Ved Pratap Vaidik___s meeting with Hafiz Saeed sparks political furore

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Indian journalist Ved Prakash Vaidik___s meeting with chief of militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba_s (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, in Pakistan sparked a row, as politicians on Wednesday condemned it and called for an action against him. Vaidik, on Sunday, said he met Saeed on July 02 in Lahore city of Pakistan. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy meanwhile, said a case should be filed against the leader of the delegation that went to Pakistan Mani Shankar Aiyar and former foreign minister Salman Khurshid. Jul 16, 2014

BJP & AAP at loggerheads over Kejriwal_s audio accusing BJP of horse-trading

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): The AAP on Tuesday released a recorded audio message of party chief Arvind Kejriwal accusing the BJP of indulging in horse-trading to form the government in Delhi. This has led to a clash between the two parties with BJP saying that Kejriwal is doubting his own people. Jul 16, 2014

SC issues notice to states, UTs on legalising passive euthanasia

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to all states and Union territories on a plea for legalizing passive euthanasia. The SC has appointed former solicitor general TR Andhyarujina as amicus curiae to assist it in the case relating to legalizing euthanasia. The Centre argued in the court that passive euthanasia is a form of suicide which cannot be allowed. Jul 16, 2014

Politicos react as Akhilesh Yadav gets luxury cars, but cuts budget for women's panel

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is in centre of controversy all over again after a Right to Information (RTI) query revealed the state government has constantly slashed its budget allocation to the state women's commission but has enough funds to purchase two Mercedes cars and two Land Cruisers. Reacting over the same, leaders from various political parties slammed the budget. Jul 16, 2014

Politicos react as PM Modi talks about zero tolerance towards terrorism at BRICS summit

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Politicos on Wednesday reacted over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement where he said that there should be zero tolerance towards terrorism. Modi is in Brazil to attend the BRICS summit. In his first multilateral engagement with world leaders, Modi addressed the sixth summit of BRICS nations in which he made it clear that terrorism in any form was against humanity and there should be zero-tolerance against it. Jul 16, 2014

Politicos react over reports of Ashok Khemka getting post at centre

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Political leaders react as reports of IAS Ashok Khemka getting a post at the centre surfaces. Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi and NCP leader Majid Memon said that Khemka is doubtful person and further course of action will be witnessed when he comes at centre. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that such loyal serviceman should be taken into duty and that Congress had already tortured him enough. Jul 16, 2014

At Least 20 Dead in Moscow Subway Crash

Moscow, July 16, (ANI): A subway train derailed in Moscow, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 150, in one of the deadliest incidents ever on the city's metro. Russia's Investigative Committee spokesperson said that atleast twenty people died when a Moscow underground train derailed between two stations. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said it will take some time to restore traffic on the line where the crash happened. Jul 16, 2014

PM Modi talks tough on terror, meets Russian President Putin in Brazil

Brazil, July 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin to further boost bilateral ties on the sidelines of BRICS summit in Brazil. Modi acknowledged Russia's long friendship with India and sought for enhancement of partnership in forays of nuclear, defence and energy. Meanwhile, addressing the summit, Modi urged participating countries to counter the global challenge of terrorism. He said that conflict and terrorism were the biggest threats to the world and BRICS had the capability to curb it. The heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are meeting to hammer out a number of agreements between the emerging market nations. Modi cited cyber security and climate change as major issues being faced around the globe and urged the countries to come together and fight these problems. Jul 16, 2014

Politicos react sharply as Syed Salahuddin invites Taliban and Al Qaeda to liberate Kashmir

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Politicos on Wednesday reacted sharply after reports emerged that United Jihad Council chief Syed Salahuddin has called for support from al-Qaeda or Taliban to 'liberate' Kashmir. Attempting to link the separatist violence in the Indian state with pan-Islamic jihad in Syria and Iraq, Salahuddin has declared that help from Al-Qaeda, Taliban or any other like-minded group or country would be welcome. Indian politicians have however, said that appropriate action would be taken against people who try to indulge in violence inside the country. Jul 16, 2014

Interview distorted, Shiv Sena misinterpreted my views: Ved Pratap Vaidik

Gurgaon, July 16 (ANI): Senior Journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik on Wednesday said that his interview was distorted by media and was shown in edited version. Reacting on Shiv Sena’s demand to arrest Vaidik, he said that the group misinterpreted his views and will applaud him after seeing the full footage. Further, on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s statement where he demanded seizure of Vaidik’s passport, he said that he is a dear friend and such remarks don’t make him feel bad. Jul 16, 2014

BRICS Summit clears setting up of $100 billion New Development Bank with India's presidency first

Brazil, July 16 (ANI): Leaders of the five BRICS countries met for the first working session in Brazil in a major victory for India, sealed the agreement on the much anticipated 100 billion dollars BRICS Development Bank. The new development bank of the group of BRICS countries will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, with the presidency initially held by India. The deal was reached after intense last-minute negotiations to settle a dispute between India and China over the headquarters of the new bank, which will have initial capital of $100 billion to invest in infrastructure projects. Negotiations to create the bank dragged on for more than two years as Brazil and India fought China's attempts to get a bigger share in the lender than the others. The stark economic and political differences between the BRICS countries have made it difficult for the group to turn rhetoric to concrete action in coordinating policies. Jul 16, 2014

Doctors keen to introduce latest health facilities for infants as death toll in Malda rises to 20

Malda, West Bengal, July 16 (ANI): Doctors in Malda district of West Bengal seriously pondered over the issue of introducing modern health care facilities, as with three more succumbing, the infants death toll rose to 20 in the past 96 hours. The gloomy chapter started on Saturday afternoon when seven infants lost their lives before celebrating their first birthday. One of the bereaved mothers, Bandana Mandal talked about her misery. Doctors state that the cause of the deaths is infants born underweight and asphyxia. Talking over the incident, Vice Principal, Malda Medical College and Hospital, MK Rasid, said that they were pondering over taking quick steps to introduce a new infant ward equipped with the latest health care facilities. Meanwhile, a medical training camp for the hospital staff has been organised in the hospital to save the infants. It is reported that within this year, 39 infants died earlier due to the same cause. Jul 16, 2014

Ardent fan in Assam digs out 20- year old whisky bottle on Germany's win in FIFA World Cup

Karbi Anglong, Assam, July 16 (ANI): A delighted northeastern Indian soccer fan dug out his twenty- year- old 'Passport Scotch' whisky bottle to celebrate the victory of Germany in the FIFA World Cup. Putul Bora, 53, had bought this Passport Scotch bottle in 1994 worth rupees 630 from Kolkata. In the same year, he buried the imported Scottish whisky below the ground near his house. He vowed to unearth and unseal the bottle only when Germany, his favourite team, won the soccer finals. Bora had abstained from liquor after Germany lost in 2002. He had vowed that he would only resume drinking whenever his favourite team, Germany, bags the prestigious trophy. Digging out the whisky bottle was a delicate operation as the ground diggers had to be very careful in order to avoid breaking the glass bottle. Jul 16, 2014

Transgender groups meet to discuss 'third gender' tag on community

Kolkata, July 16 (ANI): Transgender groups in Kolkata held a state level consultative meet to discuss if the tag 'third gender' is acceptable to them or not, and various other issues. The meet, 'Rehabilitation and Welfare of Transgender Community', was chaired by state Social Welfare Minister, Shashi Panja and social activist, Anupam Hazra. Nearly 40 transgender groups and committees attended the meeting and voiced out their feedbacks regarding the Supreme Court ruling for their rights. Gays continue to face a social stigma in India, where hugging and kissing in public, even among heterosexual couples, is strongly frowned upon. Section 377 of Indian Penal Code banned 'sex against the order of nature', and is widely interpreted to mean homosexuality in India and the person committing the Act can be punished with up to 10 years in jail. Jul 16, 2014

Tibet NGO prompts BRICS leaders to discuss Tibet-China issues

Dharamsala, July 16 (ANI): A group of Tibetan non-governmental organization, the International Tibet Support Network (ITSN) in Dharamsala prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BRICS leaders to discuss the Tibetan issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping. On the sidelines of BRICS summit at Fortaleza in Brazil, Modi met Xi on Tuesday, as they discussed the unresolved border issue and highlighted the need to address the trade deficit. The sixth summit of the BRICS, which consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, will be held in Brazil till July 16. Spokesperson of ITSN, Lobsang Tseten, said their primary aim is to urge the leaders and seek their help to resolve the ongoing crisis in Tibet. China has ruled Tibet since 1950, when Communist troops marched in and announced its "peaceful liberation". Tibetans feel their intensely Buddhist culture is at risk of annihilation by Beijing's political and economic domination and the migration of majority Han Chinese into the Himalayan region. Jul 16, 2014