Government to consider setting up more agriculture universities in Northeast

Manipur/ Assam/ New Delhi, July 8 (ANI): Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh has directed the Indian Council for Agricultural Research to study the feasibility of opening agriculture and veterinary universities in the northeastern states. A delegation led by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju met the agriculture minister recently to push forward a proposal for setting up at least six agriculture universities in the North East along with a few research centers at an estimated cost of over Rs 700 crore. The delegation submitted a memorandum highlighting the requirements of the north-eastern region in the areas of agricultural education and research. Focus will also be given on upgrading the infrastructure of the existing institutions. Jul 8, 2014

Assam nurtures young football talent

Assam, July 8 (ANI): _Tiki-taka_ is a style of play in football characterized by short passing and movement. Here, in Jorhat - Tiki-Taka is the name of a newly formed Football coaching centre, which imparts two-year training to young players. Over 50 boys and girls, below the age of 13, are going through rigorous training under the guidance of Pankaj Neog, a former Indian goal keeper. After training, the best players will be selected for Inter-District and All Assam B-Division League. These players want to join professional clubs and even play for their country in the future. And they are working hard to make their dream come true. Jul 8, 2014

Pro-Russian rebels dig in as Ukraine forces advance

Retreating pro-Russian insurgents dug in on Monday in Ukraine's sprawling industrial hub of Donetsk after government forces scored a string of morale-boosting victories in the bloody battle for the future of the ex-Soviet state. Duration: 00:47 Jul 8, 2014

Preliminary results project Ghani as Afghan poll winner

Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan's presidential election, according to preliminary results Monday, but fraud allegations are set to spark a dispute over the outcome and stoke concerns of instability. Duration: 00:37 Jul 8, 2014

Pope slams Church complicity in child sex abuse.

Pope Francis acknowledged Monday that the suicides of clerical sex abuse victims weigh on his conscience as he thanked victims on Monday for shining a light on the "terrible darkness" at the heart of the Catholic Church. Duration: 01:15 Jul 8, 2014

Italy navy rescues 2,600 boat migrants over two days

More than 2,600 migrants were rescued by the Italian navy this weekend, authorities said Monday, as police searched for new arrivals who landed by night on Sicily's southern coast. Duration: 00:38 Jul 7, 2014

South Sudan marks third year of independence

It was just three years ago that South Sudan celebrated its newfound independence from Sudan. Now, a civil war is tearing the young state apart, and aid agencies warn of famine on the horizon. Duration: 03:15 Jul 7, 2014

Pistorius claims on vulnerability called into question

South African prosecutors on Monday sought to show Oscar Pistorius's sports doctor overstated his immobility without prostheses, as a leaked video shows the star sprinter re-enacting the shooting of his girlfriend. Duration: 01:00 Jul 7, 2014