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

Cairo bathhouse trial: 26 men acquitted of 'debauchery'

An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men accused of "debauchery" after their night-time arrest from a Cairo bathhouse for suspected homosexual activity, in a case which triggered international concern. Duration: 01:03 Jan 13, 2015

Israelis react to Paris jihadist deadly attacks

Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were among the world's leaders who marched alongside Parisians in a record demonstration against terror. Duration: 01:04 Jan 13, 2015

Turkey says Boumeddiene crossed into Syria last week

Hayat Boumeddiene, the wanted partner of one of the gunmen behind the terror attacks in France, crossed into conflict-torn Syria last week after travelling through Turkey, Turkish authorities said Monday. Duration: 00:51 Jan 13, 2015

UK cartoon editor fears for art's future after Paris attack

Speaking in the aftermath of the deadly Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, one of the grandfathers of British editorial cartoons, Michael Heath, 80, says young people are no longer interested in becoming political cartoonists. Duration: 01:08 Jan 13, 2015

US criticized for absence of leaders at Paris march

Amid criticism over lack of top-tier US representation at Sunday's march in Paris, US Secretary of State John Kerry says he has scheduled a visit to France 'to reaffirm the connection between the United States and our oldest ally'. Duration: 01:01 Jan 13, 2015

Cameron vows new security measures after Paris attacks

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday said that new measures must be taken to monitor communications in order to prevent terrorists having a 'safe space to communicate with each other.' Duration: 00:41 Jan 13, 2015