BJP Government hikes Diesel prices, Congress reacts

New Delhi, June 01 (ANI): Congress leaders on Sunday reacted over the hike of diesel prices by the new BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Diesel prices have been hiked by 50 paisa per litre all over the country which will be effective from Sunday midnight. Meem Afzal ironically referred to the promise of 'good days' by BJP government pointing out that BJP is acting just the opposite of what it used to say. Meanwhile, Rashid Alvi stated that BJP always used to make a hue and cry over prices of petrol and diesel and they themselves have hiked it within 5 days of governance. He added that this is a hint to people that BJP differs in its words and actions. Jun 1, 2014

Venkaiah Naidu targets housing for all by 2022

Hyderabad, June 1 (ANI): Urban development minister, Venkaiah Naidu announced housing for all by 2022. Addressing his maiden press conference in Andhra Pradesh after taking charge as the cabinet minister, Naidu said main aim of his government was development, which will provide better sanitation facilities to all. Jun 1, 2014

Nicosia holds its first Greek Cypriot gay pride parade

Nicosia held its first Greek Cypriot gay pride parade Saturday, 16 years after homosexuality was decriminalised on their Mediterranean island, where the influential Orthodox Church views non-heterosexual relations as sinful. Duration: 01:20 Jun 1, 2014

Police fire tear gas at Turkey anniversary protest

Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannons at hundreds of people in Istanbul and Ankara Saturday as demonstrations marking a year since deadly anti-government protests erupted in fresh violence. Duration: 01:05 Jun 1, 2014

Alok Ranjan takes charge as UP Chief Secretary

Lucknow, May 31 (ANI): The Akhilesh Yadav Government in Uttar Pradesh has on Saturday appointed Alok Ranjan as the new Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh replacing Javed Usmani. Assuming charge, Alok Ranjan said that even though there are a lot of problems in the state, there is a wide scope of development. Responding to the rise of crime in the state, Ranjan added that a message will be given out to criminals and they will be dealt with firmly. May 31, 2014

GoMs and EGoMs were like single window system for sorted decisions: Manish Tewari

New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Congress leader Manish Tewari gave his opinion over abolition of all Group of Ministers and Empowered Group of Ministers by the new BJP government at the Centre. Tewari stated that every government has the right to choose its own way of administration but the GoMs and EGoMs were like a single window system to take sorted decisions. He added that the UPA government had introduced the empowered and group of ministers so as to bring in exchange of ideas within different ministries. May 31, 2014

Words of Mulayam and his ministers encourage rapists, they are equally culpable: Uma Bharti

New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Water Resource Minister and BJP leader Uma Bharti on Saturday said that Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his ministers were equally culpable for the series of brutal rape cases in Uttar Pradesh along with the rapists as they encourage such criminals by backing them. She added that Yadav should apologize to the people of the state for encouraging such criminals. May 31, 2014

IAF Chief takes Guard of Honour at Passing Out Parade of 126th batch of National Defence Academy

Pune, May 31 (ANI): India's Air Chief Marshal, Arup Raha, took the Guard Of Honour at the annual Passing Out Parade of the 126th batch of the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Pune on Saturday. The cadets rejoiced as they successfully passed out from India's premier defence training institute. NDA cadet, Vivek Yadav, expressed his pleasure over an opportunity to serve the nation. May 31, 2014

Sand artist depicts horrors of smoking through sculpture on 'World No Tobacco Day'

Puri/Visakhapatnam, May 31 (ANI): Internationally renowned sand artist, Sudarshan Patnaik, created an anti-smoking sculptor on sand at a beach in Odisha and rallies were organized in Andhra Pradesh to create an awareness regarding the horrendous effects of smoking on World No Tobacco Day. World No Tobacco Day is observed annually on May 31 by World Health Organization (WHO). Patnaik's 5-feet high and 20-feet long sand sculpture, which was made with 7 tons of sand, depicted the harmful effects of tobacco consumption May 31, 2014

Politicos react as Akhilesh recommends CBI probe in Badaun gang-rape case

New Delhi/ Lucknow, May 31 (ANI): Under attack from opposition parties, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday decided to recommend a CBI probe into the gang rape and murder of two dalit sisters in Badaun. The family of two murdered teenage girls had demanded a CBI probe into the incident saying they had no faith in local police which was "hand in gloves" with the accused. May 31, 2014

Yogendra Yadav and Naveen Jaihind resign from party posts: Sources

New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Observing another rift within AAP, party leader Yogendra Yadav has sent his resignation as the Haryana in-charge of the party. Yadav is said to remain a part of the party and work for it without holding any prominent post. Meanwhile, Naveen Jaihind, who contested from Hissar in Haryana, said that he had raised issues regarding disrespect of volunteers which later became a cause of trouble within AAP due to which he had decided to resign from the major leadership of the party. He added that he will continue to work as a volunteer for the party. May 31, 2014

Borders need to be secured, focus on improving relations with China: Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Saturday expressed his point of view and priority regarding the borders. Rijiju stated that the main focus is on securing the borders and strengthening relations with China in particular. He further said that he is happy that PM Narendra Modi received congratulatory call from China and said that he is positive about the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister to India. May 31, 2014

Secretive Bilderberg group holds meeting in Copenhagen

The highly secretive Bilderberg group's annual meeting was under way in Copenhagen on Friday, attracting members of the global elite as well as protestors and conspiracy theorists criticising its lack of transparency. Duration: 00:37 May 31, 2014

Balinese Hindus celebrate Kuningan festival

Balinese Hindus celebrate the holy day of Kuningan in Tabanan. Kuningan, the last day of the Galungan celebrations, is believed to be the ascendant day of ancestral holy spirits returning back to heaven. Duration: 00:37 May 31, 2014