Wife of Kashmiri Separatist leader Yasin Malik flays India for human rights violations in Indian Ka

Islamabad, Feb 03 (ANI): Addressing a Kashmir Day function in a school in Islamabad on Tuesday, Mushaal Malik, wife of Kashmiri separatist leader, Yasin Malik, said Kashmir had been called a paradise on earth, but human rights violations in 'Indian-controlled Kashmir' had turned into a nightmare for the residents. Mushaal Malik blamed India for the violence in Pakistan's troubled Balochistan province. Kashmir Day, or Kashmir Solidarity Day, is celebrated in Pakistan on February 5 every year, to express Pakistan's support and unity with the people of 'Indian-controlled Kashmir' and their ongoing freedom struggle. It is an internationally-recognized day observed by people, predominantly Kashmiris, not only throughout Pakistan and Pakistani Kashmir (Azad Kashmir), but also worldwide wherever Kashmiris reside. Feb 4, 2015

Nitish Kumar may return as Bihar CM dethroning Jitan Ram, politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 4 (ANI): Politicos on Wednesday reacted on reports that JD (U) MLAs want the former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi to return to the top post replacing Nitish Kumar. According to sources, party MLAs feel that Manjhi will be unable to convey the party's achievements in Bihar for the state elections scheduled in 2015. Sources also say that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad has also pushed for Nitish to return as Bihar CM. Feb 4, 2015

Organic food industry picks up pace in india

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Being natural and chemical free, are the two aspects which people in India look for their eating habits today...Same is the case for Amit and Mridhu Mahajan, who believe that organic market has come a long way, developing its space in the national market. Their store 'Nirvaaha' is one such stop which offers variety of organic vegetables, pulses, spices, cooking oils and other organic products. They believe that the trend of health consciousness among consumers has led to bring upsurge in the organic food sector. With variant income groups and region of the country, consumers for organic food products are increasing day by day with their acute awareness from health hazards of chemicals and pesticides. Organic food market, which was considered as a niche segment by the Indian consumers, has now transformed into full-fledged industry with high growth potential. It has shown a growth at a CAGR of 30.7 per cent over the period of FY'2009-FY'2014. And, according to the recent report released by ASSOCHAM, the organic food market is estimated to rise from 402 million USD to 965 million USD in 2016. Feb 4, 2015

Kiran Bedi breaks down at Krishna Nagar rally, says overwhelmed by people's love

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi on Wednesday broke down during her roadshow in Krishna Nagar constituency, from where she is contesting her first ever election. The former IPS officer was seen taking off her glasses and wiping tears with a handkerchief. Bedi said that she is overwhelmed by the affection she has received from people and promised to return their love by serving them. Krishna Nagar constituency is being seen as BJP's stronghold in the upcoming Delhi assembly poll. The elections for the 70-member Delhi Assembly will be held in a single phase on February 7. The counting of votes will take place on February 10. The last day of campaigning is February 5. Feb 4, 2015

Mamata Banerjee may skip first NITI Aayog meet

New Delhi, Feb 4 (ANI): Top Trinamool Congress sources and state government officials have indicated that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee might skip the first meeting of the newly formed NITI Aayog, on February 6, as a mark of protest against the NDA government dismantling the Planning Commission and replacing it with the new advisory body "unilaterally". Politicos gave mixed reactions on the matter. Feb 4, 2015

Japanese firms focus on cutting edge technology, safe environment

Tokyo, Feb 03 (ANI): In digital cameras, various precision components are used and assembled with high accuracy. The most important of all, the optical lens, exist as the central component. The glass material used for photographic lens is especially called "optical glass". It is the uniformed quality glass with optical function and high transparency. There are more than 200 variations of optical glasses designed for different optical properties such as "refractive index" and "dispersion index". Optical lens is typically produced through process of rough shearing, fine grinding, and polishing, from a lens material which is moulded to a predetermined size including the cut portion. HOYA, the top provider of optical glasses, has recently developed new optical glass material process called "NRP". NRP improves lens material shape accuracy, surface defects less than 1/3rd and the thickness variation accuracy has improved 5 times over the current company standard. It could significantly reduce the allowance of polishing lens and reduce the processing fluctuation. The raw material for optical glass varies by the type of lenses. Recently, Tokyo Big Sight convention center organised an exhibition called "Eco-Products", which features environmental technologies and environmentally-friendly Feb 4, 2015

Former leaders express 'sorry' for having joined AAP

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Former Aam Aadmi Party members on Wednesday while addressing a press conference apologized for joining AAP and pleaded forgiveness from the people of Delhi. Former AAP leader Rabindranath Tiwari along with other former AAP leaders said that they are 'sorry' for creating a party which is now ready to swallow Delhi. The elections for the 70-member Delhi Assembly will be held in a single phase on February 7. The counting of votes will take place on February 10. The last day of campaigning is February 5. Feb 4, 2015

India-Bhutan friendship car rally kicks off in Siliguri

Siliguri, Feb 04 (ANI): The three-day long Indo-Bhutan car rally covering Himalayan ranges kicked off on Wednesday (February 04) from Siliguri town in West Bengal. The rally has been organized by Friendship Car Rally Association of India and Bhutan Friendship Association to strengthen relations between the two neighbours. The car rally, which is being held after two years gap, would cover a distance of 850 kilometers and would culminate in Bhutan's capital, Thimphu. Twenty participants from India and ten from Bhutan are taking part in this mega event. The extremely challenging route of pristine foothills and forests crisscrossed by rivers and mountain streams and high Himalayan passes of altitude of up to 13000 feet make the drive thoroughly adventurous. The rally is the biggest motor sports event in Eastern India and one of the only three International events being held in Indian sub-continent. Feb 4, 2015

Woman gangraped in Mumbai, three accused arrested

Mumbai, Feb 04 (ANI): A 21-year-old woman was gangraped in Mumbai, on the intervening night of Tuesday (February 03) and Wednesday (February 04), said police. All the three accused were arrested from the crime scene itself. The victim was on her way home when the culprits befriended her at the Reay Road railway station. The four boarded a local train together as the accused promised to drop her home safe. However, as they de-boarded the train at Cotton Green station, the accused threatened the victim and took her to a truck parking nearby, where they took turns to rape her. A police party which was patrolling in the area rushed to rescue the victim hearing her cries and arrested the three accused from the spot. The accused reportedly work at a goldsmith workshop, while the victim is a slum dweller. A medical examination of the victim confirmed rape. Feb 4, 2015

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi addresses rally in Jahangirpuri

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday addressed a rally in Delhi's Jahangirpuri area. Gandhi said that the Congress party changed the national capital in 15 years by constructing flyovers and bridges. He also said that the RTI was brought by the party to bring transparency in the governance. Feb 4, 2015

AAP raises EVM tampering issue before Delhi Polls, Politicos React

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party's issue of tampering with Electronic Voting Machines has drawn political reactions on Wednesday. BJP leaders Ashwini Upadhyay and GVL Narasimha Rao said that AAP does not trust the Election Commission of the people of the country. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that political parties should trust EC over safety of EVMs. AAP leader Ashish Khetan said that EVM tampering is a major issue in every elections and the EC should be careful if any complaints are received. Feb 4, 2015

AAP leaders meet CEC over EVM tampering

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal along with other party leaders on Wednesday met the Chief Election Commissioner over various issues related to Delhi Polls. Kejriwal had previously been saying that EV machines might be tampered during polls not leading to fair and free polls. After meeting the Chief Election Commissioner HS Brahma, Kejriwal said that he put forward all concerns relating to polls and the Election Commissioner assured all steps to ensure free and fair polls for Delhi. Feb 4, 2015

Delhi Police summon AAP leader over seized liquor bottles

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Election Commission (EC) officials seized 397 cartons of liquor from a warehouse in west Delhi, days before the national capital goes to polls on February 07. Acting on a tip off, a team of EC officials raided the warehouse near residence of AAP leader Naresh Balyan in Uttam Nagar area and seized liquor. Police indicated towards possibility of Balyan's involvement. Balyan is AAP's candidate from Uttam Nagar. Meanwhile, BJP Spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, said that people should understand AAP's game plan. Voting in Delhi will take place on February 7 and the results will be announced on February 10. Feb 4, 2015

Fuel prices reduced ahead of polls in Delhi

New Delhi/ Bengaluru/ Mumbai, Feb 04 (ANI): Fuel prices have been reduced by Rs 2.42 for Petrol and Rs 2.25 for Diesel with effect from the midnight of February 3rd and 4th. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) said it would cut the retail price of diesel by about 4.7 percent and that of gasoline by 4.1 percent from Wednesday (February 04), as global prices have eased since the last revision. AAP leader Ashish Khetan said that slashing of fuel prices was a stunt by the Central government keeping February 07 Delhi polls in mind. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi said that fuel prices never got reduced during Congress' rule. Meanwhile, residents gave their mixed reactions following fuel price reduction. Feb 4, 2015

India, Bangladesh border talks kick off in Tripura

Agartala, Feb 04 (ANI): India, Bangladesh joint district-level border conference to resolve trans-border issues kicked off in Tripura. A wide range of issues like smuggling, trans-border crime, insurgent movement, narcotics, human trafficking was discussed between officials of both the countries. Both the sides expressed satisfaction and said dialogue not only helps in mutually sorting disputes at grass-root level but also helps in confidence building between the nations. Officials of both sides maintained that frequent dialogue should take place at regular intervals as it helps in better coordination and improving ties. Issues related to four districts of Bangladesh and Tripura would be tabled on last day of two-day talks. Similar conferences would also be held in Assam and Meghalaya to sort out border issues. Feb 4, 2015