Rahul Gandhi destroyed Congress, people call him ___pappu___ & ___munna___: Gufran Azam

Bhopal, July 15 (ANI): Former Congress leader Gufran Azam slammed Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and said that Gandhi destroyed the party with his experiments. Azam also blamed the Party President Sonia Gandhi for continuously trying to ___make Rahul what he is not capable of___. He also said that people call Gandhi by names like ___pappu___ or ___munna___ which is insulting to the party. Jul 15, 2014

BJP says wide stakeholder consultations needed for implementation of UCC, politicos react

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday reacted over Law Minster Ravi Shankar Prasad___s written reply to the Lok Sabha that wide consultations with stakeholders will be required before taking any further steps on the issue of uniform civil code. Subramanian Swamy and Yogi Adityanath of the BJP emphasized that the Uniform Civil Code already exists in the constitution in Article 44 but there is a need to discuss and deliberate on the matter with everyone. Swamy added that it is extremely important to have common laws for marriage and inheritance. Narash Agarwal of the SP however, argued that different sections of the society would never let the BJP further its agenda. Jul 15, 2014

Politicos on report of Indian youth joining ISIS

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday reacted over a media report that four youngsters from Mumbai are believed to have to have joined the ISIS militants to fight government forces in Iraq. The Maharashtra police is investigating the four separate missing complaints filed by the parents of the youth, identified as Arif Fayyaz Majeed, Aman Naik Tandel, Shaheed Farooqui Tanki and Fahad Tanvir Sheikh. Leaders from various political parties said that it is a matter of great concern and the government should find the truth and take action. Jul 15, 2014

Political leaders react over PM Modi & Chinese Presidents meeting in Brazil

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Political leaders gave differentiating reaction as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Brazil. BJP’s Subramanian Swamy applauded the meet, while Congress leader Manish Tewari asked if the issues BJP raised earlier like controversial map released by China, among others were discussed or not. NCP leader Majid Memon said that talks are important but compromise on integrity & security of country should not be made. SP leader Naresh Agarwal warned the government to be alert from China. BJD leader Jay Panda also welcomed the meet. Jul 15, 2014

Ved Pratap Vaidik gets into another controversy over his Kashmir remark

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday react bringing Senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik into a fresh controversy over his Kashmir remark wherein he said that Kashmir should be made free. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that government should come out and explain Vaidik’s meeting. NCP leader Majid Memon said that such statements by the journalist should not be given any importance. Meanwhile, BJP, SP and BJD condemned the statement. Jul 15, 2014

Ved Pratap Vaidik is RSS man: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday that veteran journalist and political analyst Ved Pratap Vaidik belongs to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Ramdev aide and senior journalist Vaidik has been facing criticism from the opposition after his recent meeting with 26/11 terrorist mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Lahore. Vaidik has openly accepted that he met Saeed in Lahore, and criticized the Congress for unnecessarily giving it a political twist to put Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government in the dock. He said that he is ready to share all the records of his meetings in Pakistan. Jul 15, 2014

2008 Bangalore serial blasts accused Madani released on bail

Bangalore, July 15 (ANI): 2008 Bangalore serial blasts prime accused Abdul Nasser Madani was released from jail on Monday on health grounds. He was later taken to a private hospital in Whitefield, where he is likely to stay for a month under police security. Madani was, on July 11, granted one-month bail by the Supreme Court while taking note that he is an under-trial prisoner who was already behind the bars for the last four years and was suffering from various ailments, including diabetes and vision-threatening ailment in both eyes. Madani_s family along with his supporters and fans had come to receive him at Bangalore Central Jail. Reportedly, the accused, through his lawyer Prashant Bhushan, had said it will be difficult for him to undergo any surgeries while staying in jail.When asked how he felt after being granted bail, Madani thanked the god for court_s judgment. Jul 15, 2014

SC wants govt to revisit juvenile law

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): After Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi, it is the Supreme Court that has called for a more stringent Juvenile Justice Act. Questioning the immunity enjoyed by the under-age offenders, SC has asked the government to re-visit the law and make necessary changes. Reacting over this, Delhi Commission for Women Chief Barkha Singh Shukla said that it is a welcome suggestion by the Supreme Court and the government should consider reviewing the law. Jul 15, 2014

PM Narendra Modi meets Chinese President ahead of BRICS summit

Brazil, July 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil and discussed various issues including border and trade. The leaders of the two countries discussed the crucial boundary issue and emphasised on the need of resolving the matter amicably. PM Modi tweeted, _Had a very fruitful meeting with Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping. We discussed a wide range of issues_. Meanwhile, the Chinese President invited Modi to attend APEC meeting later this year and called for an enhanced role of India in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Earlier, Modi arrived at the airport in Fortaleza Monday night and was received by chief coordinator of BRICS and the Brazilian Foreign Ministry Louise Lopes and India_s Ambassador to Brazil Ashok Tomar Jul 15, 2014

MEA on PM Modi_s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Fortaleza, July 15 (ANI): Talking about the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping_s meeting on the sidelines of BRICS summit, Spokesperson to the Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin said that the meeting was positive and a wide range of issues were discussed. Akbaruddin said that the issues like boundary issue, efforts to maintain peace and trade issues were discussd between the two leaders. He also said that the meeting scheduled for 40 minutes, but the meeting went on for 80 minutes. Jul 15, 2014

Informal meeting of PM and Chinese President positive sign: Expert on China

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Talking about the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping_s meeting ahead of the BRICS summit, Expert on China Alka Acharya said that such informal meetings between leaders are always a positive sign. Further, Acharya said that as the meeting went on for longer duration, this signifies that more important issues must have come up which again is a favourable thing. Jul 15, 2014

End of the high life for Hong Kong's unwanted rooftop dwellers

Authorities are seeking to rid Hong Kong of the rooftop shanties which have been home to poverty-struck residents for decades. But in a city with sky-high prices and a lack of public housing, campaigners say they have nowhere else to go. Jul 15, 2014

Indian engineer prepares solar tuk-tuk for London odyssey

Bangalore, July 15 (ANI): Naveen Rabelli_s tuk-tuk broke down the first time he rolled it out of his garage. The electrical engineer didn_t lose heart: now, he plans to drive his customized three-wheeler all the way to London. Rabelli will leave India next year on a 6,000-mile (9,600-km) odyssey through 10 countries to promote the idea of environmentally friendly travel. His tuk-tuk, or auto rickshaw, is powered entirely by electricity and solar power. Jul 15, 2014

Shopping tempo of Indian Muslims upswing during Ramadan

Hyderabad, July 15 (ANI): The tempo of shopping in Indian markets is on the upswing, as Muslim shoppers make purchases during the holy month of Ramadan bringing double-delight for businessmen with sales picking up gradually. Shopkeepers in Hyderabad city of Andhra Pradesh expressed happiness as business is booming and Muslims were seen trooping in and out of such markets to purchase various items. Jul 15, 2014

US tries out new military tech during RIMPAC exercises

As part of the ongoing Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercises, the US military has been testing out some of its latest technology, including a 'Mastiff' walking motorized transporter. Duration: 00:39 Jul 15, 2014