Palestinians present ICC membership request to UN

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations on Friday formally requested membership in the International Criminal Court, which would allow them to lodge war crimes complaints against Israel. Duration: 01:10 Jan 3, 2015

Reactions pour in as Japanese tourist allegedly gang raped for 12 days in Gaya

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Saturday after a Japanese tourist was allegedly kidnapped and raped by a Kolkata-based gang for 12 days in Gaya district of Bihar. The accused Zahir and Shahid were arrested by a joint team of Kolkata and Gaya Police. DCW Chairperson Barkha Shukla demanded for strict actions against the culprits. Social Activist Kiran Bedi said that the country is facing the challenge of protecting the tourists from vagabonds. Congress leader Girija Vyas appealed for stricter laws to increase safety of women. Jan 3, 2015

One woman killed, two injured in heavy shelling by Pakistan

Samba, Jan 03 (ANI): One woman lost her life and three others got injured in the latest ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops on several BSF posts along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba and Kathua districts. Samba Deputy Commissioner of Police Mubarak Singh said that incessant firing has been taking place across the border since yesterday. He added that one woman dies in Manguchack and her child suffered a splinter injury. He further stated that arrangements have been made to move people to safer locations. Jan 3, 2015

Politicos react on suspicious boat found near Gujarat

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Saturday after suspicious boat was found near Porbandar in Gujarat. Former Foreign Secretary Shashank, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi and BJP leader Sambit Patra condemned the incident reportedly with an aim to attack India from Pakistan's side. The leaders also appreciated the action taken by Indian Coast Guard in preventing the possible terrorist activity. Jan 3, 2015

Three killed as goods train rams into tractor in Jalandhar

Jalandhar, Jan 03 (ANI): At least three people lost their lives while two others got injured after a goods train collided with a tractor at Warriana manned railway crossing in Jalandhar on Saturday. The accident took place due to the alleged negligence of the person manning the railway crossing gate, who left it open when the train was passing. Jan 3, 2015

Suspicious boat: Experts say security agencies working well

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): Experts said on Saturday that the security and intelligence agencies are working well in coordination after the successful efforts of Indian Coast Guard in preventing any terrorist mishap in the country. Security Expert Qamar Agha said that Pakistan tries to divert its attention to India when its inner situation is not fine. Defence Expert Commodore (Retd) Ranjit Rai said that all security and intelligence agencies should work together to stop any terrorist activity from growing. Jan 3, 2015

Mayawati targets Modi for not awarding Bharat Ratna to Kanshi Ram, BJP slams

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI):BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday lashed out at prime minister Narendra Modi for ignoring Dalit icons while awarding Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malviya. Mayawati said that Vajpayee should get the Bharat Ratna but also demanded that the award be conferred on Dalit icons like Kanshiram as well. Reacting over this the BJP slammed Mayawti for trying to draw controversy over the Bharat Ratna. Jan 3, 2015

It Happens : India greets 2015 with special prayers

Varanasi/Amritsar/Visakhapatnam, Jan 2 (ANI): Indians on 1st January kick started the New Year celebrations by visiting shrines to offer prayers. Long queues of faithful could be seen outside major Hindu and Sikh shrines across India. The faithful believe visits to temples on the New Year day bring prosperity, good health and peace in the family. The northern temple town of Varanasi, nestled on the banks of the holy river Ganga, woke up to holy chants by priests. The temple was teeming with the faithful since early morning. Foreign tourists, who regularly visit this temple town for solace, were spellbound by the elaborate rituals. In the northern Indian city of Amritsar, devotees were seen thronging the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikhs, since early morning. Many took a holy dip before taking part in the prayers. Some of the devotees said they looked forward to a drug free Punjab in 2015. Temples in Visakhapatnam in southern Andhra Pradesh witnessed large flow of devotees on the occasion of "Vaikuntha Ekadashi" which coincides with New Year. A special entrance gate is made on the occasion and devotees pray and make special offerings. In the central Ujjain city in Madhya Pradesh state, people gathered at the famous Mahakaal temple to offer special prayers. Mahakaal t Jan 3, 2015

It Happens : Beach Bike Racing

Kochi, Jan 2 (ANI): Huge crowd gathered at Fort Kochi Beach in India's southern state of Kerala on Tuesday to watch bikers race on sand. Bikers from Kerala and neighboring states participated in the race which was part of the ongoing Cochin Carnival 2014. Professional and amateur bikers chased down each other to win the 30th edition of the race. He further said due to less sponsors, not many bikers participated in the race but it still drew huge crowd being a popular event. Each participant is required to have a valid license to take part. Special tyres with huge blocks of rubber are installed in a bike for better grip and to avoid skidding during the race. The crowd enjoyed the race and cheered whenever a biker passed by. The bikers practice for months on the beach to participate in this event. Trainers are also available but in less numbers. Cochin Carnival 2014 is one of the most awaited events in southern city of Kochi where tourists from other countries also come to witness the revelry. Celebrated in the last week of December, it sees procession of elephants, dance and music, games, races, fireworks and a host of other activities to usher in the New Year. Jan 3, 2015