BJP promised good days but talking of 'Love Jihad', social division: Akhilesh

Lucknow, Sep 15 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday slammed the BJP government for continuous controversial remarks by its leaders. Yadav said that BJP promised good days to the people of India before elections but now they are talking about 'Love Jihad'. He added that BJP always takes up issues which lead to social and communal division which the Samajwadi Party will keep opposing. Yadav also said that the people of the country will respond to such divisive acts of BJP. Sep 15, 2014

India's 'Mars Mission' to enter into Mars orbit on Sept 24: ISRO

Banglore, Sep 15 (ANI): ISRO Scientific Secretary, V Koteswara Rao said on Monday that India's 'Mars Mission' will enter into the sphere of influence of planet Mars on September 24. He further said that if the mission is successfully accomplished, India would be the first country to complete the mission in its maiden attempt. Rao also said that if things go well, pictures will also be taken though they may not be of very high quality. Mars Mission has covered 98 per cent of the distance. Sep 15, 2014

Discussion over seats going on, want alliance to remain: Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai, Sep 15 (ANI): Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, on Sunday, addressed a press conference and said that the discussion over seat distribution is going on with its ally BJP. He added that it won't be appropriate for him to say anything negative regarding seats at this point as discussion is on. Thackeray added that he wanted the alliance to be maintained. BJP has offered equal number of seats to Shiv Sena in Maharashtra Assembly Polls over which Sena has expressed dissatisfaction. Sep 15, 2014

Tibetans-in-Exile expect India to raise their concerns with visiting Chinese President

Dharamshala, Sep 15 (ANI): Tibetans-in-exile from Dharamshala expect Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to discusss their concerns with Chinese President, Xi Jinping, during his visit to India later this week. A Tibetan-In-Exile, Lobsang Yeshi on Sunday said that the people of Tibet expect that Modi will discuss issues of human right violations inside Tibet with Xi. Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit India between September 17 and 19. Speaker of Tibetan Parliament In-Exile, Penpa Tsering, said that the whole world is undergoing tremendous change politically and in Asia also, now there is a lot of dynamism in terms of country-to-country relations. Sep 15, 2014

BJP proposes to place CBI under RTI, Politicos react

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): Politicos react on Monday after BJP proposed that Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should be placed under Right to Information Act (RTI). BJP leader Sambit Patra said that BJP wants a corruption free and transparent CBI. Supporting Patra, party leader Subramanian Swamy said that even he believes that CBI should come under RTI although an additional condition can be placed allowing CBI to choose the ongoing cases which shouldn’t be placed under RTI. Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that although CBI should be transparent, but revealing details of important cases could be dangerous. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that all the parties should be invited and a consensus should be built about placing CBI under RTI. Sep 15, 2014

Converted water schemes into solar, Inland waterways need to be developed: Gadkari

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday addressed a news conference and highlighted the government's efforts towards cleanliness and provision of safe drinking water. Gadkari said that the government has worked towards transforming the water purification schemes converting them into solar. He added that monitoring and accountability mechanisms have been set up in the drinking water sector to increase efficiency in work. He also said that developing of inland waterways and ports is government's priority and it can contribute to at least 2% to GDP growth of the country. Sep 15, 2014

SC asks Prashant Bhushan to reveal name of whistle-blower in Ranjit Sinha case in sealed envelope

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday directed lawyer Prashant Bhushan to disclose the source of his information in the 2G scam case about CBI Chief Ranjit Sinha. The court asked Bhushan to submit the name and address of the whistle-blower in a sealed envelope. The CBI chief, defending himself, has said that 90 per cent of entries in the register are forged while some entries may be genuine. However, Bhushan said that this infringes on the privacy of the whistle-blower and therefore needs permission from the same. The court thus gave a week's time to Bhushan and the next hearing is to take place next Monday. Sep 15, 2014

Flood alert issued in four districts of Bihar and Jharkhand

Bihar, Sep 15 (ANI): The Governments of Bihar and Jharkhand have sounded a flood alert in the four districts of Rohtas, Aurangabad, Arwal and Bhojpur following the release of three lakh cusecs of water from the Rihand Barrage after heavy rainfall. According to reports, both governments are keeping a close watch on the evolving situation. The water level in the Sone River is yet to rise to the danger mark. It is expected that the situation may change after the water reaches the Inderpuri Barrage in Rohtas District. Sep 15, 2014

Hungry flood victims look forward to food supply with repaired roads in Kashmir

Rajouri, Sep 15 (ANI): Road repair in Kashmir made rapid progress as people stranded in the flood waters in Rajouri district awaited desperately for access to food and medicine. Authorities of Border Road Organisation (BRO) worked on a war footing to revive the roads damaged by landslide and facilitate communication with the rest of the state. Border Road Organisation and Army with the help of the locals have been working day and night to make temporary arrangement to address the immediate need of the people. Sep 15, 2014

Political leaders condemn BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj's'madarsa remark' even as BJP calls it'personal opin

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Sep 15 (ANI): Political party leaders condemned BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj's remark on Madarsas wherein he said that these institutions are imparting education on terrorism and that Muslim men are getting paid to convert Hindu girls. Congress leader Manish Tewari questioned on the silence of prime minister and Muslim leaders in the party over the matter. SP leader Naresh Agarwal and CPI leader D Raja condemned the remark and said that BJP is trying to polarize the nation. Former Samajwadi Party leader Kamal Farooqui said that such leaders should either get proof for their statements or should be prosecuted for the same. Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that this was his'personal opinion' and there is no need to call it communal. Sep 15, 2014

Politicos react on Maneka Gandhi's'animal slaughter funding terror' remark

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Sep 15 (ANI): Politicos on Monday reacted after Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said that cow slaughtering is funding terrorist activities. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that if a union minister makes such allegation, he/she must substantiate with evidence. Sandeep Dikshit taking a dig at Gandhi said she must have thought that the PM is himself communal, so he would like her making such provocative statements. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that BJP is trying to spread communalism and the people of our country will never accept this. Sep 15, 2014

President receives warm welcome on arrival in Vietnam

Vietnam, Sep 15 (ANI): President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, received a warm welcome on arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, on a four-day visit to strengthen bilateral ties. The visit will mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Mukherjee was also given the ceremonial guard of honour. He is scheduled to hold talks with the Vietnam Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung and his counterpart, Truong Tan Sang, on issues of international, regional and bilateral importance. Mukherjee, during the visit, will also gift a sapling of the holy 'Bodhi Tree' to the country to symbolise the strong and growing partnership between India and Vietnam. Sep 15, 2014

Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt to resign after losing to Left opposition

Sweden, Sep 15 (ANI): Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt concedes his defeat after opposition center-left alliance, led by the Social Democratic Party, beat the incumbent center-right government in the 2014 parliamentary election. Reinfeldt is to resign on Monday after the defeat. He also told supporters in Stockholm late yesterday that he will also step down as leader of the conservative Moderate Party next year. According to Swedish Parliament website, the final election results are expected to come out on September 20 and the newly elected parliament will convene on September 29. Sep 15, 2014

Congress- BJP reacts as Manmohan Singh says 'I did my duty' over 2G scam allegations

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): Congress and BJP react as Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that he did his duty during his tenure. Singh said this while replying to Former CAG Vinod Rai's allegations on his role in the 2G allocation scam. Congress leader Sandeep Dixit supported Singh and said that he definitely did his duty what was required of him. Meanwhile, BJP leader Sambit Patra questioned Singh on the same and asked whose orders was he obeying. Sep 15, 2014

Ananth Kumar calls for introduction to lifestyle diseases in school curriculum

Bhopal, Sep 15 (ANI): Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Ananth Kumar, asked the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, to become the first state in the country to introduce a chapter on lifestyle diseases in school curriculum to combat cardiovascular diseases and obesity. The minister, while addressing a gathering at a workshop on echocardiography, emphasised on the need to create awareness about lifestyle diseases among school students. Chouhan, who was also present at the workshop, said they would like to go ahead with the proposal. Kumar said a pharmaceutical park will also come up in Madhya Pradesh. Sep 15, 2014