Women in Manipur become self-reliant by making use of water hyacinth

Manipur, June 25 (ANI): Kharibam Sarju Chanu, a resident of Thongju village in Imphal East district launched Water Hyacinth Crafts Centre, a self-help group, last year. She now provides employment to local women, who produce handicraft items with the use of Water Hyacinth, locally known as Kabowkang, an easily available aquatic weed. Sarju received craft training under a skill development programme organized by the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFI). Now she has been imparting training to the local women through the group. Jun 25, 2014

Farmers in North India pray for monsoon in fear of drought

Nagpur /Moradabad, June 25 (ANI): Farmers in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh prayed for monsoon as they feared drought like situation. Farmers, in Nagpur city, were experiencing difficult times as they had sown seeds hoping for downpour but were left high and dry. Earlier, their yield was marred by extreme drought, untimely rain or hail storm. A farmer, Moti Singh Deo said they were losing hope of monsoon as the crops were dying. The monsoon has covered half of India's landmass four days behind the usual schedule, failing to recover from a late start that has slowed sowing of summer crops in a country where half of the farmland still lacks irrigation. Millions of small farmers are struggling to survive as erratic weather hits their only source of income. Meanwhile, meteorological scientist, RD Meshram said monsoon system was weak over Bay of Bengal. Jun 25, 2014

Morocco women protest PM's stay at home speech

Moroccan women protested outside parliament on Tuesday demanding the resignation of Islamist premier Abdelilah Benkirane after he urged women to stay at home and look after their families. Duration: 00:58 Jun 25, 2014

Kerry in Kurdistan presses for unity to solve Iraq crisis

On an unannounced trip to Arbil in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, US Secretary of State John Kerry pushes for Iraqi unity against a militant onslaught which the UN says has left over 1,000 dead. Duration: 01:07 Jun 25, 2014

Pilots lacked automation understanding in Asiana crash

The pilots of a South Korean airliner that crashed in San Francisco last year depended too much on automated systems they didn't understand, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Tuesday. Duration: 00:56 Jun 25, 2014

US John Kerry visist Iraqi Kurdistan, meets leader

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region Tuesday as he pressed an urgent diplomatic drive to stop the fractious country tearing apart. Duration: 00:41 Jun 25, 2014

Organic farm in Benin sows example for Africa

With his pilgrim's staff and Panama hat, Father Godfrey Nzamujo nips up and down the paths of Songhai, the organic farm he created nearly 30 years ago as a tool against poverty and rural migration in Africa. Duration: 02:21 Jun 25, 2014

Ceasefire holds in Ukraine's flashpoint city of Slavyansk

Ukraine's new Western-backed president faced pressure on Tuesday to negotiate with top rebel commanders after a surprise turnabout in which the insurgents agreed to a truce and talks on ending their pro-Russian uprising. Duration: 00:46 Jun 25, 2014

Egypt's Sisi 'will not interfere' after Jazeera trial

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday Egypt's authorities "will not interfere in judicial matters" a day after three Al-Jazeera journalists were jailed for between seven and 10 years. Duration: 01:02 Jun 25, 2014