Venezuelan crowned Miss Universe in Moscow

A 25-year-old Venezuelan television presenter, Gabriela Isler, on Saturday was crowned Miss Universe in Moscow in a glittering ceremony. Duration: 01:16 Nov 12, 2013

China's Uighurs denounce cultural oppression

China blames a fiery attack in Tiananmen Square on "terrorists" from Xinjiang backed by international militants, but residents say that rather than jihadism, violence is driven by cultural repression, corruption and police abuses. Duration: 00:40 Nov 12, 2013

Grim search for bodies goes on in Philippines

Rescue workers in the Philippines were still picking up victims' bodies on Tuesday to gather them for forensic examination in Tacloban, a city devastated by super typhoon Haiyan. Duration: 00:54 Nov 12, 2013

Navy Day celebrations kick start at Vizag

Vizag, Nov 11 (ANI): Kick starting the Navy Day celebrations, the Eastern naval Command organized Pratibimb- 2013, a painting competition for children from various schools in Vizag. Nearly 1,400 children from various government and private schools, including Kendriya Vidyalayas, across the city participated in the event which saw the naval community joining hands with the civilians. Rear Admiral AK Saxena lighted the lamp to mark the launch of 'Pratibimb-13'. A number of events are lined up leading to the Navy Day on December 4. The Eastern Naval Command has drawn up a string of events aimed at showcasing the 'Silent Service' and for raising awareness among citizens as part of the Navy Day-2013 events. Nov 11, 2013

Traditional buffalo fight in Shimla enthralls hundreds of spectators

Shimla, Nov 11 (ANI): The traditional buffalo-fight fair captivated hundreds of villagers in Baychari village of Shimla. People gathered together to celebrate this century old buffalo fighting fair, to preserve the old traditions and religious belief of the area. This is also done to praise Hindu gods and local deities. Meanwhile, Virender Kashyap, an MP from Shimla, who was also present during the fair said that such traditions help in preserving the culture of Himachal Pradesh. The event is organized to promote tourism in the region. The fair is organized every year during the month of October-November and is attended by people from across the state as well as from outside. Nov 11, 2013

Raj polls: Ashok Gehlot files nomination from Sardarpura

Sardarpura, Nov 11 (ANI): Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday filed his nomination papers from the Sardarpura Assembly seat ahead of the December 1 polls in the state. Gehlot was accompanied by his wife Sunita Gehlot and Jodhpur Mayor Rameshwar Dadheech and Chairman of Jodhpur Development Authority Rajendra Solanki. Later, the Chief Minister went to his constituency where he inaugurated his election office and addressed his supporters. Nov 11, 2013

Four dead in Dhanbad coal mine

Dhanbad, Nov 11 (ANI): Over 10 miners got trapped on Monday at around 11.30 am at a coal mine in Nirsa in Dhanbad after its roof collapsed. Four people are feared dead. Rescue teams have rushed to the spot and operation is on to save the trapped miners. Senior Bharat Coking Coal Limited and Dhanbad district administration officials are at the spot. Dhanbad in Jharkhand is the coal capital of India with the entire region being a hub of coal mining. Nov 11, 2013

Maoists kill three, set ablaze a vehicle in Bihar

Amkola, Nov 11 (ANI): Maoists killed three villagers and then set ablaze a vehicle in Amkola village in Bihar's Gaya District. The rebels swooped down on the village when the villagers where enjoying a cultural night. Villagers from the neighbouring villages were also present at the cultural event when the group of Maoists started firing indiscriminately. Hundreds of people lose their life in the violence, perpetrated by the rebels. The Maoist insurgents are estimated to number between 7000 hardcore fighters in nearly a third of India's 630 districts. While they have made few inroads into cities, they have spread into rural pockets in 20 of 28 states. Nov 11, 2013

Congress complaints to EC against Dr. Harshvardhan

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad on Monday said that his party has approached the Election Commission complaining that BJP's chief Ministerial candidate for Delhi Dr. Harsh Vardhan had made distorted claims on polio eradication. Congress is demanding cancellation of Dr Vardhan's nomination alleging that he has made wrong claims on polio eradication when he was the union health minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet. Nov 11, 2013

Dr. Harshvardhan on Congress complaint to EC

New Delhi, Nov 11(ANI): BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate for New Delhi Dr. Harshvardhan on Monday defended himself after the Congress approached the Election Commission complaining that he had made distorted claims on polio eradication. Dr. Harshvardhan said that he actively participated in the Polio eradication programme and received many awards for it. The Congress is demanding cancellation of his nomination alleging that he has made wrong claims on polio eradication when he was the union health minister in Atal Behari Vajpayee's cabinet. Nov 11, 2013

Nitish Kumar attacks Narendra Modi, says he is a habitual liar

Patna, Nov 11 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday sharpened his attack on BJP’s CM candidate and Gujarat Narendra Modi calling him a "habitual liar". Nitish said that Modi's allegation that he was missing from action on the day of blasts on October 27 and was feasting on delicious food in Rajgir is not true. Nov 11, 2013

People go beyond caste, faith while celebrating Diwali

Tamil Nadu, Nov 11 (ANI): India is a country that is known for its cultural and religious diversity. It is also known for good relations between people of different faiths. And this ethos comes to the forefront, especially during the festive season. Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated by people in Coimbatore in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu, in a spirit of harmony. Here, a mosque opens its door to people from different faiths to celebrate the festival together. Students from different communities participated actively in the festival. During the celebration a community meal was also organised to strengthen the spirit of sharing and being together. Respect and tolerance for different ways of life – which include festivals, traditions, and faiths - is the essence of communal harmony, which prevails in the country. And, events like these help to strengthen the social fabric of the country. Nov 11, 2013

Mausoleum in Rajouri breaking communal barriers

Rajouri, Nov 11 (ANI): Sufism in Jammu and Kashmir has served to promote a common way of understanding the world. Hence, there is a belief in the powers of the Sufi saints, and people from all walks of life congregate at their shrines to pay their respects. The Urs of Baba Faiz Baksh Shah Bukhari in Rajouri district provides a perfect example of this fact. Here, every year, devotees from different faiths come in large numbers to pay obeisance to the revered saint. Legend has that the saint was a mystic who devoted his entire life for the betterment of mankind, and preached communal harmony. It is believed that wishes of devotees are fulfilled here. Nov 11, 2013

AAP ready for probe on source of party funds: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that AAP is ready for any kind of probe on the source of party funds. However, he also added that along with the AAP, the BJP and the Congress should also reveal their source of funding. Earlier in the day, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that the government was probing complains that AAP was receiving funds in violation of FCRA. Nov 11, 2013