Strike brings life to a halt in Manipur

Imphal, Oct 16 (ANI): Life came to a halt in Manipur on Thursday in the wake of an 18- hour general strike called by separatists. The strike was called by separatist factions to protest the Manipur Merger Agreement which paved the way for the merger of Manipur with the Indian Union. This agreement was signed on September 21, 1949 between the then king of Manipur, Bodhachandra Singh and the Indian dominion after independence from British rule. All roads in Imphal including national and state highways as well as public places like markets wore a deserted look. Home Minister of Manipur, G Gaikhangam said that such strikes only meant loss for the already poor state. Schools, colleges, movie theatres, petrol pumps and other private institutions remained shut while attendance in government offices was poor. Residents majorly stayed indoors. However, emergency services and flights remained unaffected and no untoward incidents were reported. Oct 16, 2014

North-eastern youths beaten up by local goons in Gurgaon

Sikandarpur/ Gurgaon, Oct 16 (ANI): Three north-eastern youths were allegedly beaten up by local goons in Sikandarpur village of Gurgaon. The goons tried to force the youth into drinking alcohol after refusing which they were badly beaten up. An FIR has been lodged in the case and investigations are going on. Oct 16, 2014

Former global beauties visit Dharamsala to seek Dalai Lama's blessings on 'Women Empowerment'

Dharamsala, Oct 16 (ANI): Dharamsala witnessed a congregation of beauties from across the globe as they came to meet His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to seek his blessings before they take forward their fight for 'Women Empowerment'. They also met the 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorjee. The former beauties said they support the cause of Tibet. Diana said that after she was crowned Miss Bikini, she felt her voice would reach the masses. A beauty queen from Venezuela, Carmine, said women's empowerment is an issue that needs to be addressed across the globe. Experts say gender equality makes economic sense and improving the status of women and girls can enhance productivity, improve development outcomes and make key institutions more representative. Oct 16, 2014

Modi govt replaces Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram with Rajiv Mehrishi

New Delhi, Oct 16 (ANI): In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the central government has Transferred Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram to the tourism department and appointed Rajasthan Chief Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. Mehrishi will join as Economic Affairs Secretary from November 01. Mayaram, who had twin roles as both finance and economic affairs secretary and was appointed by the previous UPA government, has been shifted to the tourism ministry. Expenditure Secretary Ratan P Watal is likely to be the new Finance Secretary as he is the senior most among all the five secretaries in the Finance Ministry. Another significant transfer is of water resources secretary Alok Rawat. He has been moved to administrative reforms. Oct 16, 2014

Anti-abortion seminar in Coimbatore

Coimbatore, Oct 16 (ANI): A German organization conducted a seminar under its anti-abortion campaign in Coimbatore. The organization ‘Life for All’ aims to spread anti-abortion awareness among the Indian citizens and advocate against the practice of abortion and its legality. The chairman of Life for All, Johana Simon, said people consider the fetus inside the womb to be a mere tissue and abortion actually amounts to murdering a life. India has unequal child sex ratios that rights campaigners describe as alarming. Due mainly to selective abortions of female fetuses, the number of girls under six years old has fallen for the past 50 years. The 2011 census recorded 919 girls to every 1,000 boys, compared to 976 in 1961. Oct 16, 2014

Ready for multicity, multiple terror attacks if Al-Qaeda planning combined operations against India:

Manesar, Oct 16 (ANI): While addressing mediapersons, National Security Guard Director General JN Choudhury on Thursday said that is Al-Qaeda has declared intention to attack India, they might combine with outfits like Lashkar, ISIS and IM. He said that in any such cases, the NSG teams are ready to for a multicity, multiple terror by the group. Choudhury said that terrorism has become grim and what happened in Mumbai 26/11 attack was a curtain raiser. He further, assured that NSG will respond in whatever way required and whenever required. Oct 16, 2014

Politicos condemn blast in Malda district of West Bengal

New Delhi, Oct 16 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday condemned crude bomb blast in Malda district of West Bengal where at least 3 people were injured. State Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the state has become a hub of terrorists as a result of deteriorating law and order situation. Congress leader Rashid Alvi and the NCP maintained that a probe was necessary to find out the elements responsible for the bomb blast in Malda. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also condemned the incident. Oct 16, 2014

Security Expert raises concern over ISIS flag issue in JandK and China's objection on border highway

New Delhi, Oct 16 (ANI): Security Expert Alok Bansal on Thursday raised concern over ISIS flag been unfurled in Jammu and Kashmir and also China objecting road construction along border in Arunachal Pradesh. Bansal said that there is a menace that needs to be tackled carefully and in very deliberate manner. Further, he said that it is unfortunate that China has objected to such a thing and that the construction of road is for betterment of livelihood of border people. He also said that such developments should be seen from angle of economic development and not from defence angle. Oct 16, 2014

Tharoor still enjoys high level of confidence amongst Congress people: Digvijay Singh

Bangalore, Oct 16 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh said on Thursday that party leader Shashi Tharoor who was recently sacked from the post of All India Congress Committee spokesperson, still enjoys a high level of confidence amongst its members. On Tuesday, the Congress Party had relieved Shashi Tharoor from his duties as the party spokesperson, following the complaint of Congress' Kerala unit against Tharoor's conduct and behaviour to the party high command. The KPCC had also spoken out against Tharoor after he had accepted the Prime Minister's invitation to join the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' on October 2. Tharoor had accepted the Prime Minister's invitation, saying that he was honoured to accept the invitation to join the campaign. Oct 16, 2014

Chief Secretaries, DGPs will be answerable for missing children: SC

New Delhi, Oct 16 (ANI): Expressing deep concern over the increasing number of missing children, the Supreme Court on Thursday said that Chief Secretaries, DGPs of states will be answerable for missing children. The Apex Court said that it will periodically summon chief secretaries and DGPs of those states from where a large number of children go missing regularly. As a first step, it summoned the chief secretaries and DGPs of Bihar and Chattisgarh and asked them to be present in court on October 30. The SC passed this order on a petition filed by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyathi's NGO Bachapan Bachao Andolan. Oct 16, 2014

No one can threaten India: Rajnath on China's objection to Arunachal road

Manesar, Oct 16 (ANI): In response to China's objection to Arunachal Pradesh road, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that no one can threaten or warn India. China objected to reported plans by India to build a 2,000-km long road along the border in Arunachal Pradesh. Reacting to reports of the new road, China asked Delhi yesterday not to "further complicate" the dispute over the border. Oct 16, 2014

Politicos react as Pak rangers continue mortar shelling at LoC

New Delhi, Oct 16 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Thursday after Pakistan continued ceasefire violations along the LoC in Poonch district and even targeted some civilians. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that the government requires building some powerful strategy against Pakistan. He added that he will appeal to the Prime Minister to take a strict decision against Pakistan. Congress leader Rashid Alvi and NCP leader Tariq Anwar also appealed the government to act tough on the issue of Pakistan violating ceasefire agreement continuously. Oct 16, 2014

PM Modi launches Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Scheme

New Delhi, Oct 16 (ANI): Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the labour-reform initiatives under the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Scheme in New Delhi. While speaking at the launch of the scheme PM Modi said that manual labour is not given adequate importance and there is a need to change perspective of the people towards manual labour. Modi added that 'Inspector Raj' is a big problem in the society and it is the e-governance which is effective in bringing transparency within the system. Oct 16, 2014