Dharna not against Constitution, imposing Section 144 is: Arvind Kejriwal Part -2

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): While addressing at a Republic Day function in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that ‘dharna’ is not against the Constitution and that imposing Section 144 with no reason definitely is. He said that Constitution now is limited to safeguarding the interests of the ministers and not common man. Further, Kejriwal also said that media is getting paid to write against AAP and that this is not media actually means. He also asserted that the percentage of corruption has come down drastically in the past few days. Jan 25, 2014

DCW act on complaints, no question of resigning without any fault: Barkha Singh

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): Reacting on Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti’s allegations that DCW Chairperson Barkha Singh is Congress motivated, Singh said that DCW acts on complaints and that there is no question of her resigning with no fault of her. Singh further said that rather Bharti should resign who mis-behaved with the Ugandan women and that the case which comes to the committee is seriously taken into concern. Jan 25, 2014

Somnath a controversial man, should resign from post: Vijay Goel on Bharti's remark

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): After Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti questioned a journalist that how much was she paid by Narendra Modi, BJP leader Vijay Goel said that Somnath is a controversial man and he should better resign instead of sticking to his post even after so many allegations on him. Further, Goel said that Bharti is not targeting Modi but the media who supported AAP and publicized the same during its initial period. Jan 25, 2014

BJP accuses Congress of lifting Narendra Modis slogan

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): The BJP accused the Congress of copying lines of Narendra Modi’s 2011 slogan in an advertisement featuring Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. The ad appeared in national dailies ahead of general elections in April, with a tagline, ‘not I, we’. BJP pointed out that Modi used this slogan in 2011 by releasing a copy of the event. Congress refuted the charge saying it always believed in collective responsibility. BJP's strong showing in the recent polls in four states has boosted the momentum for Modi in the run-up to the national election due by April 2014. Jan 25, 2014

Alagiris suspension will never affect DMKs poll prospects: Karunanidhi

Chennai, Jan 25 (ANI): Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) President M Karunanidhi said that suspension of his son MK Alagiri from the post of organizing secretary, would not affect party’s prospects in the upcoming general elections. Earlier, DMK announced its decision to expel Alagiri on charges of going against the party's stand and airing divergent views on the issue of stitching an alliance with Vijaykant's DMDK. Responding to a question on whether Alagiri’s suspension would affect DMK’s election prospects, especially in Madurai where he has been a popular figure, Karunanidhi said many such disciplinary actions were taken before and have never affected the party. Jan 25, 2014

Security tightened at Indo- Nepal border ahead of Republic Day

Siliguri, Jan 25 (ANI): Ahead of India’s Republic Day on January 26, paramilitary forces have been put on high security alert along the Indo-Nepal border in West Bengal. The security was stepped up along the international border near villages in Siliguri district. Inspector general of an Indian paramilitary force, Kuldiep Singh said that the patrolling along border was intensified as a result of the alert issued to check infiltration and ensure safety. This year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the chief guest at Republic Day celebrations. Jan 25, 2014

Muslims across world assemble for Bishwa Ijtema in Bangladesh

Tongi (Dhaka), Jan 25 (ANI): Muslims across the globe thronged a small village in Bangladesh for the annual Bishwa Ijtema (world congregation), the second biggest mass gathering after Haj, joining their hands in a special prayer to promote peace, tranquillity, spirit of brotherhood and understanding among Islamic nations. Streams of devotees arrived at the venue on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi, near Dhaka. The event focuses on prayers and meditation and does not allow political discussion. Another follower from a remote district of Bangladesh, Borhanuddin, said that he was going to pray for the Muslims, who lost their lives in violent clashes or war zones across the world. Jan 25, 2014

Pak suspends Shi'ite pilgrimage to Iran after suicide attacks

Pakistan, Jan 25 (ANI): Pakistan has suspended buses carrying Shi'ite pilgrims from travelling through Baluchistan to Iran due to security concerns after a suicide attack killed at least 27 pilgrims, officials said, as mourners buried their dead. Earlier, a suicide bomber drove his car into a bus killing 27 Shi'ite pilgrims and prompting hundreds of Hazaras to take to the streets to protest against the violence. The leaders of the Hazara Shi’ite community in Quetta called off their protest later after two union ministers, including Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, met with protestors and vowed to launch a ‘targeted operation’ against militants targeting the Shi’ites. Jan 25, 2014

DCW's actions political & motivated, Barkha Singh from Congress: Somnath Bharti

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): Reacting to the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief Barkha Singh's meeting with Lieutenant Governor to seek action against Delhi Law Minster Somnath Bharti, Bharti said that Singh was a member of Congress, and that the decision of the DCW was motivated and political. DCW had summoned Bharti over the controversial midnight raid led by him, in which four Ugandan women were allegedly mistreated. Jan 25, 2014

Manipur fashion extravaganza' - a blend of tradition and modernity

Manipur, Jan 24 (ANI): 'Manipur Fashion Extravaganza 2014' A blend of modern with traditional designs is the creation of Manipur's rising stylist Robert Naorem. Renowned local female models with top models from outside sashayed down the ramp wearing traditional Manipuri costumes, including bridal dress, phanek or wrap and evening gown. Models and designers from Bhutan also participated in the event. The main objective was to promote and raise awareness about the rich culture and traditions of the state. During the event, a renowned designer Rimchong Mareem also showcased the tribal fusion collection.The male models were seen wearing tribal attires.Miss World Runner Up, Parvathy, Former Miss India Shobata and Diana Irrapa, Miss Photogenic titleholder of Femina Miss India 2010 and top model Archana Akhilkumar were crowd pullers at the show. This was the second time that Diana Irrapa walked the ramp in Imphal. Jan 25, 2014

Government makes efforts to promote handloom sector in the northeast

Agartala, Jan 24 (ANI): Tripura recently hosted the 15-day-long National Handloom Expo at the Purbasha grounds in Agartala with an aim to encourage the handloom industry. The annual event is organized jointly by the Development Commission for handlooms, under the Ministry of Textiles and the Department of handlooms, handicraft and sericulture of the Government of Tripura. All together 60 stalls from 14 states and one from neighbouring Bangladesh were put up, showcasing the amazing handiworks of weavers and craftsmen. People were excited to get a chance to sample quality products from various places. The Northeastern region has a rich heritage of handlooms and handicrafts and the government has been laying considerable emphasis on uplifting the sector. Jan 25, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Oct 24, 2013): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

In order to boost agriculture, the govt. is spending 16 crore on the construction of four new dams in the border area of Lolab in Kupwara District. The dams will provide water for irrigation purposes to at least 10,000 Kanals of paddy fields. Other side sportspersons in Udhampur lack basic sports facilities and they are hoping that things will take a turn for the better. Beyond this the govt. has promised quality education to everyone, including the poor in far-flung areas, under various schemes like Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA), but these promises remain on paper in the state. One such example is the govt. middle school Kalas in Rajouri District. Jan 24, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Oct 10, 2013): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

The sports activities in the Bandipora district some 64 kms from Srinagar were badly affected by the non availability of a proper stadium despite having a historical sports stadium named Sher-e-Kashmir sports stadium. Other side the National Rural Health Mission was launched across the country, including Jammu and Kashmir, to upgrade health facilities and infrastructure in rural areas. The scheme has benefited people in the rural areas and it has brought down the infant mortality rate in Pulwama district. Beyond this a better transportation facility is still a problem in surrounding areas of Rajouri. Tredu village situated in Jammu city is such an example where people are still deprived from transportation facilities. School children are the most sufferers as they often face difficulties in going to school. Jan 24, 2014

Narendra Modi auctions gifts to educate girls

Surat, Jan 24 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, contributed to girl education by auctioning the gifts he has received from various sources on Friday. A visitor, Aarti, said that by doing this,Modi is fulfilling the purpose with which people gave him those gifts. The gifts included gold and silver artefacts, chariot, watches, mementoes, medals, metal and wooden handicraft, photo frames, swords, traditional and tribal attires. Jan 24, 2014