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

Politicos react as Kumar Vishwas discloses being offered CM post by BJP MLA

New Delhi, Aug 30 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday reacted to AAP leader Kumar Vishwas' controversial disclosure of being offered Delhi CM post by a BJP MLA. Congress leader Barkha Shukla said that AAP is a greedy party and they can do anything to come to power. She added that Vishwas should have accepted the offer as it was an opportunity for him to rise in political power. Meanwhile, President of BJP's Delhi Unit, Satish Upadhyay said that this is a new script written by AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal for Vishwas to let his party come to light again. He added that Vishwas should tell the details of who the leader was and give a proof for his words. Aug 30, 2014

Kumar Vishwas on his controversy of being offered CM post by BJP MLA

Ghaziabad, Aug 30 (ANI): AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Saturday clarified his controversial disclosure of being offered CM post by a BJP MLA post Lok Sabha results. Vishwas said that he had been offered by a BJP MLA to become the CM of Delhi if he joins BJP. He said that he had declined the offer on grounds of not being a political person. He added that AAP is not a party; it is a political movement which is why he is associated with it. Aug 30, 2014

Traders in Kashmir demand boost in cross-border trade with Pakistan

Poonch, Aug 30 (ANI): Traders in Jammu and Kashmir called for increase in cross-border trade between New Delhi and Islamabad. At present, the cross-border trade stands at 850 crore rupees. The two nuclear-armed countries have fought two wars over Kashmir but had sought to ease access and commerce in a region at the heart of more than 60 years of hostility. An approved list of items is traded between both the countries. At present, this list includes 21 items but traders are looking to raise the number of products. The most widely exported crops from the Indian side are bananas, red chili, cumin and tamarind while imports from the Pakistani side include dry fruit and mangoes. Both sides hope closer integration of Pakistan with India's giant economy would help lay the ground for a lowering of political tensions between them. Aug 30, 2014

Jewellery exhibition in Kashmir draws enthusiasts

Srinagar, Aug 30 (ANI): The department of handicraft and tourism along with a manufacturing jewellery and gem stone company organised a jewellery exhibition in Jammu and Kashmir to attract locals as well as tourists. Artists and craftsmen from different states of the country took part in the exhibition, which was organised at Nigeen Club in Srinagar. The exhibitors said Indian jewellery was famous everywhere and such events give a boost to tourism industry and also generate employment. Different varieties of jewellery pieces like necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc were being sold at reasonable prices. Aug 30, 2014

Senegal confirms its 1st Ebola case as epidemic spreads

The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people across West Africa spread to a fifth country in the region on Friday with the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Senegal. Duration: 00:39 Aug 30, 2014