Home minister Rajnath Singh calls for debate on revoking Article 370

Bhaderwah, Nov 20 (ANI): Home Minister, Rajnath Singh has called for a debate on the abrogation of Article 370 and termed it as a national issue, which should be discussed by the people of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Singh was addressing an election rally in Bhaderwah town of Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir, and said sensitive issues like revoking of Article 370, which gives a special status to the state, should not be raked up during polls for vote bank politics. Singh invited the people of the state for a national debate on abrogation of Article 370. Nov 20, 2014

Police arrest murder accused Sant Rampal from his Satlok Ashram in Hisar

Hisar, Nov 20 (ANI): Police has arrested self-styled murder accused godman, Sant Rampal charged with criminal conspiracy and riot, from his Satlok Ashram in Hisar. Rampal will be produced before the Chandigarh court today. A top official of Haryana Government, Jawahar Yadav, who is officer on special duty (OSD) to chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, said the government's priority was to protect the hostages at the Satlok Ashram. On Wednesday, police brought out 15,000 people, many held against their will, from the ashram. Nov 20, 2014

India does not expect power tariff rise after coal mine auctions, says Coal Secretary

New Delhi/ Dhanbad, Nov 20 (ANI): The government does not expect power tariffs to rise after it auctions more than 200 coal blocks, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup has said. The Coal Ministry on Tuesday had released draft guidelines for allocation of 74 coal blocks. The due date for coal auction is February 11. The Ministry will compensate prior allottees unsuccessful in coal auction. Swarup said that the idea was to keep a lid on tariff rather than adopt a revenue maximisation approach. The reserve price would be determined before December 22, while the bidding fees will be based on geological reserves of coal mines. Nov 20, 2014

Pakistan's former foreign minister hopes for India, Pakistan PM meet in Nepal

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Pakistan's Former Foreign Minister, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, hopes that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during the regional summit next week in Nepal. Kasuri hoped that meeting on the sidelines of SAARC would lead to initiation of dialogue between the two countries. In August, the Modi government had called off talks between the two countries' top diplomats, objecting to Pakistan's ambassador to New Delhi holding talks with Kashmiri separatists ahead of the meeting. Nov 20, 2014

Afghanistan's Former President Karzai visits New Delhi, calls for neighbourhood cooperation

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai who is on a tour to India called for neighbourhood cooperation emphasizing that India and Pakistan must cooperate and keep rivalry at bay. He was speaking at the neighbourhood lecture series 'Afghanistan and the neighbourhood' chaired by Former Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. Karzai said Afghanistan gave high priority to India in its foreign policy. The former Afghan president said by checking militancy Pakistan can make its relations better with Afghanistan, India and other neighbours. Nov 20, 2014

India committed to labour reforms but at the cost of working class, says Labour Minister

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has said that his government is committed to labour reforms but not at the cost of working class. Dattatreya said this in New Delhi after convening meeting of major trade unions. Even though the World Bank says India has one of the world's most rigid labour markets, fears of a trade union backlash and partisan politics have deterred governments from reform. Business leaders have high hopes for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an advocate of smaller government and private enterprise, to change that. Nov 20, 2014

Tulip garden soon to be ready for visitors in Kashmir

Srinagar, Nov 20 (ANI): Visitors would soon get a visual treat as floriculturists are on the final stage of sowing tulip bulbs at Asia's largest Tulip Garden in Jammu and Kashmir, a prime attraction for tourists from around the world. Gardeners are working in tulip garden at Siraj Bagh and building a tulip bed. The garden is one of the major attractions, which was established in 2007. The Department of Floriculture, like every year, imported more than three lakh tulips from Holland. A 'Tulip festival', which is annually held in April will begin from March 2015. Nov 20, 2014

Britain holds its first exhibition on the study of sex

Scientific discovery mingles with stimulation in Britain's first exhibition about the study of sex, with pioneering sex aids, ancient phallic charms and even a chair credited with inducing orgasms. Duration: 00:49 Nov 20, 2014

Venezuela groups raise awareness on teen pregnancy

Shop window mannequins dressed up as pregnant school girls form the shock effect of a Venezuelan campaign to raise awareness of teenage pregnancy in a country where over a fifth of babies are born to mothers under 19. Duration: 01:14 Nov 20, 2014

Suicide car bomb targets foreigners' compound in Kabul

A Taliban suicide car bomb exploded on Wednesday close to a compound that houses many international contractors, officials said, the latest in a series of explosions to rock the Afghan capital in recent days. Duration: 00:46 Nov 20, 2014

Accidents ignite debate on US commercial space travel

Serious accidents with two US commercial spacecraft within a week of each-other in October have re-ignited the debate over the place of private corporations in the exploration of space. Duration: 02:08 Nov 20, 2014