Haryanas Pradeep Kasni alleges receiving objectionable threat messages from chief secretary

Chandigarh, July 29 (ANI): Haryana's IAS officer Pradeep Kasni, who raised objections to appointment of new information commissioners by BS Hooda govt, on Tuesday, accused the state chief secretary of threatening him. Kasni alleged that he got threat SMS(es) from Chief Secretary SC Choudhary over his stand on the appointment of new commissioners. He also said that Choudhary should apologise for the same and that he would not take up legal options in the case. Jul 29, 2014

Bangalore: Two gym instructors arrested for allegedly raping 6-year-old

Bangalore, July 29 (ANI): Bangalore police have arrested two more gym instructors in connection with the rape case in which a six-year-old had been allegedly raped in school premises. Police commissioner MN Reddi, on Tuesday said that the first grade student was assaulted by Lal Giri and Wasim, who worked as gymnastic instructors in the VIBGYOR High International School. Reddi said so far there was not enough evidence against another suspect, Mustafa alias Munna, who was working as skating instructor in the school since 2011. The unfortunate incident took place in the campus of VIBGYOR High International School, during class hours on July 03. Jul 29, 2014

Politicos react as BJP tries to corner BJD MPs for using private plane of tainted mining contractor

New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): The BJP has alleged that five ruling BJD MPs had used the private plane of a "tainted" mining contractor. It also demanded clarification from Odisha Government over the issue. Reacting over this, CPI leader D Raja on Tuesday said that Navin Patnaik led BJD government should give explanation. Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the BJP should prove the allegation. Jul 29, 2014

Haryana power minister Capt Ajay Yadav resigns

Chandigarh, July 29 (ANI): Haryana Power Minister, Captain Ajay Yadav, on Tuesday resigned from his post and submitted his resignation to the Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. However, he did not resign from the party. He alleged discrimination by the state chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Jul 29, 2014

Indo-Pak border guards exchange Eid pleasantries at Zero line

Attari -Wagah Border, July 29 (ANI): Warm hugs, pleasantries and mesmerizing Eid-Mubarak wishes were exchanged between the border guards of India and Pakistan at Zero line on Tuesday on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the Islamic holy month of Ramzan. Both the border guards along with other personnel shared hugs three times while wishing Eid Mubarak to each other. As a goodwill gesture, Indian and Pakistan border guards exchange greetings and sweets on certain occasions like Diwali, Eid, republic and independence days of both countries. Officials of both India and Pakistan believe that this goodwill gesture helps the countries to share happiness and celebrations with each other. Jul 29, 2014

Kashmir police fires tear gas shells on Muslims protesting over Gaza crisis

Srinagar/ New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): Security personnel fired tear gas shells at the stone-pelting protesters who took to streets in Kashmir on Tuesday against the Israeli attacks on Gaza. After offering prayers on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, Muslims came out in droves in Srinagar to protest against Israel. The security personnel chased and fired at the protesters. In retaliation, the protesters pelted stones at the security personnel. Meanwhile, Muslims who congregated at the New Delhi's historic mosque, Jama Masjid, also protested against Israel. International calls for a ceasefire have grown as the death toll has mounted in the worst flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence in almost two years, sparked by the murder of three Israeli teenagers and revenge killing of a Palestinian youth. Jul 29, 2014

Reactions flow in as minor girl gang-raped in Delhi

New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): A Class X student was allegedly gang-raped by five persons, including two minors, at gunpoint in Uttam Nagar area of west Delhi. The incident reportedly took place a week ago when the accused took the victim, who was on her way to school, to a house and gang-raped her at gun point. They also recorded MMS clip of the entire incident. Two of the five accused are reportedly minor and one is known to the victim. While the police have arrested three accused, hunt is on to nab the absconding two. Jul 29, 2014

Prashant Bhushan calls for enquiry against Justice Manjunath

New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday said that an enquiry should be set up against Karnataka High Court judge K.L Manjunath and that his removal should be recommended by the Chief Justice of India himself. The Supreme Court collegium had given recommendation to elevate Karnataka High Court judge KL Manjunath as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court but the NDA government had returned the collegium file, asking it to reconsider the elevation of KL Manjunath after the reports came into light. Jul 29, 2014

Legal eagles voice against the SC collegium for judges appointment

New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): Senior jurists on Tuesday voiced against the Supreme Court Collegium saying the system has no credibility and transparency. Former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan said that he is totally against the Collegium because a group of people cannot decide on the best person as a judge. He said that there should be a change in the system so that corrupt people don't get appointed. Former High Court Judge Justice (Retd) RS Sodhi also welcomed changes but advocated for the same not just in Delhi but throughout India. Meanwhile, Supreme Court Lawyer KTS Tulsi also maintained that the Collegium system is not correct. Jul 29, 2014

India working to evacuate nationals from Libya as violence erupts: MEA

New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): As Libya caught up in a major violence after a second fuel tank caught fire amid heavy fighting at Tripoli airport between rival militias, India's MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that the country is working to evacuate Indian nationals from the country. He said that the 62 coordinators coordinating with Indian nationals have been set up already. The ministry is also providing them with air tickets to return to India, using funds from India. Akbaruddin also assured that Indians are safe till now. The battle for control of the airport erupted two weeks ago when Islamist-led militias, mainly from the western city of Misrata, tried to wrest control of the area from a rival militia from the town of Zintan. Jul 29, 2014

PM Narendra Modi attends 86th foundation day of ICAR

New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attended the 86th foundation day of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Speaking at the occasion, he said that the farmer has made a big contribution towards the development of the country and added that it is important to ensure that the farmer of the country prospers too. Jul 29, 2014

Salman Khan's 'Kick' storms box office, Collects Rs 83 Crores in Opening Weekend

New Delhi, July 28 (ANI): Salman Khan has proved it yet again that he is the ultimate king of the box office. His Eid release Kick opposite Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez has collected a whopping Rs 83.83 crore in its opening weekend. Film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh said the weekend collection of Kick was spectacular. He tweeted: #Kick has a HUMONGOUS Day 3. Collects 30.18 croreon Sunday, thus crossing 83 crore mark in its opening weekend. WOW! But the movie just missed bagging the much coveted 100 crore mark in opening weekend, a feat earlier achieved by his movie Ek Tha Tiger. While Ek Tha Tiger entered the Rs 100 crore club on its first weekend, Bodyguard earned Rs 88 crore. Kick has become the highest opening day grossing film of 2014. The festival of Eid, is expected to boost the film's box office collection even more. Jul 29, 2014

SC Collegium Issue: Politicians emphasize on independence of judiciary and balance in appointment of

New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): As the Modi government mulls over scrapping the collegium system for appointment of judges, politicos on Tuesday emphasized on the need for the judiciary's independence and balance in appointment of judges. The government on Monday consulted former chief justices of India and top jurists on the proposed Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, in a bid to scrap the present collegium system. Jul 29, 2014

Law Minister holds meeting with former judges to seek opinion on scrapping SC Collegium

New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad convened meeting of former judges and eminent jurists and sought their opinion on a panel that would appoint judges. Earlier, Prasad told parliament that the government was keen to set up a committee to appoint judges in wake of allegations of judicial corruption by a former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Markandey Katju. Prasad said there was an overwhelming opinion to amend the present system where collegiums of five Supreme Court judge appoints their colleagues. Jul 29, 2014

SC Collegium system has completely failed: Markandey Katju

New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): After Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad decided to scrap the SC Collegium system for appointing the judges, Supreme Court Former Judge Markandey Katju said hat the system has completely failed. He said that the candidates should be interviewed about his ideas, workings, & personal life & this should be televised to maintain transparency. Katju further said that the majority should be the judiciary but the government should have a say in the same. Jul 29, 2014