Woman entrepreneur in Manipur carves a success story

Imphal, Sep 08 (ANI): At his tiny house located in Khurai Thoidingjam Leikai in Imphal, the 61-year-old Jina Khumujam is busy preparing herbal soap. She took up soap making in 2004. The variety of soaps under the brand name of Ma-ngal are being produced with the extracts of locally available fruits like Lemon, Xylosma, Aloe-Vera, Citrus latipes and Cucumber. Jina's soap brand is a symbol of women empowerment and enlightenment. Jina also has the expertise in recycling waste materials into productive and income generating items apart from making soaps. She wishes to open up a show room for her products and a training centre. Jina's soap making farm has been a source of earning for some other destitute poor women, like widows and those living with HIV/AIDS. They come to her house and together make soaps, and handicraft. Sep 8, 2014

Flood waters inundate farmlands in border villages of Punjab

Gurdaspur, Sep 08 (ANI): Dozens of border villages and farmlands were inundated due to floodwaters in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, while 18 people including children have been rescued. These villages across river Ravi remained cut off following flooding of the Basanter Nullah near the Pakistan borders. The incessant rains in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab have created havoc when the river waters breached embankments on the Indian side and the flow of water increased sharply. Meanwhile, Indian army teams conducted rescue operations and saved 18 people who were stuck in the flooded areas. Evacuation is being carried out. Around 200 people are stranded across the river Ravi. Sep 8, 2014

SC stays execution of Nithari killer Surinder Koli for a week

Meerut, Sep 08 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of Surinder Koli, convicted of Nithari killings, who was due to be hanged on the morning of September 12. The apex court passed the order midnight and stayed the execution for a week until a fresh review petition challenging his death penalty is heard. Koli was transferred from the Dasna jail in Ghaziabad district to Meerut on September 4 for the execution of his death warrant issued by the CBI court. Sep 8, 2014

German Foreign Minister pays homage at Gandhi memorial

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): German Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi and paid homage to the peace icon. Steinmeier along with the German Ambassador, Michael Steiner also visited the National Gandhi Museum at Rajghat. Steinmeier arrived in New Delhi on Saturday for a three-day visit to hold political and business talks with India in a bid to boost bilateral trade. Steinmeier is to hold talks with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his counterpart Sushma Swaraj, as well as other high-ranking Indian politicians on Monday. Sep 8, 2014

Flood alert in Andhra Pradesh, state CM takes stock of situation

Srikakulam, Sep 08 (ANI): Rising water levels triggered by heavy rains caused floods in Andhra Pradesh leaving nearly 300 people stranded. State Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday directed Ministers and officials to take up prompt rescue and relief measures wherever necessary. Gaurav Uppal, the District Magistrate of Srikakulam district that is badly hit, visited some of the flood-affected areas along with his team to monitor the situation. He also spoke to the affected residents to understand the state of affairs. Uppal said incessant rainfall in neighbouring Odisha on Saturday caused water levels to rise in the Vamsadhara River. He said all the concerned authorities are working together to deal with the crisis. Sep 8, 2014

Maoists open fire on police patrol in Jharkhand

Latehar, Sep 08 (ANI): Maoists opened fire on a police patrol party in Jharkhand but nobody was injured, said a police officer. Acting on a tip-off, police laid a cordon to nab the militants but they managed to escape by taking cover of fire. Police officer, Deepak Kumar said Maoists had suffered losses during exchange of fire. Police recovered bullets and other materials from the spot. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since 1960s. Sep 8, 2014

Jammu-Pathankot national highway opens as water level comes down in flood hit J&K

Jammu & Kashmir, Sep 08 (ANI): As water level in flood hit Jammu & Kashmir came down on Monday, the administration opened the Jammu-Pathankot national highway, which connects the region with the rest of the country. Meanwhile, rescue operations are in full swing as the death toll from serious flooding in Jammu and Kashmir climbed to more than 175, with homes, military bases and hospitals inundated in the region. Indian army personnel rescued residents stuck in floodwater in low lying areas in Rajouri district. About 22 air force helicopters and four aircraft were deployed to evacuate 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. Sep 8, 2014

BJP MLA calls for 'Love Jihad' Mahapanchayat, Politicos React

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday react as BJP MLA Sangeet Singh Som has called for a Mahapanchayat in Uttar Pradesh to protest against Love Jihad. BJP leader Sambit Patra welcoming the MLA's step said that there is lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP leaders are trying to solve the local problem in a local manner and creating awareness among the people against the same. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that such an act is very unfortunate and that the government of Uttar Pradesh needs to take action against such people and BJP needs to account for its MLAs. NCP leaders Majid Memon and Tariq Anwar condemning the act said that such hate speeches will only create differences among the people and that the BJP is only trying to play the vote bank politics in Uttar Pradesh. Sep 8, 2014

Yogi Adityanath creates controversy again through his 'hate speech', attacks Muslim community

Noida, Sep 08 (ANI): BJP Leader and party's main campaigner for by polls in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath made yet another controversial statement as he blamed people of a minority religion for the state's recent communal tensions. Adityanath also said that SP government in UP is against Hindu community and that SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav gets irritated with Lord Ram's name and this is 'against India and Indianness'. He said the UP government had failed to maintain communal harmony because the 'population of a certain community had risen several times'. Sep 8, 2014

2G scam: SC says charges against CBI chief serious, seeks reply

New Delhi, Sept 08 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday said the allegations against CBI chief Ranjit Sinha in the 2G and coal allocation cases are serious and asked him to respond to them. Referring to the charges raised by activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan that many of the main accused in the two high profile cases were frequent visitors at the CBI chief's residence, the court asked him to file a counter-affidavit within a week. Sep 8, 2014

Political leaders react over Amit Shah's attack on Mamata Banerjee over Saradha scam

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday react over BJP President Amit Shah's attack on West Bengal Chief Minster Mamata Banerjee over Saradha chit fund scam. Shah took jibe during a rally in Kolkata city for the state by-polls. While others were of the view that political rivalry should not include independent intelligence agencies, BJP slammed Banerjee for mis-governance. Shah had also alleged that Bangladeshi infiltration has gone up by five times in the Trinamool regime as Mamata Banerjee was only pursuing politics rather than developing the state. Sep 8, 2014

Politicos condemn even as BJP supports Adityanath's 'hate speech'

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday condemned BJP MLA Yogi Adityanath's 'hate speech' even as BJP leader Sambit Patra supported the statements and slammed the UP government for communal tensions. Congress leaders Manish Tewari and Rashid Alvi also condemned the statement and said that Adityanath should be arrested as he can prove to be a danger to the society. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that BJP is trying to create communal tensions since long. Meanwhile, RJD leader Manoj Jha and CPI's Atul Anjan also condemned the remarks. Sep 8, 2014

EUFOR RCA say they are making progress in the C.A.R

The EUROF RCA forces in the Central African Republic say they are making progress, five months after their arrival in the troubled country. Residents of Bangui await the arrival of a contingent of 12,000 peacekeeping troops to help. Duration: 01:26 Sep 7, 2014

Heavy fighting threatens Ukraine ceasefire

Gunfire and heavy shelling rock a key frontline city in eastern Ukraine, raising fears that a tenuous truce between government and rebel forces had already collapsed. Duration: 00:53 Sep 7, 2014

Devotees pray, decorate elephants to mark Onam festival in Kerala

Kochi, Sep 07 (ANI): People in Kerala revelled in festive spirit to celebrate the harvest festival of 'Onam' on Sunday. Devotees visited temples, made flower carpets and decorated elephants to celebrate the festival in Kochi. The festival is based on the story of 'King Mahabali' who was so attached to his kingdom that it is believed that he comes annually to see if his people are living happily. It is in honour of King Mahabali, affectionately called Onathappan, that Onam is celebrated. A tourist from UK, Rebecca said she felt amazing to be a part of the celebrations. The 10-day long harvest festival celebrations begin every year with Aathachamayam (The Royal Parade on Aatham Day) in Thripunithara city. Another devotee Vinod Krishnan said a feast is organised on this day. Sep 7, 2014