Maharashtra Farmers who produce orange juice forced to consume poison: Modi

Amravati, Oct 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday while addressing a rally in Amravati district said that the farmers of Maharashtra who produce Orange juice are forced to consume poison. He added that if the farmers are given proper facilities then they can produce 'gold out of soil'. He further said that if five percent fresh fruit juice is added to the soft drinks, then the farmers producing fruits will be able earn a lot. Oct 10, 2014

Modi slams Congress for making statements over Indo Pak conflict

Amravati, Oct 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday while addressing a rally in Amravati district of Maharashtra slammed Congress for making statements over the sensitive issue of Pakistan violating ceasefire agreement at the LoC border. PM Modi said that this is not an appropriate time to make statements over border issues. He added that Pakistan had to face defeat by BSF forces at the border. Oct 10, 2014

Forces fully equipped and confident of successfully handling Hudhud Cyclone: NDRF DIG

Vizag, Oct 10 (ANI): As Hudhud Cyclone approaches Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, NDRF DIG SS Guleria assured of all preparation to handle the same and said that the forces are fully equipped and are confident of successfully handling the cyclone. Guleria said that the NDRF has mobilized 33 teams to coastal areas and that 20 teams are positioned in coastal and interior areas. He said that they are expecting flood post the cyclone, for which they are fully prepared and said that a total of 13 teams are positioned in Andhra Pradesh. Guleria further said that the state government is providing all assistance and also cautioned the local population to take certain precautions. Oct 10, 2014

CBI enquiry inevitable in Sunanda Pushkar case: Subramanian Swamy

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday said many indications prove that the Delhi Police was under pressure adding that a CBI investigation is inevitable in the case. A report was submitted by a group of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) doctors on the mysterious death of former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar , according to which the latter died of poisoning. Oct 10, 2014

Politicos react after Pak defence minister warns India overceasefire violations at LoC

New Delhi/Lucknow, Oct 10 (ANI): Political leaders react on Friday after Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that they were fully capable to respond to any Indian aggression and India should act in a responsible manner. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that India is a peace loving country and never wishes for war. Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi slamming Asif said that Pakistan politicians are trying to use 'Main Hoon Na' syndrome to gain cheap popularity. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that India should take pro-active steps in the matter. Oct 10, 2014

Reactions pour in after forensic team says Sunanda Pushkar died due to poisoning

New Delhi/Lucknow, Oct 10 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Friday after final post-mortem report declared that late Sunanda Pushkar died due to poison. Congress leader Rashid Alvi and Abhishek Singhvi said that the matter is in High Court and the court's decision will be respected. Samjawadi Leader Naresh Agarwal said that investigation agencies will find out the truth in the case. Oct 10, 2014

There was no condition on my bail: OP Chautala

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): Even as the CBI on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of bail granted to the INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala in the JBT teachers recruitment scam case for allegedly violating its terms by participating in election rallies, the former Haryana CM today claimed that there was no condition on his bail. When asked if he would further participate in election campaign, he said that it depends on the court's directives. Oct 10, 2014

SC adjourns Aircel Maxis deal case to Thursday asks CBI lawyer to give answer on same

New Delhi, Oct 10 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned the hearing on Aircel-Maxis deal case to Thursday and asked the CBI lawyer KK Venugopal to take notice and answer on the same day. Petitioner in the case, Subramanian Swamy said that Maxis Company owns 100 percent of the Aircel company, which is illegal according to Indian law. He said that the sale was cleared by FIPB and approved by P Chidambaram, thereby qualifying as an illegality by him and therefore an investigation is required. Oct 10, 2014

Lanterns dedicated to martyred soldiers lit up sky as Varanasi observes Akashdeep

Varanasi, Oct 10 (ANI): People from all walks of life, particularly from armed forces, gathered on the banks of River Ganges in holy city of Varanasi to observe Akashdeep (skylight) to commemorate soldier deaths by hoisting lit lanterns. Serving and retired personnel of defence and paramilitary forces joined hands with the residents to mark this ritual which is observed in the Hindu month of Karthik every year. The lanterns would be lit throughout the month to honour soldiers, who laid down their lives in service of motherland since independence in 1947. Indian Army Officer, Brigadier Virendra Singh, hoped that it would inspire people for the service to the motherlands. The ritual dates back to the ancient rimes, when it was observed to honour the sacrifices of the dead soldiers in the epic Mahabharata war Oct 10, 2014

Hudhud cyclone to get severe from 11th Oct, will cross Vizag coast on 12th Oct: MeT Department

Vishakapatnam, Oct 10 (ANI): Visakhapatnam MeT Department official Radheshyam on Friday said that the Hudhud cyclone is now 610 km southeast of Vizag and is to get severe from 11th October. He said that the cyclone will cross coast around Vizag on 12th of this month. He further said that all the coasts are warned of the cyclonic affect and fishermen are advised to stay away from the coasts and people living in low lying areas are also advised to evacuate. Oct 10, 2014

Bhutan's King and Queen witnesses 'Ganga Aarti' in Varanasi

Varanasi, Oct 10 (ANI): Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Jetsun Pema visited the holy town of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to witness the famous 'Ganga Aarti' on the at Dashashwamedh ghat of River Ganges. Earlier on Wednesday, Wangchuck and his wife Pema planted a Bodhi sapling in the Sarnath temple of Varanasi and subsequently held prayers along with the Buddhist monks. Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema landed in India on Sunday and proceeded to pray at the Buddhist shrine of Mahabodhi Temple complex in Bodh Gaya, where Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. A group of delegates from Bhutan also accompanied the royal couple. Oct 10, 2014

Omar Abdullah offers solace to migrants displaced due to unprovoked firing by Pak along J and K bord

Jammu, Oct 10 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah visited migrants displaced in the intensified cross-border firing between India and Pakistan as they sought shelter far from homes. A total of nine Pakistani and eight Indian civilians have been killed since fighting erupted more than a week ago along a 200-km (125-mile) stretch of border in the disputed region of Kashmir. Abdullah said that the government is trying its best to help the migrants. India's Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has accused Pakistan of making unprovoked attacks on Indian-controlled Kashmir and threatened heavy retaliation. While visiting migrants seeking shelter in a school in Kathua district in the city, Abdullah told mediapersons, that the migrants have demanded small one-room houses far from border areas to escape cross-border firing in future. Oct 10, 2014

Sunanda Pushkar's Cousin alleges her death not natural but planned, demands CBI probe

Jammu, Oct 10 (ANI): A day after AIIMS medical team probing the death of Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar, concluded that she died of poisoning, her cousin Ashok Kumar alleged that the death was planned. He said that the family knew from the very beginning that the death was not natural but a planned murder. Kumar also questioned on various issues like no CCTV at the posh hotel where Pushkar died, injury marks on her body, among others. He also demanded a CBI probe in the case and said that Pushkar should be imparted justice. Earlier, the team comprising of three doctors from AIIMS and headed by Dr Sudhir Gupta had alleged that the team was pressured into giving a 'tailor-made' report in the case. Oct 10, 2014

Schools close in Kashmir amid continuous shelling by Pak even as people continue to flee from their

Rajouri, Oct 10 (ANI): Schools along border in Rajouri district of Kashmir have been closed down amid continuous shelling. Police said that parents are not sending their children to school due to fear of firing along the fence. Almost 20,000 Indian civilians have fled their homes in the lowlands around Jammu region to escape the fighting, taking refuge in schools and relief camps. On the Pakistan side of the border, villagers moved among piles of debris from walls and roofs of their homes destroyed by mortar shells. India held a meeting on Wednesday of its top security officials to discuss how to handle the conflict. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called a similar meeting on Friday. Meanwhile, Hindu Sena staged a protest outside Pakistan's embassy in New Delhi against continuous shelling along the international border in Kashmir by the nuclear armed neighbour. Oct 10, 2014