Government says no need to panic even as swine flu toll hits 700 mark

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): Even as India witnessed a steep rise in the number of swine flu cases in recent days, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth said that there was no need to panic, adding that the government was taking measures to ensure proper treatment to patients. The H1N1 virus has claimed nearly 700 lives in the country and the number of people affected by it has crossed 10,000 mark, say reports. Seth said that delay in treatment was amounting to rising casualties. Seth said that he was in touch with officials to ensure consistent supply of medicines and other medical equipments to government hospitals. He has also directed drug controllers of various states to ensure availability of necessary vaccines, along with guidelines for usage and treatment protocol. Meanwhile, 40 new medical stores have been given license to sell swine flu drugs. Besides, two new labs have been set up to the existing three, to deal with the rush. Feb 20, 2015

Greenpeace Activist Priya Pillai refuses to give undertaking to government to fly abroad

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai, who was offloaded from a flight to London at New Delhi airport last month, told court that she would not give an undertaking to the central government as a pre-condition to allow her to travel abroad. Appearing before the Delhi High Court, Pillai said that it was her fundamental right to voice her thoughts. Pillais counsel, Indira Jaising said that the court has reserved its judgment. Feb 20, 2015

Italy struggles with migrant influx

Crowds of migrants gather in front of a reception center in Lampedusa after being rescued from the sea. The center is struggling to cope wiith the influx of people. Some are transferred to medical Feb 20, 2015

Canada boy dies after being outside in cold weather

A three-year-old boy has has died at a hospital in Toronto Canada after being outside in the bitter cold for several hours. Local media say Elijah Marsh was found without vital signs after wandering Feb 20, 2015

Eat Pray Love - Ghar Wapsi

Talking about love, we indians are a strange species... We teach love and practice it very differently... like religion for example, but the opposite way. We preach lots of love in movies, but do moral policing to the core, stripping down others dignity. But when it comes to religion, everything is done so much in open... not only preaching and converting, but also disgusting things... Feb 20, 2015

Northeast region emerges as a potential investment destination

Guwahati, Feb 20 (ANI): A steady decline in insurgency has given a boost to trade and commerce activities in the Northeast region. Recently, several Medium, Micro and Small industries from the northeastern region as well as from other states and neighbouring countries have come together to showcase their products at the ongoing 22nd Guwahati International Trade Fair. The fair organized by the Industries and Trade Fair Association of Assam in association with National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC), was inaugurated by Union Cabinet Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Kalraj Mishra in the presence of several dignitaries including Bangladesh High commissioner. The Union Minister attended the inaugural session of the Northeast MSME Conclave at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship and highlighted the various initiatives undertaken by the centre for promoting entrepreneurship in the MSME sector in the region. Feb 20, 2015

Lunar New Year celebrations sparkle in New York

Celebration is in the air as the Lunar New Year is marked in New York City's Chinatown. This is the year of the Sheep -- or Goat -- in the Chinese calendar that is based around 12 animals of the Feb 20, 2015

Obama urges unity in fight against terrorism

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Obama says countries around the world are 'all in the same boat' in the fight against terrorism. Speaking on the final day of the White House Summit on Feb 20, 2015

Lunar New Year celebrations sparkle in New York

Celebration is in the air as the Lunar New Year is marked in New York City's Chinatown. This is the year of the Sheep -- or Goat -- in the Chinese calendar that is based around 12 animals of the Feb 20, 2015

Forest fires rage in Chile

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Chile mobilized seven additional fire brigades with a total of 61 more troops from the National Forest Corporation, to help combat forest fires in the Feb 20, 2015