Thai rubber farmers wheeze as prices slump

As rubber prices slump, hard-up farmers in Thailand -- the world's top producer of the commodity -- are appealing for a bailout, testing the junta's resolve to end populist policies and an entrenched subsidy culture. Duration: 02:21 Oct 12, 2014

INLD chief O P Chautala surrenders at Tihar Jail

New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): INLD chief and Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala surrendered before the Tihar Jail authorities as per the Delhi High Court's orders. Before surrendering at the Tihar Jail, Chautala asked his party workers to work peacefully to make the INLD emerge victorious in the upcoming Haryana assembly elections. Chautala had been convicted and sentenced to 10 years jail term in the JBT teachers recruitment scam case. He had been granted bail on medical grounds. The CBI had earlier moved the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of interim bail granted to Chautala in the case, saying he had violated bail conditions. Oct 12, 2014

PM Modi reviews preparedness for cyclone Hudhud, declares support to states

New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting with the chief of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and other officials to take detailed review of the preparedness for cyclone Hudhud, which is likely to make landfall by noon on Sunday. The meeting was held in the presence of Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth. After the meeting Seth told that the Prime Minister has instructed to extend full assistance and support to both coastal states, where the cyclone Hudhud will make landfall. Seth said to deal with the cyclone, 24 NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams in Andhra Pradesh, while 18 in Odisha were mobilized along with several teams of the army being deployed. Oct 12, 2014

Police detain vehicle carrying explosives in West Bengal

Purulia, Oct 12 (ANI): In the backdrop of recent blast, Police detained a vehicle carrying explosives in Purulia district of West Bengal. This vehicle, a Tata Sumo, was going towards Barabazar from Boro area. Police recovered 1100 detonators and 2800 gelatine sticks from this car. Two men, identified as SK Sahabul and Rakesh Mudi have been arrested in this case. Reportedly, these men were going to deliver the explosives found in the car to a third person, Chandan Singh of Barabazar area. Purulia police is interrogating to find out if these huge quantities of explosives were being carried in connection to any Maoist or terrorist activity. This incident comes close on the heels of an explosion in Burdwan district of West Bengal that left two suspected militants dead on October 05. Oct 12, 2014

TMC blames government for blast in West Bengal

Kolkata, Oct 12 (ANI): Trinamool Congress (TMC) party blamed the Central government for the blast in West Bengal, saying the intrusion of members of extremist groups into the state led to the incident. Two suspected militants were killed and one sustained injuries in an explosion at a TMC leader's house in Burdwan district on October 2. TMC leader Partha Chatterjee said that the Central government is not serious and competent enough to depute border guards and that is why illegal migrants are intruding into West Bengal. He also said the wing of ruling BJP and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) are disrupting the peaceful situation in the state to reap political benefits. Meanwhile, National Investigation Agency (NIA) is also assisting the state police in the case. Oct 12, 2014

Lalit Modi removed as RCA President, Amin Pathak takes over

Jaipur, Oct 11 (ANI): In a major jolt to Lalit Modi, 23 districts on Saturday moved a no-confidence motion against him and removed him as the President of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). The motion was also brought against the deputy president, secretary and treasurer of the body. Amin Pathak has been elected as the new RCA President. Oct 11, 2014

BSF detains nine Bangladeshis at international border

South Dinajpur, Oct 11 (ANI): India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) detained nine Bangladeshi nationals on Saturday near the Indo-Bangladesh international border in a bid to check infiltration. BSF has tightened security in areas bordering Bangladesh in wake of bomb blast in Burdwan district in West Bengal. Two women have been arrested in connection with the explosion that left two suspected militants dead on Sunday. Police is probing the possible involvement of militant outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami in the blast. BSF Commandant Sangram Bisal said that due to close vigilance after the blast in Burdwan they arrested the Bangladeshi nationals who were crossing the hills. Oct 11, 2014

Unfortunate that Maharashtra's achievements were rubbished: P Chidambaram

Mumbai, Oct 11 (ANI): Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday, while addressing a press conference, said it is very unfortunate that some people have rubbished Maharashtra's achievement during the past two-three weeks. He added that statements defaming the developments of the state should be strongly condemned. He further said that Congress is not demanding any report card instead questioning BJP about the false promises it made to the public before Lok Sabha polls. Oct 11, 2014

Army says India handing infiltration activities effectively

Sopore, Oct 11 (ANI): General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Kashmir based 15 Corps of the Indian army, Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, commented on infiltration at the border while he was at a blood donation camp in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir. He said on Saturday (October 11) the force's counter infiltration operation has been able to deal with infiltration activities of militants quite effectively. Saha also said the army also proved efficient in handling the cross-border firing at the border between India and Pakistan. Oct 11, 2014

Fans celebrate Amitabh Bachchans birthday in unique way

Allahabad/ Bhopal, Oct 11 (ANI): Fans all across India celebrated Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s 72nd birthday with great fervor on Saturday (October 11). The enthusiastic fans in Allahabad city, also the hometown of the actor, said that they wish that their idol celebrates more and more birthdays and he keeps making good films for the people. The fans have formed various fan clubs and committees for their favourite idol. Prayag Service Committee is one of such kind. Gauri Shankar Malviya is another fan who has collected the movies and posters of the megastar in Bhopal. He has formed a committee called Big B Fans Service Committee. Bachchan quit his job as a Calcutta freight broker for films and earned recognition in the 1970s after playing a Dirty Harry-style cop in the ground-breaking movie, 'Zanjeer'. His best-known film, Sholay, ran in Bombay for seven years - turning him into an icon in India. Oct 11, 2014