Indigenous products replace Chinese products in Allahabad ahead of Diwali

Allahabad, Oct 20 (ANI): People of Uttar Pradesh are making conscious efforts to use indigenous products instead of Chinese items on the occasion of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, to revive the traditional aspect of the festival. The residents of Allahabad are going for traditional products this year, even if it means paying more to foster the business of Indian micro, small and medium enterprises. Meanwhile, a group called 'Swadeshi Jagran Manch' - the economic wing of Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh - staged a protest to boycott the use of Chinese products and promote the usage of indigenous products. Oct 20, 2014

Diamond merchant gifts employees cars and jewellery ahead of Diwali

Surat, Oct 20 (ANI): In an extraordinary show of appreciation, a diamond merchant in Gujarat gifted cars and jewellery as bonus to his 491 employees ahead of the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali. The merchant and owner of diamond export company Hari Krishna Exports Private Ltd., Savjibhai Dholakiya, said that his employees had worked hard and performed well and deserved the bonus. In addition to the cars, around 200 employees were gifted houses and around 500 were presented with jewellery. The employees, in their turn were deeply touched with this gesture of their employer. Oct 20, 2014

Ex-S.African soldier pedals back to Angola, 25 years after war

In March 2014, Paul Morris published "Back to Angola, a journey from war to peace": this ex-South African soldier took part to the Angolan civil war in 1987 and went back there to discover the country he knew only in a state of war. Duration: 02:29 Oct 20, 2014

Human Rights situation grim in Balochistan: HRCP

Quetta/ Geneva, Oct 20: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed serious concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in Balochistan. Religious extremism, enforced disappearances, target killings and migration of minorities were some of the issues raised by the Commission at a press meet in Quetta. HRCP Chairperson Zohra Yusuf also expressed dismay over the shabby education and health facilities and poor economic conditions in the province resulting in misleading the Baloch youth. Targeted killings are regularly being reported from Balochistan, where incidents of enforced disappearances and dumping of mutilated bodies also continue. Rights groups are also concerned over prevailing political situation and rise in religious extremism in Pakistan, especially Balochistan Oct 20, 2014

RSS volunteers clean mosque in cyclone affected Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam, Oct 20 (ANI): Volunteers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) cleaned mosques in Visakhapatnam, after cyclone Hudhud left behind a trail of destruction when it hit the region last week. Coordinator of Visakhapatnam region of RSS, Ram Bahadur, said that the political leaders in the country had created a wrong perception that RSS is against Muslims and Christians. The volunteers were seen using electric saws to cut trees that were fallen inside the mosque complex. They were also cleaning the floors and removing broken glasses that were scattered everywhere. A volunteer of RSS, Kurmit Kaur, said they were merely being human. Oct 20, 2014

Kashmir flood victims urge government to start rehabilitation work

Rajouri, Oct 20 (ANI): Flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir urged the Central government to start rehabilitation work in the devastated valley on a war footing. Residents had pinned hopes on Modi government for help in bringing the flood ravaged state of Jammu and Kashmir back on track. A legislator of Rajouri region, Choudhary Zulakar Ali, appealed to the Central government to look into the matter seriously. Both Indian and Pakistani sides of the state have seen extensive flooding last month with Srinagar particularly hard hit. Hundreds of people have been killed and tens of thousands are homeless. A flood victim, Abdul Rasheed, also urged the government to rehabilitate the displaced people in the region. Many complain that the government has left them to their fate. Authorities say the cost of damage in Jammu and Kashmir may run into crores of rupees. Oct 20, 2014

BJP prepared even if polls are held in Delhi tomorrow: Satish Upadhyay

New Delhi, Oct 20 (ANI): A day after the BJP emerged as the single largest party in both Haryana and Maharashtra, BJP's Delhi unit president Satish Upadhyay on Monday said that his party is prepared to fight elections in Delhi even if it is held tomorrow. He further dismissed comments that his party is avoiding elections in the national capital. Oct 20, 2014

PM Narendra Modi attends AIIMS convocation function

New Delhi, Oct 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday attended the AIIMS convocation function. Modi felicitated Professor P. Venugopal who performed India's first heart transplant in 1994, along with other eminent personalities from the medical fraternity. Modi, during the convocation ceremony suggested that students from poor background should be invited in the ceremony so that they have a wider outlook of the world and they start to dream big. Oct 20, 2014