Ratangarh temple stampede: Congress asks for CMs resignation

New Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): Slamming the Madhya Pradesh government for Ratangarh temple stampede, Congress leader Ajay Maken on Monday said that bad governance, corruption in police responsible for the tragedy. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, he said that the state government should take moral responsibility for the incident and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan should resign. Oct 14, 2013

BJP hits back at Digvijay Singh for politicizing Ratangarh temple stampede

New Delhi/ Bhopal, Oct 14 (ANI): The BJP on Monday slammed Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh for his tweet on Ratangarh temple stampede in which he blamed the state government for the tragedy. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, BJP leader Kirti Azad said that said it is time to offer condolences to the people rather than indulging in a blame game. Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Umashankar Gupta said that the Congress leader should not be taken seriously. Oct 14, 2013

MP temple stampede: Death toll rises to 109, over 100 injured

Datia, Oct 14 (ANI): At least 109 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a stampede triggered by rumours of a river bridge collapse near a remote Hindu temple in Datia region of Madhya Pradesh. The State government ordered a judicial inquiry into the mishap which was a shocking re-run of the tragedy at the same site in 2006 when 50 pilgrims were washed away. Senior Medical Officer at a government hospital in Gwalior, Dr GS Patel informed that the hospital is looking after relief and rescue operation. Pilgrims panicked when rumours spread that the railings broke on a bridge that led to the temple thereby triggering the stampede. Some devotees were crushed to death under the feet of fellow worshippers, others drowned after falling or jumping into the river Sindh. Local media said the police used batons to control the crowd, prompting many people to panic. Oct 14, 2013

Phailin leaves trail of destruction, death toll reaches to 14

New Delhi/ Nagpur/ Gopalpur, Oct 14 (ANI): The most powerful storm to hit India in more than a decade, Cyclone Phailin waned considerably on Sunday before leaving 14 people dead and a trail of widespread destruction behind. Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth confirmed the death toll as the Phailin subsided from the affected state. Even as the cyclone devastated a large section of both the affected states, Home Affairs Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that it is to the relief that the destruction caused is much lesser than the 2004 destruction caused by tsunami. Over ten million people residing along the coastal region of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh faced mass displacement as a result of the havoc created by Phailin, the super cyclone. Oct 14, 2013

Odisha Chief Minister announces compensation for Phailin victims

Bhubaneshwar, Oct 14 (ANI): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of Odisha announced compensation to cyclone victims in cash and kind. A mass evacuation saved thousands of people from India's fiercest cyclone in 14 years, but aid workers warned a million would need help after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed. Cyclone Phailin headed inland on Sunday after making landfall from the Bay of Bengal, bringing winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph) that ripped apart homes and tore down trees. He also confirmed that more than 2,00,000 mud houses and standing crops were damaged and victims would be paid the compensation amount after due assessment. Further, the Chief Minister confirmed that roads would be repaired within the next 24 hours, while power and electricity would be restored in 36 hours in most places. Oct 14, 2013

Two car bombs explode in central Damascus

Two cars laden with explosives and driven by suicide bombers blew up in the centre of the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday night, state media reported. The blasts went off near the building of the national broadcaster SANA. Oct 14, 2013

Syrian refugees in Iraq set for biggest Muslim holiday

Almost 14,000 Syrian Kurds in a camp in northern Iraq are preparing for what will be for many of them their first Eid al-Adha holiday - the Feast of Sacrifice, the biggest Muslim holiday of the year, outside Syria. Duration: 00:52 Oct 14, 2013

US grapples with budget impasse under default cloud

The Senate convened for a rare Sunday session, just days before the US reaches its borrowing limit, to grapple with an impasse that has shut the government for nearly two weeks, sending tremors of concern around the world. Oct 14, 2013

Powerful Filipino Christian sect shuts down Manila

More than 1.5 million people converged on the Philippine capital Monday for a powerful Christian sect's evangelical event, causing traffic chaos that shut down large parts of the megacity. Duration: 00:53 Oct 14, 2013

Survivors describe India stampede panic

Survivors of a stampede in India which killed dozens of Hindu pilgrims describe the moment panic gripped the crowd as they crossed a bridge to reach a temple. Duration: 01:02 Oct 14, 2013

Conflict and clashes over China's prized caterpillar fungus

A caterpillar fungus, found only on the high Tibetan plateau, is known as "Himalayan Viagra". It is worth nearly its weight in gold and is so valuable that disputes over collection rights are turning violent. Duration: 01:36 Oct 14, 2013

Muslim pilgrims throng Mount Arafat for hajj climax

Pilgrims in their hundreds of thousands thronged Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia from early Monday for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage. Officials said they expected around 1.5 million pilgrims to descend on the site. Oct 14, 2013

Hundreds held after Moscow rocked by race rioting

Moscow police said Monday they had detained 1,200 people in an anti-migrant raid on a produce market where a racially-tinged riot took place over the weekend after the killing of an ethnic Russian. Oct 14, 2013