Russian football match suspended after crowd trouble

A Russian Cup game between the country's most successful side Spartak Moscow and Shinnik of Yaroslavl was suspended on Wednesday after Spartak fans clashed with security forces and lit huge flares. Duration: 01:01 Oct 31, 2013

Gay rights activists hold cande-lit vigil in Rome

Hundreds of gay rights activists held a candle-lit vigil on October 30, 2013 at Rome's Colosseum to call for a law against homophobia after a youth threw himself off the 11th story of a building in the Italian capital. Duratio: 00:37 Oct 31, 2013

Naxals 'brainwashing' innocent farmers and spreading misinformation

Patna, Oct 31 (ANI): While the strength of Naxals has gone down considerably in recent times, they have intensified their campaign and are spreading misinformation against the government and security forces. Anand Shankar, former DGP of Bihar, believes that the Naxals brainwash innocent farmers and force them to join their ranks. Shankar added that teenagers are forcibly recruited by them and villagers are terrified about raising their voice against them. Shankar also said that there is an urgent need to formulate a well-planned strategy which makes use of latest technology to fight the Naxals. Naxalism has plagued the country for many decades. Naxals have consistently killed innocent people and security personnel. The Indian government has described Naxalism as the biggest internal security threat to the nation. Oct 31, 2013

Extend 'Shaadi Bhagya Programme' to people of all communities: BSY

Bangalore, Oct 31 (ANI): The Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) party protested on Thursday to exert pressure on the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to extend the flagship programme 'Shaadi Bhagya scheme' launched for poor Muslim brides, to all poor brides, irrespective of their religion or caste. Former Karnataka Chief Minister and KJP chief BS Yeddyurappa said that the programme should be extended to all the women who were below the poverty line. Oct 31, 2013

Patna blast suspect escapes from NIAs custody, BJP targets centre and state govt

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Thursday targeted the centre as well as the Bihar government for their soft approach towards terrorists, after a terror suspect in the Patna serial blasts case escaped from the NIA’s custody on Thursday. The BJP said the matter should thoroughly be investigated as to find out whether it was a conspiracy by the state government or not. Oct 31, 2013

Sardar Patel practiced Gandhian compassion for all Indians: Tharoor

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Sardar Patel's secularism was a secularism that was anchored in real genuine Gandhian compassion for all Indians of every religion, caste and background, said Minister of State for Human Resource and Development (HRD) Shashi Tharoor on Thursday. While reacting to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's remark that India needs Sardar Patel's secularism and not vote-bank secularism, Tharoor said Patel went to Amritsar and pleaded with angry and emotional Hindus and Sikhs not to attack refugees fleeing India to go to Pakistan, but to protect them, and in turn, welcome refugees coming from the other side. Oct 31, 2013

Guilty will be punished: Akhilesh on fresh Muzaffarnagar violence

Kannauj, Oct 31 (ANI): Reacting over the fresh violence in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said that the state government will take strict action against the culprits. He also slammed the opposition parties for trying to use the incident to further their political aspirations. Oct 31, 2013

Congress hits back at Modi, charges BJP of indulging in 'vote bank politics'

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): The Congress Party on Thursday countered Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's secularism pitch, saying it is the main opposition party which is indulging in 'vote bank politics'. Maken charged Modi, BJP and the RSS leaders of repeatedly attacking the foundation stone of the nation. Maken drew the attention of the media to an article written in 'The Hindu' on October 8 by a senior female associate editor. Oct 31, 2013

PM pays tribute to Sardar Patel on his 138th birth anniversary

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other political dignitaries paid floral tribute to the nation's renowned freedom leader and 'Iron Man', Sardar Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel on his birth anniversary on Thursday in New Delhi. The political dignitaries including Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde and senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu paid their respects to the famed leader on his 138th birth anniversary. Meanwhile, BJP PM Candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of the world's tallest statue in Gujarat that is of Sardar Patel. Patel was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India and was also the home minister in Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet. Oct 31, 2013

PM should clear his stand on attending CHOGM in Colombo: CPI

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Despite opposition from the Tamil Nadu Assembly, PM Manmohan Singh is likely to go to Colombo for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) reportedly. CPI leader D Raja said that the central government cannot ignore the unanimous resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly, since Congress was a party to the resolution in Tamil Nadu. He also added that the PM must decide and spell out his stand. Oct 31, 2013

Fodder scam: Jharkhand HC rejects Lalu Yadav's bail plea

Ranchi, Oct 31 (ANI): The Jharkhand High Court on Thursday rejected the bail plea of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is serving a five-year prison sentence in connection with the multi-crore fodder scam case. The 66-year-old Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief had moved the court on Wednesday, but the latter chose to reserve its order for Thursday after hearing the CBI counsel's objections to granting Lalu bail. Oct 31, 2013

Muzaffarnagar fresh violence: BJP asks SP govt to take strict action

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Terming the fresh violence in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district as unfortunate, BJP President Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that he expects the Samajwadi Party government to take strict measures so that no one gets an opportunity to raise a question on it. He also appealed to the people of Uttar Pradesh to maintain peace. Oct 31, 2013

Fresh Muzaffarnagar violence: cases against 15, eight arrested

Lucknow, Oct 31 (ANI): Even as at least four people were killed in two separate incidents of violence in Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and Order) Mukul Goel said that 15 people have been accused for this incident out of which 8 have been arrested. Three men were killed as mobs from Hussain Kalan village and neighbouring Mohammadpur village clashed on Mohammadpur Road, about 35 km from Muzaffarnagar, while in a separate clash one woman was killed. Reports suggest that a woman was killed when she along with her husband was attacked by a mob. The woman was killed on the spot, however her husband survived and is admitted in a Meerut hospital. Both the incidents took place in the Budhana area which falls in rural Muzzaffarnagar. Oct 31, 2013