Fire in Delhi furniture market, no casualty

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): A major fire broke out last night at the national capital's Okhla furniture market. A fire official stated that the cause of fire was a short circuit. No casualties have been reported so far. The officer also said that goods worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in the flames. Further details are awaited. Nov 20, 2014

German envoy meets Sanskrit teachers to resolve language row in Indian schools

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): German ambassador to India, Michael Steiner held a meeting with Sanskrit teachers, including right-wing ideologue Dinanath Batra, in New Delhi to make a breakthrough in the ongoing language row across the country's central schools. Germany did not seek reconsideration of the opposition to German being taught as a third language at the central schools, but sought more cooperation for promotion of the two languages that shared a lot in common. Education Minister Smriti Irani had decided to drop the German language in favour of Sanskrit for over 70,000 students across 500 Kendriya Vidyalayas or central Schools from classes VI to VIII. Nov 20, 2014

Punjab and Haryana HC cancels Rampal's bail in 2006 murder case

Chandigarh, Nov 20 (ANI): The bail plea of the self-styled godman Rampal has been cancelled by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a 2006 murder case. The High Court has directed Haryana Police to produce Rampal at 2 pm in the contempt case. Nov 20, 2014

Mexico student deaths the biggest crisis for President Nieto

The outrage over 43 men feared to have been massacred in September by drug-gang hitmen working in cahoots with corrupt police has constituted the biggest crisis to President Pena Nieto's administration since he took office in 2012. Duration: 02:47 Nov 20, 2014

India committed to labour reforms but at the cost of working class, says Labour Minister

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has said that his government is committed to labour reforms but not at the cost of working class. Dattatreya said this in New Delhi after convening meeting of major trade unions. Even though the World Bank says India has one of the world's most rigid labour markets, fears of a trade union backlash and partisan politics have deterred governments from reform. Business leaders have high hopes for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an advocate of smaller government and private enterprise, to change that. Nov 20, 2014

Afghanistan's Former President Karzai visits New Delhi, calls for neighbourhood cooperation

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai who is on a tour to India called for neighbourhood cooperation emphasizing that India and Pakistan must cooperate and keep rivalry at bay. He was speaking at the neighbourhood lecture series 'Afghanistan and the neighbourhood' chaired by Former Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. Karzai said Afghanistan gave high priority to India in its foreign policy. The former Afghan president said by checking militancy Pakistan can make its relations better with Afghanistan, India and other neighbours. Nov 20, 2014

Pakistan's former foreign minister hopes for India, Pakistan PM meet in Nepal

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Pakistan's Former Foreign Minister, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, hopes that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during the regional summit next week in Nepal. Kasuri hoped that meeting on the sidelines of SAARC would lead to initiation of dialogue between the two countries. In August, the Modi government had called off talks between the two countries' top diplomats, objecting to Pakistan's ambassador to New Delhi holding talks with Kashmiri separatists ahead of the meeting. Nov 20, 2014

India does not expect power tariff rise after coal mine auctions, says Coal Secretary

New Delhi/ Dhanbad, Nov 20 (ANI): The government does not expect power tariffs to rise after it auctions more than 200 coal blocks, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup has said. The Coal Ministry on Tuesday had released draft guidelines for allocation of 74 coal blocks. The due date for coal auction is February 11. The Ministry will compensate prior allottees unsuccessful in coal auction. Swarup said that the idea was to keep a lid on tariff rather than adopt a revenue maximisation approach. The reserve price would be determined before December 22, while the bidding fees will be based on geological reserves of coal mines. Nov 20, 2014