Congress welcomes Cabinet's approval to probe Gujarat snooping row

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Thursday gave its nod for setting up of an inquiry commission to investigate the allegations that Gujarat government illegally spied on a woman on the orders of chief minister Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah. Congress leaders Gurudas Kamat and Digvijaya Singh congratulated the UPA Government and said this should have happened earlier as it was an open violation of Indian Telegraph Act and the IT Act. They also hoped that the panel gives the report at the earliest. Dec 26, 2013

Karnataka MLAs' foreign junket: Nothing wrong, MLAs of drought hit area not coming

Bangalore, Dec 26 (ANI): As a planned tour of MLAs from Karnataka amidst drought in parts of the state has come under criticism from politicos, Karnataka Congress MLA Malikayya Guttedar said that there is nothing wrong wit the same and that the MLAs from drought hit areas are not accompanying them in the 'study tour'. The estimated reports suggest that at least 15 lakh rupees will be invested in each MLA, which Guttedar refuted and said that not more than 7 lakh are getting invested per person. He also said that the itinerary out in media is false and has been not finalized yet. Dec 26, 2013

No cross-voting from Congress, will support AAP for 5 years if they work for Delhi: Congress

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): As the war of words continue between AAP and Congress with speculations of Congress’ cross voting against the former, Congress leader Chaudhary Mateen Ahmad refuted any such claims and said that there will be no cross-voting. He said that the party will support AAP for 5 years if they work for the welfare of people of Delhi. Dec 26, 2013

Whoever stands against Modi is portrayed as a hero: Zafar Sareshwala on Zakia Jafris protest petiti

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): As an Ahmedabad court is likely to deliver its verdict on Zakia Jafri's protest petition challenging the clean chit to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and others in the Gulbarg Society massacre case, Modi's backroom man and CEO of Parsoli Motors, Zafar Sareshwala said that it is petitioners right to appeal for the judgment. He also said that whoever is standing against Modi is being portrayed as a hero. Dec 26, 2013

Court to decide on Zakia Jafris case, JD (U) hopeful for positive verdict

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): As a court in Ahmedabad is likely to deliver its verdict on Thursday on Zakia Jafri's protest petition against clean chit to Narendra Modi in the Gulbarg Society massacre case, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that the party is hopeful that the verdict will bring happiness to many people. He said that Modi has failed to control the riot situation in Gujarat and the verdict will be against him. Further, BJP leader Kirti Azad said that nothing can be proved against Modi and that he will come out clean, like Amit Shah who was exonerated in the Ishrat Jahan case. Dec 26, 2013

BJP welcomes Bishan Singh Bedis meet with Kejriwal, says no corruption in games

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): As Bhishan Singh Bedi, contesting for the position of DDCA president Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) President, met Arvind Kejriwal for fighting against corruption in Delhi Cricket, BJP leader Kirti Azad welcomed the same and said that the games should be bereft of corruption. Dec 26, 2013

Security forces give music platform to the youth of Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 26 (ANI): Breaking away from the conventional norms of society, Kashmir’s youth participated in a two day rock band competition “Battle of the Bands” held at an indoor stadium of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir recently. Organizer of the competition Kishore Prasad said that the genre of rock is very popular in Kashmir and therefore, a platform is needed to showcase it. An excited participant Qamar Ahmad wished for more popularity of rock genre. The participants pressed upon more of such competitions so that they get maximum exposure. Dec 26, 2013

Top LeT militant killed in J and K encounter

Budgam, Dec 26 (ANI): The police killed a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant during an encounter in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. The militant, identified as Omar, was on a hideout and was killed in Hushroo village of Budgam district. Earlier on December 11, unidentified militants had attacked a patrol party, killing one assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and injuring a constable. Dec 26, 2013

If perceptions on CBI not changed, any change ineffective: BJP on CBI's prosecution wing under agenc

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): After the government placed CBI's prosecution wing under the command of the CBI director in order to make the agency more autonomous, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that perception on CBI need to be changed. He said that unless the doubtful perceptions on CBI are unchanged, there is no way that any change is effective and can build people's trust on the agency. Dec 26, 2013

AAP not focused on anti-corruption campaign, no action taken against Congress: Balbir Punj

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Even as AAP and Congress are engaged in war of words when they are in process of being a coalition, BJP leader Balbir Punj said that there is a hidden agreement between both the parties that AAP will not act against Congress' corruption. Punj said that AAP is not focusing on its anti-corruption campaign and is taking no action against Congress. He also said that there is no mention of any action against the ruling congress in AAP's 18 points conditions. Dec 26, 2013

AK Walia on Congress support to AAP

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Congress leader AK Walia on Thursday said that the alleged differences within the Aam Aadmi Party over cabinet berths should be sorted out without prolonging it further. Walia also said that even if a section of Congress leaders are against backing the Arvind Kejriwal government, the High Command's decision would be the final. Dec 26, 2013

Will charge money if usage of water exceeds 700 litres: AAP

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Speaking on providing 700 litres of free water to the people of Delhi, AAP Leader, Manish Sisodia on Thursday said that 700 litre free water would be given to every household but if someone uses even one litre more, then they will have to pay for the whole. He added that they are doing it to curb wastage of water. Dec 26, 2013

All are invited to swearing-in ceremony: Arvind Kejriwal

Kaushambi, Dec 26 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal requested all Delhi-ites to attend his swearing-in ceremony on Saturday at the Ramlila Maidan from where he, along with one-time mentor Anna Hazare, had launched a massive campaign in 2011 to demand the Jan Lokpal Bill. The Aam Aadmi Party chief also said that his government will be "searching for honest people." Dec 26, 2013