French envoy to India says media will not be intimidated by Paris attacks

New Delhi/ Gandhinagar/ Varanasi, Jan 09 (ANI): France Ambassador to India, Francois Richier said media would not be intimidated by such attacks on a Paris-based weekly satirical magazine while holding a condolence meeting in New Delhi embassy to express solidarity with victims. Earlier, a policewoman was killed in a shootout in southern Paris, but police sources could not immediately confirm a link with Wednesday's killings at the Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper that marked the worst attack on French soil for decades. Richier said people would stand against the attempts to constrain freedom. France national leaders and allied states described the assault on Charlie Hebdo, known for its lampooning of Islam and other religions as well as politicians, as an assault on democracy. Many European newspapers either re-published Charlie Hebdo cartoons or mocked the killers with images of their own. Jan 9, 2015

Police arrest three suspected IM militants from Karnataka

Bengaluru, Jan 09 (ANI): Police arrested three suspected militants from Karnataka with a large cache of explosives and bomb making equipments, said a senior officer. Police commissioner of Bengaluru, MN Reddy said the security agencies conducted raids in Bengaluru as well as Bhatkal town to nab the alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives on the basis of intelligence input. Reddy ruled out any connection yet between these arrests and the December 28 church street blast in the city, which killed one woman and wounded one man. Police seized bomb making equipments and electronic devices from the suspects. The Indian Mujahideen has carried out dozens of bombings in recent years and poses the most serious threat so far from a home grown group in Hindu majority India. Jan 9, 2015

Snowfall in Kufri boosts tourism

Kufri, Jan 09 (ANI): An early spell of snowfall in Kufri this year has brought cheers to the small business community. Nestled in hills, Kufri in Himachal Pradesh has been attracting a steady stream of visitors after temperatures plummeted to zero levels. One of the preferred tourist destinations for people from plains, Kufri has reported a significant jump in tourist numbers. Locals are happy as all sectors linked to tourism industry are doing well. Tourists, both domestic and foreign, have been thronging Kufri since a thick blanket of snow enveloped the hills. Travel agent, Kuldeep Sharma, said the rush of tourists has boosted the revenues of hotels and small traders. A large number of tourists could be seen enjoying snow in forests of Kufri covering almost 23 kilometers of the area. Jan 9, 2015

Syrian refugees struggle with snow storm in Lebanon

A Syrian man and young boy died in cold weather in Lebanon as a major storm dumped rare snow on parts of the Middle East Wednesday, bringing misery to thousands of Syrian refugees. Duration: 00:45 Jan 9, 2015