President Mukherjee hosts banquet for Singaporean counterpart in New Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee hosted banquet for Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary Tan at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and various other dignitaries were present at the occasion. Tony Tan arrived in the national capital on Sunday on a four-day visit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Earlier in the day, the Singapore President was accorded with a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where he met Mukherjee and Modi. Tony Tan will also inaugurate an exhibition at the national museum in New Delhi on Tuesday. Feb 10, 2015

Budding Naga fashion designers showcase their talent at an event in Dimapur

Dimapur, Feb 10 (ANI): Celebrating ten years of its existence, the Dimapur-based Northeast India Academy of Performing Arts (NIAPA) pledges to train and nurture the Northeast youth in fashion technology. Recently, the "Decade plus 1" founders day of the academy was celebrated at NIAPA campus in Dimapur. Actress and Member of Parliament, Moon Moon Sen inaugurated the event titled Decade plus1'. The budding designers from the Institute showcased their work as the kids walked the ramp in designer outfits. The academy regularly organizes many fashion shows, events, and seminars in India and abroad to showcase the skills of their students to a wider audience. In 2014, the students had presented a fashion show by designer Ikali Sukhalu at the Couture Fashion week in New York. Feb 10, 2015

Methodology change sees Indian economy grow faster than China's

New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): India forecasted that annual economic growth would accelerate to 7.4 percent in the year ending in March after its statisticians changed the way they measure Asia's third-largest economy and showed it clocked faster growth than China in the December quarter. The statistical recovery is in large measure due to changes both in the way authorities calculate gross domestic product (GDP) and the base year. The new estimate is sharply higher than the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) growth projection of around 5.5 percent for the year under the old method. It marks a dramatic turnaround for an economy that a fortnight ago was assumed to be struggling to gain momentum under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform-minded government. India now measures GDP by market prices instead of factor costs, to take into account gross value addition in goods and services as well as indirect taxes. The base year has been shifted to 2011/12 from 2004/05 earlier. Feb 10, 2015

Delhi all set with enthusiasm as counting begins for Assembly polls

New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): As the counting begins for Delhi assembly polls, political parties are seen all geared up anticipating their win. The stage is set for the formation of a government in the national capital as the election officials are all set on their duties at respective centres amid claims by the AAP and the BJP of getting a clear majority. The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for the counting of ballots, which will take place in 14 Centres across the city under tight security. A three-tier security will be in place at all the 14 counting centres. Entire process of counting will be video graphed. The results are to be announced by 1:00 PM. Other than security arrangements in Delhi, the city is witnessing great enthusiasm by the people and political parties. Preparations are on at AAP and BJP office for watching the developing results as it comes. However, Congress remained quiet on the whole process and the party office wore a deserted look. Feb 10, 2015

A campaign to save the Monarch butterfly

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday announces a major new campaign to save the Monarch butterfly. The agency is seeking to restore more than 200,000 acres of Monarch butterfly habitat on public Feb 10, 2015

Germany's Merkel arrives in Ottawa, meets PM Harper

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived late Monday (February 9) in Ottawa, Canada where met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Earlier in the day Feb 10, 2015

A night at the Opera House for Putin in Cairo

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Egypt on Monday (February 9) for a two-day visit to discuss ways to advance bilateral relations, in addition to Feb 10, 2015

Pleas for help as Albania hit by floods

An uneasy calm in Albania as floodwaters block homes. Houses are flooded. Many need to wear boots just to walk through their homes. Streets have turned to rivers offering a chance for fun for some Feb 10, 2015

An "angel" flies in St. Mark's Square

The flight of the Angel marvels visitors in Venice's St. Mark's square. It's one of the highlights of the city's famous 17-day carnival. Tens of thousands are attending this year's festivities... Feb 10, 2015

Roaring performances at Lion Dance competition

It's a test of skill and acrobatics and the teams at the 8th International Lion Dance competition in Singapore have it all. Fourteen teams from 10 nations bring their ferocious lions to life ... Feb 10, 2015

Morocco's King Mohamed visits France

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: French President Francois Hollande received the Moroccan King Mohammed VI at the Elysee palace in Paris Monday. The two leaders discussed the fight against Feb 10, 2015