Kerala introduces water taxis to boost backwater tourism

Kochi, Nov 14 (ANI): The tourism minister of Kerala, AP Anil Kumar, launched water taxis and hop-on hop-off boat services to increase the potential of backwaters for state tourism. First of its kind in India, water taxis and boats were flagged off by Kumar in Kochi recently. As Kerala is surrounded by waterways, the services have been launched with the view to ensure the “last-mile connectivity” to tourist destinations, and lure more and more tourists to Kerala backwaters. The hop-on and hop-off boats are air conditioned with seating accommodation for 25 passengers at a time and they will ply at regular intervals. One buying a day’s ticket can travel in it for any number of times within 24 hours. The passenger can get into the boat from any boat jetty and can step down at whichever destination he wants where the boat travels. Besides having a new experience one can also avoid road traffic congestion. Nov 14, 2014

President Mukherjee inaugurates India International Trade Fair 2014

New Delhi, Nov 14 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday inaugurated the India International Trade Fair 2014 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Mukherjee complimented the ITPO for selecting women entrepreneurs as the theme of this fair. Business visitors will have the first five days of the trade fair, from November 14 to November 18 while general public will visit the trade fair from November 19 till November 27 between 9:30 am and 7:30 pm. The fair will close at 5:30 pm on November 27. Nov 14, 2014

Congress supports Rahul Gandhi's attack on Modi's 'clean India campaign', BJP hits back

New Delhi, Nov 14 (ANI): Congress on Friday supported party Vice President Rahul Gandhi when he said that 'India is ruled by people who are angry'. Gandhi also took a jibe at 'Clean India' campaign and said that it is a photo opportunity for NDA leaders. Party leader Rashid Alvi said that this is true and the same was proved by Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay. Meanwhile, BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha said that Congress is talking in frustration and the whole of India and the world is looking forward to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a strategic leader. Nov 14, 2014

Politicos condemn UP health department as doctor performs 42 sterilization operations in 2 hours

New Delhi, Nov 14 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday condemned state health department as doctor in government owned Primary Health Center in Nebua Naurangia village in Kushinagar performs 42 sterilization operations in a record two hours. BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha said that this has brought forth the deplorable conditions of health facilities in government health centers. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it is unfortunate that even after many deaths in similar case in Bilaspur, it is continued in UP. Meanwhile, BSP Spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria said that UP government is insensitive towards women and their health and this incident proves the same. Nov 14, 2014

Politicos react after suspended TMC MP jailed in Saradha Scam attempts suicide

New Delhi, Nov 14 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after suspended TMC MP Kunal Ghosh accused in the Saradha chit fund scam attempted suicide in the jail. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that it needs to be investigated whether it was a suicide attempt or some politically motivated attempt. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that Kunal Ghosh must give the names of the people involved in the Saradha chit fund scam. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said it is very unfortunate that Kunal Ghosh attempted suicide. Nov 14, 2014

Modi govt launches Bal Swachhta Mission to mark 125th birth anniversary of Nehru

Mumbai/ New Delhi, Nov 14 (ANI): The Modi government on Friday launched a nationwide mission called Bal Swachhta Mission to mark the 125th birth anniversary of the country's first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru. The mission was launched by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi under which a cleanliness drive would be organized in schools across the country between 14th and 19th of this month. A series of functions including lecture, debate and symposium on the occasion will also be organized across the country. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also participated in a cleanliness drive in Mumbai on Friday. The 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' encourages people to sweep, remove garbage, debris and unauthorized encroachments from roads, markets and residential places. Nov 14, 2014

Poll-bound Delhi hikes power tariff up to 7%, Congress slams BJP govt at centre

New Delhi, Nov 14 (ANI): In a major jolt to the poll bound Delhi, the power tariff in the national capital has been hiked by up to seven per cent by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission and will come into effect from Saturday. The regulator hiked the tariff by levying surcharge heeding to the demands of the three private power distribution companies. Meanwhile, the Congress slammed the Modi government at the centre over the hike. The BJP, however, said that it is not responsible for the tariff hike but would try to talk to those responsible for it if they come to power in Delhi. Nov 14, 2014

Parents of 43 missing in protest tour of Mexico

The anguished parents of 43 missing students begins a protest tour of Mexico, rejecting claims their sons were slaughtered in a crime that has rattled the nation and its leaders. Duration:01:04 Nov 14, 2014

Saradha scam: Suspended Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh attempts suicide in jail

Kolkata, Nov 14 (ANI): Suspended Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh, an accused in the Saradha chit fund scam, attempted suicide late last night, said police official. He has been in Kolkata's Presidency Jail since he was arrested in November last year. The police say Ghosh took 58 sleeping pills and then informed jail officials that he had taken them. His stomach has reportedly been washed and he is out of danger but in a serious state. Ghosh was the chief of Saradha Group's media operations. State Prison Minister HA Safi said in a statement that Kunal Ghosh has access to 2-3 pills as his regular prescription and that he said he took pills at 2:30 am. Presently, he is undergoing treatment in SSKM Hospital. Nov 14, 2014

President Mukherjee and top Congress leadership reach Shanti Van to commemorate Nehru's 125th birth

New Delhi, Nov 14 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee and Congress President Sonia Gandhi reached Jawaharlal Nehru's Samadhi at Shanti Van on Friday, to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of the country's first prime minister. Along with Congress president were party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. A similar function has also been organised at the Teen Murti Bhavan in the evening. Later in the day, President Mukherjee will give away awards to children for their achievements. An international conference, being held to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Nehru is also to take place from November 17-18 and will be attended by leaders of various political parties from India and abroad. However, the Congress has not invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the conference. Meanwhile, PM Modi also paid his respect to Nehru. Nov 14, 2014

Ram Shankar Katheria accused of forging graduation marksheet, alleges political conspiracy by BSP

Agra, Nov 14 (ANI): Minister of State for HRD Ministry Ram Shankar Katheria, who was accused of forging graduation marksheet, on Friday said that he is innocent in the case. He said that the same is a conspiracy against him by the BSP leader Kunwar Chand who earlier got defeated to Katheria. The HRD junior minister said that Chand registered fake FIR against him but the same was rejected by the registrar of university. Katheria further said that the Governor, CM, Education Minister, Commissioner and DM Agra have done the investigation but nothing has been found against him and that the whole episode is political conspiracy by BSP Chief Mayawati. Nov 14, 2014

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to visit Pakistan

Islamabad, Nov 14 (ANI): Pakistan announced that the newly sworn-in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was coming to Islamabad on a two-days' official visit to Pakistan. Addressing a weekly briefing, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam confirmed Ghani's visit. Analysts say Ghani's visit marks a renewed effort by the two neighbours to warm up ties that have been fraught with mutual suspicions. She said issues pertaining to border security will also come under discussion during the 2-days visit. Ghani's visit comes shortly after a recent trip to Kabul by Pakistan's Army chief, General Raheel Sharif, during which he offered to train Afghan security forces. The visit was widely seen as an ice-breaker aimed at addressing deepening suspicion among Afghanistan's security establishment about Pakistan. The visit to Islamabad will be Ghani's third trip abroad since his inauguration in September. He has recently visited Saudi Arabia and China. Nov 14, 2014

Festival promotes cultural heritage of northeast region

Guwahati, Nov 14 (ANI): Be it the Wangla dance of Garos, warrior dance of Nagas or Bihu dance of Assam - the artists at "Discover Northeast Festival" presented the vibrant and varied culture of the Northeast region. Held under the aegis of North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), under the Union Ministry of Culture at Shilpgram in Guwahati, it showcased the culture of eight northeastern states and Rajasthan. One among the major attractions of the event was Dhol-Dholak Cholom and Thang-Ta, the martial arts from Manipur. Artists from Garo community of Meghalaya stole the show with their spectacular display of the Wangala dance. The Sho community of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizo dancers from Mizoram and the Chakma community of Tripura also performed their folk dances. Nov 14, 2014

PM Modi arrives in Brisbane to attend G-20 Summit

Brisbane, Nov 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Brisbane as part of the second leg of his three-nation tour, during which he will attend the G-20 Summit on Friday. PM Modi, who was in Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw, left for Brisbane, Australia after attending the ASEAN-India summit and the East Asia Summit on November 12-13. The Prime Minister was received by the Premier of Queensland Campbell Newman. It is the first time that an Indian Prime Minister is attending the event in 28 years. After attending the G-20 Summit in Brisbane, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to travel to Sydney, where he will attend a community reception and address the Indian Diaspora. The Prime Minister will then travel to Canberra and address the special joint sitting of the Australian Parliament on November 18. He is also to address a community event in Melbourne. Nov 14, 2014