PM Modi, US President arrives for Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath, salutes to Indian flag

New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): Even as rain continues to try dampen the enthusiasm for the Republic Day parade, none seems to get on to the celebrations of the day on Monday. The day started with the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rajpath where he met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The Prime Minister later met Vice President Hamid Ansari and greeted him along with other union ministers present at the venue. Following the same, arrived the chief guest for the day US President Barack Obama who arrived at the venue amidst much cheer from the crowd. Obama was accompanied by elegant American first lady Michelle Obama. He is the first US president to be the chief guest at the Republic Day. PM Modi warmly greeted the guests and escorted the Obamas to the saluting base. The US President also met Vice President, Defence Minister among others. Jan 26, 2015

PM Modi pays tribute to martyrs at 'Amar Jawan Jyoti' on Republic Day

New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute at the 'Amar Jawan Jyoti', the memorial dedicated to martyrs on the 66th Republic Day in the national capital. Modi was accompanied by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who received him at the memorial. The prime minister also laid wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti and maintained two minutes of silence to pray for the martyrs. He was also accompanied by three heads of service, that is, Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhowan. PM Modi also signed the record book at the India Gate. Modi will now move on to Rajpath for the Republic Day celebrations with US President Barack Obama as the chief guest. Jan 26, 2015

Nation observes 66th Republic Day

New Delhi/ Guwahati/ Bengaluru/ Mumbai/ Patna/ Trivandrum, Jan 26 (ANI): Nation observed 66th Republic Day on Monday under tight security alert. Different states observed the National festival with much vigor as the state chiefs and governors witnessed the parade and hosted national flag in respective states. BJP President hosted the national flag and sang the national anthem at party headquaters in Delhi. Kerala also witnessed the Republic day parade as state Governor P Sathasivam hosted the national flag and saluted the army personnel. Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala also was a part of the parade in the state. The state governor also hosted the national flag and gave respect to the proud Army. Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi also participated in the Republic Day celebrations in Patna city. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi too hosted the national flag in Guwahati. Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao also participated in the celebrations and saluted the proud Indian Army in Mumbai. Jan 26, 2015

Hundreds gather outside White House in support of Ukraine

Washington DC/ Ukraine, Jan 26 (ANI): Hundreds gathered in Washington DC outside the White House to urge the Obama administration to move on the Ukraine Freedom Support Act. While the bill was passed by both houses of Congress unanimously and signed into law by US President Barack Obama, many outside the White House say none of the measures have been implemented. In passing the measure, Obama authorized new sanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine and was to begin providing weapons to the Kiev government immediately. After pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago, Obama said Washington was considering all options short of military action to isolate Russia. Jan 26, 2015

Manipur's Andro village becomes a popular tourist destination

Manipur, Jan 26 (ANI): Scenic beauty, good climate and warm hospitality! All of it combines to attract tourists to Andro village; a hotspot located 20 miles from Imphal city in the foothills of Nongmaiching hill. Known for its traditional pottery skills, the small village is now bustling with tourists. Most of the tourist sites reflecting age-old cultures and traditions are maintained through community effort of the local villagers. The Santhei Natural Park that has been developed around a water reservoir is a popular picnic spot for locals and tourists alike. The natural beauty of the park and the neighboring gardens attracts hundreds of people daily. Yet another major attraction is the Mutua Cultural Heritage Complex that showcases major tribal traditions and their artifacts. Model houses of various ethnic tribes, wood carvings, stone monuments and various traditional exhibits make it a must see place. Jan 26, 2015

Three Maoists surrender in Chhattisgarh

Bijapur, Jan 26 (ANI): Three Maoists, including a woman cadre, surrendered before authorities in Chhattisgarh, a senior police official said. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force, Komal Singh said the surrendered Maoist sympathisers would be rehabilitated and provided monetary assistance as per government schemes. Chhattisgarh is a hotbed of Maoist rebels and security forces have mounted major operations against them. The Maoists, also known as Naxals in India, are inspired by the political philosophy of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong. They say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. Jan 26, 2015

New Delhi under tight security cover on 66th Republic Day

New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): The national capital turned into a fortress as US President is all set to witness the 66th Republic Day parade on Monday. There is unprecedented security in New Delhi. A seven-layer security ring with 50,000 security personnel, including 500 US Secret Service Agents, are part of President Obama's security detail. Police personnel are keeping a tight vigil throughout the national capital and also around the area where the parade is to take place since last night. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to twitter to congratulate and give greetings to the nation on 66th Republic Day. The highlight of this year's parade will be the indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash medium range missiles and weapon locating radar. The long-range advanced MiG-29K fighter will be seen for the first time. Three all-women marching contingents of the Army, Navy and the Air Force will represent the theme of the parade, "Nari Shakti (woman power)". Jan 26, 2015

Candles and flowers in Kiev mark Mariupol attack

People light candles at Independence Square in Kiev on Sunday, during a rally for 30 people who died as a result of shelling in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. US President Barack Obama vowed Sunday to ramp up pressure on Russia. Duration: 00:43 Jan 25, 2015

Ebola mistakes should serve a lesson says WHO

The World Health Organization's chief on Sunday admitted the UN agency had been caught napping on Ebola, saying it should serve a lesson to avoid similar mistakes in future. Duration: 00:55 Jan 25, 2015

Number of political and corporate leaders attend Dinner hosted by Pranab Mukherjee for US President

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): A number of political and corporate leaders arrived at President's House to share table with US President Barack Obama in tonight's banquet. As the dinner hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee in honour of US President Barack Obama at the Rashtrapati Bhavan started, the chief guest for this year's Republic Day celebrations, Obama arrived at the venue with magnificent American First Lady Michelle Obama. Obama dressed in tuxedo while Michelle in elegant floral blue dress were greeted by President Mukherjee at the gate. Followed by the guest of honour, came other VVIPs which included Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Union ministers Harsh Vardhan, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh among others. The US President will also be accompanied by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Vice President Hamid Ansari and others at the dinner. Jan 25, 2015

US President Barack Obama meets Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): After breaking a logjam on civil nuclear deal with India, US President Barack Obama on Sunday called on his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee. Obama met Indian President Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan ahead of the dinner to be hosted by the later. Present at the venue were Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and other Indian and US delegates. Obama held talks with his Indian counterpart before leaving for the dinner banquet. Jan 25, 2015

President Mukherjee addresses nation on eve of Republic Day, says laws should be made with consensus

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee while addressing the nation on Sunday on the eve of the 66th Republic Day, said that laws should be made by consensus and cautioned the Government against taking the ordinance route. Mukherjee said that enacting laws without discussions “breaches the trust” reposed by people and is not good for democracy. Calling 2014 as a significant year while 2015 as a year of hope, he said that the 21st century is in full grasp of India. The president also wished the citizens for giving a mandate which brought a stable government at the centre. Mukherjee also talked about issues like women safety and said that a nation where women are not safe, cannot develop significantly. Jan 25, 2015