Haitians protest on Independence Day

On Haitian Independence Day protesters march through the streets of Port-au-Prince calling for the resignation of the president Michel Martelly. Jan 2, 2015

Suspicious Pakistan boat blows itself up after Indian Coast Guard chase

New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): A suspicious boat carrying explosives was intercepted by Indian Coast Guard in the Arabian Sea near Indo-Pak maritime boundary but it sank after the crew on board set it on fire. The boat was reportedly carrying four suspected terrorists and had begun its journey from Karachi in Pakistan. Jan 2, 2015

Opposition targets BJP govt over increased ceasefire violations by Pakistan

New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): Opposition parties on Friday targeted the BJP government over the increasing number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan at the border. The Home Minister had yesterday reportedly said that whosoever dares to cast an evil eye on India, security forces will give a fitting response. Earlier the Union Defence Minister had also condemned the unprovoked firing by the Pakistan Rangers. The latest ceasefire violation came a day after Islamabad reportedly summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner to the country to register its protest over the alleged killing of four Pakistani Rangers by the BSF in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir's Samba Sector. Jan 2, 2015

Temperatures to dip further: IMD

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): India Meteorological Department has forecast more snowfall in the hills as incessant rains lashed parts of northern regions on Friday. The weather office official M Duraiswamy attributed the fresh rains to easterly winds and western disturbances causing moisture in the atmosphere. He also said that the temperatures are likely to fall further after three days and the cold wave will grip northern India once again. The uncertain weather has affected the road movement with long traffic jams reported from several areas in capital New Delhi. Train and air services have also been hit. Jan 2, 2015

Excise duties on petrol and diesel raised, politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): The government on Thursday raised excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre each but retail pump rates will not be increased. Political reactions flowed in on Friday over the government's decision. The third excise duty hike by the government since November will help raise additional revenue of Rs 6,000 crore during the remaining three months of the current 2014-15 financial year as the government took advantage of a slump in global oil prices, to a five-year low, to shore up revenue without stoking inflation. Jan 2, 2015

Pets may help autistic children to be more assertive

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): Dogs, cats and other animals may help autistic children to be more assertive, says a new research. Researcher has found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home.The revealed that children with any kind of pet in the home reported being more likely to engage in behaviors such as introducing themselves, asking for information or responding to other people's questions. Such social skills typically are difficult for kids with autism, but the study showed children's assertiveness was greater if they lived with a pet. Kids with autism are highly individual and unique, so any pet animal at home might provide many benefits. Jan 2, 2015

Indian army provides medical care to boy injured in firing in J and K

Srinagar, Jan 2 (ANI): A boy who was seriously injured when security forces opened firing at a vehicle he was travelling in Jammu and Kashmir, thanked Indian army for providing him proper medical care. 19-year-old Zahid was injured in his right leg in an army firing in Chattergam in Budgam district in November when the vehicle he was travelling in with four other people did not stop at checking points. Zahid and one of his friends were injured and taken to army base hospital for medical treatment. As the boy got ready to leave for home after a period of almost two months, he said he didnt miss home as he was well looked after and visited by family members regularly. General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Kashmir-based 15 corps of the Indian army, Lieutenant General Subrata Saha was also present at the hospital and expressed happiness to see the boy recover well. Jan 2, 2015

Bezbaruah Committee report: Home Ministry acts on slew of measures

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): The Home Ministry on Friday announced that it was working to implement the recommendations of the Bezbaruah Committee, which was constituted to look into the concerns of people from the north-east. As per the committee's recommendations, Delhi police will appoint 20 police personnel from each north-east state and police exchange programs will also be initiated. He said the people from the north east will also get compensation and financial assistance under the Delhi Victim Compensation Scheme, 2011. The Bezbaruah Committee was formed in the aftermath of the shocking killing of 19-year-old Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania in a Delhi market. Jan 2, 2015