TV viewers could soon change service provider without switching set-top box

New Delhi, Oct 8 (ANI): Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said that the ministry is working towards bringing a service for the TV viewers wherein they can change the service providers without switching their set-top boxes. After chairing the first meeting of the Task Force for Cable Digitization for phases three and four, Javadekar said that the viewers should get the benefits of digitalization, with high quality picture at affordable prices. He added that the ministry is also mulling to exempt the Free to Air channels from the restrictions of 12-minutes ad-cap. Oct 8, 2014

Brazils Dilma Rousseff holds meeting with coalition

Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff held a meeting in Brasilia Tuesday with senators and governors of her coalition, some of which are also on the race to be elected in the October 26 run-off. Duration: 01:03 Oct 8, 2014

Lightning kills 11 indigenous in remote Colombia

The bolt of lightning that killed 11 people in an isolated indigenous village in Colombia was a punishment from nature for neglecting it, according to some devastated relatives of the Wiwa community. Duration: 01:00 Oct 8, 2014

Frenchman fights for return of sister from Syria

A young Frenchman is fighting for the return of his sister, a 15-year old school girl, who he claims left France to join the Jihadist Al-Nosra group in Syria after being in touch with an internet recruiting network. Duration: 01:08 Oct 8, 2014

BSF DG says India retaliating strongly to ceasefire violations

Jammu, Oct 8 (ANI): Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF) D K Pathak said on Wednesday that the Indian security forces have been retaliating very strongly to the ceasefire violations from across the border. Pathak also paid a visit to the Government Hospital in Jammu to meet civilians who were injured in the gunfire. He also added that Pakistani troops were targeting residential areas because they weren't able to cause significant damages to the BSF posts. Oct 8, 2014

BJP policies unfavorable for poor, farmers and backward classes: BS Hooda

Hisar, Oct 8 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday while addressing a rally in Hisar district said that the policies of BJP can never be favorable for the poor, farmers and backward classes. Slamming BJP on its weak border policies Hooda said that BJP claimed of solving all the border issues after forming the government but failed to do so after coming to power. Oct 8, 2014

Contingency plans ready to face cyclone, says Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneshwar, Oct 8 (ANI): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said that all preparations have been done to meet any eventuality arising out of the possible cyclonic storm hitting the state's coast, and added that contingency plans are in place to face the situation. Meanwhile, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Commander M K Yadav informed that his team is ready for any challenge that may arise if the state is hit by cyclone. According to reports from the Meteorological Department, the state government has been informed that Cyclone Hudhud is heading toward north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and is set to hit the coast by October 12. Under its influence, strong winds and heavy rains are likely to lash the areas along the south Odisha-Andhra coast. Oct 8, 2014

Politicos react after Shiv Sena slams PM for not focussing on Pak border issues

Mumbai/Dhule/New Delhi, Oct 8 (ANI): Shiv Sena editorial mouthpiece, Saamna, took a jibe at the Prime Minister's 56 inch chest on Wednesday, in the backdrop of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. The editorial piece in Saamna said that what was needed to protect the country was not a 56 inch chest but a will to do so. It further alleged that the PM Narendra Modi was not giving this issue the due attention and was instead busy attending rallies in Maharashtra ahead of the assembly polls. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the government should act tough on the border issues. NCP leader Majid Memon said that such personal remarks are common in the run up to elections and should be avoided. Oct 8, 2014

BJP will transform scam Haryana to skill Haryana: Modi

Rohtak, Oct 08 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally in Haryana's Rohtak on Wednesday said that the Congress made Haryana a state of scams, the BJP will transform it to skill Haryana. He asked the people of the state to elect a BJP government with clear majority for the development of the state. Oct 8, 2014

People have been good to me, says Javed Akhtar

New Delhi, Oct 8 (ANI): Poet and script writer Javed Akhtar, who recently completed 50 years in Indian Film Industry, says that during this journey people have been good to me. He has also teamed up with Tata Sky for a new programme for the DTH player's subscribers, who will get to enjoy the 'shayaris' and 'dohas' of yesteryear. Great going Javed Ji!!! Oct 8, 2014

KPCC demands action against Shashi Tharoor for backing Narendra Modi

Thiruvananthapuram / New Delhi, Oct 8 (ANI): Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, faced ire from his own party for backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 'Clean India' campaign. Modi, while launching his Clean India drive, had called on personalities from different fields of work, including Tharoor, to take up the cleanliness challenge and continue with the sanitation mission. Tharoor backed Modi's vision but drew flak from his own party. However, later the leader, representing Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala, said he supported Mahatma Gandhi's vision of clean India in national interest. On Wednesday, president of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), V.M. Sudheeran, said Tharoor's pro-Modi statements were unacceptable. Oct 8, 2014