Issue of missing persons remains unresolved after long March

Quetta, Sep 01: Hoping to seek justice for disappeared persons in Balochistan, 72-year-old Mama Qadeer travelled more than 2,000 kms on foot along with a group of Baloch women and men from Quetta to Islamabad. He submitted a memorandum to the UN country office in Islamabad demanding an investigation of missing persons, target killings and involvement of agencies in heinous crimes in Balochistan. However, the Long March, supported by the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, failed to bring any respite on incidents of enforced disappearances in Balochistan. The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons continues to struggle for the safe release of over 18,000 Baloch activists who are currently being illegally detailed by Pakistani forces. Sep 1, 2014

Wounded Gazans struggle to find treatment after war

Still in shock weeks after an Israel shell blast shredded his arm and killed four members of his family, Ahmed Ayyad is one of many wounded Gazans now needing long-term care. Duration: 02:44 Sep 1, 2014

Politicos react as Modi govt completes 100 days' office

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday reacted as Narendra Modi-led BJP government completed its 100 days' office. Modi was sworn-in as prime minister of India on May 26 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi. CPI-M leader Brinda Karat said that the Modi-led government had disappointed the people of the nation. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Modi's government has failed to deliver its promises to the people. BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that BJP has a fixed goal to achieve after coming to power. Sep 1, 2014

Around 18 people arrested for gambling in Delhi's 5 star hotel

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): Delhi Additional Commissioner of Police SBS Tyagi on Monday said that they have arrested around 18 people for gambling in a 5-star hotel, Le Meridian of Delhi. Tyagi said that 2 people had booked the suite and the rest 16 who were guests were not checked for their identity by the hotel authorities. He further said that this was a security lapse from the part of the hotel and that actions can be taken against them for the same. Tyagi further informed that all the people were from tran-jamuna area of the national capital and were not so high-profile. Sep 1, 2014

Fresh clashes in Islamabad intensifies pressure on PM Sharif to resign

Islamabad, Sep 01 (ANI): Pakistani protesters wielding sticks and throwing stones clashed with police in the centre of Islamabad on Monday after weeks of demonstrations calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif turned violent over the weekend. Despite heavy rain, crowds of protesters tried to break through police lines to push their way to the prime minister's residence. Police responded by firing teargas. Some also broke into the PTV national television's headquarters in Islamabad. A crowd of men stormed into the building after breaking through its gate. Protests led by politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri erupted last month and descended into deadly confrontation on Saturday (August 30), with at least three people killed in clashes with police. Sep 1, 2014

Situation in Pak indicates Imran Khan and Qadri only hungry for seat: Waiel Awwad

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): Talking about the situation in Pakistan and political crisis in the country, Senior Journalist Dr. Waiel Awwad said that the situation only indicates that Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri are hungry for seats and that they want to bring down the civil government. Awwad also said that the situation has gone out of control and that Army needs to step in now. This came after the protesters stormed the PTV national television's headquarters, but later vacated the place when they were called back by the protest leaders. Sep 1, 2014

Gurutsav an essay competition, facts are being distorted: Smriti Irani

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Monday clarified the controversial renaming of Teachers' Day to Gurutsav. Irani said that Gurutsav is an essay competition being organized by the Education Ministry and added that the real facts are being distorted. She also said that the competition is about an appreciation by the present and past students to their teachers. Sep 1, 2014

Coal scam: SC should look into each block allotment case by case, says Majid Memon

New Delhi, Sept 1 (ANI): Ahead of the hearing on the coal scam in the Supreme Court, senior advocate Majid Memon on Monday said the apex court will have to undertake an exercise of finding out each block allotment case by case. The Supreme Court had earlier declared that all allocations made by the Screening Commission and the government between 1992 and 2009 as illegal and arbitrary. The Supreme Court had deemed more than 200 allocations to be illegal. The Supreme Court had scheduled a hearing on the first of September to decide on those allocations where the mining work has already begun. It may be mentioned that a CAG report on coal block allocation had stated that nearly 150 coalfields were allotted to private and state-run firms without transparency and objectivity between 2005 and 2009. Sep 1, 2014

Mixed reactions flow as Rajnath says no white flag for Pak if ceasefire continues

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): Mixed political reactions flowed on Monday as Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave a statement that India will not be ready for any friendly relations or talks until Pakistan stops violating the ceasefire along the Indo-Pak international border. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the government does not have a policy for Pakistan and the Home Minister should clarify as to what he means by his statement. SP leader Naresh Agarwal slammed the government for showing softness towards Pak by inviting Nawaz Sharif to PM Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony. NCP leader Majid Memon welcomed the statement saying that Rajnath Singh has taken the correct decision and it will warn Pak. BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that Pakistan should understand that friendship and enmity cannot go hand in hand. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Singh has sent the correct message to Pakistan and added that it should be strictly followed. Sep 1, 2014

Jaitley criticizes CBI for raking up old issues, politicos react

New Delhi, Sept 1 (ANI): Finance minister Arun Jaitley has criticized the CBI for resurrecting a disinvestment case that's more than a decade old, saying such actions could damage the country's overall investment climate. The first information report (FIR) in the case against former disinvestment secretary Pradip Baijal and others in the sale of Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel in Udaipur in 2002 has recently been filed. He further said that if 12 years later an FIR is registered, it hurts governance because it lowers the confidence of the civil servants to take decisions. Sep 1, 2014

Modi govt to release undertrials who have served half of their maximum terms, politicos react

New Delhi, Sept 1 (ANI): Politicos on Monday backed the Narendra Modi government's decision to initiate steps to release prisoners who have served at least half the sentence they would have been awarded if convicted, irrespective of the progress of their trial. However, this largesse will not extend to those who have been held for offences which specify death penalty or life sentence. Sep 1, 2014

Amit Shah pays obeisance at Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 01 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah paid obeisance at 16th century Sree Padmanabhaswamy on Monday in Kerala and sought blessings. Clad in religious white dhoti, Shah visited the temple accompanied by security personnel. Shah later visited the BJP office in the state to strategise on the upcoming assembly polls. Shah is expected to discuss strategy with party workers in Thiruvananthapuram city to help BJP expand its foothold for electoral gains in the southern state. The party is looking with new hope in the state, where Congress party has strong hold among the voters. Sep 1, 2014

At least 4 killed and 12 injured in Noida road accident

Noida, Sep 01 (ANI): Four employee of Motherson company, a private firm based in Noida were killed and over 12 injured when a bus carrying them collided with a truck in Sector 71 of Noida on Monday. The injured were immediately rushed to the nearest hospitals. Doctor said that a few are serious while others can be released on an immediate basis. The accident took place early in the morning when the victims were on their way to the Motherson company. One of the injured said that the truck collided straight on to the bus and that both the drivers didn’t pay attention. Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Noida, Rajkumar Mishra confirmed the number of deaths. Sep 1, 2014

Devotees in Vadodara prepare gigantic 'Modak' sweet to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

Vadodara, Sep 01 (ANI): A group of devotees in Gujarat prepared a gigantic dumpling shaped sweet, Modak, on the occasion of the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day popular celebration during which it is believed that Lord Ganesha bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees. The group had initiated to create the lord's favourite sweet weighing 800 kilograms for the people of Vadodora city. The sweet was made into five layers each consisting of a different ingredient. The organiser of the sweet making event, Ankur said that a team of seven to eight people prepared the biggest sweet in around 36 hours. Devotees buy decorated and colourful idols of Lord Ganesha and establish them in their homes for 10 days and revel in religious pageantry. Sep 1, 2014