Mysore gets its new King

Mysore, February 24 (ANI): Southern city of Mysore adopted a 22-year-old prince, Yaduveer Gopalraj Urs, as the next in line for the throne in a lavish ceremony, more than a year after the death of its king. Celebrations were on in the Mysore Palace as few guests, mostly royal patrons, dignitaries and family members were invited to witness the traditional adoption ceremony. Urs, who is studying in the US., will be coronated as king right after his graduation. His family was elated and hoped he would be a successful king. As per reports, a procession for Urs was out on the streets for the public to witness right after the religious ceremony. The palace built during the British Raj was also illuminated for the special occasion. The adoption ceremony is unique as it comes after 75 years when the last maharaja, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, had been adopted into the family. Urs will be the 27th custodian of the Royal House of Mysore after King Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, last of the Wadiyar dynasty, died in December 2013, leaving no heir. Feb 24, 2015

Citizens take swine flu prevention into their own hands in Surat

Surat, Feb 24 (ANI): Citizens across Surat are distributing masks and raising awareness about swine flu as the pandemic is spreading across India. India has seen a sharp rise in the number of swine flu deaths and reported cases this year, prompting officials to investigate the cause and step up efforts to combat the virus. Meanwhile, in Surat, 7,000 employees of a diamond factory have been assured medical assistance by their boss. Workers were seen donning masks as they cut and polished diamonds. On the other side of the city, volunteers of the Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Youth for Gujarat distributed masks and spread awareness at a crowded railway station. Feb 24, 2015

Bahrain Foreign Minister meets Indian PM Modi in New Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Bahrain Foreign Minister, Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Khalifa had arrived in the country on February 22 on an invitation by his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. He co-chaired the first meeting of the India-Bahrain High Joint Commission with Swaraj. Khalifa also extended a letter of invitation to Modi to visit Bahrain on behalf of Prime Minister, Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa. The Foreign Minister recalled the deep emotional bonds of friendship that are felt by the people of Bahrain towards India and also conveyed the commitment of the Government of Bahrain to deepen bilateral relations, including in the areas of defence, security, counter terrorism, trade and investment. Feb 24, 2015

Explosion at Gulf Oil Corporation factory in Hyderabad kills two

Hyderabad, Feb 24 (ANI): Two people died and at least 13 were injured after an explosion at a factory belonging to Gulf Oil Corporation Limited in Hyderabad. Reportedly, this was the fourth blast in the factory in the last 12 years. Factory workers and residents of the surrounding areas also gathered outside the factory and held a protest. Telangana home minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy also visited the spot. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the injured were immediately taken to a hospital. Few people are said to be critical as they received extensive burn injuries. Feb 24, 2015

Congress defends Rahul Gandhis break from politics

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): The Congress party defended party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s leave of absence from parliament as a break to reflect and chart a course for the future of the party. He further said the leave has been granted for a few weeks after which Gandhi will return and resume his active participation in the affairs of the Congress party. Feb 24, 2015

Doctor in West Bengal keeps legacy of Communal Harmony alive through his profession

West Bengal, Feb 24 (ANI): India is a multi-religious, multi-ethnic, and a multi-lingual country. Its beauty lies in unity in diversity. There are many examples in the country, which bring to the forefront the ethos of communal harmony. And there are many people who constantly work towards keeping this tradition alive. One such person is Doctor Md. Safatullah Mondal from West Bengal. A doctor by profession, Mondal cures patients of Bankura and nearby places of the district. Being a physician, he has been practicing in the area from past some years. What makes him special is the fact that people irrespective of their religion come from far off places to get treated by Mondal. Individuals and institutions such as this one strengthen the social fabric of the country which is made up of diverse strands. Feb 24, 2015

Mausoleum of Naqi Ali Shah and Hazrat Ali Shah perfect example of interfaith harmony

Bareilly, Feb 24 (ANI): The city of Bareilly is located in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh. It is known for its rich culture and heritage, especially the Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb or the culture of religious harmony. And presenting a perfect example of this ethos is the mausoleums of Naqi Ali Shah and his son, Hazrat Ali Shah. Devotees irrespective of their caste visit both the mausoleum, as they believe that the saints preached communal harmony and brotherhood in their entire life. All devotees who visit the shrine participate equally in various activities here. The mausoleum is respected by one and all, as it is believed that all prayers and wishes are answered here. For centuries people have coexisted peacefully in this country and religion has never come in the way of good relations between different communities. And, the mausoleum of Naqi Ali and Hazrat Ali is a perfect example of this fact. Feb 24, 2015

"Birdman," Redmayne, Moore win big at Oscars

The dark comedy "Birdman" held up a mirror to Hollywood and its struggling actors and received in return the film industry's highest recognition on Sunday (February 22), the Academy Award for best Feb 24, 2015

Trial of US marine to go ahead in Philippines

A US Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipina refuses to enter a plea, prompting a court to submit not guilty for him so his trial can go ahead, prosecutors say. Feb 24, 2015