Fire in firecracker factory kills 13 in Andhra Pradesh

Kakinada, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Oct 21 (ANI): Major fire broke out at a firecracker factory in Kakinada district of Andhra Pradesh ahead of Diwali, killing 13 and injuring several others. The injured were rushed to a hospital. Andhra Pradesh Health Minister, Kamineni Srinivas, said 12 had died on spot and five people suffered 90 percent burn injuries.Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced compensation for families of the deceased and injured workers. Oct 21, 2014

Nepal foreign minister meets Modi to invite him for SAARC meet

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): Nepal Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invite him for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit meet in Kathmandu. The two-day SAARC summit will begin on November 26. Nepal will chair the regional grouping meet that has Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as its members. As close neighbours, India and Nepal share a unique relationship of friendship and cooperation characterized by open borders and deep-rooted people-to-people contacts of kinship and culture. Oct 21, 2014

Union Cabinet passes ordinance to auction coal blocks

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Monday passed an ordinance to auction the non-operating coal blocks, which were cancelled by the Supreme Court last month. The ordinance has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his final approval. The cabinet also announced that Coal India's interests will be fully protected and only Indian companies will be allowed to participate in the bidding for the coal blocks. The government also moved to open up its coal industry to commercial mining while protecting the requirements of state-run Coal India, signalling the most serious shift in 42 years toward allowing private players' full participation in coal mining. The mines would also be allotted to public sector units such as the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), which engages in electricity generation and allied activities. Oct 21, 2014

Muslims in Varanasi to gift lamps to Hindus on Diwali

Varanasi, Oct 21 (ANI): A group of Muslim women in the temple city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is engrossed in making earthen lamps to gift to their Hindu friends on the occasion of the festival of lights, Diwali, with the aim of promoting unity and love between the two communities. By making these lamps, the women are sending across the message of peace and harmony among Hindus and Muslims. A woman making the lamp, Najneen Ansari, said that the lamps will be gifted to their Hindu neighbours to light up their house. Oct 21, 2014

Hoax Busted: Banksy Arrested by London Police and Identified as Paul Horner is Fake

A story claiming that the 'secretive' British street graffiti artist Banksy has been arrested and identified as Paul Horner, is a complete hoax. The hoax stated that Police apprehended the famous street artist while in the middle of finishing a piece about a mascot for a Christian organization named Fappy The Anti-Masturbation Dolphin. Oct 21, 2014

WHO declares Nigeria Ebola-free

Africa's most populous nation Nigeria was on Monday declared officially Ebola free but warned that it remained vulnerable as long as the virus was raging elsewhere in west Africa. Duration: 01:02 Oct 21, 2014

EU's Barroso warns Britain against bloc exit

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso argued Monday that Britain is better in the EU and warned that alienating its allies would be a "historic mistake", as pressure mounts from British eurosceptics before elections. Duration: 00:39 Oct 20, 2014

Writer Vargas Llosa slams nationalism

Nobel-prize winning author Mario Vargas Llosa takes a swipe a nationalism, calling it the 'most serious threat to the building of Europe'. Duration: 01:06 Oct 20, 2014

Sweden pursues search for 'foreign vessel'

A mysterious "foreign vessel" the Swedish military have been searching for off the coast of Stockholm might belong to the Netherlands, a source in the Russian defence ministry was quoted as saying on Monday. Duration: 01:01 Oct 20, 2014

Traditional farming methods gaining ground in Mali

He is leading a one man agricultural revolution in Mali - Oumar Diatabe uses traditional farming methods to get the most out of his land and is teaching others across the country how to do the same. Duration: 01:44 Oct 20, 2014