Proud that PM Modi will launch the BJP membership drive: Amit Shah

New Delhi, Nov 01 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday attended the ceremony where Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the BJP membership drive under which membership of all BJP leaders would be renewed. Shah said that it was a matter of great pride and fortune for the party that Prime Minister is launching the drive. He also said that anybody can join the drive, which lasts till 31 March from November 01, and become a BJP member by giving missed call on a toll free number. Nov 1, 2014

Congress party goes on hunger strike over Vyapam scam in Bhopal

Bhopal, Nov 01 (ANI): The Congress party went on a hunger strike on Saturday (November 01) against the Madhya Pradesh government for not providing proper details of the investigation into the employment scam that rocks the state. The Vyapam Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam (Employment scam) relates to admissions in medical and engineering colleges during the period 2008 to 2010 in which many government employees are under the scanner for getting selected through unfair means. Members of the Congress party wanted to hold the demonstration outside state Chief, Shivraj Singh Chouhan's official residence but were not given permission. Congress party leader, Satyadev Katare, said that they were on a hunger strike because they were not being provided the information they were demanding. Nov 1, 2014

Will not distinguish between people: SIT on Black Money

Ahmedabad, Nov 01 (ANI): The Chief of SIT on Black Money Justice (Retd) MB Shah said on Saturday that the Special Investigation Team will not distinguish between rich and poor people in terms of investigation on black money. Shah said that the report shall be submitted to Supreme Court in December but that will not finish probe as it will be a time consuming process. Further Shah said that the names of those found guilty shall be revealed publicly and of those not found guilty shall be kept concealed. Nov 1, 2014

Zambia president's remains flown home

The body of president Michael Sata is on its way back to Zambian soil, ahead of a state funeral for the 77-year-old leader. Duration: 00:27 Nov 1, 2014

600-feet long cake enters record book in India

Thrissur, Nov 01 (ANI): Bakers in Kerala have created a record by making the longest eggless cake to celebrate the 131st anniversary of cake baking in India. The 600-feet long cake has been recorded by the officials of Limca Book of Records and certified as the "Longest ever made eggless cake in India". The attempt was undertaken by Kerala-based bakery house 'Cochin Bakery', which is known to be one of the oldest companies established in the state. A team of 26 chefs took more than 20 hours to bake and decorate the record cake. The idea was conceived by bakery owner, MP Ramesh, who has been making such cakes during the annual meet of Bake Expo. Hundreds of visitors and enthusiasts gathered in Thrissur to catch a glimpse of the mammoth wonder. To keep the cake and make it easy for the visitors, a same length tent was also built. Nov 1, 2014

Politicos react after Omar Abdullah decides to skip family bastion Ganderbal in JandK assembly polls

New Delhi/Jammu, Nov 1 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah decided to contest the upcoming assembly elections from two constituencies instead of family bastion Ganderbal. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Omar Abdullah knows that he will lose his seat from Ganderbal as people of his constituencies are angry with him and hence Abdullah is trying to secure his seat by switching the constituency. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it is Abdullah's personal decision and hence it won't be right to comment on his decision. BJP unit of JandK President Jugal Kishore Sharma said it was reflective Omar Abdullah's government unpopularity. Nov 1, 2014

Punjab leadership welcome idea of 1984 riots memorial, demand for quick justice

New Delhi, Nov 01 (ANI): The Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday welcomed the idea of building a memorial of victims of 1984 Anti Sikh riots. Badal said that a memorial will help in passing the historic information to the next generation. Meanwhile, asking for set up of special courts, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal said that justice should be meted out as soon as possible to all the victims. Nov 1, 2014

Death sentence to 5 Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka sparks protest in Tamil Nadu

Chennai/ New Delhi, Nov 01 (ANI): Members of Communist Party of India (CPI) in Tamil Nadu on Saturday protested death sentence given to five Indian fishermen by a Sri Lanka court, even as foreign ministry promised the concerns have been conveyed to Sri Lankan authorities in New Delhi and Colombo. The slogan-shouting protesters in Chennai city termed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa a butcher, demanding revocation of the ruling. State General Secretary of CPI, D Pandian said it is shocking news and demanded the Indian government take the matter to the United Nations. Pandian also added the Indian government should declare Sri Lanka non-friendly nation. Meanwhile, BJP leader Sambit Patra welcomed New Delhi's decision to legally challenge the death sentence awarded to five fishermen for alleged drug trafficking. Nov 1, 2014

Kerala CM Oommen Chandy defends state Finance Minister KM Mani over bribery charges

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 01 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday has strongly denied allegations levelled by bar owners against the State Finance Minister KM Mani over reopening closed bars and ruled out any probe into the matter. Chief of the Hotels and Bar Association, Biju Ramesh has accused Mani of seeking a bribe of rupees 50 million from him, of which an amount of rupees10 million has already been given. No government probe, reportedly, has been ordered into the matter as yet. The government and bar owners across the state are locked in a legal battle over the new "no-liquor" policy that aims to achieve complete prohibition in the state in a phased manner. Nov 1, 2014

Freezing eggs to halt the biological clock

With the growing trend of starting families later in life, increasing numbers of American women are opting for egg freezing, with some large companies now offering to pay for their employees to have the procedure. Duration: 02:19 Nov 1, 2014

Ponta poised to win first round of Romania vote

Prime Minister Victor Ponta looks set to win the first round of presidential elections in Romania Sunday amid fears that, if elected, he could reverse advances in the justice system. Duration: 03:04 Nov 1, 2014

Politicos react after Digvijay Singh says Rahul Gandhi should take charge of Congress

New Delhi/Noida, Nov 1 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday after Congress leader Digvijay Singh said that Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi should take charge of Congress. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that since Digvijay Singh cannot give suggestions to anyone, hence Singh keeps on giving suggestions to the Congress party. Congress leader Makhan Lal Fotedar said that Singh's statement is not correct. NCP leader Majid Memon said that Digvijay Singh keeps on giving ridiculous statements. AAP leader Ashutosh said that Singh's statement holds no significance as Gandhi had already been in power in Congress and has taken charge of the party in many elections. Nov 1, 2014

Hrithik Roshan, Sussane Khan granted divorce

Mumbai, Nov 1 (ANI): Actor Hrithik Roshan and Sussane Khan were on Saturday granted divorce by the Bandra family court in Mumbai. Both Hrithik and Sussane had appeared in the court for hearing. According to reports, the matter related to the custody of their children will be decided by the court in the upcoming days. Hrithik and Sussane had announced divorce by mutual consent in Bandra's family court few months back citing temperamental differences which made it impossible for them to live together. The lawyer said that everything has been done between parties in a very fair and amicable way. Nov 1, 2014