Encephalitis under control in West Bengal, claims minister

Siliguri, Aug 29 (ANI): Minister for North Bengal Development in the government of West Bengal, Goutam Deb has stated that encephalitis, which turned out to be an epidemic in the state, is under control now. Deb added that appropriate preventive measures are being taken by the officials of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital along with chief medical officers to combat the further spread of the disease and their findings will soon be sent to the health department. Almost 570 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as "brain fever". Aug 29, 2014

I had used word 'Hindi' not 'Hindu': Najma Heptullah on her 'nothing wrong in calling Indians Hindus

New Delhi, Aug 29 (ANI): After Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah's statement wherein she said that there is nothing wrong in calling Indians as Hindus sparked controversy, Heptullah said that she used the word 'Hindi' and not 'Hindu'. Heptullah said that she emphasized on the language and not in the religion and that her statement was misunderstood. She had virtually endorsed the RSS's view that all Indians are Hindus, saying there is nothing wrong with the term Hindu being applied equally to all citizens as a label of "national identity". Aug 29, 2014

New power station in Kashmir brightens lives with uninterrupted supply

Rajouri, Aug 29 (ANI): A new power station set up in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir brightened up people’s lives with uninterrupted power supply. Junior Engineer, Javed Iqbal, said the power station aims at providing uninterrupted power supply. A resident, Ratan Lal, added lack of electricity impacted the industry work earlier. However, the plant, which was set up in June this year, is benefiting the people immensely. No line men from city ever visited the area to fix the electricity poles. People are now getting an opportunity to start their own work, which has generated employment opportunities for many. The new power station is boosting the number of small scale industries, such as flour mills, set up by people for self-employment. Aug 29, 2014

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