Nobel Peace laureate Satyarthi celebrates Children's Day with slum kids

New Delhi, Nov 14 (ANI): Nobel peace prize winner and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi celebrated Children's Day with slum children in New Delhi on Friday. Satyarthi spent time with slum children and held long interaction with them. He shared his experiences of rescuing children with them. The 60 year old children's rights campaigner is recognised for his battle against child trafficking with Bachpan Bachao Andolan or Save the Childhood Movement a group he founded in 1980 after quitting his job as an electrical engineer. Children's Day known as "Bal Diwas" in Hindi is celebrated in India on November 14 every year on the occasion of India's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's birthday. Nov 14, 2014

PM Modi meets president of European Council

Brisbane, Nov 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met President of European Council, Herman Achille Van Rompuy, in Australia ahead of the G20 Leaders summit. The G20 summit, in Brisbane, is set to begin on Saturday which is focused on boosting world growth, fireproofing the global banking system and closing tax loopholes for giant multinationals. Modi and Rompuy shook hands and sat for interaction. The European Council consists of heads of state or government of the European Union (EU) member states, along with the council's own president and the president of the Commission. Nov 14, 2014

Japanese PM Abe hosts dinner for PM Modi

Brisbane, Nov 14 (ANI): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday hosted dinner for Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in Brisbane ahead of the G20 summit, which is starting on November 15. The two prime ministers had met earlier on November 12 during the ASEAN summit in Myanmar. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi met British Prime Minister David Cameron on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders' Summit. The G20 summit in Brisbane is focused on boosting world growth, fireproofing the global banking system and closing tax loopholes for giant multinationals. Nov 14, 2014

Britain to seize jihadists' passports: Cameron

Speaking in the Australian parliament, British Prime Minister David Cameron outlines plans in a new UK counter-terrorism bill to seize passports from British jihadists and stop them returning from fighting overseas. Duration: 01:09 Nov 14, 2014

IAF confident of rectifying technical defects of Sukhoi-30 aircraft

New Delhi, Nov 14 (ANI): Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Friday said the Indian Air Force have been able to pinpoint the technical defects in the Sukhoi-30 aircraft which resulted in a crash in Pune and the grounded fleet would soon soar above the skies. One Su-30 of the Indian Air Force (IAF) had crashed when both seats of the aircraft ejected as it was about to land on October 14. After the incident, IAF had grounded the whole fleet of Sukhoi-30 MKI fighters. Raha further added that they are going to start flying the aircraft in about a week. Meanwhile Raha said that the Sukhoi project with Russsia is a huge one. Nov 14, 2014

Allahabad HC orders AMU to allow undergraduate girls in central library

Allahabad, Nov 14 (ANI): The Allahabad High Court on Friday ordered the Aligarh Muslim University to allow undergraduate women students in Maulana Azad Library, the university's central library. The court has also sought a reply from the varsity's Vice Chancellor Zameeruddin Shah who had recently stirred a hornet's nest by not allowing girls into the main library saying that they would attract boys. Expressing shock over Shah's comments, the court labelled it an issue of gender discrimination. Nov 14, 2014

Two militants shot dead in Kashmir

Kulgam, Nov 14 (ANI): Security forces gunned down two militants after a prolonged encounter in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday morning. Acting on a tip-off, security forces launched a search operation at Chounigam village in Kulgam district to nab militants hiding in a house on Thursday evening. The militants opened fire upon the approaching soldiers, who retaliated triggering a gunfight. Later, the bodies of the militants were recovered from the house. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in two decades of anti-India insurgency in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan by a ceasefire line. Nov 14, 2014

Kerala introduces water taxis to boost backwater tourism

Kochi, Nov 14 (ANI): The tourism minister of Kerala, AP Anil Kumar, launched water taxis and hop-on hop-off boat services to increase the potential of backwaters for state tourism. First of its kind in India, water taxis and boats were flagged off by Kumar in Kochi recently. As Kerala is surrounded by waterways, the services have been launched with the view to ensure the “last-mile connectivity” to tourist destinations, and lure more and more tourists to Kerala backwaters. The hop-on and hop-off boats are air conditioned with seating accommodation for 25 passengers at a time and they will ply at regular intervals. One buying a day’s ticket can travel in it for any number of times within 24 hours. The passenger can get into the boat from any boat jetty and can step down at whichever destination he wants where the boat travels. Besides having a new experience one can also avoid road traffic congestion. Nov 14, 2014

Bombay HC stays Maharashtra Govt's decision to give reservation to Marathas, politicos react

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Nov 14 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday reacted over the reservation for Marathas, Muslims in Maharashtra issue. The Bombay High Court today stayed the decision of former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan-led government's decision to give 16 percent reservation to Marathas in government jobs and educational institutions. The Congress-NCP government had made an announcement in this regard four months ahead of the assembly polls. According to reports, the high court has also stayed the state government's decision to provide five percent reservation to Muslims in public service, but allowed them reservation in educational institutions. Nov 14, 2014