BS Yeddyurappa, two party MLAs rejoin BJP

Bangalore, Jan 09 (ANI): Karnataka Janta Party (KJP) president B S Yeddyurappa and two of his party MLAs formally rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Yeddyurappa said that the decision to quit the BJP was wrong in hindsight, as it had helped the Congress to come back to power. He said the need of the hour for the BJP was to stay united and to aim for 20 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka. Jan 9, 2014

Maoists in Odisha kill road contractor and injure a villager

Narayanpatna, Jan 09 (ANI): Armed Maoist rebels killed a road contractor and injured a villager in a remote village of Odisha. The rebels attacked two villagers from Balipeta village in Koraput district after branding them as police informers. The body of one villager, said to be a road contractor, was found on Tuesday and the other was found with a bleeding slit throat and rushed to a nearby hospital. The Maoists also left a warning letter to the villagers saying they had punished the duo as they were working as police informers. Jan 9, 2014

Congress takes on Modi mocking PM, says Modi has Congress phobia

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): After Narendra Modi mocking PM Manmohan Singh said that good times sure is approaching but after a few months, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari hits back at Modi and said that he has Congress phobia. Further, talking about AAP leader Kumar Vishwas who is ready to face Rahul Gandhi for Amethi seat, Tiwari said that Vishwas will return from the constituency with the name 'Kumar Avishwas'. Jan 9, 2014

Rahul's Amethi rally ahead of mine shows his anxiety: Kumar Vishwas

Ghaziabad, Jan 09 (ANI): AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Thursday said that Rahul Gandhi's Amethi rally just ahead of his shows his anxiety. Further, he said that the youth of the nation is really excited about the political change in the nation and is taking parting the same with enthusiasm. Jan 9, 2014

Politicians condemn SP s splurge on Saifai Mahotsav even as riot victims suffer

Lucknow/ New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): Different leaders from various political parties condemned the Saifai Mahotsav organized by the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh while the Muzaffarnagar riot victims continue to suffer in the relief camps. SP has drawn flak for spending millions of rupees on its fortnight-long annual carnival, while the riot victims in the state shiver in relief camps. Congress leader, Digvijay Singh called SP insensitive and blamed the government for not being able to prevent the riots in the first place. BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said that SP is answerable for their actions. Jan 9, 2014

Kejriwal to sit near Delhi Secretariat to address public grievances on weekly basis Part - 1

New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Informing about a slew of anti-corruption measures in the pipeline, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that he will sit with some of his ministers near Delhi secretariat to solve public grievances with no middlemen every Saturday. He also added that on other days, one of the ministers from his cabinet would be present there to hear similar cases. Jan 9, 2014

Kejriwal to sit near Delhi Secretariat to address public grievances on weekly basis Part - 2

New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Informing about a slew of anti-corruption measures in the pipeline, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that he will sit with some of his ministers near Delhi secretariat to solve public grievances with no middlemen every Saturday. He also added that on other days, one of the ministers from his cabinet would be present there to hear similar cases. Jan 9, 2014

Madhyamgram gang rape case: HC will take up case if govt fails to deliver orders

Kolkata, Jan 09 (ANI): After the victim’s father in Madhyamgram gang-rape case filed a plea in Kolkata High Court seeking a CBI probe into the case, the court on Thursday gave an alternative to the state government to take up the case efficiently failing which the court will take up the issue. The lawyer confirmed the same and said that court expects a CBI enquiry ordered by the government as police administration has been careless in handling the same. Jan 9, 2014

Saifai Mahotsav and MLAs foreign tour over Muzaffarnagar victims in UP, politicos condemn

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): Even as foreign tour for UP MLAs is on and major stars are being called in state’s Saifai Mahotsav prioritizing over sufferings of Muzaffarnagar riot victims, politicos condemned the act and called it big shame. BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria said that Samajwadi party should change their name to ‘Samantwadi party’ and that people of UP will give them proper answer. Further, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that this is a shocking and cruel display of brazenness in democracy. Jan 9, 2014

North India shivers with bitter cold wave

Dharamsala /Gorakhpur/Lucknow, Jan 09 (ANI): Dense fog reduced visibility even as biting cold has jammed life in parts of northern India on Thursday. A blanket of thick fog enveloping northern India hit rail traffic with dozens of trains running behind schedule or cancelled. The visibility dropped below 100 metres. Meanwhile, the mercury dropped to freezing point in Dharamsala, leading to formation of frost on plants. People were seen sitting around bonfires on pavements in Gorakhpur. Commuters at a railway station also complained of delays, affecting their day-to-day life. Meanwhile, authorities in Uttar Pradesh also introduced night shelters ‘Raain Basera’ for poor people. Jan 9, 2014

Survey is encouraging but focus should be on issues: AAP

New Delhi/ Ghaziabad, Jan 9 (ANI): Reacting on the survey conducted by IPSOS, for a leading newspaper, AAP leaders have said that surveys are welcoming and the overwhelming response they are getting all over have made them think that they will perform even better. However, they have added that the results of these surveys could change with time. AAP has formed the government in Delhi, and according to the survey, it is being touted as the party, most metros would want to vote for in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Jan 9, 2014