Chandigarh, Dec 11 (ANI): Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday deferred the case of funeral of Ashutosh Maharaj to Monday and said that further hearing in the case will take place then only. The Punjab government had moved the High Court against the order to cremate Ashutosh Maharaj, who has been in a freezer since January. The state has pleaded that the issue of cremation of Ashutosh Maharaj is "an emotional and contentious issue" that can lead to law and order problem in the region. There are three appeals in the case and the court decided to hear all on first priority on Monday.Dec 11, 2014
Gorakhpur, Dec 11 (ANI): Despite a massive outrage over the alleged conversion of nearly 200 Muslims into Hinduism in Uttar Pradesh's Agra district earlier this week, reportedly Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad have planned a "shuddhi" (re-conversion) ceremony in Aligarh on December 25. While the BJP has denied its role in the Agra conversions, the party's leader Yogi Adityanath has said that he will go to Aligarh on December 25 for what the right-wing groups call a 'Purkhon ki ghar vapsi' (Coming home of the ancestors) ceremony.Dec 11, 2014
Badaun, Dec 11 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday submitted the closure report in the death case of two teenaged girls who were found hanging from a mango tree in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh. According the reports, CBI in its report has concluded that they had committed suicide after the elder one's affair with local boy got busted. Meanwhile, the court gave the victims' family time till January 6 to register their objection over the closure report.Dec 11, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Thursday after BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy expressed confidence that a negotiated settlement would come through on the long drawn issue of Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue. NCP leader Majid Memon said that Subramanian Swamy is not the spokesperson of Muslim and hence his statement has no meaning. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that the issue is the court and hence no one should make such statements on this issue. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi expressed similar sentiments.Dec 11, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Alleging that the BJP and the RSS are conspiring against the country on the basis of religion, leaders of rival political parties on Thursday said that they will continue to oppose the issue of 'forced' conversion inside and outside parliament. While the BJP defended itself, the opposition leaders said that the BJP should stop pursuing politics on the basis of religion.Dec 11, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Opposition leaders slammed BJP on Thursday after Bharatiya Janata Party MP Yogi Adityanath claimed that Taj Mahal was built on a Shiv temple. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that one who has no knowledge about history should not give such a statement. NCP leader Majid Memon said that such issues should not be given importance. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that BJP leaders always make statements to spread communalism in the country. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi expressed similar sentiments.Dec 11, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, with an aim to take the bilateral relations between both countries to 'newer heights'. Modi and Putin posed for the customary photograph before beginning talks on the various deals that are set to be signed between the two countries. In his talks with PM Modi, both in restricted and delegation level formats, Putin is likely to seek deeper economic engagement with "time-tested" ally India to try to minimize impact of sanctions against Russia by the US and its Western allies over the Ukraine issue. It will be the first annual summit meeting between Putin and PM Modi.Dec 11, 2014
Srinagar, Dec 11 (ANI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday paid tributes to soldiers who were killed in a militant attack in Srinagar. Parrikar, accompanied by Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, visited Badami Bagh cantonment in the city.
This was his first visit to the state after taking charge of the defence ministry. Militants had sneaked into an Indian military camp in Kashmir on December 05, killing 11 soldiers and police, the worst losses for security forces in six years in the Himalayan territory claimed by Pakistan. The attack was followed by a gun battle in the state capital, Srinagar, and a grenade blast in south Kashmir.Dec 11, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): The Government has approved a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each to the kin of victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The decision was taken by the Union Cabinet at a meeting led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to reports, the amount is an additional compensation which will be given to the families of the riot victims apart from what they have so far received from the government and other agencies. Over 3,000 victims of the 1984 violence, triggered by the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, are likely to benefit from the government's announcement. Politicos gave their reactions on the matter.Dec 11, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): The Cabinet has approved the official amendments to the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2008 and to its introduction in the Rajya Sabha. A decision in this regard was taken by it at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi yesterday. The bill is aimed at removing archaic and redundant provisions in the relevant legislations and to enable the insurance sector to work for the betterment of the insured.Dec 11, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in New Delhi for annual summit talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi that is aimed at building on the already close strategic ties, particularly in the fields of nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and defence. Meanwhile, political leaders in India welcomed Puttin's visit and said that it will deepen relationship of both the countries.Dec 11, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said on Thursday that the country is expecting a fruitful outcome from Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit. Putin arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday in an attempt to revive a historic friendship that has faded over the years, seeking to improve cooperation in energy, defence and nuclear power. He will have his first summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a time when Russia is at odds with the West over Ukraine, and its economy is stalling as oil prices tumble to their lowest point in five years. Akbaruddin said there is enormous potential in India-Russia nuclear energy cooperation.
Putin and Modi are also expected to hold an interaction with Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of major companies.Dec 11, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met victorious Blind Cricket team, who won the fourth ODI Blind Cricket World Cup beating Pakistan in South Africa.The team got a rousing welcome after returning from South Africa in New Delhi. Modi congratulated the cricketers and said that they had also inspired many physically challenged people through their feat.The cricketers presented Modi with a special cricket ball signed by them. Meanwhile, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot organized a felicitation ceremony for them in New Delhi. Sonowal said he was happy and wished them good luck.Dec 11, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI):Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in New Delhi to boost ties that would encompass issues from defence to nuclear power and even diamonds. Putin's India visit will prepare the way for two Siberian oil deals and chart a route for a first pipeline between the two countries.On Putin's arrival, Modi tweeted:"Delighted to welcome President Putin to India! Looking forward to a productive visit that will take India-Russia ties to newer heights". On Thursday Putin and Modi will hold delegation-level talks and also inaugurate World Diamond Conference.Though both Modi and Putin have met earlier but structured bilateral talks have not been held so far. It will be the first annual summit meeting between both of them.Dec 11, 2014