Prime accused was let off in Adarsh housing scam: Gurudas Dasgupta

New Delhi, Jan 3 (ANI): The Maharashtra Cabinet on Thursday decided to accept the recommendations of a judicial commission's report on the Adarsh Housing Society scam, albeit partially, two weeks after rejecting it. However, the Cabinet gave clean chits to the politicians indicted in the report. Speaking on the same, CPI leader, Gurudas Dasgupta on Friday said that the prime accused was let off and the officials who have acted upon the advices of the politicians are suffering. Jan 3, 2014

Rahul Gandhi not fit to be PM: Sanjay Raut

Mumbai, Jan 03 (ANI): Reacting over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement about Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi during a press conference, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Friday that Rahul is not fit to be PM and the four states have voted against the Congress party. Jan 3, 2014

Politicos react on PM speech

New Delhi, Jan 3 (ANI): As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed a press conference at the National Media Centre in central Delhi on Friday, politicos reacted on the same. CPI leader Sitaram Yechury and JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav said that most corruption scams have emerged in UPA regime. They further said that during his regime country has not moved ahead, instead has moved one step backwards. Jan 3, 2014

PM Manmohan Singh's speech Part - 1

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): Ruling out third term for himself, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said that he will hand over charge to a new PM after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He further stressed that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has outstanding credentials to be nominated as his party's PM candidate, however, an announcement on the same will be made at an appropriate time. Jan 3, 2014

PM Manmohan Singh's speech Part - 2

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): Ruling out third term for himself, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said that he will hand over charge to a new PM after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He further stressed that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has outstanding credentials to be nominated as his party's PM candidate, however, an announcement on the same will be made at an appropriate time. Jan 3, 2014

PM Manmohan Singh's speech Part - 3

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): Ruling out third term for himself, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said that he will hand over charge to a new PM after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He further stressed that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has outstanding credentials to be nominated as his party's PM candidate, however, an announcement on the same will be made at an appropriate time. Jan 3, 2014

BS Yeddyurappa rejoins BJP

Bangalore, Jan 03 (ANI): Former chief minister of Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa rejoined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and would merge his regional Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) ahead of 2014 general elections. This came a year after Yeddyurappa walked out of the party alleging betrayal. Yeddyurappa, a strongman from the majority Lingayat community, said formalities would be completed within three to four days. Senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar said the sole purpose of the merger was to defeat the Congress Party. Jan 3, 2014

BSF tightens border security ahead of Bangladesh polls

West Bengal, Jan 03 (ANI): India's paramilitary, Border Security Force (BSF) beefed up security at border after they received inputs of increase in infiltration due to growing political instability over upcoming polls in Bangladesh. Paramilitary troopers were seen patrolling along the India-Bangladesh border in Fulbari area of West Bengal. Inspector General of BSF's North Bengal Frontier, SK Sood said that the personnel had recently intercepted Bangladeshi nationals at the border. Jan 3, 2014

Presidential reference against AK Ganguly approved: P Chidambaram

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the Cabinet had approved the proposal of sending a presidential reference to remove former justice AK Ganguly from the post of chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission. Ganguly is accused of sexually harassing a 22-year-old law intern, with a new damaging charge emerging that he had accepted the hospitality of a Pakistani national without permission. While addressing a news conference in New Delhi, Chidambaram said that the union cabinet had granted the proposal of the Interior Ministry to send a reference for inquiry into the allegations against the retired Supreme Court judge. Jan 3, 2014

Opposition takes dig at Maharashtra govt over Adarsh scam report

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Jan 03 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took a jibe at the Maharashtra government for "partially" accepting the Adarsh housing scam report and for not taking action against involved lawmakers. After intervention of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, the provincial government of Maharashtra had accepted the report. However, it refused any action on lawmakers as no criminality was revealed. The President of BJP unit in the state, Devendra Fadnavis, said that they would challenge the decision in the High Court and ensure the involved lawmakers were brought to book. Jan 3, 2014

West Bengal condemns inaction over Kolkata gang rape case

Kolkata/ New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): The women wing of CPI (M) staged protests in New Delhi demanding action on double gang-rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in Kolkata. Members of All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA), shouted slogans against provincial government of West Bengal and chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The girl was allegedly gang-raped twice in October and after two months of torment she was murdered, which is confirmed by the police. AIDWA Chief Brinda Karat blamed the West Bengal government for negligence and inaction in the matter. Jan 3, 2014

Future plans, not resignation to be main focus of PM's speech: Ashok Tandon

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's press conference on Friday, media advisor to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Ashok Tandon said that the main focus of the speech will be Singh's future plans relating to the course of events to take place. He said that unlike different speculations, there won't be any announcement on resignation by the PM as it's not the practice followed by any PM. He also said that these conversations have become rare in recent past and there are chances that opposition and media will try to corner him. Jan 3, 2014

Snowstorm bears down on northeastern United States

The northeastern United States prepared Thursday for snow, high winds and frigid temperatures, as a gust of wintry weather bore down on New England and surrounding states, cancelling flights. Duration: 00:39 Jan 3, 2014

S.Sudan delegation heads for talks 'without agenda'

South Sudan's warring parties gathered in Ethiopia Thursday for peace talks aimed at ending nearly three weeks of a conflict that has left thousands dead in the world's newest nation. Duration: 00:54 Jan 3, 2014