PM Modi greets people on Lohri

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has greeted people on the occasion of Lohri. In his message, the Prime Minister said, "Lohri greetings to everyone! May this festival brighten your lives with abundant happiness, prosperity and good health." The bonfire festival of Lohri is being observed and celebrated across Northern India today. The people of Punjab and Haryana primarily celebrate Lohri to signal the end of the Winter Solstice. This year, in Punjab and Haryana, the state governments and NGOs are going with the theme of saving the girl child. Jan 13, 2015

Omar writes to J and K Governor, offers support to PDP

Srinagar, Jan 13 (ANI): The National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday wrote to Governor NN Vohra offering its support to the People's Democratic Party for the formation of the next government in the state. Jan 13, 2015

Education sector in shambles in PoK

Muzaffarabad, PoK, Jan 13: While Pakistan boasts of having improved the literacy rate in its occupied region of Kashmir, it has failed to provide quality education to region's students. Jan 13, 2015

Israel buries four Jews killed in Paris attacks

Thousands of mourners gathered at a Jerusalem cemetery Tuesday for the funeral of four Jews killed by an Islamist gunman in Paris in an attack that shook the Jewish community. Duration: 01:37 Jan 13, 2015

Defiant Charlie Hebdo returns with Prophet Muhammed on cover

Paris, Jan 13 (ANI): Up to 3 million copies of Charlie Hebdo could hit newsstands this week, dwarfing its usual print run of 60,000 in response to soaring demand for the first edition of the satirical weekly since last week's deadly attacks by Islamist militants. The French satirical magazine will come back with a bang defying the attackers by putting a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammed on its cover, as the government on Monday announced the deployment of 10,000 soldiers to boost security. Liberation newspaper, now temporarily housing Charlie Hebdo operations, revealed the front page of "survivors' issue" via Twitter late on Monday as the edition is due to be out by Wednesday. The cover page shows an image of the Prophet Mohammad holding a sign saying Je Suis Charlie which means I am Charlie below the headline All is forgiven. Jan 13, 2015

Huge cache of ammunition recovered from police constable in Assam

Guwahati, Jan 13 (ANI): Police recovered huge cache of ammunition, including a grenade, from a police constable in Guwahati city of Assam. The constable was detained at Guwahati railway station while trying to transport the ammunition to neighbouring state of Bihar. Police officer, Sisir Bhatta said that the arrested constable is a cadre of the Meghalaya Police. Rai, in his defence said that he did not intend to give the bullets to anyone. Reportedly, Guwahati police has sought help from Meghalaya Police in order to proceed with the investigation. Police is interrogating Rai to find out the origin of the pilfered ammunitions recovered from him. Jan 13, 2015

US military's Twitter and YouTube account hacked by ISIS

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the US military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were hacked by people claiming to be sympathetic toward the Islamic State militant group. In an apparent propaganda coup, the hackers replaced CentCom's usual logo with the image of a hooded fighter and the words "CyberCaliphate" and "I love you ISIS. American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back, ISIS," the hackers posted on the US Central Command Twitter feed. "In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad," the Centcom Twitter feed further said. Subsequent posts on the Centcom twitter account read, "Pentagon Networks Hacked! China Scenarios" and "Pentagon Networks Hacked.Korean Scenarios." Jan 13, 2015

Three Maoists killed in an encounter in Jharkhand

Hazaribagh, Jan 13 (ANI): Security personnel killed three Maoists in an encounter in Jharkhand. Following a tip-off, the district police coordinated the entire operation with paramilitary Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) and Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA). Kumar also urged the Maoists to give up arms and join the mainstream by surrendering under government's rehabilitation schemes. Police also recovered a 303 gun, an AK-47 from the slain Maoists. The Maoists, also known as Naxals have operated for decades across a wide swath of central and eastern India, and grew in strength during recent times. Jan 13, 2015

Indian states gear up preparations to welcome harvest festival

Surat/ Varanasi, Jan 13 (ANI): Kites with portraits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama hit local markets in western India as nation gears up to celebrate harvest festival of Makar Sankranti falling on Wednesday (January 14). The festival of 'Makar Sankranti' marks the northward journey of the Sun as it enters the Capricorn zodiac. Many states in northern and western India celebrate the festival by distributing sweets among loved ones. Kite flying is a hit among youngsters and elderly alike during the festival. Shops in Gujarat have a new attraction for their customers as, with Obama's India visit scheduled for later this month, kites with portraits of him and Modi are being sold out in large numbers in the state. Jan 13, 2015