Tibetans stage protest against Chinese President Xi Jinping outside Hotel Taj Palace in Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 19 (ANI): Scores of Tibetans staged a protest Friday morning outside Hotel Taj Palace where Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife are staying. Protesters carrying placards that read "Freedom is my birth right", "Freedom of Tibet, Security of India" raised anti-China slogans. They shouted slogans like "We want freedom" as police tried to cordon them off from the area. Some Tibetans also tried to enter the premises of the hotel, but police managed to prevent them from doing so. Security has been tightened around the hotel. Sep 19, 2014

Politicos react as seat sharing dispute between BJP-Shiv Sena continues

Lucknow/Mumbai/Nagpur/New Delhi, Sep 19 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday as BJP and Shiv Sena continue their dispute over seat sharing in the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections. Congress leader Anees Ahmed and NCP leader Nawab Malik said that both the parties wish to make their candidate the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and hence they are fighting over seat-distribution. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that both the parties are definitely going to fight the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections in the alliance, as they are not capable of contesting alone. Meanwhile, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that talks are going on between the two parties and definitely it will have some positive outcome. Sep 19, 2014

Xi Jinping meets LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

New Delhi, Sep 19 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday met Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in New Delhi. Both the leaders held talks in the presence of a delegation of Chinese and Indian leaders. The Chinese President will be leaving for China later in the day after completing his three day visit to India which was aimed at improving bilateral ties between the two countries. India and China have signed various agreements including a sister agreement between Guangzhou and Ahmedabad. Sep 19, 2014

Bill Gates meets Nitin Gadkari over sanitation projects, to meet PM Modi today

New Delhi, Sep 19 (ANI): Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates on Friday met Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari over sanitation projects his foundation is undertaking in India. Gadkari thanked Gates on his works in the country and said that he along with his wife Melinda Gates will now meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Gates said that rural development and sanitation were key areas of discussion. He said that they also discussed many projects that the foundation and India will be working on together. Sep 19, 2014

Police gun down Maoist in fierce gun battle in Odisha

Malkangiri, Sep 19 (ANI): Police gunned down a Maoist, who had a bounty of rupees 400 thousand on his head, during a fierce battle in Malkangiri district of Odisha. The Maoist has been identified as Erra Madkami alias Sundhi Dalai. Acting on a tip-off, District Voluntary Force (DVF) personnel launched a combing operation and also recovered arms and ammunition. Inspector General of Police, Yashwant Jethwa said that exchange of fire took place in the forest area near a village. The police recovered a sten gun, a 303 rifle, kitbag, posters, banners, Maoist literature, medicines, and other materials during search operation. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since 1960s. Sep 19, 2014

Bill Gates lauds India's Action plan to reduce newborn mortality rate by 2030

New Delhi, Sep 19 (ANI): Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates praised India for the pioneering work in polio eradication and said the country's plan to achieve its target of reducing the newborn mortality rate to single digit before 2030 is possible. Bill Gates was accompanied by his wife Melinda Gates to attend the launch of health programme Indian Newborn Action Plan (INAP) in New Delhi, which was inaugurated by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. In India the present death rate is 29 per 1,000 live births. Of the 2.8 million newborns who die at birth worldwide, India contributes 700,000. While speaking at the event, Bill said there are lessons to be learnt from India's fight against polio which may be applied against other diseases also. The World Health Organisation declared India free of the crippling polio virus in March, making the country's almost two-decade-long, multi-billion-dollar effort one of the biggest public health achievements in recent times. Sep 19, 2014

Early trends in Scotland's 'independence polls' suggest a 'No' to independence from UK

Edinburgh, Sep 19 (ANI): Voters in Scotland turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum and early results suggested they were not in favor of ending Scotland's 307-year union with England. Polling stations closed in Edinburgh after a day of voting in an historic referendum on Scottish independence. Thursday brought a mixed bag of opinions from the Scottish capital. While others felt there was no need for a change. Final results are expected to be announced Friday morning. Sep 19, 2014

Hundreds of evacuees from flood ravaged J and K board Indian Army vehicle to leave the place

Srinagar, Sep 19 (ANI): Hundreds of evacuees boarded Indian army vehicles to leave flooded region of Jammu and Kashmir. More than 75,000 people were still in partly submerged homes in Srinagar, where roads have been transformed into stagnant canals strewn with wreckage, trash and dead animals. The Indian army has deployed about 30,000 troops for rescue and relief operations and soldiers distributed 2,24,000 litres of water and food to survivors. A senior official of India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF), PV Sandhu, said they would urge the government to provide transportation facilities to the flood victims. The authorities also dug a tunnel to dewater the parts of the city and let water flow back into the Jhelum River or out of the city. Sep 19, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet Sonia Gandhi a day after attending state banquet by President

New Delhi, Sep 19 (ANI): A day after Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to solve the border issues between the two countries, Jinping is expected to meet Congress delegation led by Sonia Gandhi including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday. Earlier on Thursday, Jinping attended the state banquet hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi as the Chinese leader's India visit nears end. The event was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, top leadership of the country and the Chinese and Indian delegations. Xi Jinping, accompanied by his wife, arrived in India for a three-day visit aimed at creating greater cooperation between the two countries. Sep 19, 2014

Awami Jubo League of Bangladesh protest after SC spared Delwar Hossain Sayeedi of capital punishment

Dhaka, Sep 19 (ANI): The youth wing of Bangladesh's ruling Awami League, the Awami Jubo League protested against Supreme Court's verdict to commute death sentence of a top Islamist leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi to life imprisonment and also against the strike called by the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami in Dhaka. The court on Wednesday commuted Sayedee's death sentence to life imprisonment. The Islamic leader is convicted of war crimes during the country's war of liberation in 1971. The decision against Sayedee, a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, prompted strike calls by his party, and provoked scattered violence in Dhaka, and the northern district of Rajshahi. Sayedee, had appealed against the decision by a war crimes tribunal over crimes of arson, looting, murder and rape, and the apex court on Wednesday ordered that he spend the rest of his life in prison. Sep 19, 2014