Magician Amey Vinaykumar Sarang creates fastest handcuff escape record

Mumbai, Feb 01 (ANI): Renowned magician Amey Vinaykumar Sarang performed thrilling illusion acts and created records in the presence of the team of Limca Book of Records at a press club in Mumbai. Sarang performed the jaw dropping act of opening his hands handcuffed behind the back in mere 2.65 seconds, creating a world record. As part of other two records, he made sunglasses move without touching his hands and turned water into ice. Sarang said the acts were a trailer of the various acts that he will be performing in the year 2014. He also stated that he doesn't like to break records but rather create new ones. Feb 1, 2014

Militant killed in overnight gun battle in Kashmir

Pulwama, Feb 01 (ANI): A militant was killed in an overnight gun battle between the ultras and security forces in Pulwama district of Kashmir, as the personnel blasted off the hideout. Security forces encircled a residential house in Pulwama district of Kashmir where the militants were hiding, the militants opened fire, which was retaliated by the Indian security forces. The militants and the security forces exchanged rounds of gunfire, forcing the personnel later to use explosives to destroy the rebel's hideout. Feb 1, 2014

Atique Ahmed calls Muzaffarnagar riot victims professional beggars, draws ire

Shravasti/ New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader Atique Ahmed on Satuirday called Muzaffarnagar riot victims languishing in the relief camps as professional beggars. The riot-hit victims languish in some 40 schools and mosques which have been converted into relief camps across Muzaffarnagar and neighbouring areas. However, Ahmed’s remarks evoked strong criticism from other politicians. BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria said that such remarks further the wounds of the riot victims and the statement symbolizes the ideology of the Samajwadi Party Feb 1, 2014

Narendra Modi calls for boost in tourism in Somnath

Somnath, Feb 1 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday called for promotion of tourism along the boundary of western Gujarat region as he paid a visit to the famous Somnath Mahadev Temple. He said that Somnath is a new district and had been formed for the better progress of the state of Gujarat. He further thanked saying that if there was no Sardar Patel there would be no Somnath. Feb 1, 2014

Rwandan to go on trial in France over 1994 genocide

A French court will try Pascal Simbikangwa over his alleged involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The trial of is due to start in the French capital on the 4th of February. Duration: 01:53 Feb 1, 2014

Kejriwal will not apologize to Gadkari: AAP

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari served a legal notice to Aam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for calling him corrupt. Gadkari has asked Kejriwal to apologize for his remark within three days. He has also threatened to sue the AAP chief if there is no apology from him within three days. Reacting over this AAP spokesperson Ashutosh said that there is no question of apologizing to Nitin Gadkari. Feb 1, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Jan 30, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

In order to impart skill oriented training among the youths the state govt. has started the construction of a new polytechnic college in Baramulla district. The main aim of constructing this college is to impart trainings like civil engineering, architecture, computer operator and electric engineering among the unemployed youths of Baramulla district. Construction work of the college started in March 2013 and is likely to be completed in 2015.Snowfall in Kashmir valley although is a blessing for many but for some it brings miseries and hardships. The most sufferers by this snowfall are the people living in far-flung areas where the normal life gets shattered by the snowfall. The recent snowfall in district Ganderbal has led to the roads disconectivity, power failure and dearth of essential commodities like gas, kerosene and water supply.During the harsh winter, the residents of Barthana area have a tough time, as the electricity in this area is equal to nothing. Barthana is one of the connected areas of Qamerwari in Srinagar and maximum people are belonging to poor community that is earning their two times bread and butter with hard work. But unfortunately government neglected this area totally. People suffer a lot due to the non-availability of basic facilities especially electr Feb 1, 2014

Pro-cannabis campaigners turn to baby-boomers in Florida

The US state of Florida could become the latest place in America to allow marijuana to go on sale. The Florida Supreme Court this week decided to allow a medical pot proposal to be put before voters in November. Duration: 02:00 Feb 1, 2014

Ready for python pizza? Florida diners get a taste

One restauranteur gets creative in an effort to bring awareness to the impact invasive pythons are having on Everglades National Park. Invented in 2011, python pizza has seen marked success in southern Florida. Duration: 01:53 Feb 1, 2014

Students afraid to attend schools in Maoist-hit Gumla

Gumla, Feb 01 (ANI): The number students in schools across Gumla in Jharkhand, is declining. The reason: they fear being kidnapped by Maoists. In a move to strengthen their cadre base, the Maoists are allegedly picking 5-6 children from each school in rural areas of Jharkhand. They train them and use them as human shields against security forces. The teachers have failed to convince the parents to send their wards to schools. Many classes in various government schools in Gumla have been stopped, as no students are there. The Maoists don't want youngsters in rural and tribal areas to attend schools as they hope that illiteracy and poverty will push them into their arms. Feb 1, 2014

Atique Ahmed terms victims in Muzaffarnagar relief camps as professional beggars, receives flak

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): Samajwadi party has sparked off a new controversy by terming the victims in Muzaffarnagar relief camps as "professional beggars". SP leader Atique Ahmed, termed the victims in Muzaffarnagar relief camps as "professional beggars" and said that unnecessary fuss has been created over the issue. Reacting over this, political leaders condemned the comment and termed it as insensitive. Feb 1, 2014

BJP protests against hike in power tariff, milk prices and diesel prices in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): Reacting to the increase in power tariff, milk prices and a considerable hike in diesel prices, BJP leaders on Saturday started a protest in the national capital against the Delhi government. Earlier, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) announced a hike in the power tariff ranging from 6-8 percent applicable from February 1 onwards. According to press statement issued by the DERC, rates of BSES Yamuna were hiked by 8 percent, of NDPL by 7 percent and of BSES Rajdhani by 6 percent. Feb 1, 2014

Delhi govt faces ire over hike in power tariff, diesel & milk prices

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): After the discoms companies in Delhi hiked power tariff in the national capital accompanied by a considerable hike in the diesel prices and milk prices, the Delhi government faced ire from politicos. Former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui slammed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the same and said that the misgovernance by the government is responsible for the same. Meanwhile, BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that the UPA and the AAP-Congress alliance is responsible for the bad economic policy in the national capital. Feb 1, 2014

Civil servants to have two-year fixed tenure in a post

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): The government has amended the rules to ensure that civil servants spend a minimum of two years at each posting. According to new rules aimed at checking political interference, any premature transfers or new appointments will only be done by a civil services board. The new rule governs Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS). The government has also set up a development board for nomadic tribes. Feb 1, 2014