12th century UK tradition of 'swan upping' creating a flap

For five days, the Queen's Swan Marker in Britain travels along the river examining and marking swans for conservation purposes, in a tradition dating back to the 12th century originally carried out by families claiming ownership. Duration: 01:01 Jul 16, 2014

Charity in restive Aleppo serves mass meals for Ramadan

An association in Aleppo is providing meals for residents whose families have left the war-torn city and are fasting for Ramadan. Organisers prepare and distribute up to 3000 meals for iftar, when the daily fast is broken. Duration: 00:54 Jul 16, 2014

20 dead, scores injured in Moscow metro crash

Twenty people died and scores more were hurt after a train derailed in Moscow's packed metro during rush hour on Tuesday in the worst accident to hit one of the world's busiest subways. Duration: 01:08 Jul 15, 2014

Passengers jubilant as Delhi-Katra 'Shri Shakti Express' returns to New Delhi after maiden journey

Katra, July 15 (ANI): The Delhi-Katra 'Shri Shakti Express' on Tuesday arrived at the New Delhi Railway Station after its maiden journey. The 'Shree Shakti Express' rail link to Katra that is at the foot of the popular Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, has eased travel for the devotees. Prime Minister Modi had flagged-off the inaugural train from Katra to Udhampur on July 04. Expressing happiness passengers said the train service was a great relief to the pilgrims heading towards the pilgrimage. According to the official data, nearly 10 million devotees pass through Katra every year on their way to the 13-kilometer-long holy trek. Katra, being the starting point of the trek to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, is a highly revered destination for Hindus. This rail link is expected to make the journey easier for millions of devotees who make the pilgrimage every year. Jul 15, 2014

AAP leader Ashutosh hopes IAS officer Khemka will keep up his good work at the Centre

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh on Tuesday said he has high regards for Haryana Government IAS officer Ashok Khemka, and hoped the latter would continue with his good work while on central deputation as is being reported in the media. Responding to media reports that suggested that Khemka could be transferred from Haryana to the central government, Ashutosh said AAP has great respect for Ashok Khemka as he is a very honest and an upright officer. Jul 15, 2014

Rajya Sabha passes TRAI Amendment Bill

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): After Lok Sabha, the TRAI Amendment Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha today. The bill was passed in Lok Sabha on Monday. The Bill seeks to remove a legal hurdle in appointment of former chairman of telecom regulatory body Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to the Prime Minister. While the Congress opposed the bill, other parties like the BSP and the TMC supported it. Though the NDA government lacked numbers, it had expressed confidence on Monday that the Bill would be cleared by the Upper House too. Jul 15, 2014

Pakistan involved in Education Scam

Rawalakot, POK, July 15: Rawalakot University in Pakistan occupied Kashmir from the last 8 years has been offering and running the course of Veterinary medicine but ironically hundreds and thousands of students who subscribe to the course are rendered jobless. Even after completing the course and getting the degrees, no one is getting the job. Jul 15, 2014

Israeli attacks on Gaza spark protests in India

New Delhi/Srinagar, July 15 (ANI): Indians took to streets on Tuesday as they protested Israeli air strikes in Gaza that have killed at least 160 Palestinians. The current Israeli offensive, which began last week, has claimed lives of at least 138 civilians, including 30 children. Thousands were forced to flee in a Gaza town on Sunday after Israel warned them to leave ahead of threatened attacks on rocket-launching sites. Jul 15, 2014

Modi govt urges UPSC to postpone Civil Services preliminary exams

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Days after civil service aspirants protested against the new concepts introduced in the syllabus, the Indian government agreed to resolve issues faced by them on Tuesday. Civil services aspirants demanding scrapping of C-SAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) and age relaxation for 2011 candidates demonstrated outside the residence of Home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday. They also met Singh and stressed that their demands should be met. On Tuesday, junior minister for Science and Technology in the BJP government, Jitendra Singh, assured fast action. Jul 15, 2014

Japanese firms expanding base in ASEAN

Cambodia, July 15 (ANI): Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, witnesses a major economic growth, but here exists only a few commercial establishments. International giants like Japan's Aeon Group are foraying into the Cambodian market and it opened its first shopping mall. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida were among the dignitaries present at the event. The Cambodian Prime Minister calls it a major investment by AEON, which shows the economic growth of Cambodia. He hopes for more advancement of Japanese investment in the country. Jul 15, 2014

Kerry warns of 'great risks' of more Gaza violence

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Tuesday of the "great risks" of spiralling violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip and called on Arab nations to push Hamas to accept a ceasefire. Duration: 00:41 Jul 15, 2014