Lumani (Nagaland), May 15 (IANS) India lacks quality academic institutions and there is a need to revive higher educational institutions, President Pranab Mukherjee said here Wednesday. Speaking at the third convocation of Nagaland University, Mukherjee said that despite India's higher education system being the second largest in the world. "Despite India's higher education system being the second largest in the world, the enrolment rate for the 18-24 years age group in India is only seven per cent
Lumani (Nagaland), May 15 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday called upon students and teachers in Nagaland to spread innovations. Inaugurating an exhibition at the Nagaland University here, the president asked the faculty and students to "search, spread, sense and celebrate innovations in the region". "Let this be the beginning of a festival of innovations in our country," he said
Riga (Latvia), April 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A fake Latvian driving license, bearing the name and photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was seized from a Russian national in Germany, the Latvian traffic authority said.
Riga, Jan 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Latvian President Andris Berzins has said the country may not be able to preserve its independence if it followed EU directives. "The economic crisis was followed by a measure of stability and Latvia acquired an international reputation but it is very important to watch carefully where we are at present and what we will do in the future," President Berzins said Wednesday
Riga, Oct 31 (IANS) A competition for the largest pumpkin in Latvia was won by Daine Badovska for her 165 kg gourd, reported RIA Novosti. Last year too, Badovska took the first place. The second spot this year went to Inna Kazlovska for a 117 kg pumpkin and the third place winner was bagged by Valdis Magonis (110 kg pumpkin).
Riga, Oct 31 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A woman in Latvia has won a competition for having the largest pumpkin in her northern European nation after her gourd was found weighing 460 kg, the contest organiser said Tuesday. Daine Badovska, of Skrunda city which is 130 km from capital city of Riga, had won the same competition last year too.
Riga, Aug 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Communications have been lost with a party of Lithuanian cave specialists exploring the deepest cave in the world, Krubera-Voronja in Abkhazia, a spokeswoman for the expedition told Lithuanian media Friday. The cavers were located more than 1,200 meters underground when communications were lost. "It's not a very pleasant situation because we have had no idea since yesterday what is going on down there," the spokeswoman said. "They are all at a depth of over 1,200 meters," she said, adding that there was no information concerning the condition of the cavers. She did not specify how many cavers were in the party. Krubera-Voronja, located in the Georgian breakaway republic of Abkhazia, was discovered in 1960. Only a few dozen cave specialists have ever penetrated to the cave's deepest level, fully 2,190 meters below the surface. --IANS RIA Novosti snb
Riga (Latvia), July 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A 17-year-old Latvian freestyle BMX rider has died of injuries sustained in a crash during a competition here, organisers said Sunday. Arturs Grikis fell from his bike at the Ghetto Games extreme sports event Saturday, and died of internal injuries at the city's Ventspils hospital Sunday morning. Event organiser Raimonds Elbakjans told Latvian news agency LETA that Grikis slipped while performing a 360-degree spin and landed heavily on his abdomen. "He was a very strong guy, so after the incident he was able to stand up and walk to the ambulance that took him to hospital," Elbakjans said. "At seven in the morning, we were told of the tragedy and automatically cancelled the competition." The Ghetto Games festival was the first to be held in Riga and was scheduled to include 1,500 competitors from 15 countries over three days. Grikis had been billed as a promising rider who had begun to attract international attention. --IANS/RIA Novosti sr/vt