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

PM Modi congratulates Sania Mirza for winning US Open Mixed Doubles title

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated tennis ace Sania Mirza for winning the US Open Mixed Doubles title. "Congratulations to Sania Mirza for the victory in the US Open Mixed Doubles Finals. We are very proud of the achievement," said PM Modi. He also congratulated Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori for making it to the US Open Finals. "Good news from US Open continued with Kei Nishikori's exemplary win! My best wishes to this young sportsman for the final," PM Modi added. Yesterday, President Pranab Mukherjee had also congratulated Sania Mirza for her win. Sania and her Brazilian teammate Bruno Soares lifted the Mixed Doubles trophy of the US Open on Friday night. The duo defeated the American-Mexican side of Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1, 2-6, 11-9. Sep 7, 2014

Worsening Flood situation in J&K halt Shri Shakti Express, block national highway

Udhampur, Sep 07 (ANI): Floods, triggered by heavy downpour, in Jammu and Kashmir continued to wreak havoc on Sunday and lead to suspension of trains and blocking national highway due to mudslide. Pilgrims to sacred holy cave of Vaishno Devi were stranded as Katra region-bound Shri Shakti Express train was stuck for hours at Ramnagar railway station in Udhampur district. A passenger, Vinod Bansal said authorities were not providing any information on the movement of the train. Another passenger, Bagish Goyal said the authorities suddenly announced termination of the train without providing any alternative. Nearly 100 people have been killed due to floods in Kashmir as rivers in the region flowed above the danger mark due to incessant rains. Jammu city's main river, Tawi, which splits the city in two, is flowing well above the danger mark. Sep 7, 2014

Respect Parliament, just opposed parliamentarians who misguide: Vaidik on his remark

Nagpur, Sep 07 (ANI): Senior Journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik on Sunday said that he didn’t mean to disrespect the Parliament when he said that he would "spit on all 545 MPs" if they want him declared as "traitor and anti-national". Vaidik said that he respect the Parliament but had opposed only those parliamentarians who misguide the house. He further said that a Parliament which takes wrong decisions under the influence of wrong people should be rejected by the people. Vaidik also said that he would talk to Prime Minister and President about the same and ask if he had no right to condemn those who blot his image in public. Sep 7, 2014

Piyush Goyal presents report card of power ministry in 100 days of govt, says inherited unfavourable

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday presented the report card of the ministry in 100 days of the NDA government and said that they had inherited unfavourable situation from the previous government. Goyal said that the previous UPA government had left the situation in worse condition and that the ministry had to struggle a lot in getting back on track. Further, he also talked about achievements of NDA government in 3 months of time and assured proper supply of electricity to every state. Sep 7, 2014

Reactions flow as Muralidhar Rao assures to solve Ayodhya Temple issue on priority

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): BJP's General Secretary Muralidhar Rao listing out Government's immediate priority said that along with the economic problems of the country, sorting out the issue of Ayodhya Temple is on their agenda. BJP leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri defending Rao's statement said that BJP had spoken about Ayodhya temple in the previous Lok Sabha elections and that a temple should be built there but only with the agreement of the people. Manish Tewari said that by making such comments they are just trying to spread communalism in the country. NCP leader Majid Memon said that price inflation and power shortage should be in their priority list. Congress leader. Sep 7, 2014

Following of Sharad Pawar in Maharashtra maximum among all parties: NCP

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): NCP leader Majid Memon on Sunday said that NCP Chief Sharad Pawar has the maximum following as a political leader in Maharashtra, even more than Shiv Sena and BJP. Memon added that their ally Congress should also set aside its ego and accept the fact that NCP is stronger as a political party in Maharashtra. He also said that NCP has started campaigning for the upcoming Maharashtra polls actively. Sep 7, 2014

Priyanka Chopra hopes for success of her film on boxer Mary Kom

Mumbai, Sep 07 (ANI): Bollywood diva Priyanka Chopra had her fingers crossed over commercial success of her latest film, which is a biopic based on the life of Indian boxer, Mary Kom. "Mary Kom" released in cinemas across India on Friday (September 05). The movie was premiered in Toronto. Priyanka has had roles in some big budget franchises such as "Krrish" and "Don" and has also won plaudits for playing role like an autistic woman in the film "Barfi". But it is her portrayal of Olympic medalist and five-time World Amateur Boxing champion Mary Kom, which has proved to be the biggest task as an actor so far. Chopra said playing the role of a living, breathing person of nearly her own age has been the greatest challenge of her acting career so far and she learnt the lesson of never give up during the course of shooting of Mary Kom. Sep 7, 2014