb 6 (ANI): : Domestic and foreign tourists thronged Kerala state for annual temple festival to see caparisoned elephants and traditional colourful dance. The temple festival, ‘Thaipooyam’, was celebrated with religious pageantry at Koorkancherry Sree Maheswara Temple in Thrissur district amid drum beats and procession. Main attractions of the festival were decorated elephants and traditional dance, ‘Kavadis’, which enthralled the visitors. People of the region revelled in the celebrations as other temples and houses were also decorated. Thaipooyam festival is celebrated in the name of Lord Subrahmanya, son of Hindu god Shiva. On this day, special rituals are also organised. Another major attraction was ‘Kavadiattam’ or dancing with floral arrangements made on wooden frames. The item is about six to 10 feet high and is carried by men on their shoulders. Feb 6, 2015

Nigerias youth prepare to elect a new president

Corruption, lack of access to education, the fall in the price of oil... Nigeria's young people are having to choose a new president at a tricky time both economically and socially. Duration: 02:27 Feb 6, 2015

Baby orangutan Rieke debuts at Berlin zoo

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Berlin Zoo on Friday (February 6) gave the public its first look at Rieke, a baby orangutan that was abandoned by its mother and reared by zoo keepers. Zoo Feb 6, 2015

Pavement paintings celebrate 'Modernismo' Nicaraguan poet

Artists made giant 'sawdust carpet paintings' on the street in Leon City Thursday showing the different stages in the life of 'Modernismo' Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario in what is the centenary of his death. Duration: 00:57 Feb 6, 2015

Joe Biden says US and Europe "have to stand with Ukraine"

The United States and Europe must stand together over Ukraine as it battles for survival in the face of escalating Russian military involvement, Vice President Joe Biden said during a visit to Brussels on Friday. Duration: 00:40 Feb 6, 2015

U.S. Navy railgun makes public debut

STORY: Once an imaginary weapon on Star Wars, the electromagnetic gun is now reality...with the railgun making its public debut at the the U.S. Navy's Science and Technology Expo on Wednesday. The Feb 6, 2015

Costa Concordia captain verdict expected next week

The Italian Captain of the sunken cruise ship, Costa Concordia, arrives to hear closing arguments in his trial. Francesco Schettino stands accused of manslaughter and abandoning his ship. Thirty-two Feb 6, 2015

Indian authorities step up measures to battle swine flu

Visakhapatnam/ Ajmer, Feb 06 (ANI): With the spread of swine flu across several Indian states, authorities have stepped up measures to combat the fatal H1N1 virus. In port city of Visakhapatnam, adequate medical supplies have been stocked up in hospitals, including masks and Tamiflu medication. People are being educated on preventive measures. They have been instructed to use masks, to wash their hands frequently besides sanitising the environment. District Collector of Visakhapatnam, N Yuvraj said doctors have been told to take extra care while treating both suspected and positive cases. Special wards and counters have been opened in hospitals and a special team of doctors has been trained to tackle swine flu cases. The disease has killed 191 people in the country in January alone, with the newly formed Telangana state being worst hit. Meanwhile in Ajmer city of Rajasthan, people gathered in mosques to pray for the early recovery of swine flu patients. Feb 6, 2015

PM Modi took views of economists to boost growth, says Jaitley

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday while speaking about the NITI Aayog's maiden meet said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed economists and then asked for their suggestions to boost the investment growth. Jaitley further said that the suggestions related to the high growth and financing of infrastructure. The economists present at the interaction were Vijay Kelkar, Nitin Desai, Bimal Jalan, Rajiv Lall, R. Vaidyanathan, Subir Gokarn, Parthasarathi Shome, P Balakrishnan, Rajiv Kumar, Ashok Gulati, Mukesh Butani and G.N. Bajpai. Bibek Debroy and Dr. VK Saraswat, members and CEO, NITI Aayog attended the meeting. Feb 6, 2015

India hopes for positive outcome from Paris climate summit, says Javadekar

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said that India is hoping for a positive outcome from Paris climate summit. Senior officials from almost 190 nations will meet from February 08-13 in Geneva to work on a draft UN deal to limit global warming. The agreement, built on national plans for curbs on rising world greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020, is meant to be finalised at the Paris meeting in December. Javadekar also promised prior meeting among stakeholders to thrash out the differences. Javadekar said companies could be compensated for making critical technologies an open source. Feb 6, 2015

Delhi polls: AAP rejects Imam Bukhari's offer of support

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday rejected former Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari's offer of support for the Delhi Assembly polls and its aftermath. AAP leader Ashutosh recalled that Bukhari had invited Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and not Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for his son's anointment as the shahi imam of Jama Majid in November last year. Bukhari had earlier in the day appealed to Muslims to support the AAP in tomorrow's assembly polls to help form a secular government in Delhi. The religious leader had endorsed the Congress during last year's Lok Sabha polls, which saw the party being routed after 10 years in power. A total of 673 candidates are in the fray for the 70-member Delhi Assembly which goes to polls tomorrow. The results will be declared on February 10. Feb 6, 2015

Ahead of D-day, BJP CM candidate Kiran Bedi travels on Delhi Metro

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi on Friday travelled on the Delhi Metro from Patel Chowk to Nirman Vihar. Bedi was seen travelling in the general compartment along with her supposters. Bedi said that one step for the development of Delhi is not enough and that several steps would be required. She added that if she comes to power, then she will survey the Metro unannounced. She further said that crime on the move needs to be monitored. A total of 673 candidates are in the fray for the 70-member Delhi Assembly. Delhi goes to polls on February 7, while the results will be declared on February 10. Feb 6, 2015

Thousands rally in Amman for dead pilot

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Activists, political parties and civil society associations marched in the Jordanian capital Amman on Friday (February 6) to condemn the killing of the Feb 6, 2015