BJPs Sakshi Maharaj receives flak over madarsas give education of terrorism remark

Unnao/ Lucknow, Sep 14 (ANI): Bharatiya Janta Party MP Sakshi Maharaj on Sunday received flak over his controversial remark wherein he alleged that Madarsas give ‘education of terrorism’. He said that all educational institutions should be under government and under the same norms and that madarsas should not be given right to impart such education to the kids. Maharaj also alleged that no madarsas hoist Indian national flag on 15th August or 26th January. He also said that Muslim men try to convert Hindu girls and take his as a trade. Reacting on the same, Muslim Cleric Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali said that madrasas cultivate & spread message of love and peace. He slammed the BJP MP and said that he should better upgrade his knowledge before commenting. Sep 14, 2014

Early morning visit by rare Thorn rat takes Coimbatore by surprise

Coimbatore, Sep 14 (ANI): The sudden early morning appearance of a rare species of hedgehog, commonly known as Thorn rat, in a residential area on the outskirts of Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu caused much excitement as people came forward to feed and caress it. The thorn rat was rescued by a local villager near Kannampalayam village. A resident, Selvam, who rescued the thorn rat, has already handed over the animal to the Coimbatore zoo authorities. Hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures and, unless ill, are rarely seen out in the day. Most of the night is spent foraging for food and taking short naps. Sep 14, 2014

Maoists call for strike in Jharkhand collapsing whole transportation system

Latehar, Sep 14 (ANI): Maoist organisation, People’s Liberation Front, called for a shutdown in red corridor of Jharkhand resulting in total collapse of the transportation system in Latehar district on Sunday. No public transport or heavy vehicle were seen plying on the National Highway (NH) 75 and NH 99 passing through the district. Even only a handful of light vehicles were seen on the roads. PLFI called the strike protesting the death of two labourers in the mining. Meanwhile, resident Bansi Singh said people are losing business due to this strike and they are scared of going out of their home and travel. Suspected Maoists blew up a stretch of the railway track between Latehar and Bendi stations in Daltonganj town derailing a goods train late on the night of September 09. Sep 14, 2014

Animal slaughter no longer about religion, but money: Maneka Gandhi

Jaipur, Sep 14 (ANI): Women and Child development minister Maneka Gandhi on Sunday said that it is shameful that animal slaughtering takes place more than China in India. She further said that milking cows are traded to Bangladesh and middle-east and the money through this trade goes into terrorism. Condemning the act of animal slaughtering and beef trading, she said that the business is no longer about religion but only money. Sep 14, 2014

Eminent educationist Kireet Joshi dies of cancer

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): Eminent educationist and former education adviser to the government of India, Kireet Joshi, passed away on Sunday after battling cancer. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of Joshi. He tweeted saying, “Saddened by demise of Kireet Joshi. He will be remembered as a fine scholar and educationist, devoted to the principles of Sri Aurobindo. As advisor to Gujarat CM, Kireet Bhai played a key role in setting up of Children's University and Institute of Teacher Education.” Joshi was working for the Aurobindo Mission in Puducherry. He had left his job as Surat assistant collector in 1955 after being inspired by Sri Aurobindo and Mother. Sep 14, 2014

Rivals bid for votes in 'knife-edge' Scotland referendum

Campaigners for and against Scottish independence scramble for votes ahead of a historic referendum, as a religious leader prayed for harmony after polls showed Scots were almost evenly split. Duration: 01:21 Sep 14, 2014

BJP sends relief materials to flood ravaged JandK

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): Delhi BJP on Sunday flagged off a truck loaded with relief materials for the people stuck in flood ravaged Jammu and Kashmir. Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay flagged off the truck and said that the party is even ready to send their workers to the flood affected state for help in rescue operations. Meanwhile, many Kerala tourists stranded in the flood hit state of Jammu and Kashmir arrived at Delhi airport on Sunday and thanked the authorities for the help provided. Relatives were seen relieved to see their acquaintances as they returned safely from the valley. Jammu and Kashmir is facing the worst flood in half of a century where around 1.5 lakh people are still marooned. Sep 14, 2014

Mumbai local train derails at CST station

Mumbai, Sep 14 (ANI): Mumbai local train got derailed on Sunday morning thereby affecting Harbour line services. The suburban train got derailed while it was entering CST station. The officials soon took steps so that the commuters don’t face problems. However, no casualty has been reported. Sep 14, 2014

Air Traffic Control works round the clock to monitor rescue ops in flood hit Kashmir

Srinagar, Sep 14 (ANI): Air Traffic Control undauntingly took up the challenge of monitoring aircrafts and choppers making numerous sorties throughout the day to rescue the victims of devastating floods that disrupted normal life in Kashmir. Air Commodore B Balachandran, said on Sunday that the enhanced number of operations demands involvement of more controllers which keep them on their toes all the time. He added that it is a continuous flow and that is how the personnel can maximise the effort, he added. Meanwhile, Flight Lieutenant Nikita Bharadwaj said the coordination among all three armed wings of India is helping meet the goals. Sep 14, 2014

Subramanian Swamy suggests president rule for JandK, Politicos react

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): BJP leader Subramanian Swamy commenting on the separatist pelting stones at rescue officers said that the best option for Jammu and Kashmir would be to go under presidential rule for at least a year and then have fresh elections. Slamming Swamy for his comment, NPP Chief Bhim Singh said that there is no provision for presidential rule in state and that his statement stinks of old BJP power games. SP leader Gaurav Bhatia, condemning Swamy’s statement said that it’s ill-timed and that the priority should be to bring normalcy in the valley. Sep 14, 2014