It happens: Autumn festival

Odisha, Oct 10 (ANI): People got a visual treat during a cultural evening, which was held to mark 'Kumar Purnima', or autumn festival in India's eastern Odisha state. Artists from across the state converged in Bhubaneswar city to perform dance and drama of varied art forms on the full moon day. As per ancient tradition, on this day girls pray for their good health and to get a suitable life partner. The festival is dedicated to women power and young girls adorn new clothes and jewellery and pray to Hindu god for a wealthy future and observe fast through the day.The autumn festival also involves dancing, praying and is a period of introspection and purification. Oct 10, 2014

It happens: Lunar eclipse holy dip

Varanasi/Hyderabad, Oct 10 (ANI): Hundreds of Hindu devotees in the temple town of Varanasi took a holy dip in river Ganges on the occasion of the lunar eclipse on October 08 to cleanse their souls and achieve salvation. According to belief, bathing in the holy water on the occasion of the eclipse helps in washing away of the sins of the people. As per Hindu tradition, an eclipse occurs because a demon named Rahu occasionally gobbles up the sun or the moon before letting them off after a certain period. This period is considered very ominous by devout Hindus and prayers and chants are performed by them and then once the eclipse is over, they bathe or take a holy dip in sacred rivers, like the Ganges. The event was a stunning one as the moon appeared copper to deep red. This was due to the rays of the Sun, refracted by the Earth's atmosphere. People in India's eastern Kolkata, too, got a chance to get a glimpse of the spectacular celestial event. Star lovers in North America, Australia, western South America and parts of eastern Asia were able to see the spectacle. Oct 10, 2014

SC adjourns Delhi Govt formation matter till Oct 28

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned the matter of government formation in Delhi till October 28. The lawyer said that the Central Government informed the Supreme Court that the matter is still pending for the President's consideration. He added that whenever the decision is taken it will be communicated to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and the media. Oct 10, 2014

Modi exhorts tribal youth to shun guns, pick plough in Maharashtra

Brahmapuri, Oct 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday exhorted people of Maoist belt in Maharashtra to shun guns, pick plough and bring BJP to power for their bright future, while addressing an election rally. Modi while addressing the rally in Maoist-infested Brahmapuri radicalised the youth of the place by giving a comparison of the usage of gun vis-a-vis plough and the ensuing benefits. Violence can never resolve any issue, said the Prime Minister with a view to enlighten the youth who opt for making violence as their means for life. Modi sought complete majority for the BJP in the state, and said that the party was required for development in the state. Oct 10, 2014

Harsh Vardhan unveils nation's first ever mental health policy

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Friday unveiled the nation's first ever mental health policy. The policy was launched on the occasion of the first ever National Mental Health Day organized by the government. On the occasion, Harsh Vardhan said that universal access to mental health care is a specific goal of the government, and it would find substantial articulation in the evolving National Health Policy and National Health Assurance Mission (NHAM). The policy's objective is to provide universal access to mental health care by enhancing understanding of mental health and strengthening leadership in the mental health sector at all levels. Oct 10, 2014

BSE closes points 339.90 down on Oct 10

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 339.90 points down to stand at 26,297.38. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 100.60 points down to stand at 7,859.95. JETAIRWAYS and ABAN were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 9.30% and 9.15% along with INFY and DEN with an increase of 6.49% and 6.01% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include KAILASH and UNITECH with a decrease of 10.93% and 6.33% along with JSWSTEEL and JINDAL STEEL with a decrease of 6.00% and 5.77% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 447.86 points at 17,396.24 while the banking sector is down 323.63 points at 17,694.23 and the reality sector is down 24.70 points at 1,592.08. The Indian currency is down 0.32% at Rs 61.24 per dollar. Oct 10, 2014

Spring Summer Trends at Day 2 of WIFW 2015

New Delhi, 10 Oct (ANI) : The day 2 at Wills India Fashion Week saw some beautiful collections one of which was Samant Chauhan's collection which included cotton silk skirts, cotton silk layered gowns and long fitted dresses with heavy embellished hand embroidered jackets and corsets. Talking about the collection the designer said..Another impressive collection was by Gauri and Nainika dedicated to create awareness about Global Warming. With a modern and stark silhouette, the collection was designed in striking colors of our beautiful planet. Asymmetrical hem lines, body con shapes, flowing textures followed by dresses and gowns created in strong vivid printswitch. The day ended with Pankaj and Nidhi's 'Vintage' Collection which was made with aim to bring craft from yesteryear to the woman of today. Oct 10, 2014

Honour for all fellow Indians: Kailash Satyarthi on winning Nobel Peace Prize

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): After winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi on Friday said that it is a matter of pride and honour for all fellow Indians and those fighting for rights of children in the world. Satyarthi said that this will give strength to the struggle of millions of children and this development has made India proud. Satyarthi along with Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai was named by The Norwegian Nobel Committee for the prestigious prize on Friday. Oct 10, 2014

Six killed in cylinder blast in Delhi's Jasola

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): Six persons, including three children and women, were killed in a cylinder blast in Delhi's Jasola area Friday afternoon. According to the fire department, they got a call from a house in Jasola area around 11:30 AM following which three fire tenders were rushed to the spot in order to douse the fire. Shadab, a resident in the locality said that he and others tried to save the people but the smoke became a hindrance. Oct 10, 2014

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi wins Nobel Peace Prize 2014

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): Children's rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 on Friday. The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the names of the two "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education." The award also comes with a $1.24 million check. Yousafzai, now 17, is a schoolgirl and education campaigner in Pakistan who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago. Satyarthi, 60, has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protests, "focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain," the Nobel committee said. Oct 10, 2014

Congress has always backed poor people in crisis: Rahul Gandhi

Nashik, Oct 10 (ANI): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi while addressing a rally in Nashik on Friday claimed that Congress has always backed poor people in crisis. Gandhi further said that during drought like situation in the state, the Congress wavered loans of the poor farmers and helped them come out of financial crisis. Oct 10, 2014