Tibetan Parliament in-exile extends Diwali greetings to India

Dharamshala, Oct 23 (ANI): Members of Tibetan Parliament in-exile in Dharamshala extended Diwali greetings to all Indians on Thursday. Speaker of Parliament in-exile Penpa Tsering said that Tibetans also have a lighting of lamps ceremony which is to commemorate the birth of the founder of Gelupa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the ceremony is very similar to the Diwali celebrations that take place in India. Home Minister of Parliament in-exile Dolma Gayri said that Diwali is a festival of India and hence all the people who live in India along with the tourist who visit India during this time can enjoy and be part of this festival. Oct 23, 2014

India and Mexico sign bilateral agreement on space cooperation

New Delhi, Oct 23 (ANI): India and Mexico signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on space cooperation. The two countries will work together in remote sensing, satellite communication and areas relating to peaceful use of outer space. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had met her Mexican counterpart Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena, who is on a four-day visit, in New Delhi. Kuribrena emphasized that Mexico's relationship with India among the G20 nations was very close as his country was an important part of India's value-chain in the manufacturing sector. Swaraj reiterated Kuribrena's sentiment and said that the relations between New Delhi and Mexico City had immense potential to grow as Mexico was India's leading trade partner in Latin America. Oct 23, 2014

Indo-Bangladesh border troops exchange Diwali sweets with fervor

Akhaura, Oct 23 (ANI): As goodwill gesture on the occasion of Diwali, the paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF), stationed along the India-Bangladesh border at Akhaura exchanged sweets with their counterparts. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of BSF, BS Tolia, gave sweets boxes to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) official Saifur, while greeting them on the occasion of Diwali to be celebrated on Thursday. He also extended his greetings to all the residents of Bangladesh on behalf of the BSF. The gesture was equally reciprocated by BGB officials and jawans. Troopers of both sides hugged each other and shook hands. BGB official, Saifur, said that exchange of sweets bridges the gaps and bring both sides closer. Oct 23, 2014

Politicos react on Modi's visit to Siachen and Srinagar on Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Siachen to spend time with soldiers on Diwali. He would then travel to Srinagar to spend time with the flood-affected people on the festival of lights. However, many politicos said that his visit to Kashmir has political undertones as it is coming ahead of the assembly elections in the state. Oct 23, 2014

IS claims US arms airdrop falls into their hands

A US military airdrop of weapons meant for Kurdish fighters fell into the hands of their jihadist foes near the Syrian battleground town of Kobane, a monitor said Tuesday. Duration: 00:36 Oct 23, 2014

UN calls for refugee assistance in Sudan

UNHCR commissioner Antonio Guterres calls for the international community to assist thousands of refugees from South Sudan who are located in camps inside Sudan. Duration: 01:02 Oct 23, 2014

Canada's Parliament attacked, one suspect dead

Ottawa, Oct 23 (ANI): A gunman attacked Canada's parliament where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking. The gunman was shot dead inside the main building of Ottawa's Parliament Hill in Canada and Harper was safely removed from the parliament. The incident took place after a soldier was reportedly shot and wounded at the Canadian War Memorial nearby. Police and tactical teams have secured the area, and Parliament is in lockdown. According to the reports, the shooter was chased by police into the main parliament building called Centre Block where at least 30 shots were fired. Member of Parliament John McKay was inside the building when the incident took place. Oct 23, 2014

Musharraf attacks PM Modi, calls him 'anti-Pakistan' and 'anti-Muslim'; politicos slam

New Delhi, Oct 23 (ANI): Politicians from various political parties on Thursday slammed Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf for targeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Musharraf attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he is anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim, and that he cannot dictate terms to his country on the peace process. Oct 23, 2014