GNLF founder Subash Ghisingh passes away

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) founder Subash Ghisingh, who spearheaded the Gorkhaland movement in the 1980s, died at the age of 78. He was suffering from liver ailments and cancer and breathed his last at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Ghisingh had founded GNLF in 1980 and was the chairman of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council in West Bengal from 1988 to 2008. He had led the Gorkhaland movement to demand for a separate state for ethnic Gorkha people living in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. Jan 30, 2015

Was very much part of decision to appoint Jaishankar as Foreign Secretary: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she was aware of the plans to replace Sujatha Singh with S Jaishankar, but the swift decision of the Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday night to sack India's top diplomat has clearly taken her ministry by surprise. Swaraj said the abrupt appointment took place since the former was retiring on January 31. Swaraj tweeted, “I was very much a part of the decision to appoint Dr. Jaishankar as Foreign Secretary. Since Dr. Jaishankar was retiring on January 31, we had to issue orders of his appointment before that date. I told her that the Government wanted to appoint Dr.Jaishankar as Foreign Secretary,” Swaraj further added. However, Singh, in a letter written to her IFS colleagues, said she had sought early retirement from government service. Jan 30, 2015

PM Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 67th death anniversary

Ahmedabad, Jan 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 67th death anniversary, and to every martyr who laid down his or her life for the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter to share his reverence for the Father of the Nation. “My tributes to Pujya Bapu,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi. “On Martyrs' Day I pay homage to each and every Martyr who laid his or her life for our Nation. Their bravery and courage will always inspire,” he added. Meanwhile, Gujarat is paying rich tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary as the entire state will observe two minutes silence at 11 AM. An all-religion prayer meeting has been organised at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and Kirti Mandir in Porbandar, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. Gujarat Governor OP Kohli also reached the Sabarmati Ashram to pay tributes to Gandhi. Jan 30, 2015

Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajgath on his 67th death anniversa

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 67th death anniversary at Rajghat in New Delhi. Prominent leaders from various political parties and other dignitaries are also paying floral tributes at Rajghat. On this day in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated at a prayer meeting. The day is also observed as Martyrs' Day as tribute is paid to the martyrs who laid down their life for the nation. Jan 30, 2015

Three Indian villagers injured in fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistan

Arnia, Jan 30 (ANI): In a fresh incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistani Rangers on the international border in Kashmir, three villagers were injured. The incident happened in Arnia sector of Jammu and Kashmir late Thursday night. The Border Security Force (BSF) has retaliated in full measure. Villagers rushed the three injured to a government hospital where condition of one of them has been described as critical. Residents said they faced difficulty in rescuing the wounded amid a barrage of bullets. Thousands of villagers have migrated to safer areas since October last year when Pakistan resumed firing along the international border and line of control. Jan 30, 2015

UPA govt a practitioner of sadistic economy: Arun Jaitley on Jayanthi Natarajans letter

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): In a major embarrassment for the Congress party Jayanthi Natarajan, who was sacked as Environment minister three months ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls has apparently blasted the leadership of Rahul Gandhi in a letter sent to party chief Sonia Gandhi. According to reports, the minister is likely to quit the party days ahead of the Delhi Assembly polls. Natarajan alleges the interference by Rahul Gandhi resulted in her being made the scapegoat for the government's failed attempts to revive the inert economy. Jan 30, 2015

Documentary premiered in Dharamsala cautions Tibetans against China's cyber attacks

Dharamsala, Jan 30 (ANI): A Tibetan digital security group called Tibet Action Institute premiered a documentary in Dharamsala showing China's unrelenting cyber attacks against the exiled community. The documentary titled "Tibet: Frontline of the New Cyber War" unfolds the pain of Tibetans living in exile and the problems facing them in maintaining online contact with their family members. The film cautions Tibetans against China's cyber attacks and details measures to counter those threats. The documentary also features researchers from The Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. A presentation was also made by Tibet Action Institute's Director of Technology and founder of the Guardian Project, Nathan Freitas to educate people about the Chinese mobile messaging app, WeChat. Jan 30, 2015

Four-day car rally in Siliguri attracts visitors

Siliguri, Jan 29 (ANI): People thronged the four-day state sponsored car rally which is being held in Siliguri district of West Bengal. The third National Time Speed Distance (TSD) Himalayan car rally organised by tyre manufacturer JK Tyre in association with West Bengal Tourism department is witnessing participants traversing a 700-kilometer stretch through the northern parts of the state. 27 cars with 54 participants are taking part in the motorsport. The route apart from touching main tourist spots will also go through smaller towns to showcase the natural beauty of the state. Participants said the drive was full of adventures and hoped people from other states would also join in. The rally ends at the outskirts of Siliguri city in West Bengal. Jan 30, 2015

Man with fake gun interrupts Dutch TV, is overpowered

A man armed with a fake gun disrupted Dutch television on Thursday evening when he forced his way into the building of public broadcaster NOS and demanded airtime before being overpowered by police. Jan 30, 2015

Latin American leaders attend CELAC summit in Costa Rica

Latin American leaders, including Cuban President Raul Castro and Bolivian President Evo Morales, attend the first day of the two-day summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in Costa Rica. Duration: 00:52 Jan 30, 2015