Kumar Vishwas clarifies controversial statement, says will attend 'Kavi Sammelan' if Modi invites

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): Clarifying his statement, Kumar Vishwas said that he was earlier called for the poetry session by BJP and so he intended to attend the same before they declined it. Further, slamming journalist Arnab Goswami for twisting his statements and spicing them, Vishwas said that his poetry session is open for all audience irrespective of party to which the members belong. Sep 10, 2014

KCR warns media against insulting Telangana, politicos slam

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday faced flak for his comment on media. KCR threatened to bury the media "ten feet under the earth" if they continue to insult the newly-carved out state. Rao, at loggerheads with the Andhra Pradesh government over disbursement of assets and liabilities of the undivided state, also demanded that Telangana "must be respected". Sep 10, 2014

Robert Vadra may lose airport security privilege, politicos react

New Delhi, Sep 10(ANI): According to reports Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has asked the aviation officials to tone down the existing list of people exempt from the security checks at airports. Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has 30 people on the exempt list which begins with the President and goes up to special protection group protectees. The list also includes the Dalai Lama. The only individual listed in that list (on number 31) is Robert Vadra. It seems Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra may soon lose his exalted frisking privileges at the airports. Sep 10, 2014

Nirbhaya's nurse reportedly gang-raped, Reactions Flow

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): In yet another serious crime against women, Delhi Gangrape victim Nirbhaya's nurse has allegedly been gang-raped in Punjab. Reacting to this, BJP leader Sambit Patra said that it was a deplorable incident and strict action should be taken. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that increasing crime against women is a sign of bad governance. Congress leader Barkha Shukla said that immediate cognizance should be taken in the matter and action should be taken against all the accused. Meanwhile, woman activist Annie Raja said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should no longer maintain silence on such issues and strict action should be taken. Sep 10, 2014

Gujarat on high alert for probable floods

Vadodara, Sep 10 (ANI): Alarmed by the flood havoc created in Kashmir, the government of Gujarat was on high alert following heavy, incessant rains that have disrupted normal life in the state. Reportedly, with incessant rains since Monday morning and with Sardar Sarovar dam overflowing, people residing on the banks of river Dhadhar have been asked to exercise caution as heavy rains were forecast in the next 72 hours. In wake of a flood like situation, the state government beefed up precautionary measures to safeguard the residents of the area. Chief Minister of Gujarat, Anandiben Patel, surveying the area said that people have been alerted about the situation and measures have been implemented to safeguard them. Residents of the area said that the road connecting Vadodara to other areas was completely submerged. Sep 10, 2014

Court issues summons to Subramanian Swamy after defamation suit filed by Jayalalitha

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday was summoned by a local court in connection with a defamation suit filed by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha. Swamy said that the court has not investigated into the matter before sending summon and added that in the end he will sue Jayalalitha for the damages. A summon was sent to Swamy asking him to appear before Court on October 30 in a defamation regarding Swamy's statement on fishermen issue. Sep 10, 2014

Govt to remove LoP post from Lok Sabha, Politicos React

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): Since the absence of Leader of Opposition is becoming a hurdle in the appointment of the CVC and CIC, the Government will be very soon taking a conclusive decision on the removal of LoP from the Lok Sabha. Reacting on the Government's proposal, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that instead of removing the post of LoP why doesn't the government tell the speaker that Congress is the biggest opposition party and that it should get the post. NCP leader Majid Memon and SP leader Naresh Aggarwal said that if the post of LoP is removed, it is clear that the Government wants to act in an authoritative way. Sep 10, 2014

Health Ministers of S East Asian countries meet in Dhaka to focus on vector borne diseases

Dhaka, Sep 10 (ANI): The Health Ministers of 11 South East Asian countries met in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka for a four-day meeting on various health issues pertaining to the region with special focus on vector-borne diseases. The 32nd meeting of the Ministers of Health of World Health Organisation South-East Asia Region (WHO-SEAR) and the 67th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia started on Wednesday. Margaret Chan, Director General of World Health Organization (WHO) said that the meeting was special as the focus this year was on vector-borne diseases. Meanwhile, India's Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, addressing the gathering said that he was happy that traditional medicine was being discussed by the committee. He also said that he was happy that an agreement was being signed between India and Bangladesh in this field. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hailed the initiatives taken by the regional powers to discuss on various health issues and said her government will give all its inputs. Sep 10, 2014

AAP delegation meets LG over horse trading by BJP, request to review letter to President

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): A delegation of AAP leaders on Wednesday met the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung over the issue of horse-trading by BJP caught on camera. AAP leader Manish Sisodia said that in a previous meeting with the LG, he had asked them to conduct a sting on the BJP leaders who try to horse-trade AAP MLAs, which AAP produced this time to the LG. He added that AAP has also asked the LG to review his letter to the President in which he sought permission from him to allow BJP to form a government in Delhi. Sep 10, 2014

Malaysian environment minister meets PM Modi to enhance ties

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): Malaysian Minister for Natural Resources and Environment and President of the Malaysia Indian Congress, Datuk Seri G Palanivel, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to enhance bilateral relationship in fields of trade and climate change. During the meeting, Palanivel also sought enhanced cooperation in the areas of investment, tourism, educational and cultural ties between the two countries. On behalf of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri G Palanivel extended invitation to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Malaysia. Modi agreed to visit Malaysia at a mutually convenient time. Meanwhile, Modi also met Director General of United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dr Jose Graziano da Silva. Sep 10, 2014

Appeal Central govt to increase coal supply in UP for power generation: Akhilesh

Lucknow, Sep 10 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said that the state requires more coal supply for power generation to solve its power and electricity crisis spread across the state. Yadav said that although the government has been in power for just 100 days, it should cater to the needs of the state which has led to victory in maximum number of seats in Lok Sabha polls. He further added that if UP is supplied with adequate amount of coal, it will be self sufficient in generating power and will also be able to supply power to neighbouring states. Sep 10, 2014

Flood ravaged Kashmiris urge govt to restore communication blackouts

Jaipur/ Jammu/ Dehradun, Sep 10 (ANI): Kin of flood ravaged people in Jammu and Kashmir urged the State and Central governments to restore communication blackouts as the floods claim over 200 lives. India-administered Kashmir is experiencing worst flooding in 60 years, killing over 200 people and inundating homes, military bases and hospitals in region's main city Srinagar as the Jhelum River overflowed its banks. Meanwhile, recalling the last year's floods that ravaged Uttarakhand, the chief minister of the state Harish Rawat empathised with the flood-affected people. Sep 10, 2014

Yogi Adityanath gets notice from EC for inflammatory remarks, Politicos react

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): BJP leader Yogi Adityanath received a show cause notice from the Election Commission for violating the Model Code of Conduct and making inflammatory remarks while he campaigned for the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. Appreciating Election Commission's step, Congress leader Manish Tewari said it's high time that someone takes cognizance of the manner in which the leaders of BJP are trying to create communal violence in India. NCP leader Majid Memon said that whenever any mischievous statement is made from any side, the Election Commission should deal with it very firmly. Sep 10, 2014

Situation serious due to floods, no time for politics over it: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, Sep 10 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that situation in the state is very serious due to floods. He said that rescue operations are underway and the army, air force and NDRF officials are trying their best to reach to maximum people and provide them with relief. On being asked about Opposition's blame over State government's inaction, Abdullah said that this is not the time for politics. Sep 10, 2014