China 'vulnerable' to Ebola outbreak: expert

China is vulnerable to the deadly Ebola outbreak due to the soaring number of Chinese working in Africa and poor infection control at home, a co-discoverer of the virus warns. Duration: 01:11 Oct 30, 2014

Modi govt announces Rs 5 lakh additional compensation to kin of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): In a significant move, Narendra Modi headed government on Thursday announced additional compensation of Rs 5 lakh to kin of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims. Over 3,000 victims of the 1984 violence, triggered by the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, are likely to benefit from the government's announcement. This announcement comes a day ahead of the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Sikh riots. The order was passed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who took the decision after a high-level meeting where the issue of compensation to civilian victims of communal, terrorist or Naxal violence was discussed. Oct 30, 2014

Politicos urge govt to take action as Lankan court awards death penalty to five Indian fishermen

New Delhi/ Chennai, Oct 30 (ANI): Politicos on Thursday urged the Indian government to take quick action after a Sri Lankan court awarded death penalty to five Tamil fishermen. The fishermen have been given death penalty for drug smuggling reportedly. Earlier in the day, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin had stated that the Indian government feels the fishermen are innocent and a legal process will be followed by the Indian government through the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka to appeal against this judgement. Oct 30, 2014

Kerala HC upholds ban on Liquor, at least 700 bars to be shut

Kochi, Oct 30 (ANI): Kerala High court on Thursday upheld the state government's ban on liquor in the state. The state government had earlier put a ban on bars serving liquor in the state and has said that only bars in four and five star hotels would still be permitted to function, effectively sealing the fate of at least 700 bars in the state for now. Through the abkari policy, the state government had limited sale of liquor to five-star bar hotels and government-run retail outlets. Bar owners in Kerala had earlier approached the court challenging the government's decision to close over 700 bar hotels in the state, maintaining that it was discriminatory. Oct 30, 2014

SC tightens grip on Bihar and Chhattisgarh govt over missing children case

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up Bihar and Chhattisgarh government for not registering FIRs in connection of cases related to missing children. The court was not satisfied by the filed affidavit and asked Bihar government to submit fresh affidavit by 13 November. The SC also asked Chhattisgarh government to file a fresh affidavit by November 13 as the data filed by government in the apex court has difference with a data surfaced in a reply to question in the Rajya Sabha earlier. The SC had also summoned chief secretaries and DGPs of Bihar and Chhattisgarh. Oct 30, 2014

Manish Tewari slams NDA govt move to transfer Mayaram yet again

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Congress leader Manish Tewari on Thursday dubbed the government's move to transfer Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram within a fortnight as an exalted example of administrative tyranny, and said that it is a means to terrify officers. Mayaram, who has been transferred yet again, will now join the Ministry of Minority Affairs, and not the Ministry of Tourism. The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has decided to cancel its previous order dated October 15 for shifting Mayaram to the Tourism Ministry from the Finance Ministry. Oct 30, 2014

Will pursue a legal process to prove innocence: MEA on death penalty to 5 Indian fishermen

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Five Indian fishermen have reportedly been given death penalty in Sri Lanka. MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said on Thursday that Indian government feels the fishermen are innocent and a legal process will be followed by Indian government through the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka to appeal against this judgement. He added that the government is hopeful of a positive outcome. Oct 30, 2014

Imam Bukhari invites Pak PM for son's anointment, ignores Modi

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Imam Bukhari has invited Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the occasion of his son's anointment as his successor but not Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Bukhari said on Thursday that it is his free will to decide who to invite for the occasion. He added that Modi has been given a clean chit by the Supreme Court in 2002 Gujarat riots but the Muslims of the country have not forgiven him. Further talking about the help Kashmiris received from PM Modi during floods, Bukhari said that Modi helped the entire Kashmir community irrespective of their religion and out of duty. Oct 30, 2014

Rajnath Singh appeals people to participate in 'Run for Unity' campaign tomorrow

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday appealed people of Delhi to participate in 'Run for Unity' campaign to be held tomorrow. The program is to take place on Friday to mark the birth anniversary of his idol Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to join 'Run for Unity' as part of a series of events planned for the day. Singh appealed people to join the same and make the program a success. Oct 30, 2014