NDFB(S) platoon commander killed in encounter

Kokrajhar, Jan 11 (ANI): Self-styled platoon commander of tribal militant group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Sonobijit) was killed in an encounter with joint team of police and armed border force in Assam. Identified as Jwblang, he was involved in the December 23 attack on Pakhriguri village in Assam in which five tribal people were also killed. Last month over 80 people were killed in militant attacks in different districts of the northeastern state. Police believe that a faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), was behind coordinated attacks on tea plantation workers and their families. A joint operation was launched by police and armed border force, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), near Khawsibazar area under Serfanguri police station in which the militant was killed. Jan 11, 2015

Encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh leaves one policeman dead

Raipur, Jan 11(ANI): An encounter between security personnel and Maoists in Chhattisgarh left one policeman dead and four others injured. The incident happened in Narayanpur district of the state when joint team of police and Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) were out on an operation after receiving information about the movement of Maoists in the area. The police are yet to investigate which Maoist group was behind the attack. Jan 11, 2015

Innovative bike squad to put out fire in Varanasi

Varanasi, Jan 11 (ANI): Fire brigade department in Varanasi has launched an innovative bike service to reach the narrow alleys of the city in case fire breaks out. Brain behind the project, Sunil Singh, said the idea occurred to him as fire brigade department faced difficulties in negotiating the narrow by-lanes of the city. Singh said each bike is fitted with a siren and hooter and two fire extinguishing cylinders with a capacity of 9 liter water and foam chemical container. He said the new bike squad was proving to be extremely helpful to the fire brigade department. Taking part in a mock drill, fireman Dhananjay Singh said it was a good initiative as fire could be restricted from spreading. The alleys of Varanasi form a maze parallel to the river, running between homes, palaces and places of worship in the ancient city. Jan 11, 2015

France promises safe Charlie Hebdo mass rally

France will take "all measures" to ensure the safety of Sunday's march to be attended by European leaders after this week's attacks and is maintaining its highest possible security level in the Paris area, the interior minister said. Duration: 01:20 Jan 10, 2015

French town, scene of showdown, tries to resume normal life

The small town of Dammartin-en-Goële, the scene of the final showdown between the Charlie Hebdo attackers and police, is trying to return to normal a day after the drama's denouement, but locals say they are still stunned by events. Duration: 01:53 Jan 10, 2015

Crude Bomb explodes near Dumdum railway station in Kolkata, reportedly three injured

Dumdum, Jan 10 (ANI): Atleast three people were injured after a crude bomb placed inside a Tiffin box exploded on Saturday near Dumdum Cantonment railway station on the outskirts of Kolkata. According to media reports, the blast took place near platform number 2, where a Tiffin box with a circuit was found. Few cans with explosives have also been found. According to initial reports, the injured were rag-pickers who were sifting through the garbage dump when the bomb went off. Further details are still awaited. Jan 10, 2015

International Kite Festival kicks off in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Jan 10 (ANI): The International Kite Festival kicked off in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat on Saturday with Chief Minister Anandiben Patel inaugurating the four-day event. The festival attracts enthusiastic kite makers and flyers from across the globe. Kites in various shapes and hues took over the Ahmedabad sky as foreign and local kite flyers competed with each other. The festival that marks the end of winter will culminate on January 13. As many as 150 international kite flyers are participating in the festival along with domestic participation from various parts of the country. Various musical and cultural programmes have also been arranged to showcase the local flavor to foreign tourists thronging the city for the festival. Jan 10, 2015

Young artists in Vadodara create 190 feet long painting to spread message of peace

Vadodara, Jan 10 (ANI): Around 200 children in Vadodara city created a 190-foot long painting with an aim to spread the message of peace across the globe. The young artists painted their thoughts about world peace in the painting titled, 'On The Wings Of White Angels'. The event's organiser, Hitesh Rana, said on Saturday that a photographic album of the painting would be presented to world leaders. The young artists have depicted various forms of communal violence and militancy in their painting. Jan 10, 2015

BJP condemns as Kejriwal counter attacks PM Modi's remarks on AAP

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): BJP condemned AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal after Kejriwal backlashed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's anarchist jibe. PM Modi while addressing the Abhinandan rally had indirectly attacked Kejriwal for calling himself an anarchist. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that Kejriwal is not capable of making a mark in Delhi. Speaking on AAP's allegation of BJP indulging in name-calling, BJP leader Sambit Patra said that AAP is an accusing party itself. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi also expressed similar sentiments. Jan 10, 2015

BJP didn't find fault in AAP's 49 days' rule, shows governance was good: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday backlashed at BJP after Prime Minister Narendra Modi indirectly hit Kejriwal for calling himself an anarchist. Kejriwal said that BJP is not left with any positive agenda that is why it is reflecting on all negative issues for the polls. He added that no BJP leader in his speech could find faults in the 49 days' rule of AAP, which means that it has given a certificate of good governance. Kejriwal then clarified that whatever he may be he is not corrupt. Jan 10, 2015

Janata Parivar meets at Mulayams residence to take forward merger process

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): JD (U) chief Nitish Kumar said that Janata Parivar held discussions at Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence to take forward the merger process. He added that the SP chief will have talks with former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and INLD leaders and the final decision on the merger will be taken in the next meeting. Jan 10, 2015

People await snowfall as cold wave persists in JandK

Srinagar, Jan 10 (ANI): There is no respite from severe cold in Kashmir where residents await snowfall in hope of better weather conditions. The plummeting temperature has left several water bodies, including the famed Dal Lake, frozen. The persistent cold wave has forced people to stay indoors in capital city, Srinagar. Another resident Mohammed Iqbal said that it became extremely difficult to go out for work in these conditions as the number of public vehicles plying on roads too comes down with the dipping temperature. The Kashmir Valley is in the midst of the 40-day-long Chillai Kalan, believed to be the harshest winter period. It had begun on December 21, 2014. Snowfall in states like Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh has a direct impact in other northern states like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Jan 10, 2015