Ukraine to ratify EU pact, offer rebels self-rule

Ukraine is set to ratify a disputed EU agreement and offer limited self-rule to parts of the separatist east as it moves to turn the page on the bloodiest chapter of its post-Soviet history. Duration: 02:52 Sep 16, 2014

By-polls: Counting begins for 3 LS, 33 assembly seats

Vadodara/Kolkata/ Lucknow, Sept 16 (ANI): Counting of votes in three Lok Sabha and 33 assembly constituencies spread across 9 states for bypolls, which were held on September 13, began on Tuesday morning. The three Lok Sabha seats are in Vadodara vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh) and Medak (Telangana) while 11 assembly constituencies are in UP, nine in Gujarat, four in Rajasthan, two in West Bengal, five in Northeastern states and one each in Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. Sep 16, 2014

J and K Floods: Omar visits flood-hit Poonch, assures assistance

Poonch/Ramban/ Kishtwar, Sept 16 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, visited flood-hit Poonch district and assured people that the government is trying to reach out to all flood victims. The authorities have also opened the route connecting Jammu city with the valley, via Kishtwar to Srinagar. Divisional Commissioner of Jammu, Shant Manu, who did the aerial survey of the area, said the route will be initially opened solely for the vehicles carrying essential commodities and light vehicles. Meanwhile, the army in Ramban district has built a footbridge for the easy passage of flood-stricken people. Sep 16, 2014

Train carrying around 260 Kashmir flood survivors arrives in New Delhi

New Delhi, Sept 16 (ANI): A train carrying around 260 Kashmir flood survivors arrived in New Delhi more than a week after the worst deluge hit the heavily militarized and disputed region in 50 years. Most of the flood survivors were daily wage workers from Bihar and Jharkhand. A Kashmir flood survivor, Ram, praised the government and the army for massive relief and rescue operations. However, some people showed anger that relief efforts reached them much later after the floods had devastated everything. Sep 16, 2014

Multiple faiths throng to annual Urs of sufi saint Syed Hazrat Jalal Shah to pay him obeisance

Haldwani, Sep 16 (ANI): India is a land of multiple faiths, and people of the country enjoy this diversity with utmost zeal and enthusiasm. This week we take you to the Haldwani City in Uttrankhand where devotees belonging to different communities pay obeisance to sufi saint, Syed Hazrat Jalal Shah. A large number of devotees, including men, women and children throng the annual Urs of Baba to pay rich tributes to saint. During the celebration, people gather around the shrine of Baba and chant hymns to seek blessings. Various rituals, as per Sufi tradition, are also performed here. Also Qawallis, sung by qawallas, go parallel to prayers. The administration of the shrine organises community meal for the devotees. Sep 16, 2014

Aligarhs NGO promotes communal harmony, trains women of diverse communities together

Aligarh, Sep 16 (ANI): Aligarh, located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh is a famous educational and commercial hub of India. The city houses people from different religious beliefs in its ambit of religious acceptance and tolerance. People who live in peace and harmony here work together for the common good of their region. One such example is the establishment of non-governmental organization, Gaurav social and development society which works to impart vocational training to girls. The organization imparts training to girls in various skilled courses including stitching, beautician and mehndi designing. The society aims to train girls for various vocational courses to earn a better living for themselves and family. Girls who come from Hindu, Muslim and Christian families learn these courses together amicably. Sep 16, 2014

British PM warns Scots against vote for independence

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday pleaded with Scots to vote against independence and warned them of dire consequences otherwise in his most forceful speech yet ahead of this week's referendum. Duration: 00:56 Sep 16, 2014

Iraqi forces and tribesmen retake a Sunni village from IS

Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribesmen retook areas in the northern town of Duluiyah from Islamic State militants. The town was seized by militants earlier in the year, but local forces later drove them out. Duration: 00:47 Sep 16, 2014

Italian Navy rescues dozens of boat migrants near Malta

As many as 500 migrants are feared to have drowned after traffickers rammed and sank their boat in what the International Organisation for Migration described Monday as "the worst shipwreck in years." Duration: 00:48 Sep 16, 2014

Powerful Hurricane Odile lashes Mexico's Baja California

Hurricane Odile knocked down trees and power lines in Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday as thousands of tourists took refuge in hotels converted into shelters along popular resorts. Duration: 00:40 Sep 16, 2014

Snowden, Assange, Dotcom accuse NZ govt. of spying

Former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden and fellow fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange joined forces Monday to attack the New Zealand government, accusing it of mass surveillance on its people. Duration: 01:02 Sep 16, 2014

Iraq wins pledge of military support against Islamic State

The world's top diplomats pledged Monday to support Iraq in its fight against Islamic State militants by "any means necessary," including "appropriate military assistance", as leaders stressed the urgency of the crisis. Duration: 00:51 Sep 16, 2014