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

Radio station provides voice for Syrian opposition

From their radio studio in Istanbul, a tiny group of Syrian exiles is determined to keep broadcasting "uncensored" news back to those trapped in the country's brutal civil war. Duration: 02:15 Jan 3, 2014

Kerry pushes on Mideast peace amid growing tension

US Secretary of State John Kerry met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday as he pushed a framework for Middle East peace talks, amid growing tension with the Palestinians. Jan 3, 2014

Schumacher still 'stable' but critical as wife visits

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher remains "stable" but critical condition Thursday after four nights in hospital with severe brain injuries following a skiing accident in the French Alps. His wife Corinna visited him in Grenoble. Duration: 00:36 Jan 3, 2014

Gecko-inspired wall-crawling robot steps towards cosmos

A wall-crawling robot inspired by the gecko has taken a step towards a future in space, scientists say. The prototype could be the forerunner of automatons which crawl over the hulls of spacecraft, the European Space Agency said. Duration: 00:34 Jan 3, 2014