Twelve arrested for attempting suicide in protest of Narmada Dam project in Gujarat

Chhota Udaipur, Oct 07 (ANI): Police arrested twelve villagers as they attempted suicide by drowning in the canal in protest against the Narmada Dam project in Gujarat. The villagers, including a woman, from the Naswadi village in Chhota Udaipur district, jumped into a canal near the dam after their repeated appeals to the government were not met with. Many of these villagers lost their lands and sources of income to the project that took form in 1979, as part of an initiative to produce hydroelectricity and increase irrigation. Police officials said they managed to rescue all twelve villagers after they had jumped in protest. He added that they were given medical aid after they had been rescued. Around 42 families have been affected by this decades-long project which has been regularly dogged by protests. The Narmada dam, also called the Sardar Sarovar dam is one of the country's biggest dams. Oct 7, 2014

Nobody can divide Maharashtra: Modi

Jalgaon, Oct 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing an election rally at Jalgaon, in Maharashtra on Tuesday dismissed opposition charges that his aim is to split Maharashtra and separate Mumbai from the state. Oct 7, 2014

Enough of Hooda, Chautala game in Haryana, they destroyed the state: Amit Shah

Sirsa, Oct 07 (ANI): Attacking the ruling Congress party and Om Prakash Chautala's INLD, BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday said that the two parties have destroyed the state. Shah added that both the parties made false promises to the people of the state. Shah was addressing a rally in Sirsa, Haryana. Oct 7, 2014

Political leaders condemn fresh ceasefire violations by Pak along LoC

Mumbai/ New Delhi, Oct 07 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday condemned continued ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan forces fired at 40 Indian army posts early on Tuesday, said a police official. Indian forces also retaliated with gunfire and mortar bombs. NCP leader Majid Memon hit out at Home Minister Rajnath Singh saying his words did not match action. Singh had earlier said that Pakistan needs to learn that the newly elected Indian government will take a more aggressive approach if it comes under attack on the border. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that this is Pakistan's desperation as they didn't get any response at the United Nations over the Kashmir issue. Meanwhile, BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the central government was giving a befitting reply. Oct 7, 2014

Shashi Tharoor cordially accepts PM Modi's invitation for 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', says surprised at

New Delhi, Oct 07 (ANI): Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday cordially accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation for 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' and said that he was surprised at Congress' criticism over the incident. He said that when inviting, the prime minister specifically addressed him as Congress leader and MP. Tharoor related the campaign as a goal aimed by Mahatma Gandhi, towards which all parties should work together. He said that there should be a sustained effort to take the programmes of sanitation ahead. Further he said that he is proud to be a congressman and an Indian and that India should be put first. Oct 7, 2014

On Oct 15 Maharashtra will be free from 15 years of inaction and corruption: Modi

Jalgaon, Oct 07 (ANI): Ahead of the assembly elections in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday while addressing a rally at Jalgaon in Maharashtra appealed to the people to vote for the BJP to end wrongs and corruption going on for 15 years in the state. He said that on October 15, people will be liberated from 15 years of inaction and corruption. Oct 7, 2014

Gaza sends lions to Jordan after war damages zoo

Gaza's last war-traumatised lions have been transferred via Israel to a safer home in Jordan after their zoo was largely destroyed during the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas. Duration: 01:51 Oct 7, 2014

PIO cards now valid for lifetime

New Delhi, Oct 07 (ANI): Effectively fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi 's announcement on consular and visa issues during his address at the Madison Square Garden in New York City last month, all Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards are now valid for the lifetime of the cardholder, instead of 15 years, according to a Gazette notification issued on September 30th, 2014. Following Prime Minister Modi's announcement that PIO cardholders would be exempt from police reporting, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued instructions through the same Gazette notification dated September 30th, that PIO cardholders would not be required to report to a police station even if their visit to India exceeds 180 days. Swiftly implementing all the announcements made by Prime Minister Modi, instructions have been issued to Embassies and Consulates that unless there are exceptional circumstances, visas to US nationals should normally be given for 10 years. Oct 7, 2014

PIO cards now valid for lifetime

New Delhi, Oct 07 (ANI): Effectively fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi 's announcement on consular and visa issues during his address at the Madison Square Garden in New York City last month, all Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards are now valid for the lifetime of the cardholder, instead of 15 years, according to a Gazette notification issued on September 30th, 2014. Following Prime Minister Modi's announcement that PIO cardholders would be exempt from police reporting, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued instructions through the same Gazette notification dated September 30th, that PIO cardholders would not be required to report to a police station even if their visit to India exceeds 180 days. Swiftly implementing all the announcements made by Prime Minister Modi, instructions have been issued to Embassies and Consulates that unless there are exceptional circumstances, visas to US nationals should normally be given for 10 years. Oct 7, 2014

Politicos react even as BJP eludes responding on Uddhav's 'Afzal Khan Army' remark

Nagpur/ Mumbai/ New Delhi, Oct 7 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Tuesday over Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackray's 'Afzal Khan Army' remark. Launching a sharp attack on the BJP, the Shiv Sena chief on Monday equated Narendra Modi and his central ministers with the army of Bijapur general Afzal Khan and asked voters to ensure the defeat of the BJP which, he said, was "conspiring to break the state into pieces." Oct 7, 2014

NCP says EC s notice to Gadkari on right grounds even as BJP terms it as bogus

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Oct 07 (ANI): NCP leader Majid Memon on Tuesday said that Elections Commission's show cause notice to Nitin Gadkari is on right grounds and he should apologise for the same even as BJP terms the case as 'bogus'. BJP leader Subramanium Swamy said that Gadkari talked about bribery in a sarcastic way and that EC should have a sense of humour. Meanwhile, party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the party respects and understands EC's norms and model code of conduct and will take further course of action as required. Oct 7, 2014

Chennai tense even as Bangalore HC hearing Jayalalithaa s bail petition

Bangalore/ Chennai, Oct 07 (ANI): As Karnataka High Court is all set to give pronouncement in bail plea by Jayalalithaa, the court witnessed high security in order to avoid any untoward incident after the pronouncement. Prohibitory orders under section 144 are also imposed around the court premises in Bangalore. The court is hearing the plea filed by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her three associates convicted in a disproportionate assets case. Meanwhile, Chennai witnessed protests as well as prayers from AIADMK leaders and Jayalalithaa's supporters. Many were seen taking part in a special prayer 'hawan' for the release of party chief. Streets wore deserted look and markets were shut even as many supporters shaved their heads as a sign of support to 'Amma' Oct 7, 2014