British culture secretary Sajid Javid visits commonwealth war graves cemetery

Bhowanipore, Oct 14 (ANI): British culture secretary Sajid Javid on Monday visited World War-I commemoration service at Bhowanipore commonwealth war graves cemetery to pay homage to the world war martyrs. He paid respect to the martyrs and thanked Indian Army among others for making the day possible. He also received guard of honour at the venue. The war graves cemetery commemorates the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. Oct 14, 2014

Pranab Mukherjee hopes for strengthened ties with Norway on his three-day visit

Oslo, Oct 14 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee said that India is keen to expand scope of relationship with Norway. He was invited by King Harald Vth and Queen Sonja, at a gala dinner at the Royal Palace at Oslo after he was given a ceremonial guard of honour earlier in the day. Mukherjee arrived in Norway's capital Oslo on Sunday and was received by Mayor Harald Espelund of Ullensaker. He is the first ever Indian head of state to visit Norway who is expected to reach an agreement on nuclear safety measures and other fields like education, trade and earth science. He also invited investors and entrepreneurs to invest in India. Meanwhile, King Harald Vth congratulated India's children rights crusader Kailash Satyarthi for winning the Nobel Peace Prize along with Pakistan's teenage education activist, Malala Yousafzai. Mukherjee is on a three-day visit to Norway and the main focus of his three-day visit is to attract investment in infrastructure and other areas. Mukherjee will be crossing the Arctic Circle and visit the village of Santa Claus. Oct 14, 2014

Pak Rangers foil bid to break into Karachi's Central Jail

Karachi, Oct 14 (ANI): Pakistani paramilitary officials claimed to have foiled a bid to break into Karachi's Central Jail. Addressing a news conference in Karachi, a senior Rangers official, Colonel Tahir Mehmood said Rangers personnel had discovered a 40-metre-long underground tunnel dug under a house near the central jail. Mehmood said they had arrested suspects from a banned militant organisation but did not name it or say how many were detained. However, he said the arrested men had revealed that a tunnel was being dug to enter directly into the jail barracks where high-value targets are being held. He said around 10 metres of further tunnelling was required to enter the jail premises. The Karachi jail holds a large number of high-profile militant detainees and has repeatedly come under threat in recent years. Mehmood said nearly 100 dangerous terrorists were present in the cell near the well where the suspects wanted to enter through the tunnel. Oct 14, 2014

EC notice to Raj Thackeray for code violation

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Oct 14 (ANI): The Election Commission issued a notice to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray for violating the model code of conduct ahead of the 15 October elections in the state. Thackeray was charged with "promoting enmity between different classes of citizens of India on grounds of religion, race, caste or language". Meanwhile, the Congress and NCP welcomed the Election Commission’s step. Oct 14, 2014

PM Modi condoles death of Lok Sabha MP Kapil Krishna Thakur

New Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of Lok Sabha MP from Bongaon, Kapil Krishna Thakur. He has extended his condolences to the bereaved family of the TMC leader. According to reports, 73-year-old Thakur breathed his last in a city hospital in Kolkata on Monday. Thakur, who represented Bangaon Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, had been suffering from a lung infection. Party supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid her last respect to Thakur describing his demise as a great loss to the Matua sect of Hindus. His last rites will be performed on Wednesday. Oct 14, 2014

Sports ministry felicitates Asian games medalists

New Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): Sports ministry felicitated medal winners of 17th Asian Games which were held in Incheon. India won a total of 57 medals at the 17th Asiad, which includes 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze and stood eighth in the overall medals tally. Sports Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, congratulated all participants of the Asian Games and said it was a proud moment for the country. Meanwhile, woman boxer, MC Mary Kom, whose win provided India its first gold medal in the ring at Incheon, thanked the ministry for having faith in her. Captain of men's hockey team, Sardar Singh, urged the ministry to keep providing required assistance to sportspersons. Tennis star Sania Mirza was also present along with wrestler Bajrang and women’s hockey team. Oct 14, 2014

AIADMK supporters perform special prayers for Jayalalithaa's release

Chennai, Oct 14 (ANI): All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) cadres on Tuesday performed a special prayer, "Anga Prathikshanam" in the Vadapalani Murugan temple premises, for the release of party chief and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. About 51 cadres of AIADMK woman's wing headed by South Chennai District Secretary, Saraswathi Rangaswamy, along with hundreds of other cadres were present for the prayer offered for the release of their chief Jayalalithaa. The AIADMK Minister Valarmathi, MLA Kalairajan and Mayor Saidai Duraiswami were also seen in attendance in the temple. Oct 14, 2014

Cyclone Hudhud: One lakh houses damaged in Odisha, restoration work on in full swing

Bhubaneswar, Oct 14 (ANI): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that nearly one lakh houses have been damaged in the state due to Hudhud, along with roads and culverts. Meanwhile, the death toll in Andhra Pradesh has risen to 21. In Visakhapatnam, the restoration of power, telecommunications and water supply, besides rail lines and roads is going on in full swing. Oct 14, 2014

Devotees from all religions gather at shrine of Peer Monga Nath, upholding communal harmony

Jammu and Kashmir, Oct 14 (ANI): The socio-cultural ethos of Kashmir or Kashmiriyat is steeped in a tradition of religious tolerance, social harmony and brotherhood. It was influenced by the advent of saints in Kashmir in early 14th century. Saints were both popular and influential because they identified themselves with established traditions and never opposed the blending of different religious customs, practices and beliefs. As a result, they attracted many followers. Even today, several shrines dot the state, drawing people from different religions in large numbers. For instance there is the shrine of Peer Baba Monga Nath. Located 35 kms from Jammu in the border area of Satrayan village, the shrine attracts people from different communities. Peer Monga Nath was a true devotee of amity and brotherhood. Oct 14, 2014