Asia's animators draw inspiration from Japan's Miyazaki

As Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki heads into retirement, industry watchers say the next generation of Asian filmmakers stepping out of his shadow will struggle to match the Japanese master's box office domination. Duration: 01:31 Oct 16, 2013

BJP asks PM to assure nation on steps taken to tackle violations along LoC

New Delhi, Oct 16 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday criticized the Congress-led UPA Government for its failures to combat regular ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC), and said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must give an assurance to the nation and inform citizens about the steps taken by New Delhi. An Indian Army soldier was killed when Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian forward posts in the Balakote sub-sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch District on Tuesday evening in what is stated to be the second ceasefire violation of the day and the eighth in less than a week. Oct 16, 2013

Bangladeshi businessmen get permanent market place in Agartala

Tripura, Oct 16 (ANI): Tripura has become the first state in the country to have an exclusive market for businessmen from Bangladesh on the first floor of the Mukut Bipani Bitan, a trade centre in the New Capital Complex in capital Agartala. The market is the first of its kind to bring together Bangladeshi products under one roof. In the initial stage, 15 Bangladeshi companies will showcase products like sarees, crockery, handloom items, rubber and electronic goods. A week long Bangladesh expo has been organised at the market by the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the state’s industry and commerce department. The trade volume between India and Bangladesh has marked a significant increase, especially after India provided tax relief on several Bangladeshi commodities. Oct 16, 2013

Pak must honour LoC: D Raja on fresh ceasefire in Kashmir

Chennai, Oct 16 (ANI): After fresh ceasefire violation at the Kashmir’s Balakot sector claimed the life of one soldier and critically injured six more, Senior CPI leader D Raja said that government of India should take the issue of ceasefire with the government of Pakistan with all the seriousness and both the countries must engage in a meaningful dialogue. Oct 16, 2013

PM should be the first accused in Coalgate scam: PC Parekh after CBI booked him

Hyderabad, Oct 16 (ANI): After CBI filled another FIR against industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and Former Coal Secretary PC Parekh in the infamous Coal Allocation Scam, Parekh said that if he is one of the accused, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should be the first accused in the case. He further said that there is nothing wrong in the allocation of blocks, but if CBI sees anything wrong with the same and the case goes to the Supreme Court, I would accept it as much as the responsibility of the PM. Oct 16, 2013

Coalgate: BJP reacts to Parekhs remark, says PM prime accused

New Delhi, Oct 16 (ANI): Even as former union coal Secretary PC Parekh hit out at CBI saying that if they suspect his role in the coal scam then, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should be referred to as accused No 1 since he approved the allocation; BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that Congress is known for corruptions as PM allowed the arbitrary allotments of coal without proper reasoning. Oct 16, 2013

Parekh should speak out truths about PMs involvement in Coalgate Scam: Yashwant Sinha

New Delhi, Oct 16 (ANI): After Former Coal Minister PC Parekh said that PM Manmohan Singh should be the first accused in the scam following CBI’s FIR against him and industrialist KM Birla, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said that Parekh should now speak up the truth about PM’s involvement in the case as he must be knowing unknown facts about the same. Further, he said that there is no surprise that PM’s name is finally dragged into the case. Oct 16, 2013

Another ceasefire violation in Kashmir kills 1 soldier, injures 6; BJP slams govt

New Delhi, Oct 16 (ANI): The BJP on Wednesday slammed the ruling government for failing to deal with another ceasefire violation in India’s Kashmir, which killed one Indian soldier and critically injured six more, near the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakot sector of Jammu and Kashmir. BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar, blamed the ruling government in failing to combat the regular ceasefire violations in the valley. Oct 16, 2013

Cyclone Phailin cripples normal life and leaves thousands homeless in eastern India

Bokaro, Oct 16 (ANI): The flood situation in Odisha, triggered by cyclone Phailin and resultant heavy rains, continued to make life challenging for the locals as the major rivers are flowing above the danger mark, leaving about one lakh people marooned. The storm affected Indian states of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal as well as Thailand, Myanmar and Nepal on 12 October 2013. Meanwhile in Bokaro, Jharkhand, locals highlighted the plight of the homeless villagers. While India successfully minimized the death toll through mass evacuations ahead of the storm, authorities now face the challenge of ensuring survivors get adequate help, say aid workers. Oct 16, 2013

Fresh ceasefire violation kills one soldier in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir, Oct 16 (ANI): One Indian soldier was killed and six more were critically injured in another ceasefire violation near the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakot sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. A day earlier, heavy firing near Rajpura post in Samba sector, along the Kashmir border injured a trooper of BSF. In New Delhi, defence expert, Bharat Verma, said that India must display more power on its border with Pakistan, as such violations would continue before the arrival of winters. Oct 16, 2013

Muslims celebrate Id-ul-Zuha with gaiety across India

New Delhi, Oct 16 (ANI): Id-ul-Zuha is being celebrated across the country on Wednesday with great enthusiasm and devotion. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have greeted the people on this occasion. President Mukherjee, who greeted fellow citizens on the occasion, said the spirit of sacrifice and service is the essence of the festival of Id-ul-Zuha. "It is an occasion to remind ourselves of the path of selfless sacrifice and forgiveness followed by Hazrat Ibrahim and to emulate the same," he said in his message. President Mukherjee further said may the festival knit all the people of India in a celebration of our composite culture. Oct 16, 2013

India sees telecoms consolidation as Vodafone lines up $2 bln investment

New Delhi/Mumbai/Srinagar, Oct 16 (ANI): Telecom Minister, Kapil Sibal has said that Vodafone Group has planned to invest more than $2 billion in the country, a victory for a policy change designed to boost foreign interest and thin out the crowd of a dozen players in the world’s second biggest mobile phone market. The investment plan by Britain's Vodafone follows the removal in August of a cap on foreign firms investing in telecoms companies. Sibal on the occasion, also said that it was “possible” that the government could hold another auction of third-generation (3G) spectrum, which would be the first since 2010, but he gave no timeline for this. Oct 16, 2013

Thousands of sea turtles lay their eggs on Mexico beach

Hundreds of Olive Ridley sea turtles started to lay their eggs in the sand of Ixtapilla beach in Mexico. More than 1,000 turtles a day are expected to arrive in the area in the next few months. Duration: 00:27 Oct 15, 2013

Gao residents happy to celebrate Eid amid tight security

Exclusive coverage of celebrations in northern Mali marking the first day of Eid. Nine months after the liberation of their city from jihadists, the inhabitants of Gao celebrate the feast of Tabaski under heavy surveillance. Duration: 00:51 Oct 15, 2013