India's Mars mission enters second stage, successfully placed in Mars transfer trajectory

New Delhi, Dec 01 (ANI): Clearing a critical hurdle in its journey to the red planet, ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission on Sunday ventured out of Earth's sphere of influence for the first time, overtaking the recent efforts of rival Asian giant China. The critical manoeuvre to place the Mars orbiter spacecraft in the Mars transfer trajectory was successfully carried out almost an hour past midnight. Dec 1, 2013

Three-day nationwide shutdown in Bangladesh hits cross-border trade with India

Siliguri, Dec 01 (ANI): Traders are bearing the brunt, as a three-day long nationwide shutdown in Bangladesh has hit the cross-border trade with India. Supporters of Bangladesh's ruling Awami League protested against the opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party for enforcing the 72-hour nationwide blockade as the latter demands for postponement of upcoming general elections. Meanwhile, truck drivers in Siliguri, carrying goods to be delivered on the other side of the border, said they depend on the daily trade for their livelihood and due to shutdown in the neighbouring Bangladesh, they have become immobile. Dec 1, 2013

Tehelka case: Fast track court should be set up, says Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Dec 01 (ANI): Former IPS Officer Kiran Bedi on Sunday spoke on Tehelka's former Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal and said that there is enough evidence to nail him in a sexual assault case. She said that the investigation should be completed in next two weeks and put into court in a month and that a fast track court should be set up to ensure speedy justice. Dec 1, 2013

Tehelka case: Tejpal to appear before judicial magistrate on Sunday

Panaji, Dec 01 (ANI): Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal, who was arrested in connection with allegations of sexually assaulting a junior colleague, will be produced before the judicial magistrate here today. Goa police on Saturday night arrested Tejpal on charges of rape and sexual assault after a local court rejected his plea for anticipatory bail. Dec 1, 2013

Raj Assembly Polls: BJP's Vasundhara Raje castes vote

Jhalawar, Dec 01 (ANI): Even as ballotting is underway in 199 constituencies of Rajasthan with the fate of a total of 2,087 candidates are the fray, BJP's CM Candidate from the state Vasundhara Raje on Sunday said people were waiting for this time to get rid of Congress government. Dec 1, 2013

Raj Assembly Polls: Gehlot castes vote, denies any Modi factor

Jodhpur, Dec 01 (ANI): Even as ballotting is underway in 199 constituencies of Rajasthan with the fate of a total of 2,087 candidates are the fray, state Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot on Sunday denied any Narendra Modi factor in the assembly polls and indicated a clear majority win for the Congress. Dec 1, 2013

NCW seeks reply from Lekhi for revealing Tehelka victim's surname

New Delhi, Dec 01 (ANI): National Commission of Women (NCW) has issued a notice to Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi for revealing the last name of the victim of the sexual assault case involving former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal on her Twitter page and has asked Lekhi for an explanation within 24 hours. Dec 1, 2013

Awami League takes to streets against blockade by BNP

Dhaka/Rupganj, Dec 01 (ANI): Supporters of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League protested against the opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party for enforcing 72-hour nationwide blockade as the latter demands postponement of upcoming general elections. The Election Commission has announced that elections would be held on January 05. Supporters of Bangladesh's opposition party on Thursday (November 28) threw homemade bombs and lit fires on the third day of a planned nationwide protest against upcoming elections. Dec 1, 2013

Thai political protests turn violent, one dead

Mass opposition protests aimed at overthrowing Thailand's embattled prime minister turned violent on Saturday with one person shot dead and several wounded. Tens of thousands of pro-government supporters also staged a mass rally. Dec 1, 2013

Mayawati holds Cong-led UPA government responsible for inflation

NEW DELHI, NOV 30 (ANI): BSP Chief, Mayawati blamed the central government for wrong economic policies and held it responsible for rising inflation that is adversely affecting the poor and middle class in the country. Addressing a rally in New Delhi on Saturday, Mayawati said that even after so many years, the fate of the poor and backward classes was in shambles. Nov 30, 2013