Australian novelist wins top French literary award

An Australian writer, Lily Brett, on Tuesday won France's Prix Medicis literary award for best foreign book for "Lola Bensky", a novel drawing on her experience as a 1960s rock journalist and the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Duration: 00:41 Nov 4, 2014

Two dead, thousands evacuated in Argentina floods

Two people have died and thousands evacuated during floods in Argentina's Buenos Aires province following more than 40 hours of incessant heavy rains since Thursday. Duration: 01:19 Nov 4, 2014

Suspended India and Pakistan border ceremony resumes

Wagah Border, Nov 4 (ANI): India and Pakistan on Tuesday resumed daily flag-lowering ceremony on the main land border crossing, a day after it was suspended as mark of respect for those killed in a suicide bomb attack on the Pakistan side near the border. At least 57 people were killed and 110 wounded when an explosion ripped through a car park about 500 metres (yards) from Pakistan's border gate just as hundreds of people were leaving after the daily performance on Sunday. In this backdrop, Ministry of Home Affairs had said the daily flag-lowering ceremony would be suspended as a mark of respect for the dead. However, later Pakistani officials changed their stance and decided to go ahead with the ritual to send a message to the militants. Nov 4, 2014

Shi'ite Muslims take out procession to observe Ashoura

Bhopal/ Bhiwandi, Nov 4 (ANI): Shi'ite Muslims in India beat their chests and walked on burning coals during Ashoura processions on Tuesday to pay homage to martyrdom of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammed. In Bhopal city of Madhya Pradesh, Muslim devotees thumped their chests, to mark the mourning day of Ashoura, one of the most important days in their calendar. A mourner Asghar Ali said that sacrifice of Imam Hussein was not for a particular religion but it was a fight against evil. Nov 4, 2014

Shi ite Muslims protest against curfew in Kashmir

Srinagar, Nov 4 (ANI): Shi'ite Muslims protested against the state government in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday (November 04) for imposing curfew on Ashoura, which commemorates the slaying of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein in Karbala in 680 AD. Several mourners came out at historic Lal Chowk in Srinagar city and protested against the curfew by beating chests and shouting slogans. They were later detained by the police. The Jammu and Kashmir government had imposed curfew in several parts of the valley to prevent Ashoura processions. Security personnel manned the streets in Srinagar to prevent any untoward incident. Nov 4, 2014

Japanese firms using zero emission plan to protect environment

Tokyo, Nov 04 (ANI): Strict management and warm hospitality are distinctive characteristics of Japan. AJINOMOTO Group is a global Japanese food company offering great varieties of seasonings and processed food products in 130 countries and regions worldwide. Its Vietnamese subsidiary, Ajinomoto Vietnam manufactures UMAMI seasoning - "AJI-NO-MOTO" at Bein Hao factory in Dong Nai province of Vietnam since 1991. The company operates two factories offering a large variety of best quality and safe food products that meet the Vietnamese taste. UMAMI seasoning "AJI-NO-MOTO" is made from the row materials using sugar cane molasses and cassava starch. Rice husks are the unused materials under the Vietnamese rice culture. Recently Ajinomoto Vietnam introduced biomass boiler utilizes rice husks as the carbon-neutral biomass energy source to make "stronger bio-cycle", as well as to prevent global warming. Japan is known for its warm hospitality. Yokohama, the Japan's second largest city located less than half an hour south of Tokyo has a flavor and history of its own. There are a great number of major sightseeing spots both of historical and modern, each with its own distinct characteristics that attract visitors from all over the world. Nov 4, 2014

Pentagon report says Pak using militants as proxies to counter India, Reactions flow

New Delhi/ RS Pura, Nov 04 (ANI): The Pentagon has brought to the attention of the US Congress Pakistan's use of militant groups as proxies. The Pentagon told the US Congress in its latest report 'Progress Towards Security and Stability in Afghanistan'. The report cites the militant attack on the Indian consulate in Herat in Afghanistan in May, which came just ahead of Narendra Modi taking charge as the prime minister. Pentagon also suggested that Pakistan's 'relationships' with militant groups is detrimental to regional stability, especially in neighbouring Afghanistan. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju while commenting on the pentagon report over Pakistan's proxy war against the country said on Tuesday (November 04) that the nuclear armed neighbour has a policy of state sponsored militancy. Rijiju added that nothing is hidden and everyone is aware about the acts of Pakistan. Security Expert Praful Bakshi said that Pakistan has realised that their army can not confront Indian army. Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Raj Kadyan said that Pakistan has been harbouring a pathological hate for India. Nov 4, 2014

CBI arrests BJD MP in Odisha chit fund scam

New Delhi, Nov 04 (ANI): The CBI on Tuesday arrested Biju Janata Dal MP, Ramchandra Hansda in connection with the Odisha chit fund scam. BJD leader Jay Panda said that the decision is respected as nobody is superior to law and added that the party's leadership will decide the further course of action. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the action of CBI only validates the stand of BJP that Odisha chit fund scam was originated corrupt leaders. Meanwhile, Congress leader BK Hariprasad said that the BJP and BJD which always blamed Congress for corruption have now been exposed. Nov 4, 2014

Pakistan Rakes Kashmir to Divert Attention from Internal Turmoil

Muzaffarabad, PoK, November 4th, 2014: Pakistan is facing an existential crisis in its Administration and Rule of the region under its de facto control, but rather than exercising introspection and correcting its ways, the Central Government in Islamabad is playing the age old diversionary tactics of divide and rule. Pakistan and its Government in Islamabad is once again ranting about Kashmir for the Muslim Majority Kashmiris, notwithstanding its misrule in PoK for many decades now, and diverting its youth away from gainful employment, and towards Militancy and Terrorism. It has once again raked the Kashmir issue with the United Nations, formally objecting to the recently announced State Assembly Elections in the State of Jammu and Kashmir in India, which is a clear indication and witness to the flourishing democratic process, and Rule of Law in India, and registered a large voter turnout. As part of its ongoing tactics, the Government in Islamabad is under immense pressure to divert its electorates, especially POK's attention away from internal civil turmoil, plummeting economy and terrorist-based violence, rising civil unrest in PoK, denial of equal rights and opportunities, muzzling of freedom of speech and expression, by raking up the issue of Kashmir. Nov 4, 2014

Perilous year for Philippine typhoon survivors

Filipino labourer Jobert Sagalis’s wife, Emily, gave birth in a ruined airport building after Super Typhoon Haiyan last year. Like many new parents in the razed communities, they began another struggle for survival with their baby. Duration: 01:49 Nov 4, 2014

Iranians hold anti-US protest in Tehran on day of Ashura

Thousands of people protested in front of the former US embassy in Tehran on Tuesday to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the attack when hostages were seized, on the same day as the Ashura celebration. Duration: 00:50 Nov 4, 2014

Kim Yu-Na named Winter Olympics ambassador

Retired figure skating star Kim Yu-Na is named as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the Games organisers say. Duration: 00:58 Nov 4, 2014

Congress welcomes Cabinet's decision for fresh polls

New Delhi, Nov 04 (ANI): Congress leader Rajiv Shukla on Tuesday welcomed the Cabinet's decision to dissolve Delhi Assembly and go for fresh polls. Shukla said that Congress will put in all efforts to bring majority in the polls. On being asked about the face of BJP's CM candidate, Shukla said that if BJP is not ready with a candidate it can project it later. Nov 4, 2014