French bombmaker's father still has 'glimmer of hope'

AFPTV interviews the father of David Daoud Drugeon, a French bombmaker who is suspected of joining an Al-Qaeda offshoot and who was targeted and likely killed by US-led air strikes overnight in Syria, a US defense official said. Duration: 01:41 Nov 7, 2014

Politicos react on Modi's Jayapur village adoption under MPs' adopt-a-village scheme

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Politicos on Friday gave mixed reaction after Prime Minister Narendra Modi adopted Varanasi's Jayapur village under the MPs' adopt-a-village scheme. Prime Minister Modi on Friday strongly pitched for ending the wretched practice of female foeticide as he adopted Jayapur village and also assured the region's development. Nov 7, 2014

Budgam firing: Army accepts responsibility, assures full support to victims families

Srinagar, Nov 7 (ANI): The Indian Army on Friday took responsibility for the Budgam incident in which two Kashmiri teenagers were shot dead by army personnel earlier this week. Northern Command GOC Lt Gen DS Hooda, while addressing a press conference, promised a transparent inquiry and said that action will be taken if rules were violated. He further stated that the Defence Ministry has approved ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for families of the deceased and Rs 5 lakh for those injured. Nov 7, 2014

Whatsapp Introduces New 'Double Blue Tick' Feature

New Delhi, Nov 07 (ANI) : Mobile messaging service WhatsApp has come up with a new "double blue tick" feature that allows users to know when their texts have been delivered and read.The blue tick appears as soon as the person at the receiving end has read the message.One grey tick means a message has been successfully sent, two grey ticks show it has been delivered and a blue tick means the message has been read. The app now also shows the exact time a text was sent. Users need to press and hold down on a particular post to know the accurate time the message was sent to them.The changes will affect all versions of the app used on the Apple iPhone's iOS, the Android operating system, as well as Windows phones, Nokias and Blackberrys. Nov 7, 2014

Plane hits stray buffalo during take off in Surat

Surat / New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): A SpiceJet plane crashed into a stray buffalo during take-off from Surat although no passengers or crew were hurt. The airline was forced to ground the Boeing 737 which suffered "substantial damages", plane's operator said. SpiceJet said the buffalo, which was killed in the accident on Thursday evening, was "essentially invisible" against a dark background. Passengers on the Delhi-bound aircraft were transferred on to another plane, SpiceJet said. Air Vice-Marshal (Retired), Indian Air Force, Kapil Kak, said a thorough inquiry should be launched and infrastructure of all airports across the country should be reviewed. "Stray animals are a growing menace in some airports," SpiceJet said in a statement. Nov 7, 2014

Kamal Haasan takes up Modi's clean India challenge on 60th birthday

Chennai, Nov 7 (ANI): Veteran Actor Kamal Haasan, took up 'Clean India' mission on his 60th birthday on Friday, swept street and picked up garbage in Tamil Nadu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide cleanliness mission on October 02 to raise awareness of cleanliness and better sanitation among its citizens under the banner of 'Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan', or Clean India Campaign. Haasan took up cleaning of Madhambakkam Lake in Chennai. Haasan participated in the movement along with the volunteers of a welfare club and volunteers of Environmentalist Foundation of India and his fans. Meanwhile, President of BJP's Tamil Nadu unit Tamilisai Soundararajan, welcomed Haasan at the lake site with floral bouquets. Nov 7, 2014

Politicos react after Election Commission censures MHA over 1984 compensation

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after the Election Commission in a letter to the home ministry censured the government for hiking compensation to families affected in the 1984 Sikh riots, saying it violated the model code of conduct. Congress leader Rashid Alvi, reacting over EC’s letter, said that the EC took a right step and condemned the government for breaking the model code of conduct. Leaders from other political parties also echoed similar sentiments. Nov 7, 2014

PM Narendra Modi addresses BJP Booth workers in Varanasi

Varanasi, Nov 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed the BJP Booth workers in Varanasi. Modi thanked the workers for their immense support and enthusiastic approach due to which he won by a heavy margin in the 2014 General Elections. Nov 7, 2014

Children to get 'Clean India' message through film festival

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, on Friday informed that the government would be organising a three-day National Children Film Festival (NCFF) in New Delhi. Addressing a news briefing, Javadekar said that the government is keen on promoting films for children by facilitating expansion of its reach. Javadekar said that the children's film festival culture was needed to be taken to other cities and states. He said the government would lend support to organising such film festivals. The film festival in the national capital will be held on the theme, 'Swachhta', or cleanliness. The Film and Television Institute of India will be holding cinematography workshops, puppetry and animation and best out of waste workshops for the children during the event. Nov 7, 2014

Theatre festival concludes with fanfare in Bhubaneshwar

Bhubaneswar, Nov 7 (ANI): Theatre artists from across the country converged in Odisha to take part in a five-day national theatre festival. The festival, Purva Ranga, or 'Colours of the East', which is concluding today, attracted many spectators to Bhubaneswar city. President of Odisha Natya Sangh, Dhira Mallik, said that they had organised this festival with an aim to portray artists on national level. The festival was organised by Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy under the aegis of state tourism and culture department in collaboration with Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata. A director of Amateur Theatre Group, Mushtaq Kak, said that youth taking up theatre should come with a clean mindset as they are only keen to join silver screen actors rather than being natural artists. Performers from Jammu and Kashmir staged a play named-'An Accidental Death'- an adaptation of Dario Fo's 'Accidental Death of an Anarchist'. Nov 7, 2014

It Happens: Traditional dance of archery attracts visitors in India

Shimla, Nov 7(ANI): Villagers in India's northern Himachal Pradesh state organised a fair to promote traditional dance of archery, 'Thoda', on Wednesday. The fair, which was held at Raggyan village, over 20 kilometres from Shimla city, aimed at preserving the traditional art. Many young archers were seen performing the art during the fair and urged more and more youth to preserve this heritage. On the beats of traditional drums, people aim at each other with bow and arrow on legs. One of the organisers, Pawan Thakur, said that young generation should now come forward and develop such ancient art. This fair is a blend of religious belief and love for century-old 'Thoda' sport. Locals believe that organising such kind of fairs is a symbol of prosperity. Nov 7, 2014

Catalan volunteer army canvas for independence vote

David Baell and Roma Escoda are just two of an army of volunteers working to boost turnout in the symbolic independence referendum in the Catalonia region of Spain set to take place on Sunday in defiance of legal challenges by Madrid. Duration: 01:11 Nov 7, 2014

It Happens: Devout Hindus take holy dip on full moon day in India

Allahabad, Nov 7 (ANI): Thousands of devotees converged at holy River Ganges in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state to take a holy dip on the occasion of 'Kartik Purnima' or full moon day on Thursday. Devout Hindus thronged river bank in northern Allahabad city to perform rituals at the confluence of three holy rivers-- Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati. As per tradition, holy dip in River Ganges is described as auspicious on full moon day as it leads to salvation. Legends say Ganges has flown from the heaven to the earth to wash away the worldly sins of mankind. Another devotee, Sushma, said earthen oil lamps are floated in the river and prayers are offered to the almighty. People in Hapur town also celebrated the full moon day. Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements were made to avoid any mishap. Life on the banks of the Ganga begins well before dawn when thousands of pilgrims - men, women and children, come down to the river to wait for the rising sun. Nov 7, 2014