Dense fog envelopes northern India, cold wave tightens grip

New Delhi/Kanpur/Nagpur, Dec 28 (ANI):Dense fog engulfed northern India on Sunday, disrupting rail and air operations. The intense cold wave continued to tighten its grip, forcing people to stay indoors and sit around bonfires. Visibility in New Delhi was reduced due to thick blanket of fog and people sat around bonfires and drank hot tea to keep themselves warm. According to reports, Delhi recorded the second lowest temperature of the season with mercury dipping to 2 degrees Celsius. Dense fog affected train services in Kanpur city with about 70 trains being rescheduled. The cold wave has added troubles to lives of daily wage labourers and homeless people as they have no alternative but to bear the chill and earn their living. Dec 28, 2014

Bangladesh Finance Minister expecting fruitful cooperation from India in energy sector

Kolkata, Dec 28 (ANI): Bangladesh Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, who is on visit to India, said that he is expecting a fruitful outcome of the energy cooperation between the two countries after getting a positive nod from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Earlier this month Modi had said India is ready to meet Bangladesh’s energy needs. India granted in-principle approval to Bangladesh’s request to enhance thermal electricity sales from 500 MW to 1,100 MW (mostly through open market purchase), but discussions are also on to collaborate in harnessing renewable energy sources. Dec 28, 2014

Situation of northeast violence-hit state improving, says official

Sonitpur, Dec 28 (ANI): Administrative officials of Assam said with relief materials being provided to victims and army initiating operation in the woods, the overall situation is improving after a tribal militant group had shot dead at least 80 people in the state earlier this week. Political department's commissioner and secretary, Prateek Hajela and chief executive officer (CEO) of Assam state disaster management authority P.K. Tiwary, during a news conference, said total 81 relief camps have been set up across the state and over 101000 people have taken shelter in the camps. Meanwhile, Tiwary said over 50 companies of paramilitary Central Reserve Police force (CRPF) have been deployed in the sensitive areas and more force are coming from neighbouring states like Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya. Dec 28, 2014

India is welcomed to participate in Kazakhstans development programme, says envoy

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Kazakhstan ambassador invited India to participate in its recently announced signature programme ‘Nur Zhol’, an innovative and development-linked initiative to take the country on the path of growth. Kazakhstan ambassador to India, Bulat Sarsenbayev, said ‘Nur Zhol’ is new and unusual as it focuses on making the country an industrial hub based on innovative ideas to ensure a better future for its citizens. He said the objective of the “Nur Zhol” policy was to ensure stability in the country. Sarsenbayev said his country’s programme is similar to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative as Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Modi want their countries to move forward. Dec 28, 2014

Egypt cuts jail terms in gay wedding case

An Egyptian appeals court Saturday reduced jail sentences given to eight men over a gay wedding video that went viral on the Internet to one year each, from three years. Dec 27, 2014

Stone pelted at Kejriwal at a public rally in Deoli, AAP leader unhurt

New Delhi, Dec 27 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal escaped unhurt after a stone was hurled at him during a pubic rally at Deoli on Saturday. The stone thrown by a youth barely reached the dais. The youth was apprehended by the police and taken to the Neb Sari police station. Kejriwal while reacting over the incident said that stones don't scare him and the incident shows that the opposition parties who are behind these attacks are scared of them. Kejriwal had been slapped and 'attacked' several times during last year's election campaigning. Dec 27, 2014

Rajnath Singh slams reports of PM Modi speaking to Pak PM about Dawood Ibrahim, calls the news 'untr

Lucknow, Dec 27 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday slammed the reports of Prime Minister Narendra Modi having talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif about Dawood Ibrahim. The news surfaced after a web portal Newsmobile.in revealed tapes of Dawood Ibrahim's conversation thereby getting him traced by international agencies in Pakistan. Singh said that he has not said anything like this and that the news running is untrue and he has not idea from where the news surfaced. Dec 27, 2014