Experts hail Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi, Oct 23 (ANI): Experts on Thursday (October 23) hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Siachen, the world's highest battlefield in the Himalayan region, on the day of Diwali (lights). Security Expert Alok Bansal said that Prime Minister's visit to Siachen will boost the morale of the soldiers. Defence Expert Wing Cdr (Retd) Praful Bakshi said that there is no such example as now Modi has given. Oct 23, 2014

PM Modi condemns attack on Canadian Parliament

New Delhi, Oct 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condemned the previous day's shoot-out in the Canadian Parliament and the attacks on Canadian military personnel in Ottawa and Quebec respectively. "I strongly condemn the attacks on the Canadian military personnel in Quebec and Ottawa and the shooting in Canadian Parliament in Ottawa," Prime Minister Modi told media personnel during his aerial survey of the Siachen glacier. "The parliament is a temple of democracy and holds a special place in the hearts of those who believe in democratic ideals," he added. Expressing commiserations on behalf of people of India, Prime Minister Modi said, "Our condolences to people of Canada for loss of its soldiers. Our solidarity is with them at this difficult moment." Oct 23, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Siachen to greet soldiers on Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday visited Siachen, the world's highest battlefield in Jammu and Kashmir, to spend some time with the soldiers on Diwali. Modi tweeted that "Perhaps this is the 1st time that a PM has got wonderful opportunity of spending time with our Jawans on auspicious day of Diwali." Modi further extended his Diwali greetings to the whole nation from the icy heights of Siachen Glacier. He wrote "From the icy heights of Siachen Glacier and with the brave Jawans and Officers of the Armed Forces, I wish all of you a Happy Diwali." Later in the day, the Prime Minister left for Srinagar. Oct 23, 2014

Canada Parliament workers speak of attack ordeal

Workers who'd been on 'lockdown' at the Canadian Parliament were finally let out late on Wednesday night around 10pm local time, after a lone gunman killed a soldier nearby and attempted to storm the Parliament building. Duration: 01:19 Oct 23, 2014

BJP supporters pour in to streets to welcome Modi in Srinagar

Srinagar, Oct 23 (ANI): Workers and supporters of the BJP took to streets in Srinagar on Thursday to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kashmir as he will be celebrating Diwali with flood-hit victims of the region. To welcome him, party workers celebrated in Srinagar's streets, carrying banners and chanting his name. They claimed that the BJP was whole-heartedly working in rehabilitation and relief measures in the state and hoped that the central government would provide everything that would help the state to stand on its feet again. Oct 23, 2014

Kashmir flood victims demand compensation for losses

Rajouri, Oct 23 (ANI): People affected by worst floods in Jammu and Kashmir, mostly shepherds, demanded compensation from the government for losses they incurred. They are demanding compensation for their cattle and herds that got washed away in the floodwaters. In far flung areas of Rajouri district, when the flood hit the region, shepherds were on higher reaches of the Pir Panjal range and their cattle, mostly sheep and mules got washed away. A victim, Abdul Rashid, said people at upper reaches of Pir Panjal mountain ranges did not receive basic relief, which was provided to others. A legislator of Rajouri region, Zulfikar Ali Choudhary, said government should also focus on migratory population of the state. Oct 23, 2014

India celebrates festival of lights with fervour...

Ranchi/ Raipur/ Indore/ Siliguri/ Jaipur, Oct 23 (ANI): Every nook and corner of the country was illuminated with lamps as Hindus celebrated their main festival on Thursday. In Ranchi, residents took to last minute shopping of 'diyas' or earthen lamps, an integral part of Diwali decoration. Despite the Chinese lights flooding the markets, many said they still prefer the ritual of lighting diyas on the auspicious day. Residents of central Raipur thronged markets to complete their Diwali shopping. Diwali marks the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after he defeated the demon king Ravan in Lanka. Legend says that millions of lamps were lit when the Hindu God returned home after 14 years of exile in forest. Oct 23, 2014

Slow justice for Tunisia torture victims

More than three years since a pro-democracy uprising toppled long-time strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, rights groups say change has been slow to reach the justice system. Duration: 01:42 Oct 23, 2014

Politicos react on Modi's visit to Siachen and Srinagar on Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Siachen to spend time with soldiers on Diwali. He would then travel to Srinagar to spend time with the flood-affected people on the festival of lights. However, many politicos said that his visit to Kashmir has political undertones as it is coming ahead of the assembly elections in the state. Oct 23, 2014

Indo-Bangladesh border troops exchange Diwali sweets with fervor

Akhaura, Oct 23 (ANI): As goodwill gesture on the occasion of Diwali, the paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF), stationed along the India-Bangladesh border at Akhaura exchanged sweets with their counterparts. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of BSF, BS Tolia, gave sweets boxes to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) official Saifur, while greeting them on the occasion of Diwali to be celebrated on Thursday. He also extended his greetings to all the residents of Bangladesh on behalf of the BSF. The gesture was equally reciprocated by BGB officials and jawans. Troopers of both sides hugged each other and shook hands. BGB official, Saifur, said that exchange of sweets bridges the gaps and bring both sides closer. Oct 23, 2014

India and Mexico sign bilateral agreement on space cooperation

New Delhi, Oct 23 (ANI): India and Mexico signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on space cooperation. The two countries will work together in remote sensing, satellite communication and areas relating to peaceful use of outer space. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had met her Mexican counterpart Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena, who is on a four-day visit, in New Delhi. Kuribrena emphasized that Mexico's relationship with India among the G20 nations was very close as his country was an important part of India's value-chain in the manufacturing sector. Swaraj reiterated Kuribrena's sentiment and said that the relations between New Delhi and Mexico City had immense potential to grow as Mexico was India's leading trade partner in Latin America. Oct 23, 2014

Tibetan Parliament in-exile extends Diwali greetings to India

Dharamshala, Oct 23 (ANI): Members of Tibetan Parliament in-exile in Dharamshala extended Diwali greetings to all Indians on Thursday. Speaker of Parliament in-exile Penpa Tsering said that Tibetans also have a lighting of lamps ceremony which is to commemorate the birth of the founder of Gelupa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the ceremony is very similar to the Diwali celebrations that take place in India. Home Minister of Parliament in-exile Dolma Gayri said that Diwali is a festival of India and hence all the people who live in India along with the tourist who visit India during this time can enjoy and be part of this festival. Oct 23, 2014

PM Modi greets nation on Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who left for Siachen earlier today to spend Diwali with soldiers and flood-affected victims of Kashmir, has greeted the nation on the festive occasion. "Wishing all of you a very Happy Diwali. May our lives be illuminated with joy and peace. May the lamp of prosperity be lit among the poor," the Prime Minister said. Prime Minister Modi is poised to be the first Prime Minister to celebrate Diwali with the flood-affected people in Srinagar. Oct 23, 2014