State working for all round development, making women heads of family: Vasundhara Raje

Jaipur, Dec 13 (ANI): As Vasundhara Raje government completes one years of governance in Rajasthan, the chief minister said that the state is working for all round development and are bringing in reforms to make women the heads of the family. Raje said that the year has been a disturbing one and the government could function only for 151 days out of total 365 days as holidays, model code of conduct, and elections have taken up rest of the time. One of the major achievements that Raje is looking up to is the Bhamashah reform which would roll out on 15th. Bhamashah scheme is a card that comes with a bank account number in the name of the female head of the family. Her biometrics details are recorded and only she can withdraw money. Among others, the chief minister also said that the government is working to bring the financial sector back on track and bring employment to youth so that Rajasthan is counted one amongst the developed states in India. Dec 13, 2014

PM Modi attends inauguration of ceremonial hall at President Estate

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the inauguration of ceremonial hall at President Estate in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said President Estate (Rashtrapati Bhavan) has become a symbol of India's pride across the world. He added that President Pranab Mukherjee has made a unique contribution in re-energising the Rashtrapati Bhavan complex. Modi also mentioned that the existing institutions have to be revitalised from time to time, and President's contribution in this regard is an inspiration for all countrymen, in the quest for building a modern India. The Prime Minister also expressed happiness that on December 11, which happens to be President's birthday, the United Nations accepted India's proposal on International Yoga Day. Dec 13, 2014

Rejuvenation camp pampers 45 temple elephants in Tamil Nadu

Coimbatore, Dec 13 (ANI): Away from the maddening crowd and back in their natural habitat, a total of 45 temple elephants are being pampered at the 48-day annual rejuvenation camp in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. The elephants will enjoy steady supply of delicious food and mirthful games at the camp organised by the Tamil Nadu government. Around nine million rupees are being spent to pamper the elephants. The camp concludes on January 25. The state government has also earmarked about six-acre lush area along the banks of the river Bhavani in Coimbatore district to be the jumbo spa. Minister of Hindu religious and charitable endowments, Chendur Pandian, said the camp contributes significantly for the rejuvenation of the elephants belonging to temples and mutts. Every year, the forest department of the Tamil Nadu government organises this camp for elephants belonging to temples and mutts. Elephants from neighbouring Puducherry are also attending the camp. Dec 13, 2014

Strongest storm in years batters California

About 150,000 people are left struggling for power as the strongest storm to lash the US West Coast in several years blows in snow, heavy rain and ferocious winds. Duration: 00:39 Dec 13, 2014

Seven dead as two suicide attacks rock Kabul

Two suicide attacks in Kabul, one targeting a play at a French-financed school, killed at least seven people on Thursday, the latest in a wave of violence assaulting the city as NATO forces pull out. Duration: 00:32 Dec 13, 2014