Pakistan's coastal belt prepares for cyclone Nilofar

Karachi, Oct 30 (ANI): Administration in Pakistan's southern port city Karachi on Thursday continued to make necessary arrangements to cope with cyclone Nilofar in the Arabian sea, which is expected to bring widespread rains accompanied by strong gusty winds late on Thursday and Friday. While several meteorologists are certain that the cyclone will not hit Pakistan directly, they believe that some parts of Balochistan and lower Sindh will be in the periphery of the tropical storm. The coastal belt of Sindh has been closed till November 02 and any gatherings on beaches have been barred as a precautionary measure on the coastal belt of Karachi, Thatta, Sajawal and Badin. Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority has told officials to prepare to evacuate villages along the coast and close beachside restaurants. But many villagers refuse to leave their homes. Oct 30, 2014

Bangladesh observes 24-hour shutdown in protest of death sentence to Jamaat-e-Islami Chief

Dhaka, Oct 30 (ANI): Dhaka observed a 24-hour general strike on Thursday protesting against the death sentence awarded to the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party chief, Motiur Rahman Nizami, by the Bangladesh war crimes tribunal, as supporters of Jamaat said the government had used the tribunal to weaken its political opponents. However, supporters of Bangladesh's ruling Awami league said they will not allow the call for shut down to be successful. Students of Dhaka University staged a protest and shouted slogans against Jamaat-e-Islami and said Nizami must pay for the war crimes committed by him. Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced the chief of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party to death on Wednesday for crimes against humanity, including genocide, torture and rape, during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. Oct 30, 2014

Hopes fade for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide as death toll rises to over 100

Sri Lanka, Oct 30 (ANI): Hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka had run out by first light on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to more than 100 from 300 the previous night. The landslide, which stretched 3 km, engulfed the tea-plantation village of Haldummulla, 190 km from the capital Colombo on Wednesday (October 29) after months of heavy monsoon rain. Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that he did not think there could be any survivors, but revised the estimated death toll to 192 from 300 the previous evening. The centre said 150 houses were buried in the landslide. At the disaster site, hundreds of soldiers and government officials resumed search and clearing operations, using three earth-moving machines that rumbled amid broken trees, blocks of concrete, tin roofing and muddied clothes. Oct 30, 2014

Sri Lanka landslide survivors take refuge in relief camp

Survivors of a landslide at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka wait for news at temporary shelters as soldiers using heavy diggers step up their desperate search for some 100 victims feared to have been buried alive. Duration: 00:33 Oct 30, 2014

East Ukraine's rebels prepare for a long cold war

As winter approaches in Ukraine's eastern countryside, pro-Russian rebels and Kiev forces eye each other uneasily across a ragged frontline. Despite signing a truce, both seem to be digging in for the long haul. Duration: 00:41 Oct 30, 2014

China 'vulnerable' to Ebola outbreak: expert

China is vulnerable to the deadly Ebola outbreak due to the soaring number of Chinese working in Africa and poor infection control at home, a co-discoverer of the virus warns. Duration: 01:11 Oct 30, 2014

Traders take to the water to avoid Central Africa unrest

Following a spike of deadly violence in Central African Republic, many of the transport links with the north of the country have been disrupted, meaning goods and cattle are increasingly being transported by river. Duration: 00:36 Oct 30, 2014

Imam Bukhari invites Pak PM for son's anointment, ignores Modi

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Imam Bukhari has invited Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the occasion of his son's anointment as his successor but not Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Bukhari said on Thursday that it is his free will to decide who to invite for the occasion. He added that Modi has been given a clean chit by the Supreme Court in 2002 Gujarat riots but the Muslims of the country have not forgiven him. Further talking about the help Kashmiris received from PM Modi during floods, Bukhari said that Modi helped the entire Kashmir community irrespective of their religion and out of duty. Oct 30, 2014

Will pursue a legal process to prove innocence: MEA on death penalty to 5 Indian fishermen

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Five Indian fishermen have reportedly been given death penalty in Sri Lanka. MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said on Thursday that Indian government feels the fishermen are innocent and a legal process will be followed by Indian government through the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka to appeal against this judgement. He added that the government is hopeful of a positive outcome. Oct 30, 2014

Manish Tewari slams NDA govt move to transfer Mayaram yet again

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Congress leader Manish Tewari on Thursday dubbed the government's move to transfer Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram within a fortnight as an exalted example of administrative tyranny, and said that it is a means to terrify officers. Mayaram, who has been transferred yet again, will now join the Ministry of Minority Affairs, and not the Ministry of Tourism. The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has decided to cancel its previous order dated October 15 for shifting Mayaram to the Tourism Ministry from the Finance Ministry. Oct 30, 2014

SC tightens grip on Bihar and Chhattisgarh govt over missing children case

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up Bihar and Chhattisgarh government for not registering FIRs in connection of cases related to missing children. The court was not satisfied by the filed affidavit and asked Bihar government to submit fresh affidavit by 13 November. The SC also asked Chhattisgarh government to file a fresh affidavit by November 13 as the data filed by government in the apex court has difference with a data surfaced in a reply to question in the Rajya Sabha earlier. The SC had also summoned chief secretaries and DGPs of Bihar and Chhattisgarh. Oct 30, 2014