Interfaith harmony unites people in West Bengal

West Bengal, Jan 20 (ANI): Purulia city, located in eastern India's state of West Bengal, is known for communal harmony that exists between people of various faiths. The people of the district, without any religious bias, work together to earn livelihood for themselves and to improve their standard of living by providing helping hand to each other. A similar example is witnessed in a group of electricians of the village, comprising both Hindus and Muslims, who work together to electrify their city. Although sharing different beliefs, workers here do not discriminate each other on religious lines. Apart from their work, the group also participates in each others religious festivals and special occasions. The brotherhood and amity seen among the group reflects the age-old ethos of the country for which it is known in the world. Jan 20, 2015

Communal harmony flourishes as a Muslim builds Hindu temples for devotees

Kerala, Jan 20 (ANI): Tolerance and acceptance of differences, especially religious differences, is a characteristic of the Indian society. And over centuries individuals and institutions have contributed in their own special way to keep this legacy alive. One such example comes from India's southern state of Kerala. Here in Kozhikode region, a Muslim, Ibrahim, has built many temples for Hindus, reflecting respect for there religion. The initiative by Ibrahim has not only maintained amity and prosperity between two religions of the region but has also assisted in developing respect for him. Instances like these bring to the forefront the enduring spirit of communal harmony prevalent between different communities in India. Jan 20, 2015

Guinea reopens schools as Ebola fears settle

Guinea becomes the first of the worst-hit countries to reopen schools in the wake of the Ebola crisis, but many students and teachers stay away. Duration: 01:21 Jan 19, 2015

Egypt's Sisi urges Muslim fight on terrorism

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday said the fight against "terrorism" needs a new Muslim religious discourse in addition to security and military measures. Duration: 00:51 Jan 19, 2015

R K Laxman continues to be critical, suffers urinal infection

Pune, Jan 19 (ANI): Legendary cartoonist R K Laxman continued to be in a critical state after his health deteriorated on Saturday evening. He is currently on a life support system. Laxman, who is suffering from urinal infection, is admitted under the intensive care unit of 'Deenanath Mangeshkar' hospital in Pune. His daughter Usha Laxman said she hoped her father would recuperate soon. The cartoonist has suffered from several paralytic attacks in the past. The legend, 94, became known for his 'Common Man' cartoons which used to appear in the nation's best selling newspaper "The Times of India". Jan 19, 2015

Sunanda Murder Case: Shashi Tharoor might be questioned soon, says Bassi

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said on Monday that the SIT investigating Sunanda Pushkar's murder case is working hard to come to a conclusion soon. Bassi said that all relevant people are being questioned in the matter and Shashi Tharoor will also be questioned soon in a day or two. He added that the team is carrying out investigation in full swing in the case. Jan 19, 2015

Government to boost public spending on infrastructure

Chennai, Jan 19 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday (January 19) said that the government will increase public spending on infrastructure in months to come. The government estimates the country needs to spend $800 billion on infrastructure to grow seven percent per annum, sharply higher than around 5.5 percent projected by the Reserve Bank of India for the current fiscal year that ends in March. Addressing Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) summit in India's southern Chennai city, Jaitley said that the public spending on infrastructure would have to increase because the old Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) model was under stress and needed to be revived. Jaitley had promised imminent changes pushing ahead key reforms such as the introduction of a nationwide sales tax. Jan 19, 2015

Supporter of A S Lovely attempts self-immolation

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Disappointed over Delhi Congress Chief Arvinder Singh Lovely not fighting the assembly elections in the national capital, one of his supporters, a male, attempted to self-immolate himself in the Gandhi Nagar area. The supporter doused himself with kerosene and threatened to self-immolate himself but was stopped from going ahead with his plan. Lovely's candidature was withdrawn from the upcoming assembly elections yesterday. He said he was honoured by the new role given to him by the party high command. Jan 19, 2015

I'm not above party, will respect party's decision: Arvinder Singh Lovely

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely on Monday while commenting on the withdrawal of his candidature from the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi said that the he is not above the party and that he will respect the party's decision. Lovely said that the party workers are getting emotional and hence staging protest. He further said that the decision will be taken keeping in mind the party's needs. Jan 19, 2015

Praising BJP's 'discipline', Krishna Tirath formally switches parties

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Praising the Bharatiya Janata Party's 'discipline', former union minister and Congress leader Krishna Tirath on Monday formally joined the BJP, vowing to continue her work towards the upliftment of the oppressed. Tirath had earlier in the day fuelled rumours of switching allegiances after meeting party chief Amit Shah in the national capital. According to media reports, a disgruntled Tirath had earlier sought a Congress Party ticket for one of her children to contest in the Delhi state assembly elections, but the central leadership of the party rejected the request. Till now, she was representing the North West Delhi constituency of Delhi as a member of the Indian National Congress (INC). She began her political career as a M.L.A in Delhi and was a member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly from 1984-2004. In 1998, she became the Minister for Social Welfare, SC and ST and Labour and Employment in the Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government. Jan 19, 2015

Transgenders upset with Tamil flick, hold protest

Chennai, Jan 19 (ANI): Transgenders took to streets in Chennai city on Monday (January 19) protesting against a Tamil flick which portrayed them in poor light. The sci-fi fantasy romantic thriller 'I' is a work of popular Indian, predominantly Tamil, director and producer, Shankar Shanmugham. The transgenders held a demonstration outside the offices of Film Censor Board, seeking deletion of offending scenes in the film. The protesters also sought an apology from Shankar. Shankar has sought police cover outside his residence as protestors were reportedly planning to stage a demonstration outside his house as well. Jan 19, 2015

Japanese PM visits the Yad Vashems hall of remembrance

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited on Monday the Yad Vashem’s hall of remembrance in Jerusalem duringf a six-day tour of the Middle East, aimed also at promoting regional stability and peace. Duration: 00:32 Jan 19, 2015

Argentine prosecutor who accused Kirchner found dead

An Argentine prosecutor who accused President Cristina Kirchner of obstructing a probe into the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center reportedly died just hours before he was due at a Congressional hearing Monday. Duration: 00:35 Jan 19, 2015