Fire engulfs wholesale vegetable market in Patiala

Patiala, May 21 (ANI): A raging fire charred shops and inflicted huge losses upon traders as it engulfed a wholesale vegetable market in Punjab on Wednesday. The fire broke out at 4.30 am (2300 GMT) in Patiala. A vegetable vendor, Raju, said that all the vegetables and cash kept in shops were completely burned in the fire. May 21, 2014

DMK attacks Jayalalitha over sacking four district secretaries

Chennai, May 21 (ANI): DMK leader TKS Elangovan said the state chief and supremo of regional AIADMK J Jayalalitha is making mockery of democracy after the latter sacked four district secretaries in charge of three constituencies in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Spokesperson of DMK, Elangovan said on Tuesday (May 20) that such actions display total failure of governance in the province. The district secretaries shunted out were of Dharmapuri, Kanyakumari and Thiruvallur where the party couldn’t win. Meanwhile, hitting at Jayalalithaa over misgovernance, Elangovan said that the AIADMK government had done minimal developmental work in the state. May 21, 2014

Police arrest Maoist in Jharkhand, recover arms and ammunition

Gumla, May 21 (ANI): Police has arrested a Maoist in India’s red corridor of Gulma district of Jharkhand and recovered arms, ammunition and a number of mobile phones. Accused in several criminal activities, the red rebel was the commander of a faction in the area and a wanted criminal in police records. The police launched combing operation in the area and were successful in nabbing the Maoist on Tuesday. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since the 1960s. May 21, 2014

Sonia, Rahul pay homage to Rajiv on 23rd death anniversary

New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi, her daughter Priyanka Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi paid homage to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 23rd death anniversary on Wednesday. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President M. Hamid Hansari, outgoing Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, other dignitaries reached Virbhumi, the Samadhi of Rajiv Gandhi in the national capital and paid floral tributes to him. Priyanka Gandhi's husband Robert Vadra and Congress leader Haroon Yusuf were also present along with Sonia on the death anniversary of her husband. May 21, 2014

RBI governor says fiscal discipline key for economic growth

New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has reiterated his call for fiscal discipline. Rajan stated that it is essential for the country to achieve sustainable economic growth. Although the comments were part of a broader speech on public sector banks, they come as India's newly elected government led by Narendra Modi is set to face its first credibility test with markets when it delivers a budget by July. Rajan repeated his call while noting that India would not always be able to rely on banks to buy a large portion of its government debt as it usually does. Banks, in turn, raise the funds needed to buy the bonds by attracting deposits from retail investors. May 21, 2014

Indonesian Election Presents U.S. with Modi-style Visa Headache

The emergence of Prabowo Subianto as a serious contender in Indonesia's election this week means the United States faces the awkward possibility of having to welcome another Asian leader it had denied entry to because of alleged links to mass killings. May 21, 2014

FARC legend lives on in historic stronghold

After half a century of armed fighting, Colombia may finally come close to negotiating peace with its leftist FARC guerrillas, who announced a truce for the upcoming presidential elections. Duration: 01:51 May 21, 2014

Twin Nigeria car bombs kill more than 100 in Jos

Twin car bombings in central Nigeria killed at least 118 people and brought entire buildings down Tuesday, in the latest affront to the government's internationally-backed security crackdown. Duration: 00:57 May 21, 2014

Bosnia floods raise danger of wartime explosives

In a potentially deadly side-effect to the record-breaking floods that have engulfed Bosnia, officials warned on Monday that unexploded mines left over the 1990s conflict could be dislodged and moved. Duration: 00:53 May 21, 2014