Weather department says fourth successive cyclone Madi heading north

Visakhapatnam, Dec 09 (ANI): Weather department said on Monday that fourth successive Cyclone Madi was heading north, but a few places in coastal Andhra Pradesh would receive isolated showers boosted by strong winds for the next two days. Many parts of the city received mild showers on December 07 due to the cyclone effect, but it may die down once it moves further north. Madi, named so by Maldives, now lies centred 500km southeast of Chennai. Dec 9, 2013

Maoists kill two, set vehicles on fire in Odisha

Koraput, Dec 9 (ANI): Maoists killed two, on suspicion of being police informers, and set ablaze vehicles in Kumbhariput village in Koraput district of Odisha. The inspector-in-charge of Kumbhariput, Bimal Mallik said that the police was investigating the case and will take due course of action. According to the police, the deceased have been identified as Bandhu Saraka and Gato Huika of Kumbhariput village under the Maoist-affected Bandhugaon police limits. Banu Saraka, son of Bandhu Saraka informed that a group of people with guns came looking for his father and took him away to the village where he was killed. Dec 9, 2013

Bangladesh war veterans, scholars express concern over political unrest

Dhaka, Dec 09 (ANI): Bangladesh war veterans, scholars and social activists expressed concern over the political unrest in the country and blamed the Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami for mounting tensions between the feuding parties ahead of the national elections. A socio-cultural organization held a seminar in Dhaka and discussed about the current political situation and the role of opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Islamist forces. Dec 9, 2013

Manmohan Singh pays homage to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday paid tribute to the South African anti-apartheid hero, Nelson Mandela whose life epitomized the fight for freedom and equality. Mandela, South Africa's first black president who steered his nation out of apartheid and into multi-racial democracy, died on Thursday at the age of 95 after months of illness. Dec 9, 2013

Aspirants outside Parliament protest over changed UPSC norms

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): Hundreds of civil service aspirants gathered outside Parliament house in New Delhi on Monday to protest against a change in the format of Indian administrative examinations by the civil services selection body. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had submitted a proposal to the union government last year suggesting certain changes in the existing format of Civil Services (Main) Examination to make it more relevant with the present day, global as well as internal scenario. The civil service aspirants took to street protesting the new pattern of examination, and demanded return to the old procedure and increase in the number of attempts for them. Dec 9, 2013

Continuing violence by the BNP-and its Islamist allies is holding the nation to ransom

Dhaka, Dec 09: Amid the political deadlock and turmoil, the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League has paved way for the creation of an all-party national government to oversee the parliamentary elections. But by refusing to join it, BNP has made its intention clear of fighting the battle on the streets rather than through political dialogue. Those favouring elections scheduled for January 5 next year are urging an end to violence in the country. Dec 9, 2013

Poll debacle: Hope for stable Delhi Govt, says Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): Even as Congress suffered a dreadful washout in the Delhi assembly polls, former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said she hoped for a stable government in the state following a hung assembly outcome. Dec 9, 2013

Jamaat-e-Islami taking advantage of political unrest in Bangladesh: Expert

Dhaka, Dec 09 (ANI): Bangladeshi economist and political activist, Anu Muhammad said that the Jamaat-e-Islami was propagating its agenda and taking advantage of the political turmoil that has led to violent protests in Bangladesh. Violence has gripped Bangladesh as protests and a series of shutdowns with transport blockades led by the main opposition party, BNP demanding next year's election be held under a non-party administration. Dec 9, 2013

Bihar government asks Maoists to shun violence, announces new surrender policy

Patna, Dec 9 (ANI): After the Maoists went on rampage killing 15 people in Aurangabad in the last two months, the Bihar government has launched a two-prolonged strategy to keep them in check. They have intensified the hunt to capture its members while simultaneously offering big money for those who surrender. Top Maoist leaders would get Rs 2.5 lakh if they renounce arms. This would include members of the state, regional, central committee and politbureau of the Maoist party. The offer is a huge jump from the 2001 policy which promised Rs 10000 first and Rs 3000 in due course. The Bihar government strategy comes close on the heels of the killing of eight policemen December 3 by suspected Maoists in Aurangabad district, 163km from Patna. Those surrendering would be paid more if they lay down sophisticated arms and ammunition. The Maoists, who have been fighting for a Communist state for several decades, are mainly active in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Bihar and Bengal. Dec 9, 2013

Delhi Polls: Nitish Kumar says BJP taking advantage of anti Congress wave

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday took a dig at the BJP and said that the party is taking advantage of the anti Congress wave prevailing in the country. Talking about the Delhi Polls, Kumar stated that the election proves that if the people of the country get options other than the BJP and the Congress, they will opt for it. Dec 9, 2013

Thousands take part in London Santa Run

Thousands of runners dressed as Father Christmas take part in the charity fundraising "Santa Run" in Victoria Park, north London, on Sunday, with similar events taking place across Britain. Dec 9, 2013

Kim Jong-Un cements his power with purge of uncle: expert

North Korea said Monday that the powerful uncle of young leader Kim Jong-Un has been purged, with state TV airing images of Jang Song-Thaek being dragged away by uniformed officers. An analyst in Seoul says the purge can be seen as Kim cementing his position as head of the country. Dec 9, 2013

Thai PM calls elections as 140,000 join protest

Thailand's premier calls a snap election to try to defuse the kingdom's political crisis, but protesters keep up their fight to topple the government with an estimated 140,000 demonstrators flooding the streets of Bangkok. Dec 9, 2013