Foundation laid for world's tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Narmada, Nov 01 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel laid foundation stone of the Statue of Unity - the world's tallest statue of Iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue is a part of an ambitious project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to his political idol. Patel, marking the 139th birth anniversary Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, laid the foundation of "Statue of Unity" near River Narmada in the state. Patel performed religious rituals before laying the foundation of the ambitious project. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the deputy of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru as well as his home minister, but was often at odds with him. Nov 1, 2014

Petrol price cut by Rs 2.41 per litre and diesel by Rs 2.25 per litre

New Delhi/ Lucknow/ Bhopal, Nov 01 (ANI): Petrol price have been slashed by rupees 2.41 a litre and diesel by rupees 2.25 per litre on the back of falling international oil rates. This is the sixth reduction since August 2014. The reduction in the rates of petrol and diesel came in effect from Friday (October 31) at Indian Oil Corp, nation's largest fuel retailer. Petrol will now cost rupees 64.25 per litre as previous rate being rupees 66.65 in New Delhi. However, the nation's most consumed fuel, diesel will now cost rupees 53.35 per litre in Delhi as compared to rupees 55.60 a litre earlier. BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said that the government was fulfilling its promises to the common man. Meanwhile, Congress leader Jai Parkash Aggarwal said the prices have decreased due to fall in prices in the international market. Nov 1, 2014

One militant arrested in Uttar Pradesh

Meerut, Nov 01 (ANI): Police in Uttar Pradesh confirmed that a militant was held after a gap of 20 years. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) apprehended a militant under Khatauli police station who was involved in an attack in the state. ATS arrested Salim alias Patla on Thursday night in a joint operation with the team of Khatauli police station in Muzaffarnagar district. The arrested militant was absconding after he had killed two PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) personnel by lobbing a bomb at a PAC camp near Hapur Adda region on January 26, 1993. Nov 1, 2014

Budding golfers of India's Kashmir eye Olympics

Srinagar, Nov 1 (ANI): Fired with the ambition of carrying the flag in the games, Kashmir trains its budding golfers for the 2020 Olympics. Authorities of this picturesque Himalayan state have come up with initiatives to train the budding golfers with proper professional techniques and special trainers from outside the state have been recruited for the purpose. Organiser of the special golf training programme, Champa Shawl, said on Friday that Kashmir, with its beautiful golf courses is the ideal state to nurture golfers. The game is attracting a large number of children in spite of the state having faced nature's fury in recent times. Nov 1, 2014

MEA clarifies on unwed mothers passport rules, says India don't stand for gender discrimination

New Delhi, Nov 01 (ANI): Foreign ministry denied media reports that an unwed mother would have to declare how she conceived while applying for her child's passport. MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said any single parent had to furnish only two documents - birth certificate of the child and affidavit before a magistrate. Akbaruddin added the government does not stand for such discrimination. Nov 1, 2014

Polling stations ready for Ukraine rebel vote

While insurgent leaders hope the first elections in their self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk "republics" will show they have popular support, fears for Ukraine and the West grow. Duration: 00:49 Nov 1, 2014

Sweden officially recognises Palestinian state

Sweden officially recognises the state of Palestine, becoming the first EU member in western Europe to do so, prompting Israel to recall its ambassador to Stockholm. Duration: 00:51 Oct 31, 2014

Zimbabwe opposition urges bravery to confront Mugabe

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday urged his supporters to be brave to confront long-ruling President Robert Mugabe to end the economic woes facing the southern African nation. Duration: 01:05 Oct 31, 2014