Fresh spell of snowfall elates tourists in Shimla

Shimla, Jan 14 (ANI): Fresh spell of snowfall on Wednesday in Shimla turned the region into a picturesque panorama, pleasing the residents and bringing much delight to tourists. The adjoining tourist spots like Kufri, Narkanda, Kharapathar, Manali, Sangla, Pangi, Rohthang, Kelong and other high hills received 6 to 15 centimetres of fresh snowfall within last five hours. Locals, hoteliers and businessmen are happy as fresh snowfall is likely to boost tourism in the region. The temperature in various hilly regions plummeted to zero and minus levels. In Kelong area of Himachal Pradesh, the temperature dipped to minus nine degree Celsius and in Shimla it has come down to 3 degree Celsius. During winters, holidaying crowd from the plains of India and other parts of the country prefer to throng northern states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir to experience snowfall. Jan 14, 2015

Delhi BJP Councillor caught on camera slapping MCD Junior Engineer

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): BJP's Delhi Councillor from Ward Number 188 Neeraj Gupta has invited trouble for the BJP in the poll bound national capital as he was caught slapping a MCD Junior Engineer. The BJP Councillor from Sangam Vihar East area slapped the Junior Engineer after a tiff over an unauthorised construction in the area. The Engineer had reportedly come to put a stop to unauthorized construction in the area. Meanwhile, BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that no person or any public figure should slap anybody. Delhi is scheduled to go to polls on February 07 and the BJP is engaged in a pitched battle with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress. Jan 14, 2015

Recommended that very senior positions should not be on contract, there is no controversy: Parrikar

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that former DRDO Chief Avinash Chander's tenure had finished in November and Chander was on contract for the next three years. Parrikar said he had recommended that such a senior position cannot be held by a person on contract. He further stated that no new name has yet been decided as Chander's successor. Meanwhile, Indian Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan said that removal of DRDO chief was government's decision. The government has removed Defence Research and Development Organization Director General Avinash Chander from his post, 15 months before his contract was to end. Jan 14, 2015

Vikaspuris church vandalised by unknown miscreants

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): A church in west Delhi's Vikaspuri area was vandalised by unknown miscreants early on Wednesday morning, officials said. The incident came to light when officials of Our Lady of Graces church noticed broken shards of glass and statues inside the premises and informed the police. The entire incident was captured on CCTV cameras installed in the church and the footage show two men approaching the church at 4:19 AM. Police officials rushed to spot and are currently scrutinizing the CCTV footage for more details. Jan 14, 2015

PM Modi attends 'Chuda Dahi Bhoj' at Paswan's residence on Makar Sankranti

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attended a 'Chuda Dahi Bhoj' at the residence of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. The Prime Minister greeted Paswan, his family members, and a large number of people who had gathered for the occasion. Meanwhile, earlier in the day Hindu devotees converged on the banks of holy River Ganges to take holy dip to mark harvest festival, ‘Makar Sankranti’. Jan 14, 2015

Congress leadership accepts Ajay Maken as party face for Delhi polls

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Congress leaders on Wednesday should confidence in Ajay Maken as the face of party for the 2015 Delhi Assembly Polls. The Congress high command had on Tuesday, named party general secretary Ajay Maken as the head of party's 101-member campaign committee for the upcoming Assembly elections. Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit welcomed the decision and said that she will participate in the campaigning but had informed about not contesting the polls beforehand only. Abhishek Manu Singhvi and JP Agarwal also said that Maken will come out strong and will prove beneficial for Congress at the polls. Jan 14, 2015

Pope set for huge welcome in Philippines

Pope Francis’ second visit to Asia takes in the Philippines, a stronghold of Christianity in the region, where he is set to attract one of the biggest gatherings ever for a head of the Catholic Church. Duration: 02:17 Jan 14, 2015

Devotees take holy dip in River Ganges to mark 'Makar Sankranti'

Varanasi/ Allahabad/ Haridwar, Jan 14 (ANI): Devout Hindus in India converged on the banks of holy River Ganges on Wednesday to take holy dip to mark harvest festival, ‘Makar Sankranti’. The festival marks the arrival of spring. Large number of devotees gathered in Allahabad and Varanasi cities of Uttar Pradesh to take a dip in River Ganges. The pilgrims camp by the riverside and in the evening they decorate the entire riverbank with earthen oil lamps. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extended best wishes on the occasion. He tweeted saying, “I convey my heartfelt greetings to our fellow countrymen & women on the various festivals across the Nation. The festive spirit across India is gladdening. It celebrates the diversity of India that we cherish & are extremely proud of.” Jan 14, 2015