Jinping more realistic to learn from India, Tibet's problem also India's problem: Dalai Lama

Mumbai, Sept 18 (ANI): The 14th Spiritual Leader of Tibetans, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, said on Thursday that Chinese President Xi Jinping's thinking is more realistic and broad minded so he can learn a lot from India which is a country of diverse cultures and traditions. He also said that Tibetans' problem is India's problem so India has to solve it by understanding and talks. Sep 18, 2014

Varun's magic will also not help BJP in UP: Politicos on Maneka's remark

New Delhi, Sept 18 (ANI): BJP leader and Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi once again made a strong pitch for her son and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi getting a bigger role in UP politics after the party's poor performance in the by-polls. Reacting over this, opposition parties said that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi's magic did not work then Varun Gandhi will also not be able to help BJP in UP. Sep 18, 2014

Tibetan exiles protest against Xi Jinping in New Delhi, protesters detained

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): Tibetan activists, on Thursday (September 18), protested against Chinese President Xi Jinping's India visit in New Delhi and accused him of killings in Tibet. Tibetan exiles shouted anti-China slogans, carrying banners demanding 'Free Tibet'. A protester scaled a light pole near Dhaula Kuan area of the Indian capital and waved banner against the Chinese President. Protesters said they are not against Jinping, but protesting for their own people. The agitated protesters protesting outside Hyderabad House, where delegation level talks between PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are underway, were later detained by the police. A scuffle also took place between police and media persons. Sep 18, 2014

Politicos react as Shah claims Sardar Patel 'would not have let J & K split

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Thursday after BJP Chief Amit Shah said that Jammu and Kashmir would have not split and Article 370 of the constitution not existed had Sardar Vallabbhai Patel handled the issue of J&K instead of Jawaharlal Nehru. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said there was some deficiency in Nehru's governance and hence Kashmir is suffering today. NCP leaders Majid Memon said that Shah was not present at the time of independence hence he shouldn't comment on the situation. NCP leader Tariq Anwar and CPI leader D Raja said that Shah's comment lacks historical resonance. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that J & K is in crisis due to floods and it's not the right time to start new politics. Sep 18, 2014

Sushil Modi stands firm on his remark on Yogi Adityanath

New Delhi, Sept 18 (ANI): Senior Bihar BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday remained firm on his remark on BJP leader Yogi Adityanath. Sushil Modi had reiterated the party line on "love jihad" but nuanced it - distancing the state unit from the Yogi Adityanath-style of rhetoric and promising to give "a good number" of tickets to Muslims in next year's Assembly elections. He said that if Yogi Adityanath spoke in Bihar like he did in UP, they would have contradicted him. Talking to mediapersons in Delhi, he said that if central leadership says anything that is the voice of the party but if any particular leader says anything that is not the voice of the party. He said that he doesn't support Yogi Adityanath's statement. Adityanath was recently seen in a video saying that Hindu boys should marry Muslim girls and later convert them. Sep 18, 2014

Prashant Bhushan refuses to reveal whistleblower's name to SC in Ranjit Sinha's case

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): Lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Thursday said that the Supreme Court had asked him to reveal the whistleblower's name in case against CBI Chief Ranjit Sinha, to which he refused to do so. Bhushan said that in a meeting of Centre of Public Interest Litigation, it was decided that the whistleblower's name shall not be revealed citing danger to his life as also seen in previous cases. The Court had asked Bhushan to disclose the name of the whistleblower that had passed information regarding the file book of CBI on basis of which the case was filed. Sep 18, 2014

Voting underway in Scotland to decide the nation's independence from UK

Edinburgh, Sep 18 (ANI): Both excitement and anxiety are mounting as voting in Scotland is underway in referendum to determine whether to break away from the United Kingdom and become independent. As polls open in Scotland, most opinion polls and experts say it is a vote too tight to predict. More than 4.2 million people are registered to vote in the country of 5.3 million people, including, for the first time, 16 and 17 year olds. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gave the go ahead for the referendum two years ago, in what was called the "Edinburgh Agreement", when it was assumed a "No" vote was a safe bet. Sep 18, 2014

China's first lady Peng Liyuan visits Tagore International School in Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): The first lady of China, Peng Liyuan on Thursday visited Tagore International School, in Vasant Vihar area of Delhi and witnessed various cultural programmes performed by the school students. The Chinese President's wife was visibly delighted to witness the cultural acts performed by the students showcasing various dance and art forms, highlighting the cultural ethos of India. Later, she left her impression by scripting a message for students in Chinese calligraphy. Earlier today, she visited Rajghat along with her husband Xi Jinping where they both paid homage at the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Sep 18, 2014

SC asks reply from Government on transparency in CVC appointment

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): The Supreme Court has asked a reply from the Central Government regarding transparency in appointment of CVCs by the government. Lawyer Prashant Bhushan said that the Court sought an answer as to why appointments were being made by a limited number of people and opportunity not reaching the general population as a whole. He added that the next hearing will be held on October 14 and till then no appointments will be made. Sep 18, 2014

Politicos on Sushil Modi's remark on Yogi Adityanath

New Delhi, Sept 18 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday reacted over senior Bihar BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi's remark on BJP leader Yogi Adityanath. Sushil Modi reiterated the party line on "love jihad" but nuanced it - distancing the state unit from the Yogi Adityanath-style of rhetoric and promising to give "a good number" of tickets to Muslims in next year's Assembly elections. He said that if Yogi Adityanath spoke in Bihar like he did in UP, they would have contradicted him. Sep 18, 2014

BJP slams Congress for publishing booklet on Modi Govt's 100 days

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): The BJP slammed the Congress for publishing a booklet on 100 days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government and calling the 100 days as a failure. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that it would have been better if they would have published book on 10 years of Congress and if they are getting happiness by doing such things, they may continue to do so. BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that what BJP has done in 100 days, Congress failed to do in 10 years. Sep 18, 2014

Hema Malini says widows from other states should not crowd Mathura, faces flak

New Delhi, Sept 18 (ANI): BJP leader Hema Malini on Thursday faced criticism for her remark that widows from Bengal and Bihar should not crowd Vrindavan, the holy city in Uttar Pradesh and home to thousands of destitute women. On a visit to her parliamentary constituency Mathura, of which Vrindavan is a part, she said there are already 40,000 widows in Vrindavan and there was no room to accommodate more. Sep 18, 2014

Jinping arrives in Delhi post private dinner with PM Modi at riverfront

Ahmedabad, Sep 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a private dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad after which Jinping arrived in New Delhi. Modi, Xi and other dignitaries visited the riverfront, which was Modi's pet project when he was chief minister of Gujarat. The site was decked up with colourful lighting and fountains for the rare occasion and artistes performed traditional dance to entertain the dignitaries. The private dinner was attended by limited number of guests, probably five persons from each side, where traditional Gujarati food was served. After the dinner, Xi left for New Delhi to have meeting with Modi, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and other leaders. Sep 18, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping receives ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping was given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday. Jinping was received in a grand welcome ceremony followed by the Guard of Honour. He then met President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other union ministers including Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jinping arrived in New Delhi Wednesday night after a private dinner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat. Sep 18, 2014