Pakistani cricket fans watch first World Cup match against India in Karachi

Karachi, Feb 15 (ANI): Cricket fans in Pakistan gathered to watch their team face reigning champions India in the World Cup on Sunday. The fierce rivals are playing the match at Australia's Adelaide Oval as both sides got their World Cup campaign underway. In Karachi, a big screen had been set up at the PIA Planetarium for fans to watch the game. The match is of huge emotional importance to Pakistanis, who have never witnessed a World Cup victory over India in five previous attempts -- and India's media have not wasted the chance to rub it in. A fan who had arrived to watch the match was keen to see his team beat India. In Lahore, fans also gathered to watch the match on big screens. India won the toss and batted first in Adelaide, setting Pakistan an imposing 301 to win the match Feb 15, 2015

Students in Guwahati protest against outsiders writing exams for government jobs

Guwahati, Feb 15 (ANI): Police in Guwahati city detained hundreds of activists on Sunday protesting against students from outside writing exams for recruitment in government jobs. The protest was organised by a powerful students organization, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU). Police in large numbers stopped the protesters from preventing students from appearing in exams held for the recruitment in railway police. The AASU has for long been demanding justice for the people of Assam and northeast besides demanding quota for jobs. There have been media reports that not even a single person from the northeast was recruited during the drive for filling up posts of 1,000 sub-inspectors and 17,000 constables in earlier exams. Feb 15, 2015

Pak HC declares Pervez Musharraf ineligible for Parliament membership

New Delhi, Feb 15 (ANI): The Sindh High Court (SHC) has reportedly declared former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf "ineligible" for Parliament membership, saying that he did not fulfill the criteria set in Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution. A three-judge bench of the SHC, headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqir, asserted that the military ruler misused his powers and abrogated the Constitution and the decisions taken by him have hurt Pakistan's image. The detail verdict has been released by the court. Following a four-year-long self-imposed exile, Musharraf came back to Pakistan in March 2013 to contest the May 11 general election. However, elections officials barred him from running for the National Assembly, thwarting his plans to contest the general election. Feb 15, 2015

More than 60 beached whales returned to sea

This pilot whale is one of more than 60 lucky ones who have been saved by rescuers in New Zealand. The rest of them died, after almost 200 whales were stranded on this beach a day earlier. The Feb 15, 2015

Miniature goats for Lunar New Year

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) An artist in Taiwan specialising in miniature sculptures celebrated the Year of the Goat by carving two tiny goats standing on the top of pencil tips. The word used Feb 15, 2015

World Cup Series: Expectations high for India's victory in match against Pakistan

Amroha/ Rajkot, Feb 15 (ANI): In the ongoing match between India and Pakistan as a part of ICC World Cup Series 2015, expectations of India's victory get high. Member of World Cup Squad, Mohammed Shami's father Tauseef Ahmed said that this time India will surely bring home the world cup. Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara said that India is playing quite well and it will hopefully win again. Feb 15, 2015

Strawberry farming proves to be a big hit in West Bengal

Siliguri, Feb 15 (ANI): Farmers in West Bengal were yielding profits from strawberry cultivation. Strawberry farming has become a hit among villagers of Patiramjote area in Siliguri district. Many young farmers are taking it up due to less investments and maximum results. A farmer Rajib Das said he plucks around five kilograms of strawberries every day. He added that demand rose within short span of time, which also resulted in good money. A strawberry expert was invited to West Bengal to see if strawberry farming was possible in the state. The expert pointed out four districts where strawberries could be grown and state's biotechnology department started working on it. The biotechnology department is also giving training to farmers so that they can easily grow strawberries. Meetings have been organised with the farmers and other people to give information on the crop. Feb 15, 2015

PM Modi confident about economic viability of solar energy - Part 1

New Delhi, Feb 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he was confident that solar energy will become economically viable in the coming days. Modi was speaking at the inauguration of the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet and Expo, RE-Invest 2015. The Prime Minister said lakhs of families are still deprived of energy and we must use our resources to the optimum level. Talking about the issue of climate change, Prime Minister Modi said that due to lifestyle changes we are utilising the future generations' share of resources. The Prime Minister also stressed that India can show the ways of protecting humankind from the effects of global warming. The Re-invest 2015 Expo seeks to evolve innovative financial models for funding and aims to promote the partnership between the states and the Centre in harnessing renewable energy. Feb 15, 2015

PM Modi confident about economic viability of solar energy - Part 2

New Delhi, Feb 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he was confident that solar energy will become economically viable in the coming days. Modi was speaking at the inauguration of the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet and Expo, RE-Invest 2015. The Prime Minister said lakhs of families are still deprived of energy and we must use our resources to the optimum level. Talking about the issue of climate change, Prime Minister Modi said that due to lifestyle changes we are utilising the future generations' share of resources. The Prime Minister also stressed that India can show the ways of protecting humankind from the effects of global warming. The Re-invest 2015 Expo seeks to evolve innovative financial models for funding and aims to promote the partnership between the states and the Centre in harnessing renewable energy. Feb 15, 2015

Paramilitary force organises camp in Maoist-hit areas of Jharkhand

Latehar, Feb 15 (ANI): Paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) organised a health camp in Maoist-affected villages of Jharkhand. CRPF personnel, as a part of civic action programme, distributed free medicines and utensils to the poor in 200 Maoist-hit villages in Latehar district. According to villagers, they are constantly under Maoists attack threat but are relieved after a police station was built in Herhanj area. Meanwhile, CRPF doctor Anil Kumar Singh said that their work was to provide proper medical assistance to villagers. The rebels have operated for decades across a wide swath of central and eastern India, and grew in strength during recent times in areas where poor, tribal villagers came into conflict with mining companies seeking resources for industrialisation. Feb 15, 2015

13 dead as under construction house collapses in Chandauli

Chandauli, Feb 15 (ANI): At least 13 people were killed and one person was left injured after an under construction house collapsed in Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. Police and rescue teams have been rushed to the spot to clear the debris and the lone injured person has been taken on an ambulance to a hospital. Further details are awaited. Feb 15, 2015

Suspect shot dead in Copenhagen shootings: police

TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NO ACCESS SWEDEN*~ ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Danish police said they believed the man shot dead by officers in Copenhagen on Sunday (February 15) was responsible Feb 15, 2015

Cricket lovers hope for India's win against Pakistan in world cup 2015

New Delhi/ Bhopal/ Samba/ Ranchi, Feb 15 (ANI): As the very first match of the 2015 World Cup commenced, the audience will witness India batting first after Indian captain MS Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat first. Cricket fans across India are excited as the defending champions are playing their first match of the World Cup 2015 against arch-rivals Pakistan in Australia on Sunday. Millions of cricket lovers chanting 'India, India' are sitting glued to their television screens for the high-voltage clash at the Adelaide Oval. Matches between India and Pakistan are fiercely competitive. India has never lost a single match to Pakistan in the World Cup tournament. The cricket fever also caught up security personnel of India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) as they played cricket in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir and wished good luck to team India. Feb 15, 2015

India celebrates Valentine's Day amid threats from right wing Hindu groups

Agra/ Kolkata/ Gurgaon, Feb 15 (ANI): Despite reports of Hindu right wing organisations harassing couples in public places, Valentine's Day was celebrated across India. In a first, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated a 'Lover's Seat' with the picturesque epitome of love, Taj Mahal in the background in Agra city. Yadav also posed for photographs at the 'Lover's Seat' with his wife Dimple. He said that for the state Valentine's Day was actually 'Taj Day'. Another attraction at the event was a black Taj Mahal replica made of sand by artist Sudarshan Patnaik. Meanwhile, in Kolkata city of West Bengal, All India Students' Association (AISA) held a protest against the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for spreading communalism and impinging on people's freedom to choose partners. Feb 15, 2015

Activists in Odisha protest against land ordinance

Bhubaneswar, Feb 15 (ANI): Activists in Bhubaneswar city of Odisha held protest against the proposed ordinance to amend the Land Acquisition Act. The central government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi passed an urgent executive order in December last year to ease land-acquisition rules in sectors like power, housing and defence to kick-start hundreds of billions of dollars in stalled projects, though investments are unlikely to flow in immediately. The protest was being held under the National Alliance of People's Movement. A land rights activist Prafulla Samantra said the ordinance is draconian, and a heinous conspiracy to snatch lands from the peasants in the interest of the national and multinational corporates. He further said if the ordinance is passed then the peasants will be uprooted from their land and will add to the number of street beggars. Meanwhile, another activist Manohar Chowhan said the earlier bill was in favour of the farmers. Feb 15, 2015