Kerry says US won't be 'played' by Iran

Secretary of State John Kerry says US will not take Iran at its word over pledges of openness on a believed nuclear weapons programme after Israel threatened to act against Tehran. Duration: 00:50 Oct 3, 2013

Dozens dead in migrant boat disaster near Italy

At least 92 asylum-seekers drowned and 150 were rescued after a boat carrying some 500 people caught fire and capsized near an Italian island on Thursday, officials and media reports said. Duration: 00:35 Oct 3, 2013

US, Japan aim at 'balanced' security alliance

US Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Japanese ministers Fumio Kishida and Itsunori Onodera hold the first review of the cornerstone alliance in 16 years. Duration: 01:36 Oct 3, 2013

Union Cabinet gives nod to Telangana with Hyderabad as joint capital for 10 years

New Delhi, Sep 03 (ANI): After a Cabinet meet at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's official residence in Delhi on Thursday, the Cabinet gave a nod to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and creation of Telangana with Hyderabad as the joint capital for both the states for 10 years. Home Affairs Minister Sushilkumar Shinde confirmed the same and said that a group of ministers is formed who will ensure the safety and security in all the three regions and to ensure all legal measure. Oct 3, 2013

Toilet before Temples: Will BJP, VHP and RSS protest against Narendra Modi too, asks Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): After Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's comment that toilets should be built before temples in India, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh questioned BJP's 'double standards' and asked if BJP, VHP and RSS will protest against Modi as well like they did when he himself gave the same statement earlier. He also deemed the BJP prime ministerial candidate as a person who changes his character every day and that if he had got enlightened before, the incidents like 2002 riots, etc. could have been averted. Oct 3, 2013

British journalist hopes for free and fair elections in Bangladesh

London, Oct 03 (ANI): After concentrated rivalries between the two leading political parties the Awami League and the BNP, intensified in Bangladesh, British journalist and visiting research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Frances Harrison, hoped for free and fair elections in the country. Harrison highlighted the unpredictability of Bangladesh politics. Harrison expressed serious concern over the attacks on minorities, which might take place if elections were held. He also said that the Islamic parties were quite active at the grassroot level and the political parties had failed to deliver on all sorts of issues. Oct 3, 2013

Ex Army Chief VK Singh attributes recent incidents of infiltration to intelligence failure

Tamil Nadu/ Jammu and Kashmir, Oct 03 (ANI): Former Indian army chief, VK Singh has attributed recent incidents of infiltration and cross border ambushes to intelligence failure, which has strained a ceasefire that was largely held for nearly a decade. Singh said this on Thursday while addressing the mediapersons during a panel discussion on governance issues in Chennai. Singh said that secrets are let out due to the frequent meddling with intelligence apparatus of the country. Singh further added that ceasefire violations were taking place due to the trust deficit. Oct 3, 2013

Former Army Gen suspects involvement of Pakistan Special Forces in Kashmir incursion

Kupwara/ New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): Former Army General, GD Bakshi, said on Thursday that the ongoing infiltration by Pakistan into India's Kashmir could not have continued even after being foiled without the support of Pakistan Special Forces while calling the Indo-Pak talks a strategy of Islamabad to divert New Delhi's attention. Bakshi said that the huge scale on which the infiltration was carried out, hinted on bigger motives than just seizure of Indian posts. Oct 3, 2013

Lalu Yadav reaped what he sowed: BJP on Fodder Scam verdict

Patna, Oct 03 (ANI): After a CBI court in Ranchi sentenced former Bihar Chief minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to 5 years' imprisonment in a 17-year-old fodder scam case, the BJP on Thursday said that the RJD chief has reaped what he sowed. Reacting cautiously BJP leader Giriraj Singh stated transparency in governance should prevail. He further cautioned Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and said that he should also stop walking on the same path of corruption. Oct 3, 2013

Lalu's sentencing proves CBI works independently: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 3 (ANI): After a CBI court in Ranchi sentenced former Bihar Chief minister and RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to 5 years' imprisonment in a 17-year-old fodder scam case, the Congress stated that the law has taken its own course. Congress leader Rashid Alvi also stated that the RJD Chief's sentencing proves that CBI works independently and not under pressure from the government. Oct 3, 2013

No leadership crisis within the party: RJD on Lalu's sentencing

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): Even as former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has been sentenced to jail for five years, his party Rashtriya Janata Dal's members have said that he's still their leader and there is no leadership crisis within the party Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said that their party will appeal in higher court.The CBI court in Ranchi on Thursday sentenced former bihar Chief minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad yadav to 5 years' imprisonment in a 17-year-old fodder scam case. He has been slapped with a fine of Rs 25 lakh. Oct 3, 2013

Pak's infiltration in Kashmir: Opposition demands action from govt

New Delhi/ Chennai, Oct 03 (ANI): Opposition on Thursday demanded a strong response from the central government after a top army general said that 30 to 40 heavily armed fighters have infiltrated into Kashmir from Pakistan. Lieutenant General Gurmeet Singh told a news conference in Srinagar that the fighters crossed the Line of Control and is holed up for the past nine days in thick forests in the area. The latest fighting was taking place as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif pledged in New York last weekend to work towards strengthening a 10-year-old ceasefire that has frayed in recent months. Oct 3, 2013