Bihar CM faces flak for dubbing upper caste people as foreigners

New Delhi, Nov 13 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has stirred yet another controversy by terming upper caste people as 'foreigners and descendants of Aryan race', a remark for which the BJP has slammed him for 'stoking caste tension' in the state. Meanwhile, political leaders slammed Manjhi for such remark. Nov 13, 2014

Reactions flow over ruckus during Maharashtra Assembly trust vote

New Delhi, Nov 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday reacted over ruckus which occurred during trust vote in Maharashtra Assembly following which some Congress MLAs were suspended. BJP leader Rameshwar Chaurasia said that leaders of Congress and Shiv Sena did not behave properly in the assembly session due to which a lot of unparliamentary incidents were perceived. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that CM Devendra Fadnavis has lost peoples' faith the very first day. Meanwhile, NCP leader Majid Memon said that the leaders who feel that decisions have not been made in a proper way should follow the parliamentary procedure of raising questions. Nov 13, 2014

World leaders gather in Myanmar for East Asia Summit

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 13 (ANI): World leaders gathered in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday for the East Asia Summit, a day of talks on regional as well as international issues. Leaders sat down for discussions at the East Asia Summit, which brings together ASEAN and the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, India, New Zealand and Australia. Obama heads a stellar cast of dignitaries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is also attending the talks. United States President Barack Obama arrived in Myanmar on Wednesday for regional meetings with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Nov 13, 2014

Indian security forces launch massive anti-Maoist drive in poll-bound Jharkhand

Gumla, Nov 12 (ANI): Indian security forces have launched a massive anti-Maoist operation in poll-bound Jharkhand to prevent any untoward incident in the election process, stated a senior officer. Jharkhand police officials held a meeting with senior officials of neighbouring Chhattisgarh in one of the worst rebel-infested Gumla districts in the country, which will go to polls on November 25, to devise an effective plan. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, Praveen Singh, assured that electorates wouldn't feel threatened by the ultras. Maoists have called for boycott of the five-phased polls in Jharkhand that begins from November 25 and end on December 20. The results would be announced on December 23. Maoists have killed police and politicians and targeted government buildings in an insurgency that has killed thousands since the 1960s. Nov 13, 2014

Doctor involved in sterilization surgeries in Bilaspur taken into custody

Bilaspur/ Raipur, Nov 13 (ANI): Doctor RK Gupta, who conducted sterilization surgeries on 85 women in Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur District, has been taken into custody. Gupta had been suspended on Tuesday on the orders of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh after the incident came to light. Earlier it was reported that the death toll in the sterilization tragedy rose to 13 with the death of another woman. More than 50 women, who were left in a critical state after undergoing sterilization operations, are undergoing treatment at four different hospitals in Bilaspur. A team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is in Bilaspur to attend to critical patients. Meanwhile, Congress leader Shobha Oza slammed the state government and demanded for a judicial enquiry into the matter. Nov 13, 2014

India assures Nepal of continuous support

Kathmandu, Nov 13 (ANI): Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, met Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at his official residence in Kathmandu. Gadkari was in Nepal for two-day infrastructure summit. During the meeting, Gadkari and Koirala discussed about various issues like India-Nepal relations and development assistance. Gadkari also assured Prime Minister Koirala of complete cooperation and support from India in development issues. Gadkari also suggested Nepal government to follow India's successful public-private partnership model in constructing roads and other development projects. Nov 13, 2014

Defence Minister says Chinese intrusions not that serious

Panaji, Nov 13 (ANI): The newly-appointed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, said that Chinese intrusions were not that serious and the government was dealing with them on a daily basis. While answering a question on Chinese incursions in a news briefing in Goa, Parrikar said that India needed to step up its defence capabilities in next three years. Small incursions are common across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto border that runs across the Himalayas, but it is rare for either country to set up camp so deep within disputed territory. Parrikar said all purchases regarding weapons, which are immediately required, would be fast-tracked and would invite the Indian companies keeping in mind the 'Make in India' initiative. Nov 13, 2014

PM Modi meets Russian counterpart on East Asia Summit sidelines in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the ongoing East Asia Summit 2014 in Myanmar's capital Naypyitaw. "I am glad to meet you. Earlier, Russia's former Prime Minister had come to India. We had a very nice discussion on various issues, and now, we are waiting for Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the country on December 11. People in India are very excited to welcome him," Prime Minister Modi told Prime Minister Medvedev. He added that he was waiting that on December 11 India will be able to attain new heights in terms of relationship with Russia. Prime Minister Modi is in Myanmar as part of his 10-day trip to three nations, the other two being Australia and Fiji. On Wednesday, he interacted with the leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. Prime Minister Modi will also participate in the G-20 Summit in Brisbane. Nov 13, 2014

AIBA says future bleak for Boxer Sarita Devi, Reactions flow

New Delhi, Nov 13 (ANI): L Sarita Devi's amateur boxing career could be finished after her "unacceptable" behaviour at the Incheon Asian Games where the fighter refused to accept her bronze medal on the podium, said the president of the governing AIBA. Sarita was furious after losing her semi-final to local favourite Park Ji-na in the women's lightweight division. She refused to wear the medal when it was presented to her, taking it only in her hand before trying to drape it over Park. When the presentation was over, Sarita left the medal behind, despite being told to take it with her. Meanwhile, former Indian Sports Minister, MS Gill, said that it was very unfortunate and athletes should respect the judgement. Former athlete, Sunita Godara, said Devi's behaviour was against sportsmanship and AIBA would not take it lightly. Nov 13, 2014

CRPF prepares for worst case scenario in Kashmir polls

New Delhi, Nov 13 (ANI): Director General of India's paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Dilip Trivedi, said that the security personnel were prepared for worst case scenario for upcoming elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The assembly polls in JandK will be held in five-phases, beginning on November 25 and ending on December 20. The counting of votes will take place on December 23. While addressing a news briefing in New Delhi, Trivedi said that there could be a high level attempt to disrupt elections and troops were briefed on the same. Trivedi further said that as compared to the previous elections held in the state, the force anticipated the upcoming elections to be more difficult. Trivedi also spoke about preparedness for assembly polls in Jharkhand which goes to polls simultaneously with Kashmir. Nov 13, 2014

Chilean farmers turn dung into electricity

Chile's farmers are getting more than just milk and cheese from their cows - turning the vast quantity of dung they produce into electricity and helping to fight the country's problem of expensive imported energy. Duration: 02:02 Nov 13, 2014