Scottish expats remain bystanders in independence vote

As with the independence decision itself, the issue of whether Scottish citizens living outside their homeland should be allowed to vote on the country's future is the source of fevered debate. Duration: 02:07 Sep 16, 2014

Grateful to people of UP for voting in favour of SP's ideology: Akhilesh

Lucknow, Sept 16 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said that he was thankful to the people of Uttar Pradesh for rejecting Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) communal policies and for voting in favour of the ideology of the Samajwadi Party. In Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party has won six of the 11 assembly seats for which by-elections were held; the party is also leading in three. Sep 16, 2014

2014 Assembly By-Polls- Early Trends

New Delhi, Sep 16 (ANI): As counting for three Lok Sabha seats and 33 Assembly constituencies in underway, early trends show that BJP is struggling in key states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan and even Gujarat. While, SP is leading in UP, Congress candidates are leading in three of the four Rajasthan Assembly constituencies where by-polls were held. As the counting continues, BJP worries over its downfall whereas SP and Congress celebrate the defeat of the party more than their own win. Sep 16, 2014

Narendra Singh Tomar donates Rs 15 crore to PM National Relief Fund

New Delhi, Sep 16 (ANI): The Minister for Mines, Steel, Labour and Employment, Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday handed over cheques worth Rs 15 crore to PM Narendra Modi for the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund. The amount has been donated by Public Sector Undertakings from the Steel and Mining sectors. The Minister of State for Labour and Employment and Steel and Mines, Vishnudeo Sai, and senior officials were also present on the occasion. Sep 16, 2014

By-Poll Results: BJP suffers humiliating defeat in UP, Rajasthan; makes debut in WB

New Delhi, Sept 16 (ANI): The BJP suffered a humiliating loss as the by-poll results on 33 Assembly seats and 3 Lok Sabha seats were declared on Tuesday. The saffron party even failed to retain most of the seats where it was infallible sometimes back. The BJP suffered a jolt in Rajasthan winning just one of the four seats. The BJP had to face further embarrassment in Modi's turf of Gujarat, being forced to concede one more seat to the Congress, bringing the total tally in the 9 assembly seats to BJP: 6, Congress: 3. The Samajwadi Party stormed ahead by winning 8 seats in UP by-polls. There was some reason to cheer for the BJP, which made its debut in West Bengal by winning one seat in the Basirhat Dakshin constituency. Reacting over this, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that the by polls were contested on local issues; they shouldn't be seen in national context. Sep 16, 2014

Sachin Pilot thanks party workers for Congress's victory in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Sept 16 (ANI): In a major jolt to the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan, the opposition Congress wrested three Assembly seats of Weir, Nasirabad and Surajgarh from the ruling BJP which could retain only the Kota seat. State Congress President Sachin Pilot said on Tuesday that the credit for the phenomenal success of the Congress party must be given to the party workers. Sep 16, 2014

BJP remains confident of its win as trends of by-polls surface, says it has no relation with 2017 po

New Delhi/ Lucknow/ Jaipur, Sep 16 (ANI): BJP remains confident of its win in the state Assembly polls as early trends surfaces on Tuesday. While many say that the victory of the party is sure, others are of the view that these by-polls have nothing to do with the 2017 LS polls. Party leader Sambit Patra remains confident and said that it will be a victory for BJP as the party has fought on the lines of development and local issues. Meanwhile, Gulab Chand Kataria said that public mandate is important and should be seen as an indicator to evaluate what are the loopholes and work on the same. Sep 16, 2014

Backlogs regarding development of northeast will be cleared: VK Singh

New Delhi, Sept 16 (ANI): Minister for Development of Northeast Region, General Vijay Kumar Singh, said that development of the northeast region was a concern. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi, General Singh said development takes time and his ministry was reviewing the development projects operational in the region. The ministry is planning to establish national skill development council and calling in experts to provide skill development in northeast. Meanwhile, the minister said the Northeast Councils (NECs) could play a vital role in pushing the developmental model. Meanwhile, Power Minister, Piyush Goyal, also held a news conference in the national capital and stressed on special focus on northeastern states. Sep 16, 2014

Political parties wish for BJP defeat as early trends of by-polls surface

New Delhi/ Ahmedabad/ Mumbai, Sep 16 (ANI): Political parties on Monday wished for defeat of BJP and remained optimistic about themselves as early trends of by-polls surfaced. While Congress said that public is not happy with the BJP and that Congress will come to power now. NCP's Nawab Malik also said that people are not happy and satisfied with the BJP government and is therefore showing its anguish against the ruling party. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party remained optimistic and even confident of its win and said that the SP Chief and the government have worked tremendously for Uttar Pradesh and that people will decide in their favour. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar also said that 'Modi wave' is getting over now. Sep 16, 2014

Gifted by Indian President, Bodhi' tree sapling gets place in Vietnam's Presidential palace

Vietnam, Sep 16 (ANI): Invoking "common heritage" with Vietnam, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee gifted an offshoot of the holy 'Bodhi' tree to Vietnam counterpart Truong T?n Sang and planted it in Vietnam's Presidential palace after the two leaders finished delegation-level talks and signed seven pacts. The sapling was carried in a small wooden box as a gift to the country and people of Vietnam. It was procured from the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) a few days back. India has been traditionally gifting saplings of this gigantic tree to countries it has strong bonds of trust and friendship. Sep 16, 2014

SC returns Dadri land to farmers, convicts UP govt of misusing land acquisition power

New Delhi, Sep 16 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday returned the Dadri land to the farmers, which was taken by the UP government citing public purpose, but was given to Reliance for personal use. The court also convicted the UP government of misusing the land acquisition power in the process. The lawyer in the case said that the SC has stamped on the order and that 1066 farmers affected by the same are happy by the judgement. Sep 16, 2014

Delhi HC rejects PIL seeking CBI probe in Robert Vadra land deals

New Delhi, Sep 16 (ANI): A Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation probe in the land deals of Robert Vadra. A PIL was filed seeking probe into the sale of agriculture land to Vadra's companies. The petitioner was seeking a probe by the CBI under charges of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and Prevention of Corruption Act. He claimed that this is a scam worth Rs 20,000 crore. The petitioner in the case said that the case will be taken to the Supreme Court for further hearing. Sep 16, 2014

J and K floods: Politicos slam Yasin Malik for disrupting Army's rescue operation

New Delhi, Sep 16 (ANI): At a time when Jammu and Kashmir is battling the worst floods in nearly six decades, and the Centre and the state government are trying their best to provide relief to the flood-hit victims, separatist leaders are creating huge problems in rescue operations and distribution of relief materials. A video of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik surfaced on Monday in which he allegedly asked voluntary relief workers not to distribute food items, as only JKLF can operate in that particular area. Malik and his team later looted the relief materials and boats of aid workers and started distributing the items among the victims. The inhuman act of separatists is not limited to distribution of relief materials but they also threatened patients to avoid Army assistance despite strong protests by the locals. Meanwhile, political leaders condemned this in human act and asked the government to take strict action. Sep 16, 2014