Avalanche in Kashmir kills one

Gulmarg, Feb 12 (ANI): A tourist ski guide died after he was buried in an avalanche of snow in India’s Kashmir. At around 1.20 p.m on Wednesday a mass of snow came down in a rush from the Apharwat Mountain, where there is a ski resort, in Gulmarg hill station. The avalanche also trapped three skiers, reports said. The deceased has been identified as Bashir Ahmad Bakshi, a resident near the ski resort. Family and friends mourned the loss of the 28-year old ski guide. Located at a height of 2,690 meters, Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination in Kashmir and sees thousands of tourists flock to it every year. Snowfall in the area often shuts down roads and causes hindrance to traffic and vehicular movements in the Himalayan region. Feb 12, 2015

PM Modi pays tribute to Swami Dayananda Saraswati on his birth anniversary

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tribute to Swami Dayananda Saraswati on his birth anniversary. Prime Minister Modi took to twitter for paying his tribute. "Tributes to the great Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji on his birth anniversary ," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. "Dayananda Saraswati ji made a remarkable contribution to education. His emphasis on social reform made him a personality ahead of his time," he added. Feb 12, 2015

Bengaluru showcases cartoon exhibition on cricket ahead of World Cup

Bengaluru, Feb 12 (ANI): Cricket fever has started gripping the country ahead of World Cup 2015 as an exhibition of cartoons of cricket players put on display in India’s IT hub Bengaluru has been attracting the sport lovers. The exhibition by self-taught cartoonist Satish Acharya displays 65 of his chosen cartoons for young and old cricket fans. The cartoons depict Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, Pakistani cricket team and the crisis within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) among many other works. The exhibition will culminate on the day World Cup starts. World Cup 2015 starts in New Zealand and Australia on Saturday with rivals Pakistan and India playing against each other on Sunday. Feb 12, 2015

Paramilitary force kills three cattle smugglers in West Bengal

West Bengal, Feb 12 (ANI): India’s paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) killed three Bangladeshi cattle smugglers near the India-Bangladesh border in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. The smugglers, a gang of eight to 10, were trafficking cattle into Bangladesh when the BSF personnel opened fire at them. Of the three killed, two died on the spot, while the other smugglers managed to escape into Bangladesh with the body of the third accomplice. A BSF soldier was injured in the incident. Later in the day, Indian and Bangladeshi officials met to discuss the issue of cattle trafficking and also handed over the two bodies to Bangladeshi officials. Feb 12, 2015

Web-based educational programme launched in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh, Feb 12 (ANI): Arunachal Pradesh has become the first state in the country to launch a web-based educational program for all schools in collaboration with Google. Inaugurated by Nabam Tuki, the Chief Minister Global Education Programme, would be initially launched in over 50 schools of the state and later extend to others in phased manners. The system aims to bring the power of the web into the classroom and improve productivity. In order to implement the project properly, the government will now be working towards removing the communication problems in the state and build better educational infrastructure. The Northeast region is landlocked and the students often face problems due to bandhs and other disturbances. Feb 12, 2015

Youth turn up in large numbers for army recruitment rally in Tripura

Tripura, Feb 12 (ANI): These youngsters want to join the armed forces for a brighter future. With a strong sense of patriotism and an urge to serve their country, these young men gathered at the Dasarath Dev Stadium in Agartala to participate in a recruitment rally being conducted by the Indian army. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar who was the chief guest at the event requested the Army to organize such recruitment drives on a regular basis. The enthusiastic participation of youth from the state as well as the neighbouring states clearly indicates a paradigm shift in their mindset. Feb 12, 2015

Eurogroup hold emergency Greece meeting

Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Tuesday extended an olive branch to Athens a day ahead of a crucial meeting to discuss the stand-off over Greece's bailout, saying he was "extremely willing" to work for a solution. Duration: 00:57 Feb 12, 2015

Obama declares 'next phase' of US Ebola mission

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the 'next phase' of the country's response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with the vast majority of American troops involved coming home by April 30th. Duration: 00:57 Feb 12, 2015

Ukraine peace talks overshadowed by fighting

Residents of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine say they're still in shock after a rocket attack killed at least 15 civilians Tuesday, ....as pro-Russian separatists tighten pressure on Kiev by launching Feb 12, 2015

British officials see big potential in driverless cars

British Business Secretary Vince Cable said Wednesday that driverless cars could play a 'very substantial' role for British industry, as self-drive pods were unveiled for the first time in London. Duration: 01:00 Feb 12, 2015

"50 Shades" gets mixed reviews

Fans of E.L. James's bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey" have eagerly awaited the world premiere of its film adaptation at the Berlin film festival on Wednesday (February 11), but after a press Feb 12, 2015

SpaceX rocket launches NASA's climate observatory

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A SpaceX rocket blasted off on Wednesday (February 11) to put a U.S. satellite into deep space, where it will keep tabs on solar storms and image Earth from nearly 1 Feb 12, 2015