Aerial footage of Australia fires

Thousands of firefighters battle infernos across the state of New South Wales with the Blue Mountains region, west of Sydney, the focal point. Duration: 01:28 Oct 24, 2013

Jean Paul Gaultier creations on show in New York

Creations by French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier are on display during a press preview of "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, on October 23, 2013. Duration: 00:40 Oct 24, 2013

Asterix returns for first new adventures in eight years

Comic book hero Asterix and his rotund sidekick Obelix return for their first new adventure in eight years on Thursday, reviving a global phenomenon that has sold millions of copies around the world. Duration: 01:51 Oct 24, 2013

Visit to China & Russia strengthened confidence in relation: Manmohan Singh

On Board, Oct 24 (ANI): While returning from his five-day visit to Russia and China, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh onboard on Thursday said that the visit to the two countries has strengthened his confidence in relationship with both the countries. He further said that China and Russia are growing recognition towards rising terrorism as a threat and are fighting against the same. Oct 24, 2013

I have nothing to hide, CBI can investigate on Coalgate scam: Manmohan Singh

On Board, Oct 24, (ANI): Talking about the speculations on involvement of the PM in the infamous Coal Allocation Scam, while returning from his five-day visit to Russia and China, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that he has "nothing to hide" and that he will abide by the instructions of CBI and that CBI can carry on its investigations. Further, talking about the upcoming 2014 general elections, Singh said that Congress which is surrounded by scams will surprise the nation again and will come to power. Oct 24, 2013

TN Assembly resolution based on misinformation, India important for CHOGM: Prasad Kariyawasam

New Delhi, Oct 24 (ANI): After Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a resolution on Thursday demanding the nation's prime minister to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka next month, the country's High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam said that the resolution is based on misinformation. He also said that India is important for the commonwealth and for the country. Kariyawasam refrained from commenting anything on the speculations on the PM's visit. Oct 24, 2013

Prithviraj Chavan to help ease onion prices in Delhi

Mumbai, Oct 24 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday promised to supply onions to Delhi in the wake of the soaring prices of onions in the city. According to media reports, the bulb was selling at Rs 90 to Rs 100 per Kg on Wednesday. Chavan said that supply of the vegetable would be sent from Nashik. Chavan added that this year, a drought followed by heavy rain affected the supplies, however the onions would be sold to Delhi at much lower rates. Oct 24, 2013

Manna Dey cremated at Hebbal crematorium in Bangalore

Bangalore, Oct 24 (ANI): Legendary singer Manna Dey, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 94, has been cremated in Bangalore's Hebbal crematorium. Dey's body was taken from the hospital to cultural centre Ravindra Kalakshetra, where friends and fans paid their last respects. Dey's was taken to ICU some days ago to be treated for respiratory illness and renal failure. He has been in and out of hospital the last few months and was on dialysis in September. Manna Dey, or Prabodh Chandra Dey, who has given us some of the best songs in the classic era, has a huge fan following across the country. Among Manna Dey's best loved Hindi songs were Ek Chatur Naar from Padosan, Zindagi Kaise Hai Paheli from Anand, Ae Meri Zohrajabeen from Waqt and Yaari Hai Imaan Mera from Zanjeer. He often sang for Raj Kapoor, and formed hit partnerships with composers Salil Chowdhury and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Oct 24, 2013

People not interested in Rahul's tears, but on issues facing nation: Rajiv Pratap Rudy

New Delhi, Oct 24 (ANI): Talking about the speech given by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi sharing his grief on the assassination of his Grandmother Indira Gandhi and father Rajeev Gandhi, BJP General Secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that people are not interested in Rahul's tears but on issues facing the nation today. He further said that Gandhi seems off the track and that he should discuss and think about the more important and recent issues. Oct 24, 2013

State can make its land acquisition bill, but it has to be at par with centre's bill: Jairam

Bangalore, Oct 24 (ANI): The new Land Acquisition Act formulated by the Congress-led central government allows the state government to make their own land acquisition bill provided that it is at par with Centre's bill. Rural Development Minister, Jairam Ramesh stated this while addressing a news conference at Bangalore on Thursday. Ramesh added that the Bill also gives fair importance to the Gram Sabha and Panchayat. Oct 24, 2013

Akhilesh Yadav barbs central government for dwindling economy

Lucknow, Oct 24 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, slammed the central government for dwindling economy of the country and rising inflation. Yadav said that the country is facing problems like inflation due to the wrong strategies of the government. Oct 24, 2013

CPI supports resolution passed by TN Assembly demanding CHOGM boycott

New Delhi, Oct 24 (ANI): CPI leader D Raja on Thursday said that the party fully supports the resolution passed by Tamil Nadu Assembly wherein it demanded that India should completely boycott Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka next month and seek temporary suspension of the island nation from it. D Raja also congratulated the state CM J Jayalalithaa for moving the resolution, keeping in view the genocide committed by the Sri Lankans on the Tamils. Oct 24, 2013

Onion prices likely to fall in 2-3 weeks: Sharad Pawar

New Delhi, Oct 24 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday said that no drop in onion production is expected due to some crop damage because of rains. He said that the prices are likely to fall in the next 2-3 weeks. The minister said that the Centre will release Rs 921.98 crore to Maharashtra for the damages caused to onion crop due to excess rains. There is no real scarcity of onions, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, said, adding that the prices are expected to stabilize in the coming few weeks. Oct 24, 2013