It happens: Kashmir Snow Festival

Pahalgam, Feb 28 (ANI): In a bid to promote winter destinations and attract tourists in India's northern Jammu and Kashmir province, the state government organised a two-day snow festival in Pahalgam district.Although tourists throng Pahalgam during summers but the provincial government aimed at increased tourist inflow during winters as well through snow festival.The festival initiated a new trend by attracting more tourists. Despite freezing temperatures, rugby players wooed audience.During the snow festival, various winter sports like snow rugby, skiing, snow throwing championship were held.Local residents welcomed this step taken by the tourism department as this will bring tourists to Pahalgam in winter season also, which is also generate employment opportunities. Feb 28, 2014

It happens: Kashmir Music Festival

Srinagar, Feb 28 (ANI): People of India's northern Jammu and Kashmir province welcomed spring with mesmerising music festival in Srinagar city. A musical evening was organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in Srinagar city, where folk artist Raja Bilal left the audience spellbound with his performances.Kashmir is a land of beauty, camouflage of colours, rich tradition and culture. Bilal enthralled the audience with his own folk compositions which spoke of beauty, colours, nature, culture and tradition of the land. The musical evening truly exemplified the concern and passion of love for humanity without any bias for language, region and religion which have been an integral part of Kashmiri culture. Feb 28, 2014

It happens: Mahashivratri

Allahabad/Ujjain/Varanasi, Feb 28 (ANI): Devout Hindus revelled in the festive spirit as thousands of devotees thronged temples and congregated at the banks of holy rivers across India on Thursday to celebrate festival of 'Mahashivratri', better known as Lord Shiva's wedding anniversary, with religious fervour. The Hindu festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated every year, as devotees offer golden apple, fruits, milk and observe fast in reverence of Lord Shiva.On the auspicious occasion, the lingam, a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva, is bathed with the five sacred offerings of a cow, called panchagavya. Thereafter, the five foods of immortality - milk, clarified butter, curd, honey and sugar - are placed before the lingam. The festival also marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the 'Tandava', the cosmic dance. Feb 28, 2014

Rahul Gandhi talks about women empowerment in Lucknow

Lucknow, Feb 28 (ANI): Focusing his energies on siding with the fairer sex ahead of the upcoming general elections, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi interacted with women in Lucknow on Friday. He listened to the plight of women and answered their question, giving a conclusion that states where women were suppressed would never progress. Gandhi asked women to take a stand for themselves if they want to see India shining. Feb 28, 2014

Folk singers from the Northeast perform at DESAJ-2014 in New Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): The capital city came alive recently with folk performances by artists from across the country. DESAG-2014 was the event held at Pragati Maidan, on the sidelines of the New Delhi World Book Fair. Guru Rewben Mashangva from Manipur, who is better known as the King of Naga folk blues enthralled the audience along with his son Saka. Rewben played his own invented flute - Yangkahui along with a guitar and a mouth organ. Feb 28, 2014

UP Police produce Subrata Roy in CJM court

Lucknow, Feb 28 (ANI): The UP police on Friday produced Subrata Roy in the CJM court in Lucknow. The court has reserved its order as the police sought 4-day remand of the Sahara chief. Subrata Roy has pleaded before the court to be allowed to stay at home. Feb 28, 2014

Pistorius trial to begin amid blaze of publicity

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Heavy rains a curse for farmers in MP, Shivraj Singh Chouhan announces relief

Bhopal, Feb 28 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said that wheat at Rs one per kg will be provided for eight months to farmers who have suffered over 50 per cent crop-loss due to rain and hailstorm in the state. The Chief Minister who visited hailstorm-affected areas also took stock of the damaged crops and held discussions with hailstorm-hit farmers. Consoling farmers, Chouhan said that the state government will provide them all possible help. Feb 28, 2014