Hirscher ready for Olympics giant slalom challenge

Austrian world slalom champion Marcel Hirscher says he's well prepared for Wednesday's giant slalom but knows he faces a tough task in trying to beat US star Ted Ligety. Duration: 01:04 Feb 18, 2014

Five Japan divers rescued after days missing off Bali

Five Japanese scuba divers were rescued Monday after being found clinging to a coral reef in rough waters off the Indonesian resort island of Bali three days after they went missing, officials said. Feb 18, 2014

Jagan Mohan Reddy hits out at Sonia Gandhi for Telangana decision

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): YSR Congress President Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday lashed out at Sonia Gandhi and Congress party over Telangana decision and asked how would Gandhi feel if somebody come with a bill that those who don't belong to India should leave the country. He said that such a decision will set a draconian principle in place and that no bill have ever got passed without the assembly's approval and the approval of the state. Feb 17, 2014

Tarun Tejpal charged with rape in Goa Police chargesheet

Panaji, Feb 17 (ANI): Goa police on Monday filed chargesheet against former Tehelka Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal under new criminal law amendment act (2013). Tejpal is accused of sexually molesting a junior women colleague inside an elevator in Goa's Grand Hyatt Bambolin Hotel during annual think fest 2013. If proven guilty, Tejpal can be sentenced for more than seven years of imprisonment. The team investigating the case had travelled to New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to take the statements of the victim's family and friends. A few witnesses who attended the Thinkfest, where the incident reportedly took place, also gave their statements. Feb 17, 2014

FICCI gives thumps up to Chidambaram's interim budget

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): The members of the Federation of Indian Chambers Of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) applauded the union interim budget and welcomed the changes introduced in it on Monday in New Delhi. Indian businessmen were cheered by P Chidambaram's estimate that the fiscal deficit would shrink further to 4.1 percent in 2014/15. However, FICCI President Sidharth Birla said they were happy that Chidambaram had not used populist measures ahead of the elections, which they feared he would. Birla looked evidently pleased that Chidambaram had covered almost all topics to be raised by industrialists, especially manufacturing sector, in the interim budget. Feb 17, 2014

Politicians applaud finance minister's hike of defence budget by 10 percent

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Politicians on Monday applauded finance minister P Chidambaram's accepting of long pending "one rank, one pension" principle for armed forces as part of a 10 per cent hike in defence budget to $36 billion, a decision by which Congress could win support of soldiers ahead of upcoming polls. Feb 17, 2014

Kejriwal unveils AAPs economic policies

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Addressing industrialists at CII, AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal on Monday gave out the party’s economic policies. He said that if the government is corrupt, no privatization will benefit in anyway. Further, he said that the AAP is a new party and will definitely make mistakes and are here to learn and requested people for their support. Feb 17, 2014

Furniture Industry flourishing due to interfaith harmony

Meerut, Feb 17 (ANI): Meerut, located in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh is one of the most important commercial centers of the country and houses many big and small business establishments. One such successful example is this furniture warehouse. Harmony between Hindus and Muslims here is considered to be the main reason for the industry's success. Feb 17, 2014

Gaya: People demand for stringent policies against Maoists

Gaya, Feb 17 (ANI): Residents of insurgency- hit Gaya district in Bihar demanded stringent policies and security measures to keep a check on the expanding network of maoist rebels and their activities in the province. The rebels are rapidly expanding their insurgency and could move from remote rural areas to cities. Equipped with automatic weapons, shoulder rocket launchers, mines and explosives, the Maoists want to cripple economic activity. The rebels are estimated to number 7000 hardcore fighters in nearly a third of India's 630 districts. Feb 17, 2014

Hindus, Muslims pay obeisance at Karnataka mausoleum

Karnataka, Feb 17 (ANI): Religious tolerance and acceptance of differences can be found in every nook and corner of the country. From big cities to small villages, people can be found living in perfect harmony. One such example comes from Karwar village of India’s southern state of Karnataka. Here, the shrine for Mohd. Tayyambar attracts people of different communities. The mausoleum is built with a belief that Tayyambar’s moustache hair is present in the Dargah, which is also put for the public display. People belonging to all castes and regions come here to pay their homage. Once their wishes are granted devotees here offer sweet paan or beetle leaf, which is considered as a symbol of paying gratitude. Feb 17, 2014

Interim budget 'an unconvincing election speech': Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Commenting on interim budget presented by Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said that it was 'an unconvincing election speech' by the finance minister. He said that this was nothing more than a farewell speech for the Congress party. Feb 17, 2014

Pakistan governments talks with the Taliban a mere drama

Gilgit/ Lahore, Feb 17: The world is closely watching the ongoing peace talks between Taliban insurgents and the Pakistan government. Both sides are trying to find a negotiated settlement and stop fighting. But, the people who have been suffering at of the hands of the militants don’t see any change happening. In Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, where the Tehreek e Taliban has been launching attacks, the locals call it a Pakistani ruse. The Tehreek e Taliban, an umbrella organization grouping of numerous militant factions, has killed tens of thousands of civilians since it was first established in 2007. Feb 17, 2014