Traditional Buffalo fight thrills scores of spectators in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Oct 15 (ANI): Scores of spectators thronged to witness the thrilling one-day buffalo fighting festival organised as part of local tradition and religious belief in Himachal Pradesh. The buffalo fight organised in Poabo village nearly 10 kilometers from Shimla saw villagers coming from more than 15 villages who brought their buffalos to participate in the match. The century-old buffalo fight is performed annually and involves the specially reared animals being brought to the ring, following which they are provoked for the duel. Organiser Rameshwar Thakur believed that it is a rich heritage which they want to preserve for future generations. The tradition is also to pacify the god Saturn and villagers believe that an opportunity to watch and participate in this fighting is a way to please Saturn which would bring happiness and prosperity. Oct 15, 2014

Sachin Tendulkar unveils logo of 'Legends of Rupganj' in Bangaldesh

Dhaka, Oct 15 (ANI): India's cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar unveiled the logo of Dhaka Premier League cricket club 'Legends of Rupganj' in Bangaldesh. The batting maestro, who arrived on a one-day visit to the country, unveilied the logo at a hotel in Dhaka. After unveiling the logo, Tendulkar thanked the people of Bangladesh for the love and respect. The last time Tendulkar was in Dhaka, he scored his 100th international century during the Asia Cup in 2012. Upon arriving in Dhaka on Tuesday morning, he was taken by a helicopter to Rupganj, a sub-district of Narayanganj. There Tendulkar attended a health awareness programme organised by UNICEF at a local high school. Oct 15, 2014

Bihar Madarsa bans admission for girls

Nalanda, Oct 15 (ANI): An Islamic religious school - madarsa - in Bihar has banned admission for girls as there is no separate sitting arrangement for them in the campus. Madarsa Azizia in Bihar Sharif, district headquarters of Nalanda district, has issued a diktat that girls will not be enrolled and those already enrolled will not be allowed into the premises. He further added the decision has been taken in the wake of social evils prevailing in the society. Madarsa Azizia is run by Soghra Wakf Estate Committee. It is one of the hundreds of Madarsas affiliated by the state government and its students get free bicycles, uniforms, books and other schemes. Oct 15, 2014

No place for third party in Indo- Pak relations :MEA

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said issues between New Delhi and Islamabad would be resolved through dialogue and there was no place for third party after Pakistan had sought United Nations intervention in the wake of border shelling in disputed Kashmir region. Akbaruddin added that India would not tolerate violence at the de-facto border dividing two nuclear armed neighbours. Further, he said that it seemed that Pakistan was not interested in a serious dialogue. Since the beginning of October, Pakistan and India have been firing mortars and machine-guns across the border, leading to the highest death toll in a decade among civilians on both sides. Oct 15, 2014

Security experts say India should take on Pak in wake of UN stand over intervention in Kashmir issue

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): Security experts urged New Delhi to take on Islamabad on every front after the United Nations refused Pakistan's request of intervention in wake of border shelling in disputed Kashmir region. Pakistan had sought UN intervention on the Kashmir issue, which failed to draw any new response from the world body, suggesting that India and Pakistan need to resolve all differences through dialogue to find a long-term solution to the dispute. Former chief of Jammu and Kashmir Police, MM Khajuria requested New Delhi to devise a comprehensive plan to corner Pakistan's militarily, politically and diplomatically. Security Expert Uday Bhaskar said that Pakistan's intentions will not be fulfilled. Oct 15, 2014

Politicians cast their votes as polling began in Maharashtra

Mumbai/ Baramati, Oct 15 (ANI): Political leaders from different political parties came out to vote in Maharashtra as voting began for 288 assembly seats in the state. BJP leader Vinod Tawde and Pankaja Munde remained confident and said that BJP will have a clear majority in the polls. NCP leader Nawab Malik and Ajit Pawar came to vote and appealed people to come out and vote in large numbers. Meanwhile, congress leader Kripashankar Singh also came forward and exercised their franchise. Oct 15, 2014

BJP and Congress remain confident of win as Haryana goes to polls

Faridabad/ Rohtak, Oct 15 (ANI): As Haryana went for polls on Wednesday for 90 seats, BJP and Congress remained confident of their win. State Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that Congress will again come to power for the third time. Hooda will cast his vote later in the day. Meanwhile, MoS for Road Transport and BJP leader Krishan Pal Gurjar said that BJP will come to power as people want change. Oct 15, 2014

Polling begun in Maharashtra and Haryana for Assembly seats

Nagpur/ Rewadi/ Mumbai/ Faridabad, Oct 15 (ANI): Amid tight security arrangements, voters queued up to exercise their franchise as polling began on Wednesday for the high-stakes Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana. Voting has begun for the 288 assembly seats in Maharashtra and 90 seats in Haryana. The elections are being seen as the first major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity after the Lok Sabha polls. A victory will not only reaffirm Modi's appeal with voters but also silence detractors of his new party leadership, which was blamed for a string of defeats in assembly by-elections that tempered the euphoria of his Lok Sabha triumph. Long queues were already witnessed at polling stations where a number of voters and also high dignitaries came to vote. Oct 15, 2014

Cameron Diaz not opposed to 'doing nudity' in roles if it's 'right'

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): Cameron Diaz has revealed that she is not opposed to doing nudity as long as it's a part of the story. Cameron who wasn't afraid of showing her butt in the film 'Sex Tape,' said that people have already seen the "top" and the "bottom" of her butt, media reported. The 'Bad Teacher' star added that she will do whatever has to get done if it's the right thing. Oct 15, 2014