PM Narendra Modi arrives in Kyoto for 5-day visit to Japan

Japan, Aug 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Osaka International Airport in Japan on Saturday on a five-day bilateral visit, his first one outside India's immediate neighbourhood. He was received by senior officials of the Japanese administration at the airport. Prime Minister Modi had earlier in his departure statement stated that his visit was a reflection of Japan's paramount importance in his vision for development and prosperity in India and in peace, stability and prosperity in Asia at large. He also called Japan "one of our closest partners in political, economic, security and cultural realms and a key regional and global partner". Aug 30, 2014

Family mourns death of Indian fisherman in Pakistani jail

Diu, Aug 30 (ANI): Family of an Indian fisherman, who died in Pakistani jail, mourned his death in Diu town of Union Territory Daman and Diu. The family came to know about the tragedy after receiving a letter from Pakistani government that however, didn't mention the cause of death. The family urged the Pakistani government to release his brothers, who were also arrested along with him. Nuclear-armed neighbours share a vast un-demarcated coastal border and officials say fishermen on both sides ignore rules in search of fish and frequently stray into other country and end up spending years in their jails. Aug 30, 2014

Politicos react on PM Modi's Japan visit

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Aug 30 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday reacted over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Japan visit which began today. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that all political leaders holding important offices take foreign tours but it is worthy only if it brings something good for the country. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Modi's return will tell what the visit was like. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that a delegation of businessmen will help Modi in dealing foreign trade with Japan. SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary wished good luck to the PM for his journey. Meanwhile, BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that PM Modi's visit is being looked forward to by both countries and hoped that it will be termed as a historic visit. Aug 30, 2014

Encounter between Army and Militants in Kupwara, one jawan martyred

Kupwara, Aug 30 (ANI): Militants taking shelter in the Kalaroos Forests of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara District have reportedly killed an Indian Army soldier and injured another in an encounter on Saturday morning. The encounter with four to five militants is reportedly still on. Meanwhile, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Rajasthan Police has reportedly cautioned and alerted the Border Security Force (BSF) to intensify patrolling in the border areas of the state, especially in Bikaner, Jodhpur and Barmer that adjoin Pakistan in the wake of reports that a group of terrorists may be attempting to cross into Indian Territory. Aug 30, 2014

Reactions pour in as Mamata Banerjee says TMC open to alliance with CPM to fight BJP

New Delhi, Aug 30 (ANI): Political leaders react as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that TMC is open to alliance with CPM in order to fight BJP. Ruling BJP leader Sambit Patra said that this statement by Banerjee shows her frustration and desperateness over the ongoing Modi wave. Meanwhile, Congress Spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh and JD (U) welcomed the step and said that all parties in other state too should team up to fight against BJP. Samajwadi Party leader Rajendra Chaudhary said that it may be decision keeping in view the state of affairs in West Bengal and that UP does not need any alliance as of now. Aug 30, 2014

Germany's 'Sir Vival' pushes limits of extreme travel

He has crossed deserts, jungles and oceans alone -- in his native Germany, veteran adventurer Ruediger Nehberg is better known as "Sir Vival", and his book on bushcraft techniques is still used by the country's armed forces. Duration: 02:29 Aug 30, 2014

Rahul Gandhi should write to central govt: SP on Gandhi's letter to Akhilesh Yadav

New Delhi, Aug 30 (ANI): Talking about Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's letter to UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav over power crisis in the state, Samajwadi Party leader Rajendra Chaudhary said that Gandhi should rather write to the central government. He said that the state government is doing all to curb the crisis and is working to launch new power stations in the state. Chaudhary also alleged that the centre is not providing any assistance and help to the state in this regard. Aug 30, 2014

Wingsuit daredevils risking their lives on film

Wingsuiters have become an increasingly common sight in the Alps. But with 21 deaths reported worldwide last year, there's concern that the spread of videos online could be encouraging amateurs to take increasingly dangerous risks. Duration: 02:16 Aug 30, 2014

Historian Bipan Chandra dies at age of 86

New Delhi, Aug 30 (ANI): Prominent Indian author and historian Bipan Chandra died on Saturday morning in his sleep at the age of 86. Chandra was considered to be one of foremost scholars on India independence movement and was an authority on Mahatma Gandhi. According to family sources, he died around 6 AM on Saturday morning at his home in Gurgaon. He had not been keeping well over the last few months. Chandra taught at the University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University and was also associated with the University Grants Commission of New Delhi. He was the Chairperson of the Centre for Historical Studies in JNU. Aug 30, 2014

Policeman sustains injury in firing outside Kashmir court

Anantnag, Aug 30 (ANI): A policeman sustained injury after firing took place outside a district court in Anantnag District of Jammu and Kashmir. The firing occurred just before a flag meeting between India and Pakistan border security officials in the RS Pura Sector. Pakistani troops had earlier this week fired on 40 border outposts (BoPs) and 24 villages along the International Border in Jammu and Samba districts, leaving three people injured. According to reports, there have been 33 ceasefire violations since July 16. Aug 30, 2014

PM Modi says bilateral dialogue with Pakistan requires militancy free environment

New Delhi, Aug 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said that a bilateral dialogue with Pakistan was only possible if there is militancy and violence free environment. PM Modi has said that India desires peaceful, friendly and cooperative ties with Pakistan, as he has had a very good meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in May 2014, when he attended Modi's swearing-in ceremony. Modi added that both counterparts had together decided that the Foreign Secretaries should meet and explore how to take relations forward. Meanwhile, BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that Modi's statement is in itself explanatory and it reaffirms India's position on Pakistan. Aug 30, 2014

India-Pak border meeting raises hope of peace at Kashmir border

RS Pura, Aug 30 (ANI): Pakistani Rangers and India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) flag meet raises hope of peace at Line of control (LoC) in Kashmir, after a "successful" meeting between the border guards of the two nations, said senior official. The meeting was held at the Octroi Post in Suchetgarh area near the international border. Inspector General of BSF, Rakesh Sharma said that the meeting was "successful" and pleasant while primary issues were discussed to cease border tension. Aug 30, 2014

PM Narendra Modi leaves for Japan

New Delhi, Aug 30 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for his first major bilateral trip to Japan - a country that in his words offers immense scope for cooperation. Modi travels to Japan for a five-day visit, his first major bilateral trip since taking over in May. Modi and host Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are also expected to boost defence ties, speeding up talks on the sale of an amphibious aircraft to the Indian navy. Aug 30, 2014

Kerala celebrates Onam festival with pomp and show

Kochi, Aug 30 (ANI): The agrarian festival Onam, which marks the homecoming of legendary king Mahabali, began in Kerala with pomp and show. The 10-day long harvest festival celebrations begin every year with Aathachamayam (The Royal Parade on Aatham Day) in Thripunithara (a suburb of Kochi City). The main centre of the festival is at Thrikakkara temple in Kochi city which is believed to be the ancient capital of King Mahabali. The Temple festival also marks the beginning of the harvest festival. The festival is greatly awaited across Kerala, as it is believed that the harvest festival heralds prosperity and happiness in the society. Aug 30, 2014