Speaker of Bihar assembly dismisses four legislators

Patna, Nov 02 (ANI): Speaker of Bihar assembly, Uday Narayan Choudhary, dismissed four legislators of ruling Janata Dal United (JD-U) for cross voting during parliament’s upper house by-polls. Calling the decision arbitrary, the legislators said they would move the High Court against it. Leader of Opposition in Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, said the decision was dictatorial and it was done at the behest of Nitish Kumar, former chief minister of Bihar and JD-U leader. The JD (U) had complained to the Speaker about four members — Gyanendra Singh Gyanu, Niraj Kumar Singh, Ravindra Rai and Rahul Sharma. Nov 2, 2014

Bangalore Rape Case: Principal, Director of school arrested

Bangalore, Nov 02 (ANI): Police arrested the principal and one of the directors of school in Bangalore, over alleged rape of a six-year-old child. A case of negligence was also filed against the institution for not following the guidelines issued for children safety. The child was allegedly raped twice by a school teacher on October 28 and October 29 at the private school in the city. Additional Commissioner of Police for law and order, Alok Kumar said the principal Vaijayanthi and director Pramod Arya were arrested under two sections of the Indian Penal Code and one section under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). He added that both the accused have been booked under Section 21 of the POCSO Act for not informing the police after learning about the incident. Kumar also said both of them have been sent to the magistrate and further probe is underway. Nov 2, 2014

Nita Ambani performs Ganga Aarti in Varanasi on birthday

Varanasi, Nov 02 (ANI): Reliance Industries chief and billionaire Mukesh Ambani's wife, Nita Ambani celebrated her 51st birthday in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency, Varanasi. Nita Ambani is also the Founder and Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries. As a part of the celebrations, Ambanis also attended a special prayer service (religious rituals) at Kashi Vishwanath temple in the holy city. Nita Ambani also performed the Ganga Aarti at the bank of River Ganges. Highlight of the day the famous ritual of lights 'Aarti' at the Dashashwamedh bank of river Ganges, witnessed by the Ambanis and the guests seated in four houseboats, which were especially decked up for the occasion. Nov 2, 2014

Doctors perform rare fetal heart surgery, first in India

Hyderabad, Nov 02 (ANI): Doctors in Hyderabad performed India’s first rare fetal heart surgery, to cure a serious obstruction of the blood vessel. The procedure is a crucial feat that will pave the way for cure and prevention of heart diseases. The surgery was performed on the foetus of a 25 year old lady, Sirisha. An ultrasound scan during her pregnancy showed heart defect in the baby (foetus). She also had undergone minor surgical procedure for gynecological problem to prevent abortion. Doctors performed fetal echocardiogram and found major heart defect in the foetus. There was severe obstruction which was resulting in failure of pumping of blood to the rest of the body. The rare surgery was performed by Chief Pediatric Cardiologist, CARE hospitals, Dr K Nageshwar Rao along with a team of 12 specialists. Reportedly, this heart ailment is incurable once a child is born. Nov 2, 2014

Robert Vadra attacks reporter when asked about land deals

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): Businessman and son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Robert Vadra lost his cool, and ended up misbehaving with an ANI reporter on Saturday evening after the scribe posed some difficult questions to him over the illegal land deals in Haryana. The ANI reporter and cameramen also have alleged that following the verbal altercation, Vadra's security men also assaulted the crew in an attempt to get the footage deleted. In a statement Vadra later said that he wasn't aware that the reporter was from ANI and thought the question was asked by a private photographer. Following this, General Secretary of Broadcast Editors' Association, NK Singh said that Vadra should tender an apology for his misbehaviour. Nov 2, 2014

Women in Nagaland turn self-employed to earn a living

Nagaland, Nov 1 (ANI): Akitoli Swu is a young Naga entrepreneur from Dimapur who set up her own herbal soap company with the brand name "Angry Mother". After completing her Hospitality Business Management from Birmingham in England and BSc Dietetics and Post Graduate Advanced Nutrition in USA, she came back home and started her own venture. She makes herbal soaps by using different natural ingredients.Herbal products are in great demand in her locality and also outside. Akitoli is now planning to expand her business to some rural areas so that she can provide job to unemployed women. Nov 2, 2014

Burkina army backs Zida as interim leader

Burkina Faso's army on Saturday backed a military officer's claim to lead the country's transition to democratic elections, as the ousted president Blaise Compaore took refuge in neighbouring Ivory Coast. Duration: 00:57 Nov 1, 2014

Army leader declares himself in charge of Burkino Faso

Rival military factions laid claim to power in Burkina Faso on Saturday after the west African nation's president fled following days of violent unrest over plans to extend his 27-year rule. Duration: 01:44 Nov 1, 2014

Body of president Michael Sata back on Zambian soil

The body of president Michael Sata returned to Zambia Saturday, ahead of a state funeral for the 77-year-old leader. He died on Tuesday while undergoing treatment in London's King Edward VII hospital for an unspecified illness. Duration: 00:45 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