Hamid Ansari delivers public lecture at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

London, Nov 02 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari left for India on Saturday after concluding his 8-day official tour that took him to Peru, Cuba and Britain. Ansari left for Delhi soon after delivering a lecture on “Citizenship and identity” at the prestigious Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. Nov 2, 2013

Muzaffarnagar: Security beefed up ahead of Diwali

Muzaffarnagar, Nov 02 (ANI): Authorities have beefed up security arrangements in violence hit Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday as residents thronged the marketplace on the eve of Diwali. Nov 2, 2013

Lata Mangeshkars remark in favour of Modi draws flak from Congress and CPI

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): Veteran singer, Lata Mangeshkar’s remark that she wishes to see Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister of the country, has drawn flak from the Congress and CPI. The octogenarian singer, who has also been dubbed as the nightingale of India said that the people of the country are waiting to see Modi become Prime Minister. Nov 2, 2013

Rajiv Shukla pulls up Modi, says 'PM aspirant should stop fighting with everyone'

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): Congress leader and Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs, Rajiv Shukla on Saturday appealed to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to stop creating discord among people by constant criticism and giving out wrong facts, especially when he is a prime ministerial candidate. Shukla further accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of indulging in vote bank politics by carrying out Asthi Kalash Yatra for Patna blast victims, and added that they are playing with the sentiments of the people. Modi, who arrived in Patna last night, is meeting the families of the six people who were killed in serial blasts ahead of his massive 'Hunkar' rally on October 27. Nov 2, 2013

Modis Patna visit political stunt: JD (U)

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): The JD (U) on Saturday called BJP PM Candidate, Narendra Modi’s visit to Patna to meet the serial blast victims’ kin a political stunt. Nov 2, 2013

Fighting filth with art in Gabon

An artist committed to the cause of cleaning up the Gabonese capital Libreville has begun tagging 'No peeing' on the walls of the city . Nov 2, 2013

Modi consoles Raj Narain Singh's family, BJP hands over cheque of Rs. 5 lakh

Gaurichak, Nov 02 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday consoled the family members of Raj Narain Singh, who was killed in the serial blasts in Patna on October 27, and assured them that his party stands behind them in this hour of grief. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, who briefed the media about Modi's visit, said his party's prime ministerial candidate came to this rural and ordinary village in Patna to share the pain of Raj Narain Singh's family members. Nov 2, 2013

D Raja against PM's Lanka visit, says Govt should respect TN assembly's resolution

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): Amid opposition from the various political outfits, including DMK's M. Karunanidhi, over Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's visit to Sri Lanka to participate in CHOGM later this month, CPI leader D. Raja on Saturday said that the Centre should not undermine or ignore the unanimous resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu assembly and should take decision accordingly. Raja said the Prime Minister must spell out his position on this issue. The CPI leader also said the Congress-led UPA II Government stands completely confused and divided. According to reports, senior UPA Ministers from Tamil Nadu want the Prime Minister to skip the Commonwealth summit in Colombo on November 15. Nov 2, 2013

Congress raises Godhra issue, says Modi's Bihar visit reflects his 'double standards'

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): Terming BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's visit to Bihar to meet the families of those killed in the Patna serial blasts to be a 'political stunt', the Congress Party on Saturday raised the issue of post-Godhra riots, and asked whether he had ever visited the residence of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, one of those killed during the riots across Gujarat, and consoled his wife. Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said there is tension wherever Modi goes. Nov 2, 2013

Pakistani Taliban confirm death of Hakimullah Mehsud

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): The head of the Pakistani Taliban Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan according to several security sources. Mehsud, who was believed to be in his mid-30s and was one of Pakistan's most wanted men, has been reported dead several times before. Late on Friday, several intelligence, army and militant sources across Pakistan confirmed he had been killed in the drone strike in the lawless North Waziristan region. Mehsud's Pakistani Taliban is an umbrella of militant groups separate to but allied to the Afghan Taliban. Mehsud took over the Pakistani Taliban in August 2009 after a drone strike killed the previous leader. His bodyguard and driver were also among the dead. Nov 2, 2013

Lata Mangeshkar wants Narendra Modi to become Prime Minister

Pune, Nov 02 (ANI): Veteran Indian singer, Lata Mangeshkar said that she wished to see Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister of the country. Modi, the challenger from BJP, is campaigning to oust the ruling Congress-led coalition. The Gujarat strongman was in Pune, to inaugurate a hospital named after Mangeshkar’s father, Dinanath Mangeshkar. The octogenarian singer, who has also been dubbed as the nightingale of India said that the people of the country are waiting to see Modi become Prime Minister. Nov 2, 2013