It Happens : Migratory Birds Travels to India

Ramnagar, Nov 28 (ANI): A large number of Siberian birds have flocked to Ramnagar town in India's northern state of Uttarakhand for the winter, fleeing the freezing conditions of their Arctic home grounds. Ramnagar is the gateway to Jim Corbett National Park, the oldest national park and a famous tourist destination in northern India. With the onset of winter, the Siberian birds spread their wings to begin a journey spanning thousands of kilometres. These birds from Siberia and Central Asia use wetlands as their transitory camps, which play a vital role in sustaining a large population of the breeding birds.Hundreds of thousands of exotic birds such as Mallards, Greyleg Geese, Gadwalls, Teals, Shovelers, Pochards and Coots make their temporary nests in Ramnagar. The birds attract a lot of tourists to the sanctuaries as well. The migratory birds begin their annual flight from Siberia, travel through Afghanistan and Central Asia and arrive in India for the entire season. Various species of Siberian birds including the Siberian Crane, Greater Flamingo, Ruff, Black-winged Stilt, Common Teal, Common Greenshank, Northern Pintail, Wagtail, Northern Shoveler,Rosy Pelican and Gadwall, migrate to Indian wetlands. Nov 28, 2014

Anupam Kher launches book 'Eternal Strokes'

Mumbai, Nov 28 (ANI): Bollywood actor launched book 'Eternal Strokes', based on great artist John Fernandes in India's showbiz capital Mumbai recently. The book launch took place at the art festival. Absolutely right Mr. Kher!!! Nov 28, 2014

'Supercell storm' batters Australian city

Planes are flipped and roofs ripped off when hail and powerful winds tear through Australia's east coast, leaving an Aus$100 million (US$85 million) damage bill as the army helps clear up. Duration: 00:36 Nov 28, 2014

Research on bats could help develop drugs against Ebola

In Africa's only biosafety level 4 laboratory, scientists have been carrying out experiments on bats to understand how virus like Ebola are being transmitted, and how some of them resist to it. Duration: 01:18 Nov 28, 2014

Egypt crackdown adds to Gaza's blockade woes

The scars of Israel’s 50-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip this summer are still all too present. Palestinians are eager to get their lives back on track but the Israeli blockade has kept the pace of reconstruction painfully slow. Duration: 02:11 Nov 28, 2014

Defence PRO gives account of Arnia encounter

RS Pura, Nov 28 (ANI): The PRO of Defence Manish Mehta on Friday gave an account of the encounter which was going on in Arnia sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Mehta said that the fourth terrorist has been neutralized by the army recently and the entire area is being sanitized. He added that 3 army jawans and 5 civilians lost their lives during the encounter. Nov 28, 2014

BJP's Nishikant Dubey alleges threat messages from Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): BJP leader Nishikant Dubey alleged on Friday that he has received threat messages from Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. Dubey said that Tharoor sent him messages saying that he has a third grade character after Dubey revealed the names of banks which hold black money of many leaders in the Parliament. He added that he has complained to the Parliamentary Affairs Minister and will take further course if party says. Nov 28, 2014

Families urge Central government to declare truth about abducted Indians in Iraq

Amritsar/Jalandhar, Nov 28 (ANI): Getting suspicious about the well being of their loved ones after some media reported that the 39 out of 40 Indians abducted by ISIS were killed, family members on Friday urged the government to declare truth on the same. Media reports said that the workers were killed by Islamic State (IS) militants on the basis of account given by eyewitness Harjeet Massih, who managed to escape from their clutches. Later, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told Parliament that 39 abducted construction workers in Iraq were alive, on the basis of information from six sources, thus contradicting eyewitness’ account that they were shot dead. Wife of a victim, Seema said that she doesn’t have any contact with her husband. The abductees were working for a Turkish construction company in Mosul. Meanwhile, mother of another victim, abductee Harbhajan Kaur said that she has faith in what the government is saying and has been praying to god for her son’s safe return to home. Nov 28, 2014