Agartala city reaps the benefits of peace in the state

Agartala, Aug 29 (ANI): Tripura was once reeling under the impact of insurgency which had hampered its development. However, with the gradual decline of militant activities over the last few years, the state has been making tremendous progress. Agartala city is a proof of this change. Small and big industries, educational institutes, shopping malls, hospitals and better road connectivity - the city is witnessing a change. Emphasis on infrastructure development has resulted in better roads, education and health care facilities, thereby improving the living conditions of the public. With a decline in militancy, investors are also showing interest in the state and a good number of industries have come up in and around Agartala. This has created employment scope for thousands of youth. Additionally, the state has formulated investor-friendly policies to attract national and multinational companies. Aug 29, 2014

Obama on Ukraine, Russia and Syria

President Barack Obama said it is plain for world to see that Russian forces are in Ukraine. In a wide-ranging press conference Obama also said the US does not have to choose between Assad and IS in Syria. Duration: 01:18 Aug 29, 2014

Army wives ask Russia to come clean on troops in Ukraine

Several dozen women gather outside a military base in central Russia to demand Moscow come clean about where their husbands are after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent to fight in Ukraine. Duration: 00:59 Aug 29, 2014

Turkey's former PM Erdogan sworn in as president

Turkey's outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as president Thursday, extending his decade-long rule, while opponents who accuse him of authoritarianism walked out of the ceremony. Duration: 00:35 Aug 29, 2014

Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt meet to discuss Nile dam project

Ethiopia hosted a two-day meeting of the tripartite ministerial committee between Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt bin Khartoum to discuss the hydro-electric dam being built by Addis Ababa on the Nile. Duration: 00:33 Aug 29, 2014

Prime Minister to visit Japan on 30th August

New Delhi, Aug 28 (ANI): MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be visiting Japan from 30th August to 3rd September. He further informed that the PM would be visiting Tokyo and Kyoto during his stay in the country. Aug 28, 2014

Pakistan should never be forgiven for ceasefire violations: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Jammu and Kashmir, Aug 28 (ANI): Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, said on Thursday Pakistan should never be forgiven for continuous ceasefire violations in Kashmir border region and causing suffering to poor people after visiting the victims. Pakistani Rangers fired on personnel of India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) hours after holding meeting with their Indian counterparts in Pargwal sector of northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. Azad also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly being silent on the issue. Aug 28, 2014

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana would fight poverty in the country: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while launching the ambitious 'Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojana, said that the scheme will fight poverty in the country. He added that the scheme would help India to get rid of 'financial untouchability'. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana is an ambitious scheme, under which the government would provide every household with a bank account and an insurance cover. Under the banking scheme, account holders would get a debit card and accident insurance cover of up to 100,000 rupees ($1,654). They would also get an overdraft facility of up to 5,000 Indian rupees. The first phase of the mission, starting this month, would end in August next year. The second phase will start from 2015 till 2018, covering aspects such as micro insurance and pension schemes like 'Swavalamban'. Aug 28, 2014

BJP blamed for simmering unrest in riot affected areas of UP

Muzaffarnagar, Aug 28 (ANI): Chief of Bharatiya Kisan (Indian Farmers) Union, Naresh Tikait, accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for failing to control unrest in Muzzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh even after one year of the riots between two communities that claimed immense loss of life and property. The clashes triggered on August 27, 2013 when a Muslim youth was stabbed to death by two Hindu youths after being accused of sexually harassing their sister. A Muslim mob stoned the two Hindus to death. At least 45 people were killed and hundreds were forced to flee their homes in the ensuing riots. On Wednesday, Tikait accused the BJP and claimed that riots might trigger again because of the simmering discontent among the victims who had not been compensated to move ahead in life. The violence which forced authorities to deploy the army and paramilitary forces, impose curfews and revoke gun licences in places where arms are plentiful - has ebbed, but many displaced Muslims refuse to return home, fearing more bloodshed. Aug 28, 2014

Protesters seek dismissal of Railway Minister post rape allegation on son

Karnataka/New Delhi, Aug 28 (ANI): Congress protesters took to streets on Thursday (August 28) in Karnataka and demanded the dismissal of Railway Minister, DV Sadananda Gowda, post rape and cheating allegation by a woman against his son. The woman, who is a small-time model and actress, complained to the police that she was married to the minister's son, Karthik, who got engaged to another woman. Youth Congress party activist, TP Sampat said Prime Minister, Narendra Modi should take action in the case and demand justice for the victim. Police Commissioner of Bangalore, MN Reddi said that police have filed a rape case against Gowda's son. Aug 28, 2014