Indian and Bangladeshi security forces play a friendly soccer match to improve relations

Belonia, Dec 30 (ANI): It was a match with a difference as border forces of India and Bangladesh competed in a friendly soccer match in a bid to improve their relations. The match was played between the 89th battalion of India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) and 4th battalion of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) in Tripura. In the end, the Indian border forces prevailed over their Bangladeshi counterparts. The lone goal was scored in the second half of the match. BGB Commandant, Zilul Haque, hoped such tournaments had the potential to improve relations. Deputy Inspector General of BSF BS Tolia said the relations between the two forces were on the mend. Dec 30, 2014

BJP celebrates Amit Shah's acquittal in Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case

New Delhi, Dec 30 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists rejoiced after the court accepted the acquittal of party president Amit Shah in connection with the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. The BJP President reached his party office in Delhi few hours after the court's decision. In a major relief to BJP president Amit Shah, a special CBI court in Mumbai earlier in the day acquitted him in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. The CBI had charged Shah, the then Minister of State for Home in Gujarat, as an accused in the killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati. Dec 30, 2014

Japanese firms introduces new technology and services to expand base in Asia

Tokyo, Bangkok, Dec 30 (ANI): Alps Electric is a multinational corporation producing a variety of electric components such as units for car device, touch panels for smartphone, censors and switches. Established in 1948, Alps Electric produces a variety of products. The first product was a rotary switch for radio receiver. It then started producing a wide range of products such as variable capacitors, keyboard, remote control, printer and so on. Started as a small factory, Alps Electric is a multinational company and have branch offices the world over, including Asian nations such as India, Malaysia and Vietnam. The company is working on a small communication module to stop cars automatically and avoid car accidents. Many Japanese companies, including the Japan Airlines are expanding their footprints. On December 20, Japan Airlines launched new daily service between Bangkok and Nagoya’s Chubu Airport. Dec 30, 2014

Hill resort of Shimla gears up for tourist rush

Shimla/Manali, Dec 31 (ANI): Authorities in Shimla have stepped up security arrangements in view of an unprecedented rush of revellers for the New Year celebrations. People have been thronging several tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh, but capital Shimla has recorded the maximum footfall. Deputy Commissioner of Shimla district administration, Dinesh Malhotra, said additional 200 police and home guards have been deployed to prevent any untoward incident. The snow-bound region is the favourite destination of the tourists from the plains of northern India. Hoteliers are expecting a good business this season after authorities lifted travel advisories following improvement in weather. The state tourism department is organizing an annual winter carnival in the first week of next year in a bid to attract tourists. Every year, the state witnesses a huge rush of tourists during the year-end as people from across India visit the hill resort in anticipation of snowfall. Dec 31, 2014

Northeast region attracts investment in hospitality sector

Guwahati, Dec 31 (ANI): Guwahati, known as the gateway to Northeast, has become a growing hub for trade and commerce activity. In the last few years, the city has witnessed a mushrooming of shopping malls, showrooms, apartment complexes and hotels. The changing face of the city coupled with an expanding tourism sector is attracting many investors. Recently, the first 5-star hotel in the region, Radisson Blu, was officially inaugurated. The hotel group is prospecting to open hotels in the state capitals of Northeastern states. With a booming economy and a steadily growing tourism sector, the hotel industry will only expand further. Three more 5-star category hotels are coming up in Guwahati city. The growth of hospitality sector has also opened new job avenues for the youth in the region. Dec 31, 2014

Greek ferry tragedy: survivors accounts

Ten passengers dead, dozens unaccounted for and no-one able to say with any certainty how many people were on board the Norman Atlantic when it burst into flames. Duration: 01:09 Dec 30, 2014

Economic crisis puts a dampner on Madrid nightlife

The Spanish capital Madrid is known worldwide for its legendary nightlife, nicknamed la Movida. But an economic crisis, record-high unemployment and a rise in sales tax have dealt a hard blow to the city's bars. Duration: 01:57 Dec 30, 2014

US army veteran reflects on time in Afghanistan

On the eve of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Douglas Livermore, former U.S. Army officer and Special Forces captain, reflects on his experience in the country, where he helped train Afghan security troops. Duration: 01:09 Dec 30, 2014

Ebola diagnosed in medical worker in Britain

A healthcare worker recently returned from Sierra Leone was on Monday diagnosed with Ebola by doctors in Glasgow in the first diagnosis of the virus in Britain during the current outbreak. Duration: 01:08 Dec 30, 2014

CBI court gives clean chit to Amit Shah; politico

New Delhi, Dec 30 (ANI): Mixed reactions poured in after a special CBI court gave clean chit to BJP president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. Shah had sought a discharge in the case saying he was being targeted by his political rivals. Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were allegedly kidnapped by Gujarat's anti-terrorism Squad in November 2005 and killed in a fake encounter at a time when Shah was the Home Minister in Gujarat. Following this, Sohrabuddin's brother, Rubabuddin, had filed a complaint that his brother was killed in a fake encounter. Rubabuddin has now said that he will move the high court against the CBI courts verdict. Dec 30, 2014

Intense cold wave, dense fog delays trains in north India

New Delhi/Lucknow / Shimla, Dec 30 (ANI): Massive blanket of fog disrupted train services in many parts of north India on Tuesday, giving hard time to passengers as trains were cancelled or delayed. People in New Delhi woke up to a chilly morning as temperature was recorded at 4 degrees Celsius, forcing people to stay indoors and sit around bonfire to stay warm. As the visibility dropped to below 50 metres in the morning, many trains were also rescheduled. Dense fog crippled life in Lucknow too and rail traffic was also badly hit. More than 20 people have died due to extreme cold in Uttar Pradesh. Homeless people are the worst hit. Cold wave conditions continued unabated in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday as the high altitude areas reeled under arctic conditions. Dec 30, 2014

Five Maoists surrender in Chhattisgarh

Bijapur / Palamu, Dec 30 (ANI): Five Maoists, including two women, surrendered before the police in Chhattisgarh. High-handedness by top brass Maoists, discriminatory treatment, exploitation of women and taking away of their property by troubling villagers have been told as primary reasons behind the move, besides state government's rehabilitation policy for the surrendered Maoists. The women Maoists had a bounty of rupees two lakh each on them. The police have given rupees five thousand to each of the surrendered militant as reward money. Meanwhile, in Palamu district of Jharkhand, police arrested a Maoist of Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad after receiving secret information. He has been booked under several cases, extortion being one of them. As per the police, he had threatened a hospital superintendent for extortion after which he was nabbed as per the laid plan. Dec 30, 2014

Restoration work on in flood-hit Kedarnath

Kedarnath, Dec 30 (ANI): Work is in full swing in temple town of Kedarnath, the epicentre of the worst flooding across Uttarakhand last year, which killed at least 6,000 people. The state authorities have approved a reconstruction and rehabilitation plan for Kedarnath, one of the holiest shrines of the Hindus. It is banking on the recommendations of the Geological Survey of India for planning reconstruction and rehabilitation work at Kedarnath. The institute is also building a helipad of 150 metres by 50 metres, the biggest in the town, to enable Indian Air Force's Mi-26 choppers to carry construction materials and equipments at the sites. But the weather plays truant with construction work gets hampered by the dipping temperatures. It has been decided not to allow any construction activity around the temple, which bore the brunt of the floods. Dec 30, 2014