Backlogs regarding development of northeast will be cleared: VK Singh

New Delhi, Sept 16 (ANI): Minister for Development of Northeast Region, General Vijay Kumar Singh, said that development of the northeast region was a concern. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi, General Singh said development takes time and his ministry was reviewing the development projects operational in the region. The ministry is planning to establish national skill development council and calling in experts to provide skill development in northeast. Meanwhile, the minister said the Northeast Councils (NECs) could play a vital role in pushing the developmental model. Meanwhile, Power Minister, Piyush Goyal, also held a news conference in the national capital and stressed on special focus on northeastern states. Sep 16, 2014

Political parties wish for BJP defeat as early trends of by-polls surface

New Delhi/ Ahmedabad/ Mumbai, Sep 16 (ANI): Political parties on Monday wished for defeat of BJP and remained optimistic about themselves as early trends of by-polls surfaced. While Congress said that public is not happy with the BJP and that Congress will come to power now. NCP's Nawab Malik also said that people are not happy and satisfied with the BJP government and is therefore showing its anguish against the ruling party. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party remained optimistic and even confident of its win and said that the SP Chief and the government have worked tremendously for Uttar Pradesh and that people will decide in their favour. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar also said that 'Modi wave' is getting over now. Sep 16, 2014

Gifted by Indian President, Bodhi' tree sapling gets place in Vietnam's Presidential palace

Vietnam, Sep 16 (ANI): Invoking "common heritage" with Vietnam, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee gifted an offshoot of the holy 'Bodhi' tree to Vietnam counterpart Truong T?n Sang and planted it in Vietnam's Presidential palace after the two leaders finished delegation-level talks and signed seven pacts. The sapling was carried in a small wooden box as a gift to the country and people of Vietnam. It was procured from the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) a few days back. India has been traditionally gifting saplings of this gigantic tree to countries it has strong bonds of trust and friendship. Sep 16, 2014

SC returns Dadri land to farmers, convicts UP govt of misusing land acquisition power

New Delhi, Sep 16 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday returned the Dadri land to the farmers, which was taken by the UP government citing public purpose, but was given to Reliance for personal use. The court also convicted the UP government of misusing the land acquisition power in the process. The lawyer in the case said that the SC has stamped on the order and that 1066 farmers affected by the same are happy by the judgement. Sep 16, 2014

Delhi HC rejects PIL seeking CBI probe in Robert Vadra land deals

New Delhi, Sep 16 (ANI): A Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation probe in the land deals of Robert Vadra. A PIL was filed seeking probe into the sale of agriculture land to Vadra's companies. The petitioner was seeking a probe by the CBI under charges of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and Prevention of Corruption Act. He claimed that this is a scam worth Rs 20,000 crore. The petitioner in the case said that the case will be taken to the Supreme Court for further hearing. Sep 16, 2014

J and K floods: Politicos slam Yasin Malik for disrupting Army's rescue operation

New Delhi, Sep 16 (ANI): At a time when Jammu and Kashmir is battling the worst floods in nearly six decades, and the Centre and the state government are trying their best to provide relief to the flood-hit victims, separatist leaders are creating huge problems in rescue operations and distribution of relief materials. A video of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik surfaced on Monday in which he allegedly asked voluntary relief workers not to distribute food items, as only JKLF can operate in that particular area. Malik and his team later looted the relief materials and boats of aid workers and started distributing the items among the victims. The inhuman act of separatists is not limited to distribution of relief materials but they also threatened patients to avoid Army assistance despite strong protests by the locals. Meanwhile, political leaders condemned this in human act and asked the government to take strict action. Sep 16, 2014

India, Vietnam Sign Seven Agreements

Vietnam, Sep 16 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee and Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang witnessed the signing of seven agreements and memorandums in Hanoi, including one made by Petro Vietnam and India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Videsh. India and Vietnam have deepened military cooperation over the past decade and under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is pushing ahead with a new strategy to establish itself as an arms exporter using export credits to leverage foreign sales. Addressing the news conference, Secretary (East) Ministry of External Affairs, Anil Wadhwa, emphasized on the need to step up people to people exchanges between the two nations. Wadhwa also said that bilateral relations between the two nations can build intensively by connecting dots of communication which should be enhanced. Sep 16, 2014

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