It Happens: Sand Art

Odisha, Sept.11, (ANI): To commemorate the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, India's renowned sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, sculpted the twin towers of World Trade Centre on the beaches of Puri in eastern Odisha, with the message 'No Terror, but Peace.' Pattnaik created a five feet high sand replica of the twin towers in the middle of the number nine so as to represent the number eleven. The sculpture was made using five tonnes of sand and took about seven hours to complete. It also carried the message, 'No Terror, But Peace'. So far, winner of Padma Shri, a civilian honour, Sudarsan has participated in more than 50 international sand sculpture championships and festivals around the world and won many prizes for the country. Sep 12, 2014

It Happens: Bull jumps into swimming pool

Mandsaur, Sept. 11 (ANI): Children practicing for the annual state level swimming competition in Mandsaur district of central Indian Madhya Pradesh received a surprise as a bull suddenly jumped into the pool to join the fun and frolic. Interestingly, instead of being scared, the children were overjoyed to see the bull sharing the pool and swimming with them. According to swimming coach, Vijeta Singh, the children helped the authorities in pulling the bull out of the pool. It took nearly an hour of high drama after the reluctant animal was finally pulled out of the pool, leaving authorities speculating at the source from where the animal entered the premises of the competition.The state level sports meet was being organized by the state education department.More than 450 children from across eight divisions had gathered in the venue to practice for the finals. Sep 12, 2014

Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide

Celebrity athlete Oscar Pistorius was found guilty on Friday of culpable homicide in shooting dead his glamorous girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a conviction that could result in a lengthy jail term. Duration: 01:15 Sep 12, 2014

Trade Minister meets US deputy national security adviser

New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): Union Trade Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, on Friday (September 12), met US Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics, Caroline Atkinson, to prepare ground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Washington. Modi accepted an invitation to meet US President Barrack Obama after he won the general elections in May 2014, as Washington seeks to court India's new government and revive strained relations between the two countries. Modi is set to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York and address an audience on September 28. Sep 12, 2014

Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide in girlfriend's murder

South Africa, Sept 12 (ANI): Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide, after being cleared of murdering Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. Reading from her written judgment, the judge told the court that there was not enough evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the athlete was guilty of premeditated murder or murder. He was also found guilty on one firearms charge, but acquitted on two others. Pistorius could face up to 15 years in jail on the culpable homicide charge. Sep 12, 2014

Al Qaeda-backed group releases video of kidnapped UN peacekeepers

New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): An al Qaeda-backed militant group that seized 45 UN peacekeepers two weeks ago on the Golan Heights has posted a video in which the hostages, from the South Pacific nation of Fiji, say they expect to be released soon. The video, which was posted on the Nusra Front's Twitter and YouTube accounts on Wednesday but was apparently recorded a day earlier, appears to show the troops in a good condition, at points smiling and waving at the camera. On Wednesday, the head of Fiji's army said the Islamist militant group had dropped all of its demands to free the hostages, but at least slightly back-pedalled later in the day as the situation appeared to deteriorate. Sep 12, 2014

Haryana Govt Sends Relief Materials To Flood Hit JandK

Srinagar/ New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday sent relief materials to flood hit Jammu and Kashmir on behalf of the state government. Hooda said that the situation in the valley is gruesome and all states should come forward to help the flooded state. Earlier, a Sikh delegation from New Delhi visited flood-hit areas of the state and distributed cooked food to affected people. President of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, Manjit Singh, said that they had boats and were providing relief materials to victims. Sep 12, 2014

Sushma Swaraj calls on Tajikistan President ahead of SCO meet

Dushanbe, Sep 12 (ANI): Union Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Tajikistan President Emomalii Rahmon in the capital city of Dushanbe on Friday (September 12) ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet. Rahmon also met key advisor of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sartaz Aziz. The SCO, held between September 11and 12, aims to boost cooperation in three major fields of economy, security and people-to-people exchanges. India, Iran, Pakistan and Mongolia are due to become full participating members of the summit, thereby upgrading their observer member status. This is the 14th annual meeting of the SCO, which will have leaders from its six full-member countries. Sep 12, 2014