Subramanian Swamy slams Nalini Chidamabaram, questions on payment of Rs 1 crore for legal consultati

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): Even as CBI is examining Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s wife Nalini Chidambaram in connection with the alleged multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday said that Nalini had taken Rs 1 crore as her legal fee, which is extraordinary and puts her in suspicion. He added that CBI needs to even investigate her relations with the north-east television station. He further said that it’s not surprising that Nalini Chidambaram is being investigated by the CBI and that the whole family of P Chidambaram has been involved in scams. Sep 21, 2014

2 French trekkers remain untraceable in HP, fifth search operation called off

Dharamshala, Sep 21 (ANI): Police called off the fifth unsuccessful search operation to trace the two French trekkers who went missing last year in the mountains of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh and remain untraceable. Valentin Marcel Gorges and Francois Xavier Camille trekked to Tirund Hill in the city on August 22 last year with a group of 32 members. The two went missing after they decided to trek further to scale Moon Peak and separated from the group. Several teams of the state police, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Army helicopters conducted a month-long massive manhunt and scoured the Dhauladhar hills but remained unsuccessful in tracing the missing duo. The search was resumed on September 16 by a 27 member team comprising mountaineering experts, state police, local trekkers and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Sep 21, 2014

PM Modi to inaugurate Global Investors Summit in MP on October 9

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Global Investors Summit organised by the state on October 9. The Summit is aimed at showcasing state as major investment destination for overseas and domestic industrialists. After the two leaders met in New Delhi, Modi also assured Chouhan that he would stay there for around three hours. He said the sectors like education, health, textile, automobiles and food processing will be focus of the summit. The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister disclosed that at least twenty nations have confirmed their participation in the summit. The three-day Global Investors Summit will aim to showcase the strength and industrial prowess of the state besides providing global platform for interaction with the Indian industry leaders, policy makers and other stakeholders. Sep 21, 2014

PM Modi wishes Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on his birthday

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on his birthday and said that both of them are committed to taking India-Japan ties to the next level. PM Modi tweeted saying, "Wishing @AbeShinzo a Happy Birthday! I pray for his long life, good health and wish him the best in leading Japan to new heights of progress." He went on the praise the Japanese PM and said that both countries are committed to promote Indo-Japan relations. He tweeted, "Whenever I interact with @AbeShinzo, I cannot but marvel at his insight and expertise on a wide range of issues, both local and international. Both PM @AbeShinzo and I are committed to taking India-Japan relations to the next level and contributing to global peace and development." Sep 21, 2014

Patrolling along LoC increased to stop infiltration attempts: BSF

Srinagar, Sep 21 (ANI): BSF Inspector General PS Sandhu on Sunday assured that any attempts of infiltration from across the border along LoC will be curbed by the BSF officials who have been deployed along the Line of Control. He added that due to approaching winter season the attempts by militants to cross the border and enter into the Indian Territory are quite high and added that patrolling along the LoC has been increased. Sep 21, 2014

FIR against Binny have been filed, allegations of remarks on Jashodaben Modi flase: Alka Lamba

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): After Vinod Kumar Binny said that it was AAP who may have created the false FB page on his name, AAP's Alka Lamba said that FIR has been filed against Binny and that there are proofs to support the case too. Further, Lamba also addressed the issue wherein the FB page in question alleges her negative remarks on Narendra Modi's enstranged wife Jashodaben. AAP leader said that she will not set back but will fight against the same and is also ready to face the court. Sep 21, 2014

BJP stage protest against Bilawal Bhutto's 'Kashmir remark'

Kanpur, Sep 21 (ANI): BJP workers in Kanpur staged protest against Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for his controversial remarks about Kashmir. Protesters hanged the effigy of Bhutto and also shouted anti-Pakistan slogans. They demanded execution of Bhutto for such a remark for India's Kashmir. Earlier, addressing party workers in Multan on Friday, Bhutto had said, "I will take back Kashmir, all of it, and I will not leave behind a single inch of it because, like the other provinces, it belongs to Pakistan." The statement had invited reactions and criticism from political parties in India, wherein BJP's Subramanian Swamy had claimed that India is capable of destroying Pakistan but does not want a war. Sep 21, 2014

SpaceX cargo ship blasts off toward space station

SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship blasts off toward the International Space Station, carrying a load of supplies and science experiments for the astronauts living there. Duration: 00:35 Sep 21, 2014

US attorney office confirms White House intruder had a knife

Washington, Sep 21 (ANI): According to US attorney’s office, Omar Gonzalez, the man arrested after climbing the fence at the White House was armed with a knife. Previously, the US Secret Service had said Gonzalez was unarmed. Gonzalez made his way into the executive mansion, though President Barack Obama and his family were not there. Gonzalez was charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a “deadly or dangerous weapon”, according to an affidavit released by the US attorney’s office. Armed Secret Service officers raced through the West Wing area of the White House during the intrusion and ordered journalists and staff members to evacuate. Sep 21, 2014

Reactions flow as BJP-Shiv Sena seat sharing in Maharashtra remains undecided

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Sunday as BJP-Shiv Sena seat sharing remained undecided for the upcoming Maharashtra elections. BJP leader Satyapal Singh said that he is hopeful that BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will stay and that it would be beneficial for both the parties as well as for the people of Maharashtra. RJD leader Manoj Jha said that BJP seems to be emerging as a party which feels that it can manage the politics of the whole nation single-handedly and fails to realize the importance of an alliance. Sep 21, 2014

Uddhav Thackeray declares last proposal, offers 119 seats to BJP

Mumbai, Sep 21 (ANI): Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday admitted that there is an ongoing ‘tug of war’ in alliance with the BJP and said that he is making his last efforts to save the alliance. Offering BJP the ‘last formula’ for seat sharing in the alliance, Thackeray said that Shiv Sena will contest on 151 seats, BJP will contest on 119 seats and the rest 18 seats would be given to the allies. Thackeray further said that Sena needs power to serve the people and they will get it. He also said that many faces have been unmasked during the election time and that he has taken a decision and will announce it when the right time comes. Sep 21, 2014

Indo-Pak talks must be handled delicately, says Majid Memon

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): NCP leader Majid Memon on Sunday said the talks between New Delhi and Islamabad must be appreciated and added that this issue must be handled delicately in the best national interest of India. According to reports, senior officials from India and Pakistan have held two meetings between themselves and the first such meeting took place between National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit K Doval and Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit while the second meeting took place between Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and Basit. Sep 21, 2014

First-ever veterans' football tournament held in Guwahati

Guwahati, Sep 21 (ANI): The first ever 'Challenge Veteran Football’ began in Guwahati to refresh and rejuvenate soccer players past their prime. The two-day event which was inaugurated by eminent journalist and writer, Homen Borgohainon, on September 20 was organized with the aim to encourage young footballers and also pay respect to the ex-players who contributed to the game. United Brothers Club (UBC), the main organizer of the tournament, said that the event has given players a platform to sweat it out at 40 plus and a motivation to stay fit and healthy through playing this game. The tournament will be a prelude to the Indian Super League which is scheduled to begin in October. A player, Abdul Azim Lashkar said that playing at this age was a challenge but pleasure. Sep 21, 2014

Congress ready to compromise, but NCP remains adamant: Manikrao Thakre

New Delhi, Sept 21 (ANI): Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Chief Manikrao Thakre said in New Delhi on Sunday that the Congress is ready to consider suggestions of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) over the seat sharing issue but if they remain adamant on particular figures then things will not work out this way. Yesterday, NCP leader Praful Patel appeared to send an unmistakable signal to the Congress party that it should offer more seats to his party in the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls and asked the latter to take a decision within 24 hours. The Congress has reportedly offered only 125 seats to its ally keeping the rest of the seats with itself to contest in the upcoming state assembly polls. The stalemate between the Congress and NCP over seat sharing is brewing with the latter not willing to contest in less than 136 seats. Sep 21, 2014

Kerry says Iran could help 'take out' IS

United Nations, Sep 21 (ANI): US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that Iran could play a crucial role in defeating the Islamic State group. Even while the US refrained from inviting Iran from joining the US-led military coalition, Kerry said that Iran could help "take out" IS. Kerry said in a meeting of the United Nations Security Council that it was about taking out an entire network, decimating and discrediting a militant cult masquerading as a religious movement. He added that there is a role for nearly every country in the world to play, including Iran. Sep 21, 2014