BJP celebrates Amit Shah's acquittal in Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case

New Delhi, Dec 30 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists rejoiced after the court accepted the acquittal of party president Amit Shah in connection with the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. The BJP President reached his party office in Delhi few hours after the court's decision. In a major relief to BJP president Amit Shah, a special CBI court in Mumbai earlier in the day acquitted him in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. The CBI had charged Shah, the then Minister of State for Home in Gujarat, as an accused in the killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati. Dec 30, 2014

Indian and Bangladeshi security forces play a friendly soccer match to improve relations

Belonia, Dec 30 (ANI): It was a match with a difference as border forces of India and Bangladesh competed in a friendly soccer match in a bid to improve their relations. The match was played between the 89th battalion of India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) and 4th battalion of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) in Tripura. In the end, the Indian border forces prevailed over their Bangladeshi counterparts. The lone goal was scored in the second half of the match. BGB Commandant, Zilul Haque, hoped such tournaments had the potential to improve relations. Deputy Inspector General of BSF BS Tolia said the relations between the two forces were on the mend. Dec 30, 2014

Three-day extravaganza enthralls music lovers in Goa

Panaji, Dec 30 (ANI): The eighth edition of electronic dance music (EDM) or Sunburn festival in Goa attracted music lovers from all over the world and created a festive mood ahead of New Year. The three-day festival lured thousands of music enthusiasts where LED lighting with high-octane fusion of space and sound provided a mesmerizing experience. The festival also offered other activities like stunt-biking, zorbing, volleyball, bungee jumping and an exclusive package of camping and cruise options to ensure maximum fun to the visitors. Indian DJ Shan called it a great experience to be part of such an enthralling event. Over 120 artists were lined-up for the 2014 event that started with 6,000 attendees at its inaugural show in 2007. A tourist from England, Joey, said she was in Goa for past five weeks to enjoy the festive season. Dec 30, 2014

Indonesia officials find bodies in search for missing jet

Indonesia, Dec 30 (ANI): Search teams scouring the area for signs of the missing AirAsia jet spotted dead bodies apart from debris floating off Indonesia's Kalimantan Coast. The Search and Rescue agency Chief said the debris was likely to be from the AirAsia jet, which disappeared on Sunday with 162 people on board. Nearby ships are heading to the area, where the objects were found. The debris needs to be analyzed before a 100 per cent confirmation can be made. Relatives of passengers gathered at a crisis centre watching the pictures and were visibly shocked, struggling to cope with their grief. Dec 30, 2014

Yoga can help improve cardio-metabolic health

New Delhi, Dec 30 (ANI): A new research has suggested that Yoga has the potential to improve cardio-metabolic health in people. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and metabolic syndrome are major public health problems worldwide and now, there is promising evidence that Yoga, a popular mind-body practice, could prove to be therapeutic for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.The review demonstrates the potential of yoga to have an impact on concrete, physiological outcomes that represent some of the greatest health burdens today. Dec 30, 2014

Ebola diagnosed in medical worker in Britain

A healthcare worker recently returned from Sierra Leone was on Monday diagnosed with Ebola by doctors in Glasgow in the first diagnosis of the virus in Britain during the current outbreak. Duration: 01:08 Dec 30, 2014

US army veteran reflects on time in Afghanistan

On the eve of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Douglas Livermore, former U.S. Army officer and Special Forces captain, reflects on his experience in the country, where he helped train Afghan security troops. Duration: 01:09 Dec 30, 2014

Hundreds of chickens found dead in Shimla, trigger panic of bird flu

Shimla, Dec 30 (ANI): The mysterious death of hundreds of chickens triggered bird flu panic in hill town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. Nearly 323 chickens were found dead by the police during a routine checking from a truck that was heading towards Kinnaur district of the state. It was later reported to the animal husbandry department. As a precautionary measure, the department destroyed the remaining lot of the broilers. Last month India found two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus in Kerala, prompting the authorities to cull more than 2,00,000 birds, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said. Dec 30, 2014

Sohrabuddin case: CBI court gives clean chit to Amit Shah; Sohrabuddin's family to move HC

Mumbai, Dec 30 (ANI): A special CBI court on Tuesday gave clean chit to BJP president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. Shah had sought a discharge in the case saying he was being targeted by his political rivals. Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were allegedly kidnapped by Gujarat's anti-terrorism Squad in November 2005 and killed in a fake encounter. Following this, Sohrabuddin's brother, Rubabuddin, had filed a complaint that his brother was killed in a fake encounter. Rubabuddin has now said that he will move the high court against the CBI court's verdict. Dec 30, 2014

Possible debris of AirAsia Flight 8501 spotted off Indonesia's coast

Indonesia, Dec 30 (ANI): Possible debris of AirAsia Flight 8501 was spotted floating in the Java Sea on Tuesday, Indonesia official confirmed in a press conference. MetroTV showed two relatively large objects, one orange and one grey or brown, floating on the surface. The largest appeared to be several metres in length. But it has not yet been confirmed that they belong to the missing plane. An Airbus A320-200 carrying 162 people and operated by Indonesia AirAsia disappeared in poor weather on Sunday (December 28) morning during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. The search area was expanded on Tuesday morning as countries around Asia stepped up the search for the plane. Around 30 ships and 21 aircraft from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea would search around 10,000 square nautical miles on Tuesday, officials said. The US has also decided to send this warship to help find the missing jet. Dec 30, 2014

Restoration work on in flood-hit Kedarnath

Kedarnath, Dec 30 (ANI): Work is in full swing in temple town of Kedarnath, the epicentre of the worst flooding across Uttarakhand last year, which killed at least 6,000 people. The state authorities have approved a reconstruction and rehabilitation plan for Kedarnath, one of the holiest shrines of the Hindus. It is banking on the recommendations of the Geological Survey of India for planning reconstruction and rehabilitation work at Kedarnath. The institute is also building a helipad of 150 metres by 50 metres, the biggest in the town, to enable Indian Air Force's Mi-26 choppers to carry construction materials and equipments at the sites. But the weather plays truant with construction work gets hampered by the dipping temperatures. It has been decided not to allow any construction activity around the temple, which bore the brunt of the floods. Dec 30, 2014

Five Maoists surrender in Chhattisgarh

Bijapur / Palamu, Dec 30 (ANI): Five Maoists, including two women, surrendered before the police in Chhattisgarh. High-handedness by top brass Maoists, discriminatory treatment, exploitation of women and taking away of their property by troubling villagers have been told as primary reasons behind the move, besides state government's rehabilitation policy for the surrendered Maoists. The women Maoists had a bounty of rupees two lakh each on them. The police have given rupees five thousand to each of the surrendered militant as reward money. Meanwhile, in Palamu district of Jharkhand, police arrested a Maoist of Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad after receiving secret information. He has been booked under several cases, extortion being one of them. As per the police, he had threatened a hospital superintendent for extortion after which he was nabbed as per the laid plan. Dec 30, 2014