India, Pakistan end cross-border trade crisis

Islamabad, Feb 14 (ANI): Pakistan and India reached an agreement to resume trade across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, and to allow trucks to move across the heavily-militarised de facto border. Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told in Islamabad that the steps were taken in the interest of Kashmiris on both sides of the border. Feb 14, 2014

Raje Govt pursuing politics of transforming Rajasthan

New Delhi, Feb 14 (ANI): Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has maintained that she believes in the politics of transforming the state, instead of pursuing vengeful politics. Since assuming power in December last year, her government has taken several important decisions for people's welfare. The government decided not to implement FDI in Multi Brand Retail, in the view of adverse impact on employment opportunities for youth in the state. It has also decided to supply uninterrupted single-phase power for domestic connections. Raje's government has also decided to constitute the Rajasthan Subordinate and Ministerial Staff Selection Board, which would ease the process of recruitments. Feb 14, 2014

Govt set to raise Rs 61,162 cr from spectrum auction

New Delhi, Feb 14 (ANI): India is set to raise about Rs 61,162 crore from the auction of telecommunication spectrum, said Telecoms secretary M F Farooqui, far exceeding the government's target as it tries to narrow its budget deficit. Eight companies, including Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone Group Plc's India unit and Reliance Industries Ltd, had applied to bid in the auction of 900 megahertz and 1800 megahertz band airwaves. Feb 14, 2014

'Snowmaggedon' hits winter-weary New York

A major storm packing heavy snow and ice plowed into the eastern United States Thursday, leaving at least 10 dead, widespread road accidents and hundreds of thousands of people without power. Feb 14, 2014

US slopestyle skiers sweep podium in Sochi

Joss Christensen produced a dominant display to win the men's freestyle skiing slopestyle gold at the Sochi Olympic Games Thursday. Christensen headed a US clean sweep of the medals with Gus Kenworthy taking silver and Nicholas Goepper winning bronze. Feb 14, 2014

Jackie Chan says 'stop buying' illegal wildlife products

Actor Jackie Chan has called on consumers around the world to stop buying products from endangered animals like tigers, sharks, elephants and rhinos -- on the day representatives from more than 40 countries gathered in London aiming to agree a landmark global declaration on the illegal wildlife trade. Feb 14, 2014

British police, army rescue vulnerable from floods

British police and army personnel are working around the clock to deliver sand bags to homes and rescue the vulnerable as floodwaters continue to rise along the Thames valley, west of London. Feb 13, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Feb 13, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

Numbers of remote and far flung villages in kathua district have no resources of safe water supplied by Government Public Health department and are fully dependent on natural resources like borewell, springs, well, along with nullah and rivers which are not safe for consumption and are not good for health. To sort out the grievances of rural areas, the National Development Foundation, Jammu with support from Communication and Capacity Development Unit, Water and Sanitation Support organization, Deptt. of PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control organized “ Advocacy Workshop for Media and allied Departments” to create mass awareness among people to get them checked up with testing lab. The government school in Rajouri district lacks basic facilities that are needed to create a suitable atmosphere for education. In the modern times, when electricity has become a necessity in every home to commence the day to day chores, people here are still reeling under darkness. The residents of aalosa village in Bandipora district are facing major power shortage with electricity playing hide and seek every day. Feb 13, 2014

IOC seeks clarification from Russia on jailed activist

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday said it was seeking clarification from Russia over the jailing of a leading activist who criticised the environmental damage caused by the Sochi Games. Duration: 01:10 Feb 13, 2014

Mamata Banerjee ready to accept 17 points if comes to power: Anna Hazare

Ralegan Siddhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Anna Hazare after meeting TMC leaders Mukul Roy and KD Singh with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's word, said that Banerjee is ready to accept his 17 points if she comes to power. Further, he appreciated West Bengal CM and said that nobody else than she thought of changing the economic system form the village level. Hazare also praised Banerjee for her simplicity and said that if people will support her, change will follow. Feb 13, 2014

Congress leaders protest outside Delhi Assembly over Janlokpal Bill

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): The Congress leaders on Thursday protested against the AAP Government outside Delhi Secretariat over tabling of Delhi Janlokpal Bill in the state assembly. The Union Law Ministry, earlier, clarified that the Delhi government needs prior consent of the Centre before it can table the Bill. However, reports had said that the Delhi government will table the controversial Jan Lokpal Bill in the state Assembly as decided. Feb 13, 2014

Maharashtra CM to implement new toll policy

Mumbai, Feb 13 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said that a new toll policy is likely to be implemented in the light of recent agitations against toll tax collection in the state. Earlier, during the day, Chavan had met the MNS chief Raj Thackeray and discussed the contentious toll collection issue. Feb 13, 2014