Four militants killed in gun battle in Assam

Kokrajhar, Sep 28 (ANI): Four militants of a banned outfit were killed in an encounter by a joint team of police and army personnel on Sunday in Kokrajhar district of Assam. The militants killed were from National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDBF). Acting on tip-off information, militants were located in the jurisdiction of Kachugaon police station. Huge amounts of arms and ammunition including an AK-47 and round fire magazines were recovered from the militants. Other material recovered from the militants included mobile phones, demand notes and sensitive documents. However, the dead militants have not been identified yet. Sep 28, 2014

At least 5 killed in bus accident in Jharkhand

Palamu, Sep 28 (ANI): At least 5 people, including one woman and a child, were killed and several others injured when a bus caught fire after a high voltage electricity wire fell on it in Jharkhand on Sunday. The accident occurred in Palamu district, around 160 kilometre of state capital Ranchi, when a hanging high voltage electricity wire caressed the speeding bus, leading to fire in the bus. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ajay Kumar, thanked villagers for saving many lives. Around 50 people managed to escape the burning bus. The injured were admitted to the nearby hospital. Sep 28, 2014

Reactions pour in after Maharashtra goes under President's rule

Mumbai/ New Delhi, Sep 28 (ANI): The BJP on Sunday hailed imposition of president's rule in poll-bound Maharashtra after former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan resigned. Chavan quit after the regional Nationalist Congress Party pulled out of the government over failure of seat-sharing talks with the Congress party. President Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation a day after the union cabinet recommended it. Congress said that the decision was arbitrary. The NCP said it was the President's prerogative. The upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra will be held on October 15. Sep 28, 2014

Former cricketer voices optimism ahead of soccer league

Kolkata, Sep 28 (ANI): Former cricketer Saurav Ganguly on Sunday voiced optimism about his soccer team's performance ahead of Indian Super League. 'Atletico de Kolkata' co-owned by Ganguly has a strategic tie-up with Atletico de Madrid, the current Spanish La Liga champions. The Indian Super League is slated to kick off on October 12. Ganguly on Sunday told reporters in Kolkata city, where the players of 'Atletico de Kolkata' were being introduced, that he is aggressively looking forward to the performance of his football team in the upcoming matches. Eight teams which include Atletico de Kolkata, Chennaiyin FC, Delhi Dynamos FC, FC Goa, FC Pune City, Kerala Blasters FC, Mumbai City FC and North East United FC (NEUFC) will play for the Indian Super League glory. Sep 28, 2014

Belgrade sealed off for first Gay Pride since 2010

Serbian gays and lesbians staged their first Belgrade Pride Parade in four years on Sunday, in what is seen as a test of the EU hopeful's commitment to protecting minority rights. Duration: 01:11 Sep 28, 2014

Yogeshwar Dutt clinches historic gold in wrestling, India India secures eighth position at Asiad

New Delhi, Sep 28 (ANI): Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt on Sunday bagged historic gold and with this win India secured eighth position at the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. Dutt after beating Zalimkhan Yusupov of Tajikistan in men's 65kg freestyle added fourth gold in India's medal tally. Dutt's coach Satpal commenting on his historic win said that Dutt has given him the best gift and he is very proud to be Dutt's coach. Adding to the laurels, Khushbir Kaur became the first woman to win a medal in 20km Race Walking as she clinched silver for India on Day 9 of the Asian Games 2014. Sep 28, 2014

Excited Indian-Americans gathering in large numbers to watch Modi's address at Madison Square Garden

New York, Sep 28 (ANI): Excited Indian-Americans are gathering in large numbers to watch Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at Madison Square Garden in midtown Manhattan. The event at MSG is estimated to cost USD 1.5 million and the organizers have so far raised more than USD 2 million reportedly. Modi will spend three days in New York City before coming to Washington, D.C. on the night of Sept. 28. Sep 28, 2014

RSS observes Dussehra festivities with worship of weapons, cadres' parade in Haryana

Gurgaon, Sep 28 (ANI): Cadres of the RSS, observed Dussehra festivities in Gurgaon city in Haryana, by performing the ancient Indian ritual of worshipping weapons (Shastra Puja) and holding a cadets' parade to show its preparedness to gain victory over evil, which is the symbol of the festival. On Sunday, RSS cadres attired in their khaki short pants, white shirts and black caps, performed drills holding sticks and also took part in a parade to mark the day. A cadet, Prabhat Sharma, said that more than 200 activists were present on this occasion of weapon worship in Gurgaon. The Hindu festival of 'Dussera' marks the conquest of Hindu divinity Lord Rama, over the demon king Ravana, who is believed to have ruled the island of Lanka. Sep 28, 2014

President's rule imposed in Maharashtra ahead of polls

New Delhi, Sep 28 (ANI): President's rule has been imposed in Maharashtra on Sunday; three days after former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan submitted his resignation as his government lost the majority following NCP's official withdrawal from the alliance. Maharashtra has gone under President's Rule fifteen days before the state will go for its next assembly election scheduled to be held in the state on October 15. On Saturday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had chaired the emergency cabinet meeting which approved the imposition of the President's Rule in Maharashtra. Sep 28, 2014

O Panneerselvam to be next Tamil Nadu CM

Chennai, Sept 28 (ANI): A day after a special court in Bangalore convicted and sentenced J Jayalalithaa to four years imprisonment in a disproportionate assets case, O Panneerselvam was chosen to be Tamil Nadu's new chief minister. The decision was taken at a meeting of AIADMK MLAs at the party headquarters in Chennai on Sunday. Earlier, J Jayalalithaa had conveyed to senior party colleagues that her choice as the state's next CM is her close aide O Panneerselvam. Panneerselvam was also earlier elevated to the position of chief minister in 2001 when Jayalalithaa had to step down following her conviction in the Tansi land deal case; she was subsequently acquitted. Sep 28, 2014

Excitement builds up before PM Narendra Modi's speech at Madison Square Garden

New York, Sep 28 (ANI): Excitement is building up as the Indian diaspora in the US is willing to go to any extent to watch Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Modi's event at MSG in midtown Manhattan is estimated to cost USD 1.5 million and the organisers have so far raised more than USD 2 million. Sep 28, 2014