Australian PM Tony Abbott arrives at Presidents House, meets PM Modi

New Delhi, Sep 05 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is on a two-day visit in India received a ceremonial reception at the President’s House in Delhi on Friday. Present at the event to receive Abbott were Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung. The Australian PM also received the guard of honour at his arrival. Later, Abbott also visited the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate to pay his respect to the martyrs. Abbott who arrived Thursday evening in national capital Delhi was in Mumbai on his first day of visit and had attended various functions and had launched a scholarship programme for students named New Colombo Plan. Sep 5, 2014

Nagaland CM TR Zeliang suggestsLine of control to ease border tensions

New Delhi, Sep 05 (ANI): Chief Minister of Nagaland, TR Zeliang suggested demarcating a 'Line of Control' to ensure that no new settlement comes up at the disputed inter-state boundaries of neighbouring Assam and Nagaland in a bid to ease the tension. Assam and Nagaland have been claiming tracts of land along the state limits since the creation of Nagaland more than four decades ago. The latest wave of violence has left at least 20 dead and forced thousands to flee their homes, officials said. Zeliang said Rajnath Singh had agreed upon churning a quick solution to the problem. Sep 5, 2014

Rare Rhino struggles for life after falling in Teesta river canal

Jalpaiguri, Sep 05 (ANI): A rare one horned Rhino struggled for life after it fell in Teesta river canal near Kahatambari forest of Jalpaiguri division in West Bengal. The forest guards rushed to the spot and tried to rescue the Rhino with the help of two captive elephants hired from Gurumara National Park, but failed to save the pachyderm. The forest guards made an artificial route after breaking an embankment of the canal. Meanwhile, a member of an NGO said the forest guards were not using the right technique to carry out the rescue operation, which could be fatal for the one horned Rhino. The thick-skinned, one-horned Indian rhinoceros is one of the five rare surviving species in the world. Sep 5, 2014

UN should not allow Rajapaksa to address general assembly: Vaiko

Coimbatore, Sep 05 (ANI): General Secretary of MDMK, Vaiko urged the United Nations to withdraw Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's invitation to deliver his address at the General Assembly. Referring to the alleged war crimes committed by Sri Lankan army during the civil war that ended in 2009, Vaiko said that Rajapaksa has committed the inferable crime of genocide of Tamil, and that he should be tried by the international court. An independent international investigation, he added, has been ordered by Human rights Commissioner, but Rajapaksa has the audacity to say that he will not permit the investigation team to enter Sri Lanka. Sep 5, 2014

Kolkata remembers Mother Teresa on her 17th death anniversary

Kolkata, Sep 05 (ANI): Special prayer session was organised by missionaries of charity, the global order of nuns founded by Mother Teresa in Kolkata city on Friday to observe her 17th death anniversary. Mother Teresa was a Nobel Peace Prize-winning nun who died in 1997, and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003 at the Vatican. The ethnic Albanian Roman Catholic nun, who dedicated her life to poor, sick and dying in India, had made Kolkata city her home. The Superior General of Missionaries of Charity, Sister Prema said they remember her everyday and draw motivation to achieve what Mother Teresa had dreamed of. She had qualified for beatification and was given the title "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta". Sep 5, 2014

Heavy rains create havoc in Kashmir, rescue operations on

Udhampur, Sep 05 (ANI): Heavy rains inundated many villages in Jammu and Kashmir killing at least 65 people. Incessant rains for the past about 48 hours have resulted in mud slides, flash floods and rising of water in all rivers. The Indian Army has immediately moved in deploying rescue operations in floods affected regions of Naoshera, Rajouri, Thanamandi and Poonch district of the state. The Army has been able to rescue almost 108 civilians as search and rescue operations are in full swing. Authorities declared a disaster alert in the northern region after two days of heavy rain hit villages across the Kashmir valley, causing the worst flooding in two decades. Sep 5, 2014

Common man happy with Narendra Modi as prime minister: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, Sep 05 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that people of India are elated with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Naidu was addressing a news conference with journalists at the Press Club of India. When asked about the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) not taking any initiative to hold elections in Delhi, he said his party will again witness a sweeping victory if it happens. He added that with regard to holding elections in the national capital, the assessment has to be made by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. Answering a query about Congress party, blaming the BJP for trying to spread fear of terror in the country, he slammed the party by saying it is not able to reconcile to the reality of the current political situation in the country. Sep 5, 2014

P Sathasivam takes oath as Governor of Kerala

Trivandrum, Sep 05 (ANI): Former chief justice of India P Sathasivam on Friday took oath as the governor of Kerala at the Raj Bhavan in Trivandrum. Sathasivam was administered oath by acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Ashok Bhushan. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, his cabinet colleagues and top officials were also present on the occasion. Sathasivam had arrived here Thursday evening to take oath as the new governor of Kerala. He succeeds former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who had resigned last week and who flew out of the state Thursday. Sep 5, 2014

Indo-Bangladesh business conclave in Dhaka emphasizes on enhancing trade relations with northeast re

Dhaka, Sep 05 (ANI): Investors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, ministers and government officials from India and Bangladesh came together in Dhaka for a 2-day long business conclave, in an effort to enhance bilateral trade and connectivity. Another aim was to tap Bangladesh's business potential with India's northeastern region and West Bengal state. The conclave titled 'A New Phase in Bilateral Economic Relations' was organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and the India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry with support from the Indian High Commission in Dhaka. The 31 member Indian delegation was led by DoNER minister Gen. (retd) V.K. Singh. The participants focused on finding ways for the removal of bottlenecks in the free flow of trade and commerce between the 2 countries and strengthening connectivity on all fronts. Sep 5, 2014

NATO leaders denounce Russia, fully support Ukraine

NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen accuses Russia of 'repeated violations' in Ukraine even as President Petro Poroshenko voices 'careful optimism' about forging a ceasefire with pro-Moscow rebels. Duration: 01:01 Sep 5, 2014

US Justice Dept. to probe police in Ferguson, Missouri

The US Justice Department announces it is launching a civil rights investigation into the Missouri police department involved in the racially charged shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Duration: 00:52 Sep 5, 2014

NATO chief: Time pressing on Afghan troop accords

Time is pressing for Afghanistan, without a new president since June elections, to sign accords allowing NATO to carry out its post-2014 military training mission, alliance head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday. Duration: 00:42 Sep 5, 2014

Dutch food producers hit by Russian embargo

Dutch food producers have been hit by Russia's embargo on food imports from the EU. The ban, announced in early August, came in retaliation against sanctions over Moscow's alleged role in separatist violence in eastern Ukraine. Duration: 01:03 Sep 5, 2014