It Happens: Devotees celebrate birth anniversary of Sikh guru

Amritsar, Nov 7 (ANI): Devotees thronged holy Sikh shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar city of India's northern state of Punjab on Thursday to mark the 545th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikh faith. Thousands of regular devotees and pilgrims from far and near converged at the Golden Temple to pay obeisance to the holy book Guru Granth Sahib, light candles and offer prayers for the well being of their families. A devotee, Gurvinder Singh, said people from far off places visit the holy temple to seek blessings for a better future. Fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das, was known for his humility, service, and deep devotion. He founded the city of Amritsar and designed the Golden Temple. On this particular day, revered as the most auspicious, devout Sikhs and even others from across the world throng Golden Temple to take holy dip on the occasion of Sikh festival Gurpurab. Meanwhile, in Poonch district of northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, devotees took part in a procession where the youths displayed their capabilities in martial arts. Sikhism was founded in the 15th century in Punjab by Guru Nanak Dev and has had 10 successive gurus. Guru Nanak was born in Nankana Saheb on this day in 1469. Nov 7, 2014

'Down to earth' PM Modi stands up to correct mic direction for Jayapur village head

Jayapur, Nov 07 (ANI): Presenting a perfect example of humble and a modest prime minister, Narendra Modi at the adopting ceremony of the Jayapur village got up to correct the mic direction for the village head. As the village head Durgavati started her welcome speech on a comparatively high podium, PM Modi got up to lower the mic for her. The already enthusiastic crowd cheered the same with utmost vigour and welcomed the prime minister's gesture with love. The prime minister today adopted the village of Jayapur under 'Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana' and showed that he is still down to earth even after taking over as the prime minister of a nation with around 1.2 billion people. The prime minister is on a two day visit in his constituency, Varanasi. Nov 7, 2014

Former TMC leader Asif Khan hospitalized after his arrest in alleged cheating case

Kolkata, Nov 07 (ANI): Former Trinamool Congress leader Asif Khan was admitted to a state run hospital in Kolkata after he was arrested for his alleged involvement in a cheating case. Khan complained of chest pain and other health related problems following which he was admitted to NRS hospital. His lawyer said that the case was falsely forged on him and is a part of political vengeance. Khan, who had lashed out at a section of the party leadership and accused them of being involved in the Saradha chit fund scam, was arrested from his residence at Tiljala in the eastern part of the city in connection with a cheating case in a land deal in the Rajarhat-New Town area. He was to be produced before the court on Friday but the same can take place only after he is released from the hospital. Nov 7, 2014

Major fire engulfs Ludhiana timber store, no casualty reported

Ludhiana, Nov 07 (ANI): A major fire broke out in a timber store on the outskirts of industrial town of Ludhiana on Friday, but no casualty was caused, police said. The unit located on Ludhiana-Ferozepur road caught fire. The reason for the fire was not known immediately. Fire tenders were immediately pressed into service to bring the flames under control. Nov 7, 2014

Politicos react as Manohar Parrikar is likely to resign as Goa CM tomorrow

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after media reports emerged that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to resign as Goa CM on Saturday. According to the reports, he will most likely be inducted into the Narendra Modi cabinet as defence minister. BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao, reacting over the reports said that, Manohar Parrikar is a very influential leader; however, final announcement over the issue is still awaited. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it is the prerogative of the PM to appoint the ministers, however, PM Modi should work along with the his cabinet towards fulfilling the promises he made to people of India. Congress leader PC Chacko said that the issue is not of much importance and even the public won't take much interest in this news. Nov 7, 2014

India needs 'blue revolution', says Radha Mohan Singh

Kochi, Nov 07 (ANI): Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that there is need for 'blue revolution' in the country for further development of aquaculture as an important agricultural activity without ruining the environment. Aquaculture refers to all forms of active culturing of aquatic animals and plants, occurring in marine, brackish, or fresh waters. Singh was speaking at the inauguration of two-day Global Agro Meet in Kerala. In July this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also called for 'blue revolution'. The international conference and exposition on value added agriculture and food processing, to promote agriculture and agro processing sector in the state, began in Kochi on Thursday. It was inaugurated by Singh in the presence of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The agro expo will be on for three days during which various products made of fruits and vegetables will also be kept on display. Meanwhile, Singh said there should be discussion on dealing with wastage of fruits and vegetables during storage. Nov 7, 2014

Deadly barrel bomb raids hit Syria's Aleppo

Deadly barrel bombs hit the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday, with a monitoring group saying at least 12 civilians had been killed. Duration: 00:45 Nov 7, 2014

I am not adopting Jayapur Village, it is adopting me: PM Modi

Varanasi, Nov 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived at the Jayapur village in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. The PM will adopt the village under the MPs' adopt-a-village scheme. While addressing people at the village, Modi said that he is not adopting a village but the Jayapur Village is adopting him. Nov 7, 2014

What we learn from villages is unparalleled: PM Modi in Jayapur

Jayapur, Nov 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing people in the village of Jayapur said that the MPs, CMs and PM can visit any place but what they learn during their visit in villages is unparalleled. Modi added that his efforts are to create a situation where the ministers and bureaucrats work for the development of people who have helped them move forward. He further said that no fund has been allocated to any minister for the adoption scheme and therefore there is no possibility of any kind of corruption. Nov 7, 2014

Kashmir's electoral office organizes voter awareness camp to ensure record polling

Kathua, Nov 07 (ANI): The district administration in Jammu and Kashmir organized a voter awareness camp in Kathua district recently to ensure maximum participation in the upcoming polls. The assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir will be held in five-phases, beginning on November 25 and ending on December 20. The counting of votes will take place on December 23. One of the participants, Kuldeep Kumar, said vote is our right and most of the people do not know the value of voting and may ignore the election process. The awareness camp was part of "Matdaan Mahotsav"– a two-month long campaign under Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP), aimed to launch various campaigns and activities at village level. A mass pledge was administered to the gathering by district administration. Nov 7, 2014

Uma Bharti appeals masses to conserve water resources

New Delhi, Nov 07 (ANI): Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Friday appealed for mass contribution towards saving water and its resources in the country for sustainable development. Bharti raised this issue while delivering a speech at National Convention of Water Users Association in Indian capital New Delhi. Factors such as increasing usage, poor infrastructure, and pollution have led to a decline of water quantity and quality in India. Climate change, meanwhile, is expected to cause a two-fold impact. Bharti also termed water scarcity as a hindrance in the development of the country. Nov 7, 2014

SC defers hearing on JandK flood relief to Nov 17

New Delhi, Nov 07 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday deferred hearing on Jammu and Kashmir flood relief to November 17. The petitioner in the case, Bhim Singh said that he filed a supplementary petition in the court and that huge loss has been incurred by the state in the wake of the disaster. He alleged that state chief minister Omar Abdullah is coming in the way of providing relief to the victims of flood. He also appealed to the court to give the responsibility of the state disaster management authority to the governor of the state from the CM in the wake of the upcoming state assembly polls. Nov 7, 2014

Defence Expert hopes for better days for Indian Navy under Modi's govt after TRV ship sank off Vizag

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Defence Expert Praful Bakshi on Friday said that there is still hope under Narendra Modi government that good days will come for Indian Navy soon. The statement came after Navy's Torpedo Recovery Vessel (TRV) A-72 sank of the coast of Vishakhapatnam. He said that the accident may have taken place because of old parts and other unknown reasons. Bakshi also said that Navy is one of the oldest service in India and should be maintained by the government. Nov 7, 2014