Tribal protest in Odisha against dilution of forest rights

Gajapati, Sep 17 (ANI): Tribal people from Maoist-hit areas organized a rally in Odisha, protesting against dilution of Forest Rights. A landmark law recognizing the rights of India's tribes over forest land may be diluted to clear the way for infrastructure projects such as roads, railway lines, electricity towers and irrigation canals, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram had said. Thousands of tribal converged in Gajapati district and shouted slogans against the move. An activist, Haribandhu Karji, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government was trying to take away rights of tribes. Activists say the move indicates how the pro-business policies of recently elected Modi could hurt the environment and poor communities, including indigenous people. Sep 17, 2014

Daawat-E-Ishq's Delhi Food Yatra

New Delhi, Sept 17 (ANI): Actors Aditya Roy Kapur and Parineeti Chopra were in Delhi to promote their upcoming flick Daawat-E-Ishq via food yatra. Starting from Mumbai, the duo traveled through Delhi, Fatehpur Sikhri and Agra ending their food trip at Chandigarh. Directed by Habib Faisal, Daawat-E-Ishq will hit the theaters on September 19. Sep 17, 2014

Politicos react as Shatrughan Sinha slams Sushil Modi for BJP's jolt in Bihar by-polls

New Delhi, Sep 17 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Wednesday after BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha blamed BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi for party's poor performance in Bihar assembly elections. RJD leader Manoj Jha said that Shahtrughan Sinha's statement is correct and that he has echoed the sentiments of large number of BJP workers in Bihar. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the increasing arrogance within BJP is being noticed by everyone. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that although this is the party's internal matter, BJP should consider Sinha's statement. BJP leaders Shahnawaz Hussain and Sambit Patra defending Sinha on his statement said that the party takes the responsibility of winning or losing the elections and not just one leader. Sep 17, 2014

Reactions flow over BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Sep 17 (ANI): Political reactions flowed on Wednesday over the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra which is disputed regarding seat distribution in the state for upcoming Assembly Polls. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that BJP and Shiv Sena are indulging in a dispute unnecessarily as they are not going to win majority and Congress will sweep major number of seats in the state. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that both the parties' leadership is in talks regarding seat distribution and soon a decision will be taken. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that it takes time to reach a final decision regarding seats in a state as large as Maharashtra but also expressed hope that things will soon be sorted out with discussion. Sep 17, 2014

Politicos react on Congress NCP alliance in Maharashtra

New Delhi, Sep 17 (ANI): Political reactions flowed on Wednesday over Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra ahead of the Assembly Polls. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Congress and NCP have lost significance in Maharashtra and even their alliance will not help them win majority in the state. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that Congress has disappointed people of Maharashtra after a rule of nearly 15 years. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that Congress and NCP have had a long rel Sep 17, 2014

Over 40 families lose their homes in Kashmir due to rain triggered landslides

Rajouri, Sept 17 (ANI): Over 40 families in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir are hit by the devastating recent landslides triggered by heavy rains, currently stationed at makeshift army tents and have to face harsh weather conditions ahead. Many complain they have been abandoned by authorities which have deployed security throughout the region to quell possible social unrest as a result of the floods. Residents stranded for days by the worst rains said that the army has selectively evacuated tourists and people according to a pre-set priority list, leaving locals to be rescued later by volunteers. Poor say they are still struggling for basic amenities like safe drinking water, food packets and blankets. A flood victim, Mohammad Anwer said that the army had provided them with few makeshift tents to stay but their belongings were lost and there was no food or drinking water. Sep 17, 2014

PM Modi launches 11 schemes under Swavalamban Abhiyan

Gandhinagar, Sep 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched eleven Gujarat Government schemes under the Swavalamban Abhiyan initiative in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. The initiative was launched in the presence of State Governor OP Kohli and Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. The function was held at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. Sep 17, 2014

Want to contest on more seats due to better LS poll performance: NCP

New Delhi, Sept 17 (ANI): Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar on Wednesday said that the NCP wants to contest from more number of seats in the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls because his party performed better than the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections. The polling for 288 seat Maharashtra state assembly are scheduled to be held on October 15, with the counting of the votes set to take place on October 19.During last assembly elections in Maharashtra in 2009, the NCP and the Congress Party had won 82 and 62 seats respectively, and formed the government. Sep 17, 2014

Bypoll Results: BJP to introspect and prepare for forthcoming polls

New Delhi, Sept 17 (ANI): After achieving less than the desired results in bypolls held across 9 states, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sambit Patra said on Wednesday that the party will introspect on the results and will address the problems at the ground level. After bagging just two out of 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh, state BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai said that the entire team will introspect and further plan strategy for the forthcoming polls. Sep 17, 2014

Politicos react on Yogi Adityanath s UP bypoll remarks

New Delhi, Sep 17 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Wednesday over BJP Leader Yogi Adityanath s remarks on BJP s defeat in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Adityanath had said on Tuesday that BJP had to face defeat in UP assembly polls because he was not allowed to campaign in the state for the elections. CPI leader D Raja said that such a remark is ridiculous and the people of UP did not vote for BJP because of Adityanath s hate speeches. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that Adityanath was constantly campaigning in UP and doing communal talks everywhere. RJD leader Manojh Jha said that the people of UP have taken the correct decision and if BJP will try to divide the people of our country, it will have to face more setbacks. Sep 17, 2014

India beefs up security ahead of Chinese President's visit

Ahmedabad /New Delhi, Sept 17 (ANI): Security agencies cast a tight security net around Ahmedabad where on Wednesday Chinese President Xi Jinping will begin his three-day India visit aimed at allaying suspicions and boosting ties.The Gujarat government is leaving no stone unturned for grand welcome for Xi who arrives on the day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also marking his 64th birthday.Security personnel were deployed across the city and security was especially tight on the roads leading up to the airport in Ahmedabad. Meanwhile, security arrangements were also tightened in New Delhi to foil any protests or attempts at self immolations by the Tibetan activists, police said. Sep 17, 2014

Salman Khurshid's NGO could face CBI probe

New Delhi, Sep 17 (ANI): Social Justice and Empowerment Minister said on Wednesday that his department had received complaints against some NGO's on which investigations were carried out and two NGO's were taken into consideration, of which one is being handled by former Union Minister Salman Khurshid and his wife. He further said that during the investigation many documents of the NGO were found fake. The ministry has asked the law department to give opinion for the CBI inquiry on the two NGO's and is now waiting for the reply. Sep 17, 2014

Morale of Shiv Sena high because of bypoll results: NCP

New Delhi, Sep 17 (ANI): Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar on Wednesday said that the morale of Uddhav Thackeray and Shiv Sena is high because it has become evident from the bypoll results that the 'BJP wave' isn't there anymore. He also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is also under pressure due to the results of the bypolls. The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance is currently at an impasse over seat-sharing differences and also on who will be the chief minister in the event of a victory The Maharashtra assembly polls are scheduled to be held on October 15. Sep 17, 2014

PM Modi seeks mother's blessings on his 64th birthday

Gandhinagar, Sep 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought his mother's blessings on his 64th birthday, his first after assuming office amid greetings pouring in from across the nation on Wednesday. On the occasion of his birthday, Modi began his day by visiting his home state Gujarat. Donning saffron kurta, Modi arrived home, 23 km from Ahmedabad, alone in a normal vehicle without any security to meet his mother Heeraben on his first birthday after assuming office as Prime Minister. He touched his mother's feet and conversed with her. Heeraben fed him with sweets and blessed him. She also presented him with a gift as a gesture. Reportedly, the prime minister has requested for low key celebrations in view of Jammu and Kashmir floods that has created havoc and left thousands homeless. Sep 17, 2014