Cyclone Hudhud has hit Jharkhand but with low intensity: Ranchi IMD

Ranchi, Oct 12 (ANI): Ranchi IMD Director BK Mandal on Sunday said that the Cyclone Hudhud has hit Jharkhand but with low intensity. He said that there is rainfall in the state since the morning and is expected to continue till tomorrow. He said that from Tuesday, situation will improve and the weather will get back to normal. Mandal also advised the residents to remain inside their homes and those living in mud houses should move to a reliable shelter. He also said that the department had informed the state government and rescue teams and all essential measures are being taken on their part. Oct 12, 2014

Rahul Gandhi appeals people to vote for Congress in by polls

Ramtek, Oct 12 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday while addressing a rally in Ramtek district of Maharashtra appealed people to vote for Congress in the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections. He added that Congress believes in following the principles of great people and not in making their huge statues like NDA. Oct 12, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe suggests never trust a man with no vices

New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): Daniel Radcliffe has suggested that one should "never" trust a man with no vices. The 25-year-old actor, who is preparing for his next role that is playing athlete Seb Coe in 'Gold,' revealed that he has quit drinking, but smoking is the vice that he is holding on to, a leading daily reported. The 'Harry Potter' star added that Seb Coe's 1500-metre record is around 3 minutes 30, but he did 1500 metres in less than six minutes which is all right, particularly, for a committed smoker. The plot of the project, whose production hasn't started yet, revolves around that the story of the athlete's friendship and rivalry with Steve Ovett. Oct 12, 2014

Taylor Swift named Billboard Woman of the Year 2014

New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): Taylor Swift has been named Billboard Woman of the Year 2014 which makes her the first artist to receive the award twice. Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media's Entertainment Group, which includes Billboard, said that as one of the most influential artists of her generation, Swift had seen incredible success on the Billboard charts. The Grammy Award winning singer will receive the prize at the Billboard Women in Music award ceremony in December in New York. Oct 12, 2014

Modi focuses on Maharashtra tourism for employment opportunities

Pandharpur, Oct 12 (ANI): Focusing on tourism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday while addressing a rally in Maharashtra's Pandharpur said that if lakhs of pilgrims come to the place it will make a huge difference in the lives of the poor, there will be employment and everyone will earn. Taking on the opposition parties, Prime Minister Modi said that farmers commit suicide but that does not affect the Congress-NCP leaders. Oct 12, 2014

Let BJP serve Maharashtra with majority this time: Modi

Pandharpur, Oct 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday while addressing a rally in Pandharpur appealed to the people of Maharashtra to make sure the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) achieves majority in the assembly elections to be held after three days. With just one more day left for campaigning before the state goes to polls, the Prime Minister also stated that this year marks the end of Congress and its allies. Oct 12, 2014

Indian army conducts mock drill in Poonch in wake of Pakistan firing

Poonch, Oct 12 (ANI): Indian army conducted mock drill in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir to avoid any casualty during ceasefire violation by Pakistan. India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire across the Kashmir frontier on Saturday. Pakistani troops heavily shelled 15 border out posts and hamlets along the International Border overnight, leaving three persons injured, one of them seriously in Jammu district. After nine days of attacking each other with mortars and heavy machine guns, the two armies abruptly stopped fighting on Thursday night (October 09), although their governments kept up the war of words blaming the other of launching unprovoked fire. Poonch has reported 10 injuries and a death during the cross-border firing. Meanwhile, as part of the mock drill, the army instructed villagers to wait for a siren, after which they should immediately evacuate roads and hide behind solid structures. Oct 12, 2014

Our troops alert on firing, Pak not ready to take back man who crossed border: BSF

Jammu, Oct 12 (ANI): The DIG of BSF, BS Kasana, said on Sunday that the Indian troops are always alert on firing from Pakistani side. Kasana then informed about the Pakistani resident who had accidently crossed the border and came to the Indian side. He said that despite giving entire information about the old man and maintaining regular contact with the Pakistani side, they have refused to accept him as their resident. Oct 12, 2014

Ajit Seth holds meeting with Crisis Management Committee of AP and Odisha, assures all possible help

New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): Cabinet Secretary of India Ajit Seth on Sunday held a meeting with Crisis Management Committee of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha to discuss the current situation in the states. He said that Indian government and the prime minister is in constant touch with the states over the cyclone Hudhud and are providing with all possible help from the Centre. He said that the focus is on the affected population that they should be alert even after the cyclone. Further, Seth also said that other states like Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand will also be affected though the intensity of the cyclone will be reduced by 0 per cent in next 6 hours. Oct 12, 2014

Betterment of people is our motive, politics just a medium: Jyotiraditya Scindia

Kaithal, Oct 12 (ANI): Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday while addressing a rally in Kaithal district of Haryana said that betterment of people is the motive of the party as well as the candidate contesting the election, while politics is only a medium to fulfill the motive. He added that Congress has worked for the development of the state and taken it to greater heights. Oct 12, 2014

Total 67752 people evacuated in Odisha, more evacuations likely: Naveen Patnaik on Cyclone Hudhud

Bhubaneswar, Oct 12 (ANI): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday took a review meeting on Cyclone Hudhud and said that total of 67752 people have been evacuated so far to 604 safe shelters. Patnaik said that more evacuations are likely and that the government is taking all precautions whatsoever. Meanwhile, strong wind close to about 50 kmph and heavy rain started in southern Odisha districts with very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud nearing the coast from Sunday morning. Oct 12, 2014

PM Modi meets Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi

New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi. Prime Minister Modi congratulated him warmly on winning the award as Satyarthi expressed his "keenness" to contribute to the PM's projects like "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" and "Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana". He also expressed his commitment towards a child-labour free India. Prime Minister Modi also shared with Satyarthi his views on the use of social media and internet for tracking missing children. Satyarthi's family members including Sumedha Kailash, Asmita Satyarthi, Bhuvan Ribhu, Priyanka Ribhu and Rama Shankar Chaurasia accompanied him. Oct 12, 2014

Relief and rescue operations crtical over Vizag: IMD

New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): IMD DG LS Rathore on Sunday while addressing a press conference said that the relief and rescue operations are critical in Vishakhapatnam and the department is hoping that the aircrafts can be deployed by the 13th morning if the speed of winds decreases. He added that northern coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh will see heavy rain and high speed winds. He further said that so far maximum damage has taken place in Vishakhapatnam. Oct 12, 2014

India celebrates World Space Week to mark the success of Mars mission

Kozhikode, Oct 12 (ANI): India celebrated World Space Week in Kozhikode district of Kerala to mark the success of its Mars mission, where many enthusiast school and college students attended the space exhibition organized by the Regional Science Centre and Planetarium. India's first mission to Mars had entered orbit on September 24, making it the first Asian nation to reach the Red Planet. The spacecraft, called Mangalyaan, was launched in November last year by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The World Space Week started on October 04 and concluded on October 10. Various activities for school and college students were organized with the most entertaining being the water rocket competition. Oct 12, 2014