Amit Shah will meet Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray today: Vinod Tawde

Mumbai, Sep 04 (ANI): After receiving BJP President Amit Shah at his residence for a party core committee meet, senior party leader Vinod Tawde on Thursday announced that Shah will meet Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray today. There had been speculations since yesterday that Shah is unlikely to meet Thackeray. Tawde said that the BJP president will meet the Shiv Sena chief and later visit the Ganesha Pandals. Sep 4, 2014

Politicos question appointment of P Sathasivam as governor of Kerala

Erode /Lucknow/New Delhi, Sep 04 (ANI): Politicians, on Thursday questioned central government's move to appoint former Chief Justice of India (CJI) P Sathasivam as governor of Kerala, which has sparked controversy in political and legal fraternity of the country. Sathasivam was appointed as new governor of Kerala after Sheila Dikshit resigned last week. He has served as chief justice of India for eight months between August and April this year. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said this move of the government will only fade people’s faith in law and judiciary. Sep 4, 2014

Kalyan Singh takes oath as Governor of Rajasthan

Jaipur, Sep 04 (ANI): Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh on Tuesday took oath as Governor of Rajasthan at Governor's house in Jaipur. He was sworn-in by Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court Sunil Ambwani in the presence of state chief minister Vasundhara Raje. Interestingly, supporters present during the event shouted slogans like 'Jai Shri Ram' after Singh signed the official papers. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik was holding the additional charge of Rajasthan before the appointment of Kalyan Singh. Sep 4, 2014

Australian PM arrives in Mumbai, launches scholarship programme for students

Mumbai, Sep 04, (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrived in Mumbai on Thursday and launched scholarship programme for students named New Colombo Plan in the city's university. Under the scheme, thousands of young Australians could live, study and work in Southeast Asian region and build people to people contacts. Abbott regretted that there were only few Australian students studying in India. The Australian prime minister added in coming years, the number of Australian students will increase manifold and experience richness of culture. Sep 4, 2014

BJP Chief Amit Shah arrives at Mumbai airport

Mumbai, Sep 04, (ANI): With less than two months to go for the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections, BJP President Amit Shah arrived at Mumbai airport on Thursday for a meeting of the party's state core committee. Shah, who visited the city for the first time after taking over as BJP Chief, received a grand welcome at the airport. Apart from attending the meeting at the residence of Vinod Tawde, Shah will also address party workers at the Shanmukhananda Hall in the evening. Shah is unlikely to meet ally Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray though he has Ganesh Pandal visits on the cards. Sep 4, 2014

Vijay Mallya says will pursue all legal remedies as UBI declares him 'willful defaulter'

Bangalore, Sep 04 (ANI): Business Tycoon Vijay Mallya on Thursday said that he will pursue all legal remedies available to him even as state-run United Bank of India's (UBI) declares him 'willful defaulter'. This could be a blow to the former liquor baron who has been fending off banks from recovering money they once lent to his now defunct Kingfisher Airlines. A two judge bench of the top court on Tuesday summarily waived off Kingfisher's objections that its chairman Mallya was declared a "willful defaulter" by the United Bank of India's Grievance Redressal Committee without his lawyer being heard during the proceedings. Mallya also slammed state's decision to ban beverage/ alcohol and said that there is no reason to exclude alcohol industry from Goods and Services Tax. He said thar government must take steps to include beverage/ alcohol into the GST. Sep 4, 2014

UP bypolls: HC issues notice to Centre, state govt on Yogi Adityanath, Kalraj Mishra

New Delhi, Sept 04 (ANI): The Allahabad High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Central and Uttar Pradesh governments, as well as the Election Commission while hearing a petition on poll campaigning by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Kalraj Mishra. The plea seeks a ban on campaigning by Yogi Adityanath and Kalraj Mishra in the upcoming bypolls in Uttar Pradesh. The duo have been accused of fanning communal tensions and raking up the 'love jihad' issue ahead of the upcoming bypolls. Sep 4, 2014

Teaching is way of life and a teacher never retires: Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Sep 04 (ANI): Stressing on the importance of teachers in a society on the eve of Teachers' Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called teaching a way of life. Modi was speaking on Thursday while interacting with 350 national awardee teachers who will be felicitated by President Pranab Mukherjee on Teachers' Day. Teachers' Day is celebrated on September 05 every year, as it is the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a teacher and an academic philosopher. During the interaction, Modi said a teacher never retires and always continues to inspire the new generation. Modi also said that for a society to progress, teachers must always be two steps ahead of time. He said the teachers need to understand changes happening across the world, and prepare the new generation accordingly by arousing curiosity in them. Meanwhile, Modi would also deliver a speech on the occasion of Teachers' Day, which will be telecast live and it is mandatory for students to attend it in schools. The speech will be telecasted from 3pm to 5pm Sep 4, 2014

Govt might have thought of utilizing my experience as Kerala governor, nothing personal: P Sathasiva

Coimbatore, Sep 04 (ANI): Former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam on Thursday said that there is no controversy in his appointment as the governor of Kerala and that the government might have thought of utilizing his experience by the appointment. He said that there is nothing personal in the appointment as nobody knew that this would happen at the time of hearing of BJP President Amit Shah and that the appointment came four months after his retirement as the Chief Justice of India. Sathasivam also said that he would discharge his duties effectively and would try to establish better relations between state and the center. Sep 4, 2014

SC refuses to restrain media on CBI chief's request

New Delhi, Sep 04 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday turned down CBI Director Ranjit Sinha's plea to restrain media from reporting on the 2G spectrum allocation case. The apex court said that it will take up application filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan to keep Sinha away from 2G case on September 8. Sinha is accused of holding regular meetings with officials of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group to influence the CBI's investigation. Sep 4, 2014

Freed British parents reunited with ill son in Spain

The British parents jailed after taking their critically-ill son Ashya King from hospital enjoyed an emotional reunion with him at his bedside in Spain on Wednesday but were barred from taking formal custody of him for now. Duration:01:04 Sep 4, 2014

Rescue operations begin as floods wreak havoc in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir, Sep 04 (ANI): Rescue operations began in Jammu and Kashmir as floods, triggered by heavy rains, wreaked havoc. Two people trapped in floodwater were rescued by the army, fire service officials and police in a four-hour joint operation in Rajouri district of the state. Chief of Mang Dharhal village council, Mohammad Shabir, thanked the army and police for rescuing the flood victims. Incessant rains caused floods in the hilly district of Poonch. Due to torrential rains, the route of river in Poonch changed and started flowing towards the residential areas. A resident, Mohammad Razzaq, said several houses were destroyed in the locality. Meanwhile, Additional District Development Commissioner (ADDC) Arvind Kumar Sharma said measures to save the flood-affected people in the district were on. Sep 4, 2014

Politicos raise concern over video of al Qaeda chief announcing India wing

New Delhi, Sep 04 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday raised concern over the Al Qaeda video posted online. In a video, Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahri announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group and said that he will "raise the flag of jihad" across the subcontinent. He also renewed a longstanding vow of loyalty to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, in an apparent snub to the Islamic State armed group challenging al Qaeda for leadership of transnational Islamist militancy. Sep 4, 2014