Fire breaks out at Chatterjee International building in Kolkata

Kolkata, Sep 02 (ANI): Fire broke out on the 15th floor of the landmark Chatterjee International building near Park Street in Kolkata on Tuesday morning. Four fire tenders were rushed to control the situation. Since the fire broke out before the office hours, the police said the possibility of any person being trapped in the building, which houses many private and government offices, is less. The area has been cordoned off to conduct the firefighting operations in the busy area. The cause of fire or extent of damage is yet to be ascertained, the police said. Sep 2, 2014

PM Narendra Modi plays Taiko drums at TCS event in Tokyo

Tokyo, Sep 02 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday wowed a set of suited businessmen by playing traditional Taiko drums with great verve on his fourth day of Japan visit. Modi's performance came a day after signing a clutch of deals with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, at the launch of Tata Consultancy Services's Technology and Cultural Academy, a programme to send young Japanese employees to India for training in technical and cultural skills. After TCS CEO N Chandrasekaran finished his opening remarks, Modi played the drums after the professional drummers had finished. The audience burst into applause when he had finished. Modi then flagged off the TCS Japanese Associates. Sep 2, 2014

Spiritual partnership with Japan not bound by time: Modi

Tokyo, Sept 02 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed gratitude towards his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for the grand hospitality and said India and Japan's spiritual relationship is not bound by time. Earlier in the day Abe had said he will work hand-in-hand with Modi to dramatically strengthen relations in every field and elevate ties to a special, strategic global partnership. Sep 2, 2014

Amit Shah accuses UDF and LDF in Kerala of vote bank politics

Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 02 (ANI): BJP president Amit Shah, who visited Kerala in order to gain foothold in the state, blamed the dominant coalition fronts for pursuing vote bank politics, and promoting communalism. Kerala is one of the states where BJP is yet to display a strong electoral performance, and politics in the state is dominated by two political factions - United Democratic Front (UDF) led by Congress party and Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by Communist Party of India (Marxist). Shah was addressing special convention of party functionaries in Thiruvananthapuram city during his maiden visit to the state. He further elaborated on the point by saying that Kerala government had sought the release of Abdul Nazer Mahdani, who was detained in connection with the 2008 serial bomb blasts in Bangalore. Shah is hoping to promote the development model of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lure the voters in southern states. Sep 2, 2014

British law minister says India must open up its legal sector

New Delhi, Sept 02 (ANI): British law minister Shailesh Vara, who arrived in New Delhi for his three-day visit said India must open up its legal sector. The United Kingdom's Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid at the Ministry of Justice, Vara, will also be visiting Ahmedabad. His visit is the latest in a series of senior British government visitors to India to further strengthen the bilateral relationship with the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Interacting with mediapersons in New Delhi, he added the United Kingdom and India have very strong links on trade, education and legal front. Vara said with Modi's initiative to allow foreign companies to invest in India, overseas lawyers must also be allowed to practice in India. Opening up the legal sector, Vara added, would make India also known as the centre of excellence across the globe, which will have benefits and help attract the business. Sep 2, 2014

Haj Committee in Rajasthan organises orientation camp for Muslim pilgrims

Ajmer, Sep 02 (ANI): A Haj Committee in Rajasthan organized a vaccination camp and an orientation programme for Muslim pilgrims to guide them on issues concerning the holy rituals at Mecca and Madina. The committee in Ajmer directed the pilgrims to fill up the Haj forms, advised them to keep photocopies of passports and also told them about the significance of the pilgrimage. Blood samples of pilgrims were collected and every kind of medical aid was taken into consideration. The pilgrims were satisfied with the initiative of the Haj Committee. Sep 2, 2014

Political tension rising in Pakistan

Pakistan's first democratic transition of power appears to be under threat as the pressure on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif mounts daily in the form of twin anti-government protests in the capital. Duration: 01:56 Sep 2, 2014

Lesotho PM heading home after 'coup'

Lesotho's Home Affairs minister requested Monday that members of the country's defence force return to their barracks, as the country’s exiled prime minister returns home from South Africa after an apparent coup. Duration: 01:21 Sep 2, 2014

NATO upgrades mean increased East Europe presence

This week's NATO summit will upgrade its military readiness to provide a more visible presence in eastern European member states spooked by Russia's actions in Ukraine, alliance head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. Duration: 01:29 Sep 1, 2014

China may feel threatened with Indo-Japan nuclear ties, say analysts

New Delhi, Sept 1 (ANI): Analysts in New Delhi said on Monday that China could see a nuclear deal between India and Japan as a potential threat to itself. Before his visit to Japan, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi listed manufacturing, infrastructure and energy as key areas for cooperation. Modi will also lobby for Abe to back a nuclear energy pact, although hopes of striking a similar accord to the one reached with the United States in 2008 had faded in the run-up to the visit. Analysts say that a nuclear deal between India and Japan would raise concerns in China which would see such a pact as a threat to itself. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said negotiations were on for a civil nuclear agreement with Japan, indicating that the deal is not likely to be sealed during his ongoing five-day visit to the country. Japan is known to have been sensitive about the nuclear issue seeing that it has been the only country in the world to have suffered two nuclear attacks. It wants explicit guarantees from India, which has not signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, to limit atomic tests and allow closer inspection of its facilities to ensure that spent fuel is not used to make bombs. Sep 1, 2014

Sonia Gandhi visits Rae Bareli to take stock of development works in constituency

Rae Bareli, Sep 01 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi visited her parliamentary constituency of Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh to make an assessment of the ongoing development works. During her two-day visit, which started on Monday, Gandhi will launch a number of schemes for her parliamentary constituency. Gandhi met the employees of Industrial Training Institute, a public sector unit who were facing problems of non-payment of wages for the past four months. Chairman of Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Joint Action Front, VK Shukla said that employees of the institute were going through a dismal phase since they were not getting their dues. Sep 1, 2014