Regional leaders in Tamil Nadu slam Sri Lankan navy chief's Indian visit

Chennai, Oct 22 (ANI): The visit of chief of Sri Lankan Navy, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, to India drew flak from politicos of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. National committee head of a Tamil nationalist party, Naam Tamilar Katchi, Ayyanathan, said to think of a security agreement with Sri Lanka is a diplomatic blunder. Sri Lanka, he added, is already sharing its ports with China, and to share India's southern region's security with Sri Lanka is to share it with China. This will strain the relations between the government of India and people of Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, DMK leader TKS Elangovan, also slammed the central government's attempt to think of a shared security with Sri Lanka. Oct 22, 2014

Maoists in red corridor of Bokaro blow up railway track, disrupting train network

Bokaro, Ramgarh, Oct 21 (ANI): Maoists blew up a portion of a railway track in the red corridor of Bokaro district in Jharkhand disrupting the train services. As per the police, the rebels destroyed about 1.5 meter track due to which the passenger trains were held up at different points. Divisional railway manager, BK Singh, said the train service will resume soon after restoration work will be completed. Meanwhile, police also recovered a 15 kilogram can bomb hidden below an over-bridge on NH-2 at Chittarpur. In-charge of the Rajrappa Police Station Lileshwar Mahto said the police received information from the villagers and immediately took action about it. He added that a bomb disposal squad was called from Hazaribagh defused the bomb. Oct 22, 2014

Japan catches world attention through conventional and modern novelty

Tokyo, Oct 21 (ANI): "Sadou", a tea ceremony, is one of the Japanese traditions to serve "Matcha", a kind of powdered green tea. "Sadou" is usually a formal event, but in Tokyo a large scale tea ceremony was held to introduce the traditional Japanese tea culture. They brought a number of "Sadou" schools together to serve it to people from overseas and those unfamiliar with the tea ceremony. Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony was held at Hamano-Rikyu Gardens, one of the traditional and most beautiful Japanese gardens in Tokyo. An annual event held since 2008, it aims to create a lively atmosphere that everyone can experience green tea in "Sadou" manner. International visitors enjoyed a special outdoor tea ceremony with English interpreter. The visitors also enjoyed a Japanese sweet along with green tea. The event was part of the Tokyo Culture Creation Project, an organization supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to promote "Tokyo as a city of global cultural creativity". Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony introduced the world of Japanese hospitality, each host wears a beautiful kimono, each movement they make has a meaning to welcome the guest. Oct 22, 2014

India is fully equipped to handle Ebola threat: Health Minister

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, said in New Delhi that the country is fully equipped to tackle Ebola threat as the surveillance system has been geared up to track travellers and monitor for symptoms. Vardhan said that the government will also set up facilities at airports and ports to manage travellers showing symptoms of the disease. Signs range from fever and intense weakness to internal and external bleeding and the incubation period is two to 21 days. All international airports across the country have been put on high alert and precautionary measures are being taken to screen Indian nationals returning from the Ebola-hit regions. Oct 22, 2014

Mizoram Premier League footballer dies from spinal injuries after somersault goal celebration

Siliguri, Kolkata / Guwahati, Oct 22 (ANI): Football fraternity, condoled death of a 23-year-old footballer, who died from severe spinal cord damage after attempting to celebrate a goal with a somersault. Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala died on October 19 at a hospital in India's northeastern Mizoram state after the incident in Tuesday's (October 14) match in the third tier Mizoram Premier League (MPL). A veteran state level football player and coach, Joybrata Bose, said Biaksangzuala death is a big loss for the country. After scoring the equaliser against Chanmari West FC, a flipping Biaksangzuala landed awkwardly and was lying unconscious as his team mates surrounded him and gestured for help. Meanwhile, a football coach from Sports Authority of India, SK Bandopadhyay in Guwahati said that players often express themselves after scoring a goal. Meanwhile, an another former footballer, Subroto Bhattacharya, said the concerned authorities must formulate some rules to prevent such incidents in future. Oct 22, 2014

Five people injured in massive fire in Faridabad

Faridabad, Oct 22 (ANI): At least five people were injured when massive fire broke out in a crackers market, gutting more than 150 shops in Faridabad. At least 10 vehicles were burnt in the inferno. Loud explosions were heard for about 15 minutes at the ground, where the cracker market is organized every year during Diwali. Angry victims blamed the police administration for the accident and sought compensation for their damages. Oct 22, 2014

Nepalese government defends snowstorm rescue operation

Kathmandu, Oct 22 (ANI): Nepal's Home Ministry Secretary, Surya Silwal, defended the government's actions after it came under fire for its handling of the search and rescue operation for hundreds of trekkers who were caught in a Himalayan storm last week. Nepal has been criticized for failing to issue timely weather warnings, but Silwal said the storm, which brought unseasonable snow and avalanches, came about suddenly. The extreme weather was triggered by the tail end of a cyclone which hit neighbouring India last weekend. He said any country would have handled the incident similarly and denied reports that the government had terminated trekking permits. Oct 22, 2014

Jitendra Singh announces enhancement in research fellowship

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): Ministry of science and technology announced enhancement for scientific researchers in a bid to contribute more for research and development. Minister for Science and Technology, Jitendra Singh, told mediapersons that the long pending demand of researchers has been addressed as the government had decided to revise their fellowships. There were various practical considerations in deciding on the revision of fellowships, which have been taken into account in the all possible scenarios, while attractive fellowships would attract promising candidates to take up research as a career. Singh also said that there is also a need to create an ambience required for pursuing research, which is a pre-requisite. Singh said that scientific researchers are the real nation builders, who work day and night away from the limelight of media or public and remain unaffected by upheavals in their surroundings. However, this hike would not disturb various kinds of perks and privileges, which are enjoyed by them already. Oct 22, 2014

Happy in Delhi now, will support anyone BJP selects as Maharashtra CM: Nitin Gadkari

Nagpur, Oct 22 (ANI): Refuting rumours of being the probable CM candidate for Maharashtra, union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has said that he is happy in Delhi and would support anyone who is chosen as the chief minister by the party. According to reports, around 40 BJP MLAs had visited Gadkari's house to persuade him to take up Chief Minister's post after the party won with a major margin in the assembly elections. Oct 22, 2014

Visually impaired children make lamps, candles to spread light this Diwali

Varanasi /Guwahati, Oct 22 (ANI): The Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, might be just a medley of sounds for visually impaired but it does not stop them from brightening the lives of other people. In order to bring cheer to their dark world, many visually impaired children have learnt the craft of making lamps and candles to showcase their capabilities and achievements despite the disability. In holy town Varanasi, many visually impaired children have made beautiful and colourful assortment of earthen lamps and candles in various shapes and sizes ahead of Diwali. This empowers the visually impaired and let share the spirit of Diwali with everyone. The children of a school for the visually impaired started the preparations a month back. Meanwhile, in Assam, disabled children part of a non-governmental organization in Guwahati, also made earthen lamps decorated with glitter and painted in fabric colours. Oct 22, 2014

Social programmes take centre stage in Brazil elections

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff and her challenger Aecio Neves are neck-on-neck in the presidential race, which will be decided in a run-off vote on Sunday, and at the centre of their battle for the nation's hearts and minds are poor voters. Duration: 02:57 Oct 22, 2014

South African Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Judge sentences Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. Pistorius was also given a three-year suspended sentence on a separate gun charge. Duration: 01:05 Oct 22, 2014

Bitter lessons from old Ebola front line in Uganda

Across the continent in Uganda, villagers who survived an outbreak two years ago describe how afterward, the rebuilding of communities is tough and painful - but possible. Duration: 02:41 Oct 22, 2014

Tunisia vote offers post-Arab Spring hope

Tunisians vote Sunday to elect their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression. Duration: 2:34 Oct 22, 2014