Lok Sabha Speaker rejects resignation of 13 Andhra MP's

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): The resignation of 13 MP's from Andhra Pradesh has been rejected by the Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. The Speaker did not find the resignations in the proper format. The Lok Sabha release said that Constitutional provisions and rules of procedure and conduct of business in Lok Sabha stipulate that resignation should be in a proper format and a member doing so shall not give any reason for the resignation. The members who had resigned include Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, M Rajamohan Reddy, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, G V Harsha Kumar, V Aruna Kumar, A Sai Prathap, Sabbam Hari, among others. Oct 19, 2013

Modi pulls up Chidambaram over weak rupee, asks 'why Tamil people sent him to Delhi'

Chennai, Oct 19 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi accused the Congress-led UPA Government of failure in boosting the ailing economy. Addressing a function at the auditorium of Madras University in Chennai he posed a question as to why Tamilians had elected and sent Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram to Delhi. He also targeted Union Foreign Minister, Salman Khurshid by ridiculing the manner in which the issue of incursions by Chinese troops was handled. He had arrived in the city for a launch of a book, written by economist-turned journalist and former central minister Arun Shourie. Oct 19, 2013

Police force postponement of Maldives vote

Police in the Maldives force the postponement of presidential polls, declaring the vote illegal and blocking ballot papers from leaving the offices of the independent Elections Commission. Duration: 00:33 Oct 19, 2013

Families mourn Laos air disaster victims

Rescuers have recovered the bodies of more than half of the victims of Laos's worst known air disaster, officials say, as families begin to hold funerals for the dead. Duration: 01:05 Oct 19, 2013

Deadly suicide blast in central Somalia

Several people die in a suicide attack in a restaurant in the central Somali town of Beledweyne claimed by the Shebab rebel group. Duration: 00:49 Oct 19, 2013

French president says deported Roma girl can come back

French President Francois Hollande says that a 15-year-old Roma schoolgirl whose deportation sparked nationwide student protests will be allowed to come back -- but without the rest of her family. Duration: 01:11 Oct 19, 2013

Vienna Boys' Choir, famed riding school join forces

The Vienna Boys' Choir and the Spanish Riding School, two of Vienna's most famous and beloved institutions, join forces for a new programme combining equine grace and angelic voices. Duration: 00:52 Oct 19, 2013

Moldova fights human trafficking with interactive theatre

A group of young volunteers in Moldova are fighting to prevent human trafficking through "forum theatre". The organisers say they hope it can make a contribution to combating human trafficking in Moldova, which has become a notorious global hub for people-smuggling. Duration: 02:40 Oct 19, 2013

If Narendra Modi has too much info about black money he must provide it: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Even as BJP's PM Candidate, Narendra Modi said that if all the money kept in Swiss banks was got back to the country, it would not have to go looking for gold, the Congress on Friday took a jibe at him saying if he had too much information about the same, he must report it to the Government. Oct 18, 2013

Raman Singh hits out at Rahul Gandhi over corruption

Raipur, Oct 18 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Raman Singh on Friday took a jibe at Congress Party's vice-president, Rahul Gandhi and said he should tackle the corruption happening within the Congress-led UPA government rather than pointing loopholes within states. Oct 18, 2013

Awareness camp to protect Guwahati's famous wetland Deepor Beel

Guwahati, Oct 18 (ANI): Situated in Kamrup District of Assam, the Deepor Beel is one of the famous wetlands of the region, and is home to several species of birds. However, due to continuous human interference and a high level of pollution, the condition of the wetland has deteriorated. To spread awareness about the need to protect the wetland and the harmful impact of using plastic, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently organised a camp in Guwahati. Students from the Sankardev Niketan participated in the camp and raised awareness through songs, folk dances and slogans. The wetland, that has also been declared a bird sanctuary, is a part of the Asian Wetland Directory, and was also declared a Ramsar site in 2002. The site attracts large number of visitors, including research scholars, students and tourists. About 122 species of seasonal, migratory and residential birds visit the beel every year. This large water body also houses a wide variety of amphibians, reptiles, insects and tree species. Owing to frequent killing of birds, unchecked fishing and encroachment, it has become imperative to take necessary steps for its protection. Oct 18, 2013

Nation is witnessing a cyclone of change: Narendra Modi

Chennai, Oct 18 (ANI): Launching a scathing attack on the Congress-led UPA government, Gujarat Chief minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said on Friday that a cyclone of change is sweeping the nation. Addressing people in Chennai, Modi said that the huge cyclone Phailin could not do much damage as nothing can stand in the way of the huge cyclone of change sweeping the country. He also mocked the digging for gold in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district following a sadhu's dream saying that the black money stashed away in Swiss banks is worth much more than the gold reportedly hidden in a fort in Unnao. Oct 18, 2013