Development of Dalits needs Jupiter's escape velocity: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Oct 08 (ANI): While addressing a gathering at the Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that development of the Dalit community in India needs Jupiter's escape velocity (speed an object needs to be traveling to break free of a planet or moon's gravity well and leave it without further propulsion). Further, he targeted BSP President Mayawati and said that she is letting others from the community to come to the forefront and later credited Congress party for the upliftment of the community. Oct 8, 2013

Tandoor case: SC commutes Sushil Sharma's death sentence to life imprisonment

New Delhi, Oct 8 (ANI): The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, commuted former Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma's death sentence to life imprisonment in the infamous Naina Sahni tandoor murder case. Sharma's counsel had pleaded that the case did not fall in the rarest of the rare category and had submitted the conviction was entirely based on the circumstantial evidence and death penalty cannot be awarded. Naina Sahni was the wife of Sushil Sharma, and was believed to have an unlawful relationship with Matloob Karim, an old friend of hers. Sharma was the then Delhi Youth Congress president. Oct 8, 2013

Narendra Modi has rather divided BJP: Congress on Chidambaram's statement

Ahmedabad, Oct 08 (ANI): After Finance Minister P Chidambaram gave a statement saying that BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has united the rank and file of BJP but he is not bigger than BJP leader and former PM of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia said that Modi has rather divided his party on various lines and is the one who has conspired to kill his own party members too. Further, he said that such statements from ministers are not based on actual facts but are given without any thoughts in them. Oct 8, 2013

IAF celebrates 81st anniversary

Ghaziabad, Oct 8 (ANI): A series of activities were organized as part of the 81st anniversary celebrations of the Indian Air Force on Tuesday at the Hindon air force base, on the outskirts of New Delhi. The jawans at the Indian Air Force displayed their skills and might. On the occasion, journalists representing various media houses were called for a visit to the Station for a media interaction. Being celebrated as "IAF Awareness Day", the objective of this year's activities is to enhance people's awareness about the IAF and its various operations, and to apprise youth of the various career opportunities in the IAF. Oct 8, 2013

India confident armed forces will deal with infiltration along Kashmir border

New Delhi, Oct 8 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin has assured that armed forces would deal with ceasefire violations and the recent infiltration in Keran sector of Kashmir. On Monday, the Indian Army had recovered a large haul of sophisticated arms and ammunition after a search operation on the disputed border in Kashmir, following gun battles with infiltrators from Pakistan for nearly 14 days. India's military is fighting the biggest group of infiltrators to cross from Pakistan in years, as heavily-armed fighters continue to cross the Line of Control in the Keran sector and are holed up in thick forests in the area. The Army has killed nearly 20 of them in the battle that began on September 23. Meanwhile, the three services chiefs on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his official residence 7, Race Course Road in New Delhi to brief him about the operation in Keran sector along Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir (J and K). Oct 8, 2013

Residents bear brunt of anti- bifurcation protests in Andhra Pradesh

Vishakapatnam, Oct 8 (ANI): Residents in Andhra Pradesh, mainly in the five districts--Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, East and West Godavari--coming under EPDCL are suffering as the announcement of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh evoked violent protests, forcing the authorities to clamp a curfew in the regions. Deepening the crisis, the electricity department employees struck work, plunging large parts of the region into darkness. As a result of the power situation, many newborn babies in the hospital are unable to get the necessary immediate treatment. Oct 8, 2013

BJP hits back at Finance Minister, says Congress scared of Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Oct 8 (ANI): A day after Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that it was gross exaggeration to say Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's wave was sweeping the countryside, the BJP hit back at him saying that the Congress is scared of Modi. Chidambaram while making such remarks had also conceded that Modi - BJP's prime ministerial candidate - has united the rank and file of BJP but he is not bigger than BJP leader and former PM of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Oct 8, 2013

EU wants extra Mediterranean patrols after Lampedusa

The EU's executive Tuesday pushed for extra resources to launch Mediterranean-wide patrols after the Lampedusa tragedy to cope with the flood of refugees knocking on Europe's doors. Duration: 00:27 Oct 8, 2013

Can your baby DJ? They can in New York

If baby yoga seems so yesterday and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" so last century, then the newest craze among trendsetter New York parents is for you: Baby DJ School. Duration: 01:07 Oct 8, 2013

Obama: Libyan captured by US will be brought to justice

An alleged top Al-Qaeda operative snatched in a US commando raid in Libya was involved in plots that killed hundreds of people and will be brought to justice, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. Duration: 00:59 Oct 8, 2013

Russia commits anti-Putin activist to psychiatric hospital

A Russian court Tuesday ordered that an activist be committed to a mental hospital after convicting him for his role in a protest against President Vladimir Putin, a move that raised charges of reviving Soviet-era punishments. Duration: 00:49 Oct 8, 2013

Belgrade, Pristina overcome dispute ahead of polls

Serbia and Kosovo late Monday overcame a dispute over Belgrade's request to visit the breakaway territory ahead of next month's local polls, which had threatened to torpedo a process to normalise ties between the two sides. Duration: 00:35 Oct 8, 2013