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

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

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

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

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

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

Reactions flow in on Venkaiah Naidu's controversial remark on conversion

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): Reactions flowed in on Friday after Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in his controversial remark claimed that religious conversions have been happening for over 200 years with the help of foreign money. Congress leader PC Chacko said that forceful conversion is not permitted in the Constitution itself. NCP leader Tariq Anwar slammed Naidu for speaking RSS's ideology. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that such talks would only divide the nation. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar also expressed similar sentiments. All India Imam Organization Chief Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi said that Islam has nothing to do with conversion. Jan 9, 2015

Capt. Amarinder Singh demands removal of Pratap Singh Bajwa from Punjab PCC chief post

New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Hitting at his bete noire and Congress state chief Pratap Singh Bajwa, Former Punjab Chief Minister and Congress leader Captain Amrinder Singh on Friday said that Bajwa cannot lead the state to victory. The deepening Bajwa-Amarinder feud led to speculations that the latter may move towards the BJP, a claim that the AICC on Wednesday dismissed as baseless. Jan 9, 2015

Politicos react after Kejriwal trolls PM Modi a day before Delhi rally

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal in his tweet asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he will declare full statehood to Delhi in his first rally ahead of the assembly elections in the national capital. BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi slamming Kejriwal said that AAP chief had to accept his mistake in his political career of two years. Congress leader PC Chacko said that Congress has nothing to do with BJP and AAP's election campaigns. However, NCP leader Tariq Anwar backing Kejriwal's tweet said that he did right by asking about the full statehood to Delhi. AAP leader Manish Sisodia also expressed similar sentiments. Jan 9, 2015

Politicos react as JandK heads for Governor's rule after Omar decides to quit as Caretaker CM

New Delhi/ Jammu, Jan 09 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday react as Jammu and Kashmir heads for Governor's rule with incumbent NN Vohra sending a report to the Centre on the political impasse after Omar Abdullah asked him to relieve him as caretaker Chief Minister of the state. Omar Abdullah told him that the state needed a full-time administrator to deal with the situation along the border with Pakistan and providing relief to flood-affected people in the Kashmir valley. Reacting on the same, NC leader Davinder Singh Rana said that Abdullah has taken this decision in view of the larger interest of the people of the state. BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that since JandK got a fractured mandate, situation in the state is obvious. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the governor's take on the issue would be ultimate decision. Meanwhile, NCP and CPI also called for early establishment of government in the valley. Jan 9, 2015