Riyazuddin: Living embodiment of communal harmony

Ahmadnagar, Dec 16 (ANI): India is home to many people who walk that extra mile to keep alive the tradition of communal harmony that is a hallmark of the country's culture. Riyazuddin from Ahmadnagar, in India's western state of Maharashtra, is one such person. Despite being a Muslim he has always been fond of visiting Hindu temples and performing various rituals. Dec 16, 2013

Fodder Scam: Lalu out of jail on bail

Ranchi, Dec 16 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Monday walked out of the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi after he was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Friday in the infamous Fodder Scam. Alleging that the CBI of doing injustice to him Lalu said he was now ready to take on his political rivals including BJP's PM Candiate, Narendra Modi. Dec 16, 2013

Urs of Sayed Shekh Nizamuddin Balkhi: Breaking communal barriers

Agra, Dec 16 (ANI): India is a land of amazing diversity. Yet, people from different communities have lived here together for centuries in harmony. This is visible across the country. One such example comes from Agra in Uttar Pradesh. Here, the Urs of Sayed Shekh Nizamuddin Balkhi is celebrated by people from different communities with fervour and enthusiasm. Dec 16, 2013

Committee formed to probe infants death in Muzaffarnagar relief camps: Akhilesh

Lucknow, Dec 16 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav on Monday while giving details about the relief provided to Muzaffarnagar riot victims staying in relief camps, said that a committee has been formed to probe the matter of children dying in the camps and added that it will soon submit its report. Yadav also said that the UP government has made arrangements for blankets, pillows and clothes for the affected people living in the relief camps. Yadav's statement comes after the Apex Court last week pulled the state government over the plight of victims of the riots and ordered the administration to immediately supply medical help to people living in relief camps. Dec 16, 2013

Delhi Gangrape, A Year On: Accused Juvenile must get his due, says victim's mother

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): A year passed by and the grieved parents of the Delhi gang rape victim, often dubbed as 'Nirbhaya' waiting for a change in Indian laws, voiced their feelings about the entire episode that had once outraged the entire country and said that the accused juvenile must be punished. On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was gang raped for an hour and tortured with an iron rod on a moving bus in New Delhi. Meanwhile, the victim's mother, Asha, also added that in such cases the judgement should come in a stipulated time so that the convicts receive their due punishments. Dec 16, 2013

Nirbhaya fund usage to begin soon: Shinde

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday said that Nirbhaya fund, set up for women's safety, will be utilized soon. Speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi, Shinde said that the Finance Ministry has cleared the plans, paving the way for the utilization of the Rs 1,000-crore Nirbhaya Fund. Dec 16, 2013

Telangana Bill presented amid uproar in Andhra Pradesh Assembly

Hyderabad, Dec 16 (ANI): The draft Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill-2013, aimed at creating a new Telangana state, was presented in the state Assembly on Monday amid ruckus between pro and anti-Telangana members bitterly divided over the bifurcation of the state. Dec 16, 2013

Delhi gang-rape: Laws passed, implementation a big issue, says Meira Kumar

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): As a year went by after a 23-year old physiotherapist was gang raped in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said that many laws since then have been passes but implementation of the same remains a big issue. Kumar said that the crime against women has been going on for centuries and the need of the hour is to ensure safety of women in public places as well as their homes and workplaces. Dec 16, 2013

Politicos on war of words between Team Anna-AAP over Lokpal Bill

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): As the war of words began between the AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal's disagreement over the amended Lokpal Bill and Anna Hazare who is satisfied with the same, politicos said that the main agenda was bringing the bill, which is done. CPI leader D Raja said that the party wants an effective Lokpal Bill and that the issue has been discussed since long time. Further, Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi said that the bill is introduced as demanded but if any political party wants to play politics on the same, nothing can be done. Dec 16, 2013

NCW has done its work, now govt should take action: Mamta Sharma on AK Ganguly

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): NCW chairperson, Mamta Sharma on Monday spoke on the Retired Justice AK Ganguly's case and said that the Commission has done its work and now it depends on the government as to what actions it takes. Further speaking on the rising number of cases registered against women, she said that situation has changed and more women are coming forward due to awareness. Dec 16, 2013

Vasundhara Raje takes oath as Rajasthan Chief Minister

Jaipur, Dec 13 (ANI): Vasundhara Raje, who spearhead BJP's spectacular comeback to power in Rajasthan, took oath as state Chief Minister on Friday. Governor Margaret Alva administered the oath of office and secrecy to Vasundhara Raje. Top leaders of the BJP including party patriarch LK Advani, party prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, party president Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, among others attended the ceremony. The BJP returned to power in Rajasthan after five years, winning a record 162 seats and leaving the Congress bruised with just 21 members in the 200-seat legislature. Dec 16, 2013

Bangladesh celebrates execution of Abdul Quader Mollah

Dhaka, Dec 16 (ANI): Thousands of people in Dhaka participated in a rally to celebrate the execution of Islamist leader, Abdul Quader Mollah, who was convicted for war crimes committed in the 1971 liberation war. The rally also defied the strike called by the Islamist groups in the country. Many citizens celebrated the first ever execution of a Bangladesh war criminal, which took place late on Thursday (December 12) at the Dhaka Central Jail. Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami party had called for a nationwide strike on Sunday in protest of the execution of Mollah. Dec 16, 2013

ASG writes to PM for removal of Justice AK Ganguly

Kolkata, Dec 16 (ANI): Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought removal of former Supreme Court Judge AK Ganguly from the post of chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission. Addressing mediapersons on Sunday, Jaising stated that people who implement the law should live by the law. Ganguly has been accused of sexually assaulting a law intern who worked with him. The Supreme Court had set up a three-judge panel, which heard testimonies from both, the law intern and Ganguly and submitted its report to the Chief Justice of India, P. Sathasivam, naming Ganguly as the accused. Dec 16, 2013

Candlelight vigil to bring jailed Captain Sunil James back

Lucknow, Dec 16 (ANI): Families of Indian sailors held peace march in Uttar Pradesh over release of jailed Merchant Navy Captain Sunil James from a month-long detention in Togo, for last rites of his son. Sunil James is facing charges of aiding pirates. The efforts are on for James' release so that he can join his family in Mumbai to perform the last rites of his 11-month-old son, who died this month. Several participants of the peace march, many of who were sailors themselves, sought Indian government’s intervention and demanded swift action to bring Captain James back. Dec 16, 2013