Reactions flow as Priyanka Gandhi refutes taking up 'important post' in Congress

New Delhi, Aug 09 (ANI): Reactions from political leaders flow as Priyanka Gandhi Vadra emphatically denied what she called "conjecture" and "baseless rumours" about her taking up an 'important post' in Congress. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that this is her decision and that party will welcome the same. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that this is Congress' strategy to later bring out Priyanka in the central leadership from the back door. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that it might be that Priyanka Gandhi is looking for the right time to come in the front line. Aug 9, 2014

SP alleges communal tensions in UP an 'engineered act by BJP'

Lucknow, Aug 09 (ANI): After Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi alleged that 'communal riots in UP were artificially engineered', SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary came out to say the communal tensions in the state has been engineered by the BJP. Chaudhary said that the state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is very particular about law and order in the state and that he would not allow any such attempts to succeed. He also said that the BJP has been trying to create tensions in UP ever since it has come in power and the chief minister is working for the development of the state. Aug 9, 2014

Mixed reactions come as Rahul Gandhi alleges UP riots to be 'engineered'

New Delhi, Aug 09 (ANI): Mixed reactions come in as Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi alleged that UP riots were ‘engineered'. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that Gandhi is right and blamed the SP government in UP for the communal tensions. BJP said that Gandhi should think about the welfare of his own party and that the party should now give away its arrogance. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar supported Gandhi's remark in the wake of ongoing violence in the state. Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha MP Mohammed Adeeb said that such politics for the vote bank should be stopped which results in loss of innocent lives. Aug 9, 2014

Cloudburst in Uttarakhand wreaks havoc

Uttarkashi, Aug 09 (ANI): Heavy rainfall wreaked havoc in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand cutting-off villages, washing away roads and bridges at several places. Six people were rescued by the rescue team which was sent immediately to the site. One of the members of the rescue team, Ram Singh, said that the people were rescued by the method of river crossing and that the area was still under the threat of cloud burst. Five bridges have been damaged and many farms have been destroyed due to the cloudburst. Aug 9, 2014

Sachin Tendulkar cites brothers illness as cause of absence from Parliament

New Delhi, Aug 09 (ANI): Sachin Tendulkar, during the felicitation ceremony of the medalists of the Commonwealth games in New Delhi cited his brother’s illness as the cause of his prolonged absence in the upper house of Parliament. The absence of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar from upper house of the parliament had created a stir among political leaders. Aug 9, 2014

Congress claims relationship with US well nurtured in their regime

New Delhi, Aug 09 (ANI): Congress leader Salman Khurshid said the relationship between India and the US is one that was nurtured carefully by the UPA government. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi, Khurshid said he hoped the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government understood the value of this relationship and ensured best diplomacies are resorted to maintain and further flourish the bond between the two nations. Meanwhile, when asked about the Modi-led government being closed on the meetings taking place with other countries as well as within India, Khurshid took a jibe at the Prime Minister. Aug 9, 2014

US launches airstrikes on ISIS in Northern Iraq

Iraq, Aug 09 (ANI): US warplanes bombed Islamist fighters marching on Iraq's Kurdish capital after President Barack Obama said Washington must act to prevent "genocide" in the strife-torn nation. Islamic State fighters, who have beheaded and crucified captives in their drive to eradicate unbelievers, have advanced to Erbil. They have also seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, which could allow them to flood cities and cut off vital water and electricity supplies. A Pentagon spokesman said that two F/A-18 aircraft from an aircraft carrier in the Gulf had dropped laser-guided 500-pound bombs on a mobile artillery piece used by the fighters to shell Kurdish forces defending Erbil. Aug 9, 2014

BJP National Council meet to facilitate PM Modi & partys big win

New Delhi, Aug 09 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) first National Council meet after forming the government at the Centre is scheduled to start at 10.30 am on Saturday in the capital. The meet is being held to discuss party organization issues. BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Satish Upadhyaya welcomed the same and showed full enthusiasm towards the function. Naqvi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will address the meet. The session, to be held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, will start with Amit Shah's ratification as new party chief and conclude with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address. Aug 9, 2014

Defence expert terms Obamas decision to launch air strikes on Iraq as toughest move

New Delhi, Aug 09 (ANI): Defence Expert, Praful Bakshi said that decision taken by US President Barack Obama to launch strike at this juncture is a very difficult decision to contain the onslaught of Islamist militants in northern Iraq. The United States has also begun dropping relief supplies to the refugees. Meanwhile, Bureau Chief of Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) Dr Waiel Awwad, welcomed the move by saying that they are beasts and they should be eliminated from this part of the world. Aug 9, 2014

Liberian check point screens possible Ebola victims

Liberians wanting to travel to Monrovia are undergoing temperature screenings to identify any possible vicitms of the Ebola virus as the country battles the deadliest-ever outbreak. Duration: 00:57 Aug 9, 2014

Pistorius lawyer: 'It was huge unfortunate mistake'

Oscar Pistorius's defence lawyer said Friday the "cold facts" did not prove the star sprinter had intended to kill his model girlfriend, as he launched a final bid to save the "Blade Runner" from life in prison. Duration: 00:52 Aug 9, 2014

Residents of Ukraine's restive Donetsk pray for peace

People gathered in front of a church in Ukraine's troubled eastern city of Donetsk Friday to pray for peace, with fighting between government and pro-Russian forces moving closer to the city centre. Duration: 00:38 Aug 9, 2014