Farmers fret over damaged crops, stagnant water in flood-hit Kashmir

Ganderbal, Sep 25 (ANI): Farmers remained the worst hit due to massive floods in Jammu and Kashmir as stagnant water in their agricultural fields damaged crops and affected the yield. Flood fury resulted in huge losses to life, property and economy of Kashmir. The worst flooding in the valley in 60 years submerged villages and ruined crops. The farmer added that the produce from damaged crops was only for consumption for three months as large chunks of land were washed away. Sep 25, 2014

Influx of domestic and foreign tourists declines, business shattered in Flood ravaged Kashmir

Katra, Sep 25 (ANI): Inflow of tourists has drastically come down in the last few weeks due to the devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir, business and lives of residents have been hit amid creating fear in the minds of devotees planning to take up the pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi during busy festival season. The number of pilgrims to Vaishno Devi pilgrimage has waned during the peak festive season in the flooded valley. Floods have shattered all hopes of small as well as big businessmen. The dwindling number of pilgrims has affected small businessmen in the town of Katra from where the pilgrims begin mounting towards the Vaishno Devi shrine. Sep 25, 2014

SAARC culture ministers' meet in New Delhi to chart out 2014-17 action plan

New Delhi, Sep 25 (ANI): India hosted the third meeting of the SAARC Culture Ministers to chart a roadmap for cultural ties in the region for 2014-17, which aims at promoting multilateral cooperation in the field of cultural relations by South Asia in the backdrop of a common heritage linking the eight- member grouping. Highlight of the meeting was setting up of a Delhi Declaration to chart a roadmap for cultural ties in the region for 2014-17. The major activities envisaged in the agenda include strengthening of cultural institutions in member-countries, cultural festivals in the region, preservation and conservation practices and promoting literacy and reading habits. Confirmations have been received that the Culture Ministers of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and India would participate in the deliberations. Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan would be represented by Senior Officials. Sep 25, 2014

Kashmiri apples start flowing into market post trade slump due to floods

Poonch /Shimla, Sept 25 (ANI): Apple trade in Jammu and Kashmir, which had hit a slump during the floods, restarted after the reconstruction of a major road which had been left damaged because of the heavy rainfall. The arterial Mughal Road in Kashmir, which connects the mountainous valley with the foothills of the state, was rendered inaccessible following landslides caused by the recent heavy rainfall but has now been reconstructed and thrown open to traffic. The worst flooding in over a century had hampered the trade of Kashmiri apple, which is known world over for its taste and juice. Kashmiri apples, whose price generally wavers around rupees 100 per kilogram, are now being sold for rupees 20 per kilogram. However, the slump in the Kashmiri apple trade gave a boost to the apples of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, which are a major competitor for the Kashmiri ones. Sep 25, 2014

London cabbies block streets to denounce local regulator

Thousands of taxis caused traffic chaos in central London in protest at local regulator Transport for London, who they say is not protecting the public from illegal minicab touts and rickshaws. Duration: 00:56 Sep 25, 2014

Poland welcomes the blind to 'see the sea'

For nearly a decade, this Polish charity has been brightening the lives of the visually impaired by offering them a chance to learn the ropes on sail boats. Duration: 2:14 Sep 25, 2014

French PM: France will continue air strikes in Iraq

France's prime minister on Wednesday vowed to continue its military action in Iraq until the local army can gain the upper hand against Islamic State militants surging through the country. Duration: 00:41 Sep 25, 2014

South Africa_s first gay-friendly mosque could be shut

South Africa_s first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows Christian worshippers and women to lead prayers, could be closed unless it complies with municipal laws, an official said on Wednesday. Duration: 00:47 Sep 25, 2014

Switch to a patriotic t-shirt in Moscow_s streets

Young people in Moscow don TShirts as part of the ___Fashionable response ___ no to sanctions___ campaign, encouraging Russians to abandon clothes bearing foreign labels in favour of those promoting Russia. Duration: 00:55 Sep 25, 2014

Expats defend paradise in hurricane-hit Mexico

Armed with nothing more than an air horn and walkie-talkie, US and Canadian expats protect their piece of paradise from thieves after Hurricane Odile crushed Mexico_s Los Cabos beach resorts. Duration: 2:09 Sep 25, 2014

Hong Kong students march on financial district

Striking students march on Hong Kong_s financial district, taking their protest for greater democratic rights to the city_s commercial centre for the first time. Duration: 00:33 Sep 25, 2014