Mauritius President promotes Ayurveda during his India visit

Kochi, Feb 19 (ANI): Addressing a conference in Kerela, the President of Mauritius, Rajkeswur Purryag, strongly advocated the use of Indian traditional alternative medicine, Ayurveda, to cope with today's lifestyle. Purryag said that Ayurveda is not only curative but also preventive. Purryag is in India to attend the Global Ayurveda Festival scheduled to be held at Kochi. The five- day event will be inaugurated on Thursday. Mauritius and India share a strong bond as more than 60 percent of Mauritus population is of Indian origin. Feb 19, 2014

Pakistan's Punjab Governor vouches for better relations with India

mritsar, Feb 19 (ANI): The governor of Pakistan's Punjab, Mohammad Sarwar, who is on a visit to India's Punjab, made a move to strengthen bilateral ties during his tour, while mentioning that Muslims are most affected due to terrorism. Sarwar visited the holiest shrine of Sikhs, the Golden Temple, in Amritsar. While talking to mediapersons, he said it is high time for India and Pakistan to stop fighting and they must work together for the welfare of both the nations. While evading a direct answer to the security of minorities in Pakistan and about two Sikhs abducted there, Sarwar said the Muslims are the most affected due to terrorism. Feb 19, 2014

Gaya calls for development works for ending Maoism

Gaya, Feb 19 (ANI): Eminent Indians from Bihar blamed lack of development as the prime reason behind the problem of Maoism, and urged the rebels to come back to mainstream. A member of youth wing of JD (U) in Gaya district of Bihar said that although Maoist rebels are working for development, their methods are wrong. Other people in Gaya district are of the view that the state government needs to formulate policies to flush out rebels and develop the state. According to a prominent journalist from the region, Shyam Bhandari, lack of provision of basic facilities is also a major reason behind the problem. Feb 19, 2014

Resurfacing of Masood Azhar may create troubles for India: Defence Expert

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): After Maulana Masood Azhar, the Pakistani Islamic hardliner blamed for an attack on India's Parliament resurfaced, Defence Expert Bharat Verma said that this may create troubles for India, especially because of the vote bank politics going on in the country with approaching general elections. Verma said that two trends in Pakistan, that is, Taliban to take over Pakistan and secondly, resurfacing of Azhar and other such groups under ISI patronage. He said that after these targets are achieved, these outfits will target India as they consider it as a soft target. Feb 19, 2014

Telangana Bill to be tabled in RS, politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): As the Telangana bill is to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday after passing through the lower house of the Parliament, politicos react differently and remained skeptic about the bill. TDP leader CM Ramesh expressed anguish on the way the bill was passed in Lok Sabha. Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao remained hopeful about passing of the bill and urged the political parties to support the same. Meanwhile, Congress MP L Rajagopal, who had recently distanced himself from active politics, said that whatever is the decision, peace should be maintained. Feb 19, 2014

Young gymnasts from Manipur participate in National Gymnastic Championship at Agra

Agra, Feb 19 (ANI): A group of 19 students from Manipur were in Agra recently to take part in the 59th National School Gymnastics Championship in both the boys and girls categories. Over 1000 athletes from all over the country participated in the 5-day-long championship held at the Eklavya stadium. The young boys and girls from Manipur put up an impressive performance in the Under-14 category. Feb 19, 2014

Jamaica targets next bobsleigh generation

Undeterred by their dismal showing at the Sochi Olympics, Jamaica's bobsleigh pilots say they're ready to hand over the baton to the next generation in the Caribbean island nation. Duration: 01:23 Feb 19, 2014

Pussy Riot members arrested over theft in Sochi

Russian police on Tuesday detained the two most famous members of the Pussy Riot punk protest group in Sochi, currently hosting the Winter Olympics, questioning the pair for several hours in a theft case before later releasing them. Duration: 01:05 Feb 19, 2014

Iraq violence leaves at least 22 dead

Attacks in Iraq, including a series of car bombs in Baghdad, killed at least 22 people Monday, officials said, as the country struggles with its worst violence in six years. Images of the aftermath in Baghdad. Duration: 00:42 Feb 18, 2014

Italy's PM nominee Renzi races to form coalition

Italy's new prime minister designate Matteo Renzi began talks on Tuesday to try to form a coalition, a day after promising quick reforms to get the eurozone's third biggest economy moving again. Duration: 00:36 Feb 18, 2014

Congress playing double game: Sushma Swaraj on passage of Telangana Bill

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that the UPA had not done anything in its second tenure for the formation of Telangana and had brought the bill in the House only in Parliament's last session. Sushma added that in 2004 Congress had fought elections with TRS and had promised that they would work for Telangana, however they finished the tenure without acting on it. She also said that the Congress had wanted the BJP to reject the Telangana Bill amidst uproar, so that they could blame them for non-passage of the bill. Feb 18, 2014

Kashmiri Mohajirs live a life of misery and subjugation in PoK

Muzaffarabad, PoK, February 18: Kashmiris who left their homes in India's northern Jammu and Kashmir for Pakistan occupied Kashmir or PoK say that they regret having left their home and hearth in India and in falling prey to propaganda and said that they would fare better in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Feb 18, 2014