Tamil rights groups urge govt to take up fishermen issue with Sri Lanka

Chennai, Nov 09 (ANI): Tamil Rights groups screened a documentary in Chennai showcasing the plight of their fishermen and urged Central government to raise the issue with the Sri Lankan government. Five Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in 2011 on charges of smuggling drugs and on October 30, the Colombo High Court held them guilty. Talking to mediapersons in Chennai, the founder of ‘the May 17 Movement’, a group demanding an independent state for Tamils living in India and Sri Lanka, Thirumurugan Gandhi, said the Indian government needs to take up the investigation very seriously. Gandhi alleged that despite Sri Lankan defence personnel visiting India time and again, the government has not bothered to take up the issue with them. Nov 9, 2014

Mushroom cultivation gains popularity as an alternative farming option in the Northeast

Tripura, Nov 09 (ANI): Climatic conditions in India, especially the Northeastern region, are favourable for natural occurance of mushrooms. And, realizing the potential of this non-traditional cash-crop, many people in the region are shifting their attention towards mushroom cultivation. The Ministry of Rural Development runs a special scheme on mushroom farming, which motivates many farmers to adopt this alternative form of farming. Meet Nilotpal Sinha, a teacher turned entrepreneur who runs "Vivekananda Mushroom centre" at South Hurua in North Tripura. Started mushroom farming in 2003 in a small area, today his centre produces 6 kg of crop everyday. Sinha earns Rs. 25,000 to 30,000 in a month by producing milky and oyster mushrooms. Mushroom consumption in India is comparatively low, but 55 per cent of the households consume mushrooms in their daily diet. Nov 9, 2014

High water floods St. Mark's Square in Venice

Tourists wearing plastic boots walk on ramps in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, as the "Acqua Alta" (High Water) hit the coastal Italian city. The high water is a combination of high tides and a strong Scirocco wind. Duration: 00:42 Nov 8, 2014

Kurdish forces continue fighting IS militants in Kobane

Fighters of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) were holding their positions during fighting against Islamic State (IS) group on Friday, in the Syrian besieged border town of Kobane. Duration: 00:47 Nov 8, 2014

Burdwan Blast: Main accused nabbed

Kolkata, Nov 8 (ANI): The West Bengal police on Saturday arrested Bangladeshi operative Sajid, described as "chief of the Burdwan module" by National Investigation Agency (NIA). The NIA had also declared a Rs. 10 lakh award for nabbing Sajid. The accidental blast that took place on October 2, exposed a number of series of terrorist hideouts in the State. Nov 8, 2014

Burdwan Blast Case: Wife of blast accused sent to police custody

Guwahati, Nov 8 (ANI): A court on Saturday sent Sujina Begum, wife of Burdwan blast accused Shahnur Alom, to 14 days' police custody. Assam Police produced Begum in the court of the chief judicial magistrate. She was reportedly engaged in spreading jihadi ideology among women. According to reports, Sujina Begum, who had received training in jihad at some madrassas in West Bengal, was actively working to spread the Islamist terror network in Assam along with her husband. Nov 8, 2014

India doubles scholarship to Bhutan students

Thimphu, Nov 09 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said the government had doubled the scholarship amount to Bhutanese students during his two-day visit. Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and other dignitaries were present at the event where Mukherjee unveiled a school project and a 546-km road project with India’s assistance. Addressing a convention in capital Thimphu, Mukherjee said there was a deep confidence and trust between the two countries and people. Three agreements were signed. One between the Royal University of Bhutan and the National Innovation Centre in India, another between the Royal University of Bhutan and the University of English and Foreign Languages in India and the third between the Royal Civil Service Commission and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM). Nov 8, 2014

PM Modi meets LK Advani on his birthday

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met senior BJP leader LK Advani at his residence on his 87th birthday. PM Modi arrived at Advani’s residence in New Delhi to seek the BJP veteran's blessings after he came back from Varanasi. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were also present among other BJP leaders. Meanwhile, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that Advani has always been a role model for the party. Advani had served as the BJP President for the longest period since its inception in 1980. Nov 8, 2014