Jay Panda says Odisha civic poll result natural, not surprising

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): As the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) swept the civic polls in Odisha, winning 45 of the 66 urban local bodies, while the BJP could manage to win only one local body despite campaigning hard, BJD leader Jay Panda said on Saturday that Odisha civic poll result was natural and didn't come as a surprise to anyone. He further said that BJD had already made it clear that it___s not with either BJP or Congress, and that the party works only for the progress of the state. Sep 21, 2013

Muzaffarnagar: Accused from any party will be punished harshly, probe is fair, says SP

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): As one of the accused among many of the BJP legislators was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh administration, which is severely criticized by the party on the grounds that the case is framed, SP leader Naresh Agarwal on Saturday said that accused belonging to any party will be arrested and harshest punishment will be meted out to him. He also said that the probe is fair and even higher courts can witness it. Further, Agarwal said that SP is not interested in talking advice from the 'thieves' on whom to arrest. Sep 21, 2013

Mulayam's DA Case Closure: BJP sees Congress-SP match-fixing

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): Reacting to the closure of the disproportionate assets (DA) case against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav by the CBI, the BJP on Saturday said that the party is working hand in hand with the Congress. The party futher alleged that the UPA government has played a role in the agency closing the case against the SP chief, which was being probed since 2007. Sep 21, 2013

Muzaffarnagar Riots: BJP slams SP for being biased in taking action

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): BJP National Spokesperson Captain Abhimanyu on Saturday slammed the Samajwadi Party for arresting BJP MLA Suresh Rana on charges of inciting communal violence through inflammatory speeches in Muzaffarnagar. Captain Abhimanyu said that even though no action has been taken against SP leader Azam Khan, but BJP leaders are being targeted for no reason. Sep 21, 2013

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

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

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