Walnut prices shoot up after Kashmir floods

Srinagar, Nov 16 (ANI): The prices of walnuts in Jammu and Kashmir are increasing despite average production due to recent floods in the valley. The floods that left behind a trail of devastation in September this year killed hundreds and left thousands homeless. The rains affected the production as they filled the walnut fruit with water but it led to shortage of the dry fruit and now those involved in the business are expecting a good turnover. Even the walnut growers are anticipating rich profits after the prices have touched a new height in the markets. The walnuts from Kashmir are always in demand across the country and abroad because of its quality. Districts Anantnag and Ganderbal are very famous for the nut production. Nov 16, 2014

Afghan, Pakistan leaders pledge to end turbulent ties

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes his first official trip to neighboring Pakistan, seeking to improve ties crucial to his hopes of reviving Taliban peace talks as US troops end their 13-year war. Duration: 01:14 Nov 15, 2014

Students Union Election in Meerut turns violent with gunshots and slogans

Meerut, Nov 15 (ANI): The Students Union election of a college in Meerut took a violent turn as rival groups clashed, raised provocative slogans and opened fire to the consternation of the city administration. Student leader of ABVP, Gaurav, alleged that members of the Samajwadi Party had full support from the local police as well as the administration. The college administration did not take action until the firing started. Meanwhile, student leader of Samajwadi Party, Atul, said that the ABVP was only interested in a confrontation. Nov 15, 2014

Modi to unveil Mahatma Gandhi statue in Brisbane

Brisbane, Nov 15 (ANI): Former honorary Indian consul in Brisbane, Parsram Punj said he is honoured to be participating in unveiling of a Mahatma Gandhi statue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the city. Modi who is in Brisbane for the ninth G20 Summit is expected to unveil a statue of the Mahatma Gandhi in Brisbane's Roma Street Parkland. Punj said Modi had expressed his desire to commemorate Gandhi in the city during his visit to the honorary consul in 2001. He added that the family was the main donor for the statue; his son had even supplied the granite. Nov 15, 2014

Will celebrate AAP's foundation day as Women Safety day: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday while addressing a public meeting in Jantar Mantar said that Aam Aadmi Party's foundation day i.e. 26th November will be celebrated as 'Women Safety day'. He added that if AAP comes into power then e-rickshaws will be allowed to ply on the roads. He further said that AAP government will establish 20 new colleges in Delhi and will increase the number of seats present in the colleges. Kejriwal even promised to ensure that every student gets admission in a college in Delhi after passing from school. Nov 15, 2014

Hong Kong protest leaders prevented from flying to Beijing

Hong Kong democracy protesters back their leaders who attempted to fly to Beijing in the hope of bringing their demands for political reform to the Chinese authorities - but were denied permission to board a flight there. Duration: 01:30 Nov 15, 2014

Support of more leaders like Chidambaram could have helped in removing AFSPA: Omar Abdullah

Ganderbal, Nov 15 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Saturday that the support of more leaders like P Chidambaram could have helped the State government in gaining majority to remove the AFSPA. Abdullah said that he tried his best to modulate or withdraw the AFSPA during his government's tenure but did not succeed and further prayed that the act be removed during the next government. Nov 15, 2014

Media Persons waiting for Kunal Ghosh Lathicharged at Kolkata Hospital

Kolkata, Nov 15 (ANI): Police lathicharged and manhandled media persons outside the SSKM hospital in Kolkata on Saturday while making way for Saradha scam accused Kunal Ghosh who was being taken to Bangur Institute of Neurology for medical tests, a day after he allegedly attempted to commit suicide inside the jail. Ghosh, had taken dozens of sleeping pills yesterday morning. In the last hearing when he was produced by the CBI in the court, Ghosh had threatened that he would be forced to commit suicide if the persons whom he had named in the Saradha scam case were not arrested by CBI. Ghosh was first arrested by West Bengal Police and later shifted to CBI custody after the central agency took charge of the probe. Nov 15, 2014

Farmers protest against unchanged prices of sugarcane in UP

Lucknow, Nov 15 (ANI): Farmers in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday burnt sugarcanes as they protested against the state government for keeping sugarcane state advised price (SAP) unchanged for third year in a row. The price decided by the government for the 2014-15 crushing season for the common variety of cane is at rupees 280 a quintal, for the early variety, rupees 290 a quintal and for rejected variety, rupees 275. The farmers said the government has further slashed the prices of sugarcanes, whereas they have been demanding price to be hiked to rupees 320-350 while the millers demanded the rollback of SAP to rupees 225 ($ 3.63) a quintal. Last year in December also farmers had staged protest on the same issue by blocking key routes, including the national highway and also brought several buses and a train to halt. Nov 15, 2014