J&K state authorities set up voter awareness camps for Army personnel ahead of assembly polls

Leh, Nov 08 (ANI): State authorities in Jammu and Kashmir set up voter awareness camps for Army personnel in order to reduce the number of invalid votes. The first of its kind initiative named ‘Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation Plan (SVEEP)’, starting prior to the assembly polls in the state, will help Army personnel get informed about the procedure of postal ballot. Speaking to mediapersons, District Magistrate of Leh, Simrandeep Singh Gill said that similar camps have previously been organised for civilians during elections, but it is for the first time for Army personnel. Nov 8, 2014

Comet orbiter landing team gears up to touch-down

More than a decade after the Rosetta Space Mission was launched, the comet orbiter will attempt to make history by launching a robotic lander called Philae onto a comet on November 12. Duration:00:55 Nov 8, 2014

Kashmiris pet birds to reduce stress levels

Srinagar, Nov 08 (ANI): People in Jammu and Kashmir took to a new hobby of keeping birds as pets to reduce stress levels, mainly caused due to insurgency and recent floods, which left a trail of destruction in the valley. Petting birds has become a new fad among Kashmiris, who are thronging various pet shops of Srinagar to buy colourful winged birds like doves, parrots and pigeons. People are purchasing birds so that they can spend some time with the pet to relieve their stress, caused due to office, studies and circumstances in Kashmir. A customer, Mushtaq Ahmad, said keeping bird as a pet is the best hobby to avoid all type of anxieties. The shopkeepers say they bring birds from Delhi and Mumbai and are doing brisk business in the same. Nov 8, 2014

Obama hosts Congress leaders after midterm debacle

After his party's "thumping" in this week's midterm elections, Barack Obama had lunch with Congressional leaders on Friday. As well as congratulating his Republican opponents, he commented on jobs figures released earlier in the day. Duration: 01:06 Nov 8, 2014

Inmates run matharon within walls of French prison

Five inmates at Nantes prison donned their running shoes Friday to experience "freedom within the walls" -- running a marathon in less than four hours within the prison walls. Duration: 00:54 Nov 8, 2014

Ex-Yemeni leader supporters protest UN sanctions threat

Thousands of supporters of Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Shiite rebels took to the streets Friday to protest threatened UN sanctions against the ousted strongman and insurgent chiefs. Duration: 00:40 Nov 8, 2014

NATO chief vows Afghan support as combat mission ends

NATO's new chief Jens Stoltenberg pledged Thursday that Afghanistan would not be abandoned when the alliance's combat mission ends next month after 13 years of fighting against resilient Taliban insurgents. Duration: 00:57 Nov 7, 2014

Orion launch to test human flight risks in deep space

With memories still fresh of two commercial space flight accidents in the past 10 days, NASA is readying its first test flight of the Orion spacecraft that could one day carry humans to Mars. Duration: 00:38 Nov 7, 2014

Brotherhood wants Jordan to scrap peace treaty with Israel

Muslim Brotherhood officials on Friday called on Jordan to scrap its peace treaty with Israel, during a protest in central Amman, after Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque. Duration: 00:53 Nov 7, 2014

French bombmaker's father still has 'glimmer of hope'

AFPTV interviews the father of David Daoud Drugeon, a French bombmaker who is suspected of joining an Al-Qaeda offshoot and who was targeted and likely killed by US-led air strikes overnight in Syria, a US defense official said. Duration: 01:41 Nov 7, 2014

Politicos react on Modi's Jayapur village adoption under MPs' adopt-a-village scheme

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Politicos on Friday gave mixed reaction after Prime Minister Narendra Modi adopted Varanasi's Jayapur village under the MPs' adopt-a-village scheme. Prime Minister Modi on Friday strongly pitched for ending the wretched practice of female foeticide as he adopted Jayapur village and also assured the region's development. Nov 7, 2014