Yellow dust from China blows into South Korea

TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NONE** The skyline of Seoul, South Korea as seen through the haze of a sandy yellow dust blowing in from China. The Korean Meteorological Association says the dust Feb 23, 2015

A fashion expert's guide to the Oscars red carpet

Fashion may well rival film in many people's appreciation of the Oscars with celebrities being named winners and losers of the red carpet. According to a fashion expert on the ground, Sam Saboura, Feb 23, 2015

Australia reveals tough new security measures

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday (February 23) announced a national security crackdown that could deny welfare payments to people seen as potential Feb 23, 2015

Artists perform traditional art form in temple dance fest in Kerala

Kochi, Feb 23 (ANI): One of the rarest and oldest temple art form of Kerala, Muthappan Theyyam, is becoming a popular cultural event among art admirers. Muthappan Mahotsavam, a two-day festival held at a Kochi temple, attracted Theyyam enthusiasts from across the state. Foreign tourists and artistes also converged at the temple to witness the "dance of the deities". The festival aims to promote ritual folk art form among city dwellers. The word 'Theyyam' is considered a derivation of the word Daivam, meaning God. Theyyam has evolved to become an elaborate religious rite, with the player becoming the voice and the manifestation of God on earth. Feb 23, 2015

Going to protest as land acquisition ordinance brought by BJP against democracy: Anna

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Social Activist Anna Hazare is beginning his protest at Jantar Mantar against the ordinance on Land Acquisition Bill. Hazare said that BJP went for an ordinance on land acquisition which is not in favor of democracy. The social activist called for the Land Ordinance Bill to be taken back, adding that the government should instead look out for ways to improve the condition of the farmers. Feb 23, 2015

Not doing a 'party protest', AAP leaders can join as public: Anna Hazare

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Social Activist Anna Hazare who is starting a protest at Jantar Mantar against the ordinance on Land Acquisition Bill said on Monday that the Aam Aadmi Party leaders can join the agitation as part of the public but they won’t be allowed to share the dais with him. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas will be meeting Hazare on Monday over the issue of Land Ordinance Bill. However, the party is still undecided over joining the protest against the bill. Feb 23, 2015

Corporate Espionage Case: Crime Branch lodges second FIR

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Monday said that the crime branch has registered a second FIR in the corporate espionage case which involves the coal and power ministry documents leakage. He added that the police have also arrested another petroleum ministry employee in this case. He further said that the crime branch itself is a specialized unit and that the crime branch by virtue of its structure and functioning acts like a SIT. Feb 23, 2015

Mamata Banerjee's aide Shibaji Panja granted bail

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): A Local court in Barrackpore in West Bengal has granted bail to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's close aide and businessman Sibaji Panja, who was arrested on Saturday on charges of financial fraud. The court granted him bail on a personal bond of rupees 50 thousand. Panja was a member of a delegation during West Bengal chief minister's visit to Bangladesh and had been detained by the Emigration Department officials in Kolkata, soon after his arrival from Bangladesh. The Delhi police had issued a lookout notice for Panja on February 19 in an economic offence case. Feb 23, 2015

State administration felicitated for rescue work during Kashmir floods

Srinagar, Feb 23 (ANI): Individuals who showed exemplary courage and selfless service to rescue people during the Kashmir floods last year were felicitated in an award function in Srinagar. The function was organised by the NGO Athwaas Kashmir in collaboration with some corporate houses. People from state administration, health department, social welfare department and volunteers from civil society were given awards for their contribution during the floods during the function. Award was also given to the Shikara association for lending their boats for the rescue operations during the floods. Feb 23, 2015

Efforts will be to work for nation's benefit in Budget session, says PM Modi

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hoped that the Budget session will be productive. He added that efforts will be made to work for nation's benefit. He further said that every issue will be discussed in the depth so as to reach a fruitful conclusion. The budget session began with President Pranab Mukherjee's address to members of both the houses of Parliament. Feb 23, 2015

Sushma Swaraj meets Bahrain foreign minister in New Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Foreign Minister of Bahrain, Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, arrived in New Delhi at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. Khalifa co-chaired the first meeting of the India-Bahrain High Joint Commission with Swaraj. During the meeting both the leaders discussed issues of common interest including militancy. In a tweet, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said “India-Bahrain Ministers discuss issues of common interest in 1st meeting of High Joint Commission in Delhi.” He further tweeted “Terror on top of agenda as Minister @SushmaSwaraj discusses regional situation with counterpart from Bahrain.” India and Bahrain are known to share cordial relations marked by regular high level political exchanges. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain had come to India on his first state visit to the country in February 2014. Feb 23, 2015

Father Alexis thanks PM, government for his release

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Indian national, Father Alexis Prem Kumar Ananthaswamy, who was abducted in Afghanistan, thanked the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his release after his arrival in New Delhi. The 47-year-old Jesuit priest was kidnapped by unknown gunmen from Herat in June last year and was being held as a captive. However, he refused to divulge his experience in captivity. The Indian foreign ministry had said it was difficult eight month period and India had pursued the matter quite relentlessly and thanked everybody involved in the process. Feb 23, 2015

Twenty-seven Indian workers return from war-torn Iraq

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Twenty seven Indian workers returned from war-torn Iraq to New Delhi and left for their home. They thanked the Indian government and its embassy in Baghdad for the help rendered. The workers were stranded in Basra as the company they were employed with did not give them salary. About 10,000 Indians work in Iraq, mostly in areas unaffected by the fighting, but scores of them have returned to India since Islamic State began its offensive. However, there is no trace of 39 Indian construction workers, mainly from northern state of Punjab, who were abducted in Iraq by the Islamic State last year. Feb 23, 2015

Fans ecstatic as India beats South Africa at World Cup after three consecutive losses

New Delhi/Mumbai/Siliguri/Jammu/Moradabad, Feb 23 (ANI): A frenzy gripped India as cricket fans across the country celebrated the team’s first win against South Africa at the World Cup after three previous losses. India announced themselves as genuine contenders to defend their World Cup title by humbling South Africa's vaunted pace attack before bowling out the Proteas for an emphatic 130-run victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal termed the victory of men in blue as historic and congratulated Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his efficient captaincy. Shikhar Dhawan’s father, Mahendra Pal Dhawan, said he hoped his son would take the team forward the same way in the coming matches. Another proud parent, father of pace bowler Mohammed Shami, Tausif Ahmed, said this verdict was expected. Feb 23, 2015