Political parties not following even 50 per cent of election promises: Mayawati

Jammu, Dec 07 (ANI): BSP Chief Mayawati on Sunday said that political parties are not following promises made in election manifestos. Mayawati was addressing a poll rally in Jammu and Kashmir. Mayawati attacked the major parties contesting in the state by saying that they were run by anti- social elements and big businesses. She added that none of these parties were thinking about the poor and only her party was capable of handling their issues. The third phase of polling in the state will take place on December 09 and it will end on December 20. The results will be declared on December 23. Dec 7, 2014

ISL Young Champs Programme kicks off in Mumbai

Mumbai, Dec 07 (ANI): Founder and chairperson of Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), Nita Ambani, on Sunday launched the Indian Super league (ISL) grassroots football movement at a school in Mumbai. The ISL Club programmes, which aim at talent-scouting across India, kick starts in early 2015 and will nurture 5,00,000 school children. It is a joint effort of eight ISL clubs and three India based non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Also present at the event was Bollywood superstar, Salman Khan, who along with Ambani, motivated children to take part in the game enthusiastically. Best players among children will be selected for Young Champs scholarship which will last for a period of three-to-seven-years and will also provide for the children's educational expenses. Dec 7, 2014

Delhi police reaches Mathura to trace accused in Delhi rape case

New Delhi/ Mathura, Dec 07 (ANI): Mathura SSP Manjhil Saini on Sunday said that Delhi police has reached Mathura city of Uttar Pradesh in order to trace Delhi rape accused. Saini said that since the accused is native of Mathura the Delhi police are trying to get the details in the case. Meanwhile, All India Students Association staged protest against Delhi police outside the police headquarters. The protesters also demanded cancellation of the license of the Uber cab services. The angry protesters shouted slogans against police and the political parties for not ensuring safety of women on Delhi streets. The young woman was allegedly raped by the driver of Uber cab service that she hired from Vasant Vihar area while returning from dinner party in Gurgaon Dec 7, 2014

King Felipe VI arrives for Ibero-American summit in Mexico

Spanish King Felipe VI arrives in Mexico to participate in an Ibero-American summit that could give Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto a chance to shift the conversation away from the drug violence haunting his country. Duration: 00:54 Dec 7, 2014

Chief Ministers at PMs meet favors the need to decentralise power and planning, says Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec 7 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday while addressing a press conference said that the chief ministers in the meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi favored the need to decentralise power and planning. He added that since the PM has served as a Chief Minister, hence, his heart will be with the CMs in dealing with Central government and Planning Commission. He further stated the PM believes that the process of policy planning has to now change from top-bottom & bottom-top. Dec 7, 2014

UN to declare June 21 as World Yoga Day: Sushma

New Delhi, Dec 07 (ANI): Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said that the United Nations will soon declare June 21 as World Yoga Day following a proposal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing the 'Gita Prerna Mahotsav', organized "to celebrate 5,151 years of religious book Gita" at the Red Fort Maidan in New Delhi, Sushma said that yoga is not merely an exercise, but a road to prosperity and good health. Dec 7, 2014

Sushma urges Centre to declare Bhagwad Gita as 'Rashtriya Granth'

New Delhi, Dec 07 (ANI): Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday urged the Centre to declare Bhagwad Gita as 'Rashtriya Granth' or national holy book. Swaraj was attending the celebrations marking 5,151 years of the Bhagwad Gita in Delhi. Swaraj added that she participated in the event not as a minister but like an ordinary person. Sushma also said that PM Narendra Modi had gifted Bhagwad Gita to President Barack Obama during his US visit and indicated the Bhagwad Gita as a national holy book. Dec 7, 2014

Iran unveils budget based on lower oil price

Iran unveiled a draft budget Sunday for next year based on oil prices remaining around $70 per barrel, with President Hassan Rouhani saying the country would become less dependent on crude. Duration: 01:04 Dec 7, 2014

Eco friendly products mesmerize visitors at Kerala Bamboo Fest in Kochi

Kochi, Dec 07 (ANI): Visitors made a beeline towards the makeshift tents of the 11th edition of the annual 'Kerala Bamboo Fest' which displayed artisans' innovativeness while propagating the use of the 'green wood' in Kochi. Craftsmen from various Indian states arrived in the five-day bamboo festival to propagate the use of bamboo and bamboo-made products in order to spread awareness regarding the use of eco friendly products in daily life. Managing Director of Kerala State Bamboo Co-operation, T Sukumaran Nair, said that the fest aims to make eco-friendly things and prevent deforestation. The annual event is being organised by the Kerala State Bamboo Mission. The fest displays various artifacts and furniture made of pure and treated bamboo and wall mounting art works which are also on sale. Dec 7, 2014

50,000 proud Chennai residents create Guinness world record of largest human national flag

Chennai, Dec 07 (ANI): The 50,000 proud residents of Chennai on Sunday succeeded in forming the largest human national flag as they made their way to the Guinness Book of World Records. People from all walks of life assembled holding placards of different colours - saffron, white and green to form the Indian national flag. One of the participants in the record attempt, Vatrivel, said he felt proud of the attempt. Another participant, Ekta said she felt proud as an Indian after the successful attempt. The officials of the Guinness world record limited will adjudicate the details of the attempt and will announce the record later in the day. The record was organised by the Rotary Club International. Dec 7, 2014