Vietnam court jails activist lawyer for 30 months

A Vietnamese court sentences a prominent activist lawyer to 30 months in jail on tax evasion charges as hundreds of his supporters stage a protest in the capital against the one-party communist state's crackdown on dissent Oct 2, 2013

DC area police and US Army test emergency readiness

The US military and local police forces ran exercises to test coordination capability between federal and local agencies, in case of a disaster impacting the Washington, DC area. Duration:01:37 Oct 2, 2013

Berlusconi: Italy's Midas loses his touch

Abandoned by top aides and choked by legal woes, Silvio Berlusconi's defeat in a showdown with Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Wednesday was seen by analysts as a sign of his terminal decline. After two decades in politics, the bombastic tycoon who once compared himself to Jesus Christ cut an increasingly lonely figure as one by one his lieutenants broke ranks to support the government. Oct 2, 2013

Rasheed Masood's Verdict is historic: D Raja

New Delhi, Oct 01 (ANI): After Congress Rajya Sabha MP Rasheed Masood is convicted by a Delhi court sentencing him to four years in jail in connection with the MBBS seat scam, CPI leader D Raja said that the verdict is a historic one and also an expected one. He further said that this will send a message to all the politicians and should be taken as a great league started. Oct 1, 2013

Congress Vice-President Rahul, not BJP made fun of PM: Rajnath

Kolkata, Oct 01 (ANI): BJP president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday came down heavily on Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi for accusing BJP of making fun of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and said that it was the Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi who instead made fun of the PM when he is abroad. Oct 1, 2013

Guj Lokayukta Aayog Bill, 2013 passed by state assembly

Gandhinagar, Oct 01 (ANI): The Gujarat State Assembly passed the controversial Gujarat Lokayukta Aayog Bill 2013 here on Tuesday, despite state Governor Kamla Beniwal expressing her reservations on some aspects of it. The bill will again be sent to Governor Beniwal for her approval. Oct 1, 2013

Japanese firms target water purification industry in Asia

Japan, Oct 01 (ANI): Safe and clean drinking water is the basic right of people. In Thailand, the government provides clean water from Bangkhen plant in the suburbs of its capital Bangkok. It is Asia's second biggest water treatment facility, and it processes 4 million cubic meters of clean water every day. The plant has been using Ebara pumps from Japan for over 3 decades. The reliability of water pumps supplied by Ebara has created a unique relationship with the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority in Thailand. Ebara recently organized a seminar in Bangkok that attracted representatives from South-East Asian countries to update them about its latest technologies in water purification. Oct 1, 2013

Pakistan pumps in illicit drugs in Gilgit

Gilgit Baltistan, Oct 01: Lack of proper medical infrastructure is preventing the residents of Gilgit Baltistan from accessing quality health care. The problem is further compounded by circulation of spurious drugs in the region. Oct 1, 2013

Omar expresses concern over militant attacks in valley

Srinagar, Oct 01 (ANI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Tuesday highlighted that it was mishandling due to which situation had worsened in the Shopian district after recent killings of youth in the region. Abdullah claimed that the situation had worsened due to statements and comments from all sides. Oct 1, 2013

Masood's sentencing proves CBI works independent of Congress: Rashid Alvi

New Delhi, Oct 01 (ANI): After Congress MP Rasheed Masood convicted in the MBBS recruitment scam, was sentenced to four years of imprisonment by a Delhi court on Tuesday, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the case proves that CBI works independently, unlike BJP's allegation on CBI being a 'caged parrot' and also said that this is unfortunate for the party and that Masood will definitely move higher court for leniency. Oct 1, 2013

India will fully finance current account deficit: Arvind Mayaram

New Delhi, Oct 01 (ANI): India's Economic Affairs Secretary, Arvind Mayaram, said on Tuesday that the country would finance its current account deficit fully in the fiscal year ending March without drawing down on its reserves, and would also contain the fiscal deficit at 4.8 percent of GDP. He also said that economic growth will pick up in the second half of the fiscal year. Mayaram while addressing a news conference in New Delhi expressed confidence and said that they would be able to contain the current account deficit. Mayaram added that the government would not have to go beyond the finance ministry's planned market borrowing for the year, and would be able to meet its budgeted revenue target. Mayaram also said that the elevated level of current account deficit was mainly due to gold imports. Oct 1, 2013

MBBS Seat Allocation Case: Rasheed Masood arrested, sentenced to 4 years

New Delhi, Oct 01 (ANI): Congress MP, Rasheed Masood, has been arrested after he was sentenced to four years in prison by a Delhi court for corruption on Tuesday. He had been convicted last week for cheating, criminal conspiracy and forgery, in an MBBS Seat Allocation Case. Oct 1, 2013

Lalu framed by opposition to pocket power in state: Tejaswi Yadav

Ranchi, Oct 01 (ANI): After RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted in the Fodder Scam and sent to jail, his son Tejaswi Yadav said that Lalu is framed in to wrong case by the opposition who thinks such an act will help them pocket power in Bihar. Further, he said that Lalu has a wide support from the people of the state and that the outcome of this will be faced by the opposition by the people itself. Yadav also said that the losses will be faced by opposition and not RJD. Oct 1, 2013