India certified as polio-free by WHO

New Delhi, March 28 (ANI): The World Health Organisation declared India free of the crippling polio virus during a ceremony in New Delhi, making the country's almost two-decade-long, multi-billion-dollar effort one of the biggest public health achievements in recent times. India's last case of the wild polio virus was detected in January 2011 in a two-year-old girl in West Bengal. The ceremony was organised in New Delhi to give the official certificate to India for this achievement of eradicating the disease from the country. Southeast Asia director of WHO, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, said that the ceremony marks one of the biggest public health achievements in the world. Mar 28, 2014

Political parties hit out at central govt for abstaining from Sri Lanka Resolution in UNHRC

Chennai/ New Delhi, March 28 (ANI): Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) hit out at central government after it abstained from voting on a US-sponsored resolution for probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The resolution was adopted as 23 countries voted in its favour, 12 against it while others abstained at the 47-member-state forum in Geneva. DMK leader TKS Elangovan said India should have moved the resolution. CPI leader D Raja said it was a betrayal of Tamil people’s cause in Sri Lanka. Mar 28, 2014

BCCI to take final call on next President: Sunil Gavaskar

Mumbai/ Vizag/ New Delhi, March 28 (ANI): Following the Supreme Court’s proposal to appoint Sunil Gavaskar as the interim chief of the BCCI, Gavaskar said that it is for the board to take the final call, as the board is all set to surface its decision over the proposal on Friday. Earlier, The Supreme Court called on BCCI Chief N Srinivasan to step down to ensure a fair probe in IPL Spot fixing case. MoS for Parliamentary Affairs and former chairman of IPL, Rajiv Shukla refused to comment on the pronouncements of Supreme Court. However, former cricketer Chandu Borde expressed confidence that the cricket board will take a decision on this. Mar 28, 2014

Militants launch attack in J&K, 1 killed

Kathua, March 28 (ANI): Suspected terrorists in army uniform launched a series of attack in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday killing one person and injuring others when they attacked an army camp close to the International Border with Pakistan. The injured are taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Army and police teams have been chasing the militants since 5 am, when the militants allegedly stopped a Mahindra Bolero vehicle on the Jammu-Pathankot highway and fired indiscriminately at the passengers. The militants escaped in the car and surfaced near an army camp in Janglote, where they started firing at army men, police official said. Mar 28, 2014

Ukraine far-right rally after police shoot leader dead

Hundreds of Ukrainian far-right nationalists rallied outside the parliament building in Kiev Thursday night, smashing windows and demanding the interior minister's resignation, days after police shot dead one of their leaders. Duration: 01:07 Mar 28, 2014

Obama 'moved' by Pope's message, invites him to US

During press conference, US President Barack Obama spoke of his admiration for Pope Francis and invited him to the United States, adding how their conversation focused on the need to address "growing inequality." Duration: 00:43 Mar 28, 2014

Israel diplomat strike could hinder pope visit

Pope Francis will pray side-by-side with Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew in Jerusalem in a powerful sign of Christian unity during his May visit to Holy Land, the Vatican said on Thursday. Duration: 00:52 Mar 28, 2014

Ukraine opposition's Timoshenko to run for president

Ukraine's highly-divisive opposition leader and former premier Yulia Tymoshenko announced plans on Thursday to contest snap presidential polls set for May 25 following last month's fall of a pro-Kremlin regime. Duration: 00:53 Mar 28, 2014

MH370 victims' families desperately await hard evidence

Thunderstorms and gale-force winds grounded the international air search for wreckage from Flight MH370 on Thursday, frustrating the effort again as Thailand reported a satellite sighting of hundreds of floating objects. Durartion: 00:53 Mar 28, 2014

Egyptians react to Sisi's run for president

Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says he has quit the military to run for president and vows to rid the country of "terrorism" almost nine months after toppling its elected leader. Duration: 00:48 Mar 28, 2014