The place where I spoke was not a political stage, let bygone be bygone: Sakshi Maharaj on'4 kids' r

New Delhi, Jan 08 (ANI): BJP parliamentarian Sakshi Maharaj on Thursday said his remark that Hindu women should have at least four children to "protect" their religion, was not made on a political stage and therefore it should not be given so much of importance. He further asked to let bygone be bygone adding that he is a sincere follower of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. Sakshi Maharaj's remark that Hindu women should have at least four children to protect the religion has come under attack not just by the Opposition but his own party. Jan 8, 2015

French envoy says Paris attack was to create sentiment of terror

New Delhi, Jan 08 (ANI): Ambassador of France to India, Francois Richier, said barbaric attack on Paris-based weekly satirical magazine was an attempt to create a sentiment of terror and destroy social fabric in the country. Hooded gunmen stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices known for lampooning radical Islam, killing at least 12 people, including two police officers in the worst militant attack on French soil in recent decades. Jan 8, 2015

Coal Minister says coal workers have called off their strike

New Delhi/ Dhanbad, Jan 08 (ANI): Union Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said the workers had called off their strike after the meeting with union leaders. State-owned Coal India Limited struggled to produce and ship less than half of its daily target on the first day of a five-day worker strike that began on Tuesday (January 06), hampering government efforts to reform the country's coal industry and ease its power crisis. Goyal assured the workers that Coal India wouldn't be privatised. Jan 8, 2015

12 feared dead in Paris shooting at Charlie Hebdo headquarters

Paris, Jan 07 (ANI): According to the reports, at least 12 people were killed and 10 wounded after masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday. Police and emergency personnel rushed to the scene to take victims to medical attention. Reportedly, a cartoon mocking ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was tweeted by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo just an hour before the gunmen bursted into their offices. French President Francois Hollande arrived at the scene of a mass shooting which took place at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo. Hollande called the slayings a "terror attack", according to Prime Minister's office. Separately, the government said it was raising France's national security level to the highest notch. Jan 7, 2015

Cameron says Paris attack 'barbaric', says press freedom must be defended

London, Jan 07 (ANI): British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday condemned the barbaric attack on the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and said Britain stood with France in the fight against terror. According to the reports, at least 12 people were killed and 10 wounded after masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Reportedly, a cartoon mocking ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was tweeted by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo just an hour before the gunmen bursted into their offices. Jan 7, 2015

PM Modi condemns Paris attacks

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condemned the attacks in Paris, also extending his condolences to the people of France. The Prime Minister took to twitter to express his views on the matter. "Condemnable and despicable attack in Paris . Our solidarity with people of France. My thoughts are with families of those who lost their lives," he wrote. Earlier in the day, gunmen entered the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and opened fire. According to reports, 12 people, including two police officers were killed in the attack, with five others seriously wounded. Charlie Hebdo has reportedly been facing threats after it published a series of cartoon depicting Prophet Muhammad. Jan 7, 2015

Paris attack: We are threatened because we are free, says Hollande

Paris, Jan 07 (ANI): French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that a shooting at the Paris offices of a weekly satirical magazine was a "terrorist attack". He added that France is in shock, in front of a terrorist attack and that the authorities were seeking those responsible. He further stated that France is being threatened because France is a free country. At least 12 people were killed and 10 wounded after masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Police and emergency personnel rushed to the scene to take victims to medical attention. Reportedly, a cartoon mocking ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was tweeted by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo just an hour before the gunmen bursted into their offices. Jan 7, 2015

Women police squads deployed in Srinagar to check crimes against women

Srinagar, Jan 08 (ANI): Police in Jammu and Kashmir have begun deploying women police squads at sensitive and crowded areas in Srinagar to check increasing crimes against women. The move comes in the wake of recent acid attack on a 21-year-old law student by three car-borne assailants outside her college in Srinagar's Nowshera locality in December. A member of the women police squad, Ruksana, said the incident forced the authorities to take this step. Applauding the move, students said they felt much safer now. Jan 8, 2015

Devotees throng ghost fair to be exorcised of evil spirits

Betul, Jan 08 (ANI): Thousands of devotees thronged a village in Madhya Pradesh for annual ghost fair. People from various states flocked Malajpur village, 300 kilometres from Bhopal city, to free themselves from evil spirits. The month-long fair begins on the tenth month according to the Hindu calendar. People, apparently, possessed by evil spirits are taken to Guru Deoji Maharaj temple where the priests and sorcerers perform various rituals. During the fair, devotees who are believed to be possessed by evil spirits dance in a state of trance. It is said that besides obviation from evil spirits, the devout visitors believe that all their wishes come true after praying at the temple. Jan 8, 2015

Sri Lanka votes in tightest election in decades

Sri Lanka goes to the polls in its tightest election in decades, with its strongman president battling for survival after accusations of corruption and a failure to bring about national reconciliation. Duration: 00:37 Jan 8, 2015

Charlie Hebdo: police launch operation in Reims

A raid by France's elite anti-terrorist unit is launched in the northeastern city of Reims as part of the hunt for the gunmen who attacked the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Duration: 00:51 Jan 8, 2015

Monaco residents rejoice as royal babies shown in public

Residents of the tiny principality of Monaco on Thursday flocked to the royal palace to congratulate Prince Albert II and his wife Charlene on the birth of crown prince Jacques and his twin sister Gabriella. Duration: 00:44 Jan 8, 2015

UN: Effectiveness of Ebola Fight in Liberia 'mixed'

Newly appointed Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said he has 'mixed' impressions on effectiveness of the fight against Ebola in Liberia. Duration: 00:44 Jan 8, 2015