Bihar Home Secretary submits report on Patna stampede to govt

Patna, Nov 29 (ANI): The Home Secretary of Bihar, Amir Subhani, said on Saturday that the report on Patna stampede has been submitted to the government. He said that investigation was carried out on the basis of documents, CCTV footage and statements of the witnesses. He also mentioned that there was lack of arrangements, adding that action be taken against officials responsible. Nov 29, 2014

Rajnath Singh hits out at Pak, asks is ISI a non-state actor

Guwahati, Nov 29 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday while addressing the 49th DGPs/IGs conference in Guwahati raised the issue of ISIS and called it a major security threat. He also hit out at Pakistan, saying the state actors from the country play a role in attempts to destabilize India. Talking tough on militant attack in Arnia, the Home Minister rejects Pakistan claims non-state actors are behind the incident. Rajnath asks if ISI also non-state actor. The home minister also added that the country is united to fight any anti-national activity. Talking about the Burdwan blasts, he said that West Bengal police and NIA are playing crucial role in its probe. Nov 29, 2014

Snowfall in higher reaches of Kashmir affects traffic

Rajouri, Nov 29 (ANI): Snowfall in higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir slowed down traffic and hit visibility on the arterial Mughal Road that connects the valley with rest of the country. Snowfall in Pir ki Gali in Rajouri district dropped temperatures as the Meteorological Department, had predicted snowfall in the higher reaches of the state. Residents are worried that the continuous snowfall will block the Mughal road, which will affect businesses and tourist movement. The road brings Poonch and Rajouri district in the state closer to the summer capital, Srinagar in Kashmir valley. Meanwhile, a tourist Mohammed Akram said the administration should take steps to clear roads so that even tourists can enjoy the beauty of the valley. Nov 29, 2014

Swedish woman in search of her real parents in India

Siliguri, Nov 29 (ANI): Rebecca Aditi Sandlert, who was adopted by a Swedish parent, thirty four years back, returned to India in search of her real parents in Siliguri. Born of a Nepali mother and Bengali father on June 28, 1980 Sandlert landed at an orphanage in Kolkata from a nursing home in Siliguri. Her mother gave her up after she was left with no resources to support the child being a single parent as her husband had left her following his family's opposition to the marriage. Few months later, she was adopted by a Swedish family. Sandlert’s Friend, Sidney Norling who is accompanying her to India, hoped to find her roots. Nov 29, 2014

Massive fire breaks out at wood factory in New Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 29 (ANI): A massive fire broke out in a wood factory in New Delhi on Saturday morning. The Delhi Fire Department pressed 30 fire tenders in the service, which brought the raging inferno under control. No casualty has been reported so far and cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Fire safety regulations are lax, rarely implemented and not periodically reviewed in most places across India, which results in the breaking of major fire, resulting in loss of life and material. Nov 29, 2014

Crowd Strips, Beats, Wraps Thief in Clingfilm in Chile

A man who has been accused of trying to rob a pensioner at knifepoint was stripped naked and wrapped from head to foot in clingfilm, and then tied to a lamppost by a mob in Chile's capital city of Santiago. Nov 29, 2014

Dozens dead, over 100 wounded in Nigeria mosque attack

Kano, Nov 29 (ANI): Three bombs exploded and gunmen opened fire on the Muslim faithful gathered for prayers at the main Mosque in north Nigeria's biggest city Kano. Media reports say that dozens have been killed and more than one hundred people have been hurt by the explosions. The mosque is next to the palace of the emir of Kano, the second highest Islamic authority in Africa's most populous country. But security reports given so far said Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is safe, and he wasn't in the mosque at the time of the incident. The police blocked the accident area right after they arrived at the bomb site, and started the rescue right away. No organizations or persons have announced to create the incident, but recent attacks in Nigeria are blamed on Boko Haram for revenge. Nov 29, 2014

Varanasi to soon turn into a smart city

Varanasi, Nov 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency Varanasi is drawing close to turn into a smart city, as urban development ministry laid out the plan of the ambitious project. Modi, who was elected in May to represent the 3,000-year-old riverside city of Varanasi, has taken personal responsibility to upgrade the holy city into India's one of the first smart cities. The organizers and businessmen who will be the part of the project were present at the 'seminar on intelligent cities'. Urban Development ministry Secretary, Shankar Aggarwal interacted with the people and officials involved with the ambitious project. Aggarwal said a smart city may have diverse significance for different groups belonging to various fields. Meanwhile, Aggarwal said that they will engage each and every citizen of the state and take their suggestions regarding the development of their city. Nov 29, 2014

Bird flu symptoms not related to poultry products consumption: Indian Medical Association

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 29 (ANI): Indian Medical Association in Kerala in association with National Rural Health Mission conducted awareness camp on bird flu virus and said that symptoms are not related to poultry products consumption. Doctors and health officials ate chicken and eggs in front of people in a bid to make them understand that consuming poultry products was not related to the outbreak of bird flu virus. A bird flu virus was found in India, H5N1 strain, which can be transmitted to humans, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) had said on Thursday. However, the organization said it was not an alarming situation, as India was fully prepared to deal with such a crisis because it had faced the outbreak of the virus in the past. However, no human case has been reported since 2003. President of Indian Medical Association of Kerala, Doctor Sreejith N Kumar said that people do not need to get panicked as there are low chances of spreading the virus from birds to human. District Programme Manager of National Rural Health Mission, Doctor B. Unnikrishnan said that volunteers and workers were given proper instructions to report the disease symptoms if found any during the survey. Nov 29, 2014

Pakistani, Indian artists to celebrate common cultural similarities

Amritsar, Nov 29 (ANI): A 41-member delegation of artistes, singers and musicians from Pakistan, arrived in Amritsar to participate in a joint cultural festival 'Saanjh'. The main objective of the festival is to foster strong bond of friendship between the two nuclear armed neighbours through shared cultural folklore, music and poetry. The colourful rainbow of artists came together under the umbrella of Amritsar-Lahore peace festival, which is being celebrated since twelve years, spreading the message of peace and harmony. Leading Sufi Musician of Pakistan, Saeen Zahur Ahmad said that people across borders should bond with each other, spreading the message of love and brotherhood. Both countries have also introduced a project named Aman Ki Asha', a peace initiative between India and Pakistan. The festival is being organised by Punarjyot in collaboration with its Lahore-based counterpart Rafi Peer Theater Workshop (RPTW). Nov 29, 2014