Haven't received any showcause notice from BJP: Sakshi Maharaj

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj on Tuesday denied receiving any showcause notice from the party over his controversial statement wherein he said that Hindu woman must give birth to at least four children to protect the religion. Sakhshi Maharaj rubbished media reports in this regard as untrue. According to reports, the notice has been sent on the direction of BJP President Amit Shah and Sakshi has been asked to respond within 10 days his position on why he continued to make "controversial statements which go against the party line despite having been warned." Jan 13, 2015

Pope Francis arrives in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis urges respect for human rights in Sri Lanka as he begins a two-nation Asia tour on the island, bearing a message of peace and reconciliation after a long civil war. Duration: 00:32 Jan 13, 2015

India can play leadership role in addressing global problems, says Ban Ki-Moon

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said India could play a leadership role in addressing global challenges like maintenance of regional and global peace, human rights violations and clean development. The UN chief called upon India for greater contribution towards formulating a meaningful climate change agreement and work towards a better and sustainable world, which would benefit all. Ban underlined poverty, displacement and international militancy as human problems. He also urged India and Pakistan to resolve old disputes, peacefully. Meanwhile, Ban also encouraged Indian leaders to help Afghanistan to develop. Jan 13, 2015

MEA briefs about Sushmas meet with Ban Ki-Moon, Obamas India visit

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Union Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj discussed issues related to militancy and UN Security Council with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin. Ban, who is in India on a three-day visit, was the keynote speaker and the guest of honour at the investment summit, Vibrant Gujarat, in Prime Minister Narendra Modis home state of Gujarat. He met Swaraj and held discussions on peace and security, climate change reforms, and other important issues. He said India was among one of the largest contributors of the UN peace keeping operations. Speaking over the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama, Akbaruddin said India was enthusiastic about his visit. Jan 13, 2015

Joint survey on India- Myanmar bus service begins

Imphal, Jan 13 (ANI): A joint team of officials from India and Myanmar began a field survey for the proposed Imphal-Mandalay passenger bus service. Ten officials from Myanmar arrived in Imphal to survey the 579-kilometer-long road route from there to Mandalay together with Indian officials. Manipur's Transport Secretary, M Laxmi Kumar said the bus service is in its final stage. The Indian government had already sent a draft report regarding the same to the government of Myanmar and is awaiting its response. The Indian team would submit their report to the Central government for inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two nations. Jan 13, 2015

Sadhvi Prachi refuses to budge from her 4 kids remark, accuses Sonia Gandhi of being anti-Hindu

Haridwar, Jan 13 (ANI): BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi refused to budge from her controversial remark wherein she said that every Hindu woman should bear at least 4 kids and that gahr wapsi should be made legal. She said that she stands by her statement and that Hindu community needs to have four children if they want to save India from becoming Pakistan. Prachi also targeted Congress President Sonia Gandhi accusing her of being anti Hindu. Jan 13, 2015

Bangladesh PM hits out at BNP Chief Khaleda Zia

Dhaka, Jan 13 (ANI): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took a dig at chief of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Khaleda Zia, and said she was a leader of militancy and terror. The prime minister said that the trial of war criminals would continue and no one can obstruct it. She also said that Khaleda held countrymen hostage in the name of blockade. Bangladesh stepped up a crackdown on BNP, arresting its vice-president amid anti-government protests that left seven dead and injured hundreds. Khaleda has demanded that Hasina give up her post, with a new vote to be held under a neutral administration. Meanwhile, Hasina assured people of developing the country to golden Bangladesh on 50th Independence Day. Jan 13, 2015

Plummeting temperatures in Kashmir boost sales of woolen garments

Srinagar, Jan 13 (ANI): As the cold wave continued unabated in Jammu and Kashmir and temperatures dropped below zero, residents thronged to shops selling woolen garments to keep themselves warm. Kashmir valley is in the midst of 40-day-long Chillai Kalan, believed to be the harshest winter period which had begun on December 21, 2014. The sale of the woolen wear has increased manifold due to plummeting temperatures. Residents in capital Srinagar are forced to stay indoors due to persistent cold wave conditions. And with mercury dipping, customers are lured with a variety of sweaters and jackets. Weather in the valley remains dry and cold as it did not receive much snowfall. Even the famed Dal Lake is in frozen state. Jan 13, 2015

BJP issues show cause notice to Sakshi Maharaj, Politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): The BJP has issued a show cause notice to Sakshi Maharaj in response to his recent controversial statements. The party has reportedly given him ten days to reply to the notice. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that the party will take action if any of its leaders says something controversial on a personal basis. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that Sakshi Maharaj is a symbol of communalism in the country. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that the notice to Sakshi Maharaj is a fake play by the party. Jan 13, 2015

Arvind Panagariya takes charge as NITI Aayog Vice Chairman

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Noted economist Arvind Panagariya took charge as the first Vice-Chairman of the newly-created NITI Aayog on Tuesday. The government had announced the appointment of Vice-Chairman, 2 full time members, 4 ex-officio members (Union ministers) and 3 special invitees for the Aayog on January 5. NITI Aayog has replaced the 65-year old Planning Commission, a vestige of the socialist era. As per the notification, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the Chairman of the body. Jan 13, 2015

Little sign in Havana streets of US, Cuba rapprochement

Last year December the US and Cuba agreed to restore diplomatic ties after a break of 53 years. Though some US restrictions are to be lifted, ordinary Cubans say they can't feel the changes so far. Duration: 02:44 Jan 13, 2015

Devotees from all faiths congregate to celebrate birth anniversary of Hazrat Shah Bulaqar

Moradabad, Jan 13 (ANI): India, a diverse land, houses people from different communities who live in peace and harmony. This ethos is visible in length and breadth of the country. A similar example is seen during the urs of Hazrat Shah Bulaqar at Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh where devotes belonging to different religious beliefs come together and seek blessings of the saint. During the urs, the devotees hold day and night long prayers, while paying homage to the saint. Men and women are seen chanting hymns and ask for blessings of the saint. People of different communities who pay a visit to the shrine are given a warm reception by their Muslim brethren. While the Shrine of the saint is illuminated with different colours of lights, the market in its vicinity also wears a festive look. Jan 13, 2015

People from diverse faiths throng Rathkhada Mela in J&K

Samba, Jan 13 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir is known for its pristine beauty. It is also known for amity between the many communities present here. Here, the Rathkhada Mela is a perfect example of this fact. Celebrated in the premises of Narsingh Temple situated 50 Kms from Samba district, the mela signifies the end of winter days wherein days become longer and nights become shorter. The Mela is also known as Blanket fair and is popular for the fine quality of woolen sold here. From hand woven shawls to machine made ones all are bought here and sold. People belonging to different communities sell and buy blankets at reasonable prices. Jan 13, 2015

France to deploy thousands to protect Jewish, "sensitive sites"

Members of the Jewish community in Paris remain rattled after an Islamist attack that left four people dead at a kosher supermarket. France has deployed thousands of troops across the country to guard Jewish schools and other sites. Duration: 2:07 Jan 13, 2015

March in Rio for Paris attack victims

French and Brazilians march together in Rio to speak out against terrorism and pay respect to the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris last week. Duration: 01:07 Jan 13, 2015