Subsidised LPG cylinders cap hiked, politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): After government raised the quota of subsidised LPG to 12 cylinders per household in a year from nine, politicos questioned the requirement of such an amendment at a time when 2014 general elections are approaching. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi condemned the decision and said that this comes as a preparation for the polls. Meanwhile, SP leader Naresh Agarwal also condemned the decision and said that when the third front will come to power, it will remove the system as a whole. Jan 30, 2014

2014 polls is a battle of ideologies: Sonia Gandhi

Kishanganj, Jan 30 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi, at the foundation laying ceremony of a branch of the Aligarh Muslim University in Kishanganj, Bihar, said that the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 would be a battle of ideologies. Attacking the BJP she added that the party wants to divide the country on the basis of religion. Jan 30, 2014

Kolkata bracing for influx of Bangladeshi tourists as normalcy returns to Dhaka

Kolkata, Jan 30 (ANI): Travel agencies in Kolkata did brisk business on Thursday with resumption of cross-border bus services, after restoration of peace in Dhaka that saw violence-plagued parliamentary elections. Bangladesh's new government was sworn in January 12, a week after the ruling Awami League won a violence-plagued election that the opposition BNP boycotted and amid growing international calls for fresh and inclusive polls. Jan 30, 2014

India, Bangladesh resume bus service as political tensions simmer in Dhaka

Agartala, Jan 30 (ANI): India, Bangladesh resumed the border bus service, which was suspended following violence and strike in Dhaka, ensuring smooth passage of goods and commuters. Commuters hoped for trouble-free passage at the transit points. Earlier, an Indian bus was set ablaze by violent protestors close to Dhaka leading to suspension of service. Bangladesh recently concluded elections that ended with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League winning more than two-thirds of parliament seats. Jan 30, 2014

Barkha Singh did her duty, no state govt can remove her: NCW

Hyderabad, Jan 30 (ANI): After DCW Chairperson Barkha Singh alleged that AAP government is harassing her for summoning Somnath Bharti, NCW member Nirmala Samant said that Singh did her duty and that no state government has the authority to remove her. She said that Singh is not a state government appointee and therefore they cannot remove her. Further, Samant said that rather Delhi government should remove Bharti who pulled a women organization in his politics. Jan 30, 2014

Capt Gopinath on DGCA guidelines about giving MPs VIP treatment

Bangalore, Jan 30 (ANI): Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation has asked all airlines and airports to treat MPs as VIPs and adhere to the guidelines on protocol norms. DGCA has asked private airlines to offer special privileges to MPs including advance notice of flight delays, escorts, priority check-in, security, immigration clearances, lounge access and complimentary refreshments. Reacting over this Captain Gopinath, the founder of Air Deccan and AAP member said that it is an ill advised circular and DGCA should withdraw this. Jan 30, 2014

Cabinet raises LPG subsidy cap from 9 to 12 cylinders

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): Union Oil Minister Veerappa Moily on Thursday announced a raise in the quota of subsidized LPG cylinders from 9 to 12 per household in a year. He said that from February 1, every month one subsidized cylinder will be available to each household. The move comes days after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, had demanded raising the ceiling. Consumers who have exhausted their quota have to buy LPG at the market price of Rs. 1,258 per cylinder. Subsidized LPG costs Rs. 414 per 14.2kg cylinder in Delhi. Jan 30, 2014

Kejriwal summarises AAP's 1 month report card Part - 1

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday summarized AAP government's 1 month report card and said that corruption has reduced at a marginal level. He said that the government is also to form a committee and probe into the 1984 riots case. He further focused on the issues like electricity bill, fast running of electricity meters, water bill and availability, women safety, etc. among other issues towards which Delhi government is functioning. Jan 30, 2014

Kejriwal summarises AAP's 1 month report card Part - 2

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday summarized AAP government's 1 month report card and said that corruption has reduced at a marginal level. He said that the government is also to form a committee and probe into the 1984 riots case. He further focused on the issues like electricity bill, fast running of electricity meters, water bill and availability, women safety, etc. among other issues towards which Delhi government is functioning. Jan 30, 2014

Congress leader creates ruckus at Kejriwal's press conference, demands SIT probe in Batla House Enco

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): Congress leader Asif Mohammad Khan on Thursday disrupting Arvind Kejriwal's press conference and created ruckus at the venue. Khan demanded that the Delhi government probe the Batla House encounter case as promised earlier. He said that Kejriwal has betrayed the people and refused any probe in the case. Khan further said that he will vote against AAP in the assembly even if Congress party expels him. Jan 30, 2014

Doing my duty, not politics: Barkha Shukla

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): DCW Chairperson Barkha Shukla on Thursday said that she has only taken action on the complaints filed by the Ugandan women. Shukla also denied doing politics on the matter. Jan 30, 2014

Sikhs protest against Rahul Gandhi's remark on 1984 riots, demand to name perpetrators

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): Delhi Sikh Gurudwara committee and Shiromani Akali Dal party members are holding a protest at the headquarters of Indian National Congress party at 24 Akbar Road. The protest is against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's comment over the 1984 Anti Sikh riots recently. Rahul, had in a television interview, refused to apologize for the anti-Sikh riots in which many had lost their lives. The protestors are demanding an apology from the Congress Vice President. SAD Leader Manjinder Sirsa said that as Gandhi has accepted some Congressmen were involved in '84 riots, he should reveal their names. Jan 30, 2014

Telangana bill rejected by AP Assembly, TRS says will not impact President or union govt

Hyderabad, Jan 30 (ANI): After Andhra Pradesh Assembly rejected the Telangana bill on Thursday, TRS MLA KT Rama Rao said that this will not impact either the President of India or the Union government. He said that irrespective of the ‘divided’ AP assembly’s decision, the bill will go to the centre and will be introduced in the Parliament. Rao also appealed the people of Telangana not to panic. Jan 30, 2014

Kalki Koechlin announces Max Fashion Icon 2014 hunt open

Mumbai, Jan 30 (ANI): Bollywood actress and fashionista announced the Max Fashion Icon 2014 hunt open at a press conference held in the showbiz capital Mumbai. In an aim to select countries finest Max Fashion Icon 2014 would travel through the countries high fashion cities to scout talent. The national pageant that promises to change the lives of many is associated with a panel of experts from a cross section of industry be it fashion, lifestyle, entertainment like Jatin Kampani, Kalki Koechlin, Gaurav Gupta, Malini Ramani amongst others. Jan 30, 2014