Prez Pranab Mukherjee presents Gandhi Peace Prize to Chandi Prasad Bhatt

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday felicitated renowned environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhatt with 2013 Gandhi Peace Prize at a glittering ceremony in Darbar Hall at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The pioneer of the Chipko movement has also been awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 1982 followed by the Padma Bhushan in 2005. The Gandhi Peace Prize was instituted in 1995 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. This annual award is given to individuals and institutions for their contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods. Jul 15, 2014

Germany national soccer team arrives in Berlin after winning the FIFA World Cup title

Berlin, July 15 (ANI): Germany_s victorious national soccer team arrived home on Tuesday, two days after winning the FIFA World Cup title in Brazil. A plane carrying coach Joachim Loew and his squad touched down at Berlin_s Tegel airport where it was received by fire engines spraying the Boeing 747 with water as a welcome home gesture. Captain Philipp Lahm, carrying the trophy, was the first to leave the plane, followed by Bastian Schweinsteiger who was wrapped in a large German flag. National carrier Lufthansa temporarily changed its name to Fanhansa in honour of the world champions and added the words _winner_s plane_ (_Siegerflieger_) to its logo, complete with the picture of a soccer ball. Jul 15, 2014

BJP reacts sharply over Rahul's comment linking Ved Pratap with RSS

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): The BJP reacted sharply over Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's comment linking senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik with the RSS. Leaders of the BJP clearly stated that Ved Pratap is an independent journalist and has no links with the RSS or BJP. They stated that Rahul Gandhi's allegations were absolutely baseless, useless and condemnable. Earlier today, Rahul Gandhi had called Vaidik an RSS man. The statement came amidst the issue of Vaidik's recent meeting with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Lahore. Vaidik has openly accepted the meet with Hafiz Sayeed, who is a declared terrorist, and has also said that he is ready to share all the information concerning his meetings in Pakistan. Jul 15, 2014

RSS leader criticizes Rahul Gandhi over his comment on Ved Pratap Vaidik

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader M.G. Vaidya criticised Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday for making comments on Ved Pratap Vaidik that he is an RSS man. Defending Vaidik he also added that he went as a journalist which is not against the nation. Earlier today, Rahul Gandhi had called Vaidik an RSS man. The statement came amidst the issue of Vaidik_s recent meeting with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Sayeed in Lahore. Vaidik has openly accepted the meet with Hafiz Sayeed , who is a declared terrorist, and has also said that he is ready to share all the information concerning his meetings in Pakistan. Jul 15, 2014

Muslim Cleric urges UN to take immediate action against Israeli attacks in Gaza

Lucknow, July 15 (ANI): India_s Shi_ite Cleric Maulana Syed Kalbe Jawad Naqvi urged United Nations to take quick action against the Israel airstrikes on Gaza. He termed the attack as most cruel in the history and added that the bloodshed should stop immediately. Jawad Naqvi further requested the Indian government to change its policies towards Israel. The Israeli military continue their strikes in Gaza, in the worst flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian violence in almost two years. Jul 15, 2014

No government role in Vaidik-Saeed meet: Sushma

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Both Houses of Parliament witnessed regular disturbances on Tuesday, with an unrelenting opposition demanding an explanation from the NDA Government on journalist Ved Prakash Vaidik_s meeting with 26/11 terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed nearly two weeks ago. In the Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reiterated that it was completely unfair and wrong on the part of the opposition and the Congress Party in particular to blame the government directly for allegedly facilitating the meeting between Vaidik and Saeed. She said that Vaidik had acted in his individual capacity, and that the government had absolutely no role to play in facilitating the trip or the meeting. A similar statement was made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Rajya Sabha. Jul 15, 2014

India- Pak should be one big family, Kashmir should not be separated but made free: Vaidik

Gurgaon, July 15 (ANI): Political analyst and senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik on Tuesday said that India and Pakistan should be a big family and that Kashmir should not be separated from India but should be made free. Vaidik said that Kashmir which is a _gorge_ between the two nations, should be made use as a _bridge_ to join two nations. Further, talking on the controversy erupted over his interview and meeting with Hafiz Saeed, he said that the TV channels are over hyping the things. He also blamed the Congress party for the same and said that they have no other issue and that is why they have come up with this. Jul 15, 2014

SC wants govt to revisit juvenile law, politicos react

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): After Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi, it is the Supreme Court that has called for a more stringent Juvenile Justice Act. Questioning the immunity enjoyed by the under-age offenders, SC has asked the government to re-visit the law and make necessary changes. Reacting over this, SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that before changing the law there should be wider consultations on the issue. However, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy welcomed the suggestion. Jul 15, 2014

Rahul Gandhi destroyed Congress, people call him ___pappu___ & ___munna___: Gufran Azam

Bhopal, July 15 (ANI): Former Congress leader Gufran Azam slammed Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and said that Gandhi destroyed the party with his experiments. Azam also blamed the Party President Sonia Gandhi for continuously trying to ___make Rahul what he is not capable of___. He also said that people call Gandhi by names like ___pappu___ or ___munna___ which is insulting to the party. Jul 15, 2014

BJP says wide stakeholder consultations needed for implementation of UCC, politicos react

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday reacted over Law Minster Ravi Shankar Prasad___s written reply to the Lok Sabha that wide consultations with stakeholders will be required before taking any further steps on the issue of uniform civil code. Subramanian Swamy and Yogi Adityanath of the BJP emphasized that the Uniform Civil Code already exists in the constitution in Article 44 but there is a need to discuss and deliberate on the matter with everyone. Swamy added that it is extremely important to have common laws for marriage and inheritance. Narash Agarwal of the SP however, argued that different sections of the society would never let the BJP further its agenda. Jul 15, 2014

Politicos on report of Indian youth joining ISIS

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday reacted over a media report that four youngsters from Mumbai are believed to have to have joined the ISIS militants to fight government forces in Iraq. The Maharashtra police is investigating the four separate missing complaints filed by the parents of the youth, identified as Arif Fayyaz Majeed, Aman Naik Tandel, Shaheed Farooqui Tanki and Fahad Tanvir Sheikh. Leaders from various political parties said that it is a matter of great concern and the government should find the truth and take action. Jul 15, 2014

Political leaders react over PM Modi & Chinese Presidents meeting in Brazil

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Political leaders gave differentiating reaction as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Brazil. BJP’s Subramanian Swamy applauded the meet, while Congress leader Manish Tewari asked if the issues BJP raised earlier like controversial map released by China, among others were discussed or not. NCP leader Majid Memon said that talks are important but compromise on integrity & security of country should not be made. SP leader Naresh Agarwal warned the government to be alert from China. BJD leader Jay Panda also welcomed the meet. Jul 15, 2014

Ved Pratap Vaidik gets into another controversy over his Kashmir remark

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday react bringing Senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik into a fresh controversy over his Kashmir remark wherein he said that Kashmir should be made free. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that government should come out and explain Vaidik’s meeting. NCP leader Majid Memon said that such statements by the journalist should not be given any importance. Meanwhile, BJP, SP and BJD condemned the statement. Jul 15, 2014

Ved Pratap Vaidik is RSS man: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday that veteran journalist and political analyst Ved Pratap Vaidik belongs to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Ramdev aide and senior journalist Vaidik has been facing criticism from the opposition after his recent meeting with 26/11 terrorist mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Lahore. Vaidik has openly accepted that he met Saeed in Lahore, and criticized the Congress for unnecessarily giving it a political twist to put Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government in the dock. He said that he is ready to share all the records of his meetings in Pakistan. Jul 15, 2014

2008 Bangalore serial blasts accused Madani released on bail

Bangalore, July 15 (ANI): 2008 Bangalore serial blasts prime accused Abdul Nasser Madani was released from jail on Monday on health grounds. He was later taken to a private hospital in Whitefield, where he is likely to stay for a month under police security. Madani was, on July 11, granted one-month bail by the Supreme Court while taking note that he is an under-trial prisoner who was already behind the bars for the last four years and was suffering from various ailments, including diabetes and vision-threatening ailment in both eyes. Madani_s family along with his supporters and fans had come to receive him at Bangalore Central Jail. Reportedly, the accused, through his lawyer Prashant Bhushan, had said it will be difficult for him to undergo any surgeries while staying in jail.When asked how he felt after being granted bail, Madani thanked the god for court_s judgment. Jul 15, 2014