Colourful geisha trainees hit grey Tokyo streets

Trainee Japanese geishas wearing colourful kimonos and with full-face makeup are out on the streets of a grey Tokyo, drumming up tourist custom for the ancient capital of Kyoto.  Oct 5, 2013

Children among 5 Afghans killed in NATO strike

Afghans mourn at least five civilians, including three children, who were killed overnight in a NATO air strike in eastern Afghanistan after they went hunting for birds with air guns, according to local officials. Duration: 00:44 Oct 5, 2013

BJP ready for Assembly polls in five states: Mukhtar Abbas

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): The Election Commission on Friday announced the schedule for Assembly Elections to be held in five states, namely Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. Speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said that Delhi and Mizoram will go to polls in single phase on December 4, while voting will be held in Rajasthan on December 1, and in Madhya Pradesh on November 25. Chhattisgarh will have two-phase polls on November 11 and 19. Speaking over the assembly elections, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, said that his party is ready for the polls. Oct 4, 2013

Ready and confident for the assembly elections: Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): The Election Commission on Friday announced the schedule for Assembly Elections to be held in five states, namely Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. Speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said that Delhi and Mizoram will go to polls in single phase on December 4, while voting will be held in Rajasthan on December 1, and in Madhya Pradesh on November 25. Chhattisgarh will have two-phase polls on November 11 and 19. Speaking over the assembly elections, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that her party is ready and confident for the assembly elections. Oct 4, 2013

Pranab seeking public appreciation through tough stand on Pak: CPI

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): Communist Party of India ( CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Friday said that President Pranab Mukherjee could have cautioned the government rather than attempting to get public support and appreciation over his remark that 'state-sponsored terrorism (from or by Pakistan) cannot be accepted'. Dasgupta said if President Mukherjee has something to say as strong as it is and if he believes that the government is not doing its job properly and is found to be soft on Pakistan then that is surely not the way to take the corrective measures. Oct 4, 2013

It's official! Rounded pieces of chocolate taste sweeter than square ones

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): A new study has revealed that people tend to relate with sweetness and angular shapes with bitterness. According to sensory scientist Charles Spence, people make consistent matches between shape properties, and the generalization that has now been documented across a range of food and beverage products, is that sweet is round while bitter is angular. For the study, participants were asked to taste chocolate samples with varying cocoa content and mark the scale according to how they think it reflects the taste. Spence and his team found that Lindt extra creamy milk chocolate, which contains 30 percent cocoa, and Cadbury Koko milk chocolate truffles were both more strongly linked with rounded shapes. Oct 4, 2013

It happens: India's Longest Cake

Chennai, Oct 4(ANI): Bakers and cake lovers provided a visual treat to onlookers by displaying a 100 metre long cake which weighed 1000 kilograms focusing on India's southern Chennai city, as the images on the cake were based on the theme 'Namma Chennai, Namma Pride' (Our Chennai our Pride). The cake was created by The French Loaf, the bakery wing of Oriental Cuisines Private Limited (OCPL), as part of the 'Joy of Giving Week.' A group of 26 chefs took exactly 285 hours to make the cake and in total, there were 100 people involved in the baking and assembling of the masterpiece., Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa. The cake had images of the Ripon building, the Labour Statue, Tidal Park and many other prominent locations in Chennai city. There were also sketches of a sun between the mountains, a huge dolphin and India's father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi, with his spinning wheel, among many others. The cake, which looked delicious, was made of 600 kilograms of chocolate mixes, 300 kilograms of dark chocolate, 100 kilograms of white chocolate, 1,000 kilograms of icing sheets and 50 kilograms of fruit gels. Oct 4, 2013

It happens: Kashmir Photo-Exhibition

Kashmir, Oct 4 (ANI): Photography enthusiasts thronged a 10- day long photo exhibition on Wednesday capturing the rich historical and cultural heritage of India's Kashmir. Visitors were mesmerized by the rare pictures of the rich culture of the valley, the lives of the royal family , ancient palaces and forts which for long have been the part of Kashmir's history but have been overlooked due to ignorance. The black and white pictures were a visual treat for the photography enthusiasts who said that it was very important that the present generation see these pictures and learn about their rich past. The organisers named the exhibition "Nostalgic Kashmir" and said that the pictures on display were just 30 per cent of the complete collection collected over the years. People from all walks of life thronged the venue to see and admire the rare photographs. The photographs in the exhibition include those of ancient crafts, shrines, temples, bridges, historical routes, landscapes, hunting expeditions and royal palaces. Oct 4, 2013

It happens: Hindu God's Procession

Agra, Oct 4(ANI): Devout Hindus in India's Agra city on Wednesday participated in a three-day colorful procession to honor Lord Rama, as children got dressed in mythological characters of the epic, 'Ramayana'. Security has been beefed up in the city, as roughly one million people enthusiastically participated in the procession every year. People thronged the venue, which was decorated with sparkling lights and colourful buntings. Devotees were seen praying before the children dressed in mythological charters of Ramayana, carrying offerings and earthen-lit lamps that created a peaceful ambiance. People in large numbers came to seek Lord Rama's blessings. Dussehra festival marks the victory of the Hindu God Ram over the demon king, who abducted the former's wife Goddess Sita, and effigies of Ravana are burnt every year to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Oct 4, 2013

PM calls for upgradation of forecasting, warning systems of the country

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for revamp of the country's disaster preparedness and response mechanism on Friday, as three and a half months pass, after Uttarakhand was ravaged by incessant rains and ensuing flash floods. Singh said that it was important that they learnt lessons from Uttarakhand tragedy and integrate, mainstream disaster risk reduction strategies into their mainstream development initiatives. Singh added that his government was committed to fully assist the Uttarakhand Government in task of rehabilitation and settlement of those whose houses and property was damaged. Oct 4, 2013