Ramdev performs peace prayers at Kedarnath

Kedarnath, Oct 22 (ANI): Yoga guru Ramdev on Wednesday participated in the special Diwali prayers at Kedarnath temple. Ramdev said that the prayers are being performed for the peace of souls of all those who lost their lives in Uttarakhand tragedy. He added that the prayers are also being held for the prosperity of the nation. He further said that he will extend support to the state and central government for developmental work in Kedarnath. Oct 22, 2014

Security beefed up in capital ahead of Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Wednesday said security in the city had been increased ahead of Diwali. Bassi also said that the force was working on the prevention of the sale of adulterated sweets in the city. According to reports, 25 quintals of adulterated milk products were seized in Dehradun earlier this week, while adulterated sweets worth Rs one crore are said to have been seized in Maharashtra. Oct 22, 2014

Sweden declares "violation of territorial integrity"

Five days after initial reports of suspicious activity off the coast of Stockholm, the Swedish Defense says it is looking for "someone or something that has violated its territorial integrity." Duration: 00:57 Oct 22, 2014

Gault et Millau names Alleno cook of the year

French chef Yannick Alleno been named Cook of the Year by prestigious Gault et Millau food guide. The three-star Michelin chef, known for his creative sauces, runs the kitchens at the Pavillon Ledoyen on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Duration: 01:00 Oct 22, 2014

Rally against HK leader comments on poor people and democracy

A crowd of about 70 protesters marches on the residence of Hong Kong's current leader Leung Chun-ying, over his recent comments that open elections would put voting power into the hands of people "who earn less than US$1,800 a month". Duration: 00:58 Oct 22, 2014

Mentally-ill women celebrate Diwali with gaiety in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Oct 22 (ANI): Home for mentally-ill women organised a programme on the eve of Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, in Odisha. The home, 'Mission Ashra', or Mission Shelter, organized a cultural programme for the inmates in Bhubaneswar city, who have been abandoned by their families as they are mentally-ill. Women danced and burst crackers to celebrate the festival. The home houses almost 200 mentally-ill destitute women and works for their treatment and rehabilitation. It has been rescuing helpless women from streets and other places across the 15 districts in the country. Diwali is celebrated with great fervour and gaiety all over India as it marks the return of Hindu god Lord Rama to Ayodhya in northern India after he defeated Ravana, the powerful demon king of Lanka. Millions of lamps were lit to rejoice Lord Rama return after 14 years of exile in forests. Oct 22, 2014

Widows in Vrindavan celebrate Diwali

Vrindavan, Oct 22 (ANI): Widows, who have been abandoned by their families, lit earthen oil lamps and offered prayers on the banks of River Yamuna as part of Diwali celebrations in Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. Hundreds of the widows who live in various ashrams run by the Sulabh International participated in the celebrations for the first time this year. Diwali, the annual festival of lights will be celebrated across the country on October 23. On being asked whether they would celebrate Diwali with their families, Bijali Das, who has three children but has lived in Vrindavan for several years, said that it did not matter to her since she had devoted 3 her life to god. Oct 22, 2014

Buddhists perform special prayers in Bihar for world peace

Bodh Gaya, Oct 22 (ANI): A group of Buddhist devotees from Thailand attended special peace prayers in the holy town of Bodh Gaya in Bihar. The prayers will be followed by 'Kathin Cheevar Daan', Buddhist tradtion of donating a wearing cloth to Buddhist monks. A Buddhist priest of Mahabodhi Society of India, Bhante P Sivli Thero, said Buddhist monk Bhante Harivansh has come from Thailand after observing three-months of 'Varsha Vaas', meditation in nature's lap in rainy season in Buddha religion. He is doing the Cheevar Daan in Venu Vana in Rajgir city. Venu Vana is an artificial forest in Rajgir, where one can enjoy eternal peace and meditate. Devotees from Thailand and other parts of the world have arrived in Bodh Gaya to participate in the ceremony of robe-offering. Buddhist scriptures describe Bodh Gaya as the "Navel of the Earth", where pilgrims and tourists from Sri Lanka, China, Japan and the entire of southeastern Asia throng to this holiest of Buddhist shrines every year. Oct 22, 2014

Black money: Congress won't be blackmailed, BJP hits back

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): Congress leader Ajay Maken on Wednesday while addressing a press conference said that Congress is not going to be blackmailed under any threat. He added that BJP should take strict actions against whoever is involved in the black money case but should not be inspired by vindictiveness and the information given to the public should also not be half truth. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Congress has been shielding the holders of the black money account. He added that arrogance is not good for Congress. Oct 22, 2014

Govt should have guts to take up the case of boxer Sarita Devi at highest level: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): Congress leader Ajay Maken on Wednesday said that the Indian boxing federation and the sports ministry should have the guts to take the case of boxer Sarita Devi at the highest level. He added that the entire country should stand up with the Boxer and her coach. AIBA on Wednesday provisionally suspended Boxer Laishram Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games podium ceremony. Her coach GS Sandhu, Blas Iglesias Fernandez and Sagar Mal Dhayal as well as Indian chef-de-mission AJ Sumariwalla were also suspended by the AIBA. AIBA said that it will not allow any of them to participate at all levels of various competitions, events and meetings until further notice. Boxer Sarita Devi, while protesting against a controversial verdict, had refused to wear the bronze medal on the podium during the ceremony for the 57-60 kg category. She had later submitted a written apology to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). Oct 22, 2014

Jitendra Singh says govt doing its best for rehabilitation in J and K

Srinagar, Oct 22 (ANI): Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Dr Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday that the government is doing its best to take up rehabilitation work in flood ravaged state of Jammu and Kashmir. Singh said that this government is doing work in a much better way than any other government. He also said that rehabilitation will be followed by relief which is still going on. Oct 22, 2014

IAF's entire Sukhoi fleet grounded for safety checks, expert says nothing unusual

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): The entire fleet of Indian Air Force's Sukhoi aircrafts has been grounded for safety checks after recent crash in Pune. Defence Expert Wing Commander (Retd) Praful Bakshi said that it was nothing unusual about this because such checks ensure that any defect or damage can be prevented from occurring. Oct 22, 2014

Politicos lash out at BJP, say the party doesn't intend to bring back black money

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): Congress leader Rashid Alvi on Wednesday said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is faking that it is serious about bringing black money, allegedly stashed in foreign bank accounts, back into the country. Meanwhile, NCP leader Majid Memon said that BJP is solely acting to Supreme Court's order and labeling it as its stance. However, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, said the party has always maintained that having money illegally abroad is a betrayal to the country and those who are traitors, their names should be exposed. Oct 22, 2014