Politicos slam Musharraf after he talks of inciting J and K people against India

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Politicos on Friday slammed Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf after he talked of inciting the people of Jammu and Kashmir against India and tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi as anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan politician. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that Musharraf's statement doesn't come as surprise and it is clear that Pakistan doesn't want peace and harmony. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that Pakistan has been duplicitous state and it is a open secret that the country is falling apart. NCP leader Tariq Anwar and BJD leader Jay Panda said that Musharraf's statement should not be taken seriously. Oct 17, 2014

Congress slams Centre for not assisting cyclone victims in Odisha; politicos react

New Delhi, Oct 17(ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after Congress slammed Central government for adopting 'step-motherly approach' towards the cyclone victims in Odisha. BJP leader Nalin Kohli claiming the allegations as false said that the centre along with the state government has carried out rescue operations in the flood hit-areas and ensured that relief reaches to every victim of cyclone Hudhud in time. However, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that the relief didn't reach the victims in time and it shows that state and central government failed in carrying out successful relief operations in the flood hit-areas. Oct 17, 2014

Jayalalithaa granted interim bail by SC in DA case

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case. BJP leader and a petitioner in the case Subramanian Swamy informed that the Karnataka High Court is yet to decide whether the sentence should be suspended or not and on this basis the bail was granted to her by the Supreme Court. He added that the court gave bail on the grounds that Jayalalithaa is unwell and needs treatment. She will stay at home and not go out till December 18. Oct 17, 2014

Supporters of Jayalalithaa celebrate outside her residence after SC grants interim bail

Chennai, Oct 17 (ANI): Supporters of AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa gathered outside her residence to celebrate after the Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to her in the disproportionate assets case. Earlier, BJP leader and a petitioner in the case Subramanian Swamy informed that the Karnataka High Court is yet to decide whether the sentence should be suspended or not and on this basis the bail was granted to her by the Supreme Court. He added that the court gave bail on the grounds that Jayalalithaa is unwell and needs treatment. She will stay at home and not go out till December 18. Oct 17, 2014

Congress condemns constant attacks on north-east people

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Congress leaders on Friday condemned the constant attacks being made on people of north east in the capital and other parts of the country. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that strict action should be taken against those involved in such violent acts. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that those who try to divide the country’s unity should be severely punished. Meanwhile, Ninong Ering said that the mentality and understanding of people living in the capital needs to be changed regarding people of north east and they should be considered as a part of India. Oct 17, 2014

Reactions flow as Rajnath warns China not to threaten India

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Political reactions flowed on Friday after Home Minister Rajnath Singh warned China not to threaten India regarding development of road network in Arunachal Pradesh. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that merely Home Minister's verdict will not help in fact the statement should have come from the Prime Minister's side. Congress leader Ninong Ering said that merely making statements will not be useful the government should execute it practically. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that the Home Minister's statement is appreciable and will give a strong message to China. BJD leader Jay Panda said that Rajnath Singh's statement has broken the long silence India has maintained on issues relating to China. Oct 17, 2014

Satisfied with Norway and Finland visit: Pranab Mukherjee Part -2

On Board, Oct 17 (ANI): While on his way back from official visit to Norway and Finland, President Pranab Mukherjee said that the trip was satisfactory as both nations expressed need to cooperate in various aspects. Mukherjee said that the aim of his visit to Finland and Norway was to seek expansion in education, research, innovation, investment and trade with India. He said that while on his visit to Finland, he expressed the need to cooperate against terrorism as terrorism knows no boundary and also urged the government to look at India as an investment destination and talked about the maiden 'Make in India' project. President Mukherjee also expressed gratitude on being awarded with the Helsinki Medal of Honour, a gesture which he said was 'honouring the people of India'. Finally, he said that both the countries saw great potential to enhance India's economy. Oct 17, 2014

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus go on sale in India as enthusiastic buyers thronged retail outlets

Kolkata/ Mumbai/ Bangalore, Oct 17 (ANI): Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have finally arrived in India as the clock struck 12 on October 17. Apple fanbois lined up at retail outlets across the country on Friday morning to get their hands on the newly launched Apple smartphones. The 16GB version of Apple iPhone 6 is available at Rs 53,500, while the 64GB version is priced at Rs 62,500. The 128GB version of the phone sells for Rs 71,500.The 16GB version of Apple iPhone 6 Plus is available at Rs 62,500, while the 64GB version is priced at Rs 71,500. The 128GB version of the phone sells for Rs 80,500. Some of the lucky ones to have got the brand new phones expressed happiness in Mumbai. Enthusiastic costumers also thronged electronic retail stores selling iPhones in national capital, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. Oct 17, 2014

Early Christmas bells for President Pranab Mukherjee as he crosses Arctic Circle to meet Santa Claus

Finland, Oct 17 (ANI): Christmas bells rang two months earlier this year for Pranab Mukherjee as he became the first Indian President to cross the Arctic Circle and visit Santa Claus's official workplace in Rovaniemi in Finland and met him in person. Mukherjee, accompanied by his daughter Sharmistha, was warmly greeted by Santa as they spent a 'fairytale' day with a host of activities including meeting Santa's elves, watching reindeers in action, besides crossing the Arctic Circle. Mukherjee and his daughter received a certificate for crossing the Arctic Circle. Crossing the Arctic Circle is a highly popular ritual among tourists visiting the Santa Claus Village from across the globe. Mukherjee saw the gifts and letters sent to Santa Claus from across the world. Oct 17, 2014

Satisfied with Norway and Finland visit: Pranab Mukherjee Part -1

On Board, Oct 17 (ANI): While on his way back from official visit to Norway and Finland, President Pranab Mukherjee said that the trip was satisfactory as both nations expressed need to cooperate in various aspects. Mukherjee said that the aim of his visit to Finland and Norway was to seek expansion in education, research, innovation, investment and trade with India. He said that while on his visit to Finland, he expressed the need to cooperate against terrorism as terrorism knows no boundary and also urged the government to look at India as an investment destination and talked about the maiden 'Make in India' project. President Mukherjee also expressed gratitude on being awarded with the Helsinki Medal of Honour, a gesture which he said was 'honouring the people of India'. Finally, he said that both the countries saw great potential to enhance India's economy. Oct 17, 2014

PM Modi meets Sachin Tendulkar, applauds his interest in adopting a village

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): India's cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss ways to carry forward the initiative of nationwide cleanliness mission, 'Swachch Bharat Abhiyan'. Tendulkar also expressed his intention to adopt a village under 'Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana'. Modi had launched Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), under which each member of the parliament would adopt three villages and ensure their physical and infrastructural development by 2019. PM Modi tweeted saying, "Met at sachin rt. He talked about his contribution towards Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. His efforts towards a Clean India are phenomenal! I am delighted to know that the sporting legend will adopt a village under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana." Oct 17, 2014

Lyricist Santosh Anand's son and daughter in law commit suicide

Mathura/ New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Son and daughter-in-law of renowned Indian lyricist Santosh Anand jumped in front of a moving train in Mathura and committed suicide. Sankalp Anand and his wife Nandini died on spot, however, their four-year-old daughter, Garima, who was also made to jump, survived with serious injuries. She was immediately rushed to a hospital. Sankalp was a resident of Delhi and a lecturer in Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science since 2011. He added that an eight-page-long suicide note was recovered from the car. As per media reports, they committed suicide due to financial problems. There are also allegations that the note had names of some staff members of the institute where Anand taught. However, the present director of the institute, Reena Mitra, declined any such allegation. Oct 17, 2014

France keen to invest in India's smart cities project

Shimla, Oct 17 (ANI): French envoy Francois Richier stressed on the importance of France's investment in line with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to create 100 smart cities across the country. While addressing mediapersons in Shimla, Richier said that French government can provide help in sectors like power and transport to make India's smart cities project a success. French envoy added that his country was keen to invest in urban services to make smart cities in Himachal Pradesh state. Oct 17, 2014

Syrian Envoy lauds India's policy of non aggression into Syria to fight against ISIS

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Syrian Envoy to India, Riad Kamel Abbas lauded India's foreign policy of non-aggression into Syria to check Islamic State (IS) militants. Islamic State (IS), which controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been making inroads into South Asia, which has traditionally been dominated by local Taliban insurgencies against both the Pakistan and Afghanistan governments. Abbas told reporters in New Delhi that Syria appreciates India's efforts to find a political solution and execute aspirations of Syrians. Blaming America for creating Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Abbas said it was its Iraq invasion which gave birth to the extremist group there. Oct 17, 2014