Pak PM extends helping hand to India post PM Modi's offer to help flood hit PoK

New Delhi/ Islamabad, Sep 09 (ANI): Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the latter's offer to help in flood relief operations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Acknowledging Modi's letter, Prime Minister Sharif said, "Such solidarity in the face of crisis is indeed valuable." The Pakistani Prime Minister reciprocated with an offer to "lend a helping hand in any way possible." He also established hope that such "closer collaboration in disaster management should be a part of the agenda of peace and development in region. On Sunday, Modi had offered help to Pakistan in rescue and relief operations in PoK, which has been reeling under the severe floods in the region. Sep 9, 2014

At least 38 people died after landslide in Udhampur of J and K

Udhampur, Sep 09 (ANI): At least 38 people are feared dead after a landslide, triggered by heavy rains, submerged an entire village in Udhampur district of Kashmir, said a police officer. Nearly 22-23 houses were buried under the landslide. The administration has recovered seven bodies while 31 people are still missing. Additional Superintendent of police, Khalil Poswal said rescue operation was underway to trace the bodies or survivors from the debris. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew over the Kashmir valley on Sunday to take stock of the situation and said that the disaster is of the whole nation. Some 2,500 villages have been partially or completely submerged across the area, while thousands of people are stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued. Sep 9, 2014

Flood Victims laud Indian Army for commendable rescue operations in JandK

Srinagar, Sep 09 (ANI): Thousands of people rescued from the flood hit areas of Kashmir, lauded the Indian Army for its commendable operation in bringing them to safety. Some 2,500 communities are destroyed or partially underwater, while thousands of people are stranded on their rooftops still waiting for rescue. Major flooding following heavy rains caught people in low-lying areas off guard and nearly 5,000 people had to be rescued by the army. About 22 Air force helicopters and four aircraft were deployed to evacuate the stranded people and to deliver relief. About 120 army units and eight teams of police reservists, equipped with boats and life jackets, were in action. Another flood victim, Umesh Yadav said that they were rescued by Army helicopters from the terrace of the building. Sep 9, 2014

Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM Modi for offering support to PoK, politicos react

New Delhi, Sept 09 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for offering support to Pakistan for the flood-affected parts of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Azad also praised the Prime Minister for the amount of funds released for the reconstruction of infrastructure in the state. Meanwhile, reacting over this, political leaders said that the good work done by anybody should be praised. Sep 9, 2014

German foreign minister holds talks with Venkaiah Naidu to bolster ties

New Delhi, Sept 09 (ANI): German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi as the two countries look forward to build trade and defence ties. Steinmeier also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counter part, Sushma Swaraj. Steinmeier arrived in India on September 06 for a three-day visit aimed at improving cooperation in technology, trade and defence between the two nations. Sep 9, 2014

India will not block sick Italian marine's treatment: Sushma

New Delhi, Sept 09 (ANI): India will not stop Italian marine facing murder charges from returning home for medical treatment, said Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, a case that has soured relations between New Delhi and Rome. Supreme Court will decide whether to accept the appeal filed by one of the two Italian marines, to go home on medical grounds for recovery after he was admitted to a hospital for a health condition similar to a mild stroke. The marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, part of a military security team protecting a tanker from piracy are accused of shooting two Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala in February 2012. Supreme Court lawyer, KTS Tulsi, said that one of the Italian marines has filed an appeal to go back to Italy on medical grounds after he was admitted to a hospital complaining of some health problems. Sep 9, 2014

Trade minister says initiatives taken directly influence socio-economic policy

New Delhi, Sept 09 (ANI): Union trade minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that inclination in country’s industrial growth will have a positive bearing on socio-economic policy. Sitharaman was addressing a press conference in New Delhi, where she highlighted a number of initiatives taken by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, as well as the international agreements it had signed. Sitharaman said that the priority of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was to improve on excellence. She added that the major policy initiatives that India has taken in terms of opening up many sectors of investment from abroad such as defence, railways and construction, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has been eased out. Sep 9, 2014

Hafiz Saeed blames India for devastating floods in Pakistan

Pakistan, Sept 09 (ANI): Jamaat-u-Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed blamed India for causing deadly flooding in Pakistan by deliberately diverting waters from dams in Jammu and Kashmir. Both the Indian and Pakistani sides have been ravaged by floods that have killed at least 239 people as rivers burst their banks after heavy monsoon rains. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who recently cancelled high-level peace talks and accused Pakistan of fighting a "proxy war", was more conciliatory in a letter to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, on September 07. Saeed said the offer was a crude joke with Pakistanis. Sep 9, 2014

Muslims participate in Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations with great enthusiasm in Kanpur

Kanpur, Sep 09 (ANI): Kanpur situated in the northern part of Uttar Pradesh is a city known for religious importance. People from different religious faiths live here with amity and brotherhood. They enthusiastically celebrate and participate in each other’s festivals as well. One such instance can be seen during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Here Muslims participates enthusiastically with there Hindu brothers to celebrate the occasion. Ganesh Chaturthi falls during the month of August- September and is celebrated with utmost devotion all over the country. On this day idols of Lord Ganesha are installed and decorated and hymns are chanted as the rituals are performed. The Muslims in Kanpur also install the Idol of Ganesha and perform the rituals in the same manner as their Hindus brothers does. Sep 9, 2014

Ruhelkhand University helps in carrying forward tradition of communal harmony

Bareilly, Sep 09 (ANI): India is a land of diverse religious beliefs, cultures and languages. And people of the country enjoy this diversity and live in amity not just by living in amity but also by performing their rituals, learning languages and by adopting cultural practices. One such example can be seen at Ruhelkhand University, Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, where students from different religious faiths study Persian Language in the newly established Indo-Iranian Studies Center. The Indo-Iranian Studies Centre was established in university in the year 2012. Here students belonging to Muslim, Hindu and even Christian community come together to study the Persian language. Centers like Indo-Iranian Studies help people to learn the cultural practices and language of each other, enabling them to understand the meaning of a peaceful life. Sep 9, 2014

British boy Ashya lands in Prague for cancer treatment

Ashya King, the five-year-old cancer patient whose parents sparked an international manhunt when they took him from hospital in Britain, arrived in Prague Monday for treatment after leaving Spain. Duration: 01:24 Sep 9, 2014

Nigeria confirms 19 cases of Ebola

Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu confirms there are 19 cases of Ebola in the country, 15 in Lagos and four in Port-Harcourt. Duration: 00:54 Sep 9, 2014

Poroshenko pays solidarity visit to flashpoint Ukraine town

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says it is impossible to win the conflict in the east by force alone, as he paid a visit of solidarity to Mariupol, a city that has become the latest frontline in the war. Duration: 00:4 Sep 9, 2014