Reactions come in over India's nuclear deal with Sri Lanka

New Delhi/ Chennai, Feb 17 (ANI): Congress party took a dig at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party after the Narendra Modi-led government signed a nuclear energy agreement with Sri Lanka. This deal is India's first breakthrough with the new government of the tiny Indian Ocean island where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years. Under the deal, India will help Sri Lanka build its nuclear energy infrastructure, including training of personnel, the Indian foreign ministry said. Later, India could also sell light small-scale nuclear reactors to Sri Lanka which wants to establish 600 MW of nuclear capacity by 2030, a Sri Lankan official and an Indian analyst said earlier. Meanwhile, Tamil Activist Thirumurugan Gandhi also the founder of May 17 Movement for the cause of Eelam Tamil society's struggle for a separate Eelam Nation, criticised the growing ties between the two nations. Feb 17, 2015

President Mukherjee hosts banquet for his Sri Lankan counterpart

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee hosted a banquet for his Sri Lankan counterpart, Maithripala Sirisena in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his predecessor Manmohan Singh and other senior leaders attended the event in the presidential palace, Rashtrapati Bhawan. The two neighbours had signed a nuclear energy agreement earlier. This deal is India's first breakthrough with the new government of the tiny Indian Ocean island where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years. Under the deal, India will help Sri Lanka build its nuclear energy infrastructure, including training of personnel, the Indian foreign ministry said. Earlier in the day, Health Minister JP Nadda met his Sri Lankan counterpart, Rajitha Senaratne, and discussed health related issues. Feb 17, 2015

Aero show to boost PM Modi's 'Make in India' initiative

Bengaluru, Feb 17 (ANI): The tenth international edition of Aero India, the biennial air show and exhibition, is set to kick-start in Bengaluru. The event is being organized by Defence Exhibition Organisation under the aegis of Ministry of Defence and 54 ministerial and other high-level delegations from several countries are scheduled to attend it. The exhibition will have 'Make in India' as its major theme and will be inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Aero India, which began in 1996, has become a major platform for armament giants to initiate defence deals. The event will see the participation of leading countries including U.S, Russia, France and U.K from where the aircrafts and fighter planes have started arriving at Air Force Station (AFS) Yelahanka. Feb 17, 2015

Students in Shimla face troubles due to snow in school campus

Shimla, Feb 17 (ANI): Students and teachers faced difficulties as schools in Himachal Pradesh were covered with snow. Schools in Narkanda town in Shimla city received heavy snowfall, blanketing schools in the region. Due to this, students are unable to study inside their classes because of intense cold condition as there is no facility of heater made by the school authorities. The mid-day meal workers were also facing problems making food as there was no water in the taps. Some workers were also melting snow for cooking purposes. Most of the schools in the town re-open in the month of February. The temperature has dropped in the area due to the melting of snow. The temperature was recorded at 5 degree Celsius. Feb 17, 2015

A torch-lit memorial after gunman attacks Copenhagen

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Tens of thousands of Danes gathered at torch-lit memorials around the country on Monday (February 16), commemorating victims of deadly attacks on a synagogue Feb 17, 2015

Few signs of peace in Debaltseve

Few signs of a ceasefire in Debaltseve. The Ukrainian held town has been at the center of the battle for control in Ukraine. On the outskirts of town these separatists fighters are holding their Feb 17, 2015

Back to school in Liberia

For the first time in six month schoolchildren line up in Liberia as they prepare to head back into the classroom. There are new procedures after the Ebola outbreak. Students line up so they aren't Feb 17, 2015

Boko Haram suspects held inC as hundreds flee fight

Niger's second city of Zinder continues to see hundreds of people displaced by fighting. According to local authorities, among those fleeing the Diffa region where the army is taking on Boko Haram are a number of group's militants. Feb 17, 2015

Lance Armstrong loses $10 Million Lawsuit

Lance Armstrong has been ordered to pay back $10 million he received in bonus money from a sponsor. An arbitrator ruled against the disgraced cyclist over bonuses that a Dallas-based sports insurance Feb 17, 2015

Greek debt talks break down

No-one was expecting an early breakthrough. But the collapse of talks in Brussels with euro zone finance ministers so soon after they started disappointed even the more pessimistic. The EU had Feb 17, 2015