Former Gorkha soldier Subash Ghising who ignited Gorkhaland fire in Darjeeling dies

West Bengal, Jan 31 (ANI): The body of former Gorkha soldier Subash Ghising, who ignited Gorkhaland fire in Darjeeling in West Bengal in the eighties, has been flown to Bagdogra airport and would be taken to his village for last rites. Ghising, 79, died at a government hospital in New Delhi. He is survived by his son. A large crowd of his supporters gathered at Bagdogra airport when his body was brought from New Delhi in a plane. General Secretary of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), Mahendra Chettri, said Ghising’s death was a major loss for the entire nation. Jan 31, 2015

India gets bids worth $3.9 billion in Coal India sale

New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): India received bids worth about 240 billion rupees for the sale of a 10 percent stake in state-run Coal India limited, a senior government official said, citing preliminary data. The share sale in the world's largest coal producer was fully covered on Friday. Jan 31, 2015

Eight workers killed in factory blast in Vellore

Vellore, Jan 31 (ANI): Nearly eight workers were killed when an effluent treatment plant burst open in Tamil Nadu on Saturday early morning. So far, the cause of the accident is not known though the rescuers reached the accident spot in Vellore district and brought out the bodies. The police have registered a case and investigation is underway. Most of the workers were from eastern state of West Bengal. Jan 31, 2015

EC raids AAP candidate Naresh Balyan's residence, recovers over 5000 liquor bottles

New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): The Election Commission officials raided the residence of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Candidate Naresh Balyan in Delhi and recovered thousands of liquor bottles. Over 5,000 liquor bottles were recovered from Balyan's residence and an FIR has been lodged against him for violating Model Code of Conduct. Balyan is contesting upcoming Delhi Assembly polls from Uttam Nagar and the incident tarnishes the party's image for the polls scheduled for February 7. Meanwhile, Balyan has claimed that the liquor seized by EC is the property of a BJP worker and that the party is trying to put false allegations on him. Jan 31, 2015

Politicos react on recovery of over 5000 liquor bottles from AAP candidate's residence in EC raid

New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday reacted as Election Commission officials recovered over 5000 liquor bottles from residence of AAP Candidate Naresh Balyan in a raid. BJP leader Ashwani Upadhyay said that the real face of AAP is coming out. Party leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that AAP represents everything which is wrong in politics. He said that if AAP has any moral left in them, they should apologise and also expel the leader accused. Congress leader JP Aggarwal said that the Election Commission should take strict action against the AAP. Meanwhile, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that the whole incident is a political conspiracy and that no such raid has been done. Jan 31, 2015

People in Kashmir eat spicy traditional cuisine 'Harissa' to fight cold

Srinagar, Jan 31 (ANI): Kashmiris are flocking restaurants to relish a special mutton dish which helps them fight biting cold. The traditional mouth-watering cuisine Harissa is a much-sought after dish in the state during winters. Harissa is prepared with mutton meat, rice, milk and a lot of spices. The mixture is cooked for long on fire, stirred continuously to make it mushy and smooth. When served, hot oil is poured on top of it and it is served with traditional Kashmiri naan (bread). A customer Farooq Ahmed said that Harissa is good for health. The more than 100-year-old dish is a regular in breakfast menu in almost every household when temperatures dip to sub-zero levels during winters. The dish is also popular among visiting tourists as it is not available elsewhere in India. Reyaz Ahmed, who works as a cook in a local restaurant, said the demand for Harissa picks up during winters. Jan 31, 2015

Enthusiasts, students flock to bird fair in Jaipur

Jaipur, Jan 30 (ANI): Bird lovers and students flocked to the 18th annual Indian Birding Fair in pink city Jaipur. The two-day fair dedicated to biodiversity conservation is being held at the city's famed Man Sagar Lake. Though largely a citizen's initiative, it is being led by the Tourism and Wildlife Society of India. The fair, which was started in 1997 to protect the then dying lake, received positive response, year after year. Bird watchers showed children and other enthusiasts the birds through binoculars and telescopes. Visitors also attended seminars on conservation. Many overseas experts are expected to visit as well. As per reports, the fair has received support from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-India, the Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN) and other organisations. Jan 31, 2015

Mridula Jain, a successful woman entrepreneur

Ludhiana, Jan 30 (ANI): Winters bring with it many fashionable trends which the youth enjoy following and experimenting. One such experimentation of trendy shawls was done by Mrs. Mridula Jain when shawls were available in very limited designs. It was her vision of bringing up designer shawls in the market in 1986 that became very popular among people. She now heads Shingora Textiles Ltd. in Ludhiana city of Northern Punjab state. Following the new innovations and techniques available in the market, shawl industry in India today stands at around 800 crore. The industry size is increasing as the product has gained good momentum in the market. Shingora Textiles Ltd. also exports its products to many countries across the world. Jan 31, 2015

Salty the Crocodile chooses Seahawks for Super Bowl win

Fort Worth Zoo's Salty the Crocodile made his choice for this weekend's American football Super Bowl, deciding to eat a chicken colored Seattle Seahawks green, rather than one in New England Patriots blue. Duration: 00:33 Jan 31, 2015