British envoy in India looks forward to enhanced trade relations between the two nations

Kochi, March 14 (ANI): The British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, Bharat Joshi, said on Friday that the Great British Festival, which began in Kochi, will foster United Kingdom’s goal of doubling the trade relations between the two countries. Great British festival in Kerala is organized to boost business relations between the region and UK and for encouraging innovative entrepreneurs. Joshi was speaking following the inauguration of the UK visa application centre in the city. According to the British envoy, exports from UK to India have gone up by 14 per cent and India’s export to UK has increased by two per cent. However, he pointed out that student visas in UK have declined due to the stringent visa rules in UK. To preclude visa abuse, the British government enforced stringent visa rules which resulted in a substantial decline in the number of students to UK. Inviting companies to invest in UK, Joshi added that UK is confident of starting building new partnerships between the two countries. Mar 14, 2014

Congress in Chhattisgarh calls for shutdown to protest Maoist attack

Raipur, Mar 14 (ANI): Congress party, opposition in Chhattisgarh, called for a state-wide shutdown on Friday to protest the recent Maoist attack, which killed 16 security personnel involved in a mine clearing operation. As a mark of protest, the Congress members came out in droves in Raipur and tied black ribbons on the arms of people. Congress party member, Vikas Upadhyay, expressed grief over the killing of many security personnel, politicians and tribals. Mar 14, 2014

French court delivers verdict in Rwandan genocide case

A French court is expected to deliver the much-anticipated verdict in the trial for complicity of genocide of Rwandan army captain Pascal Simbikangwa, the first of its kind in the country. Duration: 00:53 Mar 14, 2014

Malaysians pray for missing jet

Malaysians pray for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight as the hunt for the plane spreads to the vast Indian Ocean. Duration: 00:36 Mar 14, 2014

Crimea prepares for vote on whether to join Russia

Crimea votes in a referendum on Sunday on whether to join Russia or have independence from Ukraine, a ballot that could reshape Russia's diplomatic relations with the rest of the world. Duration: 02:26 Mar 14, 2014

Hunt for missing jets spreads to Indian Ocean

The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on March 8th, has been characterised by claim, counterclaim, rumours and denials; little consolation for the relatives of the 239 passengers and crew onboard. Duration: 02:13 Mar 14, 2014

Philippine Catholics make lifelong pledge after typhoon

Returning to their destroyed village after a catastrophic typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines last year, a weary band of Catholics vow a lifelong pledge to thank God for saving them. Duration: 01:53 Mar 14, 2014

Swat's silk industry killed by Pakistan Taliban militancy

Five years after it collapsed under Taliban rule, the once-thriving silk industry in the Swat valley of northwest Pakistan is still in shreds, leaving thousands without work and entrepreneurs counting the cost. Duration: 02:31 Mar 14, 2014

Sisodia on Kejriwal's 'jail media' remark

New Delhi, Mar 14 (ANI): AAP Leader Manish Sisodia on Friday said that paid media is a sin for the media industry and the country. He further said that certain sections of media are continuously telling that BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has developed Gujarat which is not true. He also added that AAP has always been against paid news. Mar 14, 2014

BJP assails Congress for nominating tainted ministers

New Delhi, March 14 (ANI): The BJP on Friday slammed the Congress for nominating tainted ministers. Ignoring opposition from a section against fielding tainted candidates, the Congress on Thursday re-nominated former union ministers Pawan Kumar Bansal and Subodh Kant Sahai in the second list of 71 Lok Sabha candidates. Mar 14, 2014

Manish Tewari slams Kejriwal for 'jail media' remark

New Delhi, Mar 14 (ANI): Reacting on AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal's remark on media, Iand B Minister Manish Tewari on Friday said that media of any country has a very special place in democracy. He added that Kejriwal's remark about the media is very unfortunate and it should be condemned. Kejriwal had earlier said that media has been paid heavy amount to promote BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and that he will send media to jail after investigation, if his party comes to power. Mar 14, 2014

Government provides skill development training to male weavers in Manipur

Manipur, Mar 14 (ANI): A two-month-long “Jacquard Weaving Training to Male Weavers” is being held at the Weavers’ Service Centre at Porampat in Imphal east district. The skill development programme has been organized by the Development Commissioner for Handlooms and the Ministry of Textiles in collaboration with the Commerce and Industries department, Government of Manipur. In total 137 male weavers from various districts of the state are taking part in it. The weaving centre was inaugurated in February this year with an aim to encourage the men folk of the state to take up such self employment ventures and contribute to the state’s economy. Mar 14, 2014

Security officials receive severe injuries during combing operation in Jharkhand

Jharkhand, Mar 14 (ANI): Security officials received severe injuries during a combing operation launched against the Maoists in India's red corridor of Jharkhand. In two separate incidents, security officials were injured during a combing action on Thursday. During search operation in Palamu district in Jharkhand province, three officers were injured after an Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) blasted accidentally. In another incident, a team of security officials accidently fired on their own team members in Latehar. Mar 14, 2014