Tourists turned off as Kerala goes dry

Kerala is a leading tourist draw in India, but there is a damaging drinking problem amongst locals and the government has opted to shut down over 700 bars, alarming the tourist industry, which is hoping the courts will intervene. Duration:02:15 Sep 11, 2014

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Tajikistan to attend SCO summit

Tajikistan, Sep 11 (ANI): Foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, arrived in Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan to attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) aims at boosting cooperation in the three major fields of economy, security and people-to-people exchanges. Tajikistan is hosting the summit of the SCO between September 11 -12 in capital Dushanbe, security being the priority for the 13th annual summit for all member countries. India, Iran, Pakistan and Mongolia are due to become full participating members of the summit, thereby upgrading their observer member status. Sep 11, 2014

Committed to assist Afghanistan in every way: Sushma

Kabul, Sep 11 (ANI): Foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, while on a state visit to Afghanistan, assured the host nation of every possible assistance in all spheres. Swaraj, who is on her maiden visit to Afghanistan, arrived in Kabul on Wednesday and inaugurated the new Indian embassy building. The foreign minister is visiting India's northwestern neighbour in order to enhance bilateral ties and help it deal with key challenges of security and stability. She, along with Afghan President Hamid Karzai attended the largest national flag hoisting ceremony in Kabul. While addressing the gathering during the ceremony, Swaraj said Afghanistan will always remain India's first strategic partner. She is also expected to hold meeting with presidential candidates in Kabul. Sep 11, 2014

Won't allow anyone to play with media freedom, says Prakash Javadekar

Hyderabad, Sep 11 (ANI): Targeting Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, IandB Minister Prakash Javadekar addressing a media conference said on Thursday that he won't allow anyone to play havoc with the freedom of media. The statement came after Telangana CM threatened the media of burying 10 feet under the earth, if it insults Telangana. After his meeting with the Telangana CM, Javedekar said that media's freedom is the soul of democracy and that he has taken serious note of the CM's remarks. Sep 11, 2014

Palestinians determined to rise above war

Palestinian football celebrates its greatest victory after winning the AFC Challenge Cup. Then a 50-day war with Israel ended the party. Durations: 01:57 Sep 11, 2014

World Ship Trust of UK felicitates retired Indian Naval Officer for opening submarine museum

Visakhapatnam, Sep 11 (ANI): The World Ship Trust of UK felicitated retired Indian Naval officer, Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha (Retd), with the 'Individual Achievement Award' for setting up the first Asian submarine museum, INS Kursura. Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha (Retd) while serving as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command, saw the submarine grounded and converted it into a museum. The President of the Indian Maritime Foundation and representative in India of World Ship Trust of the UK, Commodore Rajan Vir (Retd) along with Naval officers felicitated Pasricha at the port town of Visakhapatnam. Sep 11, 2014

FIR against Yogi Adityanath for defying ban on election meeting

New Delhi, Sep 11 (ANI): Police lodged a first information report (FIR) against controversial BJP leader Yogi Adityanath for defying a ban and going ahead with his public rally in Lucknow. Chief Election Officer of Uttar Pradesh Umesh Sinha sought a report from the Lucknow district administration and a recording of Adityanath's speech will be handed over to the Election Commission. On Wednesday, Adityanath defied the ban and went ahead with his election meeting in Lucknow and accused the SP government of following a communal agenda. Sep 11, 2014

Relief operations gather steam as flood water recedes in Kashmir

Srinagar, Sep 11 (ANI): Relief operations gathered steam as flood waters have started receding in Kashmir, giving rescue teams a chance to reach tens of thousands of villagers stranded by the heaviest rainfall in half a century. Indian Air Force has been carrying out extensive winching operation and now is also engaged in air dropping of food items. Meanwhile, a PDP leader said the magnitude of destruction and devastation is unprecedented. The Indian army has evacuated 76,000 people from their homes, mosques and government buildings. The death toll from the flooding in Jammu and Kashmir, reached 220 by Wednesday. Sep 11, 2014

Environment protection and Development will go hand in hand, says Prakash Javadekar

Hyderabad, Sep 11(ANI): Addressing the media on Thursday in Hyderabad, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that their slogan is'prayavaran raksha aur vikas saath-saath'. Prakash Javadekar who has IandB and Environmnet Ministry under his ambit, said that environment ministry was considered to be an obstacle in the path of development. He further said that to improve the working of the ministry, he took some important steps like bringing transparency and accountability. Sep 11, 2014