Jayalalithaa sentenced to four years jail, politicos react

New Delhi, Sept 27 (ANI): Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa on Saturday was sentenced to four years prison and slapped with a fine of Rs100 crore after being convicted by a City Special Court in the 18-year old disproportionate assets case under the Prevention for Corruption Act. Jayalalithaa has also been debarred from contesting any elections for the next ten years. Leaders from various political parties gave mixed reactions on the same. Jayalalithaa has also lost the MLA's post and will have to step down as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. She was charged with accumulation of Rs 66 crore wealth through dishonest means during her first tenure as chief minister from 1991 to 1996. Sep 27, 2014

Jayalalithaa to be sent to jail after medical check-up: Lawyer

Bangalore, Sep 27 (ANI): Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh while addressing the media on Saturday said that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been sentenced to imprisonment for 4 years in jail and has been imposed with a fine of Rs 100 crore. Assistant Public Prosecutor Mrugesh M said that she has been taken into custody and will be sent to jail after her medical examination is done. Sep 27, 2014

PM Modi meets UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

New York, Sep 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. He also took a tour of the UN Headquarters with the Secretary General. Modi will soon be addressing the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier paid tribute at the 9/11 memorial in New York. Prime Minister Modi, who is on a five-day visit to the United States, is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with President Barack Obama. Sep 27, 2014

HK democracy protesters hold out after storming govt HQ

More than 50 protesters are still holding out at Hong Kong government headquarters after storming the complex overnight as a week-long protest against Beijing's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy turned angry. Duration: 00:53 Sep 27, 2014

Politicos react after Jayalalithaa convicted guilty in Disproportionate Assets Case

New Delhi, Sep 27 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was convicted guilty by a Special City Court in the disproportionate assets case. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said this is a confirmation that no one is above law and this decision of the court will have its impact on the politics of Tamil Nadu. Other leaders from major political parties also echoed similar sentiments. Sep 27, 2014

Non-profit body conducts coastal cleanup drive in Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam, Sept 27 (ANI): A non-profit organisation on Saturday conducted a beach cleaning programme tagged as 'coastal clean-up drive' in Andhra Pradesh, with the aim of creating awareness among beach users about the importance of maintaining cleanliness. The clean-up programme was inaugurated by US Consulate General for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha, Michael Mullins, who was glad to be part of such an event. Volunteers from various institutions and residents from the city gathered to clean the debris, garbage and other harmful wastes along the Visakhapatnam coastline. Sep 27, 2014

New York: PM Narendra Modi pays tribute at the 9/11 Memorial

New York, Sep 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute at the 9/11 memorial in New York. He will also address the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) today. At the UN, his speech will be "forward looking" even as India has made its official rebuttal of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Kashmir comments on the floor of the UN General Assembly. Prime Minister Modi, who is on a five-day visit to the United States, is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with President Barack Obama. Sep 27, 2014

Uma Bharti wields broom to promote cleanliness drive

New Delhi, Sep 27 (ANI): Water Resource Minister Uma Bharti along with her officers on Saturday wielded the broom in the premises of Shram Shakti Bhavan outside her office to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project 'Swacch Bharat Abhiyan'. Bharti said that she will continue to clean the premises of the office for the next seven days and seeing her clean the premises the employees would keep the place clean out of shame or out of duty sense. She added that Gandhiji always promoted cleanliness and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also taken inspiration from the Mahatma. Sep 27, 2014

Delhi HC asks OP Chautala to surrender before Oct 17, politicos react

New Delhi, Sep 27 (ANI): In a major blow to former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, who has been convicted in JBT recruitment scam case, the Delhi High Court has asked him to surrender on or before October 17. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief is currently out of prison on bail on health grounds. The INLD leader recently addressed a political rally in Haryana's Jind town where he slammed the Congress government for sending him to jail by implicating him in JBT scam. Chautala even vowed to take oath in jail if his party emerged winner in the assembly polls. Meanwhile, reacting over the court's direction, the BJP and Congress said that it is a legal matter and the law should take its own course. Sep 27, 2014

Civil societies extend relief materials to flood affected J and K

Rajouri, Sep 27 (ANI): A New Delhi based non-profit charitable trust, Thakurdwara, collected and sent the much needed relief material to Rajouri district of flood- affected Jammu. Three trucks carrying relief material worth rupees 50 lakh reached Rajouri. Relief material included shelter kits, bed sheets, towels, milk powder and tarpaulin sheets. Both the Indian and Pakistani sides of the disputed Himalayan region have seen extensive flooding this month, with Srinagar particularly hard hit. Hundreds of people have been killed and tens of thousands are homeless. District Development Commissioner, Jatinder Kumar Singh said that according to the data collected so far, 9,000 homes have been damaged in the floods, out of which 3,000 have been totally ruined and such contributions are a big help for the administration. Sep 27, 2014

Devotees perform 'ancient Garba' to please Goddess Durga during Navratri

Surat, Sept 27 (ANI): Hundreds of Hindu devotees, especially women, performed the traditional dance (Garba) in honour of Mother Goddess Durga during the festival of nine nights, Navratri, in Surat city of Gujarat. Women decked in traditional attire have played the ancient Garba in Surat city for the past hundreds of years holding lit earthen pots on the head. This is considered an auspicious old tradition, with the lit earthen pot symbolising a fertile womb. Navratri is celebrated with great enthusiasm and people drench into the music of Garba for nine-long-days, representing the nine manifestations of the divine mother. Sep 27, 2014

Police baton charge AIADMK workers raising slogans in support of Jayalalithaa

Bangalore/ Chennai, Sep 27 (ANI): Workers of Tamil Nadu's ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party were baton charged and later detained by Bangalore Police on Saturday for raising slogans in support of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Jayalalithaa is currently in the city to hear the verdict in an almost two-decades-old disproportionate assets case against her. The protest started from Tamil Nadu's Hosur City, where the police checked a bus for AIADMK supporters on their way to Bangalore. The supporters had also gathered near the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border. The AIADMK workers also raised slogans in support of Jayalalithaa outside her residence in Chennai. The AIADMK chief is accused of obtaining assets worth almost Rs. 66 crores through dishonest means during her first tenure as chief minister from 1991 to 1996. Sep 27, 2014

'Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye' with Sonali Bendre

Mumbai, Sept 27 (ANI): Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre launches her new fiction show 'Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye' in India's showbiz hub Mumbai recently. The show, which is produced by Ekta Kapoor, has Sonali teamed up with Apoorva Agnihotri. Well....we wish good luck to this new show!!! Sep 27, 2014

Lady Gaga disrupts fans' fight during concert

New Delhi, Sept 27 (ANI): Lady Gaga stopped a fight between two fans during her ' ArtRave: The ArtPop Ball' tour stop in Antwerp. She warned the fans to be careful and not fight after they started wrestling for her neon jacket, which she tossed into the crowd, media reported. The chaos made Gaga so furious that she took back the jacket and sternly told her fans that her concerts are for "practicing love". However, she later went to the fighting fans and told them not to worry as she still loves them. Sep 27, 2014

Construction work for Lucknow Metro begins, Akhilesh Yadav aims to complete project by 2016

Lucknow, Sep 27 (ANI): The UP government on Saturday officially commenced the Lucknow Metro project. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav while speaking at the Bhoomi Pujan said that efforts will be made to complete the project before the next state assembly election which will be held in 2016. He added that there is no other state in which the metro project is being carried out simultaneously at three different places. He also said that on completion of Lucknow Metro Rail Project (LMRP) employment will be created and the city will become a better place. Sep 27, 2014