Jammu and Kashmir finance minister meets PM Modi over steps to overcome flood impact in state

New Delhi, Sep 13 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed over steps to overcome the impact of flood situation in the state. Rather said that he requested the prime minister to declare it as a national disaster and give relaxation to the policies for fast relief of people. He said that he has asked PM to look at the issues like housing, employment, essential products and restoration of public buildings among many others to overcome the loss to the state. He also asked PM to provide special rehabilitation package for housing. Further, the state finance minister said that Modi assured of all help possible by the central government. Sep 13, 2014

Manish Sisodia refuses to budge from his statement, says BJP tried to bribe his 15 MLAs

New Delhi, Sep 13 (ANI): Remaining adamant on his earlier statement AAP leader Manish Sisodia said on Saturday that the BJP has been trying to bribe AAP MLAs from almost two months and has been trying to form government in Delhi through a backdoor. He further said that they have many evidences to prove that the BJP has been trying to poach AAP's 15 MLA's and that they will place the evidences in the public, press and in front of the authorities at the right time. Sep 13, 2014

Judiciary's independence cannot be taken away, should be corruption free: CJI

New Delhi, Sep 13 (ANI): Chief Justice of India RM Lodha on Saturday addressed a gathering and laid stress on the freedom of judiciary. Lodha said that no effort will succeed in taking the freedom of judiciary away. He added that once the freedom of judiciary is maintained, the country will have a strong rule of law. Lodha further threw light on the evil of corruption which takes away the trust of people from judiciary. He also said that judiciary should be corruption free as corruption is the worst form of ailment in democracy. Sep 13, 2014

NSUI alleges political pressure by govt, teachers andprincipals responsible for ABVP win in DUSU pol

New Delhi, Sep 13 (ANI): After ABVP sweeped the DUSU elections on Saturday, NSUI alleged that political pressure by the government, teachers and college principals is responsible for ABVP win. NSUI President Roji M john said that it is pure political pressure and that the party had always worked for the students and will continue to do so. Meanwhile, NSUI Vice President Amrita Dhawan said that the works done by the party in the FYUP issue were not communicated properly to the students and that lead to the party's defeat. Dhawan also alleged political pressure for ABVP's victory. Sep 13, 2014

"Situation in flood ravaged JandK returning to normalcy, army working for relief"

Jammu, Sep 13 (ANI): Briefing about the situation in flood ravaged Jammu and Kashmir state, General Officer Commanding, 16 Corps, Lt Gen K H Singh said that the situation is returning back to normalcy as the flood water is receding gradually. He said that many roads cut off by the rain and landslides have been restored back by the Border roads and the Army and vehicles will soon be allowed to ply on them. Singh also said that the Army is working in rescue and relief operations and that nearly 16,000 people have been rescued. He also said that the teams have provided medical camps and are providing with food and shelter to the stranded people in the state. Sep 13, 2014

Kamal Nath slams Former PM for negligence in 2G scam, Politicos React

New Delhi, Sep 13 (ANI): Political leaders react as Congress leader Kamal Nath slammed former PM Manmohan Singh for not preventing the scam in 2G spectrum, even after he wrote a letter to former PM warning him about the 2G spectrum scam. BJP leader Sambit Patra criticizing Kamal Nath for being a mere spectator said that his silence has cost the country a lot and that he should have resigned at that time and come out in the open. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar, taking a dig at Kamal Nath said that he must be showing his anger as he was not given a ministerial position. However, Congress leader Rashid Alvi defending former PM chose to twist Kamal Nath's statement itself. Sep 13, 2014

DUSU polls: ABVP wins all four seats

New Delhi, Sept 13 (ANI): BJP-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) won all the four posts in the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) elections results declared on Saturday. Thousands of students had voted to elect the new student union in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Delhi University (DU) yesterday. Mohit Nagar won the president post, Pravesh Malik - vice president, Ameet Sidhu - secretary and Ashutosh Mathur - joint secretary. Sep 13, 2014

Japanese visitors advice residents of Varanasi to keep it clean

Varanasi, Sept 13 (ANI): A group of Japanese tourists visiting the temple city of Varanasi suggested that the collective effort of the residents will help the presently littered city become clean and tidy. This group travelling from Patna to Varanasi felt that the filth in Varanasi needs to be cleared off at once. One of the tourists, Aijwa, travelling with the group, said that the residents should not allow their city to be littered. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, recently visited Japan and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. As a part of this MoU, Japan has agreed to work towards the heritage conservation and modernisation of Varanasi. The Tourist guide traveling with this group, Santosh, said that his guests were very unhappy with the filth they saw all over the town. Sep 13, 2014

Former MP Mahant Avaidyanath passes away after prolonged illness

Gorakhpur, Sep 13 (ANI): Former MP Mahant Avaidyanath, who had been at the forefront of the Ram Temple movement in Ayodhya, passed away in Gorakhpur city of Uttar Pradesh, after battling a prolonged illness for the past few months. Avaidyanath, guru of BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, took his last breath Friday night. He was admitted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon and brought back to Gorakhpur on Friday evening. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of Avaidyanath. He tweeted saying, "Saddened over the demise of Mahant Avaidyanath ji. He will be remembered for his patriotic zeal and determined efforts to serve society." Sep 13, 2014

Political parties demand strict action against NCP's Laxmanrao Dhobale if rape allegations true

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Sep 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday demanded strict action against NCP MLA Laxmanrao Dhobale if rape allegations against him are proved to be true. A case has been registered against Dhobale after a woman leveled allegations of rape against the leader. According to reports, the woman, who is employed as a clerk in the Dhobale's Nalanda University, has accused him of raping her on three occasions. She also said that Dhobale had threatened to kill her. NCP leader Nawab Malik said that if the allegations are proved to be true, Dhobale should be arrested and required actions should be taken against him and that the NCP won't interfere in the matter. Congress leader Barkha Shukla also followed the suit. BJP leader Shaina NC demanded strict actions against the accused leader. Sep 13, 2014

Hundreds of rescued people leave flood ravaged J and K even as Army works to restore connectivity

SRINAGAR/ POONCH, Sep 13 (ANI): Hundreds of evacuees boarded an aircraft on Saturday to leave the flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, as rescue operations continued on war-footing to pull out the victims. Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh said 130,000 people have been rescued from the flood-hit region while 200 lost their lives. The Indian army has deployed about 30,000 troops for rescue and relief operations and soldiers distributed 224,000 litres of water and food to survivors. Many people praised the Indian army on social media for its rescue and relief efforts, but others vented their anger at delays in getting help to survivors. Sep 13, 2014

Mughal era coins unearthed in Kanpur

Kanpur, Sep 13 (ANI): Army unearthed several Mughal era silver coins in Kanpur. The coins have been found near an army cantonment area on the banks of River Ganges. An army official, CP Bhadola, said the army has sealed the land patch from where the coins were recovered. The coins have Arabic words engraved on them. It is anticipated that more coins can be recovered and hence, further digging is yet to take place. Sep 13, 2014

Tharoor praises Shushma on her Afghanistan visit, Politicos React

New Delhi, Sep 13 (ANI): Reactions poured in as Congress leader Shashi Tharoor praised External Affairs Minister Shushma Sawraj on her successful Afghanistan visit saying that the latter has followed the Nehruvian style of foreign policy. BJP leader Sambit Patra said Congress has a realization now that this government is doing what they failed to all these 10 years. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that it is the duty of the Foreign Minister to make a visit in the neighboring countries. Sep 13, 2014