Politicos slam Pakistan for increasing ceasefire violation at border

New Delhi, Jan 4 (ANI): Politicos on Sunday slammed Pakistan over increased ceasefire violations at the border. Opposition leaders also asked the government to take strict action against Pakistan. One woman lost her life and three others got injured in the latest ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops on several BSF posts along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba and Kathua districts. Jan 4, 2015

Rajasthan Govt cancels mutation of Robert Vadra's Bikaner land, Politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Sunday after the Rajasthan government cancelled the mutation of a part of land purchased by Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's company Skylight Hospitality Private Limited in Bikaner district, on the grounds that it was bought from fake buyers. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that law is doing its work and the guilty will be punished. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the cancellation is a political vendetta and that the government is just trying to bother Robert Vadra. RJD leader Manoj Jha hoped that the cancellation of the mutation is not politically motivated. AAP leader Devendra Sehrawat said that the guilty should be punished. Jan 4, 2015

Reactions pour in after Air India Kolkata office receives threat call

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Sunday after the Air India office in Kolkata received hijack threat. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Intelligence agencies and concerned agencies will see to it that no terror attack happens. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy also urged the government to increase safety measures on the airports. Security expert Qamar Agha termed the threat as 'very serious' and hoped that the government will take it seriously as Kolkata is on the target list of Pakistan backed extremists. Jan 4, 2015

Raghubar Das meets PM Modi

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Sunday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanking him for entrusting Das with the responsibility of a Chief Minister. Das said that it was a courtesy meeting in which they discussed about state funds and infrastructure development. Jan 4, 2015

PM Modi extends greetings on Eid Milad-Un-Nabi

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended his greetings on the occasion of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi. "Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. May the spirit of peace, harmony and compassion be strengthened in society," the Prime Minister tweeted. Eid Milad-Un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad is being celebrated in various parts of the country today. People decorated houses, shops, streets and markets to celebrate the birth anniversary of the prophet. Hundreds of people thronged Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar for nightlong prayers, amid chilling cold. Jan 4, 2015

Patrolling intensified at border after ceasefire violations by Pakistan

Amritsar/ Kathua, Jan 04 (ANI): Paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) stepped up patrolling along the border in Punjab after Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire yet again. Officials said Pakistan resorted to heavy mortal shelling on several posts along the border since Friday (January 02) night. Meanwhile, Inspector General of the BSF Anil Paliwal assured extra vigilance at the border. Meanwhile, residents of border areas in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district migrated to safer areas after their villages came under attack. In the fresh attack, Pakistani Rangers targeted several BSF posts in Ramgarh town of Jammu district. Barota camp in Ramgarh sector also came under heavy mortar fire. Jan 4, 2015

Forest officials rescue injured elephant in West Bengal

Jalpaiguri, Jan 04 (ANI): The forest department in West Bengal rescued an injured elephant from mud pool. The veterinary surgeon started the treatment for elephant’s good health and said he is responding well despite injury on the left leg. The jumbo had got stuck in a pool of mud in a forest area in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on Friday morning. A non-governmental organisation (NGO) assisted the forest department in the rescue operation. Earlier people tried to pull the elephant out but in vain, after which, a crane and two domestic elephants were brought in. Villagers are increasingly encroaching on forest land, forcing the elephants to increasingly barge into villages, killing dozens of people each year, often trampling them to death. Jan 4, 2015

Buddhist monks assemble for peace prayers in Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya, Jan 04 (ANI): Monks and devotees from across the world assembled at the holy shrine of Buddhists in Bodh Gaya in Bihar to offer prayers for world peace and tranquility. More than thousand monks from countries like Bangladesh, India, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal are participating in the religious gathering. The 32nd Kagyu Monlam prayer ceremony is the pre-eminent event of the year for Buddhists. It is considered to be a great gathering of the highest teachers. Kagyu Monlam in Bodh Gaya was preceded by several days of extensive Mahakala practice. The ceremony is being conducted at the premises of sacred Mahabodhi Temple. During the ceremony, Buddhist monks chant teachings of Lord Buddha under the sacred Bodhi tree. The prayers will conclude on January 05. Jan 4, 2015

Two cases of swine flu registered in Jaipur

Jaipur, Jan 04 (ANI): Two cases of swine flu were registered in a hospital in Jaipur. The administration of Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur came into action where special wards have been opened and a special team of doctors have been deputed to treat swine flu cases. Additional Superintendent of the hospital, Ajit Singh, said that the two cases were registered within a week. Swine flu is caused by the H1N1 virus. H1N1 symptoms are similar to those produced by other influenza viruses - fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and respiratory problems. Jan 4, 2015

Boxer Sarita Devi confident of winning gold in 2016 Olympics

Guwahati, Jan 04 (ANI): Boxer Sarita Devi, who has been banned for one year by the world governing body AIBA for her petulant behaviour at the Asian Games, exuded confidence and said she would win gold medal in 2016 Rio Olympics. While addressing a news conference in Assam, Devi said she would make her country proud in 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She added the controversy made her mentally strong. Furious after losing her semi-final to local favourite Park Ji-na in the women's lightweight division in Incheon in October last year, Sarita refused to accept her bronze medal, prompting AIBA to suspend her indefinitely. Jan 4, 2015

Centrally sponsored health schemes benefit people in remote areas of Northeast

Assam, Jan 04 (ANI): Thengalbari village in Titabor Sub-division of Jorhat is one of those interior areas of Assam which lacks proper healthcare facilities. But, the Mobile Medical Units under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) are reaching out to such remote villages. They organize free medical camps for the needy. Hundreds of people of different age groups queued up at the venue to avail a variety of facilities including general medical examination, ECG, Vision test and ear, Nose and throat check up. Free medicines were also given out to the people. In Tripura also, the security forces are taking a step forward to provide health facilities in remote areas. The 1st battalion of Tripura state rifles organized a mega health camp in the remote Chachu village in Mohanpur sub-division of West Tripura under its civic action programme. Jan 4, 2015

Paris to order more Reaper drones to monitor jihadists

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the purchase of three new drones to help local forces monitor jihadists operating across the Sahel. Le Drian was speaking during a visit to troops stationed in Chad and Niger. Duration: 00:39 Jan 3, 2015

Homes lost as bushfire rages out of control in Australia

An intense bushfire razed at least five homes in South Australia Saturday, with more devastation feared as firefighters struggle to contain the worst blaze in decades that is raging out of control. Duration: 00:38 Jan 3, 2015