President Obama's visit will strengthen ties across full spectrum of Indo-US relation: MEA

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin while giving details of the itinerary of the US President Barack Obama visit to India in a press conference on Thursday, said that Obama's visit is being seen as strengthening of ties across the full spectrum of India-US relationship. Akbaruddin said that US is India's key interlocutor in adjustments to global security architecture and that India sees vast potential in growth of its relations with the US. While pouring out the details of the itinerary of the US President's three-day visit to India, Akbaruddin added that Obama will visit Taj Mahal on 27 January before departing for US. He further said that Power Minister Piyush Goyal will be the minister-in-waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit. Jan 22, 2015

Snowfall blocks strategic highway in Kashmir valley

Udhampur, Jan 22 (ANI): Fresh spell of snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir threw life out of gear on Thursday, leading to the closure of strategic Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. According to the state authorities, over 300-kilometre-long highway has been closed for all types of vehicular traffic since early Thursday morning because of snowfall at some places. The suspension has stranded hundreds of vehicles at various points of the highway. The highway shall remain closed for traffic for uncertain period of time. In order to know the latest status of the highway the travellers would have to contact the control rooms at northern cities of Srinagar and Jammu. Jan 22, 2015

Ousted Thai PM to make final impeachment defence

Ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra arrives at Thailand's junta-picked legislature to make a last ditch defence ahead of an impeachment vote that could see her banned from politics for five years. Duration: 00:45 Jan 22, 2015

Special team to visit swine flu-hit Telangana

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda, on Wednesday said that a central government-level team will visit southern Telangana to review swine flu outbreak. According to officials, 173 cases of swine flu have been reported in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, of which 169 cases are from the former state. Speaking to media, Nadda said Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao has been assured of full support from the central government in keeping a check on the outbreak. The Health Minister also urged people to take all precautionary measures to k3eep the disease at a bay. Jan 22, 2015

Police arrest two men, recover large amount of explosives in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 22(ANI): Police on Wednesday recovered detonators, gelatin bars and explosives in Hyderabad after they arrested two individuals who were supplying the explosives illegally. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police of Hyderabad, N. Koti Reddy, said the suspects had been arrested and further investigation is on. He added that another suspect, Rama Krishna, 50, was absconding. The arrest of the two men and subsequent recovery of explosives comes days before U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to India as it celebrates its Republic Day on January 26. Security has been strengthened all over the city following intelligence about possible terror attacks before January 26. Jan 22, 2015

Borders well protected ahead of Obama's visit: Manohar Parrikar

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Jan 22 (ANI): Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, on Wednesday (January 21) assured that the country's borders were well protected ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit. Parrikar stressed that extra precautions were being taken ahead of the high profile visit, adding that internal arrangements, though confidential, were in place. Obama was invited by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will be the first U.S. president to attend Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on January 26. Obama, who visited India in 2010, would also be the first U.S. president to have visited the country twice while in office. The US President along with his family is expected to visit the historic Taj Mahal in northern Agra city. Inspector General (IG) of police, Lucknow, A. Sateesh Ganesh, said that his team was in touch with officials in Agra regarding security arrangements. Jan 22, 2015

PM Modi, Barack Obama to jointly address 'Mann Ki Baat' radio programme

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama will jointly address the former's monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' on January 27. In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was eagerly looking forward to the special radio programme with President Obama. "This month's 'Mann Ki Baat' episode will be a special one where our Republic Day guest @BarackObama and I will share our thoughts together. I am eagerly looking forward to the special 'Mann Ki Baat' programme with President @BarackObama, which will be aired on 27th January," said Prime Minister Modi. The Prime Minister also asked the people to use #AskObamaModi and put in their questions for the programme. Jan 22, 2015

Bangladeshi ministers call for former PM Begum Khaleda Zia's arrest

Dhaka, Jan 22(ANI): Ministers of ruling Awami League-led government in Bangladesh held rallies across capital Dhaka demanding arrest of former Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, for her association with an Islamist party that is accused of war crimes. The ministers addressed rallies in the city even as a 48-hour general strike call was given by opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) earlier in the day. As per reports, Zia, was released on January 19 after a house arrest of 16 days, amid renewed violence over last year's disputed polls. The violence has worsened steadily since January 5, when protests erupted over last year's election, which was boycotted by the BNP. Jan 22, 2015

Delhi Polls: Shanti Bhushan praises Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): Senior AAP leader Shanti Bhushan on Thursday praised BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi and said she is as good as Arvind Kejriwal. He added that Bedi as a good administrator is capable of providing Delhi a clean administration. Jan 22, 2015

Govt will not resort to ordinances if Opposition lets Parliament function: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday that the Central government is coming up with a new housing scheme which requires a lot of investment. Naidu also said that the Central government is not in favour of resorting to ordinances but the Opposition should also let the Parliament function properly to keep holding debates and discussions. He appealed to the Opposition to discuss, debate and then decide about any bills to be passed so that the government does not have to resort to ordinances. Jan 22, 2015

BJP dismisses reports of rift within party regarding Kiran Bedi's CM candidature

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): BJP on Thursday dismissed reports of rift within the party regarding Kiran Bedi's Chief Ministerial candidature. Bedi said that she will later see how to deal with such reports. Meanwhile, BJP leader Harsh Vardhan said that some party workers generally show aggression if they are upset over anything but they resorted to the party's ideology so there is no rift. Jan 22, 2015

IPL Scam: SC verdict on N. Srinivasan, Chennai Super Kings today

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): The Supreme Court will give its final verdict on the 2013 Indian Premier League betting and match-fixing scandal on Thursday. It is expected that the fate of suspended Board of Control for Cricket in India president N. Srinivasan and his IPL team Chennai Super Kings will be determined today. Srinivasan, who is seeking a third term as BCCI president, is facing serious charges of conflict of interest as a cricket administrator. His son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is in the eye of the storm for betting. On December 17, when the Supreme Court broke for the winter break, the Special Bench comprising Justice T.S. Thakur and F.M. Kalifullah reserved its order on the corruption case after listening to final round of arguments. Jan 22, 2015

CBI harassing my aides, alleges Maran

Chennai, Jan 22 (ANI): Former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran on Thursday alleged that the CBI was harassing the three people who were arrested in connection with the alleged allotment of more than 300 high-speed telephone lines to his residence in Chennai which were allegedly extended to his brother's TV channel, Sun TV. He said the CBI had forced the trio to give out false statements stating there was a link between Sun TV and his residence. The former minister said that the three were beaten up when they refused to give a false statement. Maran further said that the personnel co-operated with the CBI each time they were called. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had on Wednesday night arrested three persons, including V Gowthaman, the then Additional Private Secretary to Dayanidhi Maran in connection with alleged allotment of more than 300 high-speed telephone lines. Jan 22, 2015