South Korean President pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): South Korean President Park Geun-hye paid homage at Rajghat, the memorial of iconic freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi on Friday. Accompanied by delegates from South Korea, Park laid a wreath at the memorial and was presented with Gandhi's statue by MoS for external affairs Preneet Kaur. Park will also address a meeting of leading Indian businessmen and industrialists to strengthen trade ties between the two Asian nations in New Delhi. Park is on an official four-day visit to India. Jan 17, 2014

Will meet HM and request suspension of SHOs: Manish Sisodia

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Delhi Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday said that AAP will meet the Home Minister in the evening and will request the suspension of the SHOs who refrained on taking action on Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla's constituency cases. Sisodia said that Delhi Chief Minister met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung over the issue and the Governor is conducting high level inquiry regarding the same. Jan 17, 2014

Police arrest Maoist in rebel infested Jharkhand

Latehar, Jan 17 (ANI): The police arrested a Maoist and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunitions after a joint combing operation with paramilitary force in Jharkhand. The joint operation was carried out by police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Deputy Auxiliary Police (DAP) at the rebel hideout in Latehar district of the state. Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. However, thousands have been killed in the insurgency since the late 1960s. Jan 17, 2014

Congress will win elections, make Rahul Gandhi PM: Harish Rawat

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Harish Rawat on Friday said that the Congress will win the elections, and then make party Vice President Rahul Gandhi the Prime Minister. Sonia Gandhi at the All India Congress Committee meet had said that the decision taken yesterday by the party that Vice President Rahul Gandhi will be the poll panel head is final, and that the Congress was ready for the battle. Jan 17, 2014

Comparison of records will say who is a better performer: Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the All Indian Congress Committee (AICC) on Friday said that there was no reason for the party to be disheartened because it did not do well in the Assembly polls; rather it was time to introspect, and added that when there is a comparison with the opposition, it will be clear who is a better performer. Jan 17, 2014

Opposition making tall claims which are impossible to fulfill: Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the All Indian Congress Committee (AICC) on Friday said opposition parties are making tall claims which are impossible to fulfill. Singh further added that India is not the only country which witnessed an economic decline, and other developing countries too faced problems due to global economic downfall. Jan 17, 2014

It happens: FLOWER SHOW

Kochi, Jan 17 (ANI): It was a visual treat for nature lovers at the annual flower show in Kochi city of India's southern Kerala province which concluded on a colourful note. The annual flower show, which kicked-off on January 08, saw participation of exhibitors from different parts of India who showcased different varieties of flowers. People were seen enjoying the show and clicking photographs of different varieties of blooming flowers like chrysanthemum, marigold, orchids, etc. The organizers said that nearly 1,500 rose varieties, 1,000 anthurium varieties, 1,000 orchids, dahlia petunia, gerbera and salvia were put on display. This was the 32nd edition of the Cochin Flower Show: 2014 and was organised by the Ernakulam District Agri-Horticulture Society in city's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Jan 17, 2014


Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 17 (ANI): Thousands of Hindu devotees thronged the famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram city of India's southern Kerala and offered special prayers by lighting more than one hundred thousand earthen lamps also known as "lakshadeepam" to mark the festival of harvest. Lakshadeepam literally translates as one lakh lamps. On this day, the entire temple is lit with oil lamps and in its glittering background Lord Vishnu, Lord Narasimha and Lord Krishna are taken out on Garudavahana in a grand procession. Sree Padmanabha temple, located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is famous for the historic Murajapam festival observed once in 6 years. The last Lakshadeepam was celebrated in 2008. The ritual still continues as an immensely grand festival and visual magnitude attracting staggering numbers to the doors of this great Temple. This is a tradition that started in AD 1750. The 56- day- long Murajapam festival, that began on 19 November 2013 concluded on Makara Sankranthi day, according to the Malayalam calendar and included chanting of three vedas (Rigveda, Yajurveda and Samaveda).This is for the welfare of the people and land. Jan 17, 2014


Bikaner, Jan 17 A(NI): Hip hopping displayed with amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the slightest direction of their drivers, and bumpy neck shaking rides lured travelers for setting up a date to visit the International Camel fair at Bikaner in India's desert state of Rajasthan. The two day festival has already garnered a lot of attention and saw the presence of dignitaries and politicians who were rooting for the entire concept. At the festival, the camels were decorated in traditional Rajasthani accessories and grabbed the spotlight with their dance moves.Western tourists as well as domestic ones were spellbound by the graceful performances of vibrantly dressed dancing camels. A variety of events including camel race, camel dance, camel decoration competitions and camel wrestling were held, which the tourists termed as exquisite.Camel trading and festivals related to camels are common in Rajasthan. One of the biggest camel festivals in Asia is the Pushkar camel fair that attracts tourists from India and overseas. Jan 17, 2014

Kumar Vishwas on Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): A day after the Congress announced that party Vice President Rahul Gandhi is not their PM candidate for the upcoming general election; Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas on Friday claimed that according to his information, Amethi is not confirming Rahul Gandhi's MP ticket. He also said that now even the sympathizers of BSP and SP wants AAP to win from Amethi. Jan 17, 2014

'Young India, Empowered India' should be Congress' slogan: P Chidambaram

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): While addressing at AICC meet on Friday, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the party's slogan should be 'Young India, Empowered India' and he urged for younger Congress leaders. Chidambaram while praising Congress said that every milestone and all great legislations in India's history took place when Congress was at guard. He also said that Congress is unlike other parties who fades away when not in power, and continues to work for the development of nation. Jan 17, 2014

Rahul's role is final, Congress ready for battle: Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday at the All India Congress Committee meet said that the decision taken yesterday by the party that Vice President Rahul Gandhi will be the poll panel head is final, and that the Congress was ready for the battle. She added that Congress is ready for the battle. Jan 17, 2014

Congress and corruption made for each other, will leave nation together: Naqvi

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday said that Congress and corruption are made for each other and that both will leave the nation together when India will desire so. After Rahul Gandhi was announced as Congress' poll campaign head and not the PM candidate, Naqvi said that it hardly affects the situation. Further, commenting on Sonia Gandhi's statement that party should work in unison, Naqvi said that Congress has unity only with corruption. Jan 17, 2014