German Foreign Minister pays homage at Gandhi memorial

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): German Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi and paid homage to the peace icon. Steinmeier along with the German Ambassador, Michael Steiner also visited the National Gandhi Museum at Rajghat. Steinmeier arrived in New Delhi on Saturday for a three-day visit to hold political and business talks with India in a bid to boost bilateral trade. Steinmeier is to hold talks with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his counterpart Sushma Swaraj, as well as other high-ranking Indian politicians on Monday. Sep 8, 2014

SC stays execution of Nithari killer Surinder Koli for a week

Meerut, Sep 08 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of Surinder Koli, convicted of Nithari killings, who was due to be hanged on the morning of September 12. The apex court passed the order midnight and stayed the execution for a week until a fresh review petition challenging his death penalty is heard. Koli was transferred from the Dasna jail in Ghaziabad district to Meerut on September 4 for the execution of his death warrant issued by the CBI court. Sep 8, 2014

Flood waters inundate farmlands in border villages of Punjab

Gurdaspur, Sep 08 (ANI): Dozens of border villages and farmlands were inundated due to floodwaters in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, while 18 people including children have been rescued. These villages across river Ravi remained cut off following flooding of the Basanter Nullah near the Pakistan borders. The incessant rains in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab have created havoc when the river waters breached embankments on the Indian side and the flow of water increased sharply. Meanwhile, Indian army teams conducted rescue operations and saved 18 people who were stuck in the flooded areas. Evacuation is being carried out. Around 200 people are stranded across the river Ravi. Sep 8, 2014

Woman entrepreneur in Manipur carves a success story

Imphal, Sep 08 (ANI): At his tiny house located in Khurai Thoidingjam Leikai in Imphal, the 61-year-old Jina Khumujam is busy preparing herbal soap. She took up soap making in 2004. The variety of soaps under the brand name of Ma-ngal are being produced with the extracts of locally available fruits like Lemon, Xylosma, Aloe-Vera, Citrus latipes and Cucumber. Jina's soap brand is a symbol of women empowerment and enlightenment. Jina also has the expertise in recycling waste materials into productive and income generating items apart from making soaps. She wishes to open up a show room for her products and a training centre. Jina's soap making farm has been a source of earning for some other destitute poor women, like widows and those living with HIV/AIDS. They come to her house and together make soaps, and handicraft. Sep 8, 2014

Deadly floods hit Indian Kashmir's Srinagar

Soldiers were battling Sunday to rescue thousands of Indians trapped in Kashmir's worst flooding for half a century which has left more than 150 people dead and the main city of Srinagar under water. Duration: 00:47 Sep 7, 2014

Attempted attack on Donetsk airport: Ukraine

Council of National Security and Defense of Ukraine spokesman, Volodymyr Polyovyi said that the Ukrainian army "recorded an attempted attack at Donetsk airport," but that it "is still under the control of Ukrainian troops". Duration: 01:12 Sep 7, 2014

No provision for secret ballot in Constitution, BJP trying to form govt in Delhi without numbers: Co

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): Congress on Sunday organized an 'Aakrosh Rally' in the national capital against the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung's move to invite BJP to form government in Delhi. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Arvinder Singh Lovely said that there is no provision of secret ballot in the Constitution of India and that the LG can only send the message to the assembly. Lovely said that the BJP wants to form the government in Delhi without proper numbers and that is totally unconstitutional. Sep 7, 2014

JandK experiences worst flood even as Air Force provide relief materials at affected areas

Srinagar/ Jammu, Sep 07 (ANI): The worst flooding in Jammu and Kashmir, in the last 60 years, wreaked havoc in Srinagar city on Sunday as residents blamed the state government for not doing much, especially for tourists. Although heavy rains stopped on Saturday afternoon, flood waters rose sharply overnight in Srinagar, a city of 900,000, catching many people living in low-lying areas unawares. About 22 air force helicopters and four aircraft were deployed to evacuate stranded people and to deliver relief. About 120 army units and eight teams of police reservists, equipped with boats and life jackets, were in action. Relief materials were also dropped by the Air Force to the flood affected areas of the state. Sep 7, 2014

NDRF teams have reached flood affected area of JandK, 3931 people saved: OP Singh

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): While briefing on the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir state, NDRF Director General OP Singh on Sunday said that a total of 17 NDRF teams each comprising 50 members have reached the spot for rescue operations. He said that the team has saved a total of 3931 people and recovered 13 dead bodies. Singh also said that there were many hurdles in the way but the team is not stopping and carrying on the rescue operation. Sep 7, 2014

Buddhist temple in Bihar suffers neglect due to government Apathy

Rajgir, Sep 07 (ANI): A Buddhist temple in Rajgir city in Bihar is facing neglect due to apathy of the state government. A handful of tourists who visited the temple urged the concerned authorities to improve the infrastructure so that the historic temple attracts more tourists. Buddhist priests do not travel during monsoon and instead sit in one place to meditate, which is known as "varsavash" or the three month long period when monks remain in their monasteries and elders of the community fast and observe abstinence. According to local folklore, Lord Buddha visited this temple in Rajgir and spent his varsavash. Tourists also said they felt unsafe while visiting the temple as not many visitors come here and the site remains a recluse. Sep 7, 2014

PM Modi extends help for relief operation in flood-hit Pok, Politicos React

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): Political leaders react as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Jammu and Kashmir, in a humanitarian gesture, extended help for all the possible assistance to Pakistan too to carry out relief operations in the flood-hit areas of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (Pok). BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi appreciated PM's humanitarian gesture and said that this sends a message that politics cannot be played in the time of any humanitarian crisis. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that India always extend its support to any corner of the world if a crisis emerges but the PM should even pay attention towards his ministers who divide the people of our country. NCP leader Majid Memon and JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that the Center and State should extend all the possible support to the flood victims. Sep 7, 2014

PoK an integral part of India, PM Modi's decision to provide help to flood affected area welcome dec

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's step to provide relief assistance to the people of Pakistan occupied Pakistan, Security Expert Alok Bansal said that PoK is an integral part of India and that Modi's decision is a welcome step. Bansal said that it is Indian government's responsibility to take steps to provide relief to residents of people of PoK. He further said that there is less chance of Pakistan government to accept this humanitarian offer but India's decision is a positive move. Sep 7, 2014