Lakshmikant Sharma and others sent to judicial custody over Vyapam scam

Bhopal, June 27 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Former minister was sent to jail over alleged involvement in Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, in which many government employees are under scanner for getting selected through unfair means. Special Task Force (STF) constituted for an investigation into MPPEB scam, or Vyapam scam, detained Laxmikant Sharma, former state technical education minister, for interrogation. STF inspector, Indresh Tripathi, said total 15 people have been sent to judicial custody. India's Congress party had accused leaders of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of being involved in the scam. Congress party spokesperson, KK Mishra, had demanded a CBI probe in the nexus among middlemen, politicians, bureaucrats and education mafia. Jun 27, 2014

At least 12 killed in blast at GAIL pipeline in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh, June 27 (ANI): At least 12 people were killed and 18 others injured after an explosion at a gas pipeline at the site of the state-owned Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) in Andhra Pradesh. The blast took place at 5:30 AM due to a gas leak in a pipeline near a refinery at Nagaram, around 560 km from Hyderabad. A massive fire broke out after the blast. Eight fire engines were rushed to the spot and the fire has been brought under control, officials said. The gas supply line has been cut off. Meanwhile, Prime Minister expressed condolences and tweeted, "My thoughts with the families of those who lost their lives in the GAIL Pipeline fire in AP. Prayers with the injured." He also said, "I have spoken to the Petroleum Minister, Cabinet Secretary and GAIL Chairman and asked them to ensure immediate relief at the accident site."According to official sources, those who suffered burns are being shifted to Amalapuram and Kakinada hospitals. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has ordered an inquiry. Jun 27, 2014

Indian youths take FIFA fever to hair-raising levels

Jalandhar, June 27 (ANI): Hair salons did brisk business in Punjab with youngsters rushing to ape the hair styles of their favourite football players, as FIFA fever gripped the entire country. Talking to a media person hairstylist, Ijaz Hassan Salmani, said that young boys throng salons with pictures of football players on their phones and laptops. He added that his salon is doing business even during what is considered an off season, because of the FIFA madness taking hold of youngsters in the city. A customer, Bilal Salmani, said that he has been mimicking the Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo's hairstyle ever since he started following football as a child. FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 12 and a total of 64 matches are being played in 12 cities across Brazil. Jun 27, 2014

Israel's Peres receives US Congressional Gold Medal

Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday received the Congressional Gold Medal in the US Capitol rotunda, as he bids farewell to Washington after decades of working with American leaders. Duration: 00:38 Jun 27, 2014

Merkel holds out a hand to Cameron in EU jobs row

Angela Merkel urged fellow EU leaders to hold out a hand of compromise to Britain's David Cameron Thursday to defuse a row over the likely nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president. Duration: 01:18 Jun 27, 2014