Australia merges New South Wales wildfires

Firefighters merge two major blazes in southeastern Australia in an attempt to manage the advancing flames ahead of bad weather conditions. Duration: 00:37 Oct 22, 2013

Tibetan protest at UN against China rights abuses

Tibetan activists scaled scaffolding on the UN headquarters in Geneva Tuesday and unfurled a banner demanding the world address Chinese rights abuses, as diplomats began gathering to examine China's human rights record. Duration: 00:53 Oct 22, 2013

Amnesty urges US to end drone attack secrecy

The United States should end the secrecy surrounding its drone campaign in Pakistan and bring those responsible for illegal strikes to justice, Amnesty International says. Duration: 01:00 Oct 22, 2013

Hurricane Raymond threatens Mexico's Pacific coast

Hurricane Raymond drifts off Mexico's Pacific coast, forcing schools to close and more than 1,000 people to leave their homes in a region reeling from recent floods and landslides. Duration: 00:57 Oct 22, 2013

PM Manmohan Singh arrives in China

Beijing, Oct 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Beijing on Tuesday on a three-day visit. Both the countries are expected to ink several key pacts, including an agreement on a mechanism to prevent incursions by Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control. Besides the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement, a series of pacts are expected to be signed after his talks with Li. Oct 22, 2013

Conflict of interest

Muzaffarabad, Oct 22: Transport minister changes rules and regulations to benefit his family members, transporters and common people up in arms against the minister. Oct 22, 2013

Naxalites and Maoists exploiting rural populace

Malkangiri, Oct 22 (ANI): Even as India is treading on the path of development, the rebel groups within the country are trying to hold it back, for vested interest. The Maoist and Naxalite movements in the country have evolved into an armed and rebelling group fighting locally against the 'state'. Though the theory and practice of these movements are questionable, they liberally exploit the anger and frustration of the rural populace, particularly the tribal communities, who want development. Recently, eleven Maoists, including a woman cadre, surrendered after a brief encounter with the police in Malkangiri district of Odisha. Oct 22, 2013

Ramdev not famous enough that anybody will even look at him: Digvijay

New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): Even as yoga guru Baba Ramdev charged the Congress of stooping to new low levels to settle political scores, and said that charges of kidnapping levelled against him was a conspiracy to malign his image, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh asks if Ramdev's family members kidnap somebody then how can it be a conspiracy of Congress? He further said that Ramdev is not such a big personality that any body will even look at him. Oct 22, 2013

Japanese firms using technology to produce safe, secure agri-products

Tokyo, Oct 22 (ANI): Japanese companies are seeking alternative ways of cultivation and using modern technologies to produce safe and secure agricultural products that have no adulteration. Rice has been the staple food of Japan, and in order to create better quality rice; farmers have continued to innovate untiringly. It may be said the history of rice is also the history of the evolution of the crop and its production technology. Oct 22, 2013

Shinde promises of stern action against those involved in ceasefire violations

Samba, Oct 22 (ANI): Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde arrived in Samba district of Kashmir on Tuesday to take stock of the situation along the International border (IB) in wake of the constant ceasefire violations by Pakistan. Shinde reviewed the border security and met India's paramilitary Border Security Force personnel in the district. Shinde promised of stern action against those involved in the recent ceasefire violations and exuded confidence in the Indian army and said that that it was capable enough to fight back. On being asked by the media about Kashmir, Shinde said it is India’s part and no third party has a right to hold a discussion on the same. Oct 22, 2013