Mangroves: Karachi's natural defence under threat

Thick mangroves have long protected Karachi from battering by the Arabian Sea, but pollution, badly managed irrigation and years of illegal logging have left this natural barrier in a parlous state. Duration: 02:36 Jan 5, 2015

Political parties react over 'politicizing' Pak boat issue

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Political parties on Monday react over 'politicization' of Pakistani boat issue which was seen off the Gujarat coast and was later blown away. While BJP maintain that the boat was not the smuggler's vessel but has terror links. Congress said that the ruling BJP government should come out clear on the matter. Other political parties also demanded clear stand of the central government on the issue and said that India should refrain from making false claims on the matter without any evidence. Jan 5, 2015

Ramdev knocks out Wrestler Sushil Kumar at 20th foundation day of his ashram

Haridwar, Jan 05 (ANI): Yoga Guru Ramdev on Monday tried his hand at wrestling and successfully knocked out Wrestler Sushil Kumar at 20th foundation day of his ashram. Ramdev decided to celebrate the 20th foundation day of his ashram - Divya Yog Mandir Trust in Haridwar - in a totally different way. Ramdev said that he picked up the 'dangal' skills that he picked up during his heydays at the 'gurukul'. Meanwhile, Sushil Kumar also lauded the yoga guru's skills in the field. Jan 5, 2015

Political parties react over Mohan Bhagwat's call for 'unity among Hindus in current scenario'

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Political parties on Monday slammed RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat after he called for unity among Hindus in the current scenario when BJP is in power. Making a strong pitch for unity among Hindus, Bhagwat said that if the Hindu society is in danger, then the entire country is also in danger. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the RSS is doing all it can under the BJP government which can divide the nation. NCP leader Majid Memon said that is Bhagwat thinks that he is the prime minister and can do anything he desires, he is wrong. JD (U) also condemned the RSS chief and said that he should realize that he does not have any political accountability. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that RSS has dividing ideology and they don't want to unite even the Hindu community. Jan 5, 2015

John Kerry certifies aid for Pak, says US approves of action against LeT, JeM; politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): US secretary of state John Kerry has signed off on a certification that makes Pakistan eligible for an aid package under the Kerry-Lugar Bill. The bill requires the US administration to certify that the Pakistan government has taken action to prevent "al-Qaida, Taliban and associated terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba from operating in the territory of Pakistan". The certification has sparked outrage in India. Jan 5, 2015

Hindu Mahasabha's demand for replacing Gandhi's image on currency notes sparks controversy

New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): Leaders of various political parties on Monday slammed the Hindu Mahasabha over its demand of changing the image of currency notes. In a fresh move, the Hindu Mahasabha has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding Mahatama Gandhi's photo be replaced on Indian currency notes with that of Veer Shivaji, Maharana Pratap along with image of B R Ambedkar who gave the country the Constitution post-Independence. Many politicos termed it as a 'non-issue' and added that the country should instead focus on issues which are more relevant. Jan 5, 2015

Politicos react as Congress leads, BJP loses in Chhattisgarh civic polls

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Monday after Congress leads in Chhattisgarh civic polls defeating the BJP-led state government. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that there is no fixed political party to rule a particular state because power keeps changing from party to party in democracy. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that people have now lost faith in BJP as it did not fulfill the promises. NCP leader Majid Memon said that such results will be seen in the future also. Jan 5, 2015

All have right to choose their religion & also to disagree with my view: Asaduddin Owaisi

Hyderabad, Jan 05 (ANI): After raising controversy over his statements, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Mondauy said that every citizen has the right to choose their religion in a democratic nation. Owaisi said that what he has said was hi personal belief and people have every right to disagree with the same. The MIM Chief also tried to make a point on ‘forceful conversion’ being done by the RSS and VHP. Earlier, Owaisi had said that Islam is the 'real home' of all religions and hence the real 'home coming' will be when people of other religions embrace it. He had also maintained that all are born as Muslims and are later converted to other religions. Jan 5, 2015

Congress to move SC against education qualification in Rajasthan panchayat polls

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): The Congress is all set to file a petition in the Supreme Court on Monday against an ordinance brought by the Rajasthan government setting a minimum education qualification for candidates contesting panchayat polls. The ordinance stipulates a minimum education qualification of secondary education (Class X) for candidates contesting zila parishad or panchayat samiti polls and Class VIII pass to be eligible to run for the post of sarpanch. Party leader AM Singhvi and Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot claimed that the ordinance is discriminatory and against the constitutional right to equality and highly disruptive for all candidates and political parties. Pilot also reiterated that this ordinance will make SC, ST candidates and rural women ineligible to contest the panchayat polls. Jan 5, 2015

Won't form alliance in J-K in haste, says BJP

New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): Asserting that all options are open for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Jugal Kishore on Monday said that his party would not form an alliance in haste as they want a stable government which would last for six years. Earlier, the BJP had stated that any attempt to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir without its inclusion will be a travesty of the mandate given by the people of the state. The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections threw up a hung verdict, with the PDP emerging as the single-largest party winning 28 seats. The BJP won 25 seats while the National Conference and Congress won 15 and 12 seats respectively. Jan 5, 2015

Youth hurls shoe at Manjhi during Janata Darbar, detained

Patna, Jan 05 (ANI): A youth hurled shoe at Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday while the leader was addressing people at the Janata Darbar in Patna. However, the shoe did not hit Manjhi. According to the reports, the youth is a resident of Chhapra region. The agitated youth repeatedly said that Manjhi's 'janata durbar' is a farce. The youth has been detained by the Patna Police and is being interrogated. CM Jitan Ram Manjhi every week holds 'Janata Darbar' outside his residence where the he meets common man and listens to their grievances. Jan 5, 2015

PM Narendra Modi launches National Programme for LED bulb distribution

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday described the LED bulb as a 'Prakash Path - way to light' as he launched a scheme for LED bulb distribution under the domestic efficient lighting programme in Delhi and a national programme for LED-based home and street lighting. Prime Minister Modi also symbolically replaced one bulb in South Block, with an LED bulb. Replacement of all bulbs in South Block with LED bulbs will enable savings of 7,000 units of energy each month. The prime minister called for making energy conservation through the spread of LED bulbs, a people's movement. Jan 5, 2015

BJP delegation meets PDP leaders to discuss JandK govt formation

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): A delegation of BJP leaders headed by party President Amit Shah on Monday met PDP leaders to discuss government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. BJP leader Ram Madhav said that BJP has received majority in Jammu region while PDP has received majority in Kashmir region so these two parties should together decide upon forming government in the border state. Madhav also said that the suggestion was to take forward talks with PDP. Jan 5, 2015

MEA briefs about Indian labourers' dispute in Sri Lanka

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Monday briefed about the dispute between Indian labourers and a Sri Lankan company in Colombo. Akbaruddin said that the Indian Foreign Ministry is maintaining continuous contact with the High Commission in Colombo to keep information updated. He added that the Indian authorities have also been giving the labourers allowance. He added that a counselor team has gone to the company and they are working to ensure that the labourers are repatriated at the earliest. Jan 5, 2015

Annual Magh Mela starts in Allahabad amidst tight security

Allahabad, Jan 05 (ANI): With the annual Magh Mela beginning on Monday, police have stepped up security in Allahabad city of Uttar Pradesh. During the Magh Mela, thousands of elated Hindus stream to Allahabad for taking a dip at Sangam, the confluence point, where rivers Ganges and Yamuna meet a third mythical river. Several cultural events such as dramatic portrayals from Hindu Epics with music and dance performances, folk theatre are a part of the grand event. Free food and accommodation is provided to Hindu sages and people attending the fair. Reportedly over 25 lakh pilgrims are expected to turn up on the first day of this month-long event. In order to ensure that no untoward incident takes place, the police are leaving no stone unturned in matters of security. Inspector General (IG), Allahabad zone, Daljeet Chaudhary said that cameras had been installed at all strategic points to keep an eye on every movement. Jan 5, 2015