Arvinder Singh Lovely appointed new PCC chief in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday appointed Arvinder Singh Lovely as the president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC). Lovely succeeds Jai Prakash Agarwal, who had stepped down after the Congress was routed in the December 4 elections to the Delhi Legislative Assembly. Dec 19, 2013

Pranab Mukherjee delivers annual IB Centenary Endowment lecture

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday delivered the 26th Intelligence Bureau (IB) Centenary Endowment Lecture, 2013 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The centenary lecture is presided by achievers, intellectuals, political leaders and thinkers so that the officers associated with the intelligence bureau get to know and adapt to various perspectives. Speaking about the education sector in particular, Mukherjee said that the need of the hour is to come at par with other western countries such as Germany and the United States. Taking a note of the issues plaguing India, the president also said that new and unforeseen challenges should be countered with the improvement in technology and advancement. Speaking about another major challenge that is faced by India, Mukherjee said challenges for the security agencies are increasing rapidly. Directing from where terrorism originates, he said that the nation has to collectively fight terrorism that is receiving support from outside the country by both state and non-state actors. Dec 19, 2013

Centre asks LG to get time frame from AAP for govt formation: Shinde

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday said that the Centre has requested Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung to seek a specific time frame from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for their decision to form the government in Delhi. Dec 19, 2013

AAP not answerable to Shinde on Delhi govt formation: Sanjay Singh

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Reacting over Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's statement, AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh on Thursday said that the party was not answerable to the Home Minister but the public on Delhi government formation. He also said that it will take a final decision on government formation on December 23, after seeking public opinion in the capital until the weekend. Earlier in the day, Shinde said that Centre has asked Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to get time frame from AAP for government formation in Delhi. Dec 19, 2013

Sexual assault case: Narayan Sai sent to 14-day judicial custody

Surat, Dec 19 (ANI): Self-styled godman Asaram's son Narayan Sai was on Thursday remanded in 14-day judicial custody by a local Surat court in a rape case filed against him. Two Surat-based sisters had accused Sai and his father Asaram of rape. The elder sister had levelled allegations against Asaram, while the younger sister had charged Narayan Sai of sexually assaulting her. Dec 19, 2013

AAP and Congress responsible for Political uncertainty in Delhi: BJP

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday said that both the Congress and AAP are responsible for the political uncertainty prevailing in the national capital. He further said that the parties should clarify their stand on government formation in Delhi. Dec 19, 2013

Politicos taunt BJP for sidelining Advani, after Mohan Bhagwat says BJP needs Advanis guidance

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Political parties in India taunted the BJP for sidelining its senior leader LK Advani, after RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said that his experience was indispensable to the party’s success. The Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been crippled by infighting among leaders, with several, including Advani, harbouring ambitions to become India's next prime minister. Dec 19, 2013

Indian sailor Captain Sunil James released from Togo jail: MEA

Mumbai/ New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Captain Sunil James along with another sailor Vijayan, who was arrested in Togo on July 31 for allegedly aiding pirates, has been released on Thursday, said the ministry of external affairs. The External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that India is preparing for the sailor’s return. James’ wife Aditi and other relatives met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier this month to urge him to intervene so that James could be allowed to come home for the last rites of his 11-month old son Vivaan, who died on December 2. Dec 19, 2013

Maoist attack kills one, injures two others in Jharkhand

Jharkhand, Dec 19 (ANI): A well orchestrated Maoist attack in Gumla district of Jharkhand left one woman dead and injured two others. The Maoists escaped after sighting a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. Meanwhile, approximately 160 kilometres away from Ranchi, the Maoists planted a bomb at a petrol pump, which could have caused loss to life and property on a greater magnitude but was diffused by the prompt action of the bomb disposal squad. It was a country-made crude bomb weighing not less than seven kilograms. Dec 19, 2013

Congress draws flak over passing Bangladesh Land Demarcation Bill

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Trinamool Congress party showed strong resentment against ruling Congress party for introducing Bangladesh Land Demarcation Bill in Rajya Sabha of the parliament through backdoor tactics. The agreement on the demarcation of land boundary between Bangladesh and India and related matters, signed in May 1974 is a unique document that epitomized the depth of the friendship, goodwill and mutual trust and above all, the vision of peace and harmony of two great statesmen- former Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his then Indian counterpart Indira Gandhi. Dec 19, 2013

US expresses regret over Devyani Khobragades arrest amidst protests in India

Ludhiana, /New Delhi/ Washington DC, Dec 19 (ANI): The United States expressed regret over the treatment meted out to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade who was arrested last week in New York for alleged visa fraud. Khobragade was handcuffed, strip-searched and put in a cell with criminals following her arrest. US Secretary of State John Kerry called Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and voiced regret about the case, the US State Department said. Meanwhile, People in India took to streets condemning the strip searching of its envoy in US, which gave rise to a diplomatic spat between the two otherwise close nations. Dec 19, 2013

Bangladesh academician hails Mollas execution, calls for trial of perpetrators

Dhaka, Dec 19 (ANI): Bangladesh academician, Syed Anwar Hossain hailed the execution of Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla for war crimes committed during 1971 liberation war, while he also maintained that other perpetrators of the heinous crimes should be tried. Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla was hanged on December 12 in the first war crimes execution in Bangladesh. The 1971 war, in which an estimated three million people died in nine months, is a festering wound not only for those personally affected, but also for many young Bangladeshis. Dec 19, 2013