China troops enter land, water in Leh; politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 3 (ANI): Even as the Congress expressed concern and slammed the BJP government for its failure to stop repeated incursions by the Chinese army, the BJP has said that the government is very cautious about the border movements and there is no reason to feel threatened. Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently made a two-pronged simultaneous incursion reportedly by sending its troops into Indian waters in the Pangong lake as well as five km deep into Indian territory through the land route in the same area. Nov 3, 2014

Seven Indian soldiers held captive by Somali pirates for 4 years return to a grand welcome

Mumbai, Nov 03 (ANI): The seven Indian soldiers who remained in the captivity of Somali pirates for four years returned to their motherland to receive a warm welcome at the Mumbai airport. Somali pirates freed the seven Indian sailors in exchange for an undisclosed ransom on October 31. The sailors were held since the pirates hijacked the Panama-flagged ship MV Asphalt Venture in September 2010. Eight of their colleagues were freed by the pirates along with the ship in April 2011 for a ransom. Their captors said at the time that they would only release the seven sailors when their fellow Somali pirates held by Indian authorities were freed. It was not clear if their demand had been met. The seven sailors were given a grand welcome by the National Union of Seafarers of India in Mumbai. They were garlanded, held on shoulders and cheered on. Nov 3, 2014

Politicos condemn blast on Pak side of Wagah border

New Delhi, Nov 3 (ANI): Politicos on Monday condemned the Sunday evening's terror attack on Pakistan side of Wagah border, which has claimed at least 55 lives. According to reports, 110 people are injured in the explosion, which took place outside a restaurant on the Indo- Pak border, just after a daily ceremony when troops from both sides simultaneously lower the two nations' flags. The outlawed Jundullah and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) affiliated Jamaat-ul-Ahrar outfits have claimed responsibility for the blast. Nov 3, 2014

PM Narendra Modi condemns terror attack on Pakistan side of Wagah border

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned Sunday evening's terror attack on Pakistan side of the Wagah border, which has claimed at least 55 lives. PM Modi tweeted, "Terror attack in Pakistan near Wagah Border is shocking. I strongly condemn such a dastardly act of terrorism. My condolences to the families of the deceased. Prayers with the injured." According to reports, 110 people are injured in the explosion, which took place outside a restaurant on the Indo- Pak border, just after a daily ceremony when troops from both sides simultaneously lower the two nations' flags. The outlawed Jundullah and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) affiliated Jamaat-ul-Ahrar outfits have claimed responsibility for the blast. Meanwhile, deploring the incident Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar urged the international community to jointly fight terrorism. Nov 3, 2014

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visits RSS memorial, says it gives inspiration to work for nation

Mumbai, Nov 03 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday visited RSS memorial in Mumbai and said that the same gives him inspiration and motivation to work for the welfare of the nation. He said that he is a Swayamsevak and he was here to re-establish his pledge of working for the nation. Fadnavis also assured that he and his cabinet in the state will work in accordance with the principles and guidelines of the Indian Constitution. Nov 3, 2014

Azad Kashmir observes 'black day'

Muzaffarabad/ Geneva, Nov 03: October 22, 1947 - the day when Pakistani Pashtun tribes invaded the Kashmir Valley and created mayhem, is remembered as "Black Day". Kashmiris across the world use the day to protest the invasion of their homeland by Pakistan. In Muzzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir, a large number of nationalists gathered to raise their voices against illegal occupation by recalling the brutality of Pakistani troops. Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan were a part of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which was captured by the Pakistani Army disguised as tribesmen. At the Kishan-Ganga Bridge in Kotli, Kashmiri protesters lit candles as a tribute to those killed during the tribal invasion of 1947. They shouted slogans against Pakistan for illegally occupying their territory. Pakistan claims to champion the cause of Kashmiris, but ignores their plight in so-called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. Nov 3, 2014

Wagah border attack a serious internal security challenge, could have been on Indian side too: Secur

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): Security Expert Uday Bhaskar on Monday termed the suicide attack at Pakistan side of Wagah border as a serious internal security challenge for India. He said the fact that assailants can reach at such sensitive area says that proper vigil and increase in arrangements for security is required on both sides. He also pointed out at the possibility of India too being on the radar of such attacks. Bhaskar said that India would have to acquire the capacity for surveillance on both side of the border after the incident. At least 55 people lost their lives and several were left injured when an explosion took place on Pakistan side of Wagah border just after a daily ceremony when troops from both sides simultaneously lower the two nations' flags. Nov 3, 2014

IPL scam: Mukul Mudgal committee submits final report to SC with less expectation

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): The Mukul Mudgal committee probing the betting and spot fixing scandals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) submitted its final report on Monday. The committee submitted its report on role of N Srinivasan and others in the scam, in a sealed cover. The hearing on the case is scheduled for next Monday. Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal said that the report has been submitted but refrained from giving any details whatsoever. The report, however, had less expectation as lawyer Rahul Mehra said that going by the past record, nothing much can be expected from the same. He also said that is the case goes in favour of Srinivasan, it will be a setback for Indian cricket as well as worldwide. Nov 3, 2014

Philippine typhoon widow grateful for cruel consolation

Jennifer was left destitute after Super Typhoon Haiyan tore into Tacloban in the Philippines a year ago. Since then she has managed to rebuild her life and with a little help from a US-based donor she's now in control of her future. Duration: 02:12 Nov 3, 2014

India beefs up security post blast at Pakistan side of Wagah border

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): India beefed up security after a blast took place on the Pakistan side of the Wagah border which killed at least 55 people including women and children and as many as 70 sustained injuries. Hundreds of people visit Wagah border crossing near the Pakistani city of Lahore to witness the flags of both countries being lowered just before sunset. Bakshi also said the explosion could have happened on this side of the border as well, and that with the winters approaching the ceasefire violation may increase along the border. Media reports earlier said the explosion was caused by a gas cylinder but later police said it was probably a suicide bomber. Police probe is underway. Nov 3, 2014