Manmohan Singh hopeful to pass pending bills in last LS session

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Talking on the last session of the 15th Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the government is hopeful that the pending bills like women legislation, communal violence bill, etc be passed in the session. Singh also said that Telangana is a vital bill and the government will try to proceed with the same too. Feb 4, 2014

BJP criticizes AAPs protest against Arun Jaitley, calls it gimmick

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Reacting on an ongoing protest by AAP and a counter BJP protest in front of Arun Jaitley’s residence, BJP called it a ‘political gimmick’ and criticized the same. Party Spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said that AAP is trying to save itself by doing such things and if there is any truth in it, why didn’t the AAP leader recorded Jaitley’s voice and caught him red-handed. Meanwhile, BJP leader Smriti Irani called it a ‘gimmick’ by AAP and said that it’s extremely disgraceful. Irani also questioned Arvind Kejriwal in his inaction against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Sheila Dikshit. Feb 4, 2014

Nido Tania case: Home ministry taken issue seriously, enquiry ordered, says Ninong Ering

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): After Arunachal Pradesh student delegation along with MoS for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering met Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde over Nido Tania case, Ering said that the ministry is taking the issue very seriously and an enquiry has been ordered into the case. He said that a CBI enquiry is also requested. Further, Ering also criticized Delhi Police of passing the buck and not registering the case immediately. Feb 4, 2014

Final decision will be of panel: Congress on differences in Lokpal selection

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): After BJP and Congress locked horns over the jurist's appointment in Lokpal selection panel, Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi said that if Sushna Swaraj has a name to propose, she is welcome but the final decision will be of the panel of all 4 people. Further, Chaturvedi said that BJP has always created controversy to hinder a smooth process. Feb 4, 2014

Bus service resumes across India- Pakistan border

Poonch, Feb 04 (ANI): After two weeks of crisis, Poonch- Rawalkote bus service resumed with 72 people crossing the LoC. The suspension was in retaliation to the arrest of a Pakistan truck driver, who was detained by the Indian security forces in January, while he was allegedly trying to cross the border with 114 packets of brown sugar in Kaman post area of Kashmir. Custodian, Chakan Da Bagh crossing point, Bashir Ahmed, said that the issue should be resolved quickly so that passengers as well as traders of both sides can freely cross the border. After the border bus service resumption, a visitor from Pakistan, Maqbool, looked forward to meeting his close relatives. Feb 4, 2014

AAP came in govt by accusing others, no governance: Mohd Adeeb

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): After AAP put allegations on BJP of bribing its leaders in order to topple the government, Rajya Sabha MP Mohammad Adeeb said that AAP came to power only by accusing others. He said that the party has no governance and that accusing others won’t work for long. Further, he said that Arvind Kejriwal affirmed that Sheila Dikshit is corrupt and that his government will take action against her but nothing has been done in that sphere. Feb 4, 2014

Voters in UP shape countrys PM: Akhilesh

Gonda, Feb 04 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav counter-attacked Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying that voters in Uttar Pradesh shape the country’s Prime Minister. Comparing the sugar cane produce of both states, Yadav said though Gujarat has higher production compared to Uttar Pradesh but the latter stands outs for its quality. Feb 4, 2014

Former government advisor of Bangladesh analyses fateful 2014 elections

Dhaka, Feb 04 (ANI): Post the violent elections in Bangladesh conducted on January 05, the Executive Chairman of Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) and a former Advisor to the caretaker government of Bangladesh, Hossain Zillur Rahman, pinpointed the failures of the elections that were also shunned globally. Rahman said that the low turnout in constituencies was primarily because it was widely perceived that the election was not a competitive one. Rahman said that the question was about the legitimacy of the election. Feb 4, 2014

India must spend 2 per cent GDP on science: Manmohan Singh

Jammu, Feb 04 (ANI): As he pitched for more funds to promote science, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the country's annual expenditure on science and technology should be atleast two per cent of the GDP. Singh was addressing the Indian Science Congress for the tenth year in succession in Jammu where he said India needs to leverage the ability of modern science to deliver value to society. The event was attended by several scientists, noble laureates, Union Science and Technology Minister S Jaipal Reddy, and J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The meet will last for five days. Meanwhile, Singh also congratulated scientists for their achievements in the field of space and technology. Feb 4, 2014

Andhra CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy most unreliable: Hanumantha Rao on Telangana

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao on Tuesday said that state Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is the most unreliable person and that he took a U-turn from supporting the Telangana bill. Rao said that Reddy agreed to the separate state and later took a back step. Further, he requested the political leaders to not oppose the bill as it may lead to more loss of lives. He also acknowledged Congress President Sonia Gandhi for hr efforts to pass the bill. Feb 4, 2014

AAP & BJP supporters face to face outside Arun Jaitleys residence

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party took the protest against BJP leader Arun Jaitley to his residence on Tuesday. Jaitley has been accused by the AAP of offering its members bribes to bring down the Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal. However, AAP has offered no evidence in support of its allegations. The protestors demanded Jaitley's apology. Meanwhile, when the news of protest reached to BJP workers, they also assembled at Jaitley’s residence. Holding up banners against Kejriwal, the BJP supporters shouted anti AAP slogans. Feb 4, 2014

Statement on Congress to be in opposition to show party has capability: Janardan Dwivedi

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Clarifying his statement wherein AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi said that Congress should have been in opposition after the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, he said that it was to show that the party has capability and courage to even sit in opposition. He said that there was no political reason behind the same and that all parties should learn from history. Feb 4, 2014

Regional parties, not just AAP a challenge: Janardan Dwivedi

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Elaborating his statement wherein AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi termed AAP as a ‘warning and a challenge’, he said that the question was on regional parties and all regional parties and not just AAP is a challenge. Dwivedi said that this is nothing but a positive attitude. Feb 4, 2014

Its politics of falsehood & fraud: Jaitley on AAPs protest

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Reacting over the protest by the Aam Aadmi Party supporters at his residence in New Delhi, BJP leader Arun Jaitley slammed the AAP and said that those who can't govern, they use such gimmicks like demonstrations and protests. He also added that it is politics of falsehood and fraud. Feb 4, 2014

Rahul Gandhi expresses solidarity with northeastern students in New Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi, expressed solidarity with students from the northeast in New Delhi protesting against the recent death of a student from their region and promised stringent action against the culprits. The death of a 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh who was beaten up mercilessly at a busy market in New Delhi, has led to outrage among the northeast community against the regular racial discrimination they suffer at the hands of the local people. Nido Taniam was allegedly beaten to death at Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi on January 29 as he got into a brawl with local shopkeepers while reacting to a verbal racial slur and taunts on his hair colour. Feb 4, 2014