Ajay Maken begins campaign for Delhi polls, promises to serve people if given opportunity

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Congress leader Ajay Maken began campaigning for the upcoming Delhi assembly elections on Saturday. Maken along with his party workers campaigned in the Shashtri Nagar constituency. Maken said that people are welcoming Congress’s manifesto and that if public will give him an opportunity he will surely work for their development. Jan 24, 2015

Police recover stolen antique idols in Himachal Pradesh

Kullu, Jan 24 (ANI): Police recovered antique idols of Hindu deities in Himachal Pradesh that were stolen last month and detained the suspect in Nepal. A 17th century idol of Lord Raghunath, worth billion of rupees, was stolen from a temple in Kullu district along with idols of Lord Ganesha, Hanuman, Narsangh and Salig Ram and some silver and gold ornaments. The main idol was concealed under a stone structure in the outskirts of Kullu. The other priceless artifacts were recovered from a local market. Superintendent of Police, Surinder Verma said the suspect would be brought to India soon. Jan 24, 2015

Ekta Kapoor signs deal with Dolby Atoms

Mumbai, Jan 24 (ANI): Producer Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Motion Pictures has announced that they have plans to release several of their upcoming films in Dolby Atmos, including the much anticipated "Azhar", a biopic on Mohammad Azharuddin. Dolby Atmos, a latest sound technology, unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by giving filmmakers the creative freedom to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, including overhead, to create an engaging cinema experience. Introduced in 2012, Atmos has already been used by Indian films such as "Dhoom 3", "PK" and "Sivaji 3D". Jan 24, 2015

Nation marks Vasant Panchami as devotees throng banks of River Ganges to take holy dip

Allahabad, Jan 24 (ANI): Thousands of devotees thronged Sangam, the confluence of three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati- in Allahabad to mark the religious festival Vasant Panchami on Saturday. The festival is celebrated every year in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar and is also called as Saraswati Puja or the Basant Festival of Kites for Sikh. The river banks were seen flooded with people who came to take holy dip in sacred river. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people on the occasion of Vasant Panchami. Prime Minister took to twitter for extending his wishes, hoping that the festival will bring gaiety and enthusiasm in people's life. Jan 24, 2015

Army says security arrangements in J&K enhanced for Republic Day

Srinagar, Jan 24 (ANI): General Officer Commanding of Kashmir based 15 Corps, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, said on Saturday that security arrangements have been enhanced in Kashmir before Republic Day. Saha said that currently the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir is stable. He added that there have been ceasefire violations in Pir Panjal area of the state and even infiltration attempts have been made but they were foiled by the army sooner or later. Jan 24, 2015

Gujarat govts circular to schools on compulsory Saraswati Puja raises controversy

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Gujarat government has issued a circular to schools on performing a compulsory ‘Saraswati Puja’ on the day of Basant Panchmi. AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas and Ashutosh have condemned this act of the government saying that government should not force people to participate in worship of a particular religion or God. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi also condemned the act of Gujarat government saying that it will spread communalism. Jan 24, 2015

UAE President announces 3-day mourning for Saudi Arabia King Abdullah

Riyadh, Jan 24 (ANI): UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced three days of mourning after the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia. He said the mourning would start on Friday and ordered the UAE national flag to be flown at half-mast at all government departments in the UAE and at all embassies and diplomatic missions of the UAE overseas. Earlier, King Abdullah was carried in a simple white shroud to an unmarked grave on Friday, in keeping with local religious traditions. Wahhabi Sunni Islam, the form of religion practiced by the Saudi state, considers ostentatious displays of grief or mourning to be sinful and akin to idolatry. Before his burial, Abdullah's body was transported in a city ambulance to a mosque, where Muslim leaders, Saudi Princes, powerful clerics and billionaire Arab businessmen gathered for prayers. Jan 24, 2015

Politicos react as EC censures Kejriwal for poll code violation

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react as Election Commission censured AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal for his reported remarks that BJP was inciting communal riots in parts of Delhi. Terming Kejriwal as an 'anarchist', BJP leader Sambit Patra said that people of Delhi needs administration and not anarchy. GVL Narsimha Rao said that poll panel should take harshest action against the AAP chief. Party's CM Candidate also slammed him and said that she does not believe in such actions. Congress leader PC Chacko said that such statements by AAP leader show what kind of person he is. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that the party wants AAP to come to power and not the BJP. Jan 24, 2015

AAP condemns as Kejriwal doesn t receive formal invite for Republic Day celebration

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): AAP leaders Ashutosh and Kumar Vishwas on Saturday condemned as Arvind Kejriwal did not receive any formal invitation for the Republic Day celebrations on January 26. They said that keeping aside political rivalries, all former Cabinet ministers should have received a formal invitation to attend Republic Day Parade celebrations. Vishwas and Ashutosh said that Kejriwal has been the Chief Minister of Delhi, with which relation he should have been invited. Jan 24, 2015

Former Foreign Secretary says Obama's visit will boost India-US relations

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Former Foreign Secretary Shashank said on Saturday that US President Barack Obama's visit to India will boost relations between both countries. Shashank said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to US has given an impression to the States that he is not that kind of a leader which its investigation agencies and Pakistan had portrayed. Also, prior to Obama's visit Pakistan has been warned about conducting any terror attacks followed by Pakistan's ban on major terrorist organizations like Jamat-ud-Dawah. Jan 24, 2015