Lyricist Santosh Anand alleges involvement of big wigs in sons suicide, demands CBI probe & securit

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Lyricist Santosh Anand on Saturday alleged involvement of powerful people and big wigs in his son, Sankalp Anand’s suicide case. He said that he has lost both son and daughter-in-law and demanded CBI enquiry and security for his family members. He also said that UP government will not take action in the case intentionally and also requested Prime Minsietr Narendra Modi to take stock of the situation and look into the case. Sankalp (38) and his wife Nandini Anand (34), who was based in Delhi jumped in front of a moving train and died on the spot while their daughter suffered serious injuries and has been admitted to a hospital. Oct 18, 2014

Politicos condemn Manjhi's 'chopping doctor's hands remark' even as JD (U) says statement misinterpr

New Delhi/ Patna, Oct 18 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday condemned Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's remark wherein he said that he will cop the hands of lax doctors playing with lives of poor patients. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that language used by Bihar CM is not acceptable and even undemocratic. Congress leader Rashid Alvi and PC Chacko said that such language is against the India's democratic structure and talks of mindset of Bihar CM. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that if doctors are not doing their duty, there are laws to punish them but statements like these are unfortunate. RJD leader Manoj Jha said that the ideas are positive but the way of expressing the same is totally undemocratic. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar came forward in defence of Manjhi and said that his statement is misinterpreted. Oct 18, 2014

No minimum percentage of seats required for LoP: LS Secretariat

Mumbai, Oct 18 (ANI): In response to a Right to Information (RTI) query, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said that there is no minimum percentage of seats required for appointment of LoP in Lok Sabha. Few months back Congress' demand for Leader of Opposition's post was rejected by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Mumbai-based RTI activist Anil Galgali, had filed an application, seeking information on the compulsory minimum strength required for appointment of LoP. Oct 18, 2014

Supporters gather before Jayalalitha's release from jail, Police tightens security

Bangalore, Oct 18 (ANI): AIADMK Supporters gathered outside the airport in Bangalore before the release of Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha from the jail. Bangalore's Police Commissioner MN Reddi said that security has been fully tightened along the route which Jayalalitha is expected to be brought out from jail. He added that they are not yet informed about the time by which she will be out of jail. Jayalalitha has been granted interim bail by the Supreme Court after being in jail for 20 days in disproportionate assets case. Oct 18, 2014

BJP slams Mamata Banerjee for blaming govt on security in WB

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): The BJP on Saturday slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for blaming the Central government over security in the state. Post NIA's investigations, Banerjee's party TMC was being accused of supporting terrorism after which she trained guns at the BJP for putting a whole community in the dock. She said a crime should not be attributed to people judging by their religion. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that Banerjee is putting wrong blames on the Central government because now she and her government have been exposed. Also BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the West Bengal Chief Minister should take note that country's security should be given prime importance. Oct 18, 2014

Opposition slams govt over Black Money, BJP defends

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Opposition parties on Saturday slammed the government over black money case. The Central government had earlier denied to reveal names of those involved in black money and later said that names shall be revealed once proved guilty. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that there is no difference between the previous UPA government and the new government because both did the same thing. Congress leader PC Chacko said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi owes an apology to the people of the country because he had promised them in the elections that black money will be brought back to the country. Meanwhile, BJP leader Sambit Patra defended the government and said that intention should not be questioned because of technology. Patra said that the government is fully committed in bringing back the black money but it cannot violate the laws and norms of the country. Oct 18, 2014

EC to visit flood-hit JandK to take final call on assembly poll, Politicos react

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Political leaders react as Election Commission is to make a visit to the flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The visit is aimed at reviewing the situation in the state and taking a final call on holding the assembly elections. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that EC will decide on the assembly polls and BJP will abide by the EC's decision. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi and PC Chacko said that elections shouldn't be held until normalcy is brought back in the valley. Oct 18, 2014

51 countries participate in World Junior Chess Championship in Pune

Pune, Oct 18 (ANI): Over 200 players from 51 countries converged in Pune city of Maharashtra to take part in World Junior Chess Championship. Winners of the championship, which will conclude on October 20, will be honoured with grandmaster titles and grandmaster norms. Participants from various countries including China and Russia are in the competition. Chairman of Maharashtra Chess Association Ravindra Dongre said that the junior championship is one of the most important chess events of the World Chess Federation. He further said that it will generate greater interest in chess among the budding players. The World Junior Chess Championship is the first step for a young player towards other major chess tournaments and championships. Oct 18, 2014

LS Secretariat says no minimum percentage of seats required for LoP, politicos react

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday reacted over the Lok Sabha Secretariat's reply to a Right to Information (RTI) query that there is no minimum percentage of seats required for appointment of LoP in Lok Sabha. Few months back Congress' demand for Leader of Opposition's post was rejected by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Mumbai-based RTI activist Anil Galgali, had filed an application, seeking information on the compulsory minimum strength required for appointment of LoP. Oct 18, 2014

Indian Army continues cleanliness drive in flood hit J and K

Srinagar, Oct 18 (ANI): Indian army officials along with local residents continued with their cleanliness drive in Jammu and Kashmir after the region was hit by worst flood in over a century. Army personnel swept streets to clear debris and garbage strewn on streets of Kashmir's main city, Srinagar and also disinfected local areas. Srinagar has been witnessing frequent cleanliness and sanitation drives ever since the flood waters receded in the city. Emergency workers have been battling to prevent waterborne diseases like cholera from spreading. Civic authorities have already deployed tippers, robotic arms and excavators, among other machinery alongside hundreds of staff members who have been cleaning roads and garbage. Oct 18, 2014

N Chandrababu Naidu assures to bring back normalcy in cyclone hit Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam, Oct 18 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu visited key port city of Visakhapatnam and asked people to keep patience as restoration work began after cyclone Hudhud left a trail of destruction in the region. Naidu walked on streets in Visakhapatnam and heard grievances of people. He said the state administration was doing everything possible to bring normalcy in the city. The city airport, which resumed services on Friday, had remained closed to commercial flights, after the roof of its main building was blown off by gusts of up to 195 kph. The full scale of the damage caused by cyclone is still not known. Oct 18, 2014

Security tightened outside jail ahead of Jayalalitha's release

Bangalore, Oct 18 (ANI): AIADMK Chief and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalaithaa will be released from the Bangalore central jail this afternoon, after the Supreme Court granted her interim bail on medical grounds on Friday. Security has been tightened outside the Parappana Agrahara jail ahead of Jayalalithaa's release who was languishing in jail for the past 20 days after being held guilty in a disproportionate assets case. The police have also imposed restriction on the movement of people under section 144 in one kilometer radius around the Central Jail. A petition has also been moved in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to shift Jayalalithaa from Bangalore to the Chennai Central Prison. Oct 18, 2014

India launches Air Quality Index to monitor air quality

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): India has launched a new air quality index to help citizens understand complex pollution data and its implications for their health, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said. A World Health Organization (WHO) study of 1,600 cities released in May found New Delhi had the world's dirtiest air with an annual average of 153 micrograms of small particulates, known as PM2.5, per cubic metre. The new index, launched as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Clean India Mission', will provide one consolidated number after tracking eight pollutants and will use colour coding to describe associated health impacts. Currently, India's air quality status is reported through "voluminous data", the government said. This makes it difficult for people to understand particle names such as PM2.5 or PM10. Oct 18, 2014

Pakistan occupied Kashmir refugees in India welcome financial help

Poonch, Oct 18 (ANI): Refugees from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) lauded state government of Jammu and Kashmir for providing them with financial help of Rupees 9,096 crore with Rupees 25 lakh being distributed to each family. Nearly 36,000 families are presently registered as PoK refugees. A refugee from PoK, Gurmeet Singh, hailed the decision and said that financial aid will work as oxygen for downtrodden. Meanwhile, chairman of SOS International PoK Refugee Organisation, Rajeev Chunni, declined to accept the financial aid as one time settlement plan and questioned the government's intention in calling it as a final settlement. Oct 18, 2014