Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar steps up relief work in Iraq

Erbil, Nov 20 (ANI): Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar stepped up relief work for Yazidi refugees trapped in Erbil town of Iraq, following an insurgency by Islamic State militants. The International Association for Human Values (IAHV), a sister concern of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's The Art of Living has teamed up with local non-governmental organisations (NGO) in Iraq for relief operations. Shankar raised concern about conflicts among different communities in Iraq and emphasised on ways to build trust among them. Thousands of Yazidis have been shot, buried alive or sold into slavery by Islamic State militants, who regard them as devil-worshippers. Nov 20, 2014

Allegations against me false: Rampal

Panchkula, Nov 20 (ANI): Controversial religious leader Rampal finally saw his day behind the bars at the Panchkula police station. He was arrested last night after days of resistance from his supporters that turned Haryana's Barwala town into a war zone. Rampal is to be produced at the Punjab and Haryana High Court today around 2:00 PM. While being taken from hospital to police station, Rampal said that all allegations against him are false. The religious leader's supporters alleged that they were not kept hostage in the ashram but were afraid to come out. The controversial sect has been charged with attempt to murder, rioting and illegal detention. Nov 20, 2014

Guatemala race tests waiters' speed and dexterity

Hundreds of waiters and bartenders took part in the XIII edition of the "race of trays" in Antigua, Guatemala on Wednesday. The competitors have to run the 1,5-kilometer race without dropping any of the drinks on their tray. Duration: 00:34 Nov 20, 2014

Sri Lanka releases five Indian fishermen on death row, politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): The Sri Lankan court has released the five Indian fishermen, who were sentenced to death on charges of drug trafficking. All five convicts are fishermen from Tamil Nadu. India maintains they are innocent. Their sentence has been commuted by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and they have been handed over to Indian officials in Colombo. Meanwhile, political leaders in India welcomed this decision. Nov 20, 2014

Politicos react after PM Modi crosses 25 million mark on FB and 8 million on twitter

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday react as Prime Minister Narendra Modi crossed 25 million mark on social networking site Facebook and 8 million on Twitter. Modi now became the second most popular leader after US President Barack Obama who has over 43.6 million followers on the world's largest social networking site, who has over 43.6 million followers on the world's largest social networking site. Congress leader Manish Tewari expressed doubt on the genuineness of Modi's followers and said that it is quite possible that those accounts are false. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that it is the prime minister's efforts to connect to the people that have resulted in such popularity of him as well as the government. Meanwhile, BJD leader Jay Panda also welcomed the move and Modi's efforts to connect to people through social media. Nov 20, 2014

Attacks on northeast people politically motivated, we are targeted and labeled loyal to China: North

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Northeast Activist Binalakshmi Nepram on Thursday said that attacks on northeast people are politically motivated. She said that the people from northeast are targeted and are labeled loyal to China. Nepram alleged that more than 700 cases of abuse with northeast people are reported in this year alone and that they are tired of pressurizing the central authority for help and assistance. She said that it is saddening and shocking for the entire community. This came up after a PhD scholar from Manipur was found dead in his South Delhi apartment and later a Manipuri youth was assaulted in Bangalore. Nov 20, 2014