Gifted by Indian President, Bodhi' tree sapling gets place in Vietnam's Presidential palace

Vietnam, Sep 16 (ANI): Invoking "common heritage" with Vietnam, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee gifted an offshoot of the holy 'Bodhi' tree to Vietnam counterpart Truong T?n Sang and planted it in Vietnam's Presidential palace after the two leaders finished delegation-level talks and signed seven pacts. The sapling was carried in a small wooden box as a gift to the country and people of Vietnam. It was procured from the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) a few days back. India has been traditionally gifting saplings of this gigantic tree to countries it has strong bonds of trust and friendship. Sep 16, 2014

Political parties wish for BJP defeat as early trends of by-polls surface

New Delhi/ Ahmedabad/ Mumbai, Sep 16 (ANI): Political parties on Monday wished for defeat of BJP and remained optimistic about themselves as early trends of by-polls surfaced. While Congress said that public is not happy with the BJP and that Congress will come to power now. NCP's Nawab Malik also said that people are not happy and satisfied with the BJP government and is therefore showing its anguish against the ruling party. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party remained optimistic and even confident of its win and said that the SP Chief and the government have worked tremendously for Uttar Pradesh and that people will decide in their favour. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar also said that 'Modi wave' is getting over now. Sep 16, 2014

Backlogs regarding development of northeast will be cleared: VK Singh

New Delhi, Sept 16 (ANI): Minister for Development of Northeast Region, General Vijay Kumar Singh, said that development of the northeast region was a concern. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi, General Singh said development takes time and his ministry was reviewing the development projects operational in the region. The ministry is planning to establish national skill development council and calling in experts to provide skill development in northeast. Meanwhile, the minister said the Northeast Councils (NECs) could play a vital role in pushing the developmental model. Meanwhile, Power Minister, Piyush Goyal, also held a news conference in the national capital and stressed on special focus on northeastern states. Sep 16, 2014

BJP remains confident of its win as trends of by-polls surface, says it has no relation with 2017 po

New Delhi/ Lucknow/ Jaipur, Sep 16 (ANI): BJP remains confident of its win in the state Assembly polls as early trends surfaces on Tuesday. While many say that the victory of the party is sure, others are of the view that these by-polls have nothing to do with the 2017 LS polls. Party leader Sambit Patra remains confident and said that it will be a victory for BJP as the party has fought on the lines of development and local issues. Meanwhile, Gulab Chand Kataria said that public mandate is important and should be seen as an indicator to evaluate what are the loopholes and work on the same. Sep 16, 2014

Train carrying around 260 Kashmir flood survivors arrives in New Delhi

New Delhi, Sept 16 (ANI): A train carrying around 260 Kashmir flood survivors arrived in New Delhi more than a week after the worst deluge hit the heavily militarized and disputed region in 50 years. Most of the flood survivors were daily wage workers from Bihar and Jharkhand. A Kashmir flood survivor, Ram, praised the government and the army for massive relief and rescue operations. However, some people showed anger that relief efforts reached them much later after the floods had devastated everything. Sep 16, 2014

J and K Floods: Omar visits flood-hit Poonch, assures assistance

Poonch/Ramban/ Kishtwar, Sept 16 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, visited flood-hit Poonch district and assured people that the government is trying to reach out to all flood victims. The authorities have also opened the route connecting Jammu city with the valley, via Kishtwar to Srinagar. Divisional Commissioner of Jammu, Shant Manu, who did the aerial survey of the area, said the route will be initially opened solely for the vehicles carrying essential commodities and light vehicles. Meanwhile, the army in Ramban district has built a footbridge for the easy passage of flood-stricken people. Sep 16, 2014

By-polls: Counting begins for 3 LS, 33 assembly seats

Vadodara/Kolkata/ Lucknow, Sept 16 (ANI): Counting of votes in three Lok Sabha and 33 assembly constituencies spread across 9 states for bypolls, which were held on September 13, began on Tuesday morning. The three Lok Sabha seats are in Vadodara vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh) and Medak (Telangana) while 11 assembly constituencies are in UP, nine in Gujarat, four in Rajasthan, two in West Bengal, five in Northeastern states and one each in Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. Sep 16, 2014

Ukraine to ratify EU pact, offer rebels self-rule

Ukraine is set to ratify a disputed EU agreement and offer limited self-rule to parts of the separatist east as it moves to turn the page on the bloodiest chapter of its post-Soviet history. Duration: 02:52 Sep 16, 2014