Sachin Tendulkar flags off paramilitary marathon in New Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): Cricket's most prolific run-scorer Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday, flagged off marathon in capital New Delhi hosted by paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) as part of 75th raising day celebrations.The half marathon was flagged off from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and hundreds of participants took part in the event. Besides Tendulkar, Olympic wrestlers Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, boxer Vijender Singh, Bollywood actor Nana Patekar and other luminaries from film industry and sports arena attended the event to boost the morale of participants. Oct 12, 2014

After crossing coast Cyclone Hudhud will maintain intensity: IMD

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, Oct 12 (ANI): IMD Director SC Sahoo on Sunday said that cyclone Hudhud will maintain intensity after crossing the coast. He added that the cyclone speed which was till now 15 km per hour may increase and heavy rainfall may occur in few places. IMD Scientist Mrutyunjay Mahapatra said that the department has been updating the position of the cyclone in every 1 hour and that the people for their safety should co-operate with the management. Oct 12, 2014

Cyclone Hudhud intensifies with heavy rains and wind at Vishakhapatnam coast

Visakhapatnam, Oct 12 (ANI): Heavy rains and wind intensified as cyclonic storm Hudhud grew in sheer force in Bay of Bengal, uprooting trees and threatening to devastate farmlands as it is about to make landfall in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. Around 150,000 people have been evacuated in Andhra Pradesh to high-rise buildings, shelters and relief centres. Authorities have been stocking cyclone shelters with dry rations, water purification tablets and generators. They have opened up 24-hour emergency control rooms and dispatched satellite phones to officials in charge of vulnerable districts. Meanwhile, passengers were stuck in the bus stops for bus services have been halted due to heavy rainfall. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) rated Hudhud as a very severe cyclonic storm that could pack gusts of 195 km/h and dump more than 24.5 cm of rain when it makes landfall. Oct 12, 2014

Thai rubber farmers wheeze as prices slump

As rubber prices slump, hard-up farmers in Thailand -- the world's top producer of the commodity -- are appealing for a bailout, testing the junta's resolve to end populist policies and an entrenched subsidy culture. Duration: 02:21 Oct 12, 2014

INLD chief O P Chautala surrenders at Tihar Jail

New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): INLD chief and Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala surrendered before the Tihar Jail authorities as per the Delhi High Court's orders. Before surrendering at the Tihar Jail, Chautala asked his party workers to work peacefully to make the INLD emerge victorious in the upcoming Haryana assembly elections. Chautala had been convicted and sentenced to 10 years jail term in the JBT teachers recruitment scam case. He had been granted bail on medical grounds. The CBI had earlier moved the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of interim bail granted to Chautala in the case, saying he had violated bail conditions. Oct 12, 2014

PM Modi reviews preparedness for cyclone Hudhud, declares support to states

New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting with the chief of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and other officials to take detailed review of the preparedness for cyclone Hudhud, which is likely to make landfall by noon on Sunday. The meeting was held in the presence of Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth. After the meeting Seth told that the Prime Minister has instructed to extend full assistance and support to both coastal states, where the cyclone Hudhud will make landfall. Seth said to deal with the cyclone, 24 NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams in Andhra Pradesh, while 18 in Odisha were mobilized along with several teams of the army being deployed. Oct 12, 2014

Police detain vehicle carrying explosives in West Bengal

Purulia, Oct 12 (ANI): In the backdrop of recent blast, Police detained a vehicle carrying explosives in Purulia district of West Bengal. This vehicle, a Tata Sumo, was going towards Barabazar from Boro area. Police recovered 1100 detonators and 2800 gelatine sticks from this car. Two men, identified as SK Sahabul and Rakesh Mudi have been arrested in this case. Reportedly, these men were going to deliver the explosives found in the car to a third person, Chandan Singh of Barabazar area. Purulia police is interrogating to find out if these huge quantities of explosives were being carried in connection to any Maoist or terrorist activity. This incident comes close on the heels of an explosion in Burdwan district of West Bengal that left two suspected militants dead on October 05. Oct 12, 2014

TMC blames government for blast in West Bengal

Kolkata, Oct 12 (ANI): Trinamool Congress (TMC) party blamed the Central government for the blast in West Bengal, saying the intrusion of members of extremist groups into the state led to the incident. Two suspected militants were killed and one sustained injuries in an explosion at a TMC leader's house in Burdwan district on October 2. TMC leader Partha Chatterjee said that the Central government is not serious and competent enough to depute border guards and that is why illegal migrants are intruding into West Bengal. He also said the wing of ruling BJP and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) are disrupting the peaceful situation in the state to reap political benefits. Meanwhile, National Investigation Agency (NIA) is also assisting the state police in the case. Oct 12, 2014

Lalit Modi removed as RCA President, Amin Pathak takes over

Jaipur, Oct 11 (ANI): In a major jolt to Lalit Modi, 23 districts on Saturday moved a no-confidence motion against him and removed him as the President of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). The motion was also brought against the deputy president, secretary and treasurer of the body. Amin Pathak has been elected as the new RCA President. Oct 11, 2014

BSF detains nine Bangladeshis at international border

South Dinajpur, Oct 11 (ANI): India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) detained nine Bangladeshi nationals on Saturday near the Indo-Bangladesh international border in a bid to check infiltration. BSF has tightened security in areas bordering Bangladesh in wake of bomb blast in Burdwan district in West Bengal. Two women have been arrested in connection with the explosion that left two suspected militants dead on Sunday. Police is probing the possible involvement of militant outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami in the blast. BSF Commandant Sangram Bisal said that due to close vigilance after the blast in Burdwan they arrested the Bangladeshi nationals who were crossing the hills. Oct 11, 2014