Plummeting temperatures in Kashmir boost sales of woolen garments

Srinagar, Jan 13 (ANI): As the cold wave continued unabated in Jammu and Kashmir and temperatures dropped below zero, residents thronged to shops selling woolen garments to keep themselves warm. Kashmir valley is in the midst of 40-day-long Chillai Kalan, believed to be the harshest winter period which had begun on December 21, 2014. The sale of the woolen wear has increased manifold due to plummeting temperatures. Residents in capital Srinagar are forced to stay indoors due to persistent cold wave conditions. And with mercury dipping, customers are lured with a variety of sweaters and jackets. Weather in the valley remains dry and cold as it did not receive much snowfall. Even the famed Dal Lake is in frozen state. Jan 13, 2015

Bangladesh PM hits out at BNP Chief Khaleda Zia

Dhaka, Jan 13 (ANI): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took a dig at chief of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Khaleda Zia, and said she was a leader of militancy and terror. The prime minister said that the trial of war criminals would continue and no one can obstruct it. She also said that Khaleda held countrymen hostage in the name of blockade. Bangladesh stepped up a crackdown on BNP, arresting its vice-president amid anti-government protests that left seven dead and injured hundreds. Khaleda has demanded that Hasina give up her post, with a new vote to be held under a neutral administration. Meanwhile, Hasina assured people of developing the country to golden Bangladesh on 50th Independence Day. Jan 13, 2015

Sadhvi Prachi refuses to budge from her 4 kids remark, accuses Sonia Gandhi of being anti-Hindu

Haridwar, Jan 13 (ANI): BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi refused to budge from her controversial remark wherein she said that every Hindu woman should bear at least 4 kids and that gahr wapsi should be made legal. She said that she stands by her statement and that Hindu community needs to have four children if they want to save India from becoming Pakistan. Prachi also targeted Congress President Sonia Gandhi accusing her of being anti Hindu. Jan 13, 2015

Joint survey on India- Myanmar bus service begins

Imphal, Jan 13 (ANI): A joint team of officials from India and Myanmar began a field survey for the proposed Imphal-Mandalay passenger bus service. Ten officials from Myanmar arrived in Imphal to survey the 579-kilometer-long road route from there to Mandalay together with Indian officials. Manipur's Transport Secretary, M Laxmi Kumar said the bus service is in its final stage. The Indian government had already sent a draft report regarding the same to the government of Myanmar and is awaiting its response. The Indian team would submit their report to the Central government for inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two nations. Jan 13, 2015

MEA briefs about Sushmas meet with Ban Ki-Moon, Obamas India visit

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Union Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj discussed issues related to militancy and UN Security Council with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin. Ban, who is in India on a three-day visit, was the keynote speaker and the guest of honour at the investment summit, Vibrant Gujarat, in Prime Minister Narendra Modis home state of Gujarat. He met Swaraj and held discussions on peace and security, climate change reforms, and other important issues. He said India was among one of the largest contributors of the UN peace keeping operations. Speaking over the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama, Akbaruddin said India was enthusiastic about his visit. Jan 13, 2015

India can play leadership role in addressing global problems, says Ban Ki-Moon

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said India could play a leadership role in addressing global challenges like maintenance of regional and global peace, human rights violations and clean development. The UN chief called upon India for greater contribution towards formulating a meaningful climate change agreement and work towards a better and sustainable world, which would benefit all. Ban underlined poverty, displacement and international militancy as human problems. He also urged India and Pakistan to resolve old disputes, peacefully. Meanwhile, Ban also encouraged Indian leaders to help Afghanistan to develop. Jan 13, 2015

People from diverse faiths throng Rathkhada Mela in J&K

Samba, Jan 13 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir is known for its pristine beauty. It is also known for amity between the many communities present here. Here, the Rathkhada Mela is a perfect example of this fact. Celebrated in the premises of Narsingh Temple situated 50 Kms from Samba district, the mela signifies the end of winter days wherein days become longer and nights become shorter. The Mela is also known as Blanket fair and is popular for the fine quality of woolen sold here. From hand woven shawls to machine made ones all are bought here and sold. People belonging to different communities sell and buy blankets at reasonable prices. Jan 13, 2015

Devotees from all faiths congregate to celebrate birth anniversary of Hazrat Shah Bulaqar

Moradabad, Jan 13 (ANI): India, a diverse land, houses people from different communities who live in peace and harmony. This ethos is visible in length and breadth of the country. A similar example is seen during the urs of Hazrat Shah Bulaqar at Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh where devotes belonging to different religious beliefs come together and seek blessings of the saint. During the urs, the devotees hold day and night long prayers, while paying homage to the saint. Men and women are seen chanting hymns and ask for blessings of the saint. People of different communities who pay a visit to the shrine are given a warm reception by their Muslim brethren. While the Shrine of the saint is illuminated with different colours of lights, the market in its vicinity also wears a festive look. Jan 13, 2015