It's prerogative of US govt to decide how to spend tax payers' money: MEA

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said on Monday that it is the prerogative of the US govt to decide on how to spend the taw payers' money. He added that India does not believe that Pak is showing effort to dismantle the basis of LeT, possibly Al Qaeda and Haqqani. He added that with increasing sightings of Punjabi, Urdu speaking elements operating with terrorist groups inside Afghanistan, India is aware that these very groups also pose significant threat to members of international community working in Afghanistan Jan 5, 2015

Highway caves in, causes heavy traffic snarl in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad, Jan 05 (ANI): Commuters bound for New Delhi from neighbouring Ghaziabad were struck in the middle on Monday (January 5) after a part of a highway caved in due to incessant rains in the past week. National Highway 24 connects New Delhi to Uttar Pradesh. Long queues of traffic stretched several kilometres, causing problems for office-goers. Commuters were seen walking on the highway after discarding public transport buses. Eyewitnesses said the rains had caused waterlogging at the Hindon Bridge on the highway which caved in early morning. Police cordoned off the area and diverted traffic to different routes. Jan 5, 2015

Love in limbo in rebel-held east Ukraine

Tying the knot is no simple matter in eastern Ukraine, a region plunged into conflict and uncertainty since the outbreak of a Russian-backed rebellion last year. Duration: 01:06 Jan 5, 2015

At least two dead in Nairobi building collapse

At least two people were killed and several others were injured on Sunday when a six-storey residential building collapsed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, officials said. Duration: 00:59 Jan 5, 2015

Bomb wounds six Shiite militiamen in Yemen capital

A bomb wounded six Shiite militiamen in the Yemeni capital on Monday, a security official said, the latest in spate of attacks on the Huthi fighters who overran Sanaa in September. Duration: 00:38 Jan 5, 2015

Bluefin tuna nets $37,000 in Tokyo new year auction

A giant bluefin tuna sells for more than $37,000 in the first auction of the year at a Tokyo fish market, as Japan faces growing pressure to cut back on consumption of the threatened fish. Duration: 00:54 Jan 5, 2015

Justice on two wheels in the heart of London

Dozens of British cyclists have found a new raison d'etre: to travel the land recording reckless drivers with helmet-mounted cameras and passing the evidence onto police. Duration: 02:23 Jan 5, 2015

Punjabis are not drug addicts but producers of wheat and rice: Sukhbir Badal

Atari, Jan 05 (ANI): Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Monday that Punjabis should not be projected as drug addicts as they are the producers of wheat and rice. He said that Punjab is the transit state from where drugs are filtered in India and the state government takes all steps to catch hold of all those guilty. Badal added that the states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where which drugs are openly sold in shops are not highlighted by media. He further appealed to the media not to project the citizens and youth of Punjab as drug addicts. Jan 5, 2015

Akali Dal holds dharna at Attari Border against drug smuggling

Attari/Amritsar, Jan 05 (ANI): The Shiromani Akali Dal held a protest near the Attari international border on Monday to pitch for "greater vigilance along the border with Pakistan" to stop the flow of narcotics into the state. The Punjab government is fighting allegations of rampant drug use and trade in Punjab especially after Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia in the drug racket. The SAD government is now trying to shift blame to the BSF. Two-hour-long sit-ins will also be held near Hussainiwala and Sadqi check points in Amritsar, Ferozepur and Fazilka border districts respectively. Meanwhie, Congress held protest against Shiromani Akali Dal in Amritsar. Jan 5, 2015

Hollywood star Richard Gere meets PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Hollywood star Richard Gere met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his office in New Delhi on Monday. Gere gifted Modi a bunch of flowers and a Tibetan khata or scarf. Gere, who is the chairman of Gere Foundation and Global Envoy of International Buddhist Confederation, is a frequent visitor to India. The actor had last year shot for his film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 in Udaipur. Jan 5, 2015