SC directs BCCI to postpone elections till Jan 31

New Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): Supreme Court on Wednesday directed BCCI to postpone its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections of the office-bearers till 31st January, 2015 after BCCI sidelined chief N Srinivasan appealed that if he is re-elected he will keep away from all matters and running of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The next hearing in the case is scheduled on December 15. Dec 10, 2014

Modi govt may announce Bharat Ratna for Vajpayee on his birthday, politicos react

New Delhi, Dec10 (ANI): The Narendra Modi government is thinking to confer the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. According to reports, a formal announcement in this regard is expected to be put in public domain on December 25 when the nation will celebrate Vajpaye's leader's 90th birthday. As per the reports available, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, which was voted to power this May, may bestow its first Bharat Ratna on Vajpayee on January 26 next year. Reacting over this veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said that no one deserves Bharat Ratna more than Vajpayee. Mathura MP and former Bollywood actress, Hema Malini, also echoed similar views. Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete said that his party wants Bharat Ratna to be awarded to the former prime minister. Meanwhile, the Congress said that there are also other personalities whose name should be considered. Dec 10, 2014

Outrage in Parliament over mass religious conversion in Agra Part - 1

New Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): The controversial conversion of at least 57 Muslims families to Hinduism in Agra created ruckus in the Parliament on Wednesday. The opposition leaders demanded an answer from the prime minister and the home minister on the matter. An FIR has been filed after the families were allegedly converted to Hinduism in a ceremony, described as 'homecoming' by the Bajrang Dal and Dharam Jagran Samanvay Vibhagh. Dec 10, 2014

Outrage in Parliament over mass religious conversion in Agra Part - 2

New Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): The controversial conversion of at least 57 Muslims families to Hinduism in Agra created ruckus in the Parliament on Wednesday. The opposition leaders demanded an answer from the prime minister and the home minister on the matter. An FIR has been filed after the families were allegedly converted to Hinduism in a ceremony, described as 'homecoming' by the Bajrang Dal and Dharam Jagran Samanvay Vibhagh. Dec 10, 2014

SC extends stay on execution of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon

New Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday further extended the stay on the execution of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, lone death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. The court issued notices to STF Maharashtra and CBI on Memon's plea seeking review of death penalty in the blasts case. The court had on March 21, 2013, upheld the death sentence of Memon. At least 257 people were killed in 13 blasts at several Mumbai landmarks, including the Bombay Stock Exchange, a popular cinema and two crowded markets. Dec 10, 2014

Police will take Uber rape accused driver's previous conducts into account, women safety priority: B

New Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): Even as Delhi Police recovers iPhone of rape accused driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, given by employer Uber, from Mathura Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Wednesday said that they will be taking the accused driver's previous conducts into account. He said that the safety of women is a priority for the Delhi police and they are working hard in the sphere. Bassi also said that Delhi police is strengthening and increasing the number of patrolling police party and female constables among other things to avoid crime against women. Meanwhile, Eric Alexander, the president of business for Uber in Asia, will reportedly be interrogated by the Delhi Police today in the rape case. Dec 10, 2014

Politicos and Social Activists condemn racial attack on Former MP's daughter in Bengaluru

New Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): Political leaders and social activists on Wednesday condemned the racial attack on daughter of former Bengaluru Police Commissioner and Parliamentarian at a shopping mall in Bengaluru. DCW Chairperson Barkha Shukla said that nobody is safe in the nation now and that implementation of law and order is the only solution. AIDWA General Secretary Jagmati Sangwan said that northeast people are becoming the target of such incidents recently and it is shameful for the nation. Congress leaders Manish Tewari and Ninong Ering also said that Karnataka government should take cognizance of the same and try to avoid such incidents. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that there are many recommendations in this regard to the state government but the Karnataka government is not following any of them. Dec 10, 2014

Reactions come in as 17-year-old raped and burnt to death in Ludhiana

New Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): Reactions come in as a 17 year old girl succumbed to death after she was raped and later burnt by her alleged rapists in Ludhiana city of Punjab. The Prem Nagar locality in Dhandari remained tense as people gathered outside the victim's house and protested against the police. Six persons had allegedly entered the victim's house and set her ablaze. Congress leader Manish Tewari condemned the incident and said that the culprits should be brought to justice immediately. Meanwhile, social activists Barkha Shukla and Jagmati Sangwan condemned the series of such incidents taking place in different parts of the country and demanded implementation of laws properly. Dec 10, 2014

Lord Raghunath's 17th century idol worth crores stolen from Kullu temple

Kullu, Dec 10 (ANI): A 17th century idol of Lord Raghunath, worth crores of rupees was stolen from a temple located on the premises of Kullu Palace in Kullu town's busy Sultanpur locality. It was in wee hours that temple priests Pappu and Hemraj noticed the missing idol and immediately informed Dhanvender Singh, son of Maheshwar Singh-- who is the principal guardian of the deity. The idol made of pure gold, which measured a little more than three inches, was removed from the shrine on the intervening night of December 08 and December 09. Burglars also took away the idols of Lord Ganesha, Hanuman, Narsangh and Salig Ram from the temple along with some silver and gold ornaments. Inspector General of Police, PL Thakur said the thieves had broken the roof to enter the premises. Dec 10, 2014

AAP questions Home Minister over lack of women's safety

New Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party questioned Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh over the lack of safety for women after the Delhi rape case. Leaders and supporters of Aam Aadmi Party had also held a demonstration outside the residence of Singh on Monday and condemned the government for the incident. AAP Spokesperson Atishi Marlena said there is a need to have a holistic solution for the safety and security of the women. Meanwhile, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) met Uber officials in New Delhi. Earlier in the day, DCW had summoned Chief Executive Officer (India operations) of Uber cab service to interrogate him about the alleged rape incident and its services in India. Dec 10, 2014

Government in favour of swapping boundaries with India: Bangladesh High Commissioner to India

New Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali said the government supports Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to swap territory with Bangladesh and hopes the matter is finalised in the ongoing winter session of the parliament. Ali said Bangladesh is looking forward to the early resolution of Land Border Agreement among many other issues including Teesta river dispute. The Land Border Agreement will benefit the people of Bangladesh living in the country as refugees. Meanwhile, Bangladesh envoy also emphasised on his government's firm stand to eliminate all forms of militancy in the country. Dec 10, 2014

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa visits Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in AP

Tirupati, Dec 10 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the wee hours on Wednesday offered prayers at Tirumala Venkateswara Temple with his family in the revered Hindu temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh amid tight security. Rajapaksa was in the temple for about an hour, participating in the ‘Suprabhatam' recitation ritual conducted by a group of priests inside the temple. Police had made elaborate security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident, as some of the political parties in neighbouring Tamil Nadu state are hostile to the leader due to ethnic Tamil issues in the island nation. Reportedly, Rajapaksa is visiting the temple on the advice of his astrologers which would help him win the Presidential poll in Sri Lanka scheduled for January 08, 2015. Thereafter, the Sri Lankan president left for airport ending his visit to India. Meanwhile, MDMK supporters staged protest and shouted slogans in Tirupati against Rajapaksa’s visit. Dec 10, 2014

Satyarthi, Malala to formally receive Nobel Peace Prize

New Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai will be formally conferred with the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday. They would receive the award at a ceremony in Oslo for their fight against the oppression of children and their right to education. Satyarthi, who gave up a career as an electrical engineer in 1980 to campaign against child labour, has headed various forms of peaceful protest. His non-government organization, Bachpan Bachao Andolan has been credited with freeing more than 80,000 child labourers in India over 30 years. Malala was 15 when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head as she travelled on a school bus in response to her campaign for girls' education. Dec 10, 2014

PM Modi pays tribute to C Rajagopalachari on his 136th birth anniversary

New Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to freedom fighter, scholar and thinker C Rajagopalachari (Rajaji) on his 136th birth anniversary. The Prime Minister took to twitter to pay his tributes to Rajaji. He tweeted saying, "I offer my tributes to the great freedom fighter, scholar and thinker par excellence, Shri C Rajagopalachari on his birth anniversary. Rajaji was known for his administrative and political skills as well as for his literary and cultural pursuits. A remarkable personality!" he added. Born in 1878, Rajagopalachari was the last Governor-General of India. He also served as the Union Minister for Home Affairs, Premier of the Madras Presidency, Chief Minister of Madras State and Governor of West Bengal. Dec 10, 2014