'Run for Unity' should not be politicized: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Oct 26 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday stated that the 'Run for Unity' campaign should not be seen through the prism of politics as it was an initiative meant for the betterment of the nation. A nationwide marathon will take place on October 31 to celebrate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It will also be celebrated as the National Unity Day every year. Several programmes have been lined up to mark the event to be observed by ministries and departments of the Government of India and all the state governments and administrators of all the Union Territories. Oct 26, 2014

Manohar Lal Khattar takes oath as Haryana CM

Panchkula, Oct 26 (ANI): BJP MLA Manohar Lal Khattar, took oath as chief minister of Haryana in the presence of PM Narendra Modi and senior BJP leaders on Sunday in Panchkula. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and senior BJP leader LK Advani were some of the top leaders present at the oath-taking ceremony. BJP has created history by coming to power on its own for the first time in Haryana, since its inception in 1966. Oct 26, 2014

Reactions flow on reports of Shiv Sena felicitating Hindu families with more than 10 children

New Delhi, Oct 26 (ANI): Reactions flowed on Sunday on reports of Shiv Sena's Uttar Pradesh unit to felicitate Hindu families with 10 or more children. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that Shiv Sena always tries to divide the society on basis of religion. Congress leader JP Agarwal said that such remarks and actions are very rude to society as a whole. SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary said that such actions are against democracy and slammed Shiv Sena for trying to promote division in societry. Meanwhile, Shahi Imam of Masjid Fatehpuri, Mufti Mukarram said that no community thinks on these lines to increase its population and condemned Shiv Sena for its remark. Oct 26, 2014

UP: Akhilesh Yadav sacks 82 MoS rank holders

Lucknow, Oct 26 (ANI): Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has removed nearly 82 Samajwadi Party leaders who were enjoying the minister of state (MoS) status since 2012. The sacked leaders were appointed as advisors in various departments and chairmen of various corporations and commissions. Oct 26, 2014

9 Killed, many Injured in bus accident at Nagaon in Assam

Assam, Oct 26 (ANI): Nine people have been killed and many injured in a bus accident at Nagaon in Assam. The mishap occurred at around 2 am on Sunday. The bus belonged to the Assam State Transport Corporation and was going from Lakhimpur district to Guwahati. A total of 33 people were reportedly on the bus. The injured have been taken to a hospital in Nagaon. Oct 26, 2014

Landslide in Kashmir disrupts vehicular movement on national highway

Ramban, Oct 26 (ANI): Landslide in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir disrupted vehicular movement on the national highway. The big boulders and soil besides big pine trees rolled down on to the road in Batote areas that blocked vehicular traffic. Efforts are being made at war level to clear the road for at least one-way traffic by the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) men and machinery. Hundreds of vehicles, including passenger vehicles, were stranded. The inmates of nine other nearby houses have been alerted, as reportedly, the land breach was steadily widening. Oct 26, 2014

ML Khattar to take oath as Haryana CM

Panchkula, Oct 26 (ANI): BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar will be taking oath as the Chief Minister of Haryana on Sunday. He will be sworn in as the Chief Minister by Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at a grand ceremony in Panchkula. Preparations are currently underway for the oath taking ceremony in Panchkula's HUDA ground which will be reportedly attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other NDA leaders. Khattar won the recent assembly elections from the Karnal seat and prior to that he was the Chairman of BJP's Haryana Election Campaign Committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. He will be the first Chief Minister of Haryana belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Contesting the Haryana Assembly polls on its own for the first time, the BJP attained a majority by bagging 47 of the 90 assembly seats in the state. Oct 26, 2014

Women in Manipur become self-reliant by making use of water reed

Manipur, Oct 26 (ANI): These women folk gather at the residence of Akhom Rasho Singh at Kongha Nangdeibam Leikai in Imphal East to get training in making products out of water reed, locally known as Kouna, an easily available aquatic weed. Rasho set up "Akhom Kouna Crafts" centre in 2003 and conducts training programmes across the state. It helps many unemployed people to become self-reliant. Water Reed products like bags, cushions, mats, boxes, baskets and several other decorative items have become a special attraction in Manipur and rest of the country. "Akhom Kouna Crafts" also export some products to the United States. The women workers are happy to be able to earn a decent living and are keen to impart training to other unemployed youth. Oct 26, 2014

Tens of thousands march for gay rights in Taiwan

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei on Saturday for Asia's largest gay rights parade, with many urging parliament to push through a controversial bill recognising same-sex marriage. Duration: 00:45 Oct 25, 2014