Rapper Jay-Z champagne brand purchase boosts sales

Rapper Jay-Z likes Armand de Brignac champagne so much he has bought the brand, run as a family business since 1763. The appearance of the brand in a Jay-Z video clip has made the champagne the toast of the showbiz world. Duration: 00:43 Nov 28, 2014

AMU students protest against political interference in the university

Aligarh, Nov 28 (ANI): AMU students on Friday protested against political interference in the University. In protest the students shouted slogans and took out a march holding banners and placards. Some BJP leaders have decided to hold a demonstration on the campus on the birth anniversary of Raja Mahendra Pratap, an alumnus of AMU, whose family was closely associated with Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of the institution. In a letter to Union Human Resource Development minister Smriti Irani, the Aligarh Muslim University’s Vice-Chancellor wrote that there could be huge communal unrest if the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Pratap is observed on the campus. Nov 28, 2014

India, Mozambique enter new oil venture

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): India and Mozambique signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of oil and gas for five years in New Delhi on Friday. Minister of foreign affairs and cooperation of the Southeast African country, Oldemiro Julio Marques Baloi, and India’s petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan entered into this venture with an aim to enhance bilateral cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual benefit of both the countries. The two sides discussed various areas of mutual cooperation in the energy sector. The minister stated that both countries should work together in gas and oil sector so that the commercial interest of both the countries can be protected. He also added that there should be mutual participation of both the countries in the training programme. Nov 28, 2014

Philately exhibition displaying world's first, rare stamps draws crowd in Kochi

Kochi, Nov 28 (ANI): Some unique and rare collections of stamps ranging from world's first ‘Penny Black' to the oldest ones along with India's heritage stamps were on display at a philately exhibition in Kerala. The two-day exhibition called ‘Kochipex 2014', which pulled sizeable crowd including school children to veteran philatelists, began on Thursday in Kochi. Stamps depicting Jesus Christ's life (birth to resurrection) and painter-sculptor Leonardo da Vinci's ‘Vitrovian Man' were also on display at the exhibition. The exhibition that started with a ceremonial function was a visual treat for the enthusiasts and stamp collectors. The exhibition also gave a chance to exhibit collection of coins and Indian rupee notes for the collectors. Stamps carrying photos of India's former politicians and greats like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi among others also attracted visitors. M Venkateswarlu, Post Master-General, central region of India Post said that such exhibitions should be organised regularly across the country to encourage the hobby of collecting stamps, especially among students. Nov 28, 2014

Mumbai youth escapes from ISIS; taken into NIA custody

Kalyan, Nov 28 (ANI): Areeb Majeed, one of the four Kalyan youths who had joined the ISIS, returned to Mumbai via Turkey on Friday. On November 25, father of Areeb Majeed Dr Ijaz Majeed informed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) about the call that he had received from Areeb on November 20 and sought the NIA’s help to get his son back to India. Areeb after landing at Mumbai International Airport was immediately taken into custody by NIA officials. Nov 28, 2014

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