Omar Abdullah assures steps to rehabilitate victims of ceasefire violations

Srinagar, Aug 25 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, on Monday (August 25), maintained that all steps are being taken to rehabilitate the victims of the ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan border. His statement comes after a regional party, Jammu and Kashmir National Panther's Party (JKNPP) blamed the state and central government for turning a blind eye to those affected in the conflict torn region. Addressing a session of the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly, Abdullah said that the allegations politically motivated. Aug 25, 2014

Counting underway in Bihar for By-Polls

Chhapra, Aug 25 (ANI): Counting is underway in Bihar for the ten assembly seats that had gone to by-polls last week. The trends are showing a close contest with the BJP and RJD leading in five seats. BJP candidate Rampreet Paswan and Niranjan Ram is leading in the Rajnagar and Kaimur seat respectively. While RJD candidate Ajay Kumar has taken the lead in Samastipur seat. The RJD is ahead in Chhapra with party leader Randhir Singh leading. The outcome of the by-polls, the first major political event after the general elections, is significant as it will show the mood of the people before next year's assembly polls. Aug 25, 2014

Fire in Connaught Place building, fire tenders rushed to spot

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): A fire broke out on the first floor of Rama Building in Delhi's Connaught Place area on Monday. About 10-15 fire tenders reached the spot to douse the fire. The official said the cause of the fire is still not known and no casualties have been reported so far. Rescue work is underway. Aug 25, 2014

AAP protests outside Health Minister's residence against AIIMS CVO removal

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): Aam Admi Party workers on Monday protested outside Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan's residence against AIIMS CVO removal. The protesters demanded that the Health Minister should justify his act of removing the CVO Sanjiv Chaturvedi from his post. They also demanded a transparency in the work of the leaders. Aug 25, 2014

Politicos react as counting for Bihar by-polls underway

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): Political leaders gave mixed reactions as counting for by-polls in Bihar is underway. BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that the party is confident of winning majority seats in the polls. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar slammed the BJP saying that people have seen the result of their fake promises so it will now give a chance to the fresh RJD-JD (U) alliance. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that BJP will lose the elections. NCP leader Tariq Anwar stated that BJP will receive a setback if they do not win major seats. Aug 25, 2014

Political reactions flow as Pak continues to violate ceasefire

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): Political reactions flowed on Monday as Pakistan continued to violate the ceasefire along Indo-Pak international border. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that Pakistan will have to pay for their continuous attempts to bleed Indians. BJP's Shahnawaz Hussain said that BJP government will look into the matter and give a befitting reply to Pak. Congress leader Rashid Alvi stated that the government has to give an answer as to why our soldiers and civilians are being killed on the border. Aug 25, 2014

Fire at woolens' factory in Ludhiana, 3 dead

Ludhiana, Aug 25 (ANI): A raging inferno left three dead at a woolens' factory in Ludhiana on Monday. Fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot and tried to douse the flames. The dead bodies were handed over to police and investigations are going on. Aug 25, 2014

Former Diplomat slams Omar Abdullah asking centre to hold talks with Pak to end firing

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): Former Indian Diplomat Rajiv Dogra on Monday slammed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on his controversial statement linking shelling of border villages by Pakistan to the calling off of the foreign secretary-level talks between the two countries by the Narendra Modi government. Dogra said that Abdullah is trying to cover up his inaction during his tenure by such statements and this would only lower the morale of Army and people along the international borders. He also said that ceasefire violations by Pakistan have increased recently and that Indian Army should take adequate actions in advance and should not waste any time whatsoever. Aug 25, 2014

Political leaders blame MP govt for lack of safety measures leading to Chitrakoot temple stampede

New Delhi/ Bhopal, Aug 25 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday blamed the Madhya Pradesh government for lack of safety measures which led to stampede at Kamtanath Pahad Temple in Chitrakoot. At least 10 people were killed in the temple stampede that took place early morning and officials say the death toll is to increase further. Politicos said that the state government failed to take precautions even after a similar incident occurred earlier killing many. Aug 25, 2014

Politicos says BJP panels to be sans LK Advani and MM Joshi very predictive

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday said that BJP panel leaving behind senior leaders like LK Advani and MM Joshi is very predictive. According to sources, Advani and Joshi may not find a place in either the BJP parliamentary board or its central election committee which are set to be reconstituted by party President Amit Shah. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that they were already shown the exit gates. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that NDA Government had brought bad days for Advani and Joshi. , JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that Modi government had taken all the minister's rights to do anything independently and that the senior leaders had to be ousted by them naturally. Aug 25, 2014

Britain deputy PM Nick Clegg pays tribute to martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): Britain's deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg began his three days India visit on Monday by paying homage to martyrs at India gate war memorial, Amar Jawan Jyoti. Clegg is on a trade mission to India, where he will meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to strengthen economic ties. The three-day visit by a 40-strong delegation is the latest in a series of similar trips by David Cameron's government which will foster closer links with the world's largest democracy. British retail, aerospace and education businesses are expected to sign deals and explore opportunities with Indian counterparts during the trip. Aug 25, 2014

JKNPP protests govt apathy towards victims of ceasefire violation in Kashmir

Srinagar, Aug 25 (ANI): Representatives of Jammu and Kashmir National Panther's Party (JKNPP) held demonstrations in the Kashmir State Assembly on Monday against the apathy of the central and state governments towards those who have been affected by the recent ceasefire violations on the border. Pakistan army violated a ceasefire on the Indian border in the intervening night of August 24th and August 25th in Jammu district of the region. People living along the border have been under constant threat of the firing which has made them leave their homes overnight. The displaced live in chaotic conditions, most of the time without basic amenities. Aug 25, 2014

Fire at woolens' factory in Ludhiana, 3 dead

Ludhiana, Aug 25 (ANI): A raging inferno left three dead at a woolens' factory in Ludhiana on Monday. Fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot and tried to douse the flames. The dead bodies were handed over to police and investigations are going on. Aug 25, 2014

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav taken ill, rushed to Mumbai hospital

Mumbai, Aug 25 (ANI): RJD Chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was rushed to a Mumbai hospital after he was taken ill on Monday morning. According to reports, Yadav will undergo heart valve replacement surgery. Two of his valves need replacement. Lalu's RJD and Nitish Kumar's JD (U) have come together to contest the by-polls in Bihar. It is a crucial day for the RJD Chief as results for the by poll elections on 10 seats of Bihar will be out today. Aug 25, 2014

Sushma Swaraj talks about "Act East Policy" in Vietnam

Vietnam, Aug 25 (ANI): Foreign Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, said in Vietnam that it is time to replace India's 'Look East policy" with "Act East Policy." She also stressed upon the fact that amongst eastern neighbours of India, Vietnam is categorically ahead. Swaraj also said that people have high expectations from the BJP, and that it will not disappoint them. She also spoke about the healthy trade and investment relations that India has with Vietnam. New areas are now opening. Both countries have good defense, security and agriculture cooperation. Aug 25, 2014