RS Member Mohd Adeeb criticizes study tour of UP MLAs

New Delhi, Jan 8 (ANI): Rajya Sabha Member, Muhammad Adeeb on Wednesday criticized Samajwadi Party MLAs for going on extravagant study tours abroad at the time when Muzaffarnagar riot victims are dying due to cold. He said that due to this kind of behaviour people have lost faith upon politicians and also added that this may be their last trip as they may lose elections in the upcoming polls. Jan 8, 2014

PM expects 5 % economic growth in 2013/14

New Delhi, Jan 08 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that India's economic growth in the current fiscal year is likely to remain flat at 5 percent. Singh's forecast is more optimistic than those of several private economists, who are predicting growth in the year till March 2014 to slip below 5 percent. Addressing the second day of the annual Diaspora Day in New Delhi, Singh said that international and domestic factors have contributed to the growth. Singh also said that inclusive development was the guiding principle of the central government. Jan 8, 2014

Violence will not solve problems: Kejriwal on vandalism at AAP office

New Delhi, Jan 08 (ANI): Condemning the attack on his party's office in Ghaziabad's Kaushambhi by the Hindu Rakshak Sena, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that violence will not solve problems and invited the attackers to meet him and talk over the issue. A group of 30 to 40 people attacked the Aam Aadmi Party's office in Kaushambi. The protestors were protesting against party leader Prashant Bhushan's comments on Kashmir. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, Kejriwal categorically stated that Army deployment in Kashmir is decided by the Central government. While it is important to respect people's view, referendum is not an option. He also said that Prashant Bhushan has already clarified that referendum on Kashmir is not endorsed by the AAP. Meanwhile, he reiterated that he will not take security. Jan 8, 2014

BJP slams study tour of UP MLAs

New Delhi, Jan 8 (ANI): BJP leader, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday slammed Samajwadi Party ministers for going on an extravagant study tour abroad at the time when Muzaffarnagar riot victims are dying due to cold. Naqvi also slammed Congress party for visiting Muzzaffarnagar riot victims but doing nothing. He further hit out at Samajwadi party for organizing Saifai Mahotsav. Jan 8, 2014

AAP office attacked by Hindu Raksha Dal activists

Kaushambi, Jan 8 (ANI): A group of 30 to 40 people attacked the Aam Aadmi Party's office in Kaushambi on Wednesday. The protestors were protesting against party leader Prashant Bhushan's comments on Kashmir. The activists demanded Bhushan's resignation over the issue. The Hindu Rakshak Sena claimed responsibility for the attack. Jan 8, 2014

AAP office in Kaushambi vandalised over Prashant Bhushan's statement on Kashmir

Kaushambi, Jan 8 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party's office in Kaushambi was attacked by a group of 30 to 40 people. The attackers were protesting against AAP leader Prashant Bhushan's comments on Kashmir. Bhushan had said that there should be a referendum in Kashmir on the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The Hindu Rakshak Sena claimed responsibility for the attack. Jan 8, 2014

Central government draws flak for lack of security in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar

New Delhi/ Muzaffarnagar, Jan 8 (ANI): BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu has blamed the central government and the UP government for playing vote bank politics by keeping national security at stake. The ruling Congress party confirmed on Tuesday that Pakistan based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had come in contact with several riot victims affected by the communal violence in state. Naidu called it a high security related issue and said instead of focusing on the problem, the governments are playing political games. Meanwhile, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said being a question of national security, the matter should have been dealt without any political inclination. Jan 8, 2014

Not in Pakistan to make a deal about Musharraf: Saudi FM

Islamabad, Jan 8 (ANI): Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, who is on a two-day official visit to Pakistan, has denied media speculations about any Saudi deal regarding a safe passage to former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. A special court in capital Islamabad is hearing a treason case against Musharraf, based on his imposition of a state of emergency in 2007, when he was manoeuvring to extend his rule in the face of growing opposition from the public and the judiciary. Jan 8, 2014

JD (U) slams study tour of UP MLAs

New Delhi, Jan 8 (ANI): JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari on Wednesday slammed the Samajwadi Party for insensitivity after reports emerged that MLAs from the state are going on extravagant study tours abroad at the time when Muzaffarnagar riot victims are dying due to cold. Jan 8, 2014

Congress criticizes study tour of UP MLAs

New Delhi, Jan 8 (ANI): Congress leader Jagdambika Pal on Wednesday slammed the Samajwadi Party for insensitivity after reports emerged that MLAs from the state are going on extravagant study tours abroad at the time when Muzaffarnagar riot victims are dying due to cold. Over 20 MLAs will leave on Wednesday on a tour which covers five countries in 20 days. The MLAs will travel to Turkey, Greece, UK, UAE and Netherlands. Jan 8, 2014

Train fire kills nine in Mumbai-Dehradun Express train

Thane/ New Delhi, Jan 8 (ANI): Chairman of India's railway board Arunendra Kumar confirmed that nine people have died and one injured in a fire that broke out on the Bandra-Dehradun Express in Thane district of Maharashtra. Fire broke out in three coaches of the train early on Wednesday killing at least 9 people and injuring others. Reportedly, the fire broke out in three sleeper coaches of the train. Further Arunendra Kumar said inspection is going on as the cause of fire is ascertained. Jan 8, 2014

Mumbai-Dehradun Express fire: Railway Minister "deeply pained", announces Rs.5 lakh ex-gratia to vic

New Delhi, Jan 8 (ANI): Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge has informed that he has ordered a probe in the Mumbai-Dehradun Express fire case and promised to take action after the report. Kharge also announced Rs.5 lakh ex gratia to the kin of passengers killed in the accident. Nine people were charred to death when a fire broke out in three coaches of the train near Dahanu road in neighbouring Thane district in the wee hours on Wednesday. Jan 8, 2014

Development ravages Malaysia's 'Little England'

Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands have attracted visitors for generations, but environmentalists say over-development and poor planning are destroying the area. Duration: 02:30 Jan 8, 2014