Liberian Ebola survivor: 'I thought I could die anytime'

Marvin Kai, an orthopedic assistant who contracted Ebola while treating a patient in Liberia, left hospital after making a full recovery. While being treated for the virus, he was afraid he 'could die anytime.' Duration: 01:00 Aug 23, 2014

Palestinians mourn four new victims of last Israeli strikes

Palestinians mourn four people killed by Israeli air strikes, two of them were killed in a strike on Nusseirat refugee camp, and the two others were killed in an air raid near the neighbouring of Deir al-Balah. Duration: 00:54 Aug 23, 2014

BJP's aim of 'Congress-free India' should be fulfilled in Telangana: Amit Shah

Hyderabad, Aug 22 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Friday while addressing people of Telangana slammed the Congress party. Shah said that Congress had given a system corrupted with improper policies to the new government but Narendra Modi- led government had tried its best to provide maximum facilities to the people. He said that Modi's aim of Congress-free India should be fulfilled in the assembly polls which are to be held in many states. Aug 22, 2014

Only Modi-led NDA govt had the courage to call of India-Pak talks: Amit Shah

Hyderabad, Aug 22 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi before taking oath as the PM had invited the representatives of SAARC nations and thus decided that Foreign Secretary level talks will be held between India and Pakistan. He added that no other government could have the courage to call off the meeting after Pak High Commissioner held meeting with Kashmiri Separatist leaders. Aug 22, 2014

Amit Shah meets BJP village heads in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Aug 22 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Friday met BJP's village heads in Hyderabad. Shah addressed people in Telangana during a grand ceremony and thanked all the BJP workers who helped people during partition of Andhra Pradesh. Shah said that the new BJP government has given many gifts to the new state in its maiden budget. Aug 22, 2014

EAM Sushma Swaraj to visit Vietnam on Aug 24th

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday informed that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would be visiting Vietnam on Aug 24th. Akbaruddin said that India and Vietnam have fairly robust economic ties. He added that Swaraj along with her Vietnamese counterpart would inaugurate the third round of India ASEAN think tanks. Aug 22, 2014

Nagpur city launches eco friendly buses

Nagpur, Aug 22 (ANI): Union transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, launched two ethanol-run buses in Nagpur on Friday with the initiative of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation. Gadkari said the launch of eco friendly buses will encourage the concept of producing fuel out of alternative sources. Gadkari also said the transport department is trying to be at par with the foreign countries in terms of reducing pollution in the country. Aug 22, 2014

Bihar minister's son attempts suicide after 'ragging'

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): In a suspected case of ragging, a Bihar minister's son was on Friday admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Apollo Hospital in New Delhi. Victim is a student of the renowned Scindia School in Gwalior. Aug 22, 2014

Hindi catches the fancy of people in Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar, Aug 22 (ANI): The beginning of the day at Govt. Sr. Secondary School Arunodaya in Itanagar! After the National Anthem, the students get busy in learning Hindi, the favorite subject for many. Bordering China, Arunachal Pradesh has more than 26 major tribes and over 100 sub-tribes, many of whom among those love to learn and communicate in the National language. The popularity of Hindi runs high among the young generation. Hindi gained popularity in the region during the deployment of Army in early 1960s. As the soldiers did not have porters during the war, they took the help of tribal villagers to carry food and ammunition. Soon, the tribal started picking up Hindi from them. At present, Hindi has become the lingua-franca of several Arunachal tribes. Aug 22, 2014

It Happens: Indians soak in devotion at birth place of Lord Krishna

Mathura, August 22 (ANI): Thousands of devotees soaked in devotion thronged birthplace of Lord Krishna in Uttar Pradesh on Monday to celebrate his birth anniversary. Chanting hymns and carrying religious offerings, people flocked temples dedicated to the Hindu god in Mathura to mark the festival of Janamashtmi with pageantry. The priests performed rituals in the temples to mark 5240th birthday of Lord Krishna. A devotee, Nishi Khurana, said she was elated to visit Mathura to be a part of the celebration. Lord Krishna is regarded as the eighth incarnation of the Hindu deity 'Vishnu', the Preserver of the Universe. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that Lord Krishna was born at the midnight hour on this day. Another devotee, Goldy Khurana, said Mathura reverberated with a different kind of enthusiasm when it came to celebrate Janamashtmi. According to the Hindu calendar, Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami Tithi, which is the eighth day of the month of Bhadrapada (sixth month of the Hindu calendar year) in the Hindu almanac. Aug 22, 2014

It Happens: Devotees go in trance during religious festival in Assam

Guwahati, August 22 (ANI): Devotees from various parts of the country thronged temple of Hindu goddess Kamakhya in Assam to witness three-day Hindu festival, Deodhani dance. The Deodhani dance festival is held to worship Hindu snake goddess Mansa, during which goats and pigeons are sacrificed. Deodhani dance is a semi-classical dance form, which is common across the southwest Kamrup and Mangaidoi parts of Assam. The devotees participating in the festival go through a month-long preparatory phase, during which they are not permitted to meet their families and have to stay in the temple premises with a photograph of the deity they want to represent. They also seek knowledge from their religious mentors during this period. It is believed that Hindu goddess possesses a devotee’s body during the festival to dance. As per Hindu mythology, one’s wishes come true if they wish for something special during the festival. It is believed that taking part in this festival bestows the dancers with powers from goddess Kamakhya. The temple situated atop Nilachal hills, is dedicated to goddess Kamakhya, consort of Lord Shiva. Aug 22, 2014

It Happens: Cultural Festivals help to preserve Tribal art and culture in Nagaland

Nagaland, August 22 (ANI): Dressed up in their traditional costumes, these are members of the Ao tribe of Nagaland. Every year, they gather in Dimapur city to celebrate Tsungmerong, a pre-harvest festival, to express gratitude and seek blessings of the Almighty. They sang traditional songs and showcased their daily chores through an act. The festival gives the message of unity and brotherhood in the state. Various cultural groups from different tribes such as Semma, Angami and Chakesang also took part in the festival. A major attraction of the event was a chicken dance performance by the artists. In another event hosted by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in collaboration with Abiogenesis Society, many cultural troops performed the traditional folk music of Nagaland. The event held at Soul Speak hall in Dimapur had performances of Shrimong Folk Harmony and ‘UDX’ music band. The audiences were spellbound by the music. Festivals help promote unity and create harmony among the people. Aug 22, 2014