Kashmiris at UN denounce Pakistan's illegal occupation of PoK

Geneva/Muzaffarabad, PoK, September 23, 2014: Speaking at the recently held event at the United Nations in Geneva, observers and activists focused on the deteriorating security situation and attacks on minorities in Pakistan. The event titled 'the Human Rights in South Asia' also raised the issue of human rights violations in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir or PoK and Gilgit Baltistan. Civil society activists, human rights defenders and academicians stressed on Pakistan's move of exploiting the remote region's rich natural resources, apart from curbing the political autonomy. Kashmiri leaders blamed Pakistan for allegedly controlling the region through a proxy government and its secret agencies which have a stranglehold over every aspect of both PoK and Gilgit Baltistan. Kashmiri also accused Pakistan's spy agencies for suppressing the national movement through enforced disappearances and targetted killings. Sep 23, 2014

BJP seeks CBI probe into medicine scam in Bihar

Patna, Sep 23 (ANI): India’s ruling BJP on Tuesday sought CBI probe into multi-million medicine scam in Bihar, alleging involvement of close aides of former chief minister Nitish Kumar. BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said a person named Arvind Shah died due to administration of sub-standard medicines. He also alleged that the substandard medicines, as well as equipments were bought at much higher prices from black-listed companies. The state government has set up an inquiry committee under a bureaucrat, which BJP called as eyewash Sep 23, 2014

At least three die in Peshawar blast

Peshawar, Sep 23 (ANI): A car laden with explosives blew up near a security forces’ convoy, killing at least three people and wounding at least thirteen others in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday (September 23), local media reported. The three confirmed dead were a Frontier Constabulary officer, one woman and a passer-by. The blast happened when a Frontier Constabulary (FC) vehicle was passing through an area where the Peshawar Press Club, a railway station and a paramilitary headquarters are located. Law enforcement agencies and rescue teams rushed to the scene of the blast. Security teams sealed off the area and started a search operation. The wounded were taken to Lady Reading Hospital for treatment. Sep 23, 2014

JandK govt announces 6 months of free ration for flood victims

Rajouri, Sept 23 (ANI): Government of Kashmir will give six months of free ration to the flood victims, said a senior official. Both the Indian and Pakistani sides of the disputed Himalayan region have seen extensive flooding this month, with Srinagar particularly hard hit. Hundreds of people have been killed and tens of thousands are homeless. Authorities say the cost of damage in Jammu and Kashmir may run into billions of dollars. People wait for relief and help as houses have been collapsed by the worst flooding seen in more than a century in the province. There are signs that the relief operation is gaining traction as authorities brought in heavy-duty pumps to evacuate water from low-lying residential areas, including two from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. Sep 23, 2014

Hindus take holy dip in Ganges as they pay tribute to ancestors on new moon day in Kolkata

Kolkata, Sept 23 (ANI): Devout Hindus crowded river banks and priests guided them to perform rituals to pay tribute to their ancestors on Tuesday on the occasion of new moon day in Kolkata. The festive season of Navratri (Nine Nights) embarks from the very next day of this New Moon day in India, according to the Hindu calendar. Thousands of people took a holy dip in river Hooghly, traditionally called 'Ganga’ or Ganges. One of the devotees who flocked to the Hooghly, Dr S Pandey explained why people observe the holy dip on this particular day. Some devouts also tonsured their head as a mark of respect to their ancestors as they prayed for the peace of their souls after taking a dip in the river. On this day, making offerings to Hindu priests in the name of deceased loved ones holds a special significance. Sep 23, 2014

MEA highlights PM Modi's US visit schedule Part - 1

New Delhi, Sep 23 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday highlighted the schedule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States for enhancing bilateral relations. MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin stated that Prime Minister Modi will be meeting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon before addressing United Nations' General Assembly Session. Akbaruddin said that Prime Minister will be meeting US President Barrack Obama and former President Bill Clinton during his visit. He also said that Modi will pay homage to the 9/11 memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial & Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Washington. He added that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also be joined by the Prime Minister after he reaches the US. Sep 23, 2014

Rajnath Singh visits Naxal affected areas, says Maoists should give up violence

Jharkhand, Sep 23 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday visited naxal affected areas of Saranda in Jharkhand. Singh distributed sarees among the tribal women and later visited the CRPF camp in the district. Home Minister said that there is no place for violence in a democratic nation like India. Singh added that Maoists should give up the path of violence and said the government is willing to talk to them to solve all problems. Sep 23, 2014

MEA highlights PM Modi's US visit schedule Part - 2

New Delhi, Sep 23 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday highlighted the schedule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States for enhancing bilateral relations. MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin stated that Prime Minister Modi will be meeting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon before addressing United Nations' General Assembly Session. Akbaruddin said that Prime Minister will be meeting US President Barrack Obama and former President Bill Clinton during his visit. He also said that Modi will pay homage to the 9/11 memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial & Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Washington. He added that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also be joined by the Prime Minister after he reaches the US. Sep 23, 2014

Syrian Kurds seek refuge in Turkey

Many Syrian Kurdish refugees who crossed the border into Turkey have chosen not to stay in refugee centres, but rather with family members. Duration: 00:54 Sep 23, 2014

Fighting flares at Ukraine's Donetsk airport

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels were battling around the airport near the insurgent stronghold of Donetsk on Tuesday, sending flames and clouds of black smoke into the sky, AFP journalists said. Duration: 00:36 Sep 23, 2014

Militants say US drone crashes in Syria

The United States and Arab allies launched strikes from the air and sea against Islamic State group militants in Syria on Tuesday. Duration: 00:50 Sep 23, 2014

Iraqi neighbourhood holds out against jihadists

Caught between jihadists and the Tigris River, residents of one neighbourhood in a Sunni town in Iraq have taken up arms alongside security forces and held out for months. Duration: 02:07 Sep 23, 2014

White tiger kills class 12th student inside zoo in Delhi

New Delhi, Sept 23 (ANI): In a shocking incident, a class 12th student was killed by a white tiger on Tuesday at the Delhi Zoo. According to an eyewitness, the boy appeared to have jumped over a barricade into an enclosure at the zoo. The tiger then mauled the boy and killed him within minutes. The tragic incident took place at around 01.00 pm. Sep 23, 2014

Runners from across India take part in marathon for national integrity

Siliguri, Sep 23 (ANI): Thousands of people from across India participated in a marathon in Siliguri city of West Bengal on Tuesday, which was held to ignite a sense of integrity and brotherhood. The event is being organized for the last 30 years. The 15-kilometre marathon was organized by Siliguri Baghajatin Athletic Club in association with Agragami Sporting club of Bagdogra town. Former Indian cricketer Chetan Chouhan and other dignitaries flagged off the race. Participants of all ages ran the entire stretch between Bagdogra to Siliguri in this all India open invitation road race. Sep 23, 2014