Chhattisgarh: Police ensures to fail plans of Maoists before polls

Raipur, Oct 15 (ANI): The Maoists are planning to threaten peaceful conduct of polls to the provincial legislature in Chhattisgarh as the upcoming polls are nearing. Citing intelligence inputs, Ram Nivas, Director General of Chhattisgarh Police stated this at his headquarters in Raipur on Monday. At the ground level he said that they had noted down information about their moves. Further, he mentioned that they would be employing stringent security procedures during the elections. Oct 15, 2013

UP govt bans VHP's 'Sankalp Diwas' Yatra, BJP calls it murder of democracy

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): Reacting on another ban on VHP by the Samajwadi Party, this time on its proposed 'Sankalp Diwas' yatra which was scheduled to take place on October 18, BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that this is a murder of democracy. He further said that it is unfortunate that saints of the country are not allowed hold a peaceful Yatra. Oct 15, 2013

Fishermen killing: India's Foreign Ministry summons Pakistan envoy

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): The recent killing of India's fisherman by patrolling marines of Pakistan on the high seas of international waters prompted Foreign Ministry to summon Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan to India lodge a stern protest. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin condemned the incident wherein Pakistani Maritime Security Agency had shot dead one Indian fisherman and detained 30 others off Jakhau coast on Friday. Akbaruddin asked Islamabad to thoroughly investigate the incident and share its result at an early date. Oct 15, 2013

Coal scam: CBI names KM Birla, ex-Coal Secretary in fresh FIR

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): In another high profile chargesheet in the coal scam, the CBI has registered a case against Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, KM Birla. Aluminum maker Hindalco, which Mr Birla promotes, has also been named in the fresh FIR filed by the agency. According to reports, the FIR names Birla, Nalco, Hindalco and former coal secretary PC Parekh. The charges in the FIR reportedly pertain to alleged forgery and financial misrepresentation. The investigating agency is conducting raids at the Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kolkata offices of Hindalco. The CBI is under pressure from the Supreme Court to hasten its investigation into how and why coal fields were allocated to private players without a transparent bidding process. Oct 15, 2013

Fresh FIR in Coalgate: "Complete monumental fraud" investigated at slow pace, says BJP

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): After another or 14th FIR in Coal block allocation scam, wherein CBI has named Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, Kumar Mangalam Birla, along with his company Hindalco and a former bureaucrat, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said dubbed the case as "Complete monumental fraud" and slammed the slow pace of investigation in the same. Further, he said that it is for the fact that Supreme Court is taking part in the process, or else there won't have been any probe in the case at all. Oct 15, 2013

US ship detained in Tamil Nadu, Foreign Ministry probe on

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): The Indian authorities have commenced thorough investigation into 'illegal' weapons found onboard a ship operated by an US maritime security company, which was detained off the Tuticorin (Tuthukudi) port in Tamil Nadu. The ship was seized on Friday. India's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin stated that the ship where 35 people were onboard was also detained for failing to produce papers authorising the vessel to carry weapons and ammunition in Indian waters. Among them were 10 crew members and 25 armed security guards. The crew and the ship will remain detained till the authentic documentation is submitted. Oct 15, 2013

Fire in Pantry car of Rajdhani Express, no casualities reported

Dibrugarh, Oct 15 (ANI): Passengers on board the Rajdhani Express travelling from Dibrugarh to New Delhi had a narrow escape after the pantry car of the train caught fire early morning on Tuesday. No causality has been reported so far. According to sources, one of the two pantry cars caught fire following which, the rest of the train was isolated to prevent further damage. The incident happened as the train was crossing through Assam's Nagaon district at about 4:00 in the morning. The fire has now been brought under control. The Rajdhani Express is still stationed at the accident spot, according to reports. Oct 15, 2013

Sanjay Dutt gets 14 day parole extension

New Delhi, Oct 15 (ANI): Actor Sanjay Dutt, who was out on parole due to medical reasons, was granted a 14-day extension of his leave of furlough, according to jail authorities. Dutt sough an extension in the furlough on medical grounds. The 53-year-old actor was was sentenced for five years jail, after his conviction for illegal possession of arms in the Mumbai blasts case and is to serve the remaining 42 months of his sentence. The actor’s parole period was to end on Monday, but he made an application for another fortnight’s extension last week. Oct 15, 2013

Russia keeps Greenpeace ship captain behind bars

A Russian court on Monday rejected bail requests from the captain of a Greenpeace ship -Pete Willcox- and a young female Argentinian activist involved in a protest against oil drilling in the Russian Arctic. Duration: 00:35 Oct 15, 2013

India cyclone survivors return home to destruction

Hundreds of thousands of people who fled India's strongest cyclone in 14 years returned home to scenes of devastation Monday, as a massive relief operation kicked into gear. Duration: 01:04 Oct 15, 2013