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

India needs 'blue revolution', says Radha Mohan Singh

Kochi, Nov 07 (ANI): Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that there is need for 'blue revolution' in the country for further development of aquaculture as an important agricultural activity without ruining the environment. Aquaculture refers to all forms of active culturing of aquatic animals and plants, occurring in marine, brackish, or fresh waters. Singh was speaking at the inauguration of two-day Global Agro Meet in Kerala. In July this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also called for 'blue revolution'. The international conference and exposition on value added agriculture and food processing, to promote agriculture and agro processing sector in the state, began in Kochi on Thursday. It was inaugurated by Singh in the presence of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The agro expo will be on for three days during which various products made of fruits and vegetables will also be kept on display. Meanwhile, Singh said there should be discussion on dealing with wastage of fruits and vegetables during storage. Nov 7, 2014

Politicos react as Manohar Parrikar is likely to resign as Goa CM tomorrow

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after media reports emerged that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to resign as Goa CM on Saturday. According to the reports, he will most likely be inducted into the Narendra Modi cabinet as defence minister. BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao, reacting over the reports said that, Manohar Parrikar is a very influential leader; however, final announcement over the issue is still awaited. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it is the prerogative of the PM to appoint the ministers, however, PM Modi should work along with the his cabinet towards fulfilling the promises he made to people of India. Congress leader PC Chacko said that the issue is not of much importance and even the public won't take much interest in this news. Nov 7, 2014

Major fire engulfs Ludhiana timber store, no casualty reported

Ludhiana, Nov 07 (ANI): A major fire broke out in a timber store on the outskirts of industrial town of Ludhiana on Friday, but no casualty was caused, police said. The unit located on Ludhiana-Ferozepur road caught fire. The reason for the fire was not known immediately. Fire tenders were immediately pressed into service to bring the flames under control. Nov 7, 2014

Former TMC leader Asif Khan hospitalized after his arrest in alleged cheating case

Kolkata, Nov 07 (ANI): Former Trinamool Congress leader Asif Khan was admitted to a state run hospital in Kolkata after he was arrested for his alleged involvement in a cheating case. Khan complained of chest pain and other health related problems following which he was admitted to NRS hospital. His lawyer said that the case was falsely forged on him and is a part of political vengeance. Khan, who had lashed out at a section of the party leadership and accused them of being involved in the Saradha chit fund scam, was arrested from his residence at Tiljala in the eastern part of the city in connection with a cheating case in a land deal in the Rajarhat-New Town area. He was to be produced before the court on Friday but the same can take place only after he is released from the hospital. Nov 7, 2014

'Down to earth' PM Modi stands up to correct mic direction for Jayapur village head

Jayapur, Nov 07 (ANI): Presenting a perfect example of humble and a modest prime minister, Narendra Modi at the adopting ceremony of the Jayapur village got up to correct the mic direction for the village head. As the village head Durgavati started her welcome speech on a comparatively high podium, PM Modi got up to lower the mic for her. The already enthusiastic crowd cheered the same with utmost vigour and welcomed the prime minister's gesture with love. The prime minister today adopted the village of Jayapur under 'Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana' and showed that he is still down to earth even after taking over as the prime minister of a nation with around 1.2 billion people. The prime minister is on a two day visit in his constituency, Varanasi. Nov 7, 2014

Deadly barrel bomb raids hit Syria's Aleppo

Deadly barrel bombs hit the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday, with a monitoring group saying at least 12 civilians had been killed. Duration: 00:45 Nov 7, 2014