"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

SC allows Italian marines to go home on health grounds for 4 months

New Delhi /Kochi, Sept 13 (ANI): SC lawyer KTS Tulsi said Italian marine, Massimiliano Latorre, facing murder charges for killing Indian fishermen, was allowed to go home as he was ill and there was no progress in the case. The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha said the order would be effective only after the Italian marine has filed an "unequivocal and unambigous undertaking" on his return to India upon the completion of four months. The marines, Latorre and Salvatore Girone, part of a military security team protecting a tanker from piracy are accused of shooting two Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala in February 2012. The two men deny killing anyone or aiming directly at the fishing boat. They are on bail but cannot leave India. Meanwhile, president of Kerala TUCI Charles George condemned the decision of the apex court. Sep 13, 2014

J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announces relief package for flood victims

Srinagar, Rajouri, Sept 13 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah announced a total package of Rs 200 crore for the state after it was hit by the worst floods in the last 60 years which claimed more than 200 lives in the region, besides causing immense loss of property. Omar announced a package of Rs 100 crore each to the Jammu and Kashmir division for relief and rehabilitation activities. He said Rs 3.5 Lakh will be given to the family members of those who died in the disaster. Abdullah also announced financial assistance of Rs. 75,000 as initial installment for those who lost their homes and free ration for six months. Meanwhile, Air Force helicopters were dropping relief materials to far flung areas in Rajouri district of the state which was cut-off for the last 10 days. Sep 13, 2014

J and K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announces relief package for flood victims

Srinagar, Rajouri, Sept 13 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah announced a total package of Rs 200 crore for the state after it was hit by the worst floods in the last 60 years which claimed more than 200 lives in the region, besides causing immense loss of property. Omar announced a package of Rs 100 crore each to the Jammu and Kashmir division for relief and rehabilitation activities. He said Rs 3.5 Lakh will be given to the family members of those who died in the disaster. Abdullah also announced financial assistance of Rs. 75,000 as initial installment for those who lost their homes and free ration for six months. Meanwhile, Air Force helicopters were dropping relief materials to far flung areas in Rajouri district of the state which was cut-off for the last 10 days. Sep 13, 2014

DUSU elections: Counting of votes begins, results to be out by noon

New Delhi, Sep 13 (ANI): The counting of votes for the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections started on Saturday and the results are expected to be announced by noon. The polling for the students union in two prestigious universities, the Delhi University (DU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) took place yesterday. Sep 13, 2014

British envoy keen for partnership in manufacturing sector with India

New Delhi, Sept 13 (ANI): British envoy to India said that there is scope for partnership in working towards developing both countries into manufacturing hubs. The British High Commissioner, James Bevan, paid a visit to Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Kalraj Mishra in New Delhi. After the meeting, Bevan said that Britain, too, attached a lot of importance to the MSME sector and added that he felt there is a lot of scope for partnership between the two countries in this sector. Mishra said that both of them had discussed about making India a manufacturing hub on the lines of 'Make in India, made in India' which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned during the Independence Day speech at the historic Red Fort on August 15. Sep 13, 2014

Bypolls: Voting begins for 3 Lok Sabha, 33 Assembly seats

Lucknow/ Moradabad/ Kolkatta/ Vadodra, Sept 13 (ANI): Polling for three Lok Sabha and 33 Assembly seats is currently underway across 10 states with the results crucial for both the ruling BJP-led NDA government as well as the opposition parties who are yet to recover from the massive defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Voters began to queue up on Saturday at polling stations for the by-poll in Uttar Pradesh's one Lok Sabha and 11 assembly constituencies. Samajwadi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are the main contenders in most of the assembly seats and the lone Lok Sabha seat.Voting is also underway for the Chowringhee and Basirhat (South) assembly constituencies in West Bengal.Voting for the Antagarh assembly constituency in Chhattisgarh also began today.Polling for Gujarat's one Lok Sabha and nine assembly by-polls is underway too.The Vadodara Lok Sabha seat was vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he was elected to the parliament from two places, including Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.Voters queue up in Telangana too for polling. Sep 13, 2014