Thousands rally for climate outside Lima talks

Thousands of people march in central Lima against the abuse of the Earth's resources, urging ministers haggling over a world climate deal to ensure a global switch to 100-percent clean energy by 2050. Duration: 00:35 Dec 11, 2014

PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurate "World Diamond Conference"

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated the "World Diamond Conference" at Vigyan Bhawan on Thursday. PM Modi while addressing the conference said that he is pleased with Vladimir Putin's presence at the conference. He added that India is a natural venue for this conference and it is believed the diamond is India's gift to the world. He further stated that in India, diamond is a great source of employment for the people. Dec 11, 2014

Three-day International Aviation Conclave kicks off in New Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): The three-day International Aviation Conclave focussing on promotion of aviation, global cooperation, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and other policies began in New Delhi on Thursday (December 11). The conference-cum-exhibition is being organised by aviation firm Beta Aviation, under the support of the Indian Civil Aviation Ministry, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the US-India Importers Council. The theme revolves around "Empowering Aviation: Encouraging Stability Towards Sustainability" and aims to showcase the growth potential for aviation in the Indian economy. Civil Aviation Minister, Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju, told delegates and participants that he hoped to learn from their presentations and exhibits. Dec 11, 2014

Ravi Shankar Prasad pitches for open data

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Communications and Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Thursday, advocated the need for open data terming it as the most crucial tool to realise the power of information. Prasad was speaking at the National Conference on Open Data and Open API (Application Programming Interfaces) in New Delhi. Open data is the idea that advocates free availability of certain kinds of data which can be easily accessed by all irrespective of any copyright or patent restrictions. Prasad also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of digital India will also empower the rural India. Prasad further said that if Census data could also be made public, it could unleash better business prospects for the manufacturers. Dec 11, 2014

Protest in Srinagar over acid attack on student

Srinagar, Dec 11 (ANI): Students of the Law College staged a protest on Thursday after two unidentified assailants attacked their peer with acid. According to reports, the victim has been admitted to the hospital with burn injuries. The attackers were reportedly travelling in a car and fled the scene after throwing acid on the girl. Further details are awaited. Dec 11, 2014

India and Russia sign 16 MoUs to bolster ties

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the two nations signed a total of 16 agreements. The Memorandum of Understanding were signed in varied fields like Petrol and Gas, Military training exchange, Nuclear energy, health research and others. The two leaders signed the pact to further bolster ties between two nations at Hyderabad House in the national capital and they spelt out their vision for cooperation in key areas including defence and nuclear. Earlier, Putin held detailed talks with Modi both in restricted and delegation level formats. He is also scheduled to call on President Pranab Mukherjee who will hold a banquet for him. Dec 11, 2014

PM Modi holds joint PC with President Putin, says Russia India's foremost defence partner through de

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): While addressing a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Russia will remain India's most important defence partner. Modi said that it was a great pleasure for him to host President Putin in New Delhi. Modi was speaking after talks with President Vladimir Putin aimed at revitalising ties that have focused on the import of defence equipment. It was the first annual summit meeting between Putin and Modi. The two leaders had met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brazil in July and during the G-20 summit in Australia last month. PM Modi also said that the bond between the people of Russia and India is very strong and that the two nations have stood by each other through thick and thin. Dec 11, 2014