India steps up security in border towns ahead of Republic Day

Amritsar, Jan 17 (ANI): Security has been tightened across India ahead of Republic Day's celebrations on January 26. Extra vigil is being mounted at border towns as Indian security agencies fear militant attacks from across the border ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to the country. Obama will be the first US President to attend a Republic Day celebration. He is the only US President to visit the country twice while in office. India security officials have said around 200 militants are waiting to cross over from across the border. Jan 17, 2015

100 feared dead after boat sinks in C. Africa

Nearly 100 people are feared dead in the Central African Republic after a boat caught fire and sank on a river in the strife-torn country, officials say. Duration: 00:42 Jan 17, 2015

Muslims around the world rally against Charlie Hebdo

One person was shot and another injured in clashes between anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters and police outside the French consulate in Pakistan's Karachi, an AFP correspondent at the city's main hospital said. Jan 17, 2015

Families reunited in Havana as US eases travel with Cuba

The United States eases travel and trade restrictions with Cuba, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement. Duration: 00:58 Jan 17, 2015

Interfaith leaders gather in solidarity at a London mosque

The Muslim Council of Britain met with other religious leaders at a London mosque in show of solidarity against terrorism, with the general secretary of the umbrella organisation urging people to exercise 'freedom not to offend'. Duration: 00:54 Jan 17, 2015

US, UN warn Myanmar over growing religious tensions

A top American diplomat decries growing religious intolerance in Myanmar and warns the use of faith for political ends is "playing with fire" in a crunch election year for the former junta-run country. Duration: 00:59 Jan 17, 2015

Saradha scam: Madan Mitra's judicial custody extended till Jan 30

Kolkata, Jan 16 (ANI): A court on Friday extended the judicial custody of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra till January 30. Mitra was arrested in connection with the Saradha scam. After hearing both prosecution and the defence, the court rejected Mitra's bail plea and extended his custody by 14 days. He was presented in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate H. Mukherjee on the expiry of his earlier judicial remand. Jan 16, 2015

Moral Policing: Couple brutally thrashed by hooligans in Maharashtra

Latur, Jan 16 (ANI): In a shocking incident of moral policing, a young couple was beaten brutally by Ganimi Kawa organisation in a park after being spotted by the group in Latur district of Maharashtra. According to reports, the city police has taken the matter into consideration and registered a case against 4 people of the organisation including Balaji Godse, the head of the group. Ganimi Kawa is a rural-based organisation which involves in moral policing. Local police has registered a case against the accused. The assault was filmed by the gang on a phone and circulated on WhatsApp to shame the victim in her village. Jan 16, 2015

Bhutan PM Tobgay visits Buddhist pilgrimage centre Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh

Sarnath, Jan 16 (ANI): Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay visited the Buddhist pilgrimage centre Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. Tobgay visited Sarnath Archaeological Museum, which houses the findings and excavations at the archaeological site of Sarnath. The main attraction of the museum is Ashoka pillar which is the national emblem of India. Sarnath, located at about 10 km from Varanasi, is the place where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon. Tobgay is on a nine-day official visit to India at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation. He had also participated in 'Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit' in Gandhinagar on Sunday. The visiting dignitary also held talks with Indian leaders before embarking on a visit to some historical places. Jan 16, 2015

Court sends six men accused of raping a Japanese student to jail till Jan 30

Kolkata, Jan 16 (ANI): A court on Friday sent six men accused of gang raping a 23-year-old Japanese student to jail till January 30. The six accused, Mohammad Sabir, Washim Khan, Sahid Iqbal, Mohammad Wasim, Javed Khan and Sajid Khan, were produced before a court in Kolkata. Kolkata police busted a racket of tour guides, who duped Japanese students and tourists. Three tour guides lured a Japanese student and took her to Gaya city in Bihar, where they were joined by three more people, and then gang-raped her and looted her of rupees 25,000. The Japanese tourist alleged that she was raped on November 23, 2014 and a complaint was filed on November 26 in Kolkata. Jan 16, 2015

Security stepped up in Kashmir ahead of Obama's visit

Srinagar, Jan 16 (ANI): Security has been strengthened in Jammu and Kashmir in view of US President Barack Obama's visit later in January for Republic Day celebrations. Inspector General of paramilitary Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF), SK Bhandari, said that the force was leaving no stone unturned to ensure full-proof security. Bhandari said infiltration bids are likely to rise in the state ahead of the high-profile visit. Reportedly, the security forces on Friday captured a dreaded terrorist belonging to the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) from Choora area in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore district. The LeT militant, identified as Abu Mawya, was reportedly hiding inside the house of a Sarpanch in the Choora locality from where he was arrested by the Special Operation Group. Jan 16, 2015