Security guards detain one anticipating security threat to Mahabodhi temple

Bodhgaya, May 14 (ANI): The district police of Gaya in Bihar detained a visitor anticipating a security threat over his controversial remark after being barred from entering the Mahabodhi temple premises with his mobile phone. The Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) detained the visitor-a monk, Aanand from Maharashtra, when he insisted on carrying his mobile phone inside the temple premises, despite safety restrictions. He was barred by the security authorities, which led to an altercation and the monk reportedly said that another bomb blast would take place at the temple. However, the detained Aanand denied all allegations when asked about his threat of a bomb blast. May 14, 2014

At least 200 dead, several injured after coal mine explosion in Turkey

Turkey, May 14 (ANI): A fire caused by a transformer explosion at a coal mine in Western Turkey early Wednesday has left at least 200 workers dead and scores injured. Energy Ministry Taner Yildiz said 787 people had been inside the mine at Soma in Manisa province when an electrical fault triggered the blast. Rescuers worked through the night to try to reach hundreds more miners still trapped underground. Almost 363 of those trapped had been rescued. Rescue workers pumped oxygen into the mine to keep those trapped by the blaze alive, as thousands of family members and fellow workers, clamoring for information, gathered outside the town's hospital. May 14, 2014

CPI (M) calls for re-polling in Kolkata

Kolkata, May 14 (ANI): Communist party of India (Marxist) accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of West Bengal of rigging the polls and calls for re-polling at various polling stations in Kolkata city. TMC leaders said on Monday that the media is hyping up a few minor clashes that took place during the last phase of polling between party supporters and the CPI (M) workers. Crude bombs were also hurled at the residence of BJP leader Meena Devi Purohit, in Kolkata city on Monday. However, the bombs did not explode. Hundreds of supporters and leaders of CPI (M) marched on the roads of Kolkata demanding re polling. Incidents of violence were reported at several polling booths and police said at least thirteen people were injured. May 14, 2014

Govt appoints Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag as new Army Chief

New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): The UPA Government has named Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag as the country's next Army Chief. Lt Gen Dalbir Singh is currently serving as the Vice Chief of Army Staff and will take over from General Bikram Singh who is set to retire on July 31. The Election Commission on Monday had given its assent to the Central Government to appoint the next army chief. The poll panel has given its go ahead to the Defence Ministry to start the process of appointing the new army chief. Citing its March 27 order, the poll panel said that decisions related to the defence ministry are not covered by the Model Code of Conduct. May 14, 2014

Why all terrorists belong to one community, asks Giriraj Singh

Bokaro, May 14 (ANI): BJP leader Giriraj Singh on Wednesday stoked yet another controversy by asking why all terrorists belong to one particular community. He said that though he didn't mean to say that everyone belonging to that particular community is a terrorist, and that all the 'secular parties' keep mum when all the person arrested in terrorism are from one community. Further, expressing his views on Article 370, Singh said that a referendum needs to be done on whether it is validated and required or not. May 14, 2014

Extinction stalks Myanmar's forests

An insatiable world appetite for precious hardwoods is threatening Myanmar's jungles, and the rare species that live within. Duration: 01:44 May 14, 2014

Jaipur offers prayers for peace on 6th anniversary of 2008 serial blasts

Jaipur, May 14 (ANI): Hailing peace and harmony, the residents of pink city of Jaipur in Rajasthan offered prayers to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the 2008 serial blasts that blew away more than 60 lives in the city. According to official sources, nine bombs exploded in markets and near a temple in Jaipur in a span of fifteen minutes, killing around 60 and wounding over 150 people on May 13, 2008. The residents of the city, on Tuesday, thronged the temple of Lord Hanuman, one of the blast sites, to perform prayers for those killed in the blast and also to hail peace in the city. The blasts triggered a stampede- like situation at the sites, crammed with peak-hour shoppers as panic-stricken people ran helter skelter in search of a safe place. May 14, 2014

Sonia to host farewell dinner for Manmohan Singh today, Politicos react

New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi will host a farewell dinner for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday. According to sources a memento is also expected to be presented to Dr Singh signed by all members of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and Union Ministers. The Prime Minister will be demitting office on May 17, a day after the Lok Sabha elections results are announced. May 14, 2014

Maoists attack Lohardaga bauxite mines, set vehicles on fire

Lohardaga, May 14 (ANI): Naxalites in Lohardaga town of Jharkhand raid the Pakhar mines, assaulted workers and set fire to trucks and a tractor. They made the labourers hand over their mobile phones before setting fire to the trucks and tractor and threatened to return if any attempt was made to douse the fire. A witness, Gopal, told reporters what actually happened. Police and authorities arrived at the scene of the attack and investigation is still in progress. Superintendent of Police Mrityunjay Kumar said that the attack was orchestrated by local Naxals. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since the 1960s. May 14, 2014

Politicos condemn Giriraj Singh's 'all terrorist from one community' remark

New Delhi/ Nagpur, May 14 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday condemned Giriraj Singh's remark wherein he asked why all terrorists belong to one community. Congress leader Meem Afzal and NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that it shows that BJP uses religion in everything and that Singh is an immature politician. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that what Singh said shows the ideology of the BJP and RSS. Meanwhile, RSS leader Virag Pachpor also condemned such statement where a certain religion is generalized like this. RJD leader Manoj Jha said that its shocking that people like Singh is allowed in politics. May 14, 2014

Arun Maira says Sonia called shots on appointments and UPA policies, Politicos react

New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): Following release of books criticizing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, another book on Singh by outgoing Planning Commission member Arun Maira released a book saying Sonia Gandhi called shots on appointments and UPA policies. Reacting on the same, Congress leader Meem Afzal and Rashid Alvi said that these books are coming as the government is about to change and these people are to leave the position they are holding, with the purpose of gaining credibility in the BJP. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that Maira is right but the timing is controversial. Meanwhile, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar and Former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui supported the view. May 14, 2014

Giriraj Singh refuses to budge from 'terrorists from one community' remark

Patna, May 14 (ANI): After giving a yet another controversial statement on Pakistan and terrorism saying that all the terrorists belong to one particular community, BJP leader Giriraj Singh refused to budge from his remark. He said that his statements were twisted by the media, though he would never take a step back on his statement that Pakistan shelters the terrorists and that he doesn't think that there is anything wrong about the same. May 14, 2014

Success party of two National Award winning films

Mumbai, May 14 (ANI): The cast and crew of India's National Award winning films 'Shahid' and 'Ship of Theseus' came together to celebrate the success of their movie in entertainment capital Mumbai. Director of Bollywood film 'Shahid', Hansal Mehta, filmmaker Kiran Rao and Chief of Disney UTV movies, Siddharth Roy Kapur were also present during the celebrations. Both the movies received the National Film Awards in May. Hansal Mehta received the Best Director award for 'Shahid' and Raj Kumar Rao won the Best Actor for the same film. 'Ship of Theseus' won the award for Best Feature Film. Kiran Rao, wife of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, was involved with the promotion of indie film 'Ship of Theseus' for Indian cinema that has been directed by Anand Gandhi. On the occasion Kiran said if a film is able to touch people's heart it is the best reward among all awards. May 14, 2014

Congress prepares ground to shield Rahul as rivals target him for predicted poll debacle

New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): The Congress on Wednesday tried to shield party vice president Rahul Gandhi even as rivals targeted him over the predicted poll debacle. Former BJP leader Jagdambika Pal who crossed over to join BJP before elections said that the Congress worked under Rahul's leadership during election campaigning and therefore he should be held responsible for his party's defeat. May 14, 2014