Narayan Sai offers bribe to investigating officer: Surat Police

Surat, Dec 13 (ANI): The Surat Police on Friday alleged that Narayan Sai, son of self-styled and controversial godman Asaram, and his associates tried to bribe several authorities to weaken the rape case against him. Police commissioner of Surat, Rakesh Asthana, said that police had seized rupees five crore and detained six people, including a sub inspector. Dec 13, 2013

Government building consensus to pass Lokpal Bill: Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said on Friday that the government is generating a consensus on the Lokpal Bill, so that it can be passed. Earlier today, the UPA Government tabled the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Dec 13, 2013

Last goodbyes for Mandela before burial

Anxious South Africans queued through the night for the final chance to say farewell Friday to Nelson Mandela in Pretoria before his body is moved to his rural, boyhood home for burial. Dec 13, 2013

Former Home Secretary RK Singh joins BJP

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Former Union Home Secretary RK Singh formally joined the BJP on Friday. Singh is likely to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2014. Singh joined BJP in presence of party president Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. Dec 13, 2013

Profile of a Manipuri Artisan Muktamani

Manipur, Dec 13 (ANI): 54-year-old Moirangthem Muktamani Devi is a well known artisan from Kakching, Manipur. She has won National and State level awards for her work. Muktamani was born in December 1958. She was married to Kshetrimayum Naran Singh at an early age. In 1990 she established "Mukta Shoes Industry" in her locality. It was registered in DIC, Thoubal under wool and knitting embroidery section. Dec 13, 2013

India shocked over arrest of its diplomat in US over visa fraud

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): India's Foreign Ministry on Friday said that it is 'shocked' and 'appalled' over the treatment being meted out to one of its woman diplomats who was arrested by the US police over visa fraud. MEA spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin said that India would take up the matter forcefully with the US government and has voiced the sentiment already through the Indian embassy in Washington. Dec 13, 2013

Argument breaks out between VK Singh and Gopal Rai at Anna Hazare's fast venue

Ralegan Siddhi, Dec 13 (ANI): A scuffle broke out between AAP leader Gopal Rai and former Army chief VK Singh on Friday in Ralegan Siddhi, the venue for anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare's indefinite hunger strike to press for a strong Jan Lokpal Bill. Singh said that people shouldn't split and form different groups in the fight against corruption. Hearing this, Rai raised objections, which led to a heated argument between him and Singh. Sensing the situation, Hazare then asked Gopal Rai to immediately leave Ralegan Siddhi. Dec 13, 2013

Will leave Anna's village but will never leave him alone in this fight: Gopal Rai

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): After a scuffle broke out between AAP leader Gopal Rai and former Army chief VK Singh on Friday in Ralegan Siddhi, the venue for anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare's indefinite hunger strike to press for a strong Jan Lokpal Bill, Rai stated that he will leave Ralegan Siddhi but will continue the fast along with Anna. Rai alleged that Anna is being provoked by many against the AAP members. Dec 13, 2013

Lokpal Bill should have been passed earlier: JD (U)

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): As the Lokpal bill came back to the political centrestage with Anna Hazare's ongoing fast and the approaching Lok Sabha election, JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari said that the bill should have been passed way earlier. He said that both the BJP and Congress are trying to get credits for the same but the reasons for its delay will definitely be questioned. Dec 13, 2013

Nation remembers martyrs of 2001 Parliament attack

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Cutting across party lines, political leaders on Friday paid homage to those who had lost their lives in the 2001 Parliament House terrorist attack. Vice President M. Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley and several other leaders offered floral tributes to the martyrs at a solemn ceremony in New Delhi. It was on this day in 2001, heavily armed-terrorists infiltrated the Parliament House and began firing their weapons during the time of Parliament session. Eleven persons including five policemen were killed during the attack. Dec 13, 2013

AAP should form govt in Delhi: Politicos

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Politicos amidst speculations of who will form government in Delhi, wished that the AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal should form government in the constituency. BJD leader Jay Panda said that AAP should take support from other party and form government without further delay. Following the suit, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi also said that the party should form the government and other parties should support him in the proper functioning of the government. Dec 13, 2013

Fodder scam: SC grants bail to Lalu Prasad Yadav

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fodder scam case, in which he was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail. After the Patna High Court dismissed the former Bihar CM's plea, he moved the top court seeking bail till his appeal against conviction by a special CBI court was decided by the HC. The order was passed by a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court. Dec 13, 2013