Kamal Haasan takes up Modi's clean India challenge on 60th birthday

Chennai, Nov 7 (ANI): Veteran Actor Kamal Haasan, took up 'Clean India' mission on his 60th birthday on Friday, swept street and picked up garbage in Tamil Nadu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide cleanliness mission on October 02 to raise awareness of cleanliness and better sanitation among its citizens under the banner of 'Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan', or Clean India Campaign. Haasan took up cleaning of Madhambakkam Lake in Chennai. Haasan participated in the movement along with the volunteers of a welfare club and volunteers of Environmentalist Foundation of India and his fans. Meanwhile, President of BJP's Tamil Nadu unit Tamilisai Soundararajan, welcomed Haasan at the lake site with floral bouquets. Nov 7, 2014

Plane hits stray buffalo during take off in Surat

Surat / New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): A SpiceJet plane crashed into a stray buffalo during take-off from Surat although no passengers or crew were hurt. The airline was forced to ground the Boeing 737 which suffered "substantial damages", plane's operator said. SpiceJet said the buffalo, which was killed in the accident on Thursday evening, was "essentially invisible" against a dark background. Passengers on the Delhi-bound aircraft were transferred on to another plane, SpiceJet said. Air Vice-Marshal (Retired), Indian Air Force, Kapil Kak, said a thorough inquiry should be launched and infrastructure of all airports across the country should be reviewed. "Stray animals are a growing menace in some airports," SpiceJet said in a statement. Nov 7, 2014

Whatsapp Introduces New 'Double Blue Tick' Feature

New Delhi, Nov 07 (ANI) : Mobile messaging service WhatsApp has come up with a new "double blue tick" feature that allows users to know when their texts have been delivered and read.The blue tick appears as soon as the person at the receiving end has read the message.One grey tick means a message has been successfully sent, two grey ticks show it has been delivered and a blue tick means the message has been read. The app now also shows the exact time a text was sent. Users need to press and hold down on a particular post to know the accurate time the message was sent to them.The changes will affect all versions of the app used on the Apple iPhone's iOS, the Android operating system, as well as Windows phones, Nokias and Blackberrys. Nov 7, 2014

Budgam firing: Army accepts responsibility, assures full support to victims families

Srinagar, Nov 7 (ANI): The Indian Army on Friday took responsibility for the Budgam incident in which two Kashmiri teenagers were shot dead by army personnel earlier this week. Northern Command GOC Lt Gen DS Hooda, while addressing a press conference, promised a transparent inquiry and said that action will be taken if rules were violated. He further stated that the Defence Ministry has approved ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for families of the deceased and Rs 5 lakh for those injured. Nov 7, 2014

Politicos react on Modi's Jayapur village adoption under MPs' adopt-a-village scheme

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Politicos on Friday gave mixed reaction after Prime Minister Narendra Modi adopted Varanasi's Jayapur village under the MPs' adopt-a-village scheme. Prime Minister Modi on Friday strongly pitched for ending the wretched practice of female foeticide as he adopted Jayapur village and also assured the region's development. Nov 7, 2014

French bombmaker's father still has 'glimmer of hope'

AFPTV interviews the father of David Daoud Drugeon, a French bombmaker who is suspected of joining an Al-Qaeda offshoot and who was targeted and likely killed by US-led air strikes overnight in Syria, a US defense official said. Duration: 01:41 Nov 7, 2014

Catalan volunteer army canvas for independence vote

David Baell and Roma Escoda are just two of an army of volunteers working to boost turnout in the symbolic independence referendum in the Catalonia region of Spain set to take place on Sunday in defiance of legal challenges by Madrid. Duration: 01:11 Nov 7, 2014

It Happens: Devotees celebrate birth anniversary of Sikh guru

Amritsar, Nov 7 (ANI): Devotees thronged holy Sikh shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar city of India's northern state of Punjab on Thursday to mark the 545th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikh faith. Thousands of regular devotees and pilgrims from far and near converged at the Golden Temple to pay obeisance to the holy book Guru Granth Sahib, light candles and offer prayers for the well being of their families. A devotee, Gurvinder Singh, said people from far off places visit the holy temple to seek blessings for a better future. Fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das, was known for his humility, service, and deep devotion. He founded the city of Amritsar and designed the Golden Temple. On this particular day, revered as the most auspicious, devout Sikhs and even others from across the world throng Golden Temple to take holy dip on the occasion of Sikh festival Gurpurab. Meanwhile, in Poonch district of northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, devotees took part in a procession where the youths displayed their capabilities in martial arts. Sikhism was founded in the 15th century in Punjab by Guru Nanak Dev and has had 10 successive gurus. Guru Nanak was born in Nankana Saheb on this day in 1469. Nov 7, 2014

It Happens: Traditional dance of archery attracts visitors in India

Shimla, Nov 7(ANI): Villagers in India's northern Himachal Pradesh state organised a fair to promote traditional dance of archery, 'Thoda', on Wednesday. The fair, which was held at Raggyan village, over 20 kilometres from Shimla city, aimed at preserving the traditional art. Many young archers were seen performing the art during the fair and urged more and more youth to preserve this heritage. On the beats of traditional drums, people aim at each other with bow and arrow on legs. One of the organisers, Pawan Thakur, said that young generation should now come forward and develop such ancient art. This fair is a blend of religious belief and love for century-old 'Thoda' sport. Locals believe that organising such kind of fairs is a symbol of prosperity. Nov 7, 2014

It Happens: Devout Hindus take holy dip on full moon day in India

Allahabad, Nov 7 (ANI): Thousands of devotees converged at holy River Ganges in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state to take a holy dip on the occasion of 'Kartik Purnima' or full moon day on Thursday. Devout Hindus thronged river bank in northern Allahabad city to perform rituals at the confluence of three holy rivers-- Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati. As per tradition, holy dip in River Ganges is described as auspicious on full moon day as it leads to salvation. Legends say Ganges has flown from the heaven to the earth to wash away the worldly sins of mankind. Another devotee, Sushma, said earthen oil lamps are floated in the river and prayers are offered to the almighty. People in Hapur town also celebrated the full moon day. Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements were made to avoid any mishap. Life on the banks of the Ganga begins well before dawn when thousands of pilgrims - men, women and children, come down to the river to wait for the rising sun. Nov 7, 2014