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

Nobody can remove BJP from power if party connects to people efficiently: Amit Shah part - 1

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday said that nobody can defeat BJP or remove the ruling party from power if the workers connect to people efficiently. Shah assured that the mood of people of Delhi shows that BJP will come out victorious in assembly polls. He said that the national capital will give a clear mandate and that BJP will have majority. He also slammed AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal and said that the party who tells lie will not be accepted by the people with Delhi. Jan 17, 2015

Nobody can remove BJP from power if party connects to people efficiently: Amit Shah part - 2

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday said that nobody can defeat BJP or remove the ruling party from power if the workers connect to people efficiently. Shah assured that the mood of people of Delhi shows that BJP will come out victorious in assembly polls. He said that the national capital will give a clear mandate and that BJP will have majority. He also slammed AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal and said that the party who tells lie will not be accepted by the people with Delhi. Jan 17, 2015

Govt. accepts CBFC chief Leela Samson's resignation

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): The government has accepted the resignation of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Leela Samson. Samson had resigned following the clearance given by Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) to Dera Sachcha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's film, 'Messenger of God'. She had alleged interference, coercion and corruption of panel members and officers of the Board who are appointed by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Meanwhile, 12 more members of the Board followed Samson's suggestion of quitting "en masse" and tendered their resignations on Saturday. Jan 17, 2015

CPI (Maoist) calls for shutdown in Jharkhand

Latehar, Jan 17 (ANI): Communist Party of India (Maoist) called for a shutdown on Saturday in Jharkhand and Bihar in protest against the death of its cadres who had been gunned down during an encounter in Hazaribagh District recently. The shutdown had an impact in the Latehar District of Jharkhand, where no public transport or heavy vehicles were seen plying on the National Highway (NH) 75 and NH 99. The security operation by the CRPF was conducted in the jungles outside Bukar Village, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Chauparan police station. Jan 17, 2015