Festive season and weddings increase sale of diamonds

Surat, Nov 28 (ANI): Demand for diamonds is slowly increasing as the wedding season is on and the prices of gold have fallen down. President of Surat Diamond Association, Dinesh Navadiya, said that diamond sales have increased because of Christmas, wedding season and fall in gold prices in the country. After Diwali the environment for the diamond industry is very good. Today there is good demand in Europe and America for diamonds as Christmas is nearing. In the last two months gold prices have fallen, which has helped the diamond industry. Nov 28, 2014

Families urge Central government to declare truth about abducted Indians in Iraq

Amritsar/Jalandhar, Nov 28 (ANI): Getting suspicious about the well being of their loved ones after some media reported that the 39 out of 40 Indians abducted by ISIS were killed, family members on Friday urged the government to declare truth on the same. Media reports said that the workers were killed by Islamic State (IS) militants on the basis of account given by eyewitness Harjeet Massih, who managed to escape from their clutches. Later, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told Parliament that 39 abducted construction workers in Iraq were alive, on the basis of information from six sources, thus contradicting eyewitness’ account that they were shot dead. Wife of a victim, Seema said that she doesn’t have any contact with her husband. The abductees were working for a Turkish construction company in Mosul. Meanwhile, mother of another victim, abductee Harbhajan Kaur said that she has faith in what the government is saying and has been praying to god for her son’s safe return to home. Nov 28, 2014

BJP's aim to spread communalism, SP should take note: Mayawati on AMU VC's letter row

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): BSP Chief Mayawati said on Friday that BJP is trying to spread communal tension by deciding to celebrate Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh's birthday at Aligarh Muslim University. Talking about the row of AMU VC's letter to the HRD Ministry, Mayawati said that the state government should take note of the incident and stop any communal activities from taking birth in the state. Nov 28, 2014

Politicos condemn reports of killing of Indians abducted by ISIS in June

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Political leaders condemn apparent killing of Indians abducted by ISIS in June. A news channel claimed that out of 39 Indians kidnapped in Iraq, only one of them was still left alive. Government sources were quick to dismiss the claims saying their current information did not corroborate the claim. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is to make a statement in the Parliament on the safety and conditions of Indians stuck in Iraq. Political leaders also demanded actions from central government on the issue and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should responsibility and act on the information so far gathered. Nov 28, 2014

Rampal produced before Punjab and Haryana HC Part - 1

Chandigarh, Nov 28 (ANI): Self-styled 'godman' Sant Rampal was produced before the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday. His bail plea had been cancelled earlier on November 20 in a 2006 murder case. The divisional bench today directed the additional chief secretary, Home, Haryana, to file a report regarding the properties owned by Rampal. The self-styled ' godman ', who was arrested from his Satlok Ashram after a two-week long standoff in Hisar's Barwala town, has rubbished all the charges leveled against him. Nov 28, 2014

Rampal produced before Punjab and Haryana HC Part - 2

Chandigarh, Nov 28 (ANI): Self-styled 'godman' Sant Rampal was produced before the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday. His bail plea had been cancelled earlier on November 20 in a 2006 murder case. The divisional bench today directed the additional chief secretary, Home, Haryana, to file a report regarding the properties owned by Rampal. The self-styled ' godman ', who was arrested from his Satlok Ashram after a two-week long standoff in Hisar's Barwala town, has rubbished all the charges leveled against him. Nov 28, 2014

CRPF Director General says state govt want Maoism to continue

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Director General (DG) of paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Dilip Trivedi accused some state governments of helping Maoism to continue for their selfish reasons while addressing a news conference in New Delhi. Trivedi was addressing mediapersons and other CRPF officers before ending his term as DG on November 30. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since 1960s. Meanwhile, Trivedi also said various committees and studies conducted by the government for welfare of forces was a waste of public money. The government is not serious about regulating sale of explosives whose easy availability to Maoists had led to increasing deaths of force personnel, Trivedi added. Nov 28, 2014

Rahul Gandhi visits Delhi slum, dares govt to run bulldozer over him to demolish slums

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited Rangpur Pahadi slums in south Delhi, where hundreds of dwellings were demolished a couple of days ago, and sent out a stern warning to the Centre against resorting to such action. Vowing to fight for the poor who were left homeless after Tuesday's demolition drive, Rahul said that if they want to use the bulldozer again, it will be his body they will have to cross first. The slum dwellers chanted slogans in support of the Congress vice-president as he interacted with some of them. Gandhi’s visit to the Rangpuri Pahari slum comes at a time when Delhi is gearing up for the assembly polls. Meanwhile, Congress leaders also said that they will protest against the central government until justice is done to the slum dwellers. Nov 28, 2014

Maoists burn polling party tractors amid elections in Jharkhand

Latehar, Nov 28 (ANI): Maoists attacked security personnel in Latehar district of Jharkhand and burned down eight tractors belonging to polling parties. A battalion of India’s paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was returning back to its posts when Maoists opened fire. They were retaliated upon but no injuries were reported. The village head of Sarju, where the tractors were burnt, Phuldev Uraav said that he didn’t know of the incident till the next day. The Maoists retrieved important belongings from the tractors before proceeding to burn them in a field. Maoists had given a call to boycott state polls and asked people to refrain from voting despite which voters came out in high numbers to practice their franchise. The five-phased polls in Jharkhand which began on Tuesday will end on December 20. Nov 28, 2014

Rahul Gandhi dares government to run bulldozer over him; politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited Rangpur Pahadi slums in south Delhi on Thursday evening, and dared the BJP government to run bulldozer over him. Hundreds of dwellings were demolished a couple of days ago in the slums. Meanwhile, politicos gave mixed reaction on the same. Nov 28, 2014

Army tightens search operation in Kashmir after 10 killed in militant attack

Jammu, Nov 28 (ANI): Search operation was tightened in Jammu and Kashmir to look for militant hideouts after gunmen wearing army uniforms attacked an army base near the border with Pakistan, leaving ten people dead in the worst militant violence in more than a year. On Friday morning, army personnel conducted thorough search operation in the villages in Jammu region. Several tanks, arms and ammunitions were also arranged by them in a bid to prevent any further untoward happenings. The Thursday's incident came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif had a brief meeting at a summit of South Asian leaders in Nepal that clinched a deal to create a regional electricity grid. Four or five gunmen split into two groups upon arriving in the town of Arnia, about four km (3 miles) from the border, with one group attacking an army bunker and the other holed up in a house, a senior army officer had said. Nov 28, 2014

Reactions come in as AMU VC writes to Smriti Irani over Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh's birthday celebr

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Reactions come in as the Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University wrote to Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, warning of "massive student unrest" and a "probability of communal conflagration" if "certain elements" go ahead with their plan to commemorate the birthday of Raja Mahendra Pratap, on the varsity campus on December 1. BJP said that AMU should refrain from communalizing and try to keep itself away from politics for the good of the university. Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that if the central university's VC is saying something, it should be taken into cognizance. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that BJP has this ideology of communalizing the atmosphere and such acts will further deteriorate conditions in UP and the university. Nov 28, 2014

Security tightened for PM Modi's Kashmir rally a day after militant attacks

Poonch, Nov 28 (ANI): Residents in Jammu and Kashmir said on Friday they expect Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce something substantial for the youth of the state. Security has been beefed up for Modi's rally in Kashmir's Poonch district, a day after militants attacked an army base in Arnia sector killing three security personnel and three civilians. Hundreds of security personnel in uniforms were seen standing holding automatic guns. Residents were excited about Modi's election rally. The first phase of polling in the state took place on November 25 and other phases will take place till December 20. The results will be announced on December 23. Nov 28, 2014

HC allows Delhi schools to decide on nursery admission guidelines

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Delhi High Court on Friday gave verdict on the Nursery admissions case and has allowed Delhi schools to decide on the guidelines of the admissions themselves. The court gave its final decision on the petition of the people seeking admission for their children. The court was hearing a batch of petitions filed by the parents against guidelines issued by Delhi's Lieutenant Governor on December 18, 2013 on the admissions. The court said that the LG's order is without the authority of law and against the fundamental rights of the school authority. Under the earlier system, out of a total 100 points, 70 were given if the child lives in the neighbourhood of the school, additional 20 were given if a sibling is studying there, five points more if either parent is an alumni and another five points if it is an inter-state transfer case. Nov 28, 2014