Situation worsening due to floods, assure all possible help: Omar Abdullah

Jammu, Sep 06 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that the state has never witnessed such a flood situation in the past 50 years which is worsening day by day. He said that the priority of the State government is to rescue the people and give them basic care and later think about their rehabilitation. Abdullah also said that he is not bothered about whether the Centre terms it as a 'natural calamity' or not as long as help comes for people. He also thanked the NDRF and Armed Forces for their rescue efforts and assured the people that the State government will leave no stone unturned to protect the people in flood-hit areas. Sep 6, 2014

This will encourage corrupt people: VK Singh on PK Rath getting clean chit in Sukna case

New Delhi, Sep 06 (ANI): Gen (Retd) VK Singh on Saturday spoke about the Sukna land case judgment where Lt Gen PK Rath has been given a clean chit. Singh said that fingers have been pointed at individuals rather than focusing on issues and added that there is need to look at the matter again. He also stated that this judgment will encourage people who indulge in corruption. Sep 6, 2014

Allowing BJP to form govt in Delhi will be murder of democracy: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Sep 06 (ANI): A delegation of Aam Admi Party on Saturday met the President to discuss the situation on government formation in Delhi. AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal said that the meeting went quite well and added that the party had put forth a few points before the President. Kejriwal said that none of the three major parties- Congress, BJP and AAP- has sufficient numbers to form government in Delhi and they are not ready to support any other party too. He further said that the LG giving letter to BJP to form government is against Constitution and stated that allowing BJP to form government will be the murder of democracy. Further, Kejriwal said that AAP has requested the President to dissolve the Assembly and allow fresh polls for Delhi. Sep 6, 2014

Rajnath says BJP won't run govt by horse-trading in Delhi, AAP slams

New Delhi/ Jammu, Sep 06 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the BJP will not indulge in horse-trading to form government in Delhi. Meanwhile, AAP leader Ashutosh commenting on Singh's statement said that it is not possible to believe that a party who has a history of always indulging in horse-trading will not indulge this time. Sep 6, 2014

Eight killed as roof collapses in Gurdaspur

Gurdaspur, Sep 06 (ANI): Eight members of a family died due to roof collapse in Dhallan village of Gurdaspur district in Punjab on Saturday. One of the family members has been seriously injured and shifted to a hospital in Amritsar. According to the villagers the family members were geared up for wedding ceremony of their daughter, which was supposed take place just after two days in the house. In the morning, the villagers found about the accident, which took place in the dead of the night. However, no compensation has been announced from the authorities yet, said residents. Sep 6, 2014

Truth has prevailed, had faith in judiciary: Lt Gen PK Rath on Sukna Case

New Delhi, Sep 06 (ANI): Lieutenant General PK Rath on Saturday said that he had complete faith in judiciary of the country and truth has finally prevailed. PK Rath has been given a clean chit by the Armed Forces Tribunal in a corruption case of Sukna Land Deal. General (Retd) VK Singh had earlier expressed disappointment on the judgement saying that this will encourage people who indulge in corruption. Sep 6, 2014

People in Mariupol react to ceasefire

The guns remained silent over eastern Ukraine on Saturday as a truce between Ukraine and pro-Kremlin insurgents appeared to be holding despite concerns it will fail to halt the separatist drive in the east. Duration: 00:45 Sep 6, 2014

Scotland gears up for referendum

An independent Scotland would need to join international clubs like the EU, NATO and the UN if it wants to have any influence as a small state on the global stage, according to an expert at the University of Edinburgh. Duration: 01:23 Sep 6, 2014

"Fragrances of the Northeast" festival promotes films, food and craft of the region in capital Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): The three-day long film festival at Siri Fort Auditorium complex in Delhi attracted a large crowd. Inaugurated by Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, the festival showcased eight films from the Northeast. They included Jhanu Barua's Assamese film Ajeyo and Pradip Kurbah's Khasi film Ri: A Homeland of Uncertainty. Several film personalities from the northeastern states were felicitated during the event. On the opening day, Assamese singer and composer Papon along with his band 'The East India Company' enthralled the audience. He sang a number of his hits in Assamese, Punjabi and Bollywood songs as well. Internationally-acclaimed Naga pianist and singer Nise Meruno and choir group "Nagaland Singing Ambassadors" also mesmerized the audiences with their dazzling performances. The festival also showcased an exhibition of handicrafts from the northeastern states. A painting exhibition organized by the Lalit Kala Akademi was also a part of the event. Sep 7, 2014

BJP clarifies Amit Shah's controversial statement on communal tension in UP

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): BJP Spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri on Sunday clarified BJP President Amit Shah's controversial statement that communal tension in Uttar Pradesh will help BJP win the polls. Shastri said that Shah wanted to convey the message that the government in UP has always used communal tension as a tool for polarization of votes and if the situation continues it will make easy for BJP to win UP elections. He added that Shah meant that people of Uttar Pradesh are observing the situation under SP government and will take the right decision in choosing next government. Sep 7, 2014

PM Modi leaves for JandK to review flood situation

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left from New Delhi to review flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Modi had called a review meeting on Saturday where Home Minister Rajnath Singh, after touring the flood-affected areas, briefed him. The PMO had said in a statement that after reviewing the situation, the Prime Minister decided to visit Jammu and Kashmir to personally assess the gravity of the situation and understand the problems being faced by the people. This will be Modi's third visit to the state and second to the Valley since he became the Prime Minister. Sep 7, 2014

Germany's foreign minister visits New Delhi to boost bilateral trade

New Delhi, Sep 07 (ANI): German Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier has arrived in New Delhi for a three-day visit to hold political and business talks with India in a bid to boost bilateral trade. During his visit, Steinmeier will hold talks with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, his counterpart Sushma Swaraj as well as Education Minister Smriti Irani, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and the Trade Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. He is scheduled to hold meetings with Indian business leaders in order to boost bilateral trade and facilitate German investment in India. Sep 7, 2014