Indian cartoonists mourn death of RK Laxman

Pune/ Mumbai/ New Delhi, Jan 27 (ANI): Indian cartoonists mourned the death of eminent cartoonist RK Laxman, whose "You Said It" cartoon featuring the 'Common Man' lampooned India's powerful for half a century. Laxman had been ill for two weeks and died of multi-organ failure at a private hospital in Pune city where he lived. Laxman's daughter-in-law Usha said that his body would be taken to Mumbai city to the Common Man statue where his admirers could pay their last respects. Indian cartoonist, Sudhir Tailang said that Laxman's demise was a major loss to the cartooning world. Another Indian cartoonist, Aseem Trivedi remembered Laxman for voicing issues faced by the common man through his cartoons. Jan 27, 2015

Tibetan PM describes Obama visit on India's Republic Day as celebration of democracies

Dharamsala, Jan 27 (ANI): Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay described US President Barack Obama's visit to India on its Republic Day as a celebration of democracies. Obama watched a dazzling parade of India's military might and cultural diversity earlier in New Delhi.A majestic parade is held every year on January 26 in the national capital city to observe the day when the Indian Constitution was adapted and the country was declared as sovereign republic in 1950. Jan 27, 2015

Five die after car falls into deep gorge in Shimla

Shimla, Jan 27 (ANI): Five tourists died in Shimla city of Himachal Pradesh after their car fell into a gorge. The tourists travelling in Swift Desire, coming from Punjab en route to Shimla, fell into nearly a 700-feet deep gorge. Additional Superintendent of Police, BD Negi said they received information about the accident and rushed to the spot immediately. He said investigation is underway to ascertain the reason behind the accident. Jan 27, 2015

Security tightened at Siri Fort Auditorium as US President Obama all set to address gathering

New Delhi, Jan 27 (ANI): Security has been tightened outside Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi as US President Barack Obama is set to end his three day India visit with a speech before a select gathering. Obama is to speak on future of the bilateral ties between America and India. Speaking on "India and America: The future we can build together", Obama will take questions from the audience of at least 2,000 people, including members of the strategic affairs community and students. During the programme, Obama is also expected to meet Noble laureate Kailash Satyarthi. The event is expected to start around 10:45 AM and likely to go on for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, Delhiites will have to face another day of incessant traffic jams, around south Delhi’s Siri Fort auditorium and the Ring Road around South Extension. The roads will remain closed for traffic movement according to the passage of the entourage. Jan 27, 2015

Hindus and Muslims work with religious harmony in rope making unit

Bankura, Jan 26 (ANI): Bankura, located in India's eastern state of West Bengal, is known for communal harmony among people of various faiths. Here people of different communities can be seen working together and maintaining good relations. Many small rope making units dot the region providing employment to several hundred people. A visit to one such rope making unit speaks volumes about the Hindu-Muslim unity. People of both communities work together and report no tensions between them. Owned by a Muslim, this rope making unit employs workers from both communities. The owner claims that he has expanded his business over the years leading to creation of more jobs. The industry today provides employment to hundreds of un-educated people. Jan 27, 2015

People from varied faiths flock at the Urs of Sufi saint Syed Mohd Ishaq (RA)

Srinagar, Jan 26 (ANI): Kashmir is well known as the valley of the saints. From time immemorial, the saints have been coming here and teaching Sufism to people. One such saint was Syed Mohd Ishaq (RA) who taught brotherhood to people of different communities. To pay homage and seek his blessings, his followers celebrate his annual urs at his shrine in Lasjan, Srinagar. The Urs takes place with full spirit aimed at maintaining brotherhood, peace and prosperity in the valley. Men and women form part of the celebration, holding prayers for their wellness. People from different parts of the state pay a visit to this shrine. The shrines of the saints serve as binding force to bring people, belonging to different communities, together and embrace oneness which the saints taught to them. Jan 27, 2015

Brussels warns Greece's Syriza to stick to austerity

The EU took a tough tone towards Greece after the radical left party Syriza stormed to victory in elections, warning that Athens' place in the eurozone depended on it honouring agreements on debt and austerity. Duration: 01:12 Jan 27, 2015

Dozens dead, scores injured in Ukraine city Mariupol

A barrage of rocket fire hit the port city of Mariupol on Saturday, killing 30 and injuring nearly 100 people. Observers said the rockets had been fired from the direction of rebel-held territory. Duration: 01:08 Jan 27, 2015

Iraqi army launches a military operation in Diyala province

Iraqi army supported by pro-government militia, launched a military operation to retake positions held by Islamic State (IS) group jihadists near the village of Sharween, in Diyala province, north of the capital Baghdad. Duration: 00:39 Jan 27, 2015

Cartoonist RK Laxman dies at 94

New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): RK Laxman, the country's best-known cartoonist, passed away at 94 on Monday evening, at the Dinanath Mangeshkar hospital in Pune, where he was on life support for the past few days. Born in 1921 in Mysore, Laxman had no formal training in cartooning but the work he put out over decades was sheer genius. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on the sad demise of Laxman. PM Modi tweeted- "My condolences to the family and countless well-wishers of a legend whose demise leaves a major void in our lives. RIP RK Laxman." Jan 26, 2015