Girl child campaign will solve skewed sex ratio, says Maneka Gandhi

New Delhi/ Odisha, Sep 17 (ANI): Union Minister for Women And Child Development Maneka Gandhi, unveiled the logo of girl child campaign 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' (Save girl, educate girl) and said the programme will help sort out skewed sex ratio in 100 villages and produce desired results in two years. Gandhi launched the logo on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday, saying it was his pet scheme. She also said childline services will be provided in around 280 locations across the country in the coming days, besides opening new child rights protection hubs. Gandhi added that rules regarding child adoption in India were eased so that parents don't have to wait for years for custody. She said ministry will take initiative to raise awareness on child sexual abuse in schools. Sep 17, 2014

Ghulam Nabi Azad visits flood-affected areas, says state will provide full financial aid

Reasi, Sep 17 (ANI): Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday visited Reasi region of flood-ravaged Kashmir and said the state will provide full financial support to the flood-victims. Azad interacted with flood survivors and surveyed the damaged areas and said that state government will provide free ration to flood survivors for at least six months. Authorities say the cost of damage in Jammu and Kashmir may run into crores of rupees. Azad added that more than half of the Kashmir is still submerged in water. The central government delivered 25 water filtration plants with the capacity to filter 400,000 litres a day, and 13 tonnes of water purification tablets. Municipal authorities have started collecting rubbish from pools of stagnant water. Sep 17, 2014

Boxer Manoj Kumar to get Arjuna Award after winning court battle

New Delhi, Sep 17 (ANI): Boxer Manoj Kumar, who was earlier not considered for the Arjuna award by the Kapil Dev-led Committee, will receive the honor after he won the legal battle and the sports ministry accepted his nomination. Kumar was mistakenly considered to be involved in the doping case by the committee and had challenged the committee's decision in the High Court. Manoj Kumar's lawyer Rahul Mehra said that he is very happy with the Court's decision and that justice has been finally met. Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that due to court's observation and the agreement of the members of the selection committee the decision has been taken. Manoj Kumar said that he is glad to receive justice by the court. Sep 17, 2014

University vice-chancellor blames students for unruly action on campus in Kolkata

Kolkata/Chennai, Sep 17 (ANI): Vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University in Kolkata, Abhijeet Chakraborty, on Wednesday blamed students of attacking the authorities during their protest against the alleged molestation of a fellow student.The incident happened on Tuesday when students were demonstrating inside the campus against the molestation of a second year student of Jadavpur University. Reportedly, the student was molested by few male students who dragged her inside the boys' hostel on August 28. The university vice-chancellor said that he was held by the students who were demanding fresh probe into the matter. The victim had registered a complaint with the police, and investigation has begun in the case but no arrests have been made so far. Sep 17, 2014

China's Xi makes maiden India visit, seeking to reset ties

India's new prime minister rolls out the red carpet for Xi Jinping in his home town, as the Chinese president begins a maiden visit with both sides seeking to reset the relationship between Asia's rival superpowers. Duration: 00:43 Sep 17, 2014

Fiji stages first election since 2006 coup

Fijians vote in the South Pacific nation's first election since a 2006 coup, with the military on standby in case violence flares. Police report no problems in early polling. Duration: 00:38 Sep 17, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Ahmedabad, receives Guard of Honour

Ahmedabad, Sep 17 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday arrived in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat for a three-day visit to India to bolster bilateral ties. Jinping was also accompanied by his wife and was received warmly by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and a high level Indian delegation. The President also received Guard of Honour at the airport itself. Jinping will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon. The Gujarat government left no stone unturned for grand welcome for Xi who arrives on the day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also marking his 64th birthday. New Delhi and Beijing have a complicated relationship marked by growing economic ties but also distrust, particularly over their unresolved territorial disputes. Sep 17, 2014

Brazilian soccer legend Zico excited to coach Goa for Indian Super League

Goa/Mumbai, Sept 17 (ANI): One of Brazil's greatest soccer stars, Arthur Antunes Coimbra, famously known as Zico, said on Wednesday (September 17) that he was looking forward to start coaching for Goa FC for Indian Super League (ISL) and help raise the level of the sport in a country fixated with cricket. The 61-year-old, who was an outstanding creator and goal scorer for Brazil and played in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups, had signed a contract in Rio de Janeiro to take the job of head coach for Goa FC. One of the most gifted players of his generation, Zico has also played or coached in Brazil, Italy, Japan, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Iraq and Qatar. Zico said he would do everything to help spur the growth of soccer in India, adding that he would assist all players, amateurs and professionals and sees the Indian Super League as a great platform to spread the sports' popularity. Meanwhile, Goa FC owner Shrinivas Dempo said they were confident that footballers will benefit from their association with Zico by learning the intricacies of the game from the master. Sep 17, 2014

Concerns mount at Calais as migrants storm trucks

Six thousand trucks leave the French port of Calais every day, bound for the other side of the Channel. But now migrants, more desperate than ever, pose a serious challenge. Duration: 02:00 Sep 17, 2014

Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Ahmedabad

Ahemdabad, Sep 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping receiving him and his wife Peng Liyuan with a floral welcome at Hotel Hyatt in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. The two heads will be signing key agreements in Ahmedabad. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat for a three-day visit to India to bolster bilateral ties. He was given the guard of honour at the airport. New Delhi and Beijing have a complicated relationship marked by growing economic ties but also distrust, particularly over their unresolved territorial disputes. Sep 17, 2014

Tribal protest in Odisha against dilution of forest rights

Gajapati, Sep 17 (ANI): Tribal people from Maoist-hit areas organized a rally in Odisha, protesting against dilution of Forest Rights. A landmark law recognizing the rights of India's tribes over forest land may be diluted to clear the way for infrastructure projects such as roads, railway lines, electricity towers and irrigation canals, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram had said. Thousands of tribal converged in Gajapati district and shouted slogans against the move. An activist, Haribandhu Karji, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government was trying to take away rights of tribes. Activists say the move indicates how the pro-business policies of recently elected Modi could hurt the environment and poor communities, including indigenous people. Sep 17, 2014

Daawat-E-Ishq's Delhi Food Yatra

New Delhi, Sept 17 (ANI): Actors Aditya Roy Kapur and Parineeti Chopra were in Delhi to promote their upcoming flick Daawat-E-Ishq via food yatra. Starting from Mumbai, the duo traveled through Delhi, Fatehpur Sikhri and Agra ending their food trip at Chandigarh. Directed by Habib Faisal, Daawat-E-Ishq will hit the theaters on September 19. Sep 17, 2014

Politicos react as Shatrughan Sinha slams Sushil Modi for BJP's jolt in Bihar by-polls

New Delhi, Sep 17 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Wednesday after BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha blamed BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi for party's poor performance in Bihar assembly elections. RJD leader Manoj Jha said that Shahtrughan Sinha's statement is correct and that he has echoed the sentiments of large number of BJP workers in Bihar. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the increasing arrogance within BJP is being noticed by everyone. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that although this is the party's internal matter, BJP should consider Sinha's statement. BJP leaders Shahnawaz Hussain and Sambit Patra defending Sinha on his statement said that the party takes the responsibility of winning or losing the elections and not just one leader. Sep 17, 2014

Reactions flow over BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Sep 17 (ANI): Political reactions flowed on Wednesday over the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra which is disputed regarding seat distribution in the state for upcoming Assembly Polls. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that BJP and Shiv Sena are indulging in a dispute unnecessarily as they are not going to win majority and Congress will sweep major number of seats in the state. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that both the parties' leadership is in talks regarding seat distribution and soon a decision will be taken. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that it takes time to reach a final decision regarding seats in a state as large as Maharashtra but also expressed hope that things will soon be sorted out with discussion. Sep 17, 2014