Security beefed up in Assam ahead of PM's visit for DGPs conference

Guwahati, Nov 28 (ANI): Security stepped up ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with the police chiefs in Assam. Modi and Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh will address the two-day meet, which begins on Saturday, and being held in Assam for the first time. Directors general of police (DGPs) and inspectors general of police (IGPs) from the states and union territories, chief ministers of the northeastern states, officials from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and paramilitary forces will take part in it. Director General of Police Khagen Sarma said all precautionary measures are being taken to prevent any untoward incident. India's northeast consists of eight states which are beset with militancy and insurgency. Guwahati has been put on high alert from today following inputs about the ULFA and some other underground groups planning to carry out major acts of sabotage in the city. Nov 28, 2014

Congress stage protest in Chhattisgarh demanding govt to step down taking responsibility for deaths

Raipur, Nov 28 (ANI): Hundreds of protesters took to streets in Raipur city of Chhattisgarh demanding the ruling BJP government in the state to step down immediately and own responsibility of deaths of the 10 women, who went through mass sterilization procedure earlier this month. The protesters belonging to the Congress Party said if their demands were not met with immediate effect, they would march to New Delhi and meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ten women died and 14 were in a serious condition after botched operations at a government mass sterilization "camp" in Bilaspur district. Four officials were suspended and an investigation started which revealed that the death happened due to contamination of the medicine used with poison used for killing rodents. Nov 28, 2014

Nepal PM Sushil Koirala says nothing to be surprised about Modi-Sharif handshake at SAARC

Kathmandu, Nov 28 (ANI): Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said there is nothing surprising about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif shaking hands as they share a cordial bond. A brief meeting between Modi and his Pakistani counterpart appeared to have salvaged a summit of South Asian leaders, with all eight countries clinching a last-minute deal to create a regional electricity grid. Meanwhile, Koirala said at a news conference that there was nothing to be surprised about the gesture between the two neighbours. The squabbling between the rivals is widely blamed for the poor performance of the SAARC, which was originally founded with the goal of moving towards a European-style union. Koirala also talked about the constitution of Nepal, which is currently governed by an interim constitution formed in 2007. Nov 28, 2014

Migratory birds flock Uttarakhand for winter

Ramnagar, Nov 28 (ANI): A large number of Siberian birds have flocked to Ramnagar in Uttarakhand for the winter, fleeing the freezing conditions of their Arctic home grounds. Ramnagar is the gateway to Jim Corbett National Park, the oldest national park and a famous tourist destination in northern India. With the onset of winter, the Siberian birds spread their wings to begin a journey spanning thousands of kilometres. These birds from Siberia and Central Asia use wetlands as their transitory camps, which play a vital role in sustaining a large population of the breeding birds. Hundreds of thousands of exotic birds such as Mallards, Greyleg Geese, Gadwalls, Teals, Shovelers, Pochards and Coots make their temporary nests in Ramnagar. The birds attract a lot of tourists to the sanctuaries as well. The migratory birds begin their annual flight from Siberia, travel through Afghanistan and Central Asia and arrive in India for the entire season. Nov 28, 2014

US Black Friday deals hit Canadian stores

Black Friday's post-Thanksgiving deals aren't just for Americans. Every year, thousands of Canadians cross the border in pursuit of bargain shopping. Now, retailers in Canada are trying to keep those customers from going south. Duration: 01:59 Nov 28, 2014

Severe rain floods Gaza homes and businesses

Severe winter weather that has battered the region since Monday has caused flooding in the Gaza Strip, forcing many to flee their homes and businesses. Duration: 00:47 Nov 27, 2014

Ebola leaves orphans alone in Sierra Leone

The Ebola epidemic sweeping Sierra Leone is having a profound effect on the country's children, many of whom have been left without any family members to support them. Duration: 01:02 Nov 27, 2014

Desmond Tutu speaks at the US chamber of commerce

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke at the Thanksgiving 2014 Gala dinner at The American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa addressing the issues of racial equality. Duration: 00:51 Nov 27, 2014

Greeks strike against ongoing austerity measures

Greek unions hold a general strike against ongoing austerity on Thursday as the government seeks to finalise a deal on 2015 fiscal reforms with international creditors, the EU, IMF and the ECB. Duration: 01:17 Nov 27, 2014

PM Modi meets locals in Kathmadu before leaving for New Delhi

Kathmandu, Nov 27 (ANI): In yet another showcase of his friendliness and his nature of taking the masses together, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his last day in Nepal met the locals in the Kathmandu city. He waved and shook hands with the locals as he arrived for a banquet hosted by Nepal PM Sushil Koirala at his residence. Koirala is hosting final dinner for the SAARC leaders before their departure. Modi later met SAARC business chamber delegates who appreciated him for the works and developments that he envisions. Meanwhile, Pakistani journalist also applauded PM Modi calling him a 'media friendly person'. PM Modi will leave Kathmadu for New Delhi late evening. Nov 27, 2014

Things to do in Papua New Guinea

Lying south of the Equator, Papua New Guinea is part of an arc of mountains stretching from Asia into the South Pacific with full of vibrant colours and rich culture. On Travel Bug, we will see some of the things you can do here apart from enjoying the sun, beach and waves. Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Travelbugshow Twitter : https://twitter.com/Travelbugshow Youtube : http://www.youtube.com/user/ventunotravel A Ventuno Production : www.ventunotech.com Nov 27, 2014

SAARC leaders' spouses enjoy traditional dance, handicrafts in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nov 27 (ANI): Spouses of South Asian leaders visited an ancient town on the outskirts of Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Thursday. The spouses were given a guided tour of the ancient Bhaktapur durbar square, a UNESCO heritage site and one of the top tourist draws in the Himalayan nation on the sidelines of the SAARC meeting. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's wife, Kulsoom Nawaz enjoyed her visit. They were also treated to traditional Nepali mask dance and visited handicrafts stalls specially set up for their visit. Nov 27, 2014