India celebrates National Press Day, IandB Ministry says nation believes in freedom of press

New Delhi, Nov 16 (ANI): Addressing a gathering to celebrate National Press Day in New Delhi on Sunday, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore said that the government believes in freedom of press for the fourth pillar of democracy. A book related to the media was also released at the event by the dignitaries. This year, the National Press Day celebration has been dedicated to the 'Role of Media in Facilitating Transparency in Public Affairs.' Various seminars, symposia, workshops, debates and discussions on topics related to the Press were organised to mark the day. Addressing the gathering, the Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that media should act with responsibility and not turn into paparazzi. Various journalists, photographers and freelancers excelling in print media were also honoured by the Council which is the only authority enjoying the statutory mandate to encourage the media to pursue its duties. Nov 16, 2014

Latehar rally: Vote for BJP to usher in development, says Rajnath

Latehar, Nov 16 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday while addressing a rally in Latehar District of Jharkhand appealed to people to vote for the BJP for an all-round development of the state. He advocated formation of same party governments at the Centre and state level for better coordination. Nov 16, 2014

Autumn season draws tourists to Kashmir

Srinagar, Nov 16 (ANI): Tourists flocked Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday to enjoy autumn season in the valley as fallen crimson Chinar leaves covered streets. Dotted with Chinar trees mainly, Kashmir adores a unique look during this season as the leaves turn red before they fall. Director of Floriculture department Sunil Mishra said tourists flock Kashmir during this season as they love to experience sound of fallen leaves as one walks on it. The tourism industry has again picked up after the worst flooding, which hit the state in September, as tourists from across the world have started visiting the valley. Kashmir is considered as one of the best tourism destinations in the country with the hospitality of the valley well-known that adds to the popularity of the tourism sector. Nov 16, 2014

Buenos Aires' Gay Pride parade 2014

Buenos Aires holds its 23rd annual gay Pride parade, where revelers celebrate legal rights obtained in recent years, and call for more acceptance. Duration: 01:01 Nov 16, 2014

Obama says Russia risks more isolation on Ukraine

Sanctions-hit Russia risks deeper isolation from the global community unless it takes a different path on Ukraine, says US President Barack Obama at the end of a stormy G20 summit. Duration: 00:47 Nov 16, 2014

Bihar CM Manjhi remains firm on his statement to give support to Modi on getting special status for

Patna, Nov 16 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi remained firm on his statement and said that he will support Prime Minister Narendra Modi of he gives special status to the state. Manjhi said that Modi should see the result only after giving the special status. Further, talking about his remark on residents of Bihar saying that the tribals are original residents of the state and rest all are outsiders who have settled in Bihar, he said that his remarks were just to motivate the villager. Nov 16, 2014

Sachin adopts Andhra village; terms women backbone of family, nation

Nellore, Nov 16 (ANI): Adopting Puttamrajuvari Kandriga village in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday urged the people to give equal importance to boys and girls and make them educated as he advised the men to shun alcohol and tobacco consumption. He said that said women are backbone of all families in India and the nation. Nov 16, 2014

CPI (M) to protest over squeezing of MGNREGA

Patna, Nov 16 (ANI): Communist Party of India-Marxist CPI (M), on Sunday said that it would launch a nationwide protest against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government for squeezing Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act MGNREGA, which provides jobs for 50 million households. CPI-M general secretary, Prakash Karat, while addressing a news briefing in Patna, said the scheme was important for the poor. Karat said that MGNREGA benefited India's northeastern state of Tripura but if the funds were cut, 50 percent people would not have any work. Karat informed that all six Left parties of India have come together and decided to go against the BJP over these issues. Nov 16, 2014

Brisbane Lord Mayor and Queensland Premier welcomes PM Modi at civic reception

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): Welcoming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the civic reception in Brisbane, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said that it was an honour to have Modi at the event. Graham Quirk said that the Indian people see him as a man to rest their hopes on and that this is a great responsibility that the Indian prime minister carries. Meanwhile, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman also greeted Modi and said that he has a great fan following in the city. The civic reception also had cultural programmes organized in welcome for PM Modi. Nov 16, 2014

PM Modi thanks Brisbane for 'wonderful reception' pitches for stronger ties between two nations

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): While speaking at Civic Reception in Brisbane, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the city has shown the world what a great city and host it is. Modi said that Queensland has supported partnership in education and skills and that the two nation's joint research will help our farmers. Modi also said that he was grateful for the reception and warmth and hospitality of the state and hoped for better relations in years to come. Nov 16, 2014

Politicos react after Manjhi promises to become Modi's supporter if Bihar given special status

New Delhi, Nov 16 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Sunday after Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi promised to become Prime Minister Narendra Modi's supporter if Bihar is given special status. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Narendra Modi is a vibrant personality and hence people around the world like to follow him. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the decision of whether JD (U) wants to support BJP or not should be taken by its party supremo. CPI leader D Raja said that Bihar has been demanding the status from long and Manjhi must have given the statement out of frustration. Nov 16, 2014

Amit Shah appeals to Jharkhand voters to give clear mandate

Lohardaga, Nov 16 (ANI): BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday while addressing a rally in Jharkhand's Lahardaga appealed to the people of the state to elect BJP and its ally in the state AJSU to power with full majority in the coming assembly elections. He promised that under the alliance, the state will develop for the better. Nov 16, 2014

Important to have BJP govt in JandK for development: Kiren Rijiju

Leh, Nov 16 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said that it is important to have BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir for the development in the state. He said that the state assembly polls are very important for the party. Rijiju said that the situation in Ladakh is difficult to understand from Delhi and that is why he was in the region to take stock of the situation. Rijiju also took jibe at congress and said that during the UPA regime, no development took place in the state. Nov 16, 2014