Six die as cold wave tightens grip in India

Saharsa, Dec 27 (ANI): At least six people have died in Bihar due to extreme cold wave conditions, officials have confirmed. All the deaths were reported from Saharsa district in the state. Intense cold wave conditions continued unabated across India with mercury touching new lows. Saharsa district magistrate, Shashi Bhushan, said a probe has been ordered into the deaths. The cold has inconvenienced locals on the streets as they struggle to find means to keep themselves warm, often burning scraps of rubbish to create a bonfire. Soma, the mother of the deceased, said they rushed him to a local hospital after he felt uneasy, but could not survive. The sudden dip in temperatures is said to have been caused by snowfall in the Himalayas and has adversely impacted the upper half of the country. Minimum temperatures have even dropped to sub-zero levels in higher altitudes in northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. Dec 27, 2014

General Dalbir Singh leaves for Assam to review situation

New Delhi, Dec 27 (ANI): Army Chief General Dalbir Singh on Saturday left for Assam to take stock of the situation following the attacks by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit group) on Tuesday. General Singh had earlier on Friday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to review the security situation in Assam and stated that the operations against Bodo militants would be intensified. Earlier this week, NDFB (S) militants had killed over 80 people in the Sonitpur, Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of Assam. Dec 27, 2014

Security stepped up along border in wake of attacks in India's northeast

Kanpur/ New Delhi/ Assam, Dec 27 (ANI): Director General (DG) of Seema Sashtra Bal (SSB) or armed border force on Friday (December 26) said they would cooperate with army and police against the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), the tribal militant group that had shot dead more than 80 people in Assam this week. India has also sought help from Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh in an offensive against the militant group. Some militants may have fled to neighbouring Bhutan while their leader is believed to be in Myanmar, officials and police said, prompting calls for cooperation. Meanwhile, SSB DG B.D. Sharma said the problem was intense in the region due to open border. Meanwhile, Indian security expert Uday Bhaskar said the Bodo problem is not a new challenge for India and persisting since last 20-25 years. Dec 27, 2014

Five dead in fire at Bhiwandi timber warehouse

Bhiwandi, Dec 27 (ANI): At least five people suffocated to death after a massive fire broke out at a timber warehouse in Maharashtra's Bhiwandi area during the wee hours of Saturday. According to reports, four others have been injured in the fire. The cause of the fire has not been ascertained as yet but it was brought under control by daybreak after a four-hour operation. All those died are residents of Nepal and worked as labourers. The injured have been admitted to a local hospital where the condition of three is reported to be serious. Further details are awaited in the matter. Dec 27, 2014

New Delhi records first swine flu death

Ghaziabad /New Delhi, Dec 27 (ANI): Indian capital New Delhi recorded its first swine flu death. The deceased identified as Sheel Goel, resident of East Model Town in Ghaziabad was admitted to the ICU of Ganga Ram Hospital in a serious condition on December 21. She was tested positive for swine flu. She was earlier being treated in a local hospital in Ghaziabad. The authorities claimed that the victim had come from South Africa few days before her death. However, the family denied any abroad visit and said the victim didn’t even have a passport. Dec 27, 2014

Bangladesh finance minister calls for economic connectivity

Kolkata, Dec 27 (ANI): A proposal to establish connectivity between four Asian countries is in pipeline, said Bangladesh’s finance minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, at the Industrial Trade Fair-2014 inaugural function in Kolkata recently. The finance minister was the guest of honour. In a bid to boost business, the minister invited the industrialists said Bangladesh was a good place for investment. Dec 27, 2014

Floods hit Malaysia's north-east

Rescue teams struggle to reach inundated areas of northeast Malaysia after the country's worst flooding in decades. Dec 27, 2014

Medieval weapons brought to life as UK popularity grows

Longswords, sickles and Dussacks - these Medieval weapons may be unfamiliar to most of us but thanks to the popularity of TV series like Game of Thrones, a growing number of people are picking up swords and embracing a bygone era. Dec 27, 2014

Sushma Swaraj to visit Seoul for India-Republic of Korea joint commission meeting: MEA

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday while addressing a press conference said that External Affairs Minister Shushma Swaraj will be travelling to Seoul from 28th to 30th December for India-Republic of Korea joint commission meeting. He added that efforts to increase bi-lateral trade will be the key subject of the meeting. He further stated that industrialists will be invited to join "Make In India" campaign. Dec 26, 2014

'Dabbawalas' wield broom on Mumbai streets as part of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'

Mumbai, Dec 26 (ANI): World renowned 'dabbawalas' (lunch box carriers) of Mumbai on Friday wielded brooms to sweep streets after Prime Minister Narendra Modi nominated them to join 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'. The 'dabbawalas' are city's lifeline as the team of around 5000 people supply food to around 200,000 office goers every day. They carry hot food in lunch boxes from the houses of Mumbai residents in the morning and deliver them at their workplace. A group of lunch box carriers assembled at Lower Parel area and swept the streets and footpaths with a promise to involve their customers also in this campaign. The dabbawalas, world-famous for their efficiency, co-ordination and hygiene, said they would do their best to ensure cleanliness around. Dec 26, 2014

Raghubar Das meets Jharkhand Governor staking claim to form govt

Ranchi, Dec 26 (ANI): BJP delegation led by Raghubar Das met Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed on Friday and staked claim to form the next government in Jharkhand. After attending the meeting, Das said that oath taking ceremony will be held on 28th December and it will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dec 26, 2014

India, Bangladesh begin border talks

Dhaka, Dec 26 (ANI): A four-day conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) began in Dhaka city on Friday. BGB Director General, Major General Aziz Ahmed, led a 23-member delegation and met BSF Director General Devendra Kumar Pathak, who was accompanied by 20-member delegation. Both the countries are expected to discuss issues relating to border security, smuggling, infiltration and curbing trans-border crimes. India, earlier this month, inched closer to settling a long-simmering border dispute with Bangladesh, possibly signaling a softer line from Prime Minister Narendra Modi than when he was in opposition. Dec 26, 2014

Majority of the States were in favor of early implementation of GST, says Jaitley after pre-budget m

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday after the pre-budget consultation meeting with the finance ministers of the states said that majority of the states were in favor of early implementation of GST. He added that states even suggested that flagships of the centre like Jan Dhan Yojana should be more encouraged. He further stated that all the suggestions will be taken into consideration while formulating the policies. Dec 26, 2014