Navy Chief assures all possible help to family of sailor killed in Torpedo vessel mishap off the Viz

Visakhapatnam, Nov 10 (ANI): India's Navy Chief Admiral Robin Dhowan met the family of the sailor James Jacob, who was killed in the recent ship accident off the Visakhapatnam coast and assured all possible help to the bereaved. A torpedo recovery vessel sank off India's coastal city of Visakhapatnam killing at least one person. Dhowan promised to extend all help to the family of 26-year-old sailor, James Jacob. The vessel was on an exercise to recover practice torpedoes fired by fleet ships, when flooding occurred in one of the compartments, the Navy said in a statement. Nov 10, 2014

Pakistani Christians hold protests, prayers for couple lynched by mob

Karachi/ Islamabad, Nov 10 (ANI): Pakistani Christians recently held protests and prayers for a Christian couple who were beaten to death and their bodies burned for allegedly desecrating a copy of the Koran earlier this week. About two hundred people from the Christian community took to streets of the southern city of Karachi holding banners, placards and holy crosses. In the capital Islamabad, about hundred men and women gathered to express solidarity with the couple. They held placards and sang dirges. Smaller protests were held in other cities and prayers were offered in churches. Blasphemy charges, even when they go to court, are punished by death in Muslim-majority Pakistan. They are hard to fight because the law does not define clearly what is blasphemous. Nov 10, 2014

India postpones day tourism at Wagah border in view of blast on Pakistani side

Amritsar, Nov 10 (ANI): India's Border Security Force postponed the Day Tourism at Wagah border in Punjab which was scheduled to kick off from November 10, after a suicide bomb attack killed scores of people on the Pakistani side last Sunday. At least 60 people were killed and 110 wounded when the explosion ripped through a car park about 500 metres (yards) from Pakistan's border gate just as hundreds of people left the daily performance. The plan for Day tourism was for tourists who reach early at the Wagah border and the security forces were to give them a tour of the area since the main ceremony is held in the evening. The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the Border Security Force (BSF), MF Farooqui said that the new activity would need elaborate security for the crowd that was expected to turn up for the day tourism. Nov 10, 2014

Police arrest three accused in Australian woman murder case in Andhra Pradesh

Puttaparthi, Nov 10 (ANI): Police arrested three accused for allegedly killing an Australian woman on the outskirts of pilgrim town Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh, said a senior officer. Superintendent of Police, Sriniwas Lu said Toni Anne Ludgate was murdered by the watchman of an apartment where she was staying. Ludgate was murdered by the security guard of her apartment complex with the help of two accomplices on August 28 as the guard was unable to return the rupees 20,000 he owed her. Earlier, police exhumed body of Ludgate, who went missing over two months ago. Nov 10, 2014

Wushu player Yumnam Sanathoi Devi makes India proud

Manipur, Nov 10 (ANI): Yumnam Sanathoi Devi is one among the few Wushu players in the country. A resident of Yairipok Top Chingtha village in Thoubal district of Manipur, she won a bronze medal at the recently concluded Incheon Asian Games. Her next targets are to win gold medals at 2015 World Wushu Championship and Rio 2016 Olympics. Sanathoi took up Wushu, a traditional Chinese martial arts in 2003 under the guidance of Maibam Surbala Devi and later under Moirangthem Ibomcha Meitei. She later availed training by the Sports Authority of India. Hailing from a poor family, Sanathoi had to struggle a lot to reach at this stage. Pursuing her graduation, Sanathoi also helps out her family in making clothes in looms during her leisure time. The success of young sportspersons like Sanathoi Devi is an inspiration for the youth in the region. Nov 10, 2014

10 years on, Arafat's image immortalised in photos

In almost every Palestinian home there is at least one picture of Yasser Arafat and everyone has an anecdote to tell about the day when they met the iconic Palestinian leader. Duration: 01:12 Nov 9, 2014

PM advocates use of Ayurveda at 6th World Ayurveda Congress and Arogya Expo

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi while speaking at 6th World Ayurveda Congress and Arogya Expo, advocated use of Ayurveda and said that there is larger need of awareness in Ayurveda. He said that it is not meant to be limited only to doctors but should be a part of life like for our ancestors. Modi said that Ayurveda needs to come up in the international magazines and should be exposed on a larger scale for its betterment. He also said that unless people related to the field do not appreciate it, others can never take Ayurveda seriously. He also said that like the art of yoga has spread its wings internationally, Ayurveda too can go a long way; the need is that the people in India first start accepting it. Nov 9, 2014

Celebrations fill air at newly elected cabinet ministers' hometowns

Panaji/ Allahabad/ Patna, Nov 09 (ANI): Supporters of newly elected ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government celebrated their induction with crackers and sweets on Sunday. Modi hosted a high tea at his residence ahead of the swearing-in ceremony which was attended by notable party members. Later in the day, new ministers were sworn-in during the ceremony. Speaking to media persons in Panaji city of Goa on Sunday, a supporter of Parrikar, Milind Fernandis, expressed happiness. Meanwhile, in Allahabad city of Uttar Pradesh also, people celebrated the swearing-in of their leader, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, as a minister of state in Modi's government. Supporters of Giriraj Singh in his hometown Patna city of Bihar also rejoiced his induction as minister of state. Nov 9, 2014

Protesters rally over use of plastic bags in West Bengal

Siliguri, Nov 09 (ANI): Hundreds of protesters Siliguri city on Sunday (November 09) took to the streets to protest against the use of plastic bags which are major reason of worry causing pollution and other related environmental hazards. A protester Animesh Bose said that they are protesting to make the people aware of the environmental hazards. West Bengal had announced the ban on the use of plastic bags on May 2007. It was the first state to successfully implement a complete ban on the use of plastic bags. Siliguri was declared a plastic free city by the National Green Tribunal five years back. Nov 9, 2014

If BJP takes support from NCP, Shiv Sena will sit in opposition in Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai, Nov 09 (ANI): Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackaray on Sunday said that the party will sit in opposition in Maharashtra if BJP takes support from NCP. He said that the Shiv Sena also wants stable government in Maharashtra but it doesn't mean that the party will support the party which takes support of people who spoke of saffron terrorism. Amid speculations that Sena will call off ties with BJP, Thackeray said that Shiv Sena is there to serve the people but not with people who wants to destroy Maharashtra. He also said that it is up to the BJP to make clear its stand on whether to take NCP's support in the state or not in the next 2-3 days. Further, Thackaray also said that Suresh Prabhu's decision to leave Shiv Sena and join BJP was unfortunate. He also announced that Sena leader Eknath Shinde will be the leader of opposition in the Maharashtra assembly, which convenes tomorrow. Nov 9, 2014

BJP condemns arrest of RSS cadres by Tamil Nadu police

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): BJP on Sunday condemned the arrest of RSS cadres during their annual founder's day procession in Chennai, adding that the action by the Tamil Nadu government and state police was 'uncalled for'. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said that actions by Tamil Nadu police and government is highly reprehensible and in total violation of the orders of the court. Earlier, RSS had approached the Madras High Court, seeking a direction to permit its annual founder's day procession in seven cities across Tamil Nadu after authorities had denied the same. The High Court then directed the police on Friday to grant permission to the RSS to take out a procession and hold a public meeting on their founder's day on November 9. Nov 9, 2014

Kabul police chief escapes suicide blast in his office

A suicide bomber walked into the offices of the Kabul police chief and detonated his explosives, killing a senior aide in an attack that highlighted poor security in the Afghan capital. Duration: 00:35 Nov 9, 2014

Vande Mataram gets a new version in Gujarati language

Vadodara, Nov 09 (ANI): National song Vande Mataram got a new version in Gujarati language and was made available online by a motley group comprising a lecturer, senate member, alumni and an artist associated with a university in Gujarat. The group linked to Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) in Vadodara uploaded the new version on YouTube for free download. The translator of the song, Chirayu Pandit, who is also a lecturer in the engineering department of MSU, said till now there have been at least 19 translations of the national song. Nov 9, 2014