Heavy rains halt life in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, July 30 (ANI): Heavy rains in Ahmedabad brought life to a standstill on Wednesday but cheered people up. The incessant rains that started a night ago clogged city roads, creating huge potholes in them. The rainwater also flooded roads outside Ahmedabad's airport and caused inconvenience to people. People blamed carelessness of local Municipal Corporation for the water-filled roads, uprooting of trees and power shortages. However, rainfall has come as a relief to people trying to cope up with the unbearable summers in India. According to the weather department, monsoon has reached over Gujarat and has lashed most parts of the state. Jul 30, 2014

Subrata Roy seeks Wi-Fi, conference room at Tihar Jail

New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Sahara’s lawyers and Tihar jail authorities to agree on a plan for conducting meeting of Subrata Roy and potential buyers of his hotels through video conferencing. The apex court will take up the matter again for hearing on August 1. Jul 30, 2014

Bihar by polls: RJD, JD (U), Congress announce pact to counter BJP

Patna, July 30 (ANI): The three major political parties in Bihar, JD (U), RJD and Congress on Wednesday sealed an alliance to contest the upcoming Assembly by-elections in the state. Addressing mediapersons in Patna, senior JD (U) leader Vashistha Narayan Singh said JD (U), RJD, Congress have decided to contest the upcoming by-polls in the state together. It has also been decided that the three parties will jointly campaign. Jul 30, 2014

Kanpur murder case: Businessman confesses to killing wife

Kanpur, July 30 (ANI): In a new twist in the Kanpur murder case, the husband has confessed to have plotted the murder of his wife with the help of his driver. Piyush Shyam Dashani was arrested on Tuesday after his wife Jyoti Dashani was found murdered on Monday. She was abducted after some bikers allegedly intercepted the car the couple was traveling in on Sunday night. They took her away in the car. She was later found stabbed to death in the same vehicle. Police said CCTV camera footage led them to suspect the hand of Piyush in the murder. He was seen wearing two different outfits on the night of the murder. Jul 30, 2014

Political leaders on John Kerry_s visit to India

New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday reacted over the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to India. Kerry heading a high-powered delegation, on Wednesday left for India to co-chair the fifth annual India-US Strategic Dialogue with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi during his three-day official visit. Jul 30, 2014

Supertech Case: SC orders builders to refund buyers_ money

New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a ruling that Supertech Builders should fulfill their commitment to the buyers and refund their invested money. The Court also asked Supertech to allot another flat to allottees who did not want to get a refund. The Allahabad High Court in April ordered the demolition of two 40-storey towers of real estate firm Supertech for illegal construction. The residential towers were part of the Emerald Court Project in Noida. Jul 30, 2014

JD (U), RJD, Congress to formally announce alliance today for Bihar by-polls

New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): The JD (U) is expected to make a formal announcement of the party_s alliance with the RJD and Congress for the Bihar bypolls at 2.30pm today. The three major political parties in Bihar - Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress - have formally sealed an alliance to contest the upcoming Assembly by-elections in the state. Jul 30, 2014

Bugging row stalls Parliament

New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): Reports that bugging devices were found in the homes of three union ministers -Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh -led to political fireworks in Parliament as both houses adjourned within minutes after a four-day break. Amid opposition demands for a probe, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, said in Rajya Sabha, that there is no truth in the reports on bugging. He further added that Nitin Gadkari himself has denied it and calls the news baseless. The statement was followed by even louder protests from the opposition benches. The Congress, Samajwadi Party and Janata Dal United also demanded the suspension of question hour in the Lok Sabha to discuss the bugging case. Jul 30, 2014

Sports Minister extends heartiest congratulations to CWG medal winners

New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): Union Minister for Sports Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated Indian players for bringing medals to the nation in the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow. India has so far won 10 gold medals, 15 silver medals and 11 Bronze medals thus bringing in totality 36 medals. Jul 30, 2014

Nitin Gadkari rubbishes reports of bugs at his home

New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): Even as reports that bugging devices were found in the homes of three union ministers - Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh - led to political fireworks in Parliament, Gadkari rubbished such reports. He said that there is no truth in the reports on bugging. Earlier both the houses of Parliament were adjourned due to ruckus over the matter. The Congress, Samajwadi Party and Janata Dal United also demanded the suspension of question hour in the Lok Sabha to discuss the bugging case. Jul 30, 2014

Haryana CM announces cash reward to Indian winners in CWG 2014

Chandigarh, July 30 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister, BS Hooda on Wednesday announced that the Haryana government will give cash price to the winners from Haryana in the CWG 2014. He announced that 2 crore rupees will be given to Gold medal winners, 1 crore to Silver medal winners and 50 lakhs to Bronze medal winners Jul 30, 2014

Politicos raise demand for probe as BJP tries to overlook the bugging case

New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): Politicos on Wednesday demanded an immediate probe to be conducted into the snooping on Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari. Earlier in the day, reports that bugging devices were found in the homes of three union ministers - Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh - had led to political fireworks in Parliament as both houses were adjourned within minutes after a four-day break. Jul 30, 2014

UPSC CSAT issue should not be politicized: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): UPSC aspirants on Tuesday continued their protest in New Delhi demanding scrapping of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) from the entrance examination. Minister of State for Personnel and Public Grievances Jitendra Singh asked the students to keep calm and have patience. He said that the government is concerned about the issue and it shall be solved as soon as possible. He also said that the issue should not be politicized. Jul 30, 2014

Politicos react as govt puts field trials of GM crops on hold

New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): Politicos on Wednesday stated that the Modi government should think in the interest of the farmers and not the foreign firms that would be benefitting from the adaption of the GM crops. Earlier on Tuesday, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had said that the field trial of 15 genetically modified (GM) crops approved recently by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) is just a recommendation and no decision has been taken yet on the contentious issue. Apparently, the Modi government is coming under pressure from the RSS, as two outfits linked to the Sangh have now demanded that the Centre put a ban on field trials of the GM crops. Sources said that the outfits have been assured that the government will tread with caution on this issue. Jul 30, 2014