Scotland gears up for referendum

An independent Scotland would need to join international clubs like the EU, NATO and the UN if it wants to have any influence as a small state on the global stage, according to an expert at the University of Edinburgh. Duration: 01:23 Sep 6, 2014

"Fragrances of the Northeast" festival promotes films, food and craft of the region in capital Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): The three-day long film festival at Siri Fort Auditorium complex in Delhi attracted a large crowd. Inaugurated by Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, the festival showcased eight films from the Northeast. They included Jhanu Barua's Assamese film Ajeyo and Pradip Kurbah's Khasi film Ri: A Homeland of Uncertainty. Several film personalities from the northeastern states were felicitated during the event. On the opening day, Assamese singer and composer Papon along with his band 'The East India Company' enthralled the audience. He sang a number of his hits in Assamese, Punjabi and Bollywood songs as well. Internationally-acclaimed Naga pianist and singer Nise Meruno and choir group "Nagaland Singing Ambassadors" also mesmerized the audiences with their dazzling performances. The festival also showcased an exhibition of handicrafts from the northeastern states. A painting exhibition organized by the Lalit Kala Akademi was also a part of the event. Sep 7, 2014

BJP clarifies Amit Shah's controversial statement on communal tension in UP

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): BJP Spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri on Sunday clarified BJP President Amit Shah's controversial statement that communal tension in Uttar Pradesh will help BJP win the polls. Shastri said that Shah wanted to convey the message that the government in UP has always used communal tension as a tool for polarization of votes and if the situation continues it will make easy for BJP to win UP elections. He added that Shah meant that people of Uttar Pradesh are observing the situation under SP government and will take the right decision in choosing next government. Sep 7, 2014

PM Modi leaves for JandK to review flood situation

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left from New Delhi to review flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Modi had called a review meeting on Saturday where Home Minister Rajnath Singh, after touring the flood-affected areas, briefed him. The PMO had said in a statement that after reviewing the situation, the Prime Minister decided to visit Jammu and Kashmir to personally assess the gravity of the situation and understand the problems being faced by the people. This will be Modi's third visit to the state and second to the Valley since he became the Prime Minister. Sep 7, 2014

Germany's foreign minister visits New Delhi to boost bilateral trade

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): German Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier has arrived in New Delhi for a three-day visit to hold political and business talks with India in a bid to boost bilateral trade. During his visit, Steinmeier will hold talks with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, his counterpart Sushma Swaraj as well as Education Minister Smriti Irani, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and the Trade Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. He is scheduled to hold meetings with Indian business leaders in order to boost bilateral trade and facilitate German investment in India. Sep 7, 2014

Situation getting better in Jammu but worsening in Kashmir, appeal people not to panic: Omar Abdulla

Jammu, Sep 07 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday gave a review of flood situation in the state. Abdullah said that situation is getting better in Jammu and water level has started to fall down. He said that the government is focusing upon relief work followed by rehabilitation of the rescued people. He then said that situation is worsening in areas of Kashmir where water level has risen up to the level of first floors. He said that Central Government has helped the State with boats for recue and officers have been deployed to assess the situation and focus on the medical facilities is being laid. Further, Abdullah appealed to the people not to panic and stay above the water level and assured that they will be rescued surely. Sep 7, 2014

PM Modi visits JandK to review flood situation, Politicos react

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday reacted on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review situation in flood-affected areas. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that situation in JandK has become intense and the Central and State government should make every possible effort to rescue the residents. NCP leader Majid Memon said that it is the responsibility of the Prime Minister and Chief Minister to take note of the situation and reach out to the people as soon as possible. Sep 7, 2014

Centre asks States to expedite cases against MPs, Politicos React

New Delhi, Sep 06 (ANI): Following the Supreme Court's decision, Central government has appealed the Chief Ministers of the states and the Chief Justices of the High Courts to expedite cases against MPs and MLAs facing charges of serious crimes. NCP leader Majid Memon appreciating SC's decision said that the MPs who are guilty will be removed from their position and MPs with false charges will be free from them. BJP leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri also supported the Court's verdict and said no culprits should exist in politics. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that many MPs with serious charges have their cases pending and it's important that these cases reach to their final verdict. Sep 7, 2014

Amit Shah says communal tension in UP will help BJP form govt, Politicos condemn

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): Condemnable reactions flowed on Sunday after BJP President Amit Shah said in a speech that if communal tension continues to prevail in Uttar Pradesh, it will become easy for BJP to win elections. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the truth comes out at some time or the other and Amit Shah has spoken out his intentions clearly. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the Election Commission should take cognizance of the matter and disqualify BJP from UP elections. NCP leader Majid Memon said that it is an unfortunate statement and a person of a designation as that of Amit Shah should be careful about what words to use. Sep 7, 2014

Security personnel, civilians rescued in flood-hit Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir, Sep 07 (ANI): In a joint operation, staff of Indian Army and Air Force rescued security personnel of paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) and civilians from flood-affected areas in Jammu and Kashmir. Authorities declared a disaster alert after two days of heavy rain hit villages across Kashmir, causing the worst flooding in two decades. Heavy rain is expected and the state's main river, the Jhelum, and its tributaries are flowing several feet above the danger mark. Flash floods triggered by heavy downpours caused destruction as authorities closed four bridges connecting the two parts of Jammu after suffering severe damage. Army personnel Bhim Singh said the rescue operations were on in full swing and the situation was under control. Sep 7, 2014

Residents leave villages, move to safer places in flood-hit Kashmir

Kathua, Sep 07 (ANI): More than 100 people, including children and women, were evacuated from various villages in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir as floods, triggered by heavy downpours, caused destruction in the region. The Red Cross society along with district administration has provided tents, medical aid and food to affected families. The flood-affected people are shifting their valuables and luggage along with their live stocks to safer places and shelter homes provided by the district administration. Jammu's main river, Tawi, which splits the city in two, is flowing well above the danger mark. Sep 7, 2014

BJP President Amit Shah visits Dakshineswar Temple in Kolkata

Kolkata, Sep 07 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah who is on a two-day visit to West Bengal visited the Dakshineswar Temple on Sunday to seek the blessings of the presiding deity. Amit Shah is here to attend the two day state committee meeting of the party. He will interact with party workers and boost their morale along with discussing the present situation in the wake of alleged repeated attacks on BJP workers. It is his first visit to Kolkata following his elevation as the party chief. Sep 7, 2014

PM Modi arrives in JandK, holds review meeting to assess flood situation

Jammu, Sep 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived in Jammu city of Jammu and Kashmir to review the flood situation in the state which has claimed more than 160 lives. Modi held a review meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, state Governor NN Vohra and other officials. Modi is scheduled to travel to Srinagar later today. Sep 7, 2014

Tatra bribery case: Delhi HC grants bail to Tejinder Singh

New Delhi, Sept 05 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Friday granted bail to Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh who was taken into custody after a court rejected his bail plea over allegations that he offered a bribe to then army chief General VK Singh for clearing "sub-standard" Tatra trucks. The Court asked Singh to furnish a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and two sureties of like amount. Sep 5, 2014