Car chase, hostage drama as Paris massacre suspects cornered

Shots were fired during a car chase and at least one hostage was taken to the north-east of Paris Friday, in the same area police were hunting for two brothers accused of slaughtering 12 people in an Islamist assault. Duration: 00:53 Jan 9, 2015

It Happens : Camel fest in Rajasthan enthralls tourists

Bikaner, Jan 9 (ANI): Camel race in shimmering sand dunes of Rajasthan enthralled Indian and foreign tourists at the International Camel Festival. Camels, which are also known as the ship of the desert due to their ability to store water for several days, mesmerised the onlookers as they competed with each other with great vigour. The tourists, who arrived in Bikaner district of Rajasthan from western countries like Australia, Germany, Canada and England, were thrilled as they watched the race keenly and enjoyed every moment of it. Apart from camel race, camel dance, camel decoration competitions and camel wrestling, and several village sport events were also organised at the festival. A tourist from Germany, Gehash said he was delighted to witness the camel race. The tourists were fascinated as they saw beautifully decorated camels dance to traditional tunes at the festival, jointly organised by Rajasthan Tourism and Bikaner district administration. A tourist from Canada, Christine said that the camel race would be etched in her memories. Tourists hailed the warm and traditional reception accorded to them. They were amazed by the exotic ethnic ornaments and costumes adorned by Rajasthani women. Jan 9, 2015

It Happens : Devotees throng ghost fair to be exorcised of evil spirits

Malajpur, Jan 9 (ANI): Thousands of devotees thronged a village in Madhya Pradesh for annual ghost fair. People from various states flocked Malajpur village, 300 kilometres from Bhopal city, to free themselves from evil spirits. The month-long fair begins on the tenth month according to the Hindu calendar. People, apparently, possessed by evil spirits are taken to Guru Deoji Maharaj temple where the priests and sorcerers perform various rituals. During the fair, devotees who are believed to be possessed by evil spirits dance in a state of trance. It is said that besides obviation from evil spirits, the devout visitors believe that all their wishes come true after praying at the temple. Jan 9, 2015

Politicos react after Capt Amarinder Singh demands Punjab PCC Chief be changed

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Friday after Captain Amarinder Singh demanded to change Punjab PCC Chief Partap Singh Bajwa explaining that Congress party will not be able to establish itself in the state under Bajwa's leadership. BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra said that Congress has lost its significance in the entire country. SAD leader Manjit Singh GK also said that Congress will never be able to stand before SAD and BJP. Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that Singh's demand will be considered by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Jan 9, 2015

Rajnath Singh invites heavy investment from Indian diaspora for development

Gandhinagar, Jan 09 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday (January 09) invited Non-Resident Indians (NRI) to heavily invest in India to make it a Super Economic Power. While addressing a gathering of NRI and foreign delegates at Diaspora Conclave, or Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gandhinagar city of Gujarat, Singh said that development is the main agenda of their government. He also said that policies are being formed to minimize hurdles for heavy investment in the country. Jan 9, 2015

Rajnath says proper steps will be taken on Badal's request as he demands action under law

Gandhinagar, Jan 09 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday that the request made by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be considered after reading the letter written by him. He said that legal action shall be taken on the basis of request. Meanwhile, Badal said that he has made a request only to release prisoners who have completed their jail sentence not others. He added that he only wants lawful action. Jan 9, 2015

Lakhvi granted bail in kidnapping case but likely to remain in custody under MPO

Islamabad, Jan 09 (ANI): The alleged mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has been granted bail by Islamabad's lower court in the six year old kidnapping case against surety bonds worth 2,00,000 rupees but he is unlikely to be released as he was detained in Adiala Jail under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) for a month. However, Lakhvi may be released after completion of the time period for his detention at Adiala jail. According to media reports, Lakhvi's counsel argued at the civil court of Mian Azhar Nadeem that his client was wrongly booked in the kidnapping case. Lakhvi's counsel argued that the kidnapping case against Lakhvi was registered under pressure from India after the Anti-Terrorism Court granted him bail. Jan 9, 2015

Three new cases of swine flu surface in Delhi: HK Kar asking people not to panic

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): Medical Superintendent of RML Hospital, Dr HK Kar on Friday said that three new cases of swine flu have been reported in Delhi. He said that the hospital admitted 12 suspected cases in which 3 cases have come positive. He further said that among the three, two are fine and one in critical condition passed away. Kar said that there is no need to panic about the situation as Swine Flu is influenza and the death rate is very low in this. He advised the people undergoing the disease to maintain hygiene, to be away from crowded place and to definitely go for a test if fever persists for many days. Jan 9, 2015

Million-strong Philippines parade ahead of papal visit

More than a million barefoot devotees parade a centuries-old icon of Jesus Christ in the Philippines' biggest religious festival, held just before Pope Francis visits Asia's bastion of Christianity. Duration: 00:49 Jan 9, 2015

Sri Lanka Polls: Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat after decade in power; politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Politicos on Friday reacted after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat to challenger Mithripala Sirisena in elections. Rajapaksa conceded defeat to his opposition challenger on Friday after a presidential election, ending a decade of rule that critics say had become increasingly authoritarian. The results came in from Thursday's election on this Indian Ocean Island of 21 million people. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi and BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi hoped that India-Sri Lanka relations will continue to strengthen under the new regime. NCP leader Majid Memon, said that results of Sri Lankan polls show that the peoples mandate is unpredictable. Jan 9, 2015

Mani Shankar Aiyars justification on Paris attack draws flak

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyars justification on Paris attack drew flak for him on Friday. Aiyar had justified the attack saying that the attacks were imminent as the "powerless" people were retaliating. Reportedly, Aiyar referred to the French ban on Muslim women wearing hijab and said that it was just a "backlash." BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi, NCP leader Tariq Anwar and Majid Memon and CPI leader Atul Anjan condemned Mani Shankars statement. Jan 9, 2015

SC says no trial against Sunil Mittal, Ravikant Ruia in 2G spectrum case

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday quashed ongoing trials against Sunil Bharti Mittal, the chairman and managing director of Bharti Cellular Ltd, and Ravi Ruia, the promoter of Essar Group, in a case of allocation of additional spectrum. The court quashed the CBI special court's order making the two top telecom executives accused in the case. The industrialists had been summoned as accused by a special CBI court hearing the case involving the allocation of additional second 2G spectrum in 2002. Their names had not figured in the charge sheet submitted by the CBI, which was handling the case. Both Mittal and Ruia had approached the Supreme Court, challenging the order. The case relates to alleged irregularities in allocation of additional spectrum - 10 Mhz instead of 6.2 Mhz - during the NDA rule. Jan 9, 2015