Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015: Sushma Swaraj invites 'young pravasis' to contribute to India's growth

Gandhinagar, Jan 07 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gandhinagar on Wednesday by lighting the ceremonial lamp. Swaraj while speaking at the event invited the 'young pravasis' to come and contribute to India's growth. Swaraj also talked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies of 'Make in India', 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' among others. She also applauded Indian economy 'showing new dynamism under the new government'. More than 4,000 delegates have arrived for the 13th PBD, the world's largest annual gathering of people of Indian origin, aimed at enhancing networking and reinforcing commercial linkages. The three-day diaspora conclave is being held at the Mahatma Mandir complex in Gandhinagar. Jan 7, 2015

Akal Takht commemorates death anniversary of Indira Gandhi's assassins, politicos condemn

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Sikh religious organization Akal Takht commemorated the death anniversary of Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassins. NCP leader Majid Memon said that it is up to the organizations whom to pay homage but it is not an issue the country should be concerned about. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that it was unfortunate as Indira Gandhi was one of the nation's leaders and her assassins were punished by law. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar also condemned the incident. Jan 7, 2015

Reactions pour in as Sakshi Maharaj says every Hindu woman must produce at least 4 kids

Meerut/ New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Reactions pour in on Wednesday as BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj said that every Hindu woman should produce at least four kids. The BJP MP again stirred a hornet's nest by saying this and also mocking Muslim men for having four wives and 40 children. AIDWA General Secretary Jagmati Sangwan said that the BJP MP's remarks are against national population policy and that action must be initiated against him. JD (U) leaders Ali Anwar and KC Tyagi also condemned the statement and said that leaders like Maharaj should first produce 5 children and then tell other to do the same. Jan 7, 2015

Politicos welcome 'delayed but new finding' in Sunanda Pushkar's death case, smells political influe

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Politicos welcomed the 'delayed but new findings' in Sunanda Pushkar's death case although they smelled some political influence in the probe. The Delhi Police on Tuesday confirmed that Pushkar was murdered by poisoning. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao welcomed the same and hoped that Delhi Police will further the investigation and brought the culprit to the book. NCP leader Majid Memon said that this took a very long time and thus the investigation and evidences may have been hampered by now. JD (U) also followed suit and welcomed the findings of the investigation. Jan 7, 2015

Fourteen killed, 10 injured after bus fell into gorge in Andhra Pradesh

Ananthapur, Jan 07 (ANI): At least 14 people were killed and 10 others injured after a passenger bus fell into a gorge in Ananthpur district of Penukonda in Andhra Pradesh. It was going from Madakasira to Penukonda on Wednesday when the accident took place. Police reached the spot and took the bodies out from the gorge. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital. Most of the victims are students. Further details are awaited. Jan 7, 2015

Female suicide bomber hits police station in Istanbul, kills one

Istanbul, Jan 07 (ANI): A female suicide bomber blew herself up inside a police station in Istanbul's Sultanahmet district, killing one officer and wounding another, the city's governor. Police sealed off the street where the attack happened. The woman spoke english as she entered the building but her nationality and identity were unknown, Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters at the scene. Turkish media later said one of the officers died from his wounds. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the bombing comes less than a week after far-left group DHKP-C said it was behind a grenade attack on police near the prime minister's office in Istanbul. The group was also behind a suicide bombing at the US Embassy last year as well as attacks on Turkish police stations. Turkey also faces other security threats. Jan 7, 2015

Bangladesh arrests key opposition figure Protest erupts

Dhaka, Jan 07 (ANI): Bangladesh government arrested a key opposition figure and deployed thousands of police as opposition protests entered a second day, after four activists were killed and scores were injured on the first anniversary of last year's disputed polls. The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina cracked down on displays of anti-government sentiment in the capital, Dhaka, as opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia stepped up calls for fresh elections. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to scatter protesters in Dhaka and elsewhere. Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakrul Islam Alamgir of Khaleda's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was detained on Tuesday as he stepped out of Dhaka's National Press Club, where he had taken shelter, police said. Before being detained, Alamgir said there was no democracy left in Bangladesh. On Monday, Khaleda, who said she had been unlawfully detained inside her Dhaka office since the weekend, called for an indefinite nationwide transport blockade after the government foiled rallies by her to mark the election anniversary, which it had dubbed "democracy killing day." However, leader of ruling Awami League said Khaleda Zia was providing safe haven to militants. Jan 7, 2015

PM Modi releases coins to honour Tata conglomerate founder

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, paid tribute to Tata conglomerate founder Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, by releasing commemorative coins on him. Modi launched the commemorative coins to mark 175th birth anniversary of Jamsetji, who now becomes the first industrialist to be honoured by the government in such a manner. The Tata group was founded as a textile business in 1868 by Ratan Tata's great-grandfather Jamsetji Tata. His older son expanded into steel, insurance and the production of soaps and cooking oil. Jan 7, 2015

India and Bangladesh officials discuss border problems

Siliguri, Jan 07 (ANI): India and Bangladesh officials and police discussed border related issues such as human trafficking, illegal arms smuggling, immigration and border management in Siliguri. Indian delegation was led by Barun Roy while Mohammed Jahangeer Kobir led the Bangladeshi delegation. Both the sides would prepare a report which would be submitted to their respective governments that would develop cordial relation between the two countries. A parliamentary committee urged the Indian government to table a constitutional amendment that would pave the way for a land swap deal that Bangladesh and India have been negotiating for years. The deal could help curb illegal immigration from Bangladesh by fencing the porous border, a hot political issue in border areas. Jan 7, 2015

Two suspected militants killed in encounter with police in Manipur

Bishenpur, Jan 07 (ANI): Police personnel shot down two suspected militants in an encounter in Bishenpur district of Manipur. Following a tip-off, police cordoned off a house in the district belonging to one Mohammad Mujibur Rahaman. The militants then started firing at the police. Police confirmed that two suspects were killed in the cross firing. The police also recovered two 9mm pistols, one grenade and some documents from the site. The two suspected militants were later identified as belonging to the separatist group United Revolutionary Front (URF). Jan 7, 2015

Pak captures two Indian boats with 12 fishermen off Gujarat Coast even as patrolling is on

Porbandar, Jan 07 (ANI): The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (MSA) apprehended 12 Indian fishermen and seized their two boats near the International Maritime Boundary, a Porbandar-based NGO claimed. The incident took place even as patrolling by Indian maritime authorities is in full swing off the Gujarat coast. National Fish Workers Forum General Secretary Manish Lodhari said that there are NGOs who informed about the same and the news was now confirmed by Pakistan sources. He also said that the names of the fishermen will be given out in two days. Lodhari appealed the Indian government to work with the Pakistan authorities to get back Indian fishermen along with their boats as it can cause security threats to India. He said that if the boats are not recovered it can be used by Pak for infiltrating into India and would also cause financial loss to the nation and to the fishermen. Jan 7, 2015

Fashion show in Manipur to promote state's handloom sector

Imphal, Jan 07 (ANI): Manipur's rich and colourful handloom is well projected by many Northeast based designers. In a recent event titled 'Elegance of the Dancing Looms', some 10 Manipur based fashion designers showcased a fusion of ethnic and modern outfits. The fashion extravaganza was organised by "Blue Wings" with an aim to promote the traditional indigenous attires of the state and attract the attention of national and foreign customers. Many models from Brazil, Slovakia, Ukraine and Russia along with several models from the Northeast sashayed down the ramp at the Bheigyachandra Open Air Theatre in Imphal, showcasing a variety of interesting attires. The collections showcased during the event included bridal attires, handloom outfits, modern designs and ready to wear casual garments. Actress Lin Laishram was one of the show stoppers. Jan 7, 2015

Thousands of fish die in historical Sher Shah Suri lake in Kanpur

Kanpur, Jan 07 (ANI): Thousands of fish have died in the historical Sher Shah Suri Lake in Uttar Pradesh due to alleged official apathy. The Sher Shah Suri Lake of the Sur dynasty king is one of popular attractions for tourists. Residents of the area said they saw dead fish floating in the lake in Kanpur. They alleged negligence on the part of local municipality for not maintaining the pond. The municipal authorities later visited the spot and cleaned the lake with some chemicals. Locals say the lake has never run dry in the 400 years of its existence. Jan 7, 2015

Love in limbo in rebel-held east Ukraine

Tying the knot is no simple matter in eastern Ukraine, plunged into conflict and uncertainty since the outbreak of Russian-backed rebellion last year. Many young couples thinking of getting married have had to put their lives on hold. Jan 7, 2015