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

Hong Kong protesters disappointed after first talks

Protesters express their disappointment after Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protesters held their first talks aimed at ending weeks of rallies that have paralysed parts of the city. Duration: 01:09 Oct 22, 2014

South Africans react to Pistorius verdict

International star athlete Oscar Pistorius started serving a five year sentence behind the towering walls of a grim Pretoria prison Tuesday after a sensational trial for killing his girlfriend. Duration: 00:54 Oct 22, 2014

Investigators probe Russian crash that killed Total CEO

Russian and French experts were investigating Tuesday a plane crash at a Moscow airport which killed the CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet struck a snowplough on takeoff. Duration: 01:00 Oct 22, 2014