Modi govt replaces Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram with Rajiv Mehrishi

New Delhi, Oct 16 (ANI): In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the central government has Transferred Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram to the tourism department and appointed Rajasthan Chief Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. Mehrishi will join as Economic Affairs Secretary from November 01. Mayaram, who had twin roles as both finance and economic affairs secretary and was appointed by the previous UPA government, has been shifted to the tourism ministry. Expenditure Secretary Ratan P Watal is likely to be the new Finance Secretary as he is the senior most among all the five secretaries in the Finance Ministry. Another significant transfer is of water resources secretary Alok Rawat. He has been moved to administrative reforms. Oct 16, 2014

Former global beauties visit Dharamsala to seek Dalai Lama's blessings on 'Women Empowerment'

Dharamsala, Oct 16 (ANI): Dharamsala witnessed a congregation of beauties from across the globe as they came to meet His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to seek his blessings before they take forward their fight for 'Women Empowerment'. They also met the 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorjee. The former beauties said they support the cause of Tibet. Diana said that after she was crowned Miss Bikini, she felt her voice would reach the masses. A beauty queen from Venezuela, Carmine, said women's empowerment is an issue that needs to be addressed across the globe. Experts say gender equality makes economic sense and improving the status of women and girls can enhance productivity, improve development outcomes and make key institutions more representative. Oct 16, 2014

North-eastern youths beaten up by local goons in Gurgaon

Sikandarpur/ Gurgaon, Oct 16 (ANI): Three north-eastern youths were allegedly beaten up by local goons in Sikandarpur village of Gurgaon. The goons tried to force the youth into drinking alcohol after refusing which they were badly beaten up. An FIR has been lodged in the case and investigations are going on. Oct 16, 2014

Strike brings life to a halt in Manipur

Imphal, Oct 16 (ANI): Life came to a halt in Manipur on Thursday in the wake of an 18- hour general strike called by separatists. The strike was called by separatist factions to protest the Manipur Merger Agreement which paved the way for the merger of Manipur with the Indian Union. This agreement was signed on September 21, 1949 between the then king of Manipur, Bodhachandra Singh and the Indian dominion after independence from British rule. All roads in Imphal including national and state highways as well as public places like markets wore a deserted look. Home Minister of Manipur, G Gaikhangam said that such strikes only meant loss for the already poor state. Schools, colleges, movie theatres, petrol pumps and other private institutions remained shut while attendance in government offices was poor. Residents majorly stayed indoors. However, emergency services and flights remained unaffected and no untoward incidents were reported. Oct 16, 2014

Blast in Kashmir injures two soldiers

Baramulla, Oct 16 (ANI): Two soldiers were injured, on Thursday after militants triggered off a blast in Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir. Militants detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which was targeted towards an army convoy passing through Baramulla's Rafiabad area. The soldiers were rushed to an army hospital and the area was cordoned-off. A search operation has been launched in this regard. Oct 16, 2014

Comet set for rare close shave with Mars

A fast-moving comet is about to shave by Mars for a once-in-a-million-years encounter that a flurry of spacecraft around the Red Planet hope to capture and photograph, NASA said. Oct 16, 2014

Ready for multicity, multiple terror attacks if Al-Qaeda planning combined operations against India:

Manesar, Oct 16 (ANI): While addressing mediapersons, National Security Guard Director General JN Choudhury on Thursday said that is Al-Qaeda has declared intention to attack India, they might combine with outfits like Lashkar, ISIS and IM. He said that in any such cases, the NSG teams are ready to for a multicity, multiple terror by the group. Choudhury said that terrorism has become grim and what happened in Mumbai 26/11 attack was a curtain raiser. He further, assured that NSG will respond in whatever way required and whenever required. Oct 16, 2014