Joint military drill by India, China to combat terrorism

Beijing, Nov 7 (ANI): Indian and Chinese soldiers began an anti-terrorism exercise "Hand-in-Hand" in Chinese province with their eyes firmly on enhancing mutual trust and boosting cooperation between two of the largest and well-equipped armed forces in the world. The Indian contingent was led by Brigadier D.S. Shishodia along with the commanding officer Colonel Gaurav Srivastava. Shishodia said on Wednesday that the troops were mixed and organised in two companies in order to learn from each other. Exercise Hand-in-Hand formally begun at Miao Ergang which comes under Chengdu Military area. Miao is 150 km south of Chengdu. 150 Indian army contingents reached the Chengdu city on November 04, to take part in the anti-terrorism drills. Nov 7, 2013

Sonia Gandhi, Narendra Modi to address rallies in poll-bound Chhattisgarh today

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be in poll-bound Chhattisgarh today to address separate rallies . According to reports, Modi is scheduled to address two public meetings in Bastar-Jagdalpur and at Kanker, besides one at Rajnandgaon Dongargarh, while Sonia Gandhi would address the public at Kondagaon. Security has been heightened across the state, particularly in the Maoist-affected Bastar region. Taking a serious note of the Maoist threat, the Centre has sent an additional 400 companies (40,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces to ensure peaceful polling. The BJP has already demanded PM-level security for Modi Nov 7, 2013

Govt should provide security on threat perception, not on leaders' post: BJD

New Delhi, Nov 07 (ANI): Speaking on BJP's demand of SPG cover for its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Biju Janata Dal leader Jay Panda said on Thursday that the government should take decision on beefing up security on threat perception and not on the post leaders are holding or will hold in future. Nov 7, 2013

PM should attend CHOGM in Colombo: NCP

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): NCP leader Tariq Anwar on Thursday said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should attend the CHOGM in Colombo as it is a Commonwealth summit and not a bilateral talk between India and Sri Lanka. Nov 7, 2013

Stop playing politics over VIPs security: BJP to Congress

Allahabad, Nov 07 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday said that it is very unfortunate that on the issue of security to VIPs and particularly BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the Congress party is playing dirty politics. Nov 7, 2013

Blast in Imphal: One killed, Six injured

Imphal, Nov 07 (ANI): One person was killed and six others got seriously injured when a powerful bomb, exploded in Imphal. The blast took place just after a security meeting was being conducted two days ago, headed by the Chief Minister, in presence of Deputy Chief Minister, Top Brass Security Officials and Civil Officials. This is the latest in a series of attacks on migrant labourers in the state by militant outfits who want outsiders to leave the state. Nov 7, 2013

India-Bangladesh launch Joint Retreat Ceremony on eastern international border

West Bengal, Nov 07 (ANI): India and Bangladesh launched a Joint Retreat Ceremony at the Petrapole-Benapole border outpost at the eastern international border. Petrapole is located some 120-km north of Kolkata in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. Benapole is the Bangladeshi side of the border. The ceremony includes parades, march-past and lowering of the national flag of both the countries and will henceforth be a daily routine, at sundown, on the eastern border. Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who attended the Ceremony, said Bangladesh and India share the same culture and heritage and the Joint Retreat will help both countries strengthen their ties. Shinde also said taht India has already initiated steps to simplify visa rules for businessmen, students and those seeking medical treatment as well as signing of the Extradition treaties. Nov 7, 2013

Russia launches Sochi Olympic torch into space

Russia on Thursday launches into space a trio of Russian, Japanese and US astronauts carrying an unlit Olympic torch that will for the first time be taken on a spacewalk to mark the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Duration: 00:34 Nov 7, 2013

Bolshoi ballet chief confronts alleged attacker in court

The artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet Sergei Filin on Wednesday dramatically confronted the former dancer accused of plotting to blind him with acid, rejecting allegations of an affair with a top young ballerina. Duration: 0:45 Nov 7, 2013

Iran nuclear talks kick off

A fresh round of talks between Iran and world powers kicked off Thursday with a push for Tehran to freeze its disputed nuclear programme in exchange for some relief from sanctions. Duration: 01:06 Nov 7, 2013

French rugby team warns Kiwis ahead of test match

The French rugby team warns New Zealand that they won't just be "sparring partners" for the All Blacks, ahead of their match at the Parisian Stade de France on Saturday. Duration: 00:42 Nov 7, 2013

US and Cameroon authors win top French literary prize

The Femina committee awarded its prize for best French novel to Cameroonian Leonora Miano for "La Saison de l'ombre" ("The Season of Darkness") and its prize for best foreign novel to American Richard Ford for his novel "Canada." Duration: 1:22 Nov 7, 2013