India cyclone survivors return home to destruction

Hundreds of thousands of people who fled India's strongest cyclone in 14 years returned home to scenes of devastation Monday, as a massive relief operation kicked into gear. Duration: 01:04 Oct 15, 2013

Vegetable prices push inflation to 7-month high, BJP slams government

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): As official data on Monday showed that inflation accelerated to a seven-month high in September driven by sharp spikes in onion and vegetable prices, the BJP assailed the Congress saying that the misgovernance has brought the crisis. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi alleged that the Congress is extending support to those entities that are causing inflation. Oct 15, 2013

Coalgate probe just show off, actual culprits are safe: BJP on fresh FIR

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): After a fresh FIR was filed by the CBI against the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, KM Birla and former coal secretary PC Parekh, the BJP stated that the investigation by the CBI is just a show off as the investigating agency is being used by the Congress. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the actual culprits are still safe. Oct 15, 2013

VHP 'Sankalp Yatra' banned: Such yatras come when elections are nearing, says Maulana Khalid Rasheed

Lucknow, Oct 15 (ANI): After Samajwadi Party denied permission to VHP's proposed 'Sankalp Diwas' which was to take place on October 18, Muslim Cleric Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali said that yatras like these come up when elections are nearing and this is nothing more than a political game. He further said that law and order should be maintained as the only once who face the brunt of such clashes on communal grounds are poor people. He also said that in a democratic setup, government should talk to people and resolve such issues so that it doesn't flare up. Oct 15, 2013

VHP yatra banned to secure SP's Muslim vote bank: MG Vaidya

Nagpur, Oct 15 (ANI): After the Samajwadi Party banned the VHP 'Sankalp Diwas' yatra scheduled to be held on October 18, RSS senior leader MG Vaidya said that the yatra is banned in order to secure Muslim vote bank which the SP is fearing to lose on grounds of Muzaffarnagar violence. He further said that the yatra wouldn't have done anything wrong but would have got popularity, but he is not surprised with the move as this is SP's politics. Oct 15, 2013

CPI slams UPA govt & Raghuram Rajan for filure to handle inflation

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): Talking about the recent inflation facing the country, CPI leader D Raja on Tuesday said that the UPA government and its policies have completely failed to control inflation and has become insensitivity towards the problems faced by the people of the country. Further, he slammed RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and his economic policies of inviting foreign banks to India as it can deteriorate the situation even more. Oct 15, 2013

Chhattisgarh: Police ensures to fail plans of Maoists before polls

Raipur, Oct 15 (ANI): The Maoists are planning to threaten peaceful conduct of polls to the provincial legislature in Chhattisgarh as the upcoming polls are nearing. Citing intelligence inputs, Ram Nivas, Director General of Chhattisgarh Police stated this at his headquarters in Raipur on Monday. At the ground level he said that they had noted down information about their moves. Further, he mentioned that they would be employing stringent security procedures during the elections. Oct 15, 2013

Fishermen killing: India's Foreign Ministry summons Pakistan envoy

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): The recent killing of India's fisherman by patrolling marines of Pakistan on the high seas of international waters prompted Foreign Ministry to summon Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan to India lodge a stern protest. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin condemned the incident wherein Pakistani Maritime Security Agency had shot dead one Indian fisherman and detained 30 others off Jakhau coast on Friday. Akbaruddin asked Islamabad to thoroughly investigate the incident and share its result at an early date. Oct 15, 2013

Fresh FIR in Coalgate: "Complete monumental fraud" investigated at slow pace, says BJP

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): After another or 14th FIR in Coal block allocation scam, wherein CBI has named Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, Kumar Mangalam Birla, along with his company Hindalco and a former bureaucrat, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said dubbed the case as "Complete monumental fraud" and slammed the slow pace of investigation in the same. Further, he said that it is for the fact that Supreme Court is taking part in the process, or else there won't have been any probe in the case at all. Oct 15, 2013

Coal scam: CBI names KM Birla, ex-Coal Secretary in fresh FIR

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): In another high profile chargesheet in the coal scam, the CBI has registered a case against Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, KM Birla. Aluminum maker Hindalco, which Mr Birla promotes, has also been named in the fresh FIR filed by the agency. According to reports, the FIR names Birla, Nalco, Hindalco and former coal secretary PC Parekh. The charges in the FIR reportedly pertain to alleged forgery and financial misrepresentation. The investigating agency is conducting raids at the Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kolkata offices of Hindalco. The CBI is under pressure from the Supreme Court to hasten its investigation into how and why coal fields were allocated to private players without a transparent bidding process. Oct 15, 2013

UP govt bans VHP's 'Sankalp Diwas' Yatra, BJP calls it murder of democracy

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): Reacting on another ban on VHP by the Samajwadi Party, this time on its proposed 'Sankalp Diwas' yatra which was scheduled to take place on October 18, BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that this is a murder of democracy. He further said that it is unfortunate that saints of the country are not allowed hold a peaceful Yatra. Oct 15, 2013