AMU students protest against political interference in the university

Aligarh, Nov 28 (ANI): AMU students on Friday protested against political interference in the University. In protest the students shouted slogans and took out a march holding banners and placards. Some BJP leaders have decided to hold a demonstration on the campus on the birth anniversary of Raja Mahendra Pratap, an alumnus of AMU, whose family was closely associated with Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of the institution. In a letter to Union Human Resource Development minister Smriti Irani, the Aligarh Muslim University’s Vice-Chancellor wrote that there could be huge communal unrest if the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Pratap is observed on the campus. Nov 28, 2014

Egypt crackdown adds to Gaza's blockade woes

The scars of Israel’s 50-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip this summer are still all too present. Palestinians are eager to get their lives back on track but the Israeli blockade has kept the pace of reconstruction painfully slow. Duration: 02:11 Nov 28, 2014

Research on bats could help develop drugs against Ebola

In Africa's only biosafety level 4 laboratory, scientists have been carrying out experiments on bats to understand how virus like Ebola are being transmitted, and how some of them resist to it. Duration: 01:18 Nov 28, 2014

'Supercell storm' batters Australian city

Planes are flipped and roofs ripped off when hail and powerful winds tear through Australia's east coast, leaving an Aus$100 million (US$85 million) damage bill as the army helps clear up. Duration: 00:36 Nov 28, 2014

Sushma Swaraj says abducted workers in Iraq alive

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday while speaking in the Rajya Sabha said that 39 abducted construction workers in Iraq were alive on the basis of information from six sources, thus contradicting eyewitness' account that they have been shot dead. Swaraj said the information was written and she had shared that information with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other colleague. However, the foreign minister refused to divulge the identity of source, as it could hamper the rescue efforts, but admitted that government has no direct contact with the abductees. Swaraj said that eye-witness Harjeet was well and was in government's protective care. Nov 28, 2014

Sushma Swaraj's statement full of 'helplessness': Congress on abducted Indians in Iraq

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Congress on Thursday slammed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj after Swaraj said that the government is continuously receiving information about those Indian nationals who have been abducted in Iraq from its sources. She added that the abducted Indians are alive and safe. Congress leader Pramod Tiwari reacting over Swaraj's statement said that the statement was full of helplessness and Government must clarify if abducted Indians are safe or not. Tiwari further added that BJP government acting like hostage. Nov 28, 2014

Modi targets NC, PDP and Congress over corruption in JandK

Udhampur, Nov 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday targeted the regional NC, PDP in Kashmir for massive corruption in the state. He also attacked the Congress over the issue. Modi stated that he would send adequate funds for the state and would keep a track on whether it is being utilized in a proper way or not. Nov 28, 2014

SC directs government to come up with alternative in German language row

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre to come up with an alternative in the German language row. Lawyer Himanshu Sharma said that the SC demanded an alternative from the Centre so that Sanskrit language can be introduced as the third language from the next academic session. Sharma added that the SC has granted a week's time to the Centre to consider its decision and to consider introduction of Sanskrit as the third language in the next academic session. Nov 28, 2014

Modi talks about boosting tourism in Kashmir, ensures employment

Udhampur, Nov 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir, stated that his party would work in the state to boost tourism if they are brought to power. He also promised better employment opportunities for the youths. The first phase of polling in the state took place on November 25 and other phases will take place till December 20. The results will be announced on December 23. Nov 28, 2014

Modi urges voters to vote for BJP to ensure development in JandK

Udhampur, Nov 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir, urged voters to vote for the BJP to ensure development in the state. Modi said that he would send adequate funds for the state and would keep a track on whether it is being utilized in a proper way or not. Nov 28, 2014

Search operation continues amid fresh firing in J and K

Arnia, Nov 28 (ANI): The Indian army said on Friday that the search operations are still on amid fresh firing in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier in the day, fresh firing erupted in the town of Arnia and search operation was tightened to look for militant hideouts after gunmen wearing army uniforms on Thursday (November 27) attacked an army base near the border with Pakistan, leaving ten people dead in the worst militant violence in more than a year. Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO), Manish Mehta said the search operation is still continuing to look for the hiding militant. There were four militants out of whom three were killed, and one is missing. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation to track down the hiding militant and retrieve the bodies of civilians killed in the gun battle, the PRO informed. The family members of the missing civilians are visiting the district hospital, presuming their loved ones to be the victim of the firing. Akhilesh Kumar, a farmer in Arnia town was among those hit by the rounds of firing. Nov 28, 2014

TMC now uses earthen pots to protest against amendment of MGNREGA outside Parliament

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs on Friday moved on from black umbrellas and shawls to demonstrating outside the parliament with earthen pots to protest outside against government's decision to amend the MGNREGA. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has brought work to millions of impoverished villagers. The party demanded that instead of amending the Act, the Centre should instead raise the wages paid under the popular scheme that guarantees a minimum 100 days of employment in a year to those living below poverty line in rural areas. Meanwhile, in an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 28 prominent economists said they were alarmed to hear of moves to change the NREGA, which provides jobs for 50 million households. Nov 28, 2014

Search operations on, 4 militants killed: Jammu IG on Arnia encounter

Udhampur, Nov 28 (ANI): The IG of Jammu, Rajesh Kumar said on Friday that search operations are on in Arnia sector of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that till now four militants have been killed, four civilians reported dead and three soldiers martyred in the encounter which began yesterday. He added that once the search operations are called off, final details of casualties can be given. Nov 28, 2014

Festive season and weddings increase sale of diamonds

Surat, Nov 28 (ANI): Demand for diamonds is slowly increasing as the wedding season is on and the prices of gold have fallen down. President of Surat Diamond Association, Dinesh Navadiya, said that diamond sales have increased because of Christmas, wedding season and fall in gold prices in the country. After Diwali the environment for the diamond industry is very good. Today there is good demand in Europe and America for diamonds as Christmas is nearing. In the last two months gold prices have fallen, which has helped the diamond industry. Nov 28, 2014

Families urge Central government to declare truth about abducted Indians in Iraq

Amritsar/Jalandhar, Nov 28 (ANI): Getting suspicious about the well being of their loved ones after some media reported that the 39 out of 40 Indians abducted by ISIS were killed, family members on Friday urged the government to declare truth on the same. Media reports said that the workers were killed by Islamic State (IS) militants on the basis of account given by eyewitness Harjeet Massih, who managed to escape from their clutches. Later, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told Parliament that 39 abducted construction workers in Iraq were alive, on the basis of information from six sources, thus contradicting eyewitness’ account that they were shot dead. Wife of a victim, Seema said that she doesn’t have any contact with her husband. The abductees were working for a Turkish construction company in Mosul. Meanwhile, mother of another victim, abductee Harbhajan Kaur said that she has faith in what the government is saying and has been praying to god for her son’s safe return to home. Nov 28, 2014