Election Commission issues notice to Kejriwal over his allegations on Satish Upadhyay

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): The Election Commission of India has issued a notice against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal with relation to the allegations made by him on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit Chief Satish Upadhyay over power discoms. The Election Commission has asked Kejriwal to explain the matter by January 20, the same day the AAP chief is scheduled to file his nomination for upcoming Delhi Assembly elections. The step was taken after Upadhyay had filed a complaint against Kejriwal for making "false, baseless and unverified allegations" against him. Earlier on Thursday, the AAP chief had said that the party would be presenting evidence to prove its allegations against Upadhyay. Jan 18, 2015

McDonalds suspends Pune outlet staff member for allegedly throwing out a street kid

Pune, Jan 18 (ANI): Taking action for throwing out a street child from its restaurant in Pune, McDonalds suspended the staff member involved in the incident. The action comes after the Maharashtra government intervened in the matter. Promising an enquiry, McDonalds in a statement had said, "McDonalds India is investigating internally an issue that has been reported on an incident involving a street child. The concerned security personnel involved in the incident have been suspended pending completion of an enquiry." Further, the Pune outlet also faced anger by people. Some unidentified persons on Saturday threw mud on the facade of the restaurant. However, nothing serious was reported. Earlier, the street kid Akash's father said that poor should not be treated in such degrading manner. Jan 18, 2015

Censor Board row: Issue being politicised, says Anupam Kher

Mumbai, Jan 18 (ANI): As nine more members of the Censor Board resigned protesting against alleged interference by the government, former censor board chairman and veteran Actor Anupam Kher said that the allegations levelled by former censor board members against the government were not correct and added that the issue was being politicised. I and B Minister Arun Jaitley firmly rejected the charges, saying the "NDA government maintains an arm's length distance" from the functioning of the panel. "The UPA Government had politicised the Censor Board," Jaitley said in an article titled 'Rebels without a cause' posted on Facebook. Censor Board Chief Leela Samson stepped down from her post on Friday, amid controversy surrounding the clearance of controversial film "Messenger of God" featuring Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and citing interference, coercion and corruption of panel members. Jan 18, 2015

Censor Board should be loyal to govt not to political parties, will soon be appointing new board mem

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Dismissing allegations against the government of interference and corruption by former Censor Board members, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said that the former should be loyal to the Government of India and not to any particular political party. He said that the government had faith in the board and that is why it gave them time to work and extension of term as well. Rathore said that the government wants to stay on a positive note but now the aim is to form a new, better CBFC in a few days. Earlier in the day, I and B Minister Arun Jaitley dismissed the allegations calling the former Censor Board members 'rebels without a cause' in one of his articles. He further accused the Congress of politicising the censor board. Jan 18, 2015

Encounter underway in J and K's Sopore area, two terrorists reportedly trapped

Sopore, Jan 18 (ANI): A gun battle between the security forces and militants is currently underway in Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir. Security forces cordoned off Saidpora village in Sopore following information about presence of militants in the area, a police officer said. According to reports, as the forces closed on the target house, the militants opened fire which was retaliated, triggering off the gunbattle. At least two militants are believed to be trapped inside the cordoned area, the officer said, adding there were no casualties on either side so far. Even on Wednesday, a gun battle between security forces and terrorists had resulted in the death of a top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant, Abu Huzaifa. Jan 18, 2015

Floriculture becomes a profitable business option in Northeast

Manipur, Jan 18 (ANI): Gurumayum Nanao Sharma has turned his hobby in gardening to a successful profession. Few years ago, he started 'Gaminash Nursery' in a land near his home at Bamon leikai in Manipur. Today, he nurtures a variety of indigenous and non-indigenous varieties of flowers and prepares saplings of trees and fruits along with providing garden planning and designing services. In order to expand his business and provide jobs to unemployed youth in the state, he has recently procured two acres of land which he wanted to develop as a flower farm. Many people in the Northeast are adopting floriculture as an alternate farming. They get encouragement by participating at various exhibitions and flower shows. Jan 18, 2015

Dozens protest against Charlie Hebdo in Yemen

Dozens protested in front of the French embassy in Sanaa, after the French satirical paper published a cartoon of prophet Mohammed on its front page. Duration: 00:45 Jan 17, 2015

Tongan volcano creates new island

A Tongan volcano has created a substantial new island since it began erupting last month, spewing out huge volumes of rock and dense ash that has killed nearby vegetation. Duration: 00:58 Jan 17, 2015

Niger churches torched in Charlie Hebdo protests

A violent mob torches at least three churches in Niger's capital Niamey during fresh protests against Charlie Hebdo magazine, as France's president stressed his commitment to "freedom of expression." Duration: 00:24 Jan 17, 2015

Gaza graffiti protest over Charlie Hebdo prophet cartoon

Protest graffiti was sprayed outside the French cultural centre in Gaza before dawn Saturday following the publication of a new cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Duration: 00:43 Jan 17, 2015

Brazil protesters and police clash at bus fare demo

Protesters in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro clash with police who use tear gas and sound bombs to disperse crowds, as thousands rally against Brazil's latest round of bus fare hikes. Duration: 01:22 Jan 17, 2015

Poetry magazine gathers poets to enthrall discerning Delhi audience

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): The Poetry Society (India) and the India International Centre organized a poetry session on Friday on the theme of "Images of Life in Changing Times: Poetry from 'The Seventh Quarry" here. The 'Seventh Quarry' is a poetry magazine published in Swansea and Wales. The session was attended by seventeen renowned and distinguished poets from all across India and the idea was to underline the importance of poetry in contemporary times. Multi-lingual forms of poetry was on show as poets recited their poems in English, Urdu and Odiya in a wonderful manner. The Seventh Quarry magazine has given honour to Indian poets by bringing a special issue. Kathmandu-based Indian diplomat-poet Abhay K. also read some of his poems at the event. Jan 17, 2015

Japan Foreign Minister says will invest in India's northeast

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Saturday that Japan would invest in building roads and infrastructure in India's northeast. Building infrastructure such as power plants, industries and telecommunication hubs in the northeast would be a major contributor to connect the key region with Southeast Asian countries. Japan has promised to give India $ 35 billion for developmental projects. Kishida arrived in New Delhi on Friday to co-chair the eighth India-Japan Strategic Dialogue with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. The two foreign ministers will review all aspects of the bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. Jan 17, 2015

Traffic authorities in Kashmir hold rally to spread awareness on road safety

Srinagar, Jan 17 (ANI): Traffic police in Jammu and Kashmir organised a rally to mark Road Safety Week in order to spread awareness on traffic rules and regulations among the residents. The week-long awareness rally by traffic authorities concluded on Saturday with various programmes including walkathon, road shows and seminars. Many hoardings and banners were also put up that read 'Safety is just not a slogan, it is a way of life' which was also the theme of this year's Road Safety Week. Residents of Kashmir valley expressed satisfaction at the initiative taken by the authorities that concerned people's safety. But they also expressed concern at the low maintenance of roads. Jan 17, 2015

Not worried about winning in Delhi polls but about the kind of politics Kejriwal is trying to bring

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Congress leader Kiran Walia on Saturday while addressing a press conference said that she is not worried about winning or losing the upcoming assembly elections but she is worried about the kind of politics Kejriwal is trying to bring in Delhi. Walia added that Kejriwal made false promises to the people of Delhi. This came after Congress decided to field Kiran Walia against Arvind Kejriwal in the prestigious New Delhi constituency where the AAP leader had handed a crushing defeat to Sheila Dikshit in the assembly polls in 2013. Jan 17, 2015