Political leaders express concern over China building first hydropower dam on Brahmaputra endangerin

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): Political leaders expressed concern after China announced that it has completed a major hydropower dam on the Brahmaputra, called Yarlung Zangbo, in Tibet, even as Minister of state for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju said that the matter is under knowledge of government. The dam is bound to enhance fears in India and Bangladesh about flash floods and related risks like landslides involving lives of millions of people downstream. India has repeatedly expressed concern about the dangers of damming the Brahmaputra. NCP, BJD and CPI all voiced their concerns on the matter and said that it should be taken up with the Chinese government and a solution should be planned out on the same. Nov 24, 2014

Smriti Irani meets Astrologer who says she will become President of India one day

New Delhi/ Bhilwara, Nov 24 (ANI): Controversy cropped up after Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani met astrologer Nathulal Vyas in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan along with her husband Zubin Irani. Smriti spent around four hours with the astrologer asking about her future. The Rajasthan-based astrologer predicted that Irani would become the President of India after five years. Nathulal is the same astrologer who had, in the past, predicted a bright career and big post for Smriti in her political career. When asked on the purpose of her visit, Irani said that media should not interfere in her personal life. She said that if she leads to monetary gains and increase in TRPs for their channels, they can continue to "sensationalize her personal affairs." Nov 24, 2014

Reactions pour in after HRD Minister Smriti Irani pays visit to astrologer

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Monday after HRD Minister Smriti Irani paid visit to an astrologer's home in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan. Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla reacting over Irani's visit said that astrology is a science and even she has faith in astrology. BJP leader Ram Madhav said that it is about one's personal faith and the issue should not be hyped. Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said that HRD Minister should herself decide whether she believes in science or astrology. Congress leader Anand Sharma refused to make a comment on the issue. Nov 24, 2014

Won't unnecessarily raise voice against Insurance Bill: Mayawati

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): BSF Chief Mayawati on Monday said that her party won't raise voice against the Insurance bill unnecessarily in the Lok Sabha. Taking a dig at KC Tyagi, Mayawati said that Tyagi should speak for his party after KC Tyagi speculated that Mayawati led BSP would oppose the Insurance bill. Mayawati added that decision on Insurance bill will be taken after the reports of Select Committee are revealed. Nov 24, 2014

Politicos react after TMC calls NSA Ajit Doval a 'RSS sympathiser'

Allahabad/Lucknow, Nov 24 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after Trinamool Congress called the National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval a 'RSS sympathiser' and said that Burdwan blast isd the gameplan of RSS and has been hatched at its headquarters. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh condemning TMC said that even PM Modi belongs to RSS and hence such remarks concerning RSS should not be made. CPI leader Atul Anjan, however, said that Ajit Doval has a communal perspective which is not right for the country. Nov 24, 2014

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day after political parties offer condolences to Murli Deora and others

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): Lok Sabha was adjourned on Monday after political leaders offer condolences and observed silence to pay tribute to Murli Deora and others who lost their lives after the previous parliament session. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said addressed the session and paid tribute to party leaders who lost their lives and also those who died in the recent natural disasters faced by different stated in India. The first day of winter session in both houses were said to get adjourned following the demise of Rajya Sabha member Murli Deora. The Winter Session will continue till December 23. Nov 24, 2014

Have no differences with BJP, will raise issues of Maharashtra: Shiv Sena

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Monday that the party has no differences with BJP and it will support BJP leadership at the Centre. Raut added that Shiv Sena will raise issues pertaining to the farmers and common people of Maharashtra before the government. Nov 24, 2014

Good work for nation will take place in winter session of Parliament, all have responsibility toward

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): As Winter session of the Parliament is all set to start on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on reaching to the Parliament said that the good work for the nation will happen in cool state of mind. He said that the parliament session will be fruitful and that all parliamentarians have a responsibility toward the nation and they should abide by the same. He said that people have given huge responsibility of running the country and the party will work for the fulfillment of the same. The Winter Session will continue till Dec 23 and will have 22 sittings. Nov 24, 2014

Politicos react after senior Congress leader Murli Deora passes away

New Delhi/ Nagpur/ Allahabad, Nov 24 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after senior Congress leader Murli Deora passed away in Mumbai. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge expressed his condolence and said that Deora was his close friend and one of the longest serving leaders. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief over the news and said that he will pray for Deora's soul. Maharashtra Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde and BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh also expressed their condolences. Nov 24, 2014

Explosion in Assam kills one person, injures 16

Dibrugarh, Nov 24 (ANI): At least one person was killed and 16 others were injured after an explosion took place in Assam on Sunday evening. The blast took place in Rajgarh area of Dibrugarh district. The cause of the blast has not been ascertained so far. The injured were admitted in a local hospital where one person was declared brought dead. Police has launched a massive manhunt to nab the culprits. Nov 24, 2014

Villagers go on rampage after death of Indian girl in Bhutan

Jalpaiguri, Nov 24 (ANI): Protesters turned violent at Indo-Bhutan border check post on Sunday over the unnatural death of an Indian girl in neighbouring Bhutan. Violence erupted when Bhutan police surrendered the girl's dead body to the family members without explaining the cause of death. The villagers blocked the Chamurchi Indo-Bhutan border check post in Jalpaiguri district. Meanwhile, the girl's family has alleged that she was raped and murdered. 17 years Symuta Lohar used to work as a domestic help at a professor house in Bhutan from the past few years. Nov 24, 2014

LGBT community protests in Bangalore, demands repeal of anti-gay law

Bangalore, Nov 24 (ANI): LGBT community protested in Bangalore demanding repeal of anti-homosexual law by the central government. Slogan-shouting and placards holding LGBT community members demanded equal rights for themselves from the government. The Supreme Court in December 2013 outraged activists when it reinstated a law against gay sex, following a four-year period of decriminalization, which had helped bring homosexuality into the open in India. Nov 24, 2014

Political parties look forward to constructive Parliament winter session as they are set to take up

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): As winter session of the Parliament commences on Monday, political parties look forward to a constructive session and are all set to take up varied issues. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government is ready to discuss on any matter and they do not have conflicting attitude. Congress leader Manish Tewari talked about issues that the party is to take up in the session which includes black money among others. NCP leader Tariq Anwar hoped for a constructive session and said that party will coordinate but will debate on issues that won't be acceptable. Meanwhile, CPI leader Atul Anjan said that the party will take up issues of black money, inflation on back on which the BJP made promises to come to power. Nov 24, 2014

Senior Congress leader Murli Deora passes away in Mumbai

Mumbai, Nov 24 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Murli Deora passed away in Mumbai after a prolonged illness on Monday. Deora was unwell from a long time and was admitted to a hospital. Several Congress leaders are expected to attend the funeral which will take place later in the day. A regional party leader expressed grief over the demise of Deora. Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences on the demise of the minister. Modi tweeted, "A dedicated leader, Murli Deora's warm nature made him popular across party lines. News of his demise is saddening. My deepest condolences to @milinddeora and the Deora family on Shri Murli Deora's demise. May his soul rest in peace." "Just yesterday I had spoken to Shri Murli Deora's family and asked about his health. Very sad to hear the unfortunate news today," he added. Nov 24, 2014