Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra CM

Mumbai, Oct 31 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the 23rd Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Friday (October 31). The oath taking ceremony was held in the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It was the first time that a Chief Minister's oath taking ceremony was being held in a stadium. BJP core committee members Eknath Khadse, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Vinod Tawde, Pankaja Munde, former Mumbai BJP president Prakash Mehta, Palghar district tribal leader Vishnu Sawra, and Chandrakant Patil also took oath as cabinet ministers. Dilip Kamble and Vidya Thakur were sworn in as ministers of state. The ceremony was attended by close to 30, 000 people including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and BJP senior leader LK Advani. Oct 31, 2014

Sri Lankan cricket team arrives in India for One Day International series

Bhubaneswar, Oct 31 (ANI): Sri Lankan cricket team arrived in Odisha on Friday, to play five-match One Day International (ODI) series against India. The Indian and Sri Lankan teams will attend practice sessions on Friday and Saturday before their matches. The first match will be played at the Barabati Stadium in Odisha's Cuttack city on Sunday. According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), Sri Lanka is the fourth most successful team in the ODIs in 2014, a rank below India. While India will play sans captain MS Dhoni, Sri Lanka is set to battle without two of their best bowlers, Lasith Malinga and Rangana Herath. Earlier this month, Sri Lanka was called in to fill the void by the West Indies team, which abandoned its India tour after a pay dispute between the players and the cricket board. Oct 31, 2014

First litter born to new dog breed in Slovakia

First ten puppies born to new dog breed the Tatra Hound. The parents are the product of over two years of development, working with hunters and professionals. Duration: 00:41 Oct 31, 2014

Malaria threat in Liberia as fight against Ebola rages

Focus on treating the Ebola epidemic in Liberia means that treatment for malaria, itself a killer, is hard to come by. MSF are now undertaking the mass distribution of antimalarials in Monrovia. Duration: 00:38 Oct 31, 2014

Not bothered about militants' plan to assassinate me, says Sheikh Hasina

Dhaka, Oct 31 (ANI): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she is not at all worried about the suspected plan by banned militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to assassinate her. During a press conference in capital Dhaka, Hasina said she will die only after completing all her work for Bangladesh. Meanwhile, Hasina said all South Asian countries are working unanimously towards prevention of militancy and thus they share information on a regular basis. Oct 31, 2014

Traders hail increased trade between India and Pakistan

Poonch, Oct 31 (ANI): Indian and Pakistani traders hailed cross-border trade between both the countries, which has crossed rupees 10 billion mark. India and Pakistan had announced new Confidence Building Measures (CBM), including increase in number of trading points along the Line of Control (LoC), when the foreign ministers of the two countries had met in New Delhi in 2011. President of Cross LoC Traders Association, Pawan Anand said people of India's Jammu and Kashmir have significantly taken part in the development of the trade. Oct 31, 2014

Centre misconstrues my protest, trying to help people: Irom Sharmila

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Manipur's "Iron Lady" and India's human rights activist Irom Sharmila, who is on a hunger strike for past 14 years protesting against alleged army atrocities, said on Friday that she was not a militant and only fighting for right to live. Sharmila is facing trial in a Delhi court for alleged suicide attempt by refusing food during a protest in the Indian capital in 2006. A senior Delhi Police official claimed that he saw Sharmila's health deteriorating. Under Indian law, attempting suicide is a punishable offence. Sharmila, who was jailed two days after she was set free by a court in Imphal in August, is on bail at the moment. However, she is in judicial custody. Oct 31, 2014

Former Union Carbide Chief Warren Anderson dies at age of 92

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Former Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson, who was wanted in connection with the December 1984 Bhopal gas leak case, died on September 29 at a nursing home in Vero Beach, Florida. He was 92 years of age. Anderson led Union Carbide when thousands were killed in a gas leak at its plant in India, which led to multiple calls for his extradition to India to face prosecution for his role. Anderson was arrested following the incident and charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, grievous assault and killing and poisoning human beings and animals. He was subsequently released on bail under controversial circumstances. Oct 31, 2014

PM Modi pays floral tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Parliament

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid floral tributes at the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary in Parliament. PM Modi was accompanied by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, BJP senior leader LK Advani, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and others. The leaders offered rose petals in front of a huge portrait of Sardar Patel in Parliament House. Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee also paid floral tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at President House along with other officials. Oct 31, 2014

Gadkari launches ETC system for Delhi-Mumbai Highway

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday launched the Electronic Toll Collection system for the Delhi-Mumbai Highway. The Electronic Toll Collection systems have already been installed at 55 toll plaza. Their integration with Central Clearing House (CCH) operators has almost been completed on the Delhi-Mumbai route via Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Gadkari said that there can be no fake tolls in the new system and since the data will be recorded so there can be no stealing. Oct 31, 2014

Bangalore rape case: Social Activists demand amendment in laws for safety of children in school

New Delhi/Jaipur, Oct 31 (ANI): Social Activists on Friday demanded demand amendment in laws for safety of children in school after a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a Hindi teacher on the campus of her private school in Bangalore. Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Barkha Shukla said that there needs to be law of on the spot punishment in such cases. AIDWA General Secretary Jagmati Sangwan said that holistic gender sensitization of schools should take place. Social activist Kavita Srivastava also appealed for stricter laws to be made to ensure safety of children. Oct 31, 2014

BJP hails Modi's 'Run For Unity' campaign on Sardar Patel's birthday

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): The BJP on Friday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the initiative to celebrate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary by organizing the 'Run For Unity' campaign. Prime Minister Modi on Friday flagged off the campaign at Rajpath. Modi earlier arrived at Patel Chowk in the heart of Delhi, where he paid floral tributes to Patel on his 139th birth anniversary. Modi then administered Unity pledge to thousands of participants present at Rajpath addressing the participants of 'Run for Unity'. The government had announced that it would observe the birth anniversary of Patel on October 31 every year as National Unity Day as a tribute to his efforts to unite India. Oct 31, 2014

Congress, NCP slam BJP for sidelining Indira Gandhi to celebrate Patel's birth anniversary

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): As the Narendra Modi-led government celebrated the 139th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by flagging-off the 'Run for Unity' marathon, the Congress and the NCP cried foul as the PM and his ministers failed to turn up at the Shakti Sthal to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 30th death anniversary. The Congress criticised the BJP government for sidelining former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Oct 31, 2014