Narendra Modi felicitates two Youngsters for Climbing Mount Everest

New Delhi, June 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated two young mountaineers who made the country proud by scaling world’s highest summit, Mount Everest. Modi met the teenagers, Malavath Poorna 13, Anand Kumar 17 in person and presented them with certificates for their remarkable achievement. Poorna made history as the youngest female ever to reach the top of the mountain at the age of 13 years. Thrilled to meet the Indian PM Modi, Poorna said it was a dream come true to achieve such an honour. Jun 7, 2014

Corporate honchos discuss measures for economic growth with Finance Minister ahead of budget 2014

New Delhi, June 07 (ANI): Top business tycoons discussed growth in manufacturing sector, creation of non farm jobs and employment centric policies with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to boost economy, during the pre budget meet in New Delhi. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), President Sidharth Birla advocated measures to improve manufacturing sector for an overall economic growth. Chairman of the board, Videocon Industries Ltd, maker of electronics and home appliances, Venugopal Dhoot said that GST would usher in a new indirect tax regime which would subsume levies such as excise, service and local taxes. Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in IT hub Bangalore, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw was hopeful that the new government would fulfill its commitment towards economic growth. Jun 7, 2014

Afghanistan has concrete leads on Indian aid worker, claims MEA

New Delhi, June 07 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs said that Afghanistan has concrete leads now on Indian aid worker who was abducted in Herat. While addressing a news conference in New Delhi, MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the Afghan authorities have been taking the case very seriously even beyond their expectations. Jun 7, 2014

Politicians condemn abduction of Indian worker in Afghanistan, press for speedy release

Chennai, June 07 (ANI): Political fraternity condemned the abduction of an Indian aid worker in Afghanistan, and pressed the government to expedite action for his safe release. Cutting across party lines, the leaders from various political parties urged the government to speed up the process for the release of priest Alexis Prem Kumar, who was kidnapped in Herat province of Afghanistan, earlier this month. Leaders made personal appeal to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk tough with Afghanistan government and press for safe release of the abducted priest. Meanwhile, CPI leader D Raja said that the abduction was human rights violations and the central government should work towards the release of the priest at the earliest. Echoing similar sentiments, Senior Congress leader, Digvijay Singh said the Modi government should take every possible measure for the release of the worker. Jun 7, 2014

Youth in Tripura make use of bamboo to be self-employed

Tripura, June 07 (ANI): A group of unemployed youth launched Bamboo Enterprises United (BENU), a handicraft workshop and community facility centre, in Katlamara village in 2004. The aim was to be self employed by utilising the locally available Kanakaich variety of bamboo. The village was once a hotbed for militants and lacked proper employment and business opportunities for the youth. These young entrepreneurs provided training to rural artisans to create various bamboo items, including furniture More than 100 people are currently engaged with the project and supply bamboo products in the country and abroad. The Kanakaich variety of bamboo was earlier used only for making police batons. The furniture made of it is quite popular now. Jun 7, 2014

Naga girl forays into wellness industry in North India

Chandigarh, June 07 (ANI): Hailing from Dimapur in Nagaland, Ating Newmai runs Seven Sister Spa and training academy in Panchkula near Chandigarh. She plans to open more such facilities in the Northeast and expand her business in the growing wellness sector. Ating came to Chandigarh after completing a course in beauty from an institute in Noida. She worked at many reputed spas before opening her own facility. Working in Haryana, she has never faced any discrimination and has been receiving a good response from her customers. She wants to train more youth from the northeast and provide them employment at her spas. Jun 7, 2014

East Ukrainians fleeing fighting cross border to Russia

People from eastern Ukraine are crossing the border into Russia in increasing numbers, as the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels intensifies, Lugansk, Ukraine, June 6, 2014. Duration: 01:03 Jun 7, 2014

S. Korea unveils monument to Myanmar 1983 bombing

Dozens of South Korean officials and tearful family members gather in Myanmar to unveil a monument commemorating victims of a 1983 North Korean bombing aimed at assassinating the South's president on June 6, 2014. Duration: 00:42 Jun 7, 2014

Rio tourist attraction "floatball" planning expansion

Not footballs but floatballs - World Cup tourists can get a new perspective on Rio by boarding this new attraction in the city's affluent residential neighbourhood of Lagoa, June 6, 2014. Duration: 01:02 Jun 7, 2014

It Happens: World No Tobacco Day

Andhra Pradesh, June 6 (ANI): Internationally renowned sand artist, Sudarshan Patnaik, created an anti- smoking sculptor on sand at a beach in India's eastern Odisha and rallies were organized in southern Andhra Pradesh to create an awareness regarding the horrendous effects of smoking on World No Tobacco Day. World No Tobacco Day is observed annually on May 31 by World Health Organisation (WHO). Patnaik's 5-feet high and 20-feet long sand sculpture, which was made with 7 tons of sand, depicted the harmful effects of tobacco consumption As people gathered to have a glimpse of his artistic message, Patnaik said that his main motive was to inspire smokers to quit the harmful habit. Elsewhere, in Visakhapatnam city of southern Andhra Pradesh, hundreds of people marched with placards and balloons to spread the no-tobacco message. They urged the government to increase the tax on tobacco as a deterrent for consumers. Jun 6, 2014

It Happens: World Environment day

Bhopal/Varanasi/Kolkata/, June 6 (ANI): Meanwhile, children in temple town of Varanasi in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state also raised their voice for clean city. Dressed in green attires, kids skated for saving the environment, holding banners and shouting slogans.The city of Kolkata in West Bengal state too witnessed an awareness rally that advocated for plastic-free country. The rally saw participation from visually-impaired students as well. June 5 marks World Environment Day, which is celebrated annually to raise global awareness about environmental issues and stimulate political action. Jun 6, 2014