Support of more leaders like Chidambaram could have helped in removing AFSPA: Omar Abdullah

Ganderbal, Nov 15 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Saturday that the support of more leaders like P Chidambaram could have helped the State government in gaining majority to remove the AFSPA. Abdullah said that he tried his best to modulate or withdraw the AFSPA during his government's tenure but did not succeed and further prayed that the act be removed during the next government. Nov 15, 2014

Hong Kong protest leaders prevented from flying to Beijing

Hong Kong democracy protesters back their leaders who attempted to fly to Beijing in the hope of bringing their demands for political reform to the Chinese authorities - but were denied permission to board a flight there. Duration: 01:30 Nov 15, 2014

Rahul Gandhi meets family members of Bilaspur sterilization camp victims

Bilaspur, Nov 15 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met the family members of the victims who lost their lives in a sterilization camp in Bilaspur district. More than a dozen women died in Chhattisgarh after 83 women were sterilized at a government-run family planning camp. Gandhi said that the state government and the Health Ministry should take the entire responsibility of the incident. Nov 15, 2014

Reactions flow as Kunal Ghosh says guilty must be punished

New Delhi/ Kolkata, Nov 15 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Saturday on suspended TMC MP Kunal Ghosh's statement who tried to attempt suicide. Congress leader PC Chacko said that thorough investigation should be done in the case and the entire scam should be revealed. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that the CBI should investigate the matter as to how the medicine reached to Kunal Ghosh after which he tried to commit suicide. Meanwhile CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said that Mamata Banerjee's government is trying to destroy evidences. Nov 15, 2014

Appeal to people to maintain peace and respect judicial process: Haryana CM on Sant Rampal

Chandigarh, Nov 15 (ANI): Speaking over controversial preacher Sant Rampal, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday appealed to the people of the state to maintain calm and respect judicial process. Rampal has been evading arrest citing ill-health. His spokespersons have been openly challenging the government to arrest him. His ashram, where he lives, has turned into a fortress with hundreds of followers, many of them armed, camping day and night to ensure that Sant Rampal is not arrested. Nov 15, 2014

FICCI ladies organisation hosts higher education colloquium

New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): A premier ladies division of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry or FICCI, FLO hosted and organized a colloquium on higher education in New Delhi. The prime focus of the discussion was to seek ways to implement major reforms in the Indian higher education sector in order to help develop India as a global education hub and inspire Indian universities to compete internationally.Attended by stalwarts in the field of education, the session also witnessed extensive discussions on promoting ways to encourage entrepreneurship and professional excellence in women. Nov 15, 2014

Designer bikes become showcase for social status

Designer bikes are becoming a showcase for social status in cities across the world. Fashion conscious-cyclists in Paris and Tokyo are spending thousands on their bikes -- personalised with leather saddle bags and hand painted bells. Duration: 01:58 Nov 15, 2014

For fans, a respite from war as racing returns to Damascus

For the first time since Syria's devastating conflict broke out in March 2011, the capital's regular "drift racing" championship has returned. For the fans and drivers, the races offer a rare chance to switch off from the violence. Duration: 01:57 Nov 15, 2014

Cabinet Ministers slam Chidambaram's remark on AFSPA

New Delhi/ Srinagar, Nov 15 (ANI): Cabinet ministers on Saturday slammed Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's remark on AFSPA in which he called it an 'obnoxious law'. Minister of State in Ministry of Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said that Chidambaram should not take advantage of elections in Jammu and Kashmir and make instigating statements regarding laws. Minister of State in Ministry of External Affairs, Gen (Retd) VK Singh said that AFSPA is a law under Indian Constitution and does not give unlimited power to the Army. Referring to the Machil case, he added that whenever army makes any mistake it is quick to give punishment. Nov 15, 2014

India needs to take serious note of developments between Pakistan and China: Security Experts

New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): After BSF raised the issue of Chinese troops imparting weapons training to Pakistan forces, Security Experts on Saturday said that India needs to take serious note of developments between Pakistan and China. BSF has told National Security Advisor that Chinese troops have been spotted imparting arms training to Pakistan Army on Pakistani forward locations on the border opposite the Rajouri sector in Jammu and Kashmir. Security Experts Uday Bhaskar and Kamal Mitra Chenoy expressed concern in the issue and said that such developing relations between the two countries can prove fatal for India. Chenoy also said that India should take support of other nations in this regard and join hands together against any untoward development. Nov 15, 2014

Politicos react on BSF reports of Chinese giving arms training to Pak soldiers

New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday after BSF reports claimed that Chinese are giving arms training to Pakistan soldiers. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijijus said that this activity of China supporting Pakistan in the areas of Pok is unacceptable. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that if such things take place India should take it up to China. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that India should stop looking at photo opportunities with the Chinese PM. Nov 15, 2014

Politicos react after Ram Madhav, says doors open for separatists

New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday after BJP leader Ram Madhav appealed to the separatists in Jammu and Kashmir to join the political mainstream and said that doors are open even for them. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that it would be better if Kashmiri separatists come and join politics. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the idea of bringing separatists in politics is not new. CPI leader D Raja also expressed similar sentiments. Nov 15, 2014

Mirzapur school students create Limca record on Children's Day

Mirzapur, Nov 15 (ANI): Students of Daffodils Public School in Mirzapur rejoiced as they created Limca record. A gift for themselves on the Children's day, 2764 students of the school adopted the look of clowns for a day so as to register their name in the Limca Book of records. The children dressed as clowns also paid tribute to the King of Comedy, Charlie Chaplin. Daffodils Public School's Director Amardeep Singh said that the school has for the second time registered itself in the Limca Book of Records. The students organized various cultural programs to entertain and make people happy. The students even took the oath of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' and through their performances gave the message of creating a 'Clean India'. Nov 15, 2014

It Happens : Tribal Fashion Show

Jharkhand, Nov 14 (ANI): The tribal community of India's Maoist affected eastern state of Jharkhand came alive with a fashion show during their annual Sohrai festival. Tribals celebrated the annual festival with much fanfare in a village near Jamshedpur city which included a fashion show attracting most of the tribal youths. The Sohrai festival, a popular tribal festival of Jharkhand, is associated with cattle and coincides with Diwali, the festival of lights. Cattle and other livestock are washed and worshipped and bullfights staged in various parts of the state for peoples' entertainment. A game of wit and strength is also organized and women worship the cow to the beat of drums played by the tribal men. Nov 15, 2014