Increased Latrine Coverage not the only solution for India's sanitation problems

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): A new study has revealed that increased latrine coverage is not the only solution for preventing disease, as efforts to improve sanitation should also be implemented in a way that delivers genuine health gains. The study aimed to assess the effectiveness of a rural sanitation intervention, within the context of the Government of India's Total Sanitation Campaign, to prevent diarrhea, soil-transmitted helminth infection, and child malnutrition. The scientists conducting a cluster-randomized trial in 100 rural villages in Odisha, India and randomly assigned 50 villages to the intervention group and 50 villages to the control group. Oct 10, 2014

Panic stricken villagers migrate as India-Pakistan conflict continues

Kathua, Oct 10 (ANI): Hundreds of villagers in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir migrated to safer zones as violence between India and Pakistan escalated at the de-facto border dividing the two nuclear-armed rivals. Nine Pakistani and eight Indian civilians have been killed since security forces of both sides started heavy shelling more than a week ago along a 200-km stretch of border in the disputed region of Kashmir. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also expressed concern about the conflict, deploring the deaths and displacement of civilians in the worst fighting between the two nations in over a decade. District administration arranged buses and villagers around the international border were evacuated to safer regions. Almost 20,000 Indian civilians have fled their homes in the lowlands around India's Jammu region to escape the fighting, taking refuge in schools and relief camps. Oct 10, 2014

Sudarsan Pattnaik urges for peace in Kashmir through sand art

Puri, Oct 10 (ANI): Internationally famed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Friday urged for peace in Jammu and Kashmir state through his sculpture at Puri beach in Odisha. Pattnaik crafted a five feet long sculpture using three tonnes of sand with a message reading, "Bullets can't bring peace". The sand art also had replicas of national flags of both India and Pakistan, along with face of an injured child. Nine Pakistani and eight Indian civilians have been killed since security forces of both sides started heavy shelling more than a week ago along a 200-km (125-mile) stretch of border in the disputed, region of Kashmir. Oct 10, 2014

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday met India's Information and Technology (IT) Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi. Both of them exchanged gifts during the meet. The Indian government is likely to discus how the social networking giant can help in promoting its campaigns on education and empowerment of the girl child, against female foeticide and the ambitious Ganga clean-up plan. Zuckerberg, is in India on a two-day visit to promote the app, that let people in underdeveloped areas to access basic online services. Zuckerberg is excited about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative and he will be meeting Modi later in the day. Oct 10, 2014

Maharashtra Farmers who produce orange juice forced to consume poison: Modi

Amravati, Oct 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday while addressing a rally in Amravati district said that the farmers of Maharashtra who produce Orange juice are forced to consume poison. He added that if the farmers are given proper facilities then they can produce 'gold out of soil'. He further said that if five percent fresh fruit juice is added to the soft drinks, then the farmers producing fruits will be able earn a lot. Oct 10, 2014

Modi slams Congress for making statements over Indo Pak conflict

Amravati, Oct 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday while addressing a rally in Amravati district of Maharashtra slammed Congress for making statements over the sensitive issue of Pakistan violating ceasefire agreement at the LoC border. PM Modi said that this is not an appropriate time to make statements over border issues. He added that Pakistan had to face defeat by BSF forces at the border. Oct 10, 2014

Forces fully equipped and confident of successfully handling Hudhud Cyclone: NDRF DIG

Vizag, Oct 10 (ANI): As Hudhud Cyclone approaches Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, NDRF DIG SS Guleria assured of all preparation to handle the same and said that the forces are fully equipped and are confident of successfully handling the cyclone. Guleria said that the NDRF has mobilized 33 teams to coastal areas and that 20 teams are positioned in coastal and interior areas. He said that they are expecting flood post the cyclone, for which they are fully prepared and said that a total of 13 teams are positioned in Andhra Pradesh. Guleria further said that the state government is providing all assistance and also cautioned the local population to take certain precautions. Oct 10, 2014

CBI enquiry inevitable in Sunanda Pushkar case: Subramanian Swamy

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday said many indications prove that the Delhi Police was under pressure adding that a CBI investigation is inevitable in the case. A report was submitted by a group of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) doctors on the mysterious death of former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar , according to which the latter died of poisoning. Oct 10, 2014

Politicos react after Pak defence minister warns India overceasefire violations at LoC

New Delhi/Lucknow, Oct 10 (ANI): Political leaders react on Friday after Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that they were fully capable to respond to any Indian aggression and India should act in a responsible manner. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that India is a peace loving country and never wishes for war. Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi slamming Asif said that Pakistan politicians are trying to use 'Main Hoon Na' syndrome to gain cheap popularity. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that India should take pro-active steps in the matter. Oct 10, 2014

Reactions pour in after forensic team says Sunanda Pushkar died due to poisoning

New Delhi/Lucknow, Oct 10 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Friday after final post-mortem report declared that late Sunanda Pushkar died due to poison. Congress leader Rashid Alvi and Abhishek Singhvi said that the matter is in High Court and the court's decision will be respected. Samjawadi Leader Naresh Agarwal said that investigation agencies will find out the truth in the case. Oct 10, 2014

There was no condition on my bail: OP Chautala

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): Even as the CBI on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of bail granted to the INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala in the JBT teachers recruitment scam case for allegedly violating its terms by participating in election rallies, the former Haryana CM today claimed that there was no condition on his bail. When asked if he would further participate in election campaign, he said that it depends on the court's directives. Oct 10, 2014

SC adjourns Aircel Maxis deal case to Thursday asks CBI lawyer to give answer on same

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned the hearing on Aircel-Maxis deal case to Thursday and asked the CBI lawyer KK Venugopal to take notice and answer on the same day. Petitioner in the case, Subramanian Swamy said that Maxis Company owns 100 percent of the Aircel company, which is illegal according to Indian law. He said that the sale was cleared by FIPB and approved by P Chidambaram, thereby qualifying as an illegality by him and therefore an investigation is required. Oct 10, 2014

Lanterns dedicated to martyred soldiers lit up sky as Varanasi observes Akashdeep

Varanasi, Oct 10 (ANI): People from all walks of life, particularly from armed forces, gathered on the banks of River Ganges in holy city of Varanasi to observe Akashdeep (skylight) to commemorate soldier deaths by hoisting lit lanterns. Serving and retired personnel of defence and paramilitary forces joined hands with the residents to mark this ritual which is observed in the Hindu month of Karthik every year. The lanterns would be lit throughout the month to honour soldiers, who laid down their lives in service of motherland since independence in 1947. Indian Army Officer, Brigadier Virendra Singh, hoped that it would inspire people for the service to the motherlands. The ritual dates back to the ancient rimes, when it was observed to honour the sacrifices of the dead soldiers in the epic Mahabharata war Oct 10, 2014

Hudhud cyclone to get severe from 11th Oct, will cross Vizag coast on 12th Oct: MeT Department

Vishakapatnam, Oct 10 (ANI): Visakhapatnam MeT Department official Radheshyam on Friday said that the Hudhud cyclone is now 610 km southeast of Vizag and is to get severe from 11th October. He said that the cyclone will cross coast around Vizag on 12th of this month. He further said that all the coasts are warned of the cyclonic affect and fishermen are advised to stay away from the coasts and people living in low lying areas are also advised to evacuate. Oct 10, 2014