Muzaffarnagar arrest: BJP tries to pass the buck when in trouble, says Congress

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): As BJP claims that the accused BJP MLA Suresh Rana, arrested in the Muzaffarnagar riot case is framed because of political reasons, Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi said that it is in BJP's habit of passing the buck when they are caught red-handedly or are in trouble. He further said that people all over know that BJP is behind inciting the aforesaid clashes and this is a result of the ideological representation coming from BJP___s PM candidate Narendra Modi. Sep 21, 2013

Muzaffarnagar: Congress, BSP & SP responsible for clashes, says Vinay Katiyar

Lucknow, Sep 21 (ANI): As the UP government issued an order that prevented 'BJP politicians' to visit the riot-hit Muzaffarnagar and still the Congress ministers are allowed to visit the area, BJP Vice President Vinay Katiyar said that Congress, BSP and SP are together in inciting this riot in the area. Further, he said that if UP Chief Minister wants a fair probe, he should first arrest SP leader Azam Khan. Sep 21, 2013

Baba Ramdev detained for 6 hours at Heathrow Airport

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev was detained and questioned at Heathrow Airport for over six hours on Friday by British customs officials. The reason for his detention at the airport is not clear yet. Ramdev___s Spokesperson S K Tijarawala stated that the yoga guru was harassed without any reason. Ramdev went to London to attend the function organized by the Patanjali Yogpeeth on the 120th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in the next couple of days. Sep 21, 2013

Police in Jharkhand recover huge cache of arms of Maoists

Jharkhand, Sep 21 (ANI): After a brief exchange of fire, the police in Jharkhand has managed to recover cache of arms including rifles, bullets, and essential belongings of the Maoists. Superintendent of Police (SSP) Aseem Vikrant Minj stated a gun battle with the rebels had taken place, prior to the recovery. The rebels, also known as Naxals, have fought for decades in a wide swathe of central and eastern India, including many resource-rich regions where tensions run high between poor farmers and industrial developers. Sep 21, 2013

India would flag issue of permanent slot and UNSC expansion: Foreign Secretary

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): India would flag the issue of expansion of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and its permanent membership during the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's to New York to take part in the UN General Assembly. Indian Foreign Secretary Sujata Singh stated this in New Delhi. The Foreign Secretary said Manmohan Singh would take up the issue with key interlocutors while addressing the UN General Assembly on 28th September. Sep 21, 2013

Merkel makes last-minute plea for votes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a last-minute plea for votes one day before Sunday's elections in which she is the favourite, saying she hopes to continue her governing coalition with the Liberal party. Defending her record at a final Berlin campaign rally, Merkel says she will continue to stabilize the euro, but remains opposed to pooling eurozone debt into eurobonds. Duration: 01:03 Sep 21, 2013

Suspected Greek neo-Nazi killer appears in court

The suspected killer of a Greek anti-fascist musician, whose stabbing in the working-class Athens district of Keratsini early on Wednesday sparked nationwide protests and raised social tensions in the debt-wracked country, appears in court in Piraeus near the capital under heavy security. Duration: 00:34 Sep 21, 2013

S. Africa police accused of Marikana cover-up

Police credibility has been dealt a double blow in South Africa. Crime is on the up for the first time in years and an inquiry has found that police lied about the Marikana shootings that killed 34 miners last year. Duration: 02:09 Sep 21, 2013

Sri Lanka's Tamils vote after decades of war

Sri Lanka's minority Tamils began voting Saturday in the country's northern province in an election they hope will give them a shot at self-rule after decades of ethnic bloodshed that claimed over 100,000 lives. Duration: 00:36 Sep 21, 2013

Nigeria forces battle Islamists in capital Abuja

Nigerian forces searching for a weapons cache battled Boko Haram insurgents in the capital Abuja Friday as the military sent troops to a town where the Islamists slaughtered at least 87 people, casting further doubt on claims that the group's rebellion has been contained. Duration: 01:16 Sep 21, 2013

Iraq's Kurds vote amid rows, regional tensions

Iraq's Kurds voted in Arbil on Saturday in their first election in four years as their autonomous region grapples with disputes with Baghdad while fellow Kurds fight bloody battles in neighbouring Syria. Duration: 01:03 Sep 21, 2013

It happens: Ganpati Visarjan

Mumbai/Bhopal/Agra, Sept 20,(ANI): It was a sea of humanity that spilled over onto the streets and main thoroughfares across India as thousands of devout Hindus gave a tearful and colourful farewell to the elephant God Ganesha ahead of his idol's immersion. This event marked the culmination of the ten-day long festival of 'Vinayaka Chaturthi' as thousands of idols of Ganesha made of mud and straws, are immersed in water bodies like rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and even in seas. The immersion ceremony known as 'Visarjan' is regarded as the divine entities returning to their abodes after being the guests of the devotees on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. At Mumbai, there was a beeline of devotees walking across the streets with huge idols of Ganesha carried by trucks and other vehicles. The devotees danced on the streets to appease the God for one last time before another year long wait for the elephant deity to descend on earth. The picture showcasing mirth, divinity and the spiritual vivacity of Indians was no different in other Indian cities. Be it the central Bhopal or northern Agra city, devotees of Lord Ganesha thronged on the banks of water bodies to immerse their respective idols and engaged in performing the last-minute rituals. Sep 20, 2013

It happens: Pitru Paksha Rituals

Gaya, Sept 20,(ANI): Devout Hindus converged on the banks of sacred river Falgu in India's eastern Bihar state to perform 'Pitru Paksha' as they paid homage to their ancestors and prayed for the salvation of their souls especially through food offerings. The devotees offered prayers and performed religious rituals on the banks of the river at the holy city of Gaya. Pitr-paksha generally falls in the month of September or October every year. According to traditional belief, the eldest son of a family performs Pind Daan and pays homage to their ancestors. The devotees also get their heads tonsured as a part of the ritual for the departed souls. The food is usually cooked in silver or copper vessels and placed on banana leaves. Devotees believe that once the ritual is performed, the souls of their ancestors shall be relieved of all the sins and they would be freed from the cycle of birth and death. Sep 20, 2013