Paramilitary force organises skill development programme in Jharkhand

Latehar, Feb 19 (ANI): India’s paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is organizing a skill development programme for the youth in Maoist affected state of Jharkhand. The programme, Seventh Tribal Youth Summit, spans three phases and the participants for the first phase have been selected. The selected participants will be taken to Guwahati for seven days where they will interact with the tribal youths from other regions. The programme, which has been organized in collaboration with sports ministry of government of India, will help youngsters take development initiatives in their home state. Meanwhile, a participant, Chinta Kumari, expressed her happiness about the tour. The programme is also being organized in other naxal affected areas of Jharkhand. The Maoists, also known as Naxals in India, have operated for decades across a wide swath of central and eastern India, and grew in strength during recent times. Feb 19, 2015

India, Bangladesh sign agreements on security and border issues

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Home Ministry officials of India and Bangladesh signed agreements on security and border management related issues in New Delhi on Thursday. During the secretary-level talks between the two nations, Bangladesh's senior secretary in Home Ministry, Mozammel Haque Khan, and India's Home Secretary, LC Goyal, held discussions on cross-border issues concerning the two neighbouring nations. Both the countries agreed to enhance cooperation in border management, increase joint patrolling to reduce crimes and smuggling and also tight vigil on the border in unguarded areas, particularly borders facing northeastern states of Tripura and Mizoram. They also agreed to act against the criminals engaged in human trafficking from Bangladesh to India and other countries. Feb 19, 2015

Obama calls for strengthened non-military measures to combat extremism

Washington DC, Feb 19 (ANI): US President Barack Obama called for strengthened non-military measures to combat terrorism at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in Washington DC. Obama called on Muslims around the world to fight the misconception that groups like the Islamic State speak for them. The US president also appealed directly to Muslims to do more to distance themselves from brutal ideologies. During the half-hour speech, Obama noted challenges in countering violent extremism, including addressing the economic and political grievances that terrorists exploited. He stressed that fight against terrorism is not only a matter of military affairs. The president also added that extremist cyberspace propaganda targeting young people is a worldwide problem. Obama also called on local communities to play an important role in the fight against radicalization. Feb 19, 2015

BJP terms Congress support for Anna as 'pure hypocrisy'

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday hit out at the Congress party for supporting social activist Anna Hazare's agitation on the Land Acquisiton Bill, terming it pure hypocrisy on the part of the party. BJP leader Sambit Patra added that his party respected Anna Hazare and would take view of the suggestions made by him. The Congress party had earlier welcomed Hazare's move against the ordinance passed by the Centre. Hazare will stage a protest in the national capital on February 24 against the Land Acquisition Bill and request the government to withdraw the ordinance. The protest would be organized by the farmer unions and as per reports, social activist Medha Patkar, along with 70 other organizations across the country, will participate in it. Feb 19, 2015

Australia braces for double cyclone

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Two cyclones bearing down on northeastern Australia dramatically intensified on Thursday as emergency officials warned residents to take shelter on higher ground Feb 19, 2015

SC reserves judgement on Teesta Setalvad bail, continues interim relief grant

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its judgement on Social activist Teesta Setalvad regarding the grant of anticipatory bail to her. Lawyer Prashant Bhushan said that the Court continued interim relief grant to Setalvad and her husband, the applicants for bail. He also said that the SC made it clear to Gujarat government that it was not a case where there is a need of custodial interrogation or arrest. Feb 19, 2015

Rally in Seattle over police shooting

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Protests over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Mexican immigrant in southeastern Washington spread to the state's largest city, Seattle, on Wednesday ( Feb 19, 2015

Rally in Seattle over police shooting

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Protests over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Mexican immigrant in southeastern Washington spread to the state's largest city, Seattle, on Wednesday ( Feb 19, 2015

Israeli Defence minister visits Aero India to boost arms sales

Bengaluru, Feb 19 (ANI): Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon arrived in India on Wednesday (February 18) to help sell his country's arms industry to the world's largest Defence importer and promote deepening military ties between the two nations. Moshe Ya'alon said India was vital to his country's defence industry. A representative of Israel-based company-Al Cielo-that offers navigation and control inertial sensors, Yodarel, said that Israel based products were ITAR-free. Meanwhile, a representative of Elmo Motion Control company, Hai-Mon-Haith, said that his firm had some projects lined up and hoped to tap the potential of India's expanding market. Feb 19, 2015

Students in Chennai build solar powered e-scooter

Chennai, Feb 19 (ANI): Students of an engineering college in Chennai city of Tamil Nadu made a solar-powered e-scooter, an eco-friendly step to save non-renewable sources of energy. The solar powered scooter runs on a primary and an auxiliary set of batteries and takes six to seven hours to charge fully. It can travel at a speed of 50 to 55 kilometres per hour and gives a mileage of 45 to 55 kilometres, once charged. The students said the team created this scooter as solar power was the future. India has committed to a huge expansion in renewable energy and improving the energy efficiency of its rapidly growing economy. Feb 19, 2015

Teesta Setalvad's bail plea to be heard in SC, reactions flow

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Social Activist Teesta Setalvad's anticipatory bail plea, seeking protection from arrest in connection with a case of alleged financial fraud, will be heard by a new bench in Supreme Court on Thursday. Reacting to this, politicos said that activists who fight for correct should be provided with security cover. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that it is a judicial process and Court will give its verdict. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that Setalvad should be provided with proper security cover. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that she has become a bone of contention for the government of Gujarat. Meanwhile, senior lawyer KTS Tulsi said that Setalvad is exposing the fake encounters, which is posing danger to the governments and that is why she is being hounded. Feb 19, 2015

Centre tells HC AAP 'clean' on foreign funding, Politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Thursday after the Central Government informed Delhi High Court that nothing has been found against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in its probe regarding allegations that it had received offshore funds in violation of FCRA provisions. However, the court had directed the government to file a fresh status report in a sealed cover regarding its findings in the matter. Delhi Deputy CM and AAP leader Manish Sisodia said that AAP has been claiming that it is clear in its fundings from a long time. Leaders from other political parties gave mixed reactions. Feb 19, 2015

Arvind Kejriwal holds "janta darbar" in Kaushambi

Ghaziabad, Feb 19 (ANI): Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday held a Janta Darbar at party's Kaushambi office in Ghaziabad where he heard grievances of people. Yesterday he had his first public interaction after becoming the Delhi chief minister. Feb 19, 2015

Enter the Year of the Goat

As the Year of Goat dawns in Beijing the city's ancient bell is struck 108 times for good luck. Outside in the street another traditional Lunar New Year activity is underway. By day thousands flock Feb 19, 2015

Sonu Nigam unveils Priya Kumar's book 'I will go with you'

Mumbai, Feb 19 (ANI): Sonu Nigam was recently spotted unveiling renowned author and motivational speaker Priya Kumar's book 'I will go with you' in Mumbai.Speaking on the occasion the singer praised Kumar for her work. Priya Kumar is an Indian motivational speaker, corporate trainer, columnist, radio jockey and author. Priya Kumar has been awarded as the Women Leader in India, writer's category. Feb 19, 2015