TMC blames government for blast in West Bengal

Kolkata, Oct 12 (ANI): Trinamool Congress (TMC) party blamed the Central government for the blast in West Bengal, saying the intrusion of members of extremist groups into the state led to the incident. Two suspected militants were killed and one sustained injuries in an explosion at a TMC leader's house in Burdwan district on October 2. TMC leader Partha Chatterjee said that the Central government is not serious and competent enough to depute border guards and that is why illegal migrants are intruding into West Bengal. He also said the wing of ruling BJP and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) are disrupting the peaceful situation in the state to reap political benefits. Meanwhile, National Investigation Agency (NIA) is also assisting the state police in the case. Oct 12, 2014

Police detain vehicle carrying explosives in West Bengal

Purulia, Oct 12 (ANI): In the backdrop of recent blast, Police detained a vehicle carrying explosives in Purulia district of West Bengal. This vehicle, a Tata Sumo, was going towards Barabazar from Boro area. Police recovered 1100 detonators and 2800 gelatine sticks from this car. Two men, identified as SK Sahabul and Rakesh Mudi have been arrested in this case. Reportedly, these men were going to deliver the explosives found in the car to a third person, Chandan Singh of Barabazar area. Purulia police is interrogating to find out if these huge quantities of explosives were being carried in connection to any Maoist or terrorist activity. This incident comes close on the heels of an explosion in Burdwan district of West Bengal that left two suspected militants dead on October 05. Oct 12, 2014

PM Modi reviews preparedness for cyclone Hudhud, declares support to states

New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting with the chief of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and other officials to take detailed review of the preparedness for cyclone Hudhud, which is likely to make landfall by noon on Sunday. The meeting was held in the presence of Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth. After the meeting Seth told that the Prime Minister has instructed to extend full assistance and support to both coastal states, where the cyclone Hudhud will make landfall. Seth said to deal with the cyclone, 24 NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams in Andhra Pradesh, while 18 in Odisha were mobilized along with several teams of the army being deployed. Oct 12, 2014

Army says India handing infiltration activities effectively

Sopore, Oct 11 (ANI): General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Kashmir based 15 Corps of the Indian army, Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, commented on infiltration at the border while he was at a blood donation camp in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir. He said on Saturday (October 11) the force's counter infiltration operation has been able to deal with infiltration activities of militants quite effectively. Saha also said the army also proved efficient in handling the cross-border firing at the border between India and Pakistan. Oct 11, 2014

Unfortunate that Maharashtra's achievements were rubbished: P Chidambaram

Mumbai, Oct 11 (ANI): Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday, while addressing a press conference, said it is very unfortunate that some people have rubbished Maharashtra's achievement during the past two-three weeks. He added that statements defaming the developments of the state should be strongly condemned. He further said that Congress is not demanding any report card instead questioning BJP about the false promises it made to the public before Lok Sabha polls. Oct 11, 2014

BSF detains nine Bangladeshis at international border

South Dinajpur, Oct 11 (ANI): India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) detained nine Bangladeshi nationals on Saturday near the Indo-Bangladesh international border in a bid to check infiltration. BSF has tightened security in areas bordering Bangladesh in wake of bomb blast in Burdwan district in West Bengal. Two women have been arrested in connection with the explosion that left two suspected militants dead on Sunday. Police is probing the possible involvement of militant outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami in the blast. BSF Commandant Sangram Bisal said that due to close vigilance after the blast in Burdwan they arrested the Bangladeshi nationals who were crossing the hills. Oct 11, 2014

Lalit Modi removed as RCA President, Amin Pathak takes over

Jaipur, Oct 11 (ANI): In a major jolt to Lalit Modi, 23 districts on Saturday moved a no-confidence motion against him and removed him as the President of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). The motion was also brought against the deputy president, secretary and treasurer of the body. Amin Pathak has been elected as the new RCA President. Oct 11, 2014

Harsimrat Kaur Badal asks all Indians to celebrate International Girl Child Day

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, on Saturday asked all Indians to celebrate International Girl Child Day. Badal praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for addressing the problems faced by the women and girl child in society and helping in their upliftment. She also said that girl children and women can bring sharp developmental change in society. Oct 11, 2014

Venkaiah Naidu slams Shiv Sena for comparing Modi men with Afzal Khan's troops

Mumbai, Oct 11 (ANI): Urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday while addressing a press conference slammed Shiv Sena for comparing BJP leaders' campaigning in Maharashtra with the raid carried out by Afzal Khan's troops. Naidu added that, earlier, BJP was ready to keep Shiv Sena at the forefront in the assembly polls and hence shouldn't be blamed for the split of the alliance. Oct 11, 2014

Villagers see ray of hope as PM Modi plans to adopt Kakrahia village

Varanasi, Oct 11 (ANI): Celebrations clouded Kakrahia village of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday after Prime Minster Narendra Modi declared that he will be adopting the village to ensure its overall development. Residents of the village anticipated that the adoption by the Prime Minister will lead to betterment of the situations prevailing in the village. The people of the village are looking forward to this development with a lot of anticipation, and have been enthusiastically cleaning up the entire village before the Prime Minister's visit. Oct 11, 2014