Venezuelan president Maduro shakes up cabinet

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday replaced Rafael Ramirez as head of the country's state oil giant PDVSA and appointed him as foreign minister. Ramirez was also relieved of his role as the oil minister. Duration: 00:50 Sep 3, 2014

Obama: NATO must send support message to Ukraine

US President Barack Obama urges NATO to send an "unmistakable message of support" to Ukraine and calls on members of the military alliance to "step up" to their responsibilities ahead of a NATO summit in Wales. Duration: 01:01 Sep 3, 2014

Clashes in Abidjan over slum demolition

Clashes erupted on Tuesday in Abidjan between security forces and slum residents opposed to its demolition, after flooding in June and July saw 40 people killed. Duration: 00:50 Sep 3, 2014

Mixed reactions flow over Rajnath Singhs statement on maoists

New Delhi/ Raipur/ Hyderabad, Sep 03 (ANI): Mixed reactions flowed on Wednesday over Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s remark on handling Maoism in affected areas. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that the government is making all efforts to curb naxalism in the country. Congress leader Ajit Jogi said that the way in which Home Minister has called for solving the problem is not correct. Meanwhile, Naxal Sympathiser Swami Agnivesh strongly condemned Singh’s statement saying that this is not the way in which terrorism can be handled. Sep 3, 2014

Police on alert for upcoming assembly polls in Kashmir

Kathua, Sep 03 (ANI): Police beefed up security to ensure safe and smooth conducting of assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir, said a senior official on Wednesday. While inaugurating a hostel in Kathua district, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajendra Kumar said with strict vigil of security forces, several elections in the past have taken place peacefully. He added that the upcoming assembly elections will be smooth like the parliamentary elections early this year. He also ensured that security forces are equipped enough to check infiltration as well as retaliate to any ceasefire violations along the international border. He added that that the Election Commission was yet to conduct its surveillance in the region. Sep 3, 2014

President condoles passing away of Goolam E. Vahanvati

New Delhi, Sep 3 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of Goolam E. Vahanvati former Attorney General of India. In a condolence message to his wife, Nafisa Vahanvati, the President has said, "I am extremely saddened to learn about the passing away of your husband, Shri Goolam E. Vahanvati, former Attorney General of India." "Vahanvati rendered distinguished services as the Attorney General and the Solicitor General of India. Starting his practice in Mumbai, he ably handled various matters involving important constitutional issues. In his death, we have lost a highly respected and an eminent personality, whose contributions to the field of law shall always be remembered," he added. "Kindly accept my heartfelt condolence s and convey the same to other members of your family. I pray to the Almighty to give you and your family the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss," he further added. Sep 3, 2014

TESO protests Sri Lankan detention of Indian fishermen

Chennai, Sep 3 (ANI): The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization (TESO) on Wednesday held a demonstration in Chennai against the detention of fishermen by Sri Lankan authorities. DMK leader MK Stalin, while addressing the gathering of protesters, demanded that the fishermen and their boats held by Sri Lanka should immediately be released. On Tuesday (September 03) morning, nine fishermen were arrested by Lankan naval personnel when they were returning from the Palk Strait. Also, the Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday allegedly sank an Indian fishing boat by colliding against it and arrested 15 fishermen from a coastal town in Tamil Nadu province. Sep 3, 2014

Two college students shot dead in UP after dispute over ragging

Hathras, Sep 03 (ANI): A dispute between two groups over ragging left two college students dead in Hathras city of Uttar Pradesh. The Deputy Inspector General of police, Satyendra Veer Singh, said on Wednesday (September 03) that an argument regarding ragging of a boy in college led to the dispute and the firing. The police are investigating and have registered a case against three students belonging to one of the groups. Following a Supreme Court Order ragging was banned in 2009. Every institution in the country must now have an anti-ragging committee and an anti-ragging squad. A national anti-ragging helpline has also been set up. Sep 3, 2014

As UP CM, I had given police free hand to tackle Maoists: Rajnath

Jaipur, Sept 03 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that he had given a free hand to police force to tackle Maoists when he was Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He said that he had assured the police officials that they will not face any hassle from Human Right Commission bodies in tackling the Maoists. Sep 3, 2014

Easy to say but hard to apply: Former DGP on Rajnaths remark on Maoism

Lucknow, Sep 03 (ANI): Former DGP of Uttar Pradesh KL Gupta said on Wednesday, that the statement given by Rajnath Singh on curbing naxalism is easy to say but hard to apply. Singh had said that police should act swiftly against naxalites without worrying about Human Rights Commission. Gupta said that it is easy to say so but not easy to apply because there have been cases in the past where police officials faced trouble due to encounters and killings. Sep 3, 2014

Glider crashes into house in Kanpur

Kanpur, Sep 03 (ANI): A glider plunged into a house on Wednesday (September 03) in Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh state, the pilot sustained injuries. A trainee woman pilot got injured after she lost control during the flight. Area Councilor, Irshad Alam said that injured pilot has been admitted in the hospital. Glider belongs to city based pilot training institute, Garg Aviation. The incident took place in Babupurva area of Kanpur city. Sep 3, 2014