Students in Kashmir demand bridge construction as they have to cross river on boat to reach school

Rajouri, Nov 16 (ANI): School children in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir risk their lives to go to a school by crossing a river as there is no bridge over it. Students in Nadpur Dhallian village cross River Manawar on a boat everyday to get to their schools while locals also have to go by same mode to get to the other side. People complain that even after repeated complaints, the administration did not construct a bridge. A school teacher, Isher Singh said that if a bridge is built, more children would come from nearby villages to attend school. Singh also said that many parents feared sending their children to school as there were several incidents of children and villagers getting swept away or drowning in the river water. Meanwhile, the assembly polls in the state are scheduled to take place from November 25 and the five-phased elections will conclude on December 20. Counting of votes will take place on December 23. Nov 16, 2014

Followers of Rampal stand guard outside his ashram

Hissar, Nov 16 (ANI): The followers of self styled godman Rampal stood outside his ashram in Hissar district of Haryana. His brother Purshottam Das said that Rampal's supporters will not move until they are given justice adding that the followers have been taught lessons of life by their preacher. Rampal has been summoned by the Court regarding hearing of a case, which he frequently missed saying that he is not medically fit. Nov 16, 2014

PM most sought after leader of G20: Suresh Prabhu

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday while addressing a press conference said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the most sought after leader at the G-20 summit. He added that employment was the central issue of discussion at the summit. He further stated that PM Modi strongly pitched for Black Money at the summit and even indicated a need for Global Centre for renewable energy. MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that Brazil and South Africa spoke in favor of PM Modi on the Black Money issue. Nov 16, 2014

People raise water, electricity woes ahead of Kashmir polls

Poonch, Nov 16 (ANI): People in poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir complained about lack of basic facilities on Sunday (November 16). The assembly polls in the state will be held in five phases, which will begin on November 25 and conclude on December 20. Counting of votes will take place on December 23. People of Tharati village in Poonch district say they have been facing water scarcity issue since a very long time and will vote for a person who pays heed to their issues. Meanwhile, to voters recovering from the worst floods in a century, those plans are a far cry from reality. Nov 16, 2014

Five infants die in Dharmapuri government hospital within 12 hours

Dharmapuri, Nov 16 (ANI): Five new born babies including four baby girls died at the Dharmapuri Medical College Hospital in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri district within a span of 12 hours. Three babies were born in primary health centers (PHC) and were later admitted with respiratory and other complications. The incident however has shown light on the poor reproductive health of women in this backward district. Dharmapuri Medical College Dean Dr Elangovan said that of the five babies, three babies were severely underweight and the other two suffered from Respiratory distress syndrome. Nov 16, 2014

PM takes people along abroad to increase crowd: Khurshid

Farrukhabad, Nov 16 (ANI): Congress leader Salman Khurshid said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes people along with him to increase the crowd. While commenting on PM Modi's public meetings during foreign trips, he said that he had visited Nay Pyi Taw and the streets of Nay Pyi Taw were empty. He added that PM Modi had taken along with him the crowd that was cheering for PM Modi in Nay Pyi Taw. Nov 16, 2014

PM Modi raises black money issue in G-20 Summit, draws reactions

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has raised the issue of India's black money abroad. After this, CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Ashish Kumar Chauhan said that Modi set a perfect pitch by talking openly about black money with G-20 leaders. Meanwhile, Businessman Zafar Sareshwala said that PM Modi's concern about black money is genuine and he did a perfect thing to raise the issue at G-20 summit. Nov 16, 2014

Comedian Kapil Sharma participates in cleanliness drive

Mumbai, Nov 16 (ANI): Stand up comedian and host of the show 'Comedy Nights with Kapil' Kapil Sharma on Sunday participated in cleanliness drive in Mumbai initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sharma said that he is happy to be a part of Modi's cleanliness campaign and would like to inspire people all around the country to spread awareness about cleanliness. Nov 16, 2014

PM Modi meets Saudi Arabia Crown Prince

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Brisbane. Raising the issue of black money during the G-20 Summit meeting, PM Modi stated that India supports all initiatives which facilitate automatic exchange of information among nations that ultimately helps in tracing unaccounted money and its eventual repatriation. After attending the Summit in Brisbane, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to travel to Sydney, where he will attend a community reception and address the Indian Diaspora. Nov 16, 2014

Ten Maoists surrender and six arrested in Chhattisgarh

Bijapur, Nov 16 (ANI): Ten Maoists surrendered while six were arrested by the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. Inspector General (IG), Bastar, SRP Kalluri, said that while ten Maoists had surrendered on their own, six others were arrested by the police. Among the ten Maoists who have surrendered, were a couple. The husband, Sampath, is the founder and commander of former Platoon 16 and worked for it for eight years. He is known to be an expert in making explosives and has also been involved in 27 serious crimes. On the other hand, his wife, Sarita has been involved in six serious crimes. Sarita said that ever since her marriage to Sampath, she had never led a peaceful life. The other Maoists who surrendered alleged that they were subjected to physical exploitation and torture, which eventually forced them to surrender before the police. Nov 16, 2014

Trial against war criminals will continue, says Bangladesh PM

Dhaka, Nov 16 (ANI): Prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, said that in spite of local and international pressure on her, trial against war criminals would continue and the victims would get justice. The Bangladesh Prime Minister said in spite of local and international pressure on her, trials against the war criminals would continue. Hasina blamed the leader of Bangladesh Nationalists Party, Begum Khaleda Zia, for supporting the Jamat-e-Islami and the war criminals. Nov 16, 2014

Proud Indians in Australia look forward to Modi's visit

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): The nearly 300,000-strong Indian diaspora in Australia is clearly excited about the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi is on a three-country visit - Myanmar, Australia and Fiji - to participate in various summits and bilateral meetings. Owner of an Indian grocery store in Brisbane, Dinesh Mehta, said that Modi visiting Brisbane was a very proud moment for him (Mehta). Mukhtar Ali, owner of a local Indian restaurant, Grand Taj, expressed happiness at Modi's arrival in the city and said that he would love to meet Modi. Such is the excitement about Modi's visit that a restaurant in Brisbane has been named 'Namo's Indian Food Court' in his honour. Nov 16, 2014