Unemployed youth avail benefits of skill development training in Manipur

Imphal, Sep 15 (ANI): Some 30 unemployed youth are currently undergoing training and designing at the Apparel Training and Designing Centre at Porampat in Imphal East. Launched recently by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi, the centre has latest machinery to provide training in garment making. Ministry of Textiles runs ATDC centres across the country whose popularity has reached manifold in the northeast. As of now some 300 youth have taken advantage of these centres in Manipur after the launch in 2013. Apart from basic 2-month course, the Centre provides advanced courses, which includes pattern making and embroidery. The training not only helps unemployed people improve their socio-economic standards but also boosts their self-esteem and confidence. Over the years, the government has been emphasizing on empowering the youth through various schemes and projects. Sep 15, 2014

Rivals bid for votes in 'knife-edge' Scotland referendum

Campaigners for and against Scottish independence scramble for votes ahead of a historic referendum, as a religious leader prayed for harmony after polls showed Scots were almost evenly split. Duration: 01:21 Sep 14, 2014

Eminent educationist Kireet Joshi dies of cancer

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): Eminent educationist and former education adviser to the government of India, Kireet Joshi, passed away on Sunday after battling cancer. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of Joshi. He tweeted saying, “Saddened by demise of Kireet Joshi. He will be remembered as a fine scholar and educationist, devoted to the principles of Sri Aurobindo. As advisor to Gujarat CM, Kireet Bhai played a key role in setting up of Children's University and Institute of Teacher Education.” Joshi was working for the Aurobindo Mission in Puducherry. He had left his job as Surat assistant collector in 1955 after being inspired by Sri Aurobindo and Mother. Sep 14, 2014

Animal slaughter no longer about religion, but money: Maneka Gandhi

Jaipur, Sep 14 (ANI): Women and Child development minister Maneka Gandhi on Sunday said that it is shameful that animal slaughtering takes place more than China in India. She further said that milking cows are traded to Bangladesh and middle-east and the money through this trade goes into terrorism. Condemning the act of animal slaughtering and beef trading, she said that the business is no longer about religion but only money. Sep 14, 2014

Maoists call for strike in Jharkhand collapsing whole transportation system

Latehar, Sep 14 (ANI): Maoist organisation, People’s Liberation Front, called for a shutdown in red corridor of Jharkhand resulting in total collapse of the transportation system in Latehar district on Sunday. No public transport or heavy vehicle were seen plying on the National Highway (NH) 75 and NH 99 passing through the district. Even only a handful of light vehicles were seen on the roads. PLFI called the strike protesting the death of two labourers in the mining. Meanwhile, resident Bansi Singh said people are losing business due to this strike and they are scared of going out of their home and travel. Suspected Maoists blew up a stretch of the railway track between Latehar and Bendi stations in Daltonganj town derailing a goods train late on the night of September 09. Sep 14, 2014

Early morning visit by rare Thorn rat takes Coimbatore by surprise

Coimbatore, Sep 14 (ANI): The sudden early morning appearance of a rare species of hedgehog, commonly known as Thorn rat, in a residential area on the outskirts of Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu caused much excitement as people came forward to feed and caress it. The thorn rat was rescued by a local villager near Kannampalayam village. A resident, Selvam, who rescued the thorn rat, has already handed over the animal to the Coimbatore zoo authorities. Hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures and, unless ill, are rarely seen out in the day. Most of the night is spent foraging for food and taking short naps. Sep 14, 2014

BJPs Sakshi Maharaj receives flak over madarsas give education of terrorism remark

Unnao/ Lucknow, Sep 14 (ANI): Bharatiya Janta Party MP Sakshi Maharaj on Sunday received flak over his controversial remark wherein he alleged that Madarsas give ‘education of terrorism’. He said that all educational institutions should be under government and under the same norms and that madarsas should not be given right to impart such education to the kids. Maharaj also alleged that no madarsas hoist Indian national flag on 15th August or 26th January. He also said that Muslim men try to convert Hindu girls and take his as a trade. Reacting on the same, Muslim Cleric Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali said that madrasas cultivate & spread message of love and peace. He slammed the BJP MP and said that he should better upgrade his knowledge before commenting. Sep 14, 2014

Tibetan Former PM-in-Exile felicitates Guinness record holder calligraphy artist in Dharamsala

Dharamshala, Sep 14 (ANI): Tibetan Former PM-in-Exile Samdong Rinpoche felicitated Guinness record holder calligraphy artist Jamyang Dorjee at an exhibition in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamsala. Dharmashala is hosting the first ever Ancient Art of Tibetan Calligraphy Exhibition at Mcleodganj TCV day school. Rinpoche inaugurated the two-day ancient art exhibition and appreciated this initiative that has brought Tibetan Calligraphy in limelight. Various pictures of calligraphy artist Jamyang Dorjee are being displayed at this exhibition for the visitors. Dorjee holds the Guinness World Record for the longest calligraphy scroll of 165 meters, in 2001. Sep 14, 2014

Maoists burn five heavy vehicles in Jharkhand

Khunti, Sep 14 (ANI): A Maoist organisation, Peoples Liberation Front of India (PLFI), torched five heavy vehicles and one car in Khunti district of Jharkhand. PLFI called for a shutdown in Jharkhand resulting in total collapse of the transportation system in Latehar district on Sunday (September 14). PLFI had announced a 48- hour strike starting from Saturday-Sunday midnight. Six vehicles torched on Sunday included five road construction machines and a car of the construction company engaged in construction work in the Khunti district. A local, Satish Kumar said that he was frightened when the Maoists banged the door at night and forcefully opened the door. Sep 14, 2014

President emphasizes on use of Hindi language while speaking at Hindi Divas Event

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): Speaking at the ‘Hindi Divas Event’, President Pranab Mukherjee emphasized on the importance of Hindi as a national language and appealed for popularization of the language. He further said that efforts must be made that Hindi is used for official transactions. He said that he was pleased to know that Official Language Department will soon come out with Hindi websites of all central ministries and departments. Sep 14, 2014

Jitan Ram Manjhi talks to Rajnath Singh over attack on Bihar students in Manipur

Patna/ Imphal, Sep 14 (ANI): Chief Minister of Bihar, Jitan Ram Manjhi said on Sunday that he has spoken to Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the attack on students studying in northeastern state of Manipur. Reportedly, some students of Manipur attacked students of Bihar studying in National Institute of Technology (NIT) in the northeast over some dispute. Manjhi said he has requested Singh to ensure the safety of the students Bihar. In the aftermath of the fight, the Education Department of Manipur has issued an order asking authorities at NIT Manipur to take immediate necessary action to prevent recurrence of further unwanted fights among its students. Meanwhile, students' wing of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) had imposed an indefinite curfew on non-locals in pursuance of its demands for implementation of Inner Line Permit System in Manipur. Sep 14, 2014

Feud within Amethis Sanjay Singhs family turns violent killing 1 constable

Amethi, Sep 14 (ANI): A family dispute turned violent in Amethi lead to death of a policeman and left many injured on Sunday. Clash between Congress MP and royal Sanjay Singh’s supporters and his son Anant Vikram Singh’s supporters occurred when Singh’s son and first wife were not allowed to enter the ancestral property Bhupati Bhawan. The mob turned violent and Police resorted to lathi charge to contain the situation wherein one police constable was injured and he later succumbed to his injuries. Sep 14, 2014