DIWALI

  • Robbers targeting Indian-Americans in New Jersey November 2, 2014

    New York: Several Indian-American families living in the New Jersey area have been robbed following the festival of Diwali, triggering fear among the community for their safety. Rajesh Singh said in a report in PIX 11 that after Diwali robbers came into their house, "tied" his family up and took...
  • Duty First, Diwali Second October 30, 2014

    Diwali plans are made way before the festival even begins. But there are many professions, where duty always comes first before any festivities. We salute such professionals. ...
  • Indian-Americans launch campaign for Diwali postage stamp October 28, 2014

    Washington: Indian-American community in the US has launched a campaign demanding a postage stamp on Diwali festival by 2014, saying it is the only major festival on which US Postal Service has not issued a stamp. Indiaspora, an organisation of influential Indian-Americans, has launched a website, urging the community members to...
  • 'Happy New Year' sets new record at Box Office, earns Rs 108.86 crore over the weekend October 28, 2014

    Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's big Diwali release 'Happy New Year' has set new record at the Box Office. The film which was released across a record 500 screens on October 23 is now Bollywood's biggest opener. The film, according to its makers earned Rs 108.86 crore over the weekend,...
  • Pakistan enthusiastically observes Diwali this time October 26, 2014

    Lahore: Diwali, the festival of lights was celebrated enthusiastically this time in Pakistan as the federal government officially patronised the Hindu festival especially in Punjab province. For the first time, the Senate observed a holiday on the occasion of Diwali. Not lagging behind, the other mainstream parties including Pakistan People's...
  • Snapshot: Dia Mirza celebrates first Diwali after marriage, shares photo on Twitter October 25, 2014

    She recently tied the knot with beau Sahil Sangha. And the newly married actress couldn't control her excitement of celebrating her first Diwali with husband. She took to Twitter and shared her first picture after wedding. Dia wore a white lehenga designed by Sabyasachi. She tweeted, "First Diwali after marriage...
  • Snapshot: Salman Khan celebrates Diwali with sister Alvira Khan; Daisy Shah, Pulkit Samrat, Elli Avram join in October 25, 2014

    Diwali time is family time. And nobody knows it better than Salman Khan. The actor was spotted sharing the festivities with his family, and posing for photographs with his sister Alvira Khan and her in-laws. Arpita is set to marry her fiance Ayush Sharma in November. Bollywood actors Daisy Shah,...
  • Snapshot: Aishwarya Rai poses with Shweta Nanda for a Diwali candid; Abhishek Bachchan makes faces October 25, 2014

    The Bachchans sure know how to throw a party. The hosts as well as the guests were seen having a gala time at the star-studded event. In a cute family candid, Aishwarya Rai was seen posing with sister-in-law Shweta Nanda and a few friends, while husband Abhishek Bachchan hovered around...
  • Gold sales jump about 20 per cent for Diwali: Trade body October 25, 2014

    Singapore: Gold sales in India during the festivals of Diwali and Dhanteras celebrated this week rose by about a fifth, a senior official at the country's biggest gold trade group said on Friday. Premiums in India, the second biggest buyer of bullion, jumped to $17-$18 an ounce this week, compared with...
  • PM Modi congratulates TV channels for showing dirt on streets left by Diwali celebrations October 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated TV channels for showing dirty streets after Diwali celebrations, saying telecasting such visuals would create awareness among people about the importance of cleanliness. The Prime Minister, who launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on October 2, also congratulated the people who participated in...
  • PM Modi praises clean up efforts after Diwali firecrackers bursting October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated the public for their efforts towards cleaning up the dirt left behind after bursting of firecrackers on Diwali. In tweets posted on the Prime Minister's Office twitter handle, Modi said: "Several friends told me that a lot of people cleaned the areas...
  • Northern Railways runs extra train to Patna for Chhath rush October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: With Chhath Puja to be celebrated from October 27-29, the Indian Railways is making extra efforts to accommodate the hundreds of people heading home for the festival and ran an extra train to Patna on Friday, said officials. "In view of the burgeoning crowds waiting to head home to...
  • More emergency fire calls in Kolkata this Diwali October 24, 2014

    Kolakta: The West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services here received 108 calls on Diwali, slightly higher than last year, an official said on Friday. "Till 12 midnight October 23, we received 108 calls. This is slightly higher than last year as Diwali and Kali puja coincided," an official said. According to the...
  • Watct: The Week That Wasn't Diwali special with Cyrus Broacha October 24, 2014

    On this Diwali special show of The Week That Wasn't, Cyrus Broacha advises not to burst crackers. He also takes on the BJP's celebrations in Maharashtra after sweeping the elections. ...
  • Delhi fire department gets 293 calls on Diwali October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) received 293 calls the highest in the past five years on Diwali on Thursday, an official said on Friday. "This is the highest figure in the past five years. On Diwali, from midnight till 7am October 24, we received 293 calls of fire...
  • TWTW: Cyrus advises not to burst crackers on Diwali October 24, 2014

    To curb the air pollution on Diwali, Cyrus Broacha urges his viewers to not burst crackers. ...
  • Pakistan sends Diwali sweets to President, PM October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Despite the bitterness in Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan has sent 'Diwali sweets' to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The sweets, by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and his wife, were also sent to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. According to sources, Basit sent the boxes to...
  • Delhi air quality deteriorates alarmingly post-Diwali, pollution 5 times higher than normal October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Air quality in the national capital deteriorated alarmingly a day after Diwali as pollution levels spiked more than five times higher than normal leaving many at the risk of respiratory problems. The Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM), which directly affects breathing, has gone up by five times from the...
  • Our effort to reduce use of crackers has not been successful, CSE admits October 24, 2014

    In an interview to CNN-IBN, Programme manager of Centre for Science and Environment Vivek Chatopaday said that their efforts to reduce use of crackers had not been successful. "We saw pollution levels reaching upto 10 times higher than normal," said Chatopaday. ...
  • Snapshot: Little Aaradhya looks adorable in a saffron kurta as she hangs out with daddy Abhishek Bachchan October 24, 2014

    Like father, like daughter. Young Aaradhya Bachchan who's looking more and more like her father, Abhishek Bachchan everyday, seemed content to check out fireworks from a distance at a recent Diwali party. Mommy Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan looked gorgeous as usual as she carried the apple of her eye everywhere. ...
  • J&K: NC, PDP unhappy with PM Modi's relief package October 24, 2014

    Political parties PDP and NC have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Rs 745 crore relief package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir. ...
  • John Kerry lits diya to celebrate first ever Diwali at State Department October 24, 2014

    Washington: Amidst chanting of Vedic mantras and lighting of the traditional 'diya' by none other than US Secretary of State John Kerry, Diwali - the festival of lights - was celebrated for the first time at the State Department. "As the days grow shorter, the Diwali reminds us that spring always...
  • High level of pollution in cities across India after Diwali, Faridabad maintains prescribed standards October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: After the celebrations, in the the fallout of Diwali, the quality of air has gone alarmingly bad across the country. The Met department has predicted that the air will stay polluted for the next two days. On Thursday, the national capital recorded 210 micro grams per cubic metre...
  • Mahurat trading on Diwali brings in good news for economy October 23, 2014

    Diwali brought good news for the stock exchange. The Nifty opened at 8029 up 21 points while the Sensex is now up 80 points. Trading is taking place at the beginning of Samavat 2071 - which is the start of the year 2071 of the Hindu calender. ...
  • Kali Puja, Diwali celebrated across West Bengal October 23, 2014

    Kolkata: Kali puja and Diwali, festivals of lights, were celebrated with fun and frolic across West Bengal, with people bursting crackers and exchanging sweets with family and friends. Devotees thronged Kali temples, including the famous ones at Kalighat, Dakshineswar and Tarapith. People in large numbers were seen visiting Kali puja...
  • India celebrates Diwali with traditional fervour October 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Diwali, the festival of lights, was celebrated with traditional fervour across the country with people exchanging sweets and gifts with friends and relatives, decking up their houses with earthen diyas and tiny lights and illuminating the evening sky with fireworks. Children and youths burst crackers and lit sparklers...