EU hopes, economic woes key as Serbs go to polls

Serbs will vote in snap polls on Sunday with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) tipped to capitalise on a wave of public support after opening membership talks with the European Union. Duration: 01:35 Mar 13, 2014

Boeing says multiple countries join efforts to locate Malaysian missing plane

Hyderabad, Mar 13 (ANI): A Senior Boeing official allayed concerns over the safety of their planes amid the mystery surrounding the fate of the missing Malaysian jetliner, saying they had also joined the global search operation covering an area stretching from China to the Andaman Sea. Five days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from civilian radar screens, a huge international search operation has failed to turn up a trace of the Boeing jetliner that was carrying 239 passengers and crew. Senior Vice President, Sales, for Asia Pacific at Boeing, Dinesh Keskar said he would not like to speculate on what could have possibly happened to the missing plane, saying that would be unfair to the families of the passengers on board the vanished aircraft. Mar 13, 2014

Badalta Manzar (March 13, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

In a bid to promote education among poor and orphan girls, the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya is providing free education to some 50 orphan girls from poor tribal families in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Besides education, free accommodation, books and stationary are also being provided to the girls. In the past ten years many model villages have come up in Jammu & Kashmir. But nothing has changed in Nud Kapahi village. It still lacks basic infrastructure. Damaged roads, lack of sanitation and no supply of electricity are some problems faced by the villagers here. The residents of Doda face many problems due to the condition of roads. Ghat is just a few kilometers away from Doda, but the condition of the link road is very bad and residents of the area and other adjoining places are facing inconvenience. Mar 13, 2014

NCW hails Delhi HC'S verdict against Dec 16 gang rape convicts

New Delhi, Mar 13 (ANI): The National Commission for Women on Thursday hailed the Delhi High Court's verdict confirming death penalty to all four convicts of the December 16 Delhi gangrape and murder case. NCW Chairperson Mamta Sharma said that with this verdict, women in the country would be assured that the courts are sensitive about their safety. Mar 13, 2014

SC rejects Sahara Chief Subrata Roy's bail plea

New Delhi, Mar 13 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday refused interim bail to Sahara chief Subrata Roy and said the matter would next be heard on March 26. Sahara Chairman Subrata Roy, 65, was arrested on February 28 after failing to appear at a contempt hearing in the long-running legal battle between the unlisted group and the Indian securities regulator over repayment of billions of dollars to investors in outlawed bonds. Lawyers of Roy, argued that they had submitted a bail application demanding an answer on how could a person be sent to jail without his complete hearing. He also said that Roy was the chief of Sahara group but that didn’t mean that he had committed any crime. Mar 13, 2014

Villagers avail the benefit of skill development programme in Manipur

Imphal, March 13 (ANI): Situated in the Imphal East District, some 18 km away from Imphal, the Andro Village is widely known for its specialization in the art of making pots. Recently, a six-month-long training programme on integrated design and technical development in pottery and terracotta crafts was organized at the Common Facility Centre in Andro Kharam Leikai. The programme aimed at enhancing the skills of crafts persons in order to enable them to earn a decent livelihood, which would thereby boost the state’s economy. The training was conducted under the aegis of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles in collaboration with the Social Development Organisation, Kongba Nandeibam Leikai. Mar 13, 2014

Nirbhaya's case a model one: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Mar 13 (ANI): Social activist Kiran Bedi has expressed satisfaction at the verdict of the Delhi High Court upholding death sentence for four men convicted in the gang-rape and murder of a young medical student in December, 2012. Terming the Nirbhaya case a "model one", the former IPS officer said that the case was well investigated. Sensing that the accused would now approach the Supreme Court and the President thereafter for clemency, she said that a sense of closure will only be realized if the case is solved and the sentence upheld on an urgent basis. Mar 13, 2014

India poised to become third largest global aviation market by 2020: Ajit Singh

Hyderabad, March 13 (ANI): Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said that India was poised to become the third largest global aviation market by 2020, throwing gates open to foreign investors to boost economy. Speaking at inaugural function at India Aviation-2014 in Hyderabad, Singh offered tremendous opportunities to the foreign investors. Singh also said that Indian airports sector was likely to attract an investment of $12.1 billion during the 12th Plan period, $9.3 billion of investment to come from the private sector. While briefing on various reforms implemented in the aviation sector, Singh talked about the privatization of leading Indian airports. Singh also said that the air traffic density of India is very low in comparison to other countries and to fight this situation by promoting regional and remote area connectivity. Mar 13, 2014

Media must find ways to correct aberrations: PM

New Delhi, March 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lauded media for its growth but also said that some aberrations have crept into it for which media itself needs to find solutions. Manmohan Singh was speaking at the Quasquicentennial Valedictory Function of media group Malayala Manorama in New Delhi and also observed that vibrant and independent media has been an asset for the nation. Hinting at media’s call for self-regulation, he insisted that it should focus on removing the aberrations as well. Media has often drawn flak for failing to impose self-regulation for most of the times. Mar 13, 2014

Exchange of ideas begin @FICCI Frames in Mumbai

Mumbai, March 13 (ANI): Personalities from media and entertainment industry kicked-off Asia's largest convention on business of entertainment, ‘FICCI Frames 2014’, to exchange ideas on the growth of showbiz industry in Mumbai. Bollywood actress, Sonam Kapoor, who dazzled the stage in her stunning outfit, lit the inaugural lamp at the event along with director Ramesh Sippy; FICCI Vice-President Harshvardhan Neotia; Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Bimal Julka; and Australian High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling. The session this year becomes iconic as the event marks 15 years of its inception, with Australia becoming its partner industry. Versatile Bollywood actor, director, producer and singer, Farhan Akhtar, who was present at the event to talk about his award-winning film ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ along with director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, said the platform is very important for artists from the industry. Mar 13, 2014

US court dismisses Devyani's indictment in visa fraud case, politicos hail verdict

New Delhi/Lucknow, March 13 (ANI): In major relief to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, a US court has dropped all charges against her. In a 14 page order, US District Judge said that Khobragade had full diplomatic immunity at the time of her indictment on visa fraud and underpaying her maid. The judge said, Khobragade served as Consular officer in the US from October 26, 2012 to January 8, 2014, a position that cloaked her with consular immunity as per the Vienna Convention. Meanwhile, political leaders welcomed the US court's verdict. Mar 13, 2014