SC removes CBI Chief Ranjit Sinha from 2G case investigation

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): In a major setback to CBI Chief Ranjit Sinha, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed him to recuse himself from the investigation in 2G scam case. The Supreme Court heard the matter and observed that apparently 'all is not well' and seemingly the allegations made by the NGO against CBI Director Ranjit Sinha have 'some credibility'. The court however didn't give out a reason on its directive saying that this was done to protect CBI's reputation. The court also said that the senior-most officer in the investigating team of the 2G scam will take over the role of CBI director in the case. Further, the SC also rejected Sinha's charges that DIG Santosh Rastogi was the mole who leaked information to petitioner and said that no question will be raised against Rastogi. Nov 20, 2014

Azam Khan says Taj Mahal should be declared a Waqf Board property, BJP slams

Lucknow, Nov 20 (ANI): UP's Urban Development and Minority Affairs Minister and Samajwadi party leader Azam Khan has said that the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world, should be declared a property of the state's Waqf Board. Meanwhile, Lucknow Eidgah Imam Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangimahli, who has been close to the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) has demanded the chief minister, at the same platform, to throw open the monument to Muslims. Reacting over this the BJP has slammed Azam Khan for such remark. Nov 20, 2014

Couples from different states tie knot at mass wedding

Surat, Nov 20 (ANI): Brides and grooms from two different states tied knot during a mass wedding in Gujarat due to skewed sex ratio and dowry conditions. Girls from Odisha said they have to give dowry in weddings and families do not have money to cater to huge demands from groom's family side. Meanwhile, boys informed about skewed sex ratio in their Gujarat state following which they were finding difficulty in getting a suitable match for them. The mass wedding was organised in Surat by an organisation, 'The All India Patidar Samaj'. The girls were brought to Surat. Nov 20, 2014

Attacks on northeast people politically motivated, we are targeted and labeled loyal to China: North

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Northeast Activist Binalakshmi Nepram on Thursday said that attacks on northeast people are politically motivated. She said that the people from northeast are targeted and are labeled loyal to China. Nepram alleged that more than 700 cases of abuse with northeast people are reported in this year alone and that they are tired of pressurizing the central authority for help and assistance. She said that it is saddening and shocking for the entire community. This came up after a PhD scholar from Manipur was found dead in his South Delhi apartment and later a Manipuri youth was assaulted in Bangalore. Nov 20, 2014

Politicos react after PM Modi crosses 25 million mark on FB and 8 million on twitter

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday react as Prime Minister Narendra Modi crossed 25 million mark on social networking site Facebook and 8 million on Twitter. Modi now became the second most popular leader after US President Barack Obama who has over 43.6 million followers on the world's largest social networking site, who has over 43.6 million followers on the world's largest social networking site. Congress leader Manish Tewari expressed doubt on the genuineness of Modi's followers and said that it is quite possible that those accounts are false. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that it is the prime minister's efforts to connect to the people that have resulted in such popularity of him as well as the government. Meanwhile, BJD leader Jay Panda also welcomed the move and Modi's efforts to connect to people through social media. Nov 20, 2014

Sri Lanka releases five Indian fishermen on death row, politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): The Sri Lankan court has released the five Indian fishermen, who were sentenced to death on charges of drug trafficking. All five convicts are fishermen from Tamil Nadu. India maintains they are innocent. Their sentence has been commuted by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and they have been handed over to Indian officials in Colombo. Meanwhile, political leaders in India welcomed this decision. Nov 20, 2014

Allegations against me false: Rampal

Panchkula, Nov 20 (ANI): Controversial religious leader Rampal finally saw his day behind the bars at the Panchkula police station. He was arrested last night after days of resistance from his supporters that turned Haryana's Barwala town into a war zone. Rampal is to be produced at the Punjab and Haryana High Court today around 2:00 PM. While being taken from hospital to police station, Rampal said that all allegations against him are false. The religious leader's supporters alleged that they were not kept hostage in the ashram but were afraid to come out. The controversial sect has been charged with attempt to murder, rioting and illegal detention. Nov 20, 2014

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar steps up relief work in Iraq

Erbil, Nov 20 (ANI): Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar stepped up relief work for Yazidi refugees trapped in Erbil town of Iraq, following an insurgency by Islamic State militants. The International Association for Human Values (IAHV), a sister concern of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's The Art of Living has teamed up with local non-governmental organisations (NGO) in Iraq for relief operations. Shankar raised concern about conflicts among different communities in Iraq and emphasised on ways to build trust among them. Thousands of Yazidis have been shot, buried alive or sold into slavery by Islamic State militants, who regard them as devil-worshippers. Nov 20, 2014

Jitan Ram Manjhi warns 7 union ministers of no entry in Bihar, Politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday reacted over Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi’s new controversial remark. Manjhi charged the Centre with ignoring the interests of the state and said he would not allow the seven Union ministers from Bihar, whom he called 'Sat Bhaiyas', from entering the state if they did not cooperate with him in the matters of development of Bihar. Nov 20, 2014

Accused booked, action will be taken: MN Reddi on Manipuri student assault case

Bangalore, Nov 20 (ANI): Bangalore Police Commissioner MN Reddi on Thursday said that the three accused in the Manipuri student assault case have been arrested and booked under appropriate sections of law. He further said that police is dealing the case with the issue that the three accused were drunk. He further said that action will be taken against the culprits. Nov 20, 2014

PM Modi's popularity in social media reflects India's significance: Cyber Expert

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Cyber expert Pawan Duggal on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rising popularity in social media reflects India's significance under the Modi's leadership, and added it is a salutation to his eccentric understanding of the social media and internet. Duggal said Prime Minister Modi is having the second largest number of followers after US President Barack Obama. Giving credit for such acceptance by social media to Modi, Duggal said that it is the prime minister's way of giving the message in such crystal clear simple words that he is becoming extremely popular. Talking about the Digital India programme that was launched earlier in July to bridge the divide between digital 'haves' and 'have-nots', Duggal said that this programme is going to irreversibly change India and transform India into a knowledge economy. Nov 20, 2014

Guatemala race tests waiters' speed and dexterity

Hundreds of waiters and bartenders took part in the XIII edition of the "race of trays" in Antigua, Guatemala on Wednesday. The competitors have to run the 1,5-kilometer race without dropping any of the drinks on their tray. Duration: 00:34 Nov 20, 2014

Jaitley suggests PSU banks to take proactive steps for funding various projects

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday met heads of public sector banks to review their financial performance and Jan Dhan Yojana and suggested them to take proactive steps in funding various projects. Jaitley also discussed ways to reduce stress on the asset front with PSU banks. The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss financial performance at the end of the second quarter. Nov 20, 2014