Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis pays tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar on his death anniversary

Mumbai, Dec 06 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with his cabinet ministers paid tribute to Bharat Ratna Babasahib Dr BR Ambedkar at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Fadnavis offered flowers and lit candles in front of Ambedkar's statue on his 'Mahaparinirvana Diwas'. He also acknowledged Dr Ambedkar's work to uplift the backward and downtrodden in independent India. Meanwhile, Former state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan also paid tributes to the architect of the Indian Constitution. Dec 6, 2014

Former MP thrashed by lawyers, Police says case filed against accused

Lucknow, Dec 06 (ANI): Former Rajya Sabha MP Banwari Lal Kanchhal was beaten black and blue by a group of lawyers on the sessions court premises. The incident happened on Friday afternoon when Kanchhal, a prominent traders' leader came to the court for hearing in a case involving alleged encroachment by lawyers in Aminabad. The lawyers tore off 68-year-old Kanchhal's clothes in full public view and left him scurrying for cover. SSP of Lucknow Yashasvi Yadav said that the accused have been recognized and a complaint has been filed against them. Dec 6, 2014

Security beefed up in Ayodhya on Babri Mosque demolition anniversary

Ayodhya, Dec 06 (ANI): Security has been beefed up in Ayodhya on the 22nd anniversary of demolition of Babri mosque by Hindu volunteers. About 10,000 security personnel have been deployed in the city along with imposition of prohibitory orders. Anti-riot personnel are maintaining strict vigil in Ayodhya and Faizabad. Moreover, two dozen CCTV cameras have also been installed across city. Hindus regard Ayodhya as the birth place of Lord Rama. On December 6, 1992, a mob of Hindu religious volunteers demolished the Babri mosque allegedly been built by the Mughal ruler Babar in the sixteenth century at a place where Lord Ram temple existed. Dec 6, 2014

Bangladesh an independent and sovereign country: PM Sheikh Hasina

Dhaka, Dec 06 (ANI): Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina termed Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign nation and said that her country will still rise even if no one stands by it. Addressing the journalists during her three-day visit to Malaysia, Hasina called Bangladesh as a self-sufficient nation. Last month at the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Nepal, Hasina called for deeper cooperation from member nations to achieve her target of a developed nation by 2041. Meanwhile, Bangladesh PM also said that if her party would have not come to power then conducting war crimes trials was not possible. The war crimes tribunals have angered Islamists who call them a politically motivated attempt by Prime Minister Hasina to persecute the leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami, a key part of the opposition coalition. Dec 6, 2014

Search for missing Indians in war torn Iraq still on, will leave no stones unturned: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Dec 06 (ANI): Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said that search for missing Indian workers in war-torn Iraq was still on, and also assured families of victims that India will leave no stone unturned to find their loved ones. Swaraj had told parliament on November 28 that 39 abducted construction workers in Iraq were alive, on the basis of information from six of the sources, thus contradicting eyewitness' account which said that they were shot dead. Most of the abducted workers belong to Punjab. Dec 6, 2014

India terms Hafiz Saeed's rally in Pakistan as mainstreaming of terrorism

New Delhi, Dec 06 (ANI): India termed Mumbai attacks mastermind and Islamist Hafiz Saeed's rally in Pakistan's Lahore as mainstreaming of militancy.' Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin while addressing mediapersons in New Delhi said that large amount of police personnel were deployed at the event. Akbaruddin said "even train services were given" in a reference to reports that Pakistan Railways operated trains from Hyderabad in the Sindh province and from Karachi for the meet. Thousands attended the two-day congregation organised by Saeed's Jaamat-ud-Dawa at the historical Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. Saeed is the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a militant group banned in Pakistan but tolerated unofficially and believed to be close to the army. Saeed founded the LeT, which India blames for the rampage in Mumbai, in the 1990s. He has denied involvement in any attacks. Dec 6, 2014

Arunachal hosts festival to promote adventure tourism

Aruncahal Pradesh, Dec 5 (ANI): Mechuka in West Siang district of Aruncahal Pradesh is one of the most picturesque destinations in the Northeast. Efforts are high to make it a popular destination for adventurers. Recently, the second edition of adventure festival 'Mechuka 2014', was held with participation from tourists from across the country. The three-day mega event featured various adventurous activities like trap shooting, mountain biking, para gliding, rappelling, archery, rafting and kayaking. Besides adventure and sports activities, cultural performances of various communities mesmerized the visitors. Ethnic cuisine, handicrafts and traditional attire were also displayed. Dec 6, 2014

New coins to help ease Zimbabwe cash crunch

Zimbabwe's central bank unveiled special coins on Friday to ease a shortage of low denomination cash, which has forced shoppers to accept sweets or pens in lieu of change. Dec 6, 2014

Mexico leader vows to revive tourism in violent state

Mexico's embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto pledges to revive tourism in Acapulco during his first visit to violence-torn Guerrero state since the apparent massacre of 43 students in September. Dec 6, 2014

Thousands march in Hungary in anti-graft protest

Several thousand Hungarians protested against corruption in Budapest on Thursday, the latest demonstration challenging the government of controversial Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Dec 6, 2014

Green 'Earthship' homes do their bit to save the planet

Amidst worries about global warming and resource depletion, some US communities have turned to ultra-sustainable housing, known as 'Earthships'. Examples can be found across the world, but their spiritual home remains in New Mexico. Dec 6, 2014

Central America's new coffee buzz: renewable energy

That morning cup of coffee gives many of us a needed boost, but Central American coffee farmers have found a new source of energy in their beans: turning agricultural wastewater into biogas. Dec 6, 2014

Obama names Ashton Carter as defense secretary

US President Barack Obama on Friday named a former Pentagon deputy chief, Ashton Carter, to be his new defense secretary. If confirmed, Carter would replace Chuck Hagel who announced his resignation last month. Dec 6, 2014