AAP_s petition for fresh elections in Delhi referred to Constitution bench: SC

New Delhi, July 04 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday referred AAP_s petition seeking dissolution of Delhi assembly to a Constitution bench. The apex court, however, made it clear that pendency of the AAP petition would not preclude the LG from taking appropriate steps if he thinks it fit. AAP had filed a petition in the Supreme Court to direct the Central government and lieutenant governor to dissolve the Delhi assembly, and order fresh elections in the capital. The SC_s decision came a day after former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal accompanied by AAP legislators met President Pranab Mukherjee to demand immediate dissolution of the Assembly and fresh elections in Delhi. Jul 4, 2014

Brinda Karat targets BJP govt over MNREGA scheme

New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat on Friday assailed the BJP government for allegedly trying to tamper with the MNREGA scheme that gives employment to thousands of people. Karat said that it was unfortunate that a party that ran its campaign on issues like unemployment in the country is now engaging in such act. Jul 4, 2014

Protesters clash with Police in Moradabad, BJP says no support to violence

Moradabad/Lucknow, July 04 (ANI): Violence broke out in Moradabad following clash between protesters and police. The protesters were protesting against the denial of holding a Mahapanchayat by the BJP leaders. Muzaffarnagar riot accused BJP MLA Sangeet Som was earlier detained near Moradabad along with several leaders and party workers for heading to Moradabad to hold a Mahapanchayat even as the local administration had denied them permission. BJP___s UP Unit President Laxmikant Bajpai said that BJP does not support such violence but added that the SP government is responsible for whatever chaos is happening in the city. Jul 4, 2014

PIL filed in SC over Sunanda Pushkar case demanding CBI probe

New Delhi, July 04 (ANI): A PIL was filed in Supreme Court over Sunanda Pushkar death case demanding CBI probe. The petitioner lawyer in the case said that there are instances in the case which needs free investigation, that is, Dr Sudhir Gupta complaining of pressure in creating autopsy report and delay in case by Delhi police. He continued that Pushkar was to expose people involved in IPL case before she was _murdered_, and that it also happened a day before she called Pakistani journalist and ISI agent. Jul 4, 2014

BJP leaders detained near Moradabad, politicos react

New Delhi/Lucknow, July 04 (ANI): Muzaffarnagar riot accused BJP MLA Sangeet Som was on Friday detained near Moradabad along with several leaders and party workers for heading to Moradabad to hold a Mahapanchayat even as the local administration had denied them permission. According to reports the UP administration had denied permission to the BJP to hold a mahapanchayat fearing that it could flare up communal tension in the area. The BJP had decided to hold a mahapanchayat after the UP administration restricted the use of loud speakers at a religious place, which led to some trouble in the area in the month of June. In order to protest against the move, the BJP had called for a mahapanchayat today, where several party leaders were also expected to be present. Meanwhile, reacting over this, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain slammed the SP government for this action and said that instead of taking action against criminals, the administration is arresting political leaders. However, CPI (M) and BSP targeted the BJP and said that it is trying to flare up communal tension in the area. Jul 4, 2014

Indian workers stranded in Iraq return safely to New Delhi

New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): A group of Indian workers stranded in Iraq made a safe return to New Delhi on Friday with the help of the country_s embassy. The nationals flew back to India in the early hours of the day with the support of the embassy officials after they claimed that the companies they worked with refused to send them back. The workers heaved a sigh of relief and embraced their families waiting for them at the international airport in the national capital. They also said their friends and colleagues were still stuck in the turmoil-hit Iraq and the situation in Bagdhad was getting worse with each passing day. About 10,000 Indian nationals work in Iraq, mostly in areas unaffected by the fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the national army. Jul 4, 2014

AIIMS Forensic Dept ready to provide information on Sunanda Pushkar case

New Delhi/ Thiruvananthapuram, July 4 (ANI): Head of Forensic Department of All India Institute Of Medical sciences (AIIMS), Dr Sudhir Gupta, said that he was prepared to impart any information required in mysterious death case of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. Speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi on Friday, Dr Gupta said that the postmortem report of Pushkar was authentic. BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy had also alleged the involvement of few politicians in the case and demanded a trial by the Supreme Court. Earlier, Gupta had claimed he was pressurised to tamper with the post-mortem report of Pushkar, who died under mysterious circumstances in a posh New Delhi hotel on January 17 this year. However, later Dr. Gupta said the post-mortem report by him was authentic. Jul 4, 2014

Ram Vilas Paswan meets state food ministers over inflation and hoarding

New Delhi, July 04 (ANI): Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday met state food ministers over inflation and the problem of hoarding and black marketing. He expressed serious concerns over the same. He also said that hoarding is a serious crime in foreign countries, while it has become a common phenomenon in India with its upsurge recently. Jul 4, 2014

Iraq Crisis: Family of a nurse urges govt to ensure her safe return

Kannur, Kerala July 4 (ANI): Family of a nurse stranded in strife-torn Iraq urged Indian government to ensure the safe and early return of their daughter on Thursday. Tintu is one among the 46 nurses, who were stranded in Tikrit and now have been moved to an unknown destination. Tintu’s father, M. Thankan, appealed the governments to take adequate steps for early return of his daughter. Tintu's mother Thankan said her daughter had told her over the telephone that she was safe and shifted to a different place. MEA spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin, said on Thursday that the government was in touch with the nurses and their well-being was their top priority. Jul 4, 2014

Politicos react on reports of Hafiz Saeed visiting Pak villages near Rajasthan border

New Delhi, July 04 (ANI): Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks master mind and JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed was spotted visiting Pak villages near Rajasthan border which has invited political reactions. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that Hafiz Saeed should be arrested because there is no use of raising a hue and cry over his moving from one place to another. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that it is a serious issue which concerns national security. SP leader Naresh Agarwal questioned government's inaction on such serious issues. Jul 4, 2014

Riot accused BJP MLA Sangeet Som detained for holding 'mahapanchayat'

Moradabad, July 4 (ANI): Muzaffarnagar riot accused BJP MLA Sangeet Som was detained near Moradabad by the Uttar Pradesh police while he was on his way to attend a mahapanchayat along with his party workers on Friday. Som and other leaders detained by the UP police have been shifted to police lines. Party MPs Satyapal Singh and Nepal Singh have also been detained enroute to Moradabad. The BJP had decided to hold a mahapanchayat after the UP administration restricted the use of loud speakers at a religious place, which led to some trouble in the area in the month of June. Som had been charged with circulating a fake video on social media inciting violence in Muzaffarnagar. Jul 4, 2014

Brazil snack vendors win victory over FIFA

The vendors of a traditional Brazilian snack are doing great business at the World Cup -- but had to fight FIFA for the right to feed the fans. Duration: 02:00 Jul 4, 2014

Katra- Udhampur rail link is a gift for lakhs of pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi Shrine: Modi

Katra, July 4 (ANI): On his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir, PM Narendra Modi flagged off the Katra- Udhampur train. He said that the railway service is for the benefit of not only the locals but also lakhs of Indians who want to visit Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. He ensured that this rail link would bring speed, energy and rapid development for the state. He also stressed on the need to have a separate development model for the Himalayan states. Jul 4, 2014

Omar Abdullah to skip Security Review meeting with PM, Politicos react

New Delhi, July 04 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to skip the security review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Leaders said that it was for Abdullah to decide if he will attend the meeting or not, but also advocated that a meeting to resolve issues related to Kashmir was a positive move. Modi arrived in Katra to flag off a special train to Vaishno Devi and will fly to the Army’s 15 corps headquarters at Badamibagh cantonment in Srinagar, where he would chair a security review meeting. Jul 4, 2014