Navy Chief assures 'Transparency in Waters' against militant attacks

New Delhi, Dec 3 (ANI): Indian Navy Chief Admiral Robin K Dhowan on Wednesday said in New Delhi that post 26/11, suitable measures have been put in place to have "transparency in waters" in order to ward off the potential for another Mumbai-like militant attack. The Admiral said that 46 coastal radar stations, 74 automatic identification system stations have been established to ward off the potential for another ghastly attack. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi on the eve of the 43rd Navy Day, Dhowan said that the morale of the Indian Navy was at an all time high. Last month, Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar commissioned the Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC). Meanwhile, Dhowan said that surveillance activities have also been stepped up. Dec 3, 2014

Princess Diana gowns to go under hammer in US

Four dresses designed for and worn by Britain's late Princess Diana are to go under the hammer in Beverly Hills on December 5 and 6. Three of the gowns were made by British dressmaker Catherine Walker, Diana's favorite designer. Duration: 01:06 Dec 3, 2014

HK Occupy protest leaders turn themslves in to police

The original founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement surrender to police in a symbolic move as they seek to take the protests off the streets after more than two months of rallies punctuated by violence. Duration: 01:02 Dec 3, 2014

Uganda aims to help rid women of urogenital fistulas

In Uganda, like in many other Sub-Saharan and South East Asian countries, lack of education and access to proper maternal care results in many cases of urogenital fistulas, often leading to the women’s exclusion from their community. Duration: 01:18 Dec 3, 2014

Modi's foreign visits improved relations with other countries, says Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Dec 3 (ANI): Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday while speaking at the Lok Sabha said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign visits have improved country's relations with other nations. She added that development process has got a new momentum. Meanwhile, Swaraj said Modi's speech in Hindi at the United Nations General Assembly was a matter of great pride. Swaraj further stated that Modi is the second prime minister to visit Fiji after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1981, despite the fact that Indians make up 40 percent of the Fiji's population. Dec 3, 2014

TMC protests against hike in fuel excise duty

New Delhi, Dec 3 (ANI): Leaders of Trinamool Congress (TMC) party, on Wednesday (December 03), staged a protest outside parliament against a hike in excise duty of petrol and diesel. India on Tuesday (December 02) raised excise duties on petrol by 2.25 rupees per litre and on diesel by one rupee per litre with immediate effect, the finance ministry said in a statement to parliament. The increases, which follow similar hikes in mid-November, seek to take advantage of a slump in world oil prices to shore up government revenues without stoking inflation. A source familiar with the matter said the latest measures were expected to raise an additional 40 billion rupees in the remainder of the fiscal year to the end of March 2015. Meanwhile, TMC staged protest against the hike, saying the Indian consumers could not avail of advantage of global slump in fuel prices. Dec 3, 2014

Public sector bank relay strike hits northern India

Lucknow/Chandigarh, Dec 3 (ANI): Public sector banks employees in northern India went on a strike on Wednesday to demand wage revision, which caused inconvenience to people. The employees began their four-day relay strike with staff in southern region going off from work on Tuesday. The finance ministry also asked banks to ensure operation of clearing houses, continuation of Internet banking, and make arrangements for carrying out uninterrupted government business transactions. Shutters were down at all the banks as public sector bank employees staged protest march on the streets in Chandigarh holding banners and placards and shouting slogans. Dec 3, 2014