DRC Senate backs down on electoral bill after deadly clashes

After days of deadly protests, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Senate backs down on a hotly-contested electoral bill, which opposition claim would have enabled President Joseph Kabila to extend his hold on power. Duration: 01:28 Jan 24, 2015

Only willing to form coalition for betterment of J-K: Mufti

Jammu, Jan 24 (ANI): Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mufti Mohammed Syed on Saturday said that Jammu and Kashmir's betterment would be his only concern while indulging in negotiations for government formation in the state, adding that he will not trade the mandate given to his party by the people of the state. The PDP had recently rejected the National Conference's offer of support, and said that it is still involved in talks with the BJP on the issue of government formation. Governor's rule had been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after the assembly elections in the state threw a fractured verdict, with no party able to win the required number of seats to form the government. Jan 24, 2015

CPI (M) holds nationwide protest against President Obama visit

Chennai, Jan 24 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday held a nationwide protest against the upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama, stating that the America seeks to change India's economic, security and strategic policies for its own benifits. President Obama, who will arrive in the national capital on January 25 to take part in this year's Republic Day celebrations on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be the first US president to attend the Republic Day celebrations. Jan 24, 2015

US President Barack Obama leaves for India

Andrew's Airbase, Jan 24 (ANI): US President Barack Obama along with US First Lady Michelle Obama left for their three day landmark trip to India from Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday. Obama will arrive in India on Sunday for the second time during his tenure, to build on what he calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st century. He was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will be the first US president to attend Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on January 26. Earlier in the day, US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle's visit to Agra was cancelled. They were to visit the Taj Mahal and spend an hour before leaving for Washington DC. Jan 24, 2015

US President Barack Obama cancels Agra visit, no internal reason for the same: Agra DM

Agra, Jan 24 (ANI): Agra District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar on Saturday confirmed that US President Barack Obama cancelled his visit to Agra. The news of the cancellation of the scheduled visit comes a day before Obama is to visit India as the guest of honour for the 66th republic day celebrations. Obama was to visit Agra with his wife Michelle on January 27. They were to visit the Taj Mahal and spend an hour before leaving for Washington DC. However, Kumar said that the reasons for sudden change in programme are not known and that the reason is definitely not internal. He also assured that all security measures are in place for the now-cancelled visit. Jan 24, 2015

Bengaluru police arrests one NDFB militant

Bengaluru, Jan 24 (ANI): One NDFB militant was arrested by Bengaluru police based on information provided by the Assam investigating agencies. Bengaluru Police Commissioner MN Reddi said that the militant was arrested police with the help from Assam intelligence. He added that the militant is an active member of a terrorist cell and had participated in the recent massacre in Assam. He further said that the militant will be handed over to the Assam police. Jan 24, 2015

US President has warned Pak because of India's diplomacy approach, says Rajnath Singh

Haridwar, Jan 24 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday while speaking on US President Barack Obama's warning to Pakistan, said that it is the result of India's diplomatic approach. Reportedly, Obama has asked Pakistan to ensure that there is no cross-border terror incident during his trip to India and had subtly warned of "consequences" if any such attack is traced back to the country. Obama will arrive in New Delhi on January 25 to take part in Republic Day celebrations on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will be the first US President to attend the grand celebrations on January 26. Jan 24, 2015

BJP chief eyes election win in Bihar

Patna, Jan 24 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party Chief Amit Shah on Saturday claimed that his party would form government in Bihar, which will go to polls later this year. Shah said the BJP had launched a drive to enlist 7.5 million people as its members to win more that 185 seats. The BJP chief also slammed a news channel 'Aaj Tak' that predicted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) victory in Delhi polls. Next month's polls in the national capital will be a direct fight between BJP and AAP after the Congress party, which ruled Delhi for 15 years, recorded its worst performance bagging only eight seats in the last Delhi elections. Jan 24, 2015

US President Barack Obama cancels Agra visit

Lucknow/ Agra, Jan 24 (ANI): US President Barack Obama on Saturday cancelled his upcoming visit of Agra after reportedly being unhappy over the security arrangements in the city. According to reports, the security chief who was organising President Obama's Agra visit received a letter stating that the advisors of the visiting dignitary were allegedly unhappy over a 150 metre stretch near the Taj Mahal that he would have had to walk. No vehicle is allowed upto the main outer gate of the mausoleum. However, Principal Secretary (Home) of Uttar Pradesh Debasish Panda said an official confirmation about cancellation of Obama’s visit has not yet been received. President Obama was originally supposed to visit the Taj Mahal on January 27. Jan 24, 2015

Kejriwal disappointed over Republic Day snub, BJP says no protocol of inviting former CMs

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday expressed displeasure at not being invited for the Republic Day celebrations. He said that he wished to attend the Republic Day celebrations, but was not invited. However, reacting over the Republic Day snub, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that there is no protocol of inviting former chief ministers and if Kejriwal wants to attend the republic day parade, then invitation on demand can be issued. BJP leader Anil Baluni also expressed similar sentiments. Jan 24, 2015

Heavy snowfall disrupts normal life in northern India

Shimla/ Rajouri, Jan 24 (ANI): Heavy snowfall in northern India blocked roads, snapped electricity lines and disrupted normal life. Rooftops and roads in Narkanda area of Shimla city in Himachal Pradesh were covered in snow. Temperatures dropped to subzero levels and even the water in the pipelines was frozen. The roads became dangerous to drive or walk on as a layer of ice had formed on them. Residents also complained that heavy snow damaged their roofs. Meanwhile, residents in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir were forced to stay indoors due to plummeting temperatures and blocked roads. Heavy snowfall in the region blocked main connecting roads and people experienced difficulties to go for work. Jan 24, 2015

Politicos react as Nitish Kumar smells conspiracy in Muzaffarpur violence

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react after JD (U) senior leader Nitish Kumar alleged ‘conspiracy’ behind arson in Azizpur village that claimed four lives. While BJP said that Kumar and the party should look into the devastated political condition and deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar rather than taking support of his usual ‘controversy theory’. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi indirectly attacked BJP and said that there is only one party which is responsible for spreading communal tensions. Jan 24, 2015

Saradha Scam: Politicos react as TMC MP Debabrata Bandyopadhyay puts party in spot

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react as the number of dissenters seems to grow in Trinamool Congress. The party's Rajya Sabha MP Debabrata Bandyopadhyay had said he believed that those arrested in the Saradha scam may indeed be involved. BJP leaders Sambit Patra and Siddharth Nath Singh said that there certainly is unrest in TMC because of the autocratic nature of Mamata Banerjee. Congress leader PC Chacko said that there must be conflict of interest in TMC which resulted in such statements. CPI leader D Raja said that Banerjee should better look into such matters. Jan 24, 2015