UN says it will scale up its Ebola response

UN Resident Coordinator David McLachlan-Karr and WHO representative in the country Daniel Kertesz updated the media on the UN Ebola response on Wednesday. Duration: 00:51 Nov 20, 2014

Rampal sent to judicial custody till November 28

Chandigarh, Nov 20 (ANI): The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday sent self-styled 'godman' Rampal to judicial custody till 28 November. Rampal was arrested from his Satlok ashram in Barwala on Wednesday night. The HC bench asked the Haryana government to file a report in connection with the police operation at Rampal's ashram in Barwala. Nov 20, 2014

Politicos react after Haryana police arrests murder accused Sant Rampal

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Thursday after Haryana police arrested murder accused Sant Rampal from his Satlok Ashram. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that law applies equally to everyone. Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said that Rampal shouldn't have considered himself above law. BJD leader Jay Panda also expressed similar sentiments. Congress leader Manish Tewari slammed Haryana government for mishandling the situation. Nov 20, 2014

Kashmir reels under cold weather conditions

Srinagar, Nov 20 (ANI): People of Jammu and Kashmir grappled with dense fog and harsh weather conditions as temperatures dipped in the region. The Dal Lake, which is one of the major tourist attractions in Srinagar, was seen deserted without visitors. Temperatures dipped as low as -1 degree Centigrade on Thursday morning (November 20). Maximum temperatures for the day were assumed to reach 15 degree Centigrade. A dense fog had enveloped roads of Srinagar, leading to poor visibility. The intense cold has forced residents to stay in warm confines of their homes but schoolchildren and office-goers struggle to go out. Nov 20, 2014

Satlok Ashram totally vacated, 459 people arrested and being interrogated: Haryana DGP

Chandigarh, Nov 20 (ANI): After Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday sent self-styled 'godman' Rampal to judicial custody till 28 November, state DGP SN Vashisht said that the police have got the Satlok Ashram totally vacated and that 459 people are arrested and interrogation is going on. He said that Rampal's aide is also arrested and many documents and CDs are recovered from him, which is under scanner by the forensic team. Vashisht also said that FIR has been lodged too charging Rampal for murder among other cases. He also informed that an SIT is investigating the ashram and further details will come following their report. Nov 20, 2014

Congress accuses BJP for not fulfilling promises

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): The Congress party attacked ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday for failing to keep its pre-poll promise of bringing black money back from foreign accounts. Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken said BJP has failed to achieve what it mentioned in its manifesto before coming to power. Maken further attacked the party for singing to the tune of 'good days will come for all' but no work is happening at the grass root level. Nov 20, 2014

Kashmir should vote against dynasty politics: Amit Shah

Ramban, Nov 20 (ANI): BJP Chief Amit Shah reviewed the poll preparations in Jammu and Kashmir and urged people to vote against dynasty politics to maintain the valley's integrity. Shah hit out at the opposition, Congress party and its ally in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference (NC), for "lack of development" in the valley in the past six decades. The BJP president also demanded an enquiry into utilization of funds in the state. While addressing a gathering on Thursday in Ramban district in support of the party candidate, Neelam Langeh, Shah claimed that only the BJP was capable of bring about the complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of India. He urged the people to help the party achieve its 'mission 44+' in the state. Shah said that if the people of the state want development, good governance and employment, they must vote for BJP. Nov 20, 2014

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