Sonia & Rahul Gandhi congratulates Manmohan Singh on being bestowed with Japan's highest civilian ho

New Delhi, Nov 08 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday congratulated former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on being conferred with Japan’s highest civilian honour ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers’. Senior party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad were also present. Singh was offered with flowers and shawl in respect by the Congress leaders. The Japanese government headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday announced that it had conferred a rare civilian honour on Singh for enhancing ties between Asia’s second and third largest economies. Singh is the first Indian to be bestowed with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, which is a ‘high level National Order’, a statement from the Japanese embassy said. Nov 8, 2014

Bhutan friendly & important neighbour, says Naqvi

Thimphu, Nov 08 (ANI): BJP Spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who has accompanied President Pranab Mukherjee to his Bhutan visit, said on Saturday that Bhutan is an essential neighbour which has always been friendly and supportive to India. He also said that Bhutan also becomes essential in the context that Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Bhutan for his first international visit. Nov 8, 2014

Will be joining central government on November 9: Manohar Parrikar

Panaji, Nov 08 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who could be the country’s next defence minister while addressing the last news conference in his present capacity said it was a tough decision to leave the state due to family reasons. He added that would join the central government on Sunday. He further stated that he would miss his family but the nation comes first. Nov 8, 2014

Modiss dynamic leadership will make India a leading sports nation: Sania Mirza

Indore, Nov 08 (ANI): Tennis star, Sania Mirza, interacted with college students in Indore city where she expressed the hope that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India would become a leading sports nation in the world. Mirza also added that after spending 22 years as a sports person, she feels that the sporting culture in India is gradually changing, though even now, cricket remains the most popular game. Mirza further stated that youngsters in the country should be motivated to take up sports as a career option. Nov 8, 2014

PM Modi offers prayers at Varanasi Assi ghat, launches 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Varanasi, Nov 08 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his second day of visit to Varanasi by offering prayers at the ' Assi ghat' of river Ganga, assisted by five priests who supported him in performing the 'Ganga Pujan'. He also swept the ghat to mark the beginning of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' from his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. Several laborers joined him as he cleaned the ghat. Later in the day, he is scheduled to visit the Mata Anandamayee Hospital to take first hand stock of the functioning. Before flying back to the national capital, the Prime Minister will also pay a visit to the Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Nov 8, 2014

PM Modi nominates 9 people for 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' from Assi ghat part-1

Varanasi, Nov 08 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi from Assi ghat. Modi while speaking to mediapersons said that he has launched the cleanliness campaign in Varanasi. He added that the social organizations have assured him that the Assi ghat will be cleaned as soon as possible. He further nominated nine people to carry out ‘cleanlimess drive’ further. The list includes Raju Shrivastav, Manu Sharma, singer Kailash Kher, Padma Shri Devi Parsad Dwivedi, Swami Rambhadracharya, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, Bhojpuri playback singer Manoj Tiwari, cricketer Mohd Kaif and Suresh Raina. Nov 8, 2014

PM Modi nominates 9 people for 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' from Assi ghat part -2

Varanasi, Nov 08 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi from Assi ghat. Modi while speaking to mediapersons said that he has launched the cleanliness campaign in Varanasi. He added that the social organizations have assured him that the Assi ghat will be cleaned as soon as possible. He further nominated nine people to carry out ‘cleanlimess drive’ further. The list includes Raju Shrivastav, Manu Sharma, singer Kailash Kher, Padma Shri Devi Parsad Dwivedi, Swami Rambhadracharya, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, Bhojpuri playback singer Manoj Tiwari, cricketer Mohd Kaif and Suresh Raina. Nov 8, 2014

Kerala Bar Hotels Association President firm on bribery charges against state finance minister

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 08 (ANI): The working President of Bar Hotels Association of Kerala, Biju Ramesh said that he stands by his allegations of bribery against the state Finance Minister KM Mani. Ramesh had accused Mani of seeking a bribe of rupees 50 million from him, of which an amount of rupees 10 million has already been paid. Kerela Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, however, had dismissed graft allegations against Mani and called the accusations baseless. The tropical state of Kerala, which has the country's highest alcohol consumption per capita, is moving to become alcohol-free within 10 years. Nov 8, 2014

Pranab Mukherjee meets Bhutan PM to strengthen bilateral ties between two nations

Thimpu, Nov 08 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee met Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay in a bid to strengthen the friendly relations between the two nations. Mukherjee is on a two-day official visit to Bhutan in order to discuss bilateral and regional issues. Foreign secretary, Sujatha Singh said that India attaches great importance to Bhutan. President Mukherjee was accompanied by other delegates who also attended the hydel power presentation. Reportedly, New Delhi and Thimphu agreed to develop 10,000 MW of hydropower 2020 for which India will be the biggest buyer. Nov 8, 2014

J&K state authorities set up voter awareness camps for Army personnel ahead of assembly polls

Leh, Nov 08 (ANI): State authorities in Jammu and Kashmir set up voter awareness camps for Army personnel in order to reduce the number of invalid votes. The first of its kind initiative named ‘Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation Plan (SVEEP)’, starting prior to the assembly polls in the state, will help Army personnel get informed about the procedure of postal ballot. Speaking to mediapersons, District Magistrate of Leh, Simrandeep Singh Gill said that similar camps have previously been organised for civilians during elections, but it is for the first time for Army personnel. Nov 8, 2014

Comet orbiter landing team gears up to touch-down

More than a decade after the Rosetta Space Mission was launched, the comet orbiter will attempt to make history by launching a robotic lander called Philae onto a comet on November 12. Duration:00:55 Nov 8, 2014

Kashmiris pet birds to reduce stress levels

Srinagar, Nov 08 (ANI): People in Jammu and Kashmir took to a new hobby of keeping birds as pets to reduce stress levels, mainly caused due to insurgency and recent floods, which left a trail of destruction in the valley. Petting birds has become a new fad among Kashmiris, who are thronging various pet shops of Srinagar to buy colourful winged birds like doves, parrots and pigeons. People are purchasing birds so that they can spend some time with the pet to relieve their stress, caused due to office, studies and circumstances in Kashmir. A customer, Mushtaq Ahmad, said keeping bird as a pet is the best hobby to avoid all type of anxieties. The shopkeepers say they bring birds from Delhi and Mumbai and are doing brisk business in the same. Nov 8, 2014

Obama hosts Congress leaders after midterm debacle

After his party's "thumping" in this week's midterm elections, Barack Obama had lunch with Congressional leaders on Friday. As well as congratulating his Republican opponents, he commented on jobs figures released earlier in the day. Duration: 01:06 Nov 8, 2014