Ice and snowfalls paralyze central U.S.

Snow removal is underway in Washington, DC. Federal offices are closed, and streets are quiet. Overnight storms have paralyzed much of the central and eastern United States. Amid record-breaking Feb 17, 2015

Live bait claims rock Australian greyhound racing

Australia's greyhound racing industry is in damage control after graphic footage showed live piglets, rabbits and possums used as bait to train some of the country's most successful dogs. Duration: 00:44 Feb 17, 2015

Tens of thousands in Copenhagen vigil for shooting victims

Tens of thousands of Danes gathered for a torch-lit vigil in central Copenhagen to commemorate the victims of two weekend shootings that have shocked the nation and heightened fears of a new surge in anti-Semitic violence. Duration: 01:01 Feb 17, 2015

Jitendra Singh meets J&K Governor NN Vohra

Jammu, Feb 17 (ANI): Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh on Tuesday met the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir NN Vohra in Jammu. Singh said that it was a casual meeting regarding some family wedding for which he had invited the Governor. He added that there are specific representatives to discuss government formation in the state and only they are responsible to give any updated information about the issue. Feb 17, 2015

PM Modi vows to protect all religious minorities

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday vowed to protect all religious groups, an apparent response to a series of attacks on Christian institutions in New Delhi fuelling concerns that minorities are being targeted by Hindu zealots. Modi was speaking at an event organised by the Christian community to celebrate the beatification of two Indians by Pope Francis late last year in New Delhi. Critics say that Modi's government, which is led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has failed to protect religious minorities and rein in Hindu extremists who have been emboldened by its election victory last year. Earlier this month priests, nuns and parishioners clashed with police as they staged a protest in New Delhi over a series of vandalism and arson attacks on churches. Religious conversions have become a divisive political issue since hardliners with links to the BJP said Hinduism was under threat and started a campaign to convince Christians and Muslims to change their faith. Feb 17, 2015

Patriarch of Syriac Orthodox Church arrives in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday. Aphrem said he was extremely grateful to the people of India for their tolerance towards every religion. He added that he wanted to express his solidarity with the people of India. Feb 17, 2015

'I'm really, really not a wedding person', says Maggie Q

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Maggie Q has admitted that she is not at all a wedding person and her friends will go to plan every bit of her wedding with Dylan McDermott. The 'Nikita' actress said that it's all about her friends who are close to her, so it's all them who will going to plan for the future bride because she is not at all a wedding person, an online portal reported. She gushed about the 'Stalker' actor and said that to find a best friend in a life partner is the luckiest thing any girl would aspire for, and this is what actually true to her as she finds Dylan a really good friend of her. She said that Dylan didn't asked her for marriage he told her that they will going to marry because as per him asking out the actress is a tough and a risky task if incase she refuses the proposal. Feb 17, 2015

Rajnath Singh meets Bangladesh official ahead of home secretary level talks

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday (February 17) met Bangladesh's Senior Secretary of Home Affairs, Md. Mozammel Haque Khan in New Delhi ahead of Home Secretary level talks between the two countries. Khan will meet India's new Home Secretary LC Goyal later in the day to hold talks on issues like cross-border movements of people and goods, border cooperation in counter-terror initiatives. India's links with Bangladesh are civilisational, cultural, social and economic. On February 14, Singh had visited border areas of Tripura to review the progress of fencing work. India is fencing its border with Bangladesh. The two countries share a 4,096 kilometre long border, largely porous. Feb 17, 2015

Maithripala Sirisena visits Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya, Feb 17 (ANI): Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, on Tuesday (February 17) visited one of the holiest Buddhist sites in India, where Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. He paid floral tributes to Lord Buddha statue in the Mahabodhi Temple. The Sri Lankan President also prayed under the Bodhi tree, a sacred fig near the Mahabodhi Temple which is said to be a descendent of the one Buddha sat under for three days and nights in the sixth century BC, before finding enlightenment. Sirisena, who is in India for a four-day visit, signed a nuclear energy agreement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. This is Sirisena’s first visit abroad after he assumed office last month by defeating his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa in a hotly contested elections. Feb 17, 2015

At least seven dead in Pakistan police headquarters attack

Lahore, Feb 17 (ANI): At least seven people died on Tuesday (February 17) in a large explosion and gunfire at a regional police headquarters in Pakistan's city of Lahore, police said. The explosion came from a car near the police building, said spokeswoman Nabeela Ghazanfar, adding it was unclear if the attack involved a suicide bomber. She said three people were dead but a police officer said at least seven had died, citing colleagues in the area. It was unclear how many of the dead were police. An unidentified policeman at the scene said it looked like a suicide attack. The blast was followed by rapid gunfire, witnesses said. Pakistan has suffered two major militant attacks in the past month. Feb 17, 2015

Politicos react after RSS says Kiran Bedi was a mistake & blames her for Delhi loss

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday react as RSS mouthpiece ‘Panchjanya’ said that Kiran Bedi was a mistake. The fortnightly issue has raised questions on the choice of Bedi as the chief ministerial candidate for Delhi even as it pointed out how ignoring party workers may have cost BJP in the polls. BJP leader Manoj Tiwari said that the party has taken many decisions for the polls some of which failed to deliver. AAP leader Atishi Marlena said that Bedi has been used and that Delhi has voted against divisive & communal politics. Congress leaders said that the RSS will soon start claiming that presenting Narendra Modi for the prime ministerial post was also a mistake. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi that reverse counting for BJP has started from Delhi. Feb 17, 2015

Panchjanya, Kiran Bedi, CM Candidate, Manoj Tiwari, Atishi Marlena, KC Tyagi

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Sri Lankan Health Minister, Rajitha Senaratne, on Tuesday called on Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on the delegation’s visit to strengthen bilateral ties. Senaratne and Rijiju shook hands and exchanged gifts as they were accompanied by delegations of both sides in New Delhi. As per reports, Senaratne had met his Indian counterpart Jagat Prakash Nadda on Monday discussed issues regarding cooperation between the two neighbours in the health sector. The Sri Lankan delegation arrived in India on Sunday along with President Maithripala Sirisena, on his first state visit after he was elected by a landslide in January. Feb 17, 2015