Politicos react as Lalu hints at possible RJD- JD (U) alliance before Bihar Assembly polls

New Delhi, July 06 (ANI): JD (U) on Sunday hinted at an alliance with its arch-rival Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for the upcoming bye-elections in Bihar, following RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's proposal. In Bihar, bye-elections will be held on 11 seats. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was alliance of disillusioned and desperate people. Meanwhile, Congress opted to wait and watch the developments. Jul 6, 2014

CPI (M) blames TMC govt as college student killed in North 24 Parganas for opposing goons

New Delhi/ Kolkata, July 06 (ANI): CPI (M) blamed Mamata Banerjee's TMC government in West Bengal for killing of a college student in North 24 Parganas district who was protesting against goons. The body of a 22-year-old college student was found in multiple pieces near a rail track in North 24 Parganas district on Saturday. Mohammed Salim said that all the goons are patronized by the CM herself and they have the confidence that no one can stop them. Ritabrata Banerjee said that West Bengal is anti-social place and that anti-social elements are running free in the state. Jul 6, 2014

BJP launches online membership campaign

New Delhi, July 06 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday launched an online membership campaign drive across Delhi. Senior BJP Leader LK Advani and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the campaign which is being done in order to strengthen the party's cadre base ahead of Assembly elections. Singer Shibani Kashyap also joined the party via its online membership campaign. Jul 6, 2014

BJP delegation arrives in Moradabad to take stance of situation, stopped by administration

Moradabad, July 06 (ANI): BJP delegation on Saturday arrived in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh to take stance of situation in the district after violence over removal of loudspeaker from a temple. Moradabad Commissioner Shiv Shankar Singh later said that the delegation has been stopped from visiting the place taking stalk of the vulnerable situation. Meanwhile, BJP leader Suresh Rana said that the party doesn't want any disturbance in the state and that law and order has been deteriorated in UP. He also said that the delegation will visit the place and talk to administration in the matter. Jul 6, 2014

Villagers flee homes in Moradabad in wake of violent clashes

Moradabad, July 06 (ANI): Villagers in Moradabad district on Sunday fled their homes fearing for their lives in wake of violent clashes. Tension is prevailing in Kanth village after BJP workers clashed with police and Samajwadi Party members over removal of a loudspeaker from a temple by the administration decision. The detention of BJP leaders, workers and supporters while on their way to attend a huge religious gathering, 'Mahapanchayat', in Moradabad to protest the decision, led to skirmish with police and the SP workers. A District Magistrate and police officials were injured in stone-pelting by protesters. Police resorted to rounds of firing to control the unruly mob. Police has arrested 62 people for instigating violence to bring the situation under control. Jul 6, 2014

PM pays tribute to Dr Syama Prasad Mookherjee at Parliament

New Delhi, July 06 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tribute to the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) founder Dr Syama Prasad Mookherjee at the Parliament on his 113th birth anniversary. Veteran BJP leader LK Advani, Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah also paid floral tribute to Mookherjee at the Parliament. Jul 6, 2014

Confusion persists over LOP ahead of budget session

New Delhi, July 6 (ANI): Confusion continues to persist over the selection of Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in the parliament ahead of the budget session. Politicos from rival parties continued to create public opinion on the subject with senior leaders saying that it would be appropriate to take the matter to court if the decision does not go in their favour. The Congress, reduced to just 44 MPs in the House, said that denial of the LoP status could be dangerous for the democracy of India. The BJP, however, stressed that the electorate has not given the Congress the numbers to enable it to get the LoP status. Jul 6, 2014

Former Karnataka CM caught on tape asking for bribe, Politicos react

New Delhi, July 06 (ANI): Former Karnataka Chief Minister and JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy has been caught on tape asking for bribe to give away his party’s seat for the Upper House which has drawn political reactions. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that it is unfortunate for an eminent leader to ask for bribe. BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi also said it was unfortunate and added that strict action should be taken under law. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that protectors of law should send a message of trust not fraud among public. Jul 6, 2014

BJP leaders pay tribute to Dr Shyama Prasad Mookherjee on 113th Birth Anniversary

New Delhi, July 6 (ANI): BJP leaders on Sunday paid tribute to Dr Shyama Prasad Mookherjee on his 113th birth anniversary. Home Minister Rajnath Singh and veteran BJP leader LK Advani paid floral tribute to the nationalist leader Mookherjee. Also Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan paid tribute to Mookherjee and said that everyone should take inspiration from him to make this country the way he dreamed about it. Jul 6, 2014

Wall collapse reportedly claims 11 lives in Tamil Nadu

Tiruvallur, July 6 (ANI): Eleven people were killed and many are still feared trapped after compound wall of a godown collapsed in Uparapalayam in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu on Sunday. Reports say that one person has been rescued after the compound wall of a godown collapsed in Tiruvallur. The injured was rushed to Stanley Medical College Hospital in Chennai. All of them of are said to be construction workers from Andhra Pradesh. Rescue operations are going on at the construction site to save those who are still trapped under the debris of the wall collapse. Jul 6, 2014

200 stranded Indian workers return home from war torn Iraq

New Delhi, July 6 (ANI): A group of 200 Indian workers, who were stranded in war torn Iraq, arrived in New Delhi on Sunday. An Indian worker, Upendra Singh, said that the situation in Iraq has worsened as conflict is going between Shiite and Sunni. Another worker Mohammed Alam complained that the company they worked for did not provide them any help to return back to the country. Alam further added that India embassy was helpful and provided them ticket ensuring their safe exit. Earlier on Saturday, 46 freed nurses, who were abducted by suspected Islamist militants in Iraq, also arrived home in Kochi city of Kerala. A group of 78 workers belonging to Andhra Pradesh also reached India. While many have returned to India, 40 Indian construction workers are reportedly still in captivity. Jul 6, 2014

Hike tobacco tax to 50%: Harsh Vardhan to states, UTs

New Delhi, July 06 (ANI): In a bid to discourage smoking among youths, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has written to heads of states and UTs to consider levying a uniform VAT of at least 50 per cent on all tobacco products. He has also urged to develop a tax policy to make tobacco products less affordable over time, according to an official statement. Vardan had earlier written to the Finance Ministry seeking to increase the taxes on cigarettes in June, wherin he had urged Arun Jaitley to increase the price of cigarette by Rs 3.5 per stick irrespective of its length. Jul 6, 2014

Job offers and proposals pour in for Kerala nurses post their return

Kochi, July 06 (ANI): The Kerala nurses who returned from Iraq on Saturday are making headlines in the local as well as national newspapers. Television channels, online media and social networking sites are filled with reports of the nurses who are being highlighted as war heroes returning back home. Local, national and international channels flew to the tiny coastal region to cover the news of their reunion with their families. From the government's side, a formal notice has been released by the Health Minister V.S. Shiva Kumar offering jobs at Shree Uthuradam Thirunal Hospital Trivandrum. Jul 6, 2014

BJP leader promises Bihari wives for Haryana men to marry, draws flak

New Delhi, July 6 (ANI): BJP leader OP Dhankar's statement that the party would get girls from Bihar to ensure that men in Haryana can get married has drawn flak from opposition leaders. Haryana has one of the most skewed sex ratios in the country. The state has 879 women per 1000 men as per the 2011 Census. Jul 6, 2014

Students fall ill after eating mid-day meal served at school in Bihar

Bihar/ Chittoor, July 06 (ANI): More than 50 students fell ill in Sitamarhi district of Bihar after consuming mid-day meal served at school. 54 children fell ill after eating the food in which a dead snake was found. BJP leader Manish Kumar said he got the information from a villager who informed them about a dead snake being found in the meal served to students. The children reportedly showed symptoms of nausea and all of them fell unconscious after eating the meal. In a similar incident, reportedly more than 60 children fell sick in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh after consuming the mid-day meal on Saturday. Jul 6, 2014