Indian Army starts construction of bridge damaged due to floods in Kashmir

Poonch, Nov 02 (ANI): The Indian army started construction of a major connecting bridge in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir which was damaged during worst floods in the valley in September. During the floods, several key bridges were damaged and some were washed away leaving hundreds of villages disconnected from several areas. Meanwhile, commanding officer, engineer regiment, Poonch, Major Krishna Prasad said the Sher-e-Kashmir bridge was damaged and work was on to construct a new one. The approach road to the bridge was also damaged. Residents hailed the army and said it will facilitate movement of relief material and other goods. Nov 2, 2014

Curfew in Kashmir ahead of Muharram processions

Srinagar, Nov 02 (ANI): The state government in Jammu and Kashmir, on Sunday (November 02), imposed curfew in several parts of the region ahead of Muharram processions. Security personnel manned the streets in main city of Srinagar to prevent any mishap. Since 1989, Muharram processions have been banned in Srinagar after a pro-independence revolt started in Kashmir. Only small mourning rallies and processions are allowed in selected areas with limited Shi’ite populations. Every year, Muslims mourn the tragedy of Karbala on the occasion of Moharram. Nov 2, 2014

Half marathon in Visakhapatnam celebrates spirit of people

Visakhapatnam, Nov 02 (ANI): Thousands of people converged in port city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday (November 02) and took part in half marathon organised to salute the spirit of people who showed strength during cyclone Hudhud. Cyclone Hudhud had slammed into the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha last month, killing 41 people and tearing down tens of thousands of mud-and-thatch homes. Meanwhile, the half-marathon, organised by the Indian navy, celebrated the courage of people who rose above the storm and returned to normal lives. Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Vice Admiral Satish Soni, said that the half marathon marked the spirit of Visakhapatnam, known to locals as Vizag. The funds generated from the run will be used for rehabilitation work and a part of it will also go to an orphanage. The marathon was categorized under 20 km run, 10 km run and five km walk. Nov 2, 2014

India's fading Chinese community faces painful war past

Decades after India's Chinese community was rounded up and thrown into detention camps at the start of the 1962 India China war, many in the 1,500-strong community are quietly preserving their heritage in Kolkata. Duration: 02:19 Nov 2, 2014

Love offers fresh dreams for Philippine typhoon survivors

Jovelyn Luana and Joel Aradana plan to light candles at a mass grave to mark one year since Super Typhoon Haiyan stole both their families, but they will do it hand-in-hand, sharing a new love that promises fresh dreams. Duration: 02:42 Nov 2, 2014

Media persons say Vadra should apologise for misbehaving with reporter

New Delhi/ Noida, Nov 02 (ANI): Media Persons on Sunday demanded an apology from Businessman Robert Vadra for attacking at media and misbehaving with the reporter. Editor of an Urdu weekly Nai Duniya, Shahid Siddiqui said that Vadra should apologise before the country for his careless attitude. Former TV Journalist Ashutosh said that press has the freedom to ask any question and no clarification will justify his misbehaviour. Former TV Journalist Shazia Ilmi said that Vadra's actions show arrogance and added that he should humbly apologise for his misbehaviour. Nov 2, 2014

Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi addresses nation via AIR

New Delhi, Nov 2 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the nation on All India Radio. The programme, which is Modi's second address on radio, named Mann Ki Baat was aired from 11 am. Modi touched upon a range of issues including the cleanliness drive and the black money. PM Modi in his address said, "as far as black money is concerned, trust me that we will work to bring every single rupee back." "I will leave no stone unturned to bring back black money," he added. Talking about the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' he said that more and more people are becoming conscious about the importance of cleanliness. He also informed that his government is trying to make Kendriya Vidyalayas and some government institutions disable friendly. A fund is being allocated for that. He invited suggestions from people on various burning issues like increasing drug menace in the country. Nov 2, 2014

Fire in textile factory in Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur, Nov 2 (ANI): A massive fire broke out in a textile factory in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh early in the morning on Sunday (November 02). The people living in the vicinity informed the fire department after they saw billows of smoke coming out of the building. No casualty has been reported yet. Two fire tenders reached spot and tried to control the raging inferno in the three-storey building. However, air force personnel had to be called to douse the fire. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained. Losses are being estimated to be worth in millions. Meanwhile, local residents blamed the state administration for ill-equipped fire department. Fire safety regulations are lax, rarely implemented and not periodically reviewed in most places across India, which results in the breaking of major fires, resulting in loss of life and material. Nov 2, 2014

Doctors perform rare fetal heart surgery, first in India

Hyderabad, Nov 02 (ANI): Doctors in Hyderabad performed India’s first rare fetal heart surgery, to cure a serious obstruction of the blood vessel. The procedure is a crucial feat that will pave the way for cure and prevention of heart diseases. The surgery was performed on the foetus of a 25 year old lady, Sirisha. An ultrasound scan during her pregnancy showed heart defect in the baby (foetus). She also had undergone minor surgical procedure for gynecological problem to prevent abortion. Doctors performed fetal echocardiogram and found major heart defect in the foetus. There was severe obstruction which was resulting in failure of pumping of blood to the rest of the body. The rare surgery was performed by Chief Pediatric Cardiologist, CARE hospitals, Dr K Nageshwar Rao along with a team of 12 specialists. Reportedly, this heart ailment is incurable once a child is born. Nov 2, 2014

Nita Ambani performs Ganga Aarti in Varanasi on birthday

Varanasi, Nov 02 (ANI): Reliance Industries chief and billionaire Mukesh Ambani's wife, Nita Ambani celebrated her 51st birthday in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency, Varanasi. Nita Ambani is also the Founder and Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries. As a part of the celebrations, Ambanis also attended a special prayer service (religious rituals) at Kashi Vishwanath temple in the holy city. Nita Ambani also performed the Ganga Aarti at the bank of River Ganges. Highlight of the day the famous ritual of lights 'Aarti' at the Dashashwamedh bank of river Ganges, witnessed by the Ambanis and the guests seated in four houseboats, which were especially decked up for the occasion. Nov 2, 2014

Bangalore Rape Case: Principal, Director of school arrested

Bangalore, Nov 02 (ANI): Police arrested the principal and one of the directors of school in Bangalore, over alleged rape of a six-year-old child. A case of negligence was also filed against the institution for not following the guidelines issued for children safety. The child was allegedly raped twice by a school teacher on October 28 and October 29 at the private school in the city. Additional Commissioner of Police for law and order, Alok Kumar said the principal Vaijayanthi and director Pramod Arya were arrested under two sections of the Indian Penal Code and one section under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). He added that both the accused have been booked under Section 21 of the POCSO Act for not informing the police after learning about the incident. Kumar also said both of them have been sent to the magistrate and further probe is underway. Nov 2, 2014

Speaker of Bihar assembly dismisses four legislators

Patna, Nov 02 (ANI): Speaker of Bihar assembly, Uday Narayan Choudhary, dismissed four legislators of ruling Janata Dal United (JD-U) for cross voting during parliament’s upper house by-polls. Calling the decision arbitrary, the legislators said they would move the High Court against it. Leader of Opposition in Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, said the decision was dictatorial and it was done at the behest of Nitish Kumar, former chief minister of Bihar and JD-U leader. The JD (U) had complained to the Speaker about four members — Gyanendra Singh Gyanu, Niraj Kumar Singh, Ravindra Rai and Rahul Sharma. Nov 2, 2014

Indian, UK Air Force bands perform jointly to commemorate World War I soldiers

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): The Royal Air Force Band of England and Indian Air Force jointly performed Air Warrior Orchestra Symphony (AWSO), organized at the war memorial India Gate in New Delhi, to commemorate Indian soldiers who fought World War-I . The joint musical concert started with sun set in the evening till the India Gate was all lit up with a soulful rendition of final pieces of music put together by the two bands. Air Marshal HB Rajaram, Air Officer-in-Charge Administration at Air Headquarters was the guest of honour for the occasion. The symphony composers for the two bands were Squadron Leader G Jayachandran and Flight Lieutenant Richard A Murray. Nov 2, 2014

Politicos condemn Robert Vadra's misbehaviour with media

New Delhi/ Mumbai/ Lucknow, Nov 02 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday condemned businessman Robert Vadra's misbehaviour with media where he attacked a reporter after being asked about his land deals in Haryana. BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said that Vadra had received benefits during Congress government in Haryana and now as he is at the verge of being exposed he is misbehaving. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that the government should immediately act and remove the special security given to Vadra. CPI leader D Raja said that such behaviour by an eminent personality is highly condemnable. NCP leader Nawab Malik said that Vadra should immediately tender an apology from the media agency and solve the matter. NCP leader Majid Memon said that misbehaving with media is not acceptable. Nov 2, 2014

Robert Vadra attacks reporter when asked about land deals

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): Businessman and son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Robert Vadra lost his cool, and ended up misbehaving with an ANI reporter on Saturday evening after the scribe posed some difficult questions to him over the illegal land deals in Haryana. The ANI reporter and cameramen also have alleged that following the verbal altercation, Vadra's security men also assaulted the crew in an attempt to get the footage deleted. In a statement Vadra later said that he wasn't aware that the reporter was from ANI and thought the question was asked by a private photographer. Following this, General Secretary of Broadcast Editors' Association, NK Singh said that Vadra should tender an apology for his misbehaviour. Nov 2, 2014