Situation became tense after BJP called 'Mahapanchayat': Moradabad SSP

Moradabad, July 05 (ANI): Moradabad SSP Dharamvir on Saturday said that the atmosphere became tense after BJP called for a 'Mahapanchayat' in Moradabad. Dharamvir also stated that the BJP MP Sarvesh Singh wanted to polarize situation as assembly by-election is round the corner. Jul 5, 2014

BJP reacts as Moradabad SSP says tense situation in Moradabad due to BJPs Mahapanchayat

New Delhi, July 5 (ANI): BJP on Saturday reacted over Moradabad SSP Dharamvir’s statement that tense situation in Moradabad is due to BJP’s Mahapanchayat. BJP leader Shrikant Sharma said that SSP is behaving like an SP spokesperson. Further, BJP leader VK Singh said that any SSP should not make such statement as he is a part of administration and not of any political party. Jul 5, 2014

Railway & General Budget main issues of discussion: LS Speaker on all party meet

New Delhi, July 05 (ANI): The Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday highlighted the key issues of discussion in the all party meet held ahead of budget session. Mahajan said that the Railway and General Budget remained the main issues of discussion. She also said that all the members agreed to cooperate with the government on everything and hoped to solve every issue with discussion. Jul 5, 2014

Vasundhara Raje suggests changing MGNREGA, Congress slams

New Delhi, July 05 (ANI): Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's suggestion to the Centre to change Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) into a scheme came under heavy attack from the Congress party. Accusing the government of acting against the interests of poor people, Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad on Saturday said that this is an attempt to scrap MGNREGA. Jul 5, 2014

Indian nurses freed from Iraq return to Kochi

Kochi, July 05 (ANI) 46 Indian nurses returned to Kochi on Saturday after being held in captivity by ISIS militants in the war torn Iraq. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy received the nurses along with their families at the airport. Apart from the nurses, a joint-secretary level IFS officer and a woman IAS officer from Kerala were also on the special flight of Air India. Jul 5, 2014

Security beefed up in Moradabad after violence

Moradabad, July 5 (ANI): Security has been beefed up in Moradabad city on Saturday, following a violent clash between BJP workers and police. The detention of BJP leaders, workers and supporters while on their way to attend a huge religious gathering (Mahapanchayat) in Moradabad, led to clash with police and the SP workers. A District Magistrate and a police official were injured in the stone-pelting by protesters. Police resorted to rounds of firing to control the unruly mob. A senior official, Shiv Shanakr Singh, said 62 people were arrested for instigating violence and situation was tensed but under control. Jul 5, 2014

Sharp hike in food prices dampens festive spirit of Ramadan in Kashmir

Srinagar, July 05 (ANI): The sharp hike in the prices of essential commodities during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has dampened the festive spirit in Kashmir. During the holy month, consumption of these essential commodities increases automatically as compared to other months. Another resident, Farooq Ahmad blaming the government said that the price of vegetables and fruits varies on a daily basis. Soaring prices of basic goods such as milk and potatoes lifted retail food inflation in May to 9.4 percent and there have been fears of worse to come with the delayed spread of the monsoon to the grain bowl region of northwest India. Meanwhile, Director of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Bashir Ahmad Khan, said that the department is monitoring the market to check inflation. Jul 5, 2014

Ready to discuss every issue: Venkaiah Naidu on Parliament Session

New Delhi, July 05 (ANI): Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said that the government is ready to discuss every issue based on its importance in the parliament session. He added that the Congress party seeking the Leader of Opposition post will not be his domain but the speaker_s decision. Jul 5, 2014

Maoists gun down security officer in Bihar

Jamui, July 05 (ANI): Maoists gunned down a security officer in Bihar during a gun battle. A senior official of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was shot dead when extremists ambushed the security forces in Jamui district of the state. Superintendent of Police (SP), Ravindra Nath Tiwari said the deceased was identified as Harikant Jha, a senior officer with the 7th battalion. Police have launched combing operation to nab the ultras. The rebel group, which claims to be fighting for the rights of the poor and landless, controls some of India_s mineral-rich areas and operate in large swathes of the eastern, central and southern countryside. Jul 5, 2014

Aircraft carrying Indian nurses from Iraq reach Mumbai, families wait at Kochi airport for reunion

Kochi, July 05 (ANI): The special Air India plane carrying 46 Indian nurses and 137 others from strife-torn Iraq lands in Mumbai at 8:43 am, an airport official said on Saturday. The anxiety of the parents and relatives increased as the aircraft carrying the nurses got delayed by over five hours. The family members of 46 Indian nurses are eagerly waiting at the airport in Kochi city as they are expected to arrive by Air India Flight by 11:45 am Saturday. Non Resident Keralites Association (NORKA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sudeep said that his organisation have made arrangement for providing transportation from the airport to the place of residence. The family members will be given travel expenses of rupees 5,000 each. Jul 5, 2014

Oommen Chandy reaches Kochi Airport to receive nurses, says very relieved

Kochi, July 5 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday reached Kochi Airport to receive Indian nurses returning from strife-torn Iraq. He said that he and the entire state is very relieved on the progress. He said that it was because of the joint effort that the 100 per cent result in the case and that he was in total contact with the nurses from past few weeks. Chandy further said that the government only wants safe return of all the Indian nationals back to their nation. The aircraft carrying the nurses from Mumbai is soon to reach Kochi. Jul 5, 2014

NCP dares Congress over seat-sharing in Maharashtra, politicos react

New Delhi/Nagpur, July 05 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday reacted over Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar_s statement in which he has threatened the Congress that the NCP will break the alliance, if they don_t get 144 seats to contest the Maharashtra Assembly elections. Jul 5, 2014

Congress to raise demand for LoP Post in court, Politicos react

New Delhi, July 05 (ANI): Political reactions came in as Congress is mulling the option of moving court if it is denied the post of leader of opposition in Lok Sabha. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that the Congress will only be embarrassed if they go to court to have their demand to be assigned the post of the Leader of Opposition (LoP), as they don't have the required number of seats. Party Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also advised the Congress to stop running after positions. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the party should be given the post or else it will be like weakening the democratic structure. Jul 5, 2014

Political leaders on Moradabad violence

New Delhi, July, 05 (ANI): Situation in Moradabad is coming back to normal a day after clashes between two communities broke out over the installation of loudspeakers near a religious place. Five BJP leaders, including Muzaffarnagar riot-accused Sangeet Som and four MPs, were detained near Morababad after they tried to defy a ban on the party from holding a 'mahapanchayat' in Kanth area. Protesters blocked train lines and resorted to stone-pelting to lodge their protest. The police had to resort to tear gas shelling to dispel the crowd. Rail traffic route was also disturbed due to the agitation. The BJP leaders were later released on the condition that they will stay away from the area and not create any more disturbances. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh BJP constituted a five-member committee of its MLAs for a detailed probe into the violence and detention of its legislators in Moradabad district. Jul 5, 2014

Digvijaya Singh to sit on hunger strike over Farmer_s woes

Bhopal, July 05 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Saturday said that he will sit on a hunger strike demanding compensation to the farmers in Madhya Pradesh. He said that he will commence the strike from 7th of July and appealed the farmers to do the same if they have similar concerns too. Jul 5, 2014