Cattle fair in Tamil Nadu draws large number of enthusiastic farmers

Pollachi, Feb 07 (ANI): A cattle fair held to spread awareness among people about the preservation of livestock drew enthusiastic response from villagers in Tamil Nadu. The fair, held at Samathur on the outskirts of Pollachi town in Coimbatore district, also drew animal lovers from abroad. Villagers dressed in traditional attire brought hundreds of cows and bulls of different breeds at the fair ground. A member of Vanavarayar Foundation, which organised the event, Shankar Vanavarayar said the idea was to create awareness about the importance of livestock in agriculture. A cattle specialist from New Zealand, Doctor John Henry Niezen said the fair offered opportunities to farmers to share their ideas and thoughts with each other about the health of animals. Feb 7, 2015

Small scale industry in Gujarat hopes for revival with govt's upcoming budget

Rajkot, Feb 07 (ANI): Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Gujarat are hoping for revival with Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government's budget later this month. The coming budget for fiscal 2015-16, April-March, which will be unveiled on February 28, is widely seen as a test of Modi's ability to lead economic reform. In Rajkot city, small and medium scale industrialists say Modi's 'Make in India' initiative will be a success only if government takes steps to smoothen infrastructure and skill development. The auto industry, reportedly, does a business of rupees 40 billion every year and over the years has suffered immensely due to less acceptance of rebate. Feb 7, 2015

J and K holds Rajya Sabha elections

Jammu, Feb 07 (ANI): Kashmir is holding elections for four seats in the upper house of parliament with seven candidates in the fray. Prominent among those whose fate will be decided is Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha. Jammu and Kashmir Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, whose regional National Conference (NC) party is supporting Azad, was among those who cast their votes. Besides Azad, the other contestants are Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) Mir Mohammad Fayaz and Nazir Ahmad Laway; BJP's Shamsher Singh and Chander Mohan Sharma; and Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo and Nasir Aslam Wani of NC. Both BJP-PDP and National Conference-Congress are fighting the elections under seat sharing arrangements. Feb 7, 2015

Indian army launches recruitment drive in J and K

Poonch, Feb 07 (ANI): Indian army has launched recruitment drive in border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, which aims to increase the representation of the state in the army and could reduce unemployment in the region. The candidates were subjected to physical measurement such as height, weight and chest before going through physical tests such as running, jumping and walking on a narrow ramp. Later they would be put to medical test before recruitment. An Indian army officer, Ajay Sharma, said it was an opportunity for the local youth to join the armed forces to serve the nation. Feb 7, 2015

Another body found from Taiwan plane crash

Soldiers in Taiwan stand guard as the latest body to be recovered from the TransAisa crash is prepared for removal. The act is a small courtesy to the deceased which now stands at 37. Wednesday's Feb 7, 2015

Congress leaders JP Aggarwal, AS Lovely and Sandeep Dikshit cast their vote

New Delhi, Feb 07 (ANI): Congress leaders JP Aggarwal, Arvinder Singh Lovely and Sandeep Dikshit cast their vote on Saturday as polling for Delhi Assembly is underway. Aggarwal said that he is sure of Congress' victory in Delhi. Lovely said that people should come out to vote for Congress in order to bring a developmental government. Sandeep Dikshit also expressed his confidence over Congress' victory. Feb 7, 2015

North Korea test-fires new anti-ship cruise missile

North Korea's state media on Saturday (February 7) released still photographs of its leader Kim Jong Un watching test-firing of a new anti-ship cruise missile by Korean People's Army (KPA) naval units Feb 7, 2015