Modi takes on UP govt, says BJP tsunami will uproot SP, BSP & Congress

Lucknow, March 02 (ANI): Taking jibe at the Samajwadi party government in UP, Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Lucknow, said that ‘BJP tsunami’ will uproot SP, BSP & Congress with elections approaching. Modi also lashed out at Akhilesh Yadav over the number of riots that took place in the state under his governance. Modi said that Samajwadi party is divided into two parts, that is, Samajvirodhi Party and Sukhwadi Party. He said that UP makes news of lost buffaloes but pays no attention when somebody’s son is lost. Mar 2, 2014

Pakistani Media succumbing to Islamist threat unlike Bangladeshi media

New Delhi, March 2 (ANI): Media freedom has come under attack in Pakistan with the Taliban trying their best to turn Pakistan into another Afghanistan. The recent attacks on media houses certainly point in that direction. In contrast the media is still very much independent in Bangladesh despite the pressure from the Islamists who have ideological links to extremists in Pakistan. Media is said to be the fourth pillar of a democracy but the media in Pakistan is under the scanner for giving into pressure from hardliners. Media houses either resort to self-censorship or if not are attacked for expressing independent opinion. Its not just the Islamist groups but also the Pakistan army and particularly the country’s premier intelligence agency the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) which has muzzled media freedom as well. In many regions especially in Balochistan and in Pakistani Kashmir it is very difficult for a journalist to investigate and report fairly and safely. Mar 2, 2014

Muzaffarnagar riots were provoked by political parties for vested interest: Kejriwal

Kanpur, Mar 2 (ANI): While blowing the poll bugle in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur city, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched a scathing attack against all the political parties including the state ruling Samajwadi Party. Kejriwal invoked last year's Muzaffarnagar communal riots that left many people dead and missing. He said that political parties provoke riots for vested interest. Mar 2, 2014

Congress on ordinance route to pass Anti Graft Bills

Nagpur, March 02 (ANI): Congress leader Rajeev Shukla on Sunday said that the Congress wants to pass the anti graft bills for public welfare and the opposition should not oppose but support the government if it takes the ordinance route. The Union Cabinet is meeting to take a final call on whether or not to take the ordinance route for key anti-corruption bills backed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Mar 2, 2014

Nitish Kumar sits on Satyagraha demanding special status to Bihar

Patna, March 02 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday sat on a day-long Satyagraha in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan demanding special status for the state. Kumar said that the centre’s announcement to grant special status to Seemandhra and not Bihar, who are demanding for the same since past 90 years has shown the discriminatory behaviour of the government and therefore a dawn-to-dusk bandh is called upon. Mar 2, 2014

Gogoi dismisses reports of woman burnt to death for kissing Rahul

Guwahati, March 02 (ANI): Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, dismissed media reports as 'unfortunate' which alleged that a woman was set ablaze as a punishment for kissing Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi at a recent public interaction. Media reported that a 35-year-old woman, who was part of a public interaction on women empowerment that was presided over by Rahul Gandhi during his recent visit to Assam on February 26, was allegedly burnt to death by her husband following a quarrel after the event. Gogoi, who also attended the event, clarified saying that the alleged woman was not the one who attended the interactive session. Mar 2, 2014

JD (U) calls for Bihar bandh, demands special status for state

Patna, March 02 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has called for statewide bandh on Sunday demanding special status for the state on the lines of one given to Seemandhra. He has slammed the Centre for granting special status to Seemandhra while ignoring Bihar. He set out on a 'pad yatra' from his residence to head to the historic Gandhi Maidan of Patna. The CM will be holding a day-long dharna demanding special status to the state. Road and rail traffic have been severely hit by the bandh as JD (U) workers are out on streets blocking traffic movement on national highway leading to Patna. Mar 2, 2014

Maoists kill four villagers in Gumla

Gumla, March 02 (ANI): Maoists recently gunned down four tribal men of a family in Borang village of Gumla district in Jharkhand. One of the members of the family, Lohra Urav said that the incident took place at a time when everyone was present in the house. The Maoists who were carrying weapons broke inside the house and brutally killed the four men. Although no reason has been ascertained yet, police suspect it to be a feudal dispute. Mar 2, 2014

Nitish's call for Bihar Bandh a political gimmick: BJP

New Delhi, Mar 2 (ANI): The BJP on Sunday said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's call for Bihar Bandh demanding special status is not a serious effort but a political gimmick. Kumar has called for statewide bandh on Sunday demanding special status for the state on the lines of one given to Seemandhra. He has slammed the Centre for granting special status to Seemandhra while ignoring Bihar. He set out on a 'pad yatra' from his residence to head to the historic Gandhi Maidan of Patna. The CM will be holding a day-long dharna demanding special status to the state. Mar 2, 2014

As Bihar protests for special status, adjoining Jharkhand follows suit

Jharkhand, Mar 2 (ANI): All Jharkhand Students Union protested and called for a shutdown in Jharkhand on Sunday, demanding special status and package for the state, following footsteps of neighbouring Bihar, which is witnessing continuous protests demanding the same. The protesters halted trains and called for a 24-hour shutdown and pressed Indian government to fulfil their demands. Mar 2, 2014