BJP chief alleges Congress has looted Jharkhand

Ranchi, Dec 4 (ANI): BJP Chief Amit Shah alleged that the opposition, Congress party has looted Jharkhand and never allowed a stable government in the state. Shah was addressing a rally in Bermo town in the Bokaro district of the state on Thursday. The first phase of polling was held on Tuesday (November 25). The five-phased polls in the state will end on December 20 and counting of votes will take place on December 23. Shah attacked the Congress party alleging it was responsible for the backwardness of the state. Shah said it was time to vote for change and good governance. Dec 4, 2014

Opposition_s issues addressed in Parliament, they should not disrupt house: Sumitra Mahajan

New Delhi, Dec 04 (ANI): Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Thursday that all issues raised by the Opposition parties have been properly addressed in the Parliament so they should not disrupt parliamentary proceedings by continuously adjourning the house. She added that after PM Narendra Modi_s statement about Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti_s language so they should not raise the issue continuously to create chaos. Mahajan said that she will try her best to execute her duty of running the Lok Sabha peacefully. Dec 4, 2014

We have authorized Mulayam Singh to take steps to unite parties in the Janata Parivaar: Nitish

New Delhi, Dec 04 (ANI): Janata Dal United leader Nitish Kumar said that Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav will take charge of talks to unite parties belonging to the _Janata parivaar_. The erstwhile Janata Dal family, including Janata Dal (United), Janata Dal (Secular), Indian National Lok Dal, Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) today met at Mulayam Singh Yadav_s residence to discuss the modalities for their merger and to create a new party with the objective of countering the policies of the ruling National Democratic Alliance(NDA). Addressing mediapersons after the meeting, Nitish said that there were discussions on current political scenario and was decided that parties will work together inside and outside Parliament. He added that next meeting will be on 22nd December which will be followed by a protest over black money issue. Dec 4, 2014

Obama praises Modi for shaking up India_s _bureaucratic inertia_, politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 04 (ANI): Political leaders in India on Thursday reacted over US President Barack Obama praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his efforts to shake up the _bureaucratic inertia_ in India. However, Obama said that this was a long-term project and one would have to see how successful Prime Minister Modi is in his efforts. Dec 4, 2014

_Janta Parivar_ meet begins at Mulayam_s residence, politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 04 (ANI): The meeting of the leaders of the erstwhile Janata Dal family, including Janata Dal (United), Janata Dal (Secular), Indian National Lok Dal, Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) has begun at Mulayam Singh Yadav_s residence to discuss the modalities for their merger and to create a new party with the objective of countering the policies of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Dec 4, 2014

BJP-Shiv Sena unite, Sena to get five Cabinet berths in Maharashtra govt

Mumbai, Dec 4 (ANI): After 70 days of bitter squabbling BJP and Shiv Sena once again came together and announced their alliance in Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday in a joint press conference announced that Shiv Sena will join his ministry. Fadnavis added that 12 ministers from Shiv Sena would take oath, five of cabinet rank and seven ministers of state. According to the media reports, the ministers will be sworn in on Friday. Dec 4, 2014

Pak supports Hafiz Saeed___s rally, Politicos condemn

New Delhi, Dec 04 (ANI): Pakistan government has reportedly supported a rally of Jama_at-ud-Da_wah Chief Hafiz Saeed who is involved in various terrorist activities. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Pakistan has always been a supporter of terrorism. Congress leaders Rashid Alvi and Pramod Tiwari condemned this act of Pakistan and said the BJP government should take immediate steps to take up the issue with Pak. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that Pakistan has not done anything new by supporting terrorists. Dec 4, 2014

Young Indian Muslim males barred from entering Iraq, politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 4 (ANI): Alshaya Nasser Travels, one of the two Iraqi government-authorized agencies that facilitate visa processing, has asked tour operators not to accept passports from Indian applicants who are single, under 30 and unaccompanied by family members. The advisory comes after four Kalyan youths, all single and under 30, used the pilgrimage route to travel to Iraq in May and joined the jihadist outfit ISIS there. Politicos reacted on the issue. Dec 4, 2014

Sadhvi row: Govt says Opposition short of issues, Congress continues to demand resignation

New Delhi, Dec 04 (ANI): After Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a statement in the Rajya Sabha about Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti_s use of obnoxious language during an election rally. Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that after continuous demand by the opposition for PM_s remark over the issue, PM Modi made a statement and said such language is condemnable. He said that even when the PM made his statement, the Opposition especially Congress is still raising the issue out of desperation. Meanwhile, Congress leader Ashwani Kumar said that the Opposition had made 2 demands out of which one was fulfilled but demand for Sadhvi_s resignation still holds. Dec 4, 2014

Arun Jaitley calls for regional cooperation to fight customs violations

New Delhi, Dec 04 (ANI): Inaugurating the 2nd Regional Customs Enforcement Meeting in New Delhi, Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, on Thursday (December 04) called for greater international and regional cooperation to deal with customs violations. The heads of customs enforcement agencies of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka will attend the two- day DRI Day celebrations followed by a meeting where a new proposal for intelligence sharing is likely to be adopted. Jaitley added that the DRI had to adapt with the changing times and use technology to stop malpractices. Dec 4, 2014

Niranjan Jyoti has apologized, let the parliament function: PM Modi

New Delhi, Dec 4 (ANI): The stalemate in Rajya Sabha over the hate speech by Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti forced Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a statement in parliament. Modi urged the House to let proceedings continue as Jyoti had already apologized. However, the Opposition appeared to be in no mood to relent on its demand for her ouster. Dec 4, 2014

Five children killed, more than 20 injured as school van collapses with train in UP

Mau, Dec 04 (ANI): Five children were killed and more than 20 are reported to be injured after a school van collapsed with a passenger train in Mau district of Uttar Pradesh. The accident took place at an unmanned railway crossing on Thursday morning. The injured children were immediately rushed to the nearest hospital and are being treated. Meanwhile, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu expressed grief over the incident and announced compensation to the victims_ family. Dec 4, 2014

Railways cancel 16 trains due to fog in Uttar Pradesh

Gorakhpur, Dec 04 (ANI): The railway authorities cancelled at least 16 trains as dense fog descends upon Uttar Pradesh. Heavy fog and haze covered Gorakhpur city of Uttar Pradesh, leading to delay and cancellation of trains passing through the area. Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO) of northeastern Railways, Alok Kumar Singh, said on Thursday (December 04) that drivers are given precautionary orders not to exceed the speed of trains to avoid any mishap amid low visibility. Besides, certain trains have been rescheduled and their destinations and routes changed to avoid congestion, Singh said. Passengers are facing undue inconvenience. Dec 4, 2014

Rashtrapati Bhavan plays key role in India_s food diplomacy

New Delhi, Nov 4 (ANI): The majestic and architectural masterpiece - Rashtrapati Bhavan being the residence of the President of India hosts many dignitaries from across the world. Be it the U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping or Japanese Emperor Akihito, the visitors include the high and the mighty. And, the men who serve authentic Indian cuisine to the President_s guests are chefs, many of whom have been working here for generations. Though a majority of them have not graduated from culinary institutes, they have learnt to prepare food from their ancestors and old colleagues. 58-year-old Minhaj Ali is a third generation chef, whose grandfather and father have also served in the Presidential kitchen. The man who plans and executes the menus for state banquets, high teas and luncheons at the President_s House is executive chef Machindra Kasture. He joined Rashtrapati Bhavan as executive chef in 2007 on deputation from the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). Kasture heads a team of 26 chefs, including bakers and traditional sweet makers. While planning the menu for visiting dignitaries, they not only keep in mind their likes and dislikes, but also if any of the guests are allergic to certain foods. Dec 4, 2014