Assam gets first women only university

Jorhat, Sep 12 (ANI): Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, inaugurated first women only university which will include under-graduate as well as post graduate courses. Addressing a function in Jorhat district, Gogoi said the university will help women in gaining expertise in different fields. Professor Doctor KM Bujarbaruah, who is the vice-chancellor of Assam Agricultural University (AAU), would mentor the women university. Till now 19 faculty members have been recruited and 55 students have taken admission. The classes started from September 1 in a temporary building. The University will also have a hostel, which will accommodate students coming from far flung areas of the region. Sep 12, 2014

Sushma Swaraj calls on Tajikistan President ahead of SCO meet

Dushanbe, Sep 12 (ANI): Union Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Tajikistan President Emomalii Rahmon in the capital city of Dushanbe on Friday (September 12) ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet. Rahmon also met key advisor of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sartaz Aziz. The SCO, held between September 11and 12, aims to boost cooperation in three major fields of economy, security and people-to-people exchanges. India, Iran, Pakistan and Mongolia are due to become full participating members of the summit, thereby upgrading their observer member status. This is the 14th annual meeting of the SCO, which will have leaders from its six full-member countries. Sep 12, 2014

Haryana Govt Sends Relief Materials To Flood Hit JandK

Srinagar/ New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday sent relief materials to flood hit Jammu and Kashmir on behalf of the state government. Hooda said that the situation in the valley is gruesome and all states should come forward to help the flooded state. Earlier, a Sikh delegation from New Delhi visited flood-hit areas of the state and distributed cooked food to affected people. President of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, Manjit Singh, said that they had boats and were providing relief materials to victims. Sep 12, 2014

Al Qaeda-backed group releases video of kidnapped UN peacekeepers

New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): An al Qaeda-backed militant group that seized 45 UN peacekeepers two weeks ago on the Golan Heights has posted a video in which the hostages, from the South Pacific nation of Fiji, say they expect to be released soon. The video, which was posted on the Nusra Front's Twitter and YouTube accounts on Wednesday but was apparently recorded a day earlier, appears to show the troops in a good condition, at points smiling and waving at the camera. On Wednesday, the head of Fiji's army said the Islamist militant group had dropped all of its demands to free the hostages, but at least slightly back-pedalled later in the day as the situation appeared to deteriorate. Sep 12, 2014

Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide in girlfriend's murder

South Africa, Sept 12 (ANI): Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide, after being cleared of murdering Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. Reading from her written judgment, the judge told the court that there was not enough evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the athlete was guilty of premeditated murder or murder. He was also found guilty on one firearms charge, but acquitted on two others. Pistorius could face up to 15 years in jail on the culpable homicide charge. Sep 12, 2014

Trade Minister meets US deputy national security adviser

New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): Union Trade Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, on Friday (September 12), met US Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics, Caroline Atkinson, to prepare ground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Washington. Modi accepted an invitation to meet US President Barrack Obama after he won the general elections in May 2014, as Washington seeks to court India's new government and revive strained relations between the two countries. Modi is set to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York and address an audience on September 28. Sep 12, 2014

Japanese whisky makers in high spirits as accolades pour in

Japan has long been celebrated for its Sake but little by little whisky is making headway in the land of the rising sun with Japanese distilleries winning international recognition at the expense of their Scottish rivals. Duration: 02:07 Sep 12, 2014

EC orders FIR against Yogi Adityanath for hate speech, Politicos react

New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): Reactions poured in as Election Commission ordered the chief election officer of Uttar Pradesh to file an FIR against BJP leader Yogi Adityanath for his alleged hate speech while campaigning for UP by polls. NCP leader Majid Memon said that anybody who commits breach of order has to face legal action. NCP leader Tariq Anwar, condemning Yogi Adityanath for his hate speech, said that EC should take this issue seriously. Meanwhile, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the party will reply to the EC's notice and further slammed the UP government for its cheap politics. Sep 12, 2014

Nithari Case: SC stays Surinder Koli's execution till October 29

New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): In a breakthrough in the Nithari murder case, the Supreme Court has stayed the execution of main accused Surinder Koli on Friday. The lawyer said that the Court has given the next date of hearing as October 28 and execution has been stayed till October 29 on grounds of unavailability of documents. Koli was convicted of cannibalism and unnatural sex with children in the henious Nithari murder case. He had confessed of having sex with his dead victims and also eating some of their body parts. Sep 12, 2014

PM appeals to dedicate 100 hours to cleanliness, Politicos react

New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): Politicians reacted as Prime Minister Narendra Modi while chairing the first meeting of 'Mission Swacch Bharat', appealed to every citizen to dedicate 100 hours in a year towards cleanliness. BJP leader Sambit Patra while praising the PM for such a step said that if people can clean their houses in Diwali, why not the whole year. SP leader Naresh Agarwal praising Modi for his cleanliness drive said that such a step is always welcomed. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that lectures won't do, PM will have to do some ground work, now when he has power to make change. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar taking a dig at BJP said that keeping toilets and clothes clean is not sufficient; we need to even keep our language clean. Sep 12, 2014

Paid news case: Writ petition by Ashok Chavan allowed

New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): The writ petition by former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in paid news case has been allowed by Delhi High Court on Friday. The complainant's lawyer said that the Court has allowed Chavan's petition and added that being the complainant they want to see the directions and conditions given by him to the Court under which his petition has been allowed. The Election Commission had issued a notice to Chavan as to why he should not be disqualified for not giving a true account of his election expenses for the 2009 assembly polls. Sep 12, 2014

Vinod Rai alleges Manmohan Singh could but didn't stop 2G scam, politicos react

New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday react as Former CAG Vinod Rai alleged that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could have easily prevented 2G scam, coal blocks allocation scam and the Commonwealth Games scam, had he used his stamp of authority. BJP leader Sambit Patra supported Rai and said that Manmohan Singh could not do anything as he was a puppet in the hands of 'unnamed puppeteers'. Congress leader PC Chacko said that the former PM had no knowledge of the irregularities then and that Rai should think before pointing at one of the most honest man in India. NCP leader Majid Memon questioned on the timing of Rai's revelations. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that Vinod Rai is talking like a politician and that there seems an involvement of his vested interest in the same. Meanwhile, SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that there should be a law to punish those who reveal facts after leaving the position from the concerned authority. Sep 12, 2014

Ranjit Sinha submits affidavit in 2G case trial to SC

New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): CBI director Ranjit Sinha on Friday filed his affidavit in the Supreme Court in respect of the accusations against him over the controversial visitors' logbook at his Delhi residence. Sinha's lawyer Vikas Singh said that he has placed the affidavit in a sealed cover before a bench led by Justice HL Dattu. The matter will be heard by the court on Monday next. It had earlier asked Sinha to reply to the plea moved for removing him from the 2G probe. Singh also alleged that the entire application filed by Prashant Bhushan is completely malicious and false. He also said that if the court feels that it can share the report with other after reading the same, they have no objection in the same. Sep 12, 2014

UNICEF report says 49% of girls in India sexually abused, Politicos react

New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): Reactions flowed in as UNICEF report said that 49% of girls in India under the age of 19 are sexually abused. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that until we don't give respect to women in our country, development is not possible. NCP leaders Tariq Anwar and Majid Memon said that the issue needs to be taken in cognizance by all concerns and we must act so that such things don't take place again. However, NCP leader Naresh Agarwal said that UNICEF should also come out with reports of other countries and not only talk of India. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar slammed the arrival of western culture in India for the increase in the cases of sexual harassment. Sep 12, 2014

Political leaders condemn Rajnath Singh's 'Pakistan remark'

New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): Political leaders condemned Home Minister Rajnath Singh's remark after he threw indications that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is willing to engage in a meaningful dialogue with Pakistan if it responds positively. Congress Leader Rashid Alvi said the ruling BJP government is confused and has not specified a clear foreign policy. Meanwhile, Samajwadi party (SP) leader Gaurav Bhatia said there is need for cohesiveness and synergy between departments and the flip-flop that is taking place is unhealthy. NCP leader Majid Memon said ceasefire violations along the international border must be stopped first before indulging in any dialogue process. Sep 12, 2014