BJP, Murli Manohar Joshi, Congress, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana state

Jabalpur, Nov 22 (ANI): Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Friday blamed the ruling Congress Party for mishandling the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and creating resentment among the people of the region. In July this year, the Congress had passed a resolution for the creation of the new Telangana state, a move that revived deep political divisions. Joshi said that the BJP supported the bifurcation, however, it was against the mishandling of the entire procedure that also fuelled protests and violence. Nov 22, 2013

Laws of no use if offenders decide on punishment: Brinda Karat on Tarun Tejpal

Gaya, Nov 22 (ANI): Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat on Friday condemned the sexual assault incident involving Tehelka magazine editor Tarun Tejpal, and asked that if offenders can decide punishments for themselves, then what is the use of having laws and courts in the country? Karat's reaction came shortly after the Managing Editor of the Tehelka magazine, Shoma Chaudhury, told media persons here that an internal committee has been set up in the office to probe the sexual harassment charge against editor-in-chief Tarum Tejpal. Nov 22, 2013

Narendra Modi slams 'anti-poor Congress' for making false promises

Khandwa, Nov 22 (ANI): Addressing a public rally in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi slammed the Congress party and said that the Congress makes false promises and never keeps up with their promises. Further, he talked about the Congress' anti-poor policies and said that Congress started taxes on the export of cotton, whereas subsidized meat selling and exports. He also said that the Congress government had promoted the liquor market by selling the rotten wheat to liquor companies and not giving the surplus wheat grains to the poor. Nov 22, 2013

Karachi protest continues over sectarian violence

Karachi, Nov 22 (ANI): More than two hundred Islamists took to the streets of Pakistan's commercial capital Karachi, condemning the latest wave of spiralling sectarian violence that has killed eleven people in the country. Sectarian violence appears to be spreading after clashes between minority Shi'ite and majority Sunni Muslims in Rawalpindi, prompted the government to impose a curfew and block mobile telephone services over the weekend. Rawalpindi remained under curfew and tight security for three days after a Shi'ite procession on Friday. Nov 22, 2013

Did not 'delay' action after sexual assault complaint: Shoma Chaudhury

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Tehelka's Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury on Friday denied Tehelka's 'delayed' action on the sexual assault complaint against the Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal. Shoma further said that within three days, she had made Tejpal apologize after which he had stepped down and even had constituted a committee of inquiry. Nov 22, 2013

AAP gives alternative; Hand over raw footage or accept sting video as doctored

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): After a sting operation claimed AAP leaders involvement in "raising funds through illegal means", the party leader Yogendra Yadav said that the party had asked for the raw footage of the sting operation on Thursday from Media Sarkar's Anuranjan Jha and had not received the same till yet. He said that the party is giving alternative till 03:00 PM on Friday and if the footage is not handed over, the party will accept that the video is doctored and has no truth in it. Nov 22, 2013

Tarun Tejpal's involvement in sexual assault case sparks debate

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): The editor-in-chief of Tehelka Magazine Tarun Tejpal faced flak from activists and politicians on Friday following allegations that he sexually assaulted a female colleague. Tarun Tejpal, founder of the award-winning weekly magazine Tehelka - known for exposing corruption and human rights issues - confessed in a leaked email that "a bad lapse of judgement" and "an awful reading of the situation" had led to an "unfortunate incident". Even as managing editor of the magazine Shoma Chaudhary stated that she was setting up a committee for investigating the matter, Member of the National Commission for Women (NCW) Nirmala Samant Prabhavalkar said that Tehelka's response to the case has been disappointing and setting up an internal probe committee under pressure is too late a step. Meanwhile, a BJP leader Nalin Kohli said questioned Tejpal's arrangement of stepping aside from his editorship for six months as penance. Nov 22, 2013

AAP sting operation: Kumar Vishwas defends himself

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Dismissing the controversial sting operation, which showed some prominent faces of the AAP allegedly agreeing to accept cash for improper purposes, as a conspiracy against his party, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Friday said that journalist Anuranjan Jha who released the sting operation can give the sting tape to the Election Commission. Vishwas also said that he will put the case forward. Nov 22, 2013

AAP sting operation: Opposition condemns party, demands action

New Delhi/ Bhopal, Nov 22 (ANI): After a sting operation carried on by a media portal claimed Aam Aadmi Party's leaders involvement in "raising funds through illegal means" the opposition, Congress and BJP condemned the party. Congress Delhi Committee President JP Agarwal said that a party with no history does things like these and that strict action should be taken against it. Meanwhile, BJP senior leader Arun Jaitley said that is AAP has set some standards in public, they should better stand by the same instead of stooping so low like this. Nov 22, 2013

Atleast 300 militants preparing to infiltrate J and K: DS Hooda

Poonch, Nov 22 (ANI): More than 300 militants are preparing to infiltrate along the disputed border of Jammu and Kashmir, according to Senior Army official. While visiting an army school in Poonch district on Thursday (November 21), Lieutenant General, 16 corps of the Northern Command Headquarter, DS Hooda said that according to intelligence sources, cross-border militants were trying to enter the Indian Territory along the disputed international border. Hooda said that security forces were put on a high alert at the line of control to check the infiltration. Nov 22, 2013

Omar Abdullah lashes out at separatist leaders for meeting Pakistan envoy

Jammu and Kashmir, Nov 22 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah lashed out at separatists for meeting advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister on security and foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, during his visit to New Delhi. Abdullah said the separatist leaders didn't have any agenda to discuss. Aziz met the Kashmir separatist leaders on November 10 while on his visit to New Delhi for Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Abdullah also said that Kashmir's enemies lie within the state. Nov 22, 2013

Congress trying to salvage situation in Mizoram: BJP

Aizawl, Nov 22 (ANI): After Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi promised Mizoram with better road connectivity and jobs for youths during his election rally in the state, BJP Spokesperson Nalin Kohli said that Congress is now trying to salvage the situation in the state. He said that this is the case of half-truths by Congress and that they are trying their hands in Mizoram after they are left with no hope from other states. Nov 22, 2013

Cyclone Helen: Andhra Pradesh braces for nearing landfall

Vishakhapatnam, Nov 22 (ANI): As the Cyclone Helen is predicted to hit Andhra Pradesh on Friday evening, by the CWC Duty Officer D Sagar, the state braces for the same with various security measures taken by the state government. The cyclone is to hit the Machilipatnam area first following which comes other districts like vijayanagram, etc. Sagar predicted heavy rainfall and the wind speeds of upto 100-110 km/h. He said that the sea levels will remain high and the fishermen are appealed to stay away from the area. Nov 22, 2013