Raghubar Das meets PM Modi

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Sunday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanking him for entrusting Das with the responsibility of a Chief Minister. Das said that it was a courtesy meeting in which they discussed about state funds and infrastructure development. Jan 4, 2015

PM Modi extends greetings on Eid Milad-Un-Nabi

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended his greetings on the occasion of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi. "Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. May the spirit of peace, harmony and compassion be strengthened in society," the Prime Minister tweeted. Eid Milad-Un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad is being celebrated in various parts of the country today. People decorated houses, shops, streets and markets to celebrate the birth anniversary of the prophet. Hundreds of people thronged Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar for nightlong prayers, amid chilling cold. Jan 4, 2015

Patrolling intensified at border after ceasefire violations by Pakistan

Amritsar/ Kathua, Jan 04 (ANI): Paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) stepped up patrolling along the border in Punjab after Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire yet again. Officials said Pakistan resorted to heavy mortal shelling on several posts along the border since Friday (January 02) night. Meanwhile, Inspector General of the BSF Anil Paliwal assured extra vigilance at the border. Meanwhile, residents of border areas in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district migrated to safer areas after their villages came under attack. In the fresh attack, Pakistani Rangers targeted several BSF posts in Ramgarh town of Jammu district. Barota camp in Ramgarh sector also came under heavy mortar fire. Jan 4, 2015

Forest officials rescue injured elephant in West Bengal

Jalpaiguri, Jan 04 (ANI): The forest department in West Bengal rescued an injured elephant from mud pool. The veterinary surgeon started the treatment for elephant’s good health and said he is responding well despite injury on the left leg. The jumbo had got stuck in a pool of mud in a forest area in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on Friday morning. A non-governmental organisation (NGO) assisted the forest department in the rescue operation. Earlier people tried to pull the elephant out but in vain, after which, a crane and two domestic elephants were brought in. Villagers are increasingly encroaching on forest land, forcing the elephants to increasingly barge into villages, killing dozens of people each year, often trampling them to death. Jan 4, 2015

Buddhist monks assemble for peace prayers in Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya, Jan 04 (ANI): Monks and devotees from across the world assembled at the holy shrine of Buddhists in Bodh Gaya in Bihar to offer prayers for world peace and tranquility. More than thousand monks from countries like Bangladesh, India, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal are participating in the religious gathering. The 32nd Kagyu Monlam prayer ceremony is the pre-eminent event of the year for Buddhists. It is considered to be a great gathering of the highest teachers. Kagyu Monlam in Bodh Gaya was preceded by several days of extensive Mahakala practice. The ceremony is being conducted at the premises of sacred Mahabodhi Temple. During the ceremony, Buddhist monks chant teachings of Lord Buddha under the sacred Bodhi tree. The prayers will conclude on January 05. Jan 4, 2015

Two cases of swine flu registered in Jaipur

Jaipur, Jan 04 (ANI): Two cases of swine flu were registered in a hospital in Jaipur. The administration of Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur came into action where special wards have been opened and a special team of doctors have been deputed to treat swine flu cases. Additional Superintendent of the hospital, Ajit Singh, said that the two cases were registered within a week. Swine flu is caused by the H1N1 virus. H1N1 symptoms are similar to those produced by other influenza viruses - fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and respiratory problems. Jan 4, 2015

Boxer Sarita Devi confident of winning gold in 2016 Olympics

Guwahati, Jan 04 (ANI): Boxer Sarita Devi, who has been banned for one year by the world governing body AIBA for her petulant behaviour at the Asian Games, exuded confidence and said she would win gold medal in 2016 Rio Olympics. While addressing a news conference in Assam, Devi said she would make her country proud in 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She added the controversy made her mentally strong. Furious after losing her semi-final to local favourite Park Ji-na in the women's lightweight division in Incheon in October last year, Sarita refused to accept her bronze medal, prompting AIBA to suspend her indefinitely. Jan 4, 2015

Centrally sponsored health schemes benefit people in remote areas of Northeast

Assam, Jan 04 (ANI): Thengalbari village in Titabor Sub-division of Jorhat is one of those interior areas of Assam which lacks proper healthcare facilities. But, the Mobile Medical Units under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) are reaching out to such remote villages. They organize free medical camps for the needy. Hundreds of people of different age groups queued up at the venue to avail a variety of facilities including general medical examination, ECG, Vision test and ear, Nose and throat check up. Free medicines were also given out to the people. In Tripura also, the security forces are taking a step forward to provide health facilities in remote areas. The 1st battalion of Tripura state rifles organized a mega health camp in the remote Chachu village in Mohanpur sub-division of West Tripura under its civic action programme. Jan 4, 2015

Paris to order more Reaper drones to monitor jihadists

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the purchase of three new drones to help local forces monitor jihadists operating across the Sahel. Le Drian was speaking during a visit to troops stationed in Chad and Niger. Duration: 00:39 Jan 3, 2015

Homes lost as bushfire rages out of control in Australia

An intense bushfire razed at least five homes in South Australia Saturday, with more devastation feared as firefighters struggle to contain the worst blaze in decades that is raging out of control. Duration: 00:38 Jan 3, 2015

Congress wants govt to dig deep into terror attack case

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): The Congress on Saturday urged the government to go deeper into the possible terror attack case which was averted by the Coast Guard and bring out the truth so that Pakistan could be embarrassed internationally. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, however cautioned that the nation cannot afford to lower its guard.Earlier on Friday, a possible terror attack was averted when a suspicious fishing boat carrying explosives in the Arabian Sea was intercepted near the India- Pakistan maritime boundary, approximately 365 kilometres away from Porbander. A statement from the Ministry of Defence said that as per intelligence inputs received on December 31, a fishing boat from Keti Bunder near Karachi was planning some illicit transaction in the Arabian Sea. Jan 3, 2015

Four civilians injured in cross-border firing hospitalized in Kashmir

Jammu/Ramgarh, Jan 03 (ANI): Four civilians, who were injured in shelling from across the border in Kashmir, were admitted to a government hospital in Jammu on Saturday (January 03). The injured belonged to Ramgarh and Hiranagar towns of Jammu region.Mohammad Hussain, a villager, said the firing hasn't stopped from more than twelve hours. In the fresh assault, Pakistani Rangers targeted several Indian paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) posts in Ramgarh town of Jammu district early Saturday. Barota camp in Ramgarh sector also came under heavy mortar fire. The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Jammu Medical College and Hospital, RR Pal, said the condition of the injured was stable. An Indian soldier was killed on New Year eve when Pakistani Rangers opened fire in Samba district. Jan 3, 2015

Protest demanding Kamaruzzaman's quick execution erupts in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Jan 03 (ANI): A mass demonstration was held in Dhaka demanding life sentence for war criminals. The slogan-shouting protesters, under the banner of Resurgent Platform, demanded immediate execution of leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, convicted of war crimes during the 1971 Liberation war of Bangladesh, along with other war criminals. The protesters shouted slogans against the government for dilly-dallying with the execution of Kamaruzzaman and other war criminals. Meanwhile, the protesters said the commoners would take to the streets and intensify their protest if war criminals escaped the law. Jan 3, 2015