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

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa held guilty in disproportionate assets case

Bangalore, Sep 27 (ANI): A special court in Bangalore on Saturday convicted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the 18-year-old disproportionate assets case. A special court in Bangalore dealt a big blow to the AIADMK leader, who has become the first chief minister to be convicted in a wealth case. The quantum of sentence is expected to come soon. Jayalalithaa will now lose MLA's post and will have to step down as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. She has been charged with accumulating Rs 66 crore wealth through dishonest means during her first tenure as chief minister from 1991 to 1996. Earlier, as the charges were being read against all the accused, unprecedented security was put up around the DMK ministers' residence in Chennai and also outside the Bangalore court. Sep 27, 2014

Politicos react as SandP upgrades India s credit outlook from negative to stable

New Delhi, Sep 27 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react as Standard and Poor's lifted India's rating outlook to 'stable' from 'negative', acknowledging efforts by the Narendra Modi government to maintain fiscal discipline. BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Sambit Patra said that this is the result of efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government. Patra said that this is a break through in the sense of buoyancy of all the investors. NCP leader Tariq Anwar also welcomed the development and said that this is after long that a majority government has come up and this is a reason of the same. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it is the previous UPA government's foundation works which has resulted to such a positive development. Sep 27, 2014

Bangalore court set to pronounce verdict in Jayalalithaa DA case, Politicos react

New Delhi, Sep 27 (ANI): Political leaders react on Saturday as a Bangalore special court is about to give final verdict in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's 18-year-old disproportionate assets case. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that Jayalalithaa is most likely to face conviction for allegedly accumulating disproportionate assets during her first tenure as Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that anyone regardless of the power or post will have to accept the court's verdict. Sep 27, 2014

Asian Games: India clinch Gold, Bronze in archery;Chain Singh bags 50m Rifle 3 Positions bronze

New Delhi, Sep 27 (ANI): India created history in sports by beating World champions South Korea in the men's compound archery team final at the Gyeyang Asiad Archery Field on Saturday. With this victory, India got its second gold at 17th Asian Games. Earlier in the day, the Indian women's team of Trisha Deb, Purvasha Sudhir Shende and Jyothi Surekha won bronze medal in the compound event. Compound archery, a non-Olympic medal event, is making its debut at the Asian Games. Meanwhile, Chain Singh bagged a bronze in the Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. Sep 27, 2014

Villagers upbeat as government opens block in Maoist-infested area of Jharkhand

Palamu, Sept 27 (ANI): Villagers were upbeat with the government’s decision to open a block (district-subdivision) office in the Maoist-infested Palamu district of Jharkhand. People of Palamu district were thrilled because the development funds of the government would come directly to their village and their administrative works could be addressed easily. The government sees development as a central plank of its efforts to wean people away from the Maoists who have operated in a vacuum of official neglect that has fuelled distrust of the authorities. Sep 27, 2014

BJP MP gifts Rs 100 crore worth of property for widowed daughter-in-law's remarriage

Porbandar, Sep 27 (ANI): Porbandar BJP MP Vitthal Radadiya set an example by giving a property worth Rs 100 crore to his widowed daughter-in-law on Friday to get her remarried. Vitthal Radadiya is a BJP MP as well a farmers' leader from Porbandar. His son Kalpesh Radadiya died of cardiac arrest seven months ago, leaving behind wife Manisha and two children. Manisha's in-laws want that she led a happy life after her husband's demise and said that the wedding will set an example for the society. Manisha got wedded to Hardik Chowatiya, a friend of Vitthal Radadiya's son Lalit, in Jamkandorna town of Rajkot district. Meanwhile, her father expressed happiness on the development and applauded Radadiya's initiative. Sep 27, 2014

Security beefed up ahead of verdict in disproportionate assets case against Jayalalithaa

Chennai/ Bangalore, Sept 27 (ANI): Authorities in Bangalore tightened security ahead of a verdict in a corruption case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday, fearing violence in case the court ruled against her. Security has been beefed up outside the special court in Bangalore, which is all set to pronounce its verdict on the almost two decade old disproportionate assets case against Jayalalithaa. Meanwhile, Jayalalithaa boarded a special flight to Bangalore where the pronouncement is to take place. The AIADMK chief is accused of obtaining assets worth almost Rs. 66 crore through dishonest means during her first tenure as Chief Minister between 1991 and 1996. Sep 27, 2014

Politicos criticize Pak PM Sharif for raising Kashmir issue at UNGA

New Delhi, Sept 27 (ANI): Cutting across party lines, leaders of various political parties criticized Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for raising the issue of Jammu and Kashmir at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and said that all issues between the two Asian neighbours have to be addressed bilaterally. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said it reflected that Pakistan was not at all serious as far as resolving the issue of Jammu and Kashmir was concerned. Congress leader echoing similar sentiments said that Pakistan raised this issue to divert the attention from its internal disasters. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar on his part said that it is an old tactic of Pakistan. Addressing the UNGA in New York, Sharif said that his nation was disappointed at the cancellation of the Foreign Secretary-level talks with India and called on the international community to resolve the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. Sep 27, 2014

America lobbying to be India s best friend: Indian American on Modi s US visit

New York, Sep 27 (ANI): Indian American Hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal said that America was lobbying to be India's best friend now while earlier they used to pay more attention to Pakistan. He applauded Modi's smart move as he visited Japan and Brazil and met with the Chinese Premier in India before coming to US. Chatwal also said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government exudes confidence as it came to power with absolute majority. He also said that Indian American, he and other community is expecting good relations between India and US so that the country becomes investment friendly. Sep 27, 2014

India will handle issue procedurally: MEA on US summons against PM Modi

New York, Sep 27 (ANI): India has reacted cautiously to the summons issued against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots and said that it will handle the issue procedurally. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that India's sovereign representative is ring-fenced and that there is no question of anyone serving summons on India's sovereign representative. The MEA had earlier expressed its disappointment over the summons issued against Prime Minister Modi and termed the allegations to be baseless. Sep 27, 2014

PM Modi meets Mayor of New York City

New York, Sept 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio on the first day of his visit to the United States. Modi also met Professor Harold Varmus, director of the United States of America's National Cancer Institute. The Prime Minister arrived in New York on Friday. Modi will pay tributes at the 9/11 memorial and museum on Saturday and then meet United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the UN Headquarters. Prime Minister Modi will address the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) today. Prime Minister Modi earlier greeted his well-wishers and supporters outside the New York Palace Hotel, where he will be staying for the next three days. Sep 27, 2014

Indian experts condemn Pak PM after he raises Kashmir issue at UNGA

New York /New Delhi, Sept 27 (ANI): Indian experts condemned Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as he raked up Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly. Sharif on Friday raised the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly and blamed India for "another missed opportunity" to address outstanding issues by cancelling the foreign secretary-level talks. India's Foreign Policy expert Kamal Aga termed the move as unfortunate to raise sensitive issue in front of international community. Security Expert, Uday Bhaskar said that it should not come as surprise after India cancelled the foreign secretary level talks. He added that Pakistan was looking for an opportunity and the UNGA is an appropriate platform to raise the issue. Another security expert, Alok Bansal, said that Sharif could not have survived if he had not raised the questions especially at a time when he has been going through a tricky situation within the country. Sep 27, 2014

PM Modi and New York mayor discussed megacity policing: MEA

New York, Sep 27 (ANI): India's foreign ministry said on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed issues of anti-terror squads and megacity policing with New York Mayor Bill De Blasio during his one to one talks. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Syed Akbaruddin, said both mayor Blasio and the director of US National Cancer Institute, Harold Varmus, hailed Modi's recent decision of increasing the minimum age of smoking from 18 to 25 in the country. The foreign ministry spokesperson said Modi will speak in Hindi during his speech at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday and will take on militancy. Akbaruddin also talked about the Indian delegates who will be accompanying the prime minister during his dinner at the White House with US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama. Sep 27, 2014