If we can reach Mars, we can clean India: PM Modi

New Delhi, Oct 2 (ANI): Kick starting his address with 'bharat mata ki jai' at the official launch of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that if the people of this country can reach Mars then they can even create a clean India. He further said that keeping the country clean is not only the responsibility safai karamcharis but also of the citizens of the country. He added that Swachh Bharat campaign is above politics. Oct 2, 2014

Police arrest three hardcore Maoists in red corridor of Jharkhand

Bokaro, Oct 2 (ANI): Police arrested three hardcore Maoists in red corridor of Jharkhand. Arrested Maoists were spreading terror and extorting money in Bokaro region of the state. Superintendent of Police, Jitendra Kumar Singh, termed the arrest as a major breakthrough and said that it would weaken the rebel organization. These Maoists were spreading terror and extorting money in the region. They were playing bigger role in the organisation. Their arrest is definitely going to make the organisation weak. The police also recovered arms and ammunition from the Maoists. Oct 2, 2014

PM Modi officially flags off 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday officially launched the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan ' in New Delhi at Rajpath. Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari along with Union Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu were also present on this occasion. Earlier Prime Minister Modi visited Valmiki Basti where he wielded the broom and interacted with the 'Safai Karamcharis' present there. Cleanliness drive is on in Delhi and other parts of the country. Lakhs of Central government employees working across the country will take a pledge of cleanliness in various public functions being organized today. Oct 2, 2014

Swachh Bharat Campaign: PM Modi wields broom at Valmiki Basti

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi symbolically wielded a broom at Valmiki Basti on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and reached out to all Indians to make cleanliness a mass movement. He cleared litter at the Basti and interacted with 'Safai Karamcharis'. Modi chose the Valmiki colony in Delhi's heart a place once home to Mahatma Gandhi -- to do the sweeping, in the company of party colleagues and officials. Modi has said that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan should clean up the country by 2019, the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Oct 2, 2014

PM Modi pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 145th birth anniversary on Thursday. Prime Minister paid floral tributes at Rajghat-the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the Yamuna river. Union Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu was also present on this occasion. A minute's silence was observed at the black stone memorial by Prime Minister Modi. Oct 2, 2014

Prime Minister Modi to launch 'Swachh Bharat Mission' today

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): The country is all set to witness a majestic launch of 'Swachh Bharat Mission' by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today on the occasion of 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Prime Minister began his day first by paying floral tributes to Father of the Nation, Mahatama Gandhi at Rajghat. He will also visit Vijay Ghat to pay homage to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri whose birth anniversary coincides with Mahatma Gandhi. Anant Khasbardar of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, and Bhagyasri Sheth of Rajkot, Gujarat who won the contest for suggesting the logo and the tag line respectively for 'Swachh Bharat Mission', will also be felicitated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. Oct 2, 2014

Swedish soccer legend Ljungberg hopes to inspire youth in ISL

Mumbai, Oct 02 (ANI): Former Arsenal player and Swedish captain Freddie Ljungberg, who will be playing for Mumbai FC in Indian Super League (ISL), said that he wanted to inspire youngsters through his game. The attacking midfielder was a part of Arsenal's famed "Invincibles" who went unbeaten in winning the 2003-04 English title. Addressing mediapersons in Mumbai, Ljungberg said he wanted to train kids in football in a cricket-mad nation. He added that he was ready to help Indian players to enhance their soccer skills. The 37-year old said he was impressed by the commitment of the franchise owners and that it was a great start to the new project. Oct 2, 2014

US Secret Service chief resigns over security breaches

The director of the US Secret Service resigned Wednesday following a string of lapses by the elite presidential protection branch, including one in which an intruder ran through the front door of the White House. Duration: 00:35 Oct 2, 2014

Tourism sector foresee boost as PM announces visa on arrival for American tourists

Jaipur, Oct 02 (ANI): Tour operators in Rajasthan were elated after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced visa on arrival for American tourists, during his five-day US trip. Tour guides and operators expect that this move would give a fillip to tourism industry in the state. During his US trip, which started from New York, Modi drew an especially loud cheer when he made a long-awaited announcement that those holding cards showing they were of Indian origin would be granted lifetime visas to India. He also said that India would allow visas on arrival for US citizens, while addressing a crowd of 18,000 people at New York's Madison Square Garden. Rajasthan hosts maximum number of tourists from France and after Modi’s announcement, it is being assumed that state could witness very high footfall of US citizens and PIO card holders as well. Oct 2, 2014

West African economy falling victim to Ebola outbreak

Ebola has killed over three thousand people across west Africa, but as well as those infected it has also hit the region's economy, leaving markets deserted, industry disrupted and flights cancelled. Duration: 02:11 Oct 2, 2014