Secular tourism on communal riots in UP: Naqvi

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): As UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav visits riot-hit Muzaffarnagar, a week after the communal clashes started there, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi taunted Yadav saying that this is a secular tourism on communal riots that happened in the town. Naqvi further said that there won't be any benefit of this 'secular tourism' and it would further intensify the pain people are going through. Talking about the statement given by SP leader Azam Khan, he said that people who died were neither Muslims nor Hindus, they were human beings. Sep 15, 2013

Nuclear-capable 'Agni-5' successfully tested for second time

Wheeler Island, SEP 15 (ANI): The country's most deterrent nuclear capable ballistic missile, Agni-5 has been successfully test fired from Chandipur Test Range in Balasore district off Odisha coast. The missile was launched at 8.45 on Sunday morning. The Agni-5 can carry a single nuclear warhead of over 1000 kg and can strike with precision targets in China and Europe. Sep 15, 2013

BSF seizes contraband drugs worth Rs 85 cr

Amritsar, Sep 15 (ANI): Alert personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) in Punjab seized 17 kilograms of contraband heroin, worth rupees 85 crores in the international market. BSF has been working on several improvised operational guidelines to trim down the frequent narcotics smuggling from across the border. Addressing the mediapersons in Amritsar district, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of BSF, Ravi Joseph said that the patrolling team of force had laid an ambush and early in the morning they observed movement of two to three smugglers near security fence along the border fencing. Sep 15, 2013

Lalu Prasad criticizes Nitish govt's take on power officials

Patna, Sep 15 (ANI): Reacting on the Nitish Kumar government's lathicharge and teargas reaction on the protesting employees in Patna, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday said that Nitish government is incapable of generating electricity on their own. He further said that he totally supports the demand of the employees and the situation in the state is the responsibility of Nitish Kumar. Sep 15, 2013

Azam Khan's statement unfortunate and saddening: Atul Anjan

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): After SP senior leader Azam Khan asked the Muslim community to tell their grievances to UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is to visit Muzaffarnagar on Sunday to meet the victims of the communal clashes in the town, CPI leader Atul Anjan said that Azam Khan's statement is unfortunate and saddening. Further, he said that the CM is going to meet both Hindus and Muslim and not just the Muslim community and that Khan has always taken sides and not been secular. Sep 15, 2013

Odisha: Police gunned down 13 Maoists

Odisha, Sep 15 (ANI): The top brass of police in Odisha revealed details of the operation that gunned down 13 Maoists, including a very high ranking Maoist leader and a woman cadre, under Kalimela in Malkangiri region of the province. A huge cache of arms and ammunition were also seized after this counter anti-insurgency operation. Briefing the media, Superintendent of Police, Malkangiri, Akhilesh Singh said that an offensive had been launched by the personnel of District Voluntary Force (DVF) and Special Operations Group (SOG) to track down these Maoists. He revealed that they had managed to obtain prior information of the rebels' hideout. Sep 15, 2013

Modi to address his first rally as BJP PM Candidate

Rewari, Sep 15 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will address his first rally in Rewari town of Haryana after BJP President Rajnath Singh announced him as the party's PM candidate for the 2014 general elections. Excited about the visit, president of BJP unit of the state, Ram Vilas Sharma said that the state is waiting for his arrival and that Modi is definitely going to be the new PM of the country. Sep 15, 2013

Muzaffarnagar: Police fail to arrest BJP MLA booked for triggering violence

Dehradun, Sep 15 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh police unsuccessfully tried to nab BJP legislator Bharatendra Singh for his alleged role in triggering the communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar district of UP. Singh's supporters prevented his arrest after he was booked by the police along with four other BJP legislators, contending that the police have no arrest warrant. Singh had allegedly made a provocative speech at a farmers' gathering, named Khap Panchayat that led to communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar. On this aspect, Bharatendra Singh said that the policemen had no grounds for arresting him. Sep 15, 2013

Azam Khan should be suspended and arrested: VHP

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): As UP chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is to visit the riot hit area of Muzaffarnagar, following which SP leader Azam Khan said that people tell their problems to the CM, VHP Spokesperson Prakash Sharma said on Sunday that Azam Khan has been giving out communal statements since long now and that he should be suspended from the party and arrested for this. Sharma said that Kahn meant that only Muslim community is entitled to rehabilitation and no one else. Sep 15, 2013

US, Russia in landmark deal on Syria weapons

The United States and Russia on Saturday agreed on an ambitious plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons by the middle of next year. In a landmark deal thrashed out in talks spanning three days, the two powers gave Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a week to hand over the details and location of his regime's stockpile. Duration: 01:09 Sep 14, 2013

'Italy is not racist,' says Africa-born minister

Italy's first black minister defends her adopted homeland during a gathering in Colombia of leaders of African descent, insisting her nation is not racist even though she endured a series of racially-charged threats and taunts since assuming her post. Duration: 00:33 Sep 14, 2013

Peru hosts gourmet Mistura food festival

Peru's Mistura food festival is a paradise for lovers of all things gourmet but this year chocolate is the big feature, served up alongside the region's freshest ingredients. Duration: 00:32 Sep 14, 2013

Mubarak back in Egypt court over protest deaths

An Egyptian court on Saturday resumed the trial of toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak, who is accused of complicity in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising against his rule. Duration: 00:32 Sep 14, 2013