Differentiating reactions flow in as SC declare Sharia Courts and fatwas illegal

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): As Supreme Court on Monday ruled Sharia Courts and Fatwas as illegal, differentiating reactions flow in. Kul Hind Imam Association President Sajid Rashidi said that appealing in this case is itself wrong. He further said that Sharia is like Quran for Muslims and anyone not following it, are not true Muslim. However, Former SP Leader Shahid Siddiqui said that Sharia was never a legal thing and Supreme Court_s verdict is totally positive. Jul 7, 2014

116 workers freed from Iraq arrive in India

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): 116 Indian workers who were till now caught up in the war torn Iraq arrived home on Monday, while many others are still being held captive by the suspected militants. Indian workers were greeted with garlands and were offered water and juices at the airport in New Delhi. Chief coordinator of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara management committee, international affairs, Puneet Singh Chadha, said adequate arrangements were being made to send the workers back to their hometowns. Meanwhile, a freed Indian worker, who was abducted in Iraq, Arjun recalling his ordeal said the Indian embassy in Iraq was of no help. Jul 7, 2014

Opposition slams Gujarat governor Kamla Beniwal_s transfer to Mizoram, BJP defends

New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): In a reshuffle of governors that took place on Sunday evening, Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal was transferred off to Mizoram for the remainder of her term. The Congress and other rival party leaders have slammed this decision of the Modi government. They argued that the transfer was politically motivated and troubling governors in this manner was highly condemnable. The Modi government, however, said that alteration by a new government is a normal procedure. Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva will be discharging the duties and functions of the Gujarat Governor until a new governor is appointed. Jul 7, 2014

Buddhist monks mark first anniversary of serial blasts at Mahabodhi Temple

Bodh Gaya, July 07 (ANI): Buddhist monks on Monday offered special prayers to mark the first anniversary of serial blasts that rocked the Mahabodhi Temple located in Bodh Gaya, one of holiest shrines in eastern India where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. A series of explosions in and around Buddhism_s holiest shrine in Bihar injured two persons early on July 07, 2013, in what the government described as a ___terror___ attack. Meanwhile, district magistrate, Sanjay Agrawal, said security has been beefed up and adequate arrangements have been made for the tourists and monks. Recalling the incident, monks from various countries gathered at the temple and prayed for world peace. Jul 7, 2014

Pallavi Purkayastha_s killer gets life sentence

Mumbai, July 7 (ANI): Mumbai court on Monday awarded life term to a security guard for molesting and killing lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha in her flat. Sajjad Mogul, the security guard of the building where Pallavi stayed, had been found guilty of all charges, including murder, molestation and trespassing. Earlier on June 30, Sessions Judge Vrushali Joshi, pronouncing 23-year-old Mogul guilty, said that _a case of murder, molestation and criminal trespass has been proved_ against him. Jul 7, 2014

Political rally gathers hundreds in support for Pakistan army

Pakistan's fourth-largest political party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, holds a meeting in Karachi to show support for the national army and the offensive it is leading against the Taliban in the northwestern part of the country. Duration: 01:13 Jul 7, 2014

Ready for discussion on all issues in Parliament: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): The 42-day-long Budget Session of Parliament will begin from Monday and will have 28 sittings. During this period, Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government_s first Railway and General Budgets on July 8 and July 10 respectively. Meanwhile, all party meeting was called today before the Parliament session. Talking to medaipersons after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that all parties will be included in the standing committees, chairmanship will be according to rules. He also said that no one raised the issue of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the meeting. He added that the government is ready for discussion on all issues in the Parliament. Jul 7, 2014

Tax exemption, women_s incentives, infrastructural reforms expected in upcoming budget

Kolkata/ New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): While the common Indian pinned hopes on the Modi government for tax exemption and women_s incentives, experts looked forward to the upcoming budget as a check on inflation and a boost to investment and infrastructure. The Union Budget will be presented by the Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, on July 10. A resident of Kolkata, Manoj Dalal, hoped the budget would bring relief to women. Another resident of the city, Sanjay Shroff, hoped that the Modi government would bail the people out of the tax burden. Jul 7, 2014

TN politicians condemn central government_s affidavit against Tamil fishermen

Chennai, July 7 (ANI): Political leaders from Tamil Nadu opposed the recently-filed affidavit by the central government in Madras High Court depriving the Tamil fishermen the right to fish around the Katchatheevu Island, a disputed territory between India and Sri Lanka. Reportedly, the affidavit said the international border issue between India and Sri Lanka was a settled issue, while the ruling government of Tamil Nadu, led by Jayalalithaa demanded retrieval of Katchatheevu Island, reflecting the concerns of Tamil Nadu in the region. Congress leader S Vijayadharani, said this was a shocking step by the central government which curbed the rights of Tamil fishermen. Even Tamil Nadu_s opposition party, DMK said the decision by the Modi-led government was a wrong step. Jul 7, 2014

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on budget session

New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan on Monday spoke about the budget session which is going to the start form today. She said that session will try to find solutions for the financial situation of the country. Jul 7, 2014

Ramadan spirit at Iftar party prompts Bollywood superstars Shahrukh and Salman to hug it out

Mumbai, July 7 (ANI): The true spirit of Ramadan prompted the two warring Bollywood superstars, Shahrukh and Salman, to hug out their differences in showbiz capital, Mumbai. Both stars hugged each other at the Iftar party hosted by Congress leader, Baba Siddique who had invited both the national heart throbs. The duo, who had shared cold vibes since 2008, scrapped their differences by embracing each other at the bash. While talking to the media persons on the occasion, Salman credited Siddique for making them meet. Siddique also expressed happiness over their meeting. Jul 7, 2014

Government_s decision not to release Rajiv Gandhi assassins draws mixed response from politicos

Chennai, July 7 (ANI): Politicos gave mixed responses to the central government opposing the decision of the ruling party of Tamil Nadu to release seven convicts sentenced to life imprisonment in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Gandhi was killed in 1991 while campaigning in Tamil Nadu by an ethnic Tamil suicide bomber from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a separatist rebel group from neighbouring Sri Lanka. Twenty-six people were convicted in 1998 for their roles in planning and carrying out the murder. DMK leader, T. K. S. Elangovan, said the arrested are not the actual offenders. However, Congress leader, S. Vijayadharani welcomed the decision and said the state government had no right to release the convicts. Jul 7, 2014

Indians seek improved facilities in Modi_s maiden railway budget

Thiruvananthapuram / Bhubaneswar /Amritsar, July 07 (ANI): Passengers of Indian Railways are expecting improved facilities, cleanliness and more trains from the Modi governments maiden railway budget. Indians see the railways, which transport an estimated 25 million people each day, as a service for the _common man_. In Kerala, daily commuters said they expected Narendra Modi-led government to charge normal fares and enhanced facilities. Another Passenger, Ramachandran, said he wanted more coaches to avoid rush. In Odisha state, commuters complained about poor facilities and delayed train timings and hoped the upcoming budget would solve the issues. Jul 7, 2014