NDRF teams have reached flood affected area of JandK, 3931 people saved: OP Singh

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): While briefing on the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir state, NDRF Director General OP Singh on Sunday said that a total of 17 NDRF teams each comprising 50 members have reached the spot for rescue operations. He said that the team has saved a total of 3931 people and recovered 13 dead bodies. Singh also said that there were many hurdles in the way but the team is not stopping and carrying on the rescue operation. Sep 7, 2014

Buddhist temple in Bihar suffers neglect due to government Apathy

Rajgir, Sep 07 (ANI): A Buddhist temple in Rajgir city in Bihar is facing neglect due to apathy of the state government. A handful of tourists who visited the temple urged the concerned authorities to improve the infrastructure so that the historic temple attracts more tourists. Buddhist priests do not travel during monsoon and instead sit in one place to meditate, which is known as "varsavash" or the three month long period when monks remain in their monasteries and elders of the community fast and observe abstinence. According to local folklore, Lord Buddha visited this temple in Rajgir and spent his varsavash. Tourists also said they felt unsafe while visiting the temple as not many visitors come here and the site remains a recluse. Sep 7, 2014

PM Modi extends help for relief operation in flood-hit Pok, Politicos React

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): Political leaders react as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Jammu and Kashmir, in a humanitarian gesture, extended help for all the possible assistance to Pakistan too to carry out relief operations in the flood-hit areas of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (Pok). BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi appreciated PM's humanitarian gesture and said that this sends a message that politics cannot be played in the time of any humanitarian crisis. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that India always extend its support to any corner of the world if a crisis emerges but the PM should even pay attention towards his ministers who divide the people of our country. NCP leader Majid Memon and JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that the Center and State should extend all the possible support to the flood victims. Sep 7, 2014

PoK an integral part of India, PM Modi's decision to provide help to flood affected area welcome dec

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's step to provide relief assistance to the people of Pakistan occupied Pakistan, Security Expert Alok Bansal said that PoK is an integral part of India and that Modi's decision is a welcome step. Bansal said that it is Indian government's responsibility to take steps to provide relief to residents of people of PoK. He further said that there is less chance of Pakistan government to accept this humanitarian offer but India's decision is a positive move. Sep 7, 2014

Amit Shah slams West Bengal govt, says Mamata should pay attention on locals not infiltrators

Kolkata, Sep 07 (ANI): While on his two-days visit to West Bengal to strategize on the state by polls, BJP President Amit Shah slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that if she pays attention to the locals and not Bangladeshi infiltrators, the state can prosper in much intensity. Shah said that if Banerjee give half the time what she consumes in playing politics to people of Bengal, it can prove fruitful for the state. The BJP president also talked about the works done by the NDA government for the country and said that this is for the first time in years that the price of petrol have come down to this extent. Sep 7, 2014

At least 125 students fall sick after consuming food in Jharkhand residential school

Dumka, Sep 07 (ANI): At least 125 students fell sick after consuming food in a residential school of Dumka district in Jharkhand. Students of Christ Raja Mission School cooked food themselves to celebrate Teacher's Day and started vomiting soon after consuming it. The children fell sick within minutes of eating the meal and started vomiting and convulsing with stomach cramps. They were taken to a government hospital. Doctor BK Sinha said most of the students were in critical situation. The students are in the age-group of four to thirteen years. Sep 7, 2014

PM Modi takes aerial survey of JandK, releases 1000 crores of relief to state govt

Srinagar, Sep 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took aerial survey of the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir and released Rs. 1000 crores of relief assistance to the state government. Modi said that the disaster is not alone of the state but of the whole nation. He said that such situation has not occurred in the JandK since past 50 years and that the central government is assisting the state in all aspects possible. The prime minister also announced compensation worth 2 lakh to families of deceased and 50,000 to injured. Meanwhile, Modi also said that Pakistan occupied Kashmir is also reeling under such situations of flood and assured that India will provide all possible help to Pakistan too. Sep 7, 2014

Luxury MV Rajmahal cruise in River Ganges enchants tourists

Patna, Sep 07 (ANI): In first-of-its kind initiative, a luxury cruise carrying Japanese tourists was flagged off in sacred River Ganges from Bihar to holy town of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The cruise-MV Rajmahal-sailed in waters of River Ganges, with 24 Japanese tourists on board, who will get a glimpse of India's holy Varanasi town. The cruise will travel a distance of over 420 kilometres in seven nights. During the seven-day trip, tourists will see Mughal era Chunar Fort, including British cemetery, Maharaja Palace, Buddhist site Sarnath, Sasaram Fort, Buxar, Nalanda and Bodh Gaya. Cruise manager, Kunal Singh said this was the first cruise that they had started, which will stop at Chunar fort. The cruise has 22 air-conditioned cabins with large windows which give a view of the Ganges and its banks. Sep 7, 2014

Devotees pray, decorate elephants to mark Onam festival in Kerala

Kochi, Sep 07 (ANI): People in Kerala revelled in festive spirit to celebrate the harvest festival of 'Onam' on Sunday. Devotees visited temples, made flower carpets and decorated elephants to celebrate the festival in Kochi. The festival is based on the story of 'King Mahabali' who was so attached to his kingdom that it is believed that he comes annually to see if his people are living happily. It is in honour of King Mahabali, affectionately called Onathappan, that Onam is celebrated. A tourist from UK, Rebecca said she felt amazing to be a part of the celebrations. The 10-day long harvest festival celebrations begin every year with Aathachamayam (The Royal Parade on Aatham Day) in Thripunithara city. Another devotee Vinod Krishnan said a feast is organised on this day. Sep 7, 2014

Heavy fighting threatens Ukraine ceasefire

Gunfire and heavy shelling rock a key frontline city in eastern Ukraine, raising fears that a tenuous truce between government and rebel forces had already collapsed. Duration: 00:53 Sep 7, 2014

EUFOR RCA say they are making progress in the C.A.R

The EUROF RCA forces in the Central African Republic say they are making progress, five months after their arrival in the troubled country. Residents of Bangui await the arrival of a contingent of 12,000 peacekeeping troops to help. Duration: 01:26 Sep 7, 2014