ICC revamp plan approved in Singapore, Srinivasan to become chairman

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): BCCI President N Srinivasan has been selected as the next ICC chairman in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) board meeting held on Saturday. Srinivasan would be the third Indian to head the ICC. He will join his post from July 2014, for two years. The ICC's radical revamp plan proposed by the "Big Three" of international Cricket-India, Australia and England was also approved by eight members voting in favour of it, and two abstaining from the voting process. Feb 8, 2014

Jan Lokpal bill not unconstitutional, prior consultations done: Nagendra Sharma

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): After Delhi Jan Lokpal bill brought about controversy on its legality, Arvind Kejriwal's media advisor Nagendra Sharma said that the bill is not unconstitutional and that prior consultations were made. He said that the lawyers who are refuting on any claims of consultation are right and that they were consulted not on the particular bill but on whether a bill can be passed by the Delhi cabinet or not. Feb 8, 2014

Development of Gujarat due to Congress not Narendra Modi: Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Feb 8 (ANI): Reacting to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's speech in Imphal, Information and Broadcasting Minister and Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday said that the development of Gujarat was due to the Congress, and not because of Modi as he liked to claim. Addressing a rally in Imphal, Modi had said that the Congress government had terribly failed in developing the north east region. He also said that the state in which Manipur is now was bleak and cited the example of Gujarat to draw a comparison. He further said that Manipur has had the worst governments of the Congress. Feb 8, 2014

Intense cold wave disrupts normal life in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh, Feb 8 (ANI): Plummeting temperature disrupted routine life in Shimla as people sat around bonfires on pavements to beat the cold. The situation is similar in other places as well with dense fog and plummeting temperatures disrupting routine life in various parts of north India, affecting school children, daily wage workers and traders. Feb 8, 2014

Defence Expo 2014 witnesses launch of unmanned military vehicle

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): The 2014 Defence Expo in New Delhi witnessed launch of an unmanned military vehicle, showing an example of extraordinary technology. A kit has been attached atop the vehicle that enables it to perform unmanned and autonomous operations even in remote areas of the country. Head of business development in Defence, Anil Kumar Yadav threw light on the various other functions of the unmanned vehicle. The vehicle can conduct various missions like anti naxalite operations, border patrolling, critical infrastructure patrolling like that of nuclear defense areas. Bird detection & monitoring radar system is another technology that can be deployed to ensure the safety of aircrafts in air. Feb 8, 2014

The construction of a border road between Assam and Nagaland to benefit villagers

New Sonowal, Feb 08 (ANI): The construction of a 23km long pucca road from Gauri Chauwa under Tipabor sub-division to New Sonowal by the PWD is in full swing. There are 17 villages within this stretch, mainly engaged in agriculture. Earlier, the villagers used to face many problems in transporting goods and availing services. The construction of the road as well as 7 new bridges has come as a ray of hope for the people who are expecting their lives to improve now. The project has been allotted a budget of Rs 20 crores. The construction of the pucca road has given hope of better business to this group of students from Kherimiya village who started vegetable farming recently. These youngsters, who are from poor families, have taken up farming to support their education and to supplement their family income. Feb 8, 2014

Manipur suffering due to lack of political vision and will in Congress: Narendra Modi

Imphal, Feb 08 (ANI): Addressing a rally in Imphal city of Manipur, BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi said that the state is suffering because of lack of political vision and will in Congress. He said that there is much potential in Manipur but it is Congress' divisive rule that has failed the state from prospering. Modi also mentioned about a special ministry for the northeast made by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and also a special economic package introduced by him. Feb 8, 2014

Nido Tania's death in Delhi national shame: Narendra Modi

Imphal, Feb 08 (ANI): While addressing a rally in Imphal, BJP's PM Candidate Narendra Modi said that Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania's death in the national capital is a national shame. He said that the central and Delhi government should come out of the blame game and take responsibility of the case. Modi also promised to bring Manipur and northeast states at par with other states of India. Feb 8, 2014

Kejriwal did not seek my advice on Jan Lokpal Bill: KN Bhatt

Noida, Feb 08 (ANI): Former Additional Solicitor General KN Bhatt on Saturday said that he had not advised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the Jan Lokpal Bill, but on a different matter. Bhatt said that he is not blaming Kejriwal of anything as he named five people with whom, he may have discussed different matters. Earlier, AAP has said that is within their rights to pass the bill and that they have consulted about the same too. Further, Bhatt said that the lieutenant governor also has no role in the same and he is bound to do what he is doing. Feb 8, 2014

Maoists call for shutdown in Imphal opposing Narendra Modi's rally

Imphal, Feb 08 (ANI): Militant outfit in northeast India called for shutdown on Saturday showing strong resistance towards BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally to be held in Imphal and Guwahati. Modi would try to strike a chord with the people by pitching his Gujarat model of development to Manipur and Assam. Modi has been touring the country to garner support for the upcoming general elections. BJP's strong showing in the recent polls in four states has boosted the momentum for Modi in the run-up to the parliamentary elections due by April 2014. Feb 8, 2014

Andhra CM playing game, taking advantage of situation: V Hanumantha Rao

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): Commenting on the negative reaction by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on the clearance of Telangana bill by the cabinet, Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao said that Reddy was playing a game and taking advantage of the situation. He said that Reddy was never opposed to the bifurcation and that he had accepted it when Congress promised about it and left everything on Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Rao also blamed the state chief of unnecessarily blaming the UPA government. Feb 8, 2014

Ironical that Mulayam Singh talks about becoming PM: Sabir Ali

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): Reacting to Samajwadi Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's statement on the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, Janata Dal United (JD-U) leader Sabir Ali on Saturday said that it was ironical that Singh had earlier spoken about becoming the prime minister of India. Singh had said in a press conference how can there be a good law and order in Uttar Pradesh when its population was more than 21 crore. Feb 8, 2014

Heavy snow brings Kashmir to standstill

Poonch, Feb 08 (ANI): Kashmir woke up to fresh swathe of white flakes jamming daily life, commuters faced long and treacherous rides as snow-filled roads caused delays in public transit. Road authorities have started mechanical snow-clearing service, but incessant snowfall makes the roads slippery and unfavourable for travel. This is the third time within this week that snowfall has brought normal life to a stand still, leading to prolonged power cuts and even blocking of the arterial highway. Frequent blocking of the National-Highway, which is the arterial road link that connects Kashmir with rest of the country, due to non-stop snowfall makes life tough as essential supplies do not reach the valley on time. Feb 8, 2014