Police arrest suspected militant in West Bengal

Siliguri, Sep 21 (ANI): Police arrested a suspected militant belonging to an extremist group Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) in West Bengal. A team of Meghalaya police arrested the suspected GNLA’s regional commander from Panchanio area in Siliguri under Darjeeling district. The police also seized a laptop, several ATM cards, three cell phones and other documents from the accused. Inspector, special branch, Siliguri Metropolitan Police, Swapan Kumar Sarkar, said further probe into the case will reveal more information about the accused. The suspected militant has been identified as Solly Sangma, a resident of west Garo hills district of Meghalaya state. Police said Sangma was living with his family from the last six month in Siliguri and has been running a leather bag shop at Panchanio area. Pleading his innocence, Sangma, in his defence said he was not involved with any militant outfits. Sep 21, 2014

India gets its first transgender TV news presenter

Coimbatore, Sep 21 (ANI): A television news station recruited the country's first transgender news anchor, five months after the court ruled that transgender people be recognised as a legal third gender. Padmini Prakash, 31, who works at Lotus News in Tamil Nadu, said that she had faced a lot of discrimination throughout her life, including being disowned by her family. She worked as a dancer and then acted in Tamil soap operas before joining the news channel. Confident of making it big, Prakash said that her becoming a broadcaster could help her bring about a positive change in the Indian society. Recognizing her talent, Lotus News Channel Chairman GK Selvakumar said that Prakash’s fluency and clarity of words makes her eligible for the job. Prakash became so popular with viewers after joining the station last month that she was quickly promoted to become the face of the News Channel's daily 7 pm special bulletin. Sep 21, 2014

Police arrest seven hardcore Maoists in Jharkhand

Jharkhand, Sep 21 (ANI): Police arrested seven hardcore Maoists of the People's Liberation Front (PLFI) group near the Porahat forest area in Jharkhand. Maoist organisation, PLFI had camped in the Singhbhum district area, which is considered hub of the insurgent groups. Superintendent of Police, Narendra Kumar Singh, said the arrest was a major breakthrough as they recovered ammunition as well as further leads. Singh added that a couple of days back, Special Police Officer was killed by the PLFI. Sep 21, 2014

Manipuri artisan awarded for her contribution towards handloom

Imphal, Sep 21 (ANI): L Subadini Devi, a resident of Wangkhei Tokpam Leikai in Imphal East district, is the proud recipient of Sant Kabir Award for her contribution towards the handloom sector. She received the prestigious award from the President in July this year. Born to a traditional weaver’s family, Subadini has been engaged in the craft for more than 50 years. She has participated in a number of exhibitions and has received numerous awards for excellence in handloom, including a national award for textile designing. Subadini started Nongdon Lairembi Wool Knitting Cum Embroidery Centre in 1984 and produces Sarees, kwang phanek, bed cover, marriage sets and a cotton sheet called Ningtham Samjin. Presently, she employs six artisans at the Centre and several other weavers work from different places under her guidance. Sep 21, 2014

Rise of Islamic schools causes alarm in secular Turkey

As parents take their children to first day of school, one father is particularly concerned: a new examination that assigned thousands of students into religious high schools has caught many parents in Turkey off guard. Duration: 02:43 Sep 21, 2014

Dalai Lama slams killings in the name of religion

The Dalai Lama condemns mindless violence in the name of religion, saying jihad is being misused and misinterpreted by Islamist extremists, at a meeting of spiritual leaders convened in Delhi. Duration: 01:05 Sep 20, 2014

Scotland's 'Yes' voters skeptical of power promises

Disappointed 'Yes' voters in Glasgow said Saturday they were skeptical of promises made by Gordon Brown and the three main British political parties to devolve more powers to the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh. Duration: 01:07 Sep 20, 2014

People in New York react to the Scottish referedum

Britain's press heaves a sigh of relief over Scotland's decision to stay in the United Kingdom, but any thoughts of triumphalism were extinguished by concerns about the upcoming constitutional battle triggered by the campaign. Duration: 01:24 Sep 20, 2014

Sports minister confident of good performance in 17th Asian Games as India bags 2 medals on Day-1

New Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday said that the Indian contingent will perform well in 17th Asian Games at Incheon, basking in the glory of two medals won on Day-1. A total of 439 gold medals in 36 sports are up for grabs over 15 days of competition. Meanwhile, former shooter and Olympic silver medallist, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore congratulated Jitu Rai on his gold medal. Some 10,000 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Asian Games, the world's second-biggest multi-sport event after the summer Olympics. Sep 20, 2014

Charges framed against Kejriwal and 3 others in Amit Sibal defamation case

New Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal, along with leaders Manish Sisodia, Prashant Bhushan and former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi were on Saturday put on trial by a court on charges of defamation in a complaint filed by Congress leader Kapil Sibal's son and lawyer Amit Sibal. Sep 20, 2014

Want seat sharing issue with Congress in Maharashtra to be solved soon: NCP

Mumbai, Sep 20 (ANI): NCP leader Praful Patel on Saturday said that the party wants that its ally Congress should solve the issue of seat sharing in upcoming Maharashtra Assembly by polls soon. Patel said that NCP has stood with Congress party since a long time and worked with it shoulder to shoulder. He also said that NCP already has 124 seats in Maharashtra which the Congress is offering according to sources and added that NCP wants an equal share of seats. Patel also said that he hoped Congress would solve the issue soon with discussion. Sep 20, 2014

India-China issues can be resolved through mutual trust: Dalai Lama

New Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama said on Saturday that Chinese President Xi Jinping was more open-minded in judging sorrows and handling principles. On the sidelines of a two-day spiritual conclave in New Delhi, the Dalai Lama also addressed India-China issue, saying the only option to resolve issues was through mutual trust. India and China have a strained relationship largely because of a border dispute. Another irritant for China is the presence in India of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who has lived in the north of the country since fleeing a failed uprising against Chinese rule of his homeland in 1959. Sep 20, 2014

PM Modi to visit ISRO on 23rd Sep, ahead of his maiden US visit

Bangalore, Sep 20 (ANI): Railways Minister DV Sadanand Gowda on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit ISRO on 23rd Sep, before leaving for United States on his maiden visit. Gowda said that Modi will address the party workers and public on his visit to Karnataka. Modi will also witness works of the scientists at the ISRO. Further, Gowda also said that the scientists are very excited and happy on the PM's visit. Sep 20, 2014