Shahid Siddiqui on LeT contacting Muzaffarnagar victims

New Delhi, Jan 7 (ANI): Former Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui on Tuesday said although he has doubts over the authenticity of the reports that terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba was in touch with Muzaffarnagar riots victims for recruitment, but if true, then it highlights the fact that the Indian Muslims are loyal to their country. Siddiqui, however, said that he does not think the reports vindicate Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s remark as this information was not to be shared in public rallies but with the intelligence agencies. Jan 7, 2014

No alternative left with AK Ganguly after SC decision: Brinda Karat after Gangulys resignation

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): After Justice AK Ganguly resigned as West Bengal Human Rights Commission chief, CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat said that he was left with no alternative than to resign after Supreme Court took its decision against him. Karat said that Ganguly should try to prove that he is not guilty through legal procedures but resignation was inevitable. Jan 7, 2014

UP govt should answer how LeT reached Muzaffarnagar: Laxmikant Bajpai

Lucknow, Jan 07 (ANI): BJP delegation on Monday met state Governor over the issue of LeT approaching Muzaffarnagar riot victims and said that the SP government in UP should answer on how the militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) reached Muzaffarnagar. Further, he said that the security lapse in the state lead to the situation. Jan 7, 2014

JD (U) slams Shindes remark on Adarsh scam

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari on Tuesday slammed Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his comment on Adarsh scam. Shinde had rubbished allegations of corruption in the allotment of flats in the Adarsh housing society and said that the land belongs to the state government and there was no reservation for Kargil jawans. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, Tiwari said that Shinde’s remark was shocking. Jan 7, 2014

AAP suspends 3 DJB officials, transfers 800 others

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): The Delhi government headed by Arvind Kejriwal suspended 3 officials of the Delhi Jal Board and transferred around 800 others in a massive reshuffle aimed at improving efficiency and delivery. Chief water analyst Vinod Kumar, patwari Sunil Kumar and meter reader Atul Prakash were suspended following orders by Kejriwal. Education and PWD Minister Manish Sisodia said that the trio was seeking money to clear use of water for building construction and meter reading, as showed in a TV sting operation. Sisodia said that the cases will be filed against the three officials. The action came after the water distribution board's Chief Executive Officer Debashree Mukherjee was transferred on December 28. Jan 7, 2014

Congress aware of their inability to fight against Modi: BJP

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Slamming Congress, BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that Congress is aware of their inability to fight against Narendra Modi and they see AAP support as the only way to sustain themselves. He also said that a crippled Congress cannot go on for a long time. Further, hitting on Aam Aadmi Party, he said that the AAP leaders are taking Congress’ support when they themselves were criticizing the party for corruption in front of the public. Jan 7, 2014

Newborns body dumped in Delhi hospital garbage, invokes anger

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): In a shocking incident of negligence by a private hospital in Delhi, the body of a new-born girl child was thrown into the garbage dump after she died of some infection. The infant died of complications at 1:30 am on Monday. The family had paid the hospital Rs. 1,500 to keep her body in the mortuary overnight, but it was missing the next morning. As the baby’s father, Vijay Kumar headed towards the mortuary to collect his baby’s body, a hospital staff came running after them and climbed into a garbage truck parked in the hospital’s vicinity and handed them the body. He said that he wants strict action to be taken against the hospital. Speaking about the issue, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he will not spare the people behind this negligence. Jan 7, 2014

Pakistan backs India on Devyani Khobragade row

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Pakistan sided with India in the Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade row and the Pakistani High Commissioner to India, Salman Bashir said that all countries need to respect the Vienna Convention. Bashir was present at a book launch in New Delhi on Monday. The book — Cricket Cauldron — is authored by Pakistan ambassador Shaharyar M Khan and Ali Khan. Khan said that Pakistan cricket is suffering a great deal because of terrorism. Explaining the purpose behind authoring this book, Khan said that the book is a take on trying to understand Pakistan as a state. Khan also said that this kind of treatment should not be meted out to diplomats. Jan 7, 2014

Justice A K Ganguly resigns as chairman of WBHRC

Kolkata / New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Former Supreme Court judge, Justice AK Ganguly, who has been accused of sexual assault by a law intern, resigned from the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC). Commenting on the resignation of Ganguly, Additional solicitor general, Indira Jaisingh said that the decision, in her opinion, was wise. Former Attorney General, Soli Sorabjee blamed the media of being unfair to Ganguly but said that the decision nevertheless was a wise one. Meanwhile, Congress Spokesperson Meem Afzal also lauded the decision. BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that Ganguly should have resigned long ago as it was a necessary thing for the law to take its course. Jan 7, 2014

PM Manmohan Singh & Japanese defence minister hold defence talks

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera met in New Delhi to hold defence talks during the latter’s 4 -day visit to India. The talk was a follow up to India-Japan’s defence ministerial meeting held in November 2011. The two ministers talked extensively and exchanged ideas regarding regional and global security challenges as well as bilateral defence cooperation and exchanges between the two countries. They shared views on the necessity to conduct high- level and working-level regular consultations and exchanges, education/academic research exchanges and making other efforts in order to further strengthen mutual trust and understanding. Jan 7, 2014