Sachin Tendulkar flags off run in Kerala ahead of National Games

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 20 (ANI): Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar participated in mass 'Run Kerala Run', which was held as a prelude to the 35th National Games, in Thiruvananthapuram city on Tuesday (January 20). Tendulkar, who is also the brand ambassador of the Games, thronged god's own country to flag off the event. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Governor P Sathasivam were also present. The race, endorsed by all political parties and social organisations, besides schools and colleges, would give a final push to the games preparations, creating excitement among the people to become part of the event being hosted by the state after 1987. The nation commences on January 31 at venues at seven districts in Kerala. Jan 20, 2015

Kejriwal gets late due to roadshow, not to file nomination papers today

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal who was about to file his nomination papers from New Delhi constituency today could not do so as he got late in reaching the office. Kejriwal, who offered prayers at the Valmiki Temple earlier today, held a road show from the temple to the Jantar Mantar after which he was to file his nomination papers. The former Delhi chief minister led a big show of strength today in the city, asking people to join him on his journey towards filing the papers. He also sought blessings from his mother at home before beginning the 4 km long road show. Kejriwal is expected to campaign in BJP chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi's constituency Krishna Nagar later in the day. The elections for the 70-member Delhi Assembly will be held in a single phase on February 7, with the counting of votes set to take place on February 10. Jan 20, 2015

IS threatens Japanese hostages in video; PM Shinzo Abe urges immediate release

Jerusalem, Jan 20 (ANI): The militant Islamic State group, which holds territory in Iraq and Syria, issued a video online on Tuesday (January 20), purporting to show two Japanese captives and demanding $200 million (USD) from the Japanese government to save their lives. The clip showed a figure wearing black clothing and holding a knife, standing along with two kneeling men wearing orange clothes. The militant did not specify a currency, but an Arabic subtitle identified it as US dollars. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the threat was unacceptable and demanded their safe return. Abe on Saturday (January 17) pledged $200 million in non-military aid for countries contending with fighting Islamic State. Abe said the aid had nothing to do with curbing IS extremists. The militant, who spoke with a British accent, appeared to have the same voice as a jihadist shown threatening captives in previous Islamic State videos. Jan 20, 2015

Seven deaths, 173 swine flu cases reported from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Hyderabad, Jan 20 (ANI): Seven deaths and 173 cases of swine flu have been reported from two southern Indian states in January so far. Swine flu coordinator for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states, K. Subhakar, on Tuesday (January 20) said that out of 173 cases, 169 cases were reported from Telangana alone, while the remaining four were reported from Andhra Pradesh. He added that seven deaths reported were also from Telangana. Subhakar added that the district administrations were leaving no stone unturned to detect every potential case of swine flu. He also said that District Surveillance Officers were visiting houses of the patients to inquire if anyone else in the family too suffered from similar symptoms. Jan 20, 2015

Kejriwal addresses public meeting in Krishna Nagar constituency in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday addressed a public meeting in Krishna Nagar constituency of New Delhi from where BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi is contesting elections. Kejriwal hit at BJP for making false promises to the people and said that BJP is left with no agenda for development of capital and is only focusing at defeating Aam Aadmi Party. He said that BJP has realized its defeat in Delhi which is why they projected Kiran Bedi to put the blame on. He further said that he still holds his statement of taking money from all parties but giving vote only to AAP. Jan 20, 2015

Japan provides human resource training in nuclear power generation

Hanoi/ Japan, Jan 20 (ANI): In order to meet the rapid growth in electricity demand driven by a growing economy and expanding industrial base, Vietnam has decided to introduce nuclear energy. A developing country with a population of 92.5 million, Vietnam has selected Japan as its partner. The government issued a master plan specifying the project of building nuclear power plants, as the first time in Vietnam and South East Asia. Electric Power University (EPU) in Hanoi, is one of the six universities in Vietnam that are authorized to provide human resource training in nuclear power generation. The University has opened the Department of Nuclear Power in 2010 where students are learning basic knowledge required for nuclear power generation. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is one of the first partners which effectively cooperates and supports Electric Power University and provide nuclear engineering lecture. Recently, "Cool Japan lounge" exhibition was held at AEON Mall Binh Duon Canary in Vietnam by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, as a part of "Cool Japan World Trial" initiatives. AEON VIETNAM Corporation hosted the business seminar with introduction of their business experience and strategy in Vietnam. Inside the deep mountains of Hida, Gifu Prefecture in Japan, the Jan 20, 2015

Answer to Militants and ISI?

Peshawar, January 20, 2015: While the State of Pakistan's continues to connive with militants to disturb the peace in other countries, it is the common man who continues to suffer a great deal. One month after the gruesome attack on the army public school in Peshawar, the school reopened, the candle light vigils were held and a tough message was sent to militants and its backers within the State of Pakistan. Activists, campaigners and members of the civil society gathered in several cities across Pakistan on Friday (January 16) to mark one month since the deadly attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar in which over 140 people, including 134 children, were systematically gunned down. In Islamabad, several parliamentarians came out to join a vigil outside Parliament House. In Lahore, around two hundred citizens lit candles in memory of those killed in the school attack. Jan 20, 2015

Delhi Polls: Satish Upadhyay's supporters protest denial of ticket to him

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Supporters of Delhi unit president Satish Upadhyay on Tuesday staged a protest outside party headquarters, for denial of ticket to him. Some protestors were reportedly miffed as he was not named as the party's CM candidate. However, Updahyay said that he was not interested in contesting the polls at all. Jan 20, 2015

PM Narendra Modi reviews national action plan on climate change

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the first meeting of the reconstituted high-level climate panel to review the national action plan on climate change. According to official statement, Modi said that instead of focusing on emissions and cuts alone, focus should shift on what we have done for clean energy generation, energy conservation and energy efficiency, and what more can be done in these areas. Modi called for a paradigm shift in global attitudes towards climate change, from "carbon credit", towards "green credit." He also emphasised for a careful evaluation of all the initiatives that have been taken by India in field of solar energy, wind energy, biomass energy, and transportation projects that have reduced distances or travel times. Jan 20, 2015

PM Modi meets German finance minister to boost bilateral ties

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Prime Minster Narendra Modi met German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schuble, who is on a two-day India visit, to enhance bilateral economic relations. The meeting was described as a courtesy call by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). Earlier in the day, Schuble, at a meeting with businessmen at Confederation of India (CII) expressed keen interest in working with India on the manufacturing sector, especially in the auto and solar energy industries. Schuble's announcement of the German manufacturing industry's readiness to participate in Modi's 'Make in India' policy comes after US Secretary of State John Kerry brought up worries of the Obama administration over the initiative. The German Finance Minister is scheduled to hold talks with Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday. Jan 20, 2015

Border security stepped up ahead of US President Obama's visit to India for Republic Day celebration

Jammu, Jan 20 (ANI): Security has been stepped up along the international border between India and Pakistan in view of US President Barack Obama's visit to the country for Republic Day celebrations. Inspector General (IG) of India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF), Rakesh Sharma said the force was alert to face any challenge. He added that the country's borders are vulnerable during special occasions and high profile visits. Obama will arrive in New Delhi on January 25 to take part in Republic Day celebrations on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Obama's participation at Republic Day celebrations as chief guest is a sign of steadily expanding ties between the two countries that share concerns about China's growing power in Asia. Jan 20, 2015

Bangladesh activists hit out at former PM for her association with party accused of 1971 war crimes

Dhaka, Jan 20 (ANI): Bangladesh journalists and political activists hit out at former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition, Begum Khaleda Zia for her association with an Islamist party that is accused of war crimes. Zia had allied with Jamaat-e-Islami and formed the government with it. The tribunal has convicted 16 people, most of them Jamaat leaders, and sentenced 14 of them to death. One Islamist politician was executed in December 2013. An Islamist party leader was sentenced to death in December 2014 after war crime tribunal convicted him of atrocities. ATM Azharul Islam, 62, assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty of five out of six charges including the murder of hundreds of minority Hindus, rape, abduction and torture, prosecutors said. Jan 20, 2015

Delhi cannot function under learner's licence, needs stable govt: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Former IPS Officer Kiran Bedi on Tuesday talked to mediapersons about her dreams for Delhi after being anointed as BJPs chief ministerial candidate yesterday. Taking a jibe at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bedi said that Delhi needed a strong and stable government and therefore cannot function under a learner's licence. Referring to AAP, she said that the opposition can work on that, but not the capital and that she is bringing 40 years of experience for the national capital. She also said that people of Delhi do not want free electricity as claimed by AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal, but quality service and correct billing. The new face of BJP in Delhi Bedi also said that if people want to change India, they will have to change Delhi first. Jan 20, 2015