Security stepped up as Australia orders siege probe

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott orders an urgent enquiry into why a deranged Islamic gunman was not under surveillance and how he obtained citizenship, as security is stepped up after a fatal cafe siege. Dec 17, 2014

Peru's finest wool ropes in international markets

Peru is the main producer of alpaca wool, one of the finest and warmest in the world. The "fibre of the gods," as the Incas called it has seen a recent surge in international interest, rivaling cashmere in the luxury design industry. Dec 17, 2014

We will continue war as long as a single terrorist is on Pakistan soil, says Nawaz Sharif

Peshawar, Dec 17 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday expressed his resolve to continue the war against terrorism till the elimination of the last terrorist from Pakistan's soil. He added that there would be no distinction between good and bad Taliban. Sharif was speaking at a press conference following an all-party meeting in Peshawar in the aftermath of Tuesday's militant attack at a school. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan who was present at the press conference also attended the meeting despite several differences with the government. Dec 17, 2014

Rahul targets Modi during a rally in Dumka

Dumka, Dec 17 (ANI): Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday trained his guns on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he campaigned in Jharkhand. Addressing a rally in Dumka, ahead of the final phase of assembly polls, Gandhi accused Modi of favouring the rich only. Gandhi said Modi, during his tenure as chief minister of Gujarat, had gifted vast tracks of land to entrepreneurs at throw-away prices. Gandhi alleged that the Modi government failed to deliver on its promises, including creation of jobs. Dec 17, 2014

Govt calendar will help take forward Clean India Mission: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday unveiled Indian government's calendar for the year 2015, which is a convergence of two projects - Clean India Mission and Digital India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Clean India Mission in October with an aim to modernize sanitation within five years. At the launch programme in New Delhi, Jaitley was accompanied by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka. A digital version of the calendar was also launched. Jaitley said the digital calendar will promote Digital India, a government's initiative to integrate the departments and the people across the country to ensure effective governance reducing paperwork. Digital India initiative also includes plan to connect rural areas under high-speed internet networks. Dec 17, 2014

Peshawar attack: Never seen in my life that people can be so inhuman, says Doval

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): Condemning Peshawar's terror attack and expressing shock over the killing of innocent school children, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday said he has never seen or heard in his life that people could be so inhuman. Doval even visited the Pakistan High Commission in the national capital and wrote a condolence message over the Peshawar attack. He also extended his condolences to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit. The Tehreek-e-Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban spokesman said that it was a revenge for the military's operation against militants in the North Waziristan tribal area. Dec 17, 2014

Girls should be permitted to carry a gun for their protection: Rakhi Sawant

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): Bollywood actress Rakhi Sawant while speaking at the launch of her brother Rakesh Sawant's new album on 16th December rape incident said that the girls should be permitted to carry a gun for their protection. Sawant even demanded the Modi-led government to pay more attention on the issue of women safety. She added that the culprits of Nirbhaya shouldn't be kept alive and served Biryani in jail. Dec 17, 2014

Supreme Court allows Sahara to continue with its normal business

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): Supreme Court on Wednesday said that Sahara should continue with its normal business and there is no prohibition from the court. Lawyer said that the court has allowed Sahara to raise the second junior loan against the foreign properties situated in New York and London. He added that the documents which were illegally rejected by Sebi will be considered by the Supreme Court. The next hearing of the case has been scheduled to January 9. Dec 17, 2014