Krishi Mela highlights the commendable work of farmers and agriculture department in Manipur

Manipur, Jan 31 (ANI): A four-day long state level Krishi Mela was recently organised by the Agricultural Technology Management Agency in collaboration with the State Agriculture Department at the Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen in Imphal. Addressing the event, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam stressed on the need for the introduction of modern agriculture techniques. Around 37 stalls from concerned departments and progressive farmers showcased their products and achievements. Technical sessions for farmers were also conducted as part of the fair. In the last five to six years, the directorate of Agriculture along with the horticulture Department, Fisheries directorate, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry directorate has been trying to boost production in the state to meet the food demands. Jan 31, 2014

National election observation council calls violence-plagued polls in Bangladesh exclusive

Dhaka, Jan 31 (ANI): Chairman of Bangladesh's national election observation council--Jatiya Nirbachon Porjobekkhon Parishad, (JANIPOP)--Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah hailed the disputed elections conducted in Dhaka, as the country was hit by political turmoil amid growing international calls for fresh and inclusive polls. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League ended with more than two-thirds of seats in a contest that was shunned by international observers as flawed and derided as a farce by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). Talking to a reporter in Dhaka, Kalimullah said that the election commission succeeded in conducting the polls although the voter turnout was low. Jan 31, 2014

AAP will contest on over 350 LS seats: Sanjay Singh

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): After meeting of Parliamentary Action Committee, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that the party will contest Lok Sabha elections in 20 states on over 350 seats. But the candidates, he said, will be selected among those who pass the mandate required for a particular constituency. Further, slamming on Congress leader AM Khan who created ruckus at Arvind Kejriwal's press conference and demanded probe on Batla House encounter, he said that Congress was in power for more than 10 years and they should be the one probing the case. He also said that AAP never mentioned anything as such in its election manifesto. Jan 30, 2014

Handgun made in memory of Delhi gang rape victim draws women's ire

New Delhi/ Imphal/ Kanpur, Jan 30 (ANI): As authorities launched a handgun 'Nirbheek', a 32-calibre firearm which weighs only 500 grams will be sold on a first come first serve basis for women in the memory of Delhi gang rape victim, critics refused to bite the bullet saying that it is an insult to the victim and is not the solution to ensure women safety. Bina Laxmi Nepram, says that as a woman, who has faced violence herself and as a woman working on violence, the news of handgun being launched was shocking. Jan 30, 2014

10 killed in Assam firing, locals block Assam-Arunachal Pradesh highway in protest

Sonitpur, Jan 30 (ANI): Locals in Sonitpur district of Assam blocked the National Highway 52 connecting the state with neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh in protest against the killing of 10 people in an alleged land dispute. Ten people were killed and 12 others injured after a dispute over eviction from encroached land in the area turned ugly. The area has been a bone of contention between the two states for decades. An eyewitness, Aakash said there were at least hundred people who attacked the village. Jan 30, 2014

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