Narendra Modi is more popular than Rahul, there is no comparison: BJP

New Delhi, Nov 05 (ANI): BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Tuesday said that there is no comparison between Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi he said that Rahul is nowhere close to their leader's popularity. He also said that the Congress is seeking a ban on opinion polls because it is worried as the people’s opinion is against them. Nov 5, 2013

Indias Mars Mission: Mangalyaan lifts off

Sriharikota, Nov 05 (ANI): India’s first mission to Mars with its satellite, Mangalyaan successfully lifted-off on Tuesday from the balmy space port of Sriharikota in coastal Andhra Pradesh. Nov 5, 2013

Destressss with an Indonesian snake massage

Adrenaline junkie spa-goers in Indonesia can now brave a 'snake massage', where the gentle hands of a masseuse are swapped for the cold, scaly skin of 2m long pythons. Duration: 01:30 Nov 5, 2013

Intense rivalry between dynastic political parties raises fears of aborted polls in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Nov 05 (ANI): Barrister, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and prosecutor to the International Crimes Tribunals (ICT), Tureen Afroz, highlighted the mounting tension in the country with two main parties hurtling towards a showdown that could delay or even derail elections due by January in a country. Afroz while talking to the reporter in Dhaka city on Tuesday (November 05) said that there was no scope for a third party, which could bring in competition in the political scenario. Commenting over the debate on the caretaker government, Afroz said there was no chance for it as the elections draw nearer. Afroz said that BNP would lose support of the people if they continue to share a relationship with Jamaat. Nov 5, 2013

Countdown of Indias Mars mission enters final phase

New Delhi/ Tirupathi, Nov 05 (ANI): With the successful launch of the country’s maiden Mars mission on Tuesday, Indian scientists aim to reach the red planet at a much lower cost than successful missions by United States, Europe and Russia, in a flight that could potentially position the emerging Asian nation as a budget player in the latest global space race. India is set to launch its Mars probe at 2:38 PM on Tuesday, according to the plan of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The first Indian mission to Mars is aimed at developing the technologies required for design, planning, management and operations of an interplanetary mission. The Mars Orbiter Mission has ambitious science goals as well, including a search for methane in the Martian atmosphere. On Earth, the chemical is strongly tied to life. Nov 5, 2013

Irom Sharmila's hunger strike enters its 14th year

New Delhi, Nov 05 (ANI): The "Iron Lady of Manipur" Irom Sharmila's hunger strike entered its 14th year on Tuesday. Irom has been on a hunger strike since November 04, 2000 in Manipur's capital Imphal, demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act or AFSPA in the state and other disturbed areas across the country. AFSPA gives troops in conflict areas the right to shoot to kill suspected rebels without fear of possible prosecution and to arrest suspected militants without a warrant. Sharmila's fast began 14years ago, a few days after 10 people were shot in the Malom town in Manipur's Imphal valley, allegedly by the Assam Rifles. The incident came to be known as the 'Malon Massacre.' Nov 5, 2013

Naqvi slams Congress over seeking ban on opinion polls

New Delhi, Nov 05 (ANI): Strongly opposing the proposed restriction on opinion polls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday criticized the Congress Party and said that the ruling party may seek a ban on political parties too. Nov 5, 2013

Japanese firms promote business with social responsibility in Asia

Philippines/Indonesia, Nov 05 (ANI): Japanese credit card brand JCB issued the ?rst prepaid card in partnership with PVB Card Corporation and the City of Bacoor in Philippines. The card launched in collaboration with the government, functions as a citizen identification card in the country. JCB will promote this ID & Payment card to other major cities such as Manila and Makati in Philippines. JCB aims to expand its brand presence in Asia by promoting prepaid cards including debit cards, in order to create payment products that meet the various needs of business partners in each region. Nov 5, 2013

Live bombs recovered in Ranchi defused

Ranchi, Nov 05 (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) along with Jharkhand Police recovered nine live bombs during a raid in the Hindpiri area of Ranchi. However, the Bomb Disposal Squad experts defused all the bombs recovered. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Saket Kumar Singh confirmed that nine live bombs have been recovered, and they had detonators attached to them. Nov 5, 2013

India's maiden Mars mission 'Mangalyaan' to be launched today

Sriharikota, Nov 05 (ANI): India is all set for its maiden Mars mission with its satellite, Mangalyaan, scheduled for a lift-off on Tuesday, at 2:38pm from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The countdown for the launch started on Sunday and is progressing normally. In about 56 and a half hour countdown, scientists were busy assembling the satellite and its launch vehicle together. With the weather forecast clear and no space debris expected to come in the way of the satellite the lift-off is likely to take place on time. Nov 5, 2013

Historic day for India: Scientist CB Devgan on ISRO Mars Mission

New Delhi, Nov 05 (ANI): India is all set for its maiden Mars mission with its satellite, Mangalyaan, scheduled for a lift-off today from the balmy space port of Sriharikota in coastal Andhra Pradesh. With the weather forecast clear and no space debris expected to come in the way of the satellite, the lift-off is likely to take place on time at 2:38 pm. Talking over this, Scientist CB Devgan said in New Delhi that it is a historic day for India. Nov 5, 2013

BSP MP'S wife detained for murder charge, MP says was not present on the spot

New Delhi, Nov 5 (ANI): A maid servant was found dead under mysterious circumstances at BSP MP Dhananjay Singh's South Avenue residence on Tuesday. Reports have quoted Delhi Police investigating officers as saying that the death could be due to torture. The lawmaker's wife Jagriti Singh is being questioned. The deceased was found with bruises on her head, stomach and all over her body. Post-mortem report is awaited to ascertain the cause of her death. The woman had been working at the residence of the BSP MP for the last 10 months. Dhananjay Singh is the sitting Member of Parliament from Uttar Pradesh's Jaunpur. Nov 5, 2013