UP to have fast track courts in every district: Akhilesh Yadav

Lucknow, Aug 29 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, during a state cabinet meeting on Friday announced that a fast track court would be set up in every district for cases related to violence against women. The state government has come under attack for turning a blind eye on the growing lawlessness in the state. The state, infamous for the dreadful law and order situation, has come under attack for the spate of violence and sex crimes in the recent past, especially after two girls were gang-raped and hanged from a tree in Badaun district. Aug 29, 2014

LG Najeeb Jung likely to invite single largest party to choose a CM and end Delhi's deadlock, politi

New Delhi, Aug 29 (ANI): According to reports Lieutenant Governor (LG) is likely to write to President Pranab Mukherjee discussing alternatives on government formation in Delhi. Jung's recommendation will go through the home ministry to the Union Cabinet, which will then advise the President. The President can accept or reject that advice. If he accepts it, the single largest party will be asked to name its leader who will then be invited to take over as chief minister. Meanwhile, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said his party will react to the ongoing speculation about government formation in Delhi only after Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung takes a final call on the issue. Hussain said the people of Delhi want this political deadlock to end. Aug 29, 2014

Case registered against Jagmohan Dalmiya for dishonouring national flag

Kolkata, Aug 29 (ANI): A case has been registered against the President of Cricket Association of Bengal, Jagmohan Dalmiya, for dishonouring the national flag on Independence Day celebrations. The petitioner said that he had filed a petition and an FIR has been lodged in Maidan Police Station of Kolkata against Dalmiya. He added that he had clicked pictures of the national flag lying on the floor and being disrespected. Aug 29, 2014

J Jayalalithaa elected unanimously as AIADMK general secretary

Chennai, Aug 29 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa on Friday got re-elected unanimously as the party's general secretary. The party announced that Jayalalithaa has been elected unanimously as its general secretary. In a statement, Jayalalithaa conveyed her heartfelt thanks for those party men had proposed her candidature for the post. Jayalalithaa said she has taken a pledge to work for the welfare of the people, growth and victory of the party. She also announced the party's candidates for the Sep 19 local body elections. Jayalalithaa has been holding the post of General Secretary since 1987 following the death of party founder M G Ramachandran. Aug 29, 2014

Farah Khan and Kunal Kohli launch 'Decoding Bollywood'

Mumbai, August 29 (ANI): Bollywood Filmmakers Farah Khan and Kunal Kohli were spotted launching author Sonia Golani's latest book, 'Decoding Bollywood: Stories Of 15 Film Directors in Mumbai recently. Speaking on the occasion Farah thanked Sonia for making her a part of the book. While Kunal praised Sonia for her wonderful work. Decoding Bollywood takes readers through the unusual lives of 15 Hindi movie makers, including Mahesh Bhatt, R. Balakrishnan and Anurag Basu, who have created benchmarks in their respective genres. Among the 15 names are also Ashutosh Gowariker, Kabir Khan, Nagesh Kukunoor, Nandita Das, Prakash Jha, Rohit Shetty, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Sudhir Mishra, Vipul Shah and Zoya Akhtar. Aug 29, 2014

Yogi Adityanath supports Najma Heptullah's remark as his controversial video goes for forensic test

New Delhi, Aug 29 (ANI): Even as BJP leader Yogi Adityanath's controversial video goes for forensic test on Friday, Adityanath said that his statement was well in line with that of Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah's remark wherein she said that there is nothing wrong in calling Indian as Hindus. Adityanath had said that Hindus should marry a 100 Muslim women in lieu of 1 Hindu woman. Aug 29, 2014

All Indians in Kuwait out of danger, Indian mission totally focused on same: MEA

New Delhi, Aug 29 (ANI): As 25 Indian nationals in Kuwait have been arrested on murder charges on Friday, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin assured that all nationals are out of danger and that India's Mission has taken up the issue and will soon provide necessary assistance. Akbaruddin said that there was a brawl with nationals of some other countries and that some Indians were arrested in the same. He said that our mission has visited all hospitals to check the Indian nationals and to ensure adequate food provisions for them. The MEA also appealed the Indian to abide by the laws of Kuwait as India neds to maintain that. Akbaruddin also assured that Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is giving directions in the case. Aug 29, 2014

Pandemonium in Kashmir assembly over multi-million-land scam

Srinagar, Aug 29 (ANI): State assembly of Jammu and Kashmir witnessed mayhem on Friday after a leader of ruling National Conference (NC) party stormed into the well of the House accusing opposition leaders of multi-million land scam. NC legislator Doctor Veeri alleged that patron of regional Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and deputy speaker of legislative assembly, Muhammad Sartaj Madni, were party to a multi-crore land scam in south Kashmir. Chief Secretary M Iqbal Khandey was directed to ascertain the facts over the allegations of a legislator that some opposition party members were encroaching upon government land. The directions to Khandey came from Legislative Council Chairman Amrit Malhotra after the NC members raised the issue. Meanwhile, regional Panthers Party also demanded to incorporate 'secular' word in the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution. Aug 29, 2014

Political leaders celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with gaiety

Mumbai/ Bhopal, Aug 29 (ANI): Political leaders celebrated the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi with religious pageantry on Friday, which marks the re-birth of Lord Ganesha. As devotees across India celebrated the festival with fervour and gaiety, BJP leaders Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Nitin Gadkari also offered prayers to the deity of wisdom. Congress leader, Sushilkumar Shinde, also celebrated the festival at his residence in Mumbai, by establishing the idol of Lord Ganesha. Earlier in the morning, people thronged Mumbai's famous Siddhivinayak temple to pay obeisance. Aug 29, 2014

Janardan Dwivedi says politicians should quit by 65-70, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 29 (ANI): Politicos on Friday gave mixed reactions on senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi's remark that politicians should not remain in active posts beyond an age. Dwivedi earlier in the day said a generation change is necessary in politics and politicians should quit by 65-70. The senior Congress leader's comment came just days after the BJP dropped former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and party veterans Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi from its Parliamentary Board. Aug 29, 2014

IPL fixing: Justice Mudgal committee submits interim report

New Delhi, Aug 29 (ANI): Mudgal Committee on Friday filed its probe report in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal. The committee submitted its report to the Supreme Court. The committee filed its report in a sealed envelope and the apex court will hear the case in connection with the scandal on September 1. Aug 29, 2014

BJP and RSS supports Najma Heptullah's remark even as others condemn the same

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Aug 29 (ANI): Even as other political leaders and Muslim clerics condemn Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah's remark, BJP and RSS came out to support the minister on her remark. Heptullah had said that there is nothing wrong in calling Indian as Hindu on which she stood by and said that she had used the term' Hindi' and not 'Hindu'. BJP's Spokesperson Sambit Patra said that she must have meant cultural unity in her statement. RSS Ideologue Rakesh Sinha said that Heptullah had said the right thing and that 'Hindu' signifies India and is its identity and that every religion should accept the same. Meanwhile, Congress' Manish Tewari and NCP's Tariq Anwar condemned the same claiming that such remarks can divide the 'secular India'. Muslim Cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi also slammed the remark. Aug 29, 2014

Politicos hope Modi's Japan visit to be better for India

New Delhi, Aug 29 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan will turn out to be beneficial for India. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that tours are commonly taken by Prime Minister and Foreign Minister but it would be better if they bring something beneficiary for the nation. NCP leader Tariq Anwar stated that such trips help in establishing stable relations between India and foreign countries. BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that Japan has always been a friendly nation to Modi and it will be a fruitful trip. Aug 29, 2014

BJP leaders' delegation meets Election Commission

New Delhi, Aug 29 (ANI): A delegation of BJP leaders on Friday met the Election Commission regarding by-polls in JandK and Uttar Pradesh. BJP leader JP Nadda said that the BJP expressed its fear of deteriorating voter numbers in Jammu and Kashmir and discussed ways by which free and fair polls can be held. He added that the issue of security measures in By-Polls of Uttar Pradesh was also discussed to which the Election Commission ensured deployment of additional security forces. Aug 29, 2014