Rescue operations underway as death toll increases in Japan volcano

Japan, Sep 29 (ANI): According to Japanese media, rescuers have found at least five additional people in "cardiopulmonary arrest" at the summit of the Japanese volcano that erupted two days ago. At least 36 people are feared to have died after a Japanese volcano erupted without warning at the weekend, raining ash and stones on hikers. Rescuers at the peak of Mount Ontake found what may be five new victims of the Saturday eruption, which took place as the popular hiking site was packed with climbers, including children, admiring autumn foliage. Four people have been confirmed dead so far in Japan's first fatal volcanic eruption since 1991, and at least 60 have been injured. More than 500 searchers had been combing the summit. Helicopters lifted laden stretchers one by one from the mountain's summit even as the smell of sulphur strengthened at the peak, fanning fears of toxic fumes. Sep 29, 2014

Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghan president

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in on Monday as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban. Ghani succeeds Hamid Karzai after a three-month standoff over disputed election results that fuelled tensions with local leaders and worsened Afghanistan's dire economic outlook. Both Ghani and his poll rival Abdullah Abdullah claimed to have won the fraud-tainted June 14 election, plunging Afghanistan into a crisis that threatened to trigger nationwide unrest. But, under heavy pressure from the US and UN, the two candidates eventually agreed to form a national unity government, and Ghani was declared president after an audit of nearly eight million ballot papers. Sep 29, 2014

PM Modi wins hearts of Hindu activists at Madison Square Garden in New York

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): The interfaith leaders and activists in New York lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s motivating speech at Madison Square Garden before a chest-swelling bipartisan strength of overseas Indians. Modi made a strong pitch emphasizing his inclusive approach and agenda of cleanliness. Chief of Divine Shakti Foundation Trust, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, said that Modi has shown the true Indian spirit at Madison Square, portraying himself as a global leader in the real sense with his inclusive approach. Terming Madison Square as Modi-sun square, activist and founder of Divine Shakti Foundation and spiritual guru (preacher), Swami Chidanand Saraswati raved Modi’s speech. Hailing the mutual love-fest at Madison Square, social worker and religious preacher Sadhvi Rithambara termed the India PM as a wonderful representative of the world’s largest democracy. Sep 29, 2014

Rajnath Singh and Kiren Rijiju applauds NDMA on its 10th foundation day

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): As National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) observed its 10th foundation day on Monday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and MoS for home affairs Kiren Rijiju applauded the force for its work. Singh said that the ministry has decided to restructure the NDMA to make it more effective. Rijiju said that the work done by the NDMA is admirable and the forces have worked immensely in combating natural disasters. He also said that the international agencies are also looking forward to India for its wide role in disaster management activities. Sep 29, 2014

In line with other ministers, Ram Vilas Paswan picks up broom for PM s Clean India Mission

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday picked up broom participating in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Clean India Mission'. Paswan cleaned the area in front of his office in Delhi. He said that he will participate in the mission on October 02 and expressed confidence to present Mahatma Gandhi a clean India by 2019. Paswan also said that this initiative by ministers and the prime minister himself will encourage people to participate in the movement for a clean nation. He also talked about Margaret Thatcher's reference wherein she said that 'Delhi was dirtiest she had witnessed' and said that such statements need to be proved false. Sep 29, 2014

Reactions flow in after Bihar CM alleges bias against Dalit Community

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): Reactions poured in from political leaders on Monday after Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi sparked controversy by stating that the temple premises and the god's idol in Madhubani district were cleansed after he visited the temple. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that it is funny that the head of the state is complaining to his subjects. CPI leader Atul Anjan slamming Manjhi for his comment said that he should stop playing caste-politics as this would not benefit Bihar. However, Minister of Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan and RJD leader Manojh Jha said that it is shameful that even the Chief Minister has to face caste-based discriminations within his state. Sep 29, 2014