Influx of domestic and foreign tourists declines, business shattered in Flood ravaged Kashmir

Katra, Sep 25 (ANI): Inflow of tourists has drastically come down in the last few weeks due to the devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir, business and lives of residents have been hit amid creating fear in the minds of devotees planning to take up the pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi during busy festival season. The number of pilgrims to Vaishno Devi pilgrimage has waned during the peak festive season in the flooded valley. Floods have shattered all hopes of small as well as big businessmen. The dwindling number of pilgrims has affected small businessmen in the town of Katra from where the pilgrims begin mounting towards the Vaishno Devi shrine. Sep 25, 2014

Farmers fret over damaged crops, stagnant water in flood-hit Kashmir

Ganderbal, Sep 25 (ANI): Farmers remained the worst hit due to massive floods in Jammu and Kashmir as stagnant water in their agricultural fields damaged crops and affected the yield. Flood fury resulted in huge losses to life, property and economy of Kashmir. The worst flooding in the valley in 60 years submerged villages and ruined crops. The farmer added that the produce from damaged crops was only for consumption for three months as large chunks of land were washed away. Sep 25, 2014

Cabinet gives nod to clean India mission

New Delhi, Sep 25 (ANI): Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave nod to clean India mission, 'Swacch Bharat'. Law and Justice Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, told reporters that number of plans were piloted during the Cabinet meet. The Programme consists of components for providing individual household, community and public toilets and municipal solid waste management in all 4041 statutory towns. The Cabinet also approved setting up of Clean Ganga Fund with voluntary contributions citizens, NRIs and Person of Indian Origin toward the conservation of the river Ganga. This initiative would supplement Namami Ganga Programme. The Cabinet also approved restructuring of the "Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan" (NBA) into "Swachh Bharat" Mission (rural) by a perfect synergy for clean Ganga (Ganges). Sep 25, 2014

Obama vows at UN to dismantle ISIS 'network of death'

United Nations, Sept 25 (ANI): US President Barack Obama vowed at the United Nations to keep up the military pressure on Islamic State militants and urged those who have joined the extremist group in Iraq and Syria to "leave the battlefield while they can."Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Obama said Islamic State must be destroyed and issued a global call for nations to come together to join a US-led coalition. Before he spoke, US-led airstrikes for the third time this week pounded Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq. He added that the United States does not intend to occupy any countries, but "will support Iraqis and Syrians fighting to reclaim their communities." He referred to Islamic State by the acronym ISIL. Sep 25, 2014

Kashmiri apples start flowing into market post trade slump due to floods

Poonch /Shimla, Sept 25 (ANI): Apple trade in Jammu and Kashmir, which had hit a slump during the floods, restarted after the reconstruction of a major road which had been left damaged because of the heavy rainfall. The arterial Mughal Road in Kashmir, which connects the mountainous valley with the foothills of the state, was rendered inaccessible following landslides caused by the recent heavy rainfall but has now been reconstructed and thrown open to traffic. The worst flooding in over a century had hampered the trade of Kashmiri apple, which is known world over for its taste and juice. Kashmiri apples, whose price generally wavers around rupees 100 per kilogram, are now being sold for rupees 20 per kilogram. However, the slump in the Kashmiri apple trade gave a boost to the apples of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, which are a major competitor for the Kashmiri ones. Sep 25, 2014

London cabbies block streets to denounce local regulator

Thousands of taxis caused traffic chaos in central London in protest at local regulator Transport for London, who they say is not protecting the public from illegal minicab touts and rickshaws. Duration: 00:56 Sep 25, 2014

French PM: France will continue air strikes in Iraq

France's prime minister on Wednesday vowed to continue its military action in Iraq until the local army can gain the upper hand against Islamic State militants surging through the country. Duration: 00:41 Sep 25, 2014

Poland welcomes the blind to 'see the sea'

For nearly a decade, this Polish charity has been brightening the lives of the visually impaired by offering them a chance to learn the ropes on sail boats. Duration: 2:14 Sep 25, 2014

Hong Kong students march on financial district

Striking students march on Hong Kong_s financial district, taking their protest for greater democratic rights to the city_s commercial centre for the first time. Duration: 00:33 Sep 25, 2014