UN demands urgent action to help Iraq refugees

The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says thousands of Yazidi refugees are stranded on Mount Sinjar in Iraq, besieged by Sunni extremists from the Islamic State who control much of northern Iraq and eastern Syria. Duration: 00:56 Aug 12, 2014

Nairobi ethical fashion initiative takes people out of poverty

Nairobi's Hub workshop is the heart of Ethical Fashion Africa, a not-for-profit group created to empower marginalized people by linking them up with international fashion houses like Vivienne Westwood, Fendi and Stella McCartney. Duration: 02:35 Aug 12, 2014

School teachers urge govt to take tough measures against Maoists in Jharkhand

Gumla, Aug 12 (ANI): Government teachers in red corridor of Gumla district urged authorities to take tough measures against the Maoists who are responsible for instilling fear among tutors leading to the shut down of schools in the area. The teachers staged a protest in the wake of abduction and murder of two government school tutors, who were siblings in Gumla district of Jharkhand on August 10. Prakash Toppo, a teacher with the Ghaghra Bansari Middle School, while going to school was abducted on August 06. Consequently, the abductors made a phone call at Toppo's residence demanding ransom of four lakh rupees. His sister, Saroj Toppo, who was also a teacher at a school, went with the money to release her brother but to her ill fate she was also abducted and killed. Aug 12, 2014

Gaza faces Sisyphean task of reconstruction

With thousands of homes reduced to rubble and its infrastructure in ruins, Gaza’s reconstruction will cost billions and require at least an easing of Israel’s blockade to allow in building materials. Duration: 00:51 Aug 12, 2014

Indian women's team bags gold in archery world cup

New Delhi, Aug 12 (ANI): President of Archery Association of India, VK Malhotra, on Tuesday said that the women’s team has made the nation proud after bagging gold in stage four of the ongoing Archery World Cup in Wroclaw, Poland. Reportedly, the Indian women’s team was led by Deepika Kumari and included Bombayla Devi Laishram and Lakshmi Rani Manji and they defeated the Mexican team 6-0 on Sunday. The gold medal increased India’s tally of medals to five in the World Cup. The men’s and women’s team met Malhotra at his residence in New Delhi, where he congratulated them. Aug 12, 2014

India's Modi makes landmark visit to disputed Kashmir

Narendra Modi visits the disputed area of Kashmir, where he will become the first Indian prime minister in 15 years to visit the Siachen glacier -- dubbed the world's highest battlefield. Duration: 00:41 Aug 12, 2014

Traders protest against load shedding in PoK

Kotli, PoK, August 12: Pakistan occupied Kashmir is on the boil yet again… The prolonged power cuts and inflated utility bills have brought traders on to the roads. Aug 12, 2014

Phoolan Devi murder case: Decision to be pronounced on August 14

New Delhi, Aug 12 (ANI): The decision on Phoolan Devi murder case will be pronounced on August 14. A court on Tuesday reserved its order on the quantum of sentence against main accused Sher Singh Rana, convicted for killing bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi. Delhi Police has demanded death penalty for Rana. Additional Sessions Judge Bharat Parashar fixed Aug 14 for delivering the order on the quantum of sentence against Rana. On Aug 8, the court convicted Rana, who gunned down Phoolan Devi, to avenge the 1981 Behmai massacre in which she killed 17 people of the higher caste Thakur community. Aug 12, 2014

Politicos react after Sonia Gandhi attacks Modi government over communal violence

New Delhi, Aug 12 (ANI): Launching a scathing attack on Narendra Modi Government, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said there has been an increase in communal violence in the country since it came to power and alleged this was part of a _deliberate_ attempt to divide the people. Politicos gave mixed reaction on the same.New Delhi, Aug 12 (ANI): Launching a scathing attack on Narendra Modi Government, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said there has been an increase in communal violence in the country since it came to power and alleged this was part of a _deliberate_ attempt to divide the people. Politicos gave mixed reaction on the same. Aug 12, 2014

Floods in Odisha leave villagers marooned

Odisha, Aug 12 (ANI): People in Odisha continued to face difficulties as floods triggered by heavy rain marooned residents of 15 villages in Sonepur district on Tuesday. Floods triggered by days of heavy rain in Odisha have killed 45 people and left more than 300,000 people cut off from basic services. More than 300 villages in the state have been left surrounded by floodwater, after major rivers such as the Mahanadi, burst their banks submerging large swathes of farmland, immersing roads and sweeping away bridges. More than 100,000 people had made their way to government relief camps where they were receiving shelter and cooked meals. Block Development Officer of Birmaharajpur, Basanta Kumar Majhi, said government was ready to provide relief to people. Aug 12, 2014

Sushma Swaraj launches website to track information on death of nationals overseas

New Delhi, Aug 12 (ANI): Union Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, launched a website to facilitate exchange of updated information on the status of return of bodies of citizens to the country in case of death overseas.Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi on Tuesday, Swaraj said relatives in India have to face a lot of inconvenience due to lack of information if their loved ones, living in other countries, die due to some reason. She said that they are usually unaware on when the bodies will return and approach her inquiring about the same. In a bid to facilitate an easy flow of information between the missions abroad and kin over tracking bodies, the foreign ministry came up with the idea. The website has been created by Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and will be taken forward by the foreign ministry. Aug 12, 2014