PM praises Obama for diplomatic initiatives on Syria, Iran

Washington, Sept 28 (ANI): During their interaction in the White House in washington, US President Barack Obama briefed Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on the situation in Syria and Iran. President Obama further informed Dr. Singh about the steps taken by his administration to reach a consensus on the way forward in getting the Syrian Government to hand over its chemical weapons to the relevant UN bodies. In his response, Dr. Singh congratulated president Obama on his initiative to give diplomacy yet another chance in Syria and Iran. Sep 28, 2013

Looking forward to meet Sharif even though expectations have to be toned down: PM

Washington, Sept 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said that he looks forward to meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif even though the expectations have to be toned down in wake of the recent incidents of terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir. Dr. Singh, who met U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in washington, discussed the relations and approach in dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Sep 28, 2013

Barack Obama condemns terror attacks in J&K

Washington, Sept 28 (ANI): US President Barack Obama condemned the terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir, saying his heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives. President Obama, who hosted Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at the White House in Washington, said that India continues to suffer from terror attacks. President Obama said that he also discussed tensions in the sub-continent with Dr. Singh. Sep 28, 2013

PMs insult is nations insult & can make nation a laughing stock: SP

New Delhi, Sep 28 (ANI): After Vice President Rahul Gandhi dubbed the government’s Ordinance on convicted politicians as ‘nonsense’ worth tearing apart, and thereafter wrote a letter to PM to placate him, SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that such an insult of PM is an insult of the nation and is making the nation a laughing stock in front of the neighboring countries. He further said that such a behavior with the PM of the nation will render all the talks with foreign countries useless. Sep 28, 2013

Rahul has always seen PM with respect: Bhakta Charan Das after Rahul's Ordinance remark

New Delhi, Sep 28 (ANI): Talking about Congress Vive President Rahul Gandhi's letter to PM Manmohan Singh trying to placate him after his remark on Ordinance on convicted politicians, Congress Spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das said that Gandhi has always seen PM with great respect and honour. Further, Das said that Rahul Gandhi said what a people's national leader would have said and that the anger which came up was people's feelings. Sep 28, 2013

Artificial heart pump gives man in Chennai new lease of life

Chennai, Sept 28 (ANI): In a first for India, an artificial heart pump was installed in the chest cavity of a 42-year-old man after he was diagnosed with rare heart disease. The procedure was successfully conducted at the Fortis Malar hospital in Chennai by Dr K R Balakrishnan, who is the director of the Cardiac Sciences Division. The Heartware Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) gave the patient, Satish Kumar, the ability to carry on with his life and revive his heart, which was once functioning at only 15 percent. Speaking to a journalist in Chennai, Balakrishnan said that considering Kumar’s heart condition the only two options were either install the pump or undergo a transplant. As the transplant could take atleast three months, depending on the availability of a healthy heart, installing the pump was the only option. Kumar was diagnosed with end-stage heart failure, medically referred to as dilated Cardiomyopathy, a condition due to which the heart’s main chambers fail to pump blood. Sep 28, 2013

Will Rahul throw away JPC report as well in dustbin: BJP

Allahabad, Sep 28 (ANI): After Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi called the Ordinance protecting convicted politicians a 'nonsense' and as something which should be torn and thrown into the dustbin, BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh asked whether Gandhi is ready to throw away the JPC report on 2G scam as well. The draft report of the JPC on 2G spectrum allocation exonerated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram of any wrongdoing and blamed the then Communications Minister and DMK MP A Raja. Sep 28, 2013

Obama holds historic phone call with Iranian counterpart

US President Barack Obama and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone on Friday in the historic first direct communication between leaders of the two nations since the Islamic revolution in 1979. Duration: 0:57 Sep 27, 2013

Sharif slams India, Pakistan arms race as massive waste

Pakistan and India have wasted "massive resources" on a nuclear arms race, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday ahead of a landmark meeting with his Indian counterpart. He also added Pakistan to the list of countries calling for reform of the UN Security Council. Duration: 0:38 Sep 27, 2013

Turkey police arrest dozens in swoop on football fans

Turkish police Friday detained dozens of football fans after the pitch invasion that caused the abandonment of the weekend's Istanbul football derby between bitter rivals Galatasaray and Besiktas. Duration: 0:32 Sep 27, 2013

UN panel more certain mankind behind global warming

A UN panel said Friday it was more certain than ever that humans were the cause of global warming and predicted temperatures would rise another 0.3 to 4.8 degrees Celsius (0.5-8.6 degrees Fahrenheit) this century. Duration: 1:21 Sep 27, 2013