Obama, Netanyahu discuss Gaza, IS group at W.House

US President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyu on Wednesday that the "status quo" between Israel and the Palestinians must change to avoid a repeat of this year's war with Hamas in Gaza. Duration: 00:56 Oct 2, 2014

HK newlyweds get snaps with democracy protesters

Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters are getting creative after four days on the streets -- a bride and groom arrived in their wedding clothes with a professional photographer in tow to snap them in front of defiant demonstrators. Duration: 00:27 Oct 2, 2014

Peace conference in South Africa called off as Dalai Lama rejected for visa, says Nobel laureate

Dharamsala, Oct 01 (ANI): The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was called-off after the laureates protested against South Africa's refusal to grant Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, visa for the event. Nobel Peace laureates, Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi, who had boycotted the summit arrived in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday for 25th anniversary of conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize on the 14th Dalai Lama on October 2. Addressing a news briefing in Dharamsala, which is home to exiled Tibetans, Williams said the Nobel peace conference in Cape Town was cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place between October 13 and October 15. South Africa denied a visa to the Dalai Lama for the third time in five years, intensifying speculation about the extent of Beijing's sway over Pretoria. Oct 1, 2014

Hindu devotees in Bangladesh mark Durga Puja with gaiety

Dhaka, Oct 01 (ANI): Devotees in Bangladesh marked religious festival of Durga Puja on Wednesday with pageantry by visiting temples and community pandals. Devotees thronged decorated pandals, temporary platforms, where idol of Hindu goddess Durga is installed and sought her blessings. Men were seen playing drums in front of the idol. In Hindu mythology, Durga symbolises power and the triumph of good over evil. Hindus believe that the goddess makes her annual visit to the world and the festivities are meant to welcome her. The festival culminates with the immersion of the Durga idols into water bodies. Oct 1, 2014

PM Modi arrives in Delhi, celebrations fill BJP Headquarters

New Delhi, Oct 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday landed on Palam Technical Airport in New Delhi. After winding up his five-day maiden visit to the US and describing it "very successful and satisfactory", Modi returned to India and was welcomed by BJP leaders and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan among others. Celebrations are seen all around as BJP supporters fired crackers in welcome of the PM while Modi waved to his supporters at the airport before heading to 7 RCR in his convoy. Meanwhile, celebrations are also on at the BJP Headquarters in welcome of the prime minister after his historic visit to US. Supporters and leaders shouted pro-Modi slogans, fired crackers even as festive mood engulfed the party headquarters. Oct 1, 2014

Central Delhi under tight security for 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' launch

New Delhi, Oct 01 (ANI): The national capital has been placed under strict security for 'Swachh Bharat Abhyan' campaign to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. The cleanliness drive is proposed to be implemented over a period of five years starting from October 2, 2014 in all 4041 statutory towns. In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had talked of the 'Swachh Bharat' campaign and called for India to be clean by October 2, 2019, Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. Oct 1, 2014

Narendra Modi's ministers wields broom a day ahead of launch of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'

New Delhi, Oct 1 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ministers walked the talk as they swept their New Delhi offices with brooms on Wednesday, a day ahead of the formal launch of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'. Clean India Mission which will officially kick off on October 02, birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, aims to completely clean India by October 2019. Civil Aviation Minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju picked up the broom and said that the nation had forgotten the importance of cleanliness. Oct 1, 2014

Mary Kom once again makes India proud as she bags gold in 2014 Asian Games

Imphal/ Hyderabad/ New Delhi, Oct 01 (ANI): India cheers MC Mary Kom as she gave the country's battered boxing team something to celebrate when she won the women's flyweight gold medal at the Asian Games on Wednesday. Kom's mother, Akham Kom cheered for her daughter while enjoying the match on TV back home. Kom, a five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist, had to dig deep to beat Shekerbekova, who held her own in the opening round but was unable to hold off the Indian after that. Vice President, Indian Olympic Association, Tarlochan Singh said the medal is a big boost for the Indian contingent in general but boxing in particular. Meanwhile, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also congratulated Kom and said that she is an inspiration for all women. Oct 1, 2014

Politicos react after Amit Shah shares stage with DP Yadav

New Delhi/Noida/Lucknow/Bhopal, Oct 1 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Wednesday after BJP President Amit Shah shared stage with DP Yadav during an election rally in Haryana. Political leaders condemning Amit Shah for sharing stage with DP Yadav said that the words and actions of BJP fails to match. However, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi defending Shah said that DP Yadav was not invited and that he came up on the stage and media focused it. He added that DP Yadav will never be part of BJP. Oct 1, 2014

Congress releases its election manifesto in Haryana

Panchkula, Oct 1 (ANI): Congress on Wednesday released its election manifesto in Haryana for the October 15 polls and attempted to woo farmers, even as Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda promised to put the state on higher growth trajectory. The 23-page manifesto laid thrust on the sectors of agriculture and horticulture, irrigation, energy, industry, trade, commerce, FDI, health, employment, women empowerment, urban and rural development and education. The document even mentioned about construction of a separate High Court for Haryana in Chandigarh and also about resuming mining once approval is given from Environment Department. The manifesto was released at Panchkula jointly by Hooda and other Congress dignitaries. Oct 1, 2014