McDonalds suspends Pune outlet staff member for allegedly throwing out a street kid

Pune, Jan 18 (ANI): Taking action for throwing out a street child from its restaurant in Pune, McDonalds suspended the staff member involved in the incident. The action comes after the Maharashtra government intervened in the matter. Promising an enquiry, McDonalds in a statement had said, "McDonalds India is investigating internally an issue that has been reported on an incident involving a street child. The concerned security personnel involved in the incident have been suspended pending completion of an enquiry." Further, the Pune outlet also faced anger by people. Some unidentified persons on Saturday threw mud on the facade of the restaurant. However, nothing serious was reported. Earlier, the street kid Akash's father said that poor should not be treated in such degrading manner. Jan 18, 2015

Election Commission issues notice to Kejriwal over his allegations on Satish Upadhyay

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): The Election Commission of India has issued a notice against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal with relation to the allegations made by him on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit Chief Satish Upadhyay over power discoms. The Election Commission has asked Kejriwal to explain the matter by January 20, the same day the AAP chief is scheduled to file his nomination for upcoming Delhi Assembly elections. The step was taken after Upadhyay had filed a complaint against Kejriwal for making "false, baseless and unverified allegations" against him. Earlier on Thursday, the AAP chief had said that the party would be presenting evidence to prove its allegations against Upadhyay. Jan 18, 2015

Encounter underway in J and K's Sopore area, two terrorists reportedly trapped

Sopore, Jan 18 (ANI): A gun battle between the security forces and militants is currently underway in Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir. Security forces cordoned off Saidpora village in Sopore following information about presence of militants in the area, a police officer said. According to reports, as the forces closed on the target house, the militants opened fire which was retaliated, triggering off the gunbattle. At least two militants are believed to be trapped inside the cordoned area, the officer said, adding there were no casualties on either side so far. Even on Wednesday, a gun battle between security forces and terrorists had resulted in the death of a top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant, Abu Huzaifa. Jan 18, 2015

Censor Board should be loyal to govt not to political parties, will soon be appointing new board mem

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Dismissing allegations against the government of interference and corruption by former Censor Board members, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said that the former should be loyal to the Government of India and not to any particular political party. He said that the government had faith in the board and that is why it gave them time to work and extension of term as well. Rathore said that the government wants to stay on a positive note but now the aim is to form a new, better CBFC in a few days. Earlier in the day, I and B Minister Arun Jaitley dismissed the allegations calling the former Censor Board members 'rebels without a cause' in one of his articles. He further accused the Congress of politicising the censor board. Jan 18, 2015

Joining Anna Hazare was right thing to do at that time, don't have habit of using people: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Former IPS officer and BJP leader Kiran Bedi denied Congress' allegation that she used anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare to enter politics saying that joining Anna was the right thing to do at that time. She said that during those days, the nation was into a morass of corruption and a voice had to be raised against the same. Bedi said that she do not have the habit of using people and of being used. Further, she also said that she was willing to fight Delhi Assembly elections from any part of the city as she served Delhi in different capacities during her tenure. The new BJP member also assured that she and the party will work for the national capital and that municipal corporation will be amongst her priority. Jan 18, 2015

Floriculture becomes a profitable business option in Northeast

Manipur, Jan 18 (ANI): Gurumayum Nanao Sharma has turned his hobby in gardening to a successful profession. Few years ago, he started 'Gaminash Nursery' in a land near his home at Bamon leikai in Manipur. Today, he nurtures a variety of indigenous and non-indigenous varieties of flowers and prepares saplings of trees and fruits along with providing garden planning and designing services. In order to expand his business and provide jobs to unemployed youth in the state, he has recently procured two acres of land which he wanted to develop as a flower farm. Many people in the Northeast are adopting floriculture as an alternate farming. They get encouragement by participating at various exhibitions and flower shows. Jan 18, 2015

Brazil protesters and police clash at bus fare demo

Protesters in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro clash with police who use tear gas and sound bombs to disperse crowds, as thousands rally against Brazil's latest round of bus fare hikes. Duration: 01:22 Jan 17, 2015

Gaza graffiti protest over Charlie Hebdo prophet cartoon

Protest graffiti was sprayed outside the French cultural centre in Gaza before dawn Saturday following the publication of a new cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Duration: 00:43 Jan 17, 2015

Niger churches torched in Charlie Hebdo protests

A violent mob torches at least three churches in Niger's capital Niamey during fresh protests against Charlie Hebdo magazine, as France's president stressed his commitment to "freedom of expression." Duration: 00:24 Jan 17, 2015

Tongan volcano creates new island

A Tongan volcano has created a substantial new island since it began erupting last month, spewing out huge volumes of rock and dense ash that has killed nearby vegetation. Duration: 00:58 Jan 17, 2015

Dozens protest against Charlie Hebdo in Yemen

Dozens protested in front of the French embassy in Sanaa, after the French satirical paper published a cartoon of prophet Mohammed on its front page. Duration: 00:45 Jan 17, 2015

Poetry magazine gathers poets to enthrall discerning Delhi audience

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): The Poetry Society (India) and the India International Centre organized a poetry session on Friday on the theme of "Images of Life in Changing Times: Poetry from 'The Seventh Quarry" here. The 'Seventh Quarry' is a poetry magazine published in Swansea and Wales. The session was attended by seventeen renowned and distinguished poets from all across India and the idea was to underline the importance of poetry in contemporary times. Multi-lingual forms of poetry was on show as poets recited their poems in English, Urdu and Odiya in a wonderful manner. The Seventh Quarry magazine has given honour to Indian poets by bringing a special issue. Kathmandu-based Indian diplomat-poet Abhay K. also read some of his poems at the event. Jan 17, 2015

Nobody can remove BJP from power if party connects to people efficiently: Amit Shah part - 2

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday said that nobody can defeat BJP or remove the ruling party from power if the workers connect to people efficiently. Shah assured that the mood of people of Delhi shows that BJP will come out victorious in assembly polls. He said that the national capital will give a clear mandate and that BJP will have majority. He also slammed AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal and said that the party who tells lie will not be accepted by the people with Delhi. Jan 17, 2015