Cold wave intensifies in north India

New Delhi/ Bareilly, Jan 04 (ANI): The teeth chattering cold disrupted normal life as temperatures plummeted and dense fog resulted in poor visibility on Saturday in North India. Biting cold and icy winds have magnified the agony of people living on the streets, as most of them gathered around bonfires to fight the chill. A resident of Bareilly, Saradha, said that with bone chilling cold hitting the northern region, there is no respite for people who somehow try to keep themselves warm, besides wearing multiple layers of clothing. Jan 4, 2014

PM's press conference to give Rahul safe passage: Shahnawaz Hussain

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave an annual speech about all the works done by Congress during its tenure, BJP Spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that the press conference was to give Rahul Gandhi a safe passage. He said that PM acknowledges that Congress failed to work efficiently and thereby he validated all the blames put by opposition on the ruling Congress. Jan 4, 2014

Singers attend launch of Rupa Raman's devotional music album

Mumbai, Jan 04 (ANI): Bollywood singers attended the launch of a devotional, spiritual music album with songs dedicated to Lord Krishna in Mumbai. Singer-Composer Rupa Raman has composed the album. Singer Hariharan who launched the music album said that the songs have been beautifully composed and are soothing to the ear. Raman has composed over 200 classical albums and her latest offering is inspired by the teachings of Lord Krishna. Raman generated some funds for her album through Wishberry, a portal that helps generate funding for young talent. Jan 4, 2014

ISRO begins countdown for launch of GSLV-D5

Sriharikota, Jan 04 (ANI): The countdown began for the launch of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5) on Saturday, as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made last minute preparations for the launch mission from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. After facing numerous setbacks, ISRO would finally launch the GSLV-D5 on Sunday evening. After ISRO’s successful launch of its first rocket to Mars, all eyes are now glued on the space body to see whether the GSLV, powered by its own crucial cryogenic engine, would be successful or not. Jan 4, 2014

AK Ganguly quits NUJS, Politicos urge Ganguly to follow course of law

Kolkata/ New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday urged former Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly, accused of sexually assaulting a law intern to comply with due course of law and prove his innocence which he is vouching for. On Friday, Ganguly sent a copy of his resignation letter to the Vice-Chancellor of National University of Juridicial Sciences (NUJS), after some members of the college faculty expressed their reservation about his continuation. CPI (M) leader Mohammed Salim commenting on the issue said the former judge must be a scapegoat of vilification by those who he had affected during his tenure. Jan 4, 2014

Anger in Cuba as imported cars go on sale at huge prices

Cubans hoping to snap up imported cars after the relaxation of restrictions dating back 50 years had a shock when they faced sky high prices. The communist regime said last month it would ease its ban on automobile imports. Duration: 00:54 Jan 4, 2014

AAP to contest most Lok Sabha seats in 2014

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced on Saturday that it will contest most seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Saturday said that the party will fight the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha polls in maximum number of states. Jan 4, 2014

Robert De Niro says days as leading actor are gone

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Robert De Niro has confessed that his days as a leading actor are long gone, and admits that he is fine with playing supporting roles. The 70-year-old actor told Britain's Metro newspaper that it's life, he can't play certain part anymore and instead is playing the role of the father or the grandfather or the great-grandfather and that can be written in a funny way. The 'GoodFellas' star claimed that now he can't carry the movie as a romantic lead as those days are gone. Jan 4, 2014

Baba Ramdev sets rules to support Narendra Modi, Politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Even as Yoga guru Baba Ramdev set rules to extend support to the party’s PM Candidate Narendra Modi and the BJP itself, politicos on Saturday reacted to the same. Ramdev on Saturday said that he will meet Narendra Modi and BJP leaders on Sunday at Talkatora Stadium and will decide on whether to support Modi or not, based on issues he will fight for. Jan 4, 2014

Ramdev has become joke in the country: Sanjay Nirupam

Mumbai, Jan 04 (ANI): Reacting over Yoga Guru Ramdev’s statement that he will extend issue-based support to BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said that Ramdev has become a big joke in the country. Taking a dig at him, Nirupam said that Ramdev should focus on yoga and should not interfere in politics. Jan 4, 2014

PM stresses on need for skill development, training

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday acknowledged the need for skill development and training of personnel in the country, and said his government has taken several initiatives in this regard. Dr. Singh was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Tata Consultancy Services's (TCS) Learning Centre at the Technopark campus in Thiruvananthapuram. Jan 4, 2014

Tribal villagers in Naxal-hit Bastar get better medical facilities

Bastar, Jan 04 (ANI): Bastar district in Chhattisgarh, where people lack basic education and health facilities, is prone to Maoist-led violence. However, the government is making concerted efforts to provide quality education and healthcare facilities to villagers in the region. The Late Baliram Kashyap Memorial Government Medical College in Jagdalpur, a 50-crore project, is one such step in this direction. Jan 4, 2014

Will give issue-based support to Narendra Modi: Baba Ramdev

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Saturday said that he will meet Narendra Modi and BJP leaders on Sunday at Talkatora Stadium and will decide on whether to support Modi or not, based on issues he will fight for. Ramdev further said that the way to fight against black money and corruption is to remove all taxes and introduce bank taxes. Jan 4, 2014