Finance minister calls for technology advancement for customs department

New Delhi, Jan 27 (ANI): In an event to felicitate Customs officials on Monday to mark the International Customs Day in New Delhi, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, emphasized on the need for technology advancement in the Customs department. Chidambaram honoured the work of many Customs officials by presenting them with certificates. Chidambaram focused on the advancement of technology in this sector as it has almost become the driving force of the 21st century. Along with GST, Customs will become the second major tax revenue, as stated by Chidambaram. He emphasized that customs are essential as they aid legitimate trade and prevent illegitimate trade. It keeps a tap on gold smuggling. Jan 27, 2014

Imtiaz Ali launches Tisca Chopra's book 'Acting Smart'

Mumbai, Jan 27 (ANI): Actress Tisca Chopra has turned author with her book 'Acting Smart'. And the actress got none other than the very talented Imtiaz Ali to release her book. The book would be for cinegoers, movie buffs and people who are venturing into the movie industry. Well we wish all the very best for your new venture Tisca! Jan 27, 2014

Expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny begins hunger strike

New Delhi, Jan 27 (ANI): Expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny on Monday started his hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Earlier today Binny met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and apprised him of the ongoing situation and talked about the alleged misbehaviour of Law Minister Somnath Bharti with Ugandan women during the midnight raid that took place in Khirki Extension in South Delhi recently. The Aam Aadmi Party's disciplinary committee on Sunday expelled Binny for publicly making false statements against the party and its leadership. Jan 27, 2014

21 die as boat capsizes off Port Blair, V Narayanasamy expresses disappointment

New Delhi, Jan 27 (ANI): Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office and Congress leader V Narayanasamy, said on Monday that the overcrowded boat carrying tourists that capsized off Andaman Islands, killing at least 21 people, did not had any lifeguards or life jackets to save the people on board. Narayanasamy said he would request Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to order an immediate inquiry into the matter and demanded punishment for the people at fault. Jan 27, 2014

BJP begins protest against AAP, demands to sack Somnath Bharti

New Delhi, Jan 27 (ANI): BJP leaders led by Harsh Vardhan on Monday started their protest against AAP outside national capital's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's office at Delhi Secretariat, pressurizing the party to sack his controversial Law minister Somnath Bharti. Bharti is facing criticism for his midnight raid at a house in Khirki Extension and also for misbehaving with a Ugandan woman who alleged that he manhandled them and molested them during the raid. Jan 27, 2014

AAP born with a new ideology, should be accepted the way it is: KC Tyagi

New Delhi, Jan 27 (ANI): Commenting on the ongoing criticism against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's government, Janata Dal United (JD-U) leader KC Tyagi on Monday said that the party was born with a new ideology, and that they should be accepted that way only. Reacting to the increasing number of crime against women in the capital he said that it was a result of the mindset of the people. Jan 27, 2014

Kashmiris victims of target killings in Pakistan

Muzaffarabad / London, Jan 27: The people of Aabai village in Azad Kashmir are mourning the death of 25-year-old Farhan Butt, who was killed in Pakistan's port city, Karachi, where he had gone for higher education. His family claims he was targeted by Pakistan's secret agencies. Many youths and professionals, who lack opportunities in Azad Kashmir, head for big cities across Pakistan in search of better prospects. However, they are picked, tortured and killed by unknown miscreants, allegedly secret agents. Professionals like professors and doctors from Azad Kashmir, who are working in other Pakistani cities, are also being targeted. A part of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, Azad Kashmir has been under Pakistani rule for over six decades now. Jan 27, 2014

Jharkhand Chief Secretary and DGP assured release of Maoist abducted people: Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi, Jan 27 (ANI): Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Monday said that he has spoken to and has got assurance from Jharkhand Chief Secretary and DGP over the release of abducted people by Maoists in Giridih district of the state. He also added that it is very unfortunate that the young officials who were working for the benefit of the people were abducted by Maoists. Three of the abducted officials are members of the Prime Minister Rural Development Fellowship programme, which was being organised in backward region of the province. Jan 27, 2014

Congress over Vinod Binny's expulsion from AAP

New Delhi, Jan 27 (ANI): Reacting to former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Vinod Kumar Binny's comments on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his expulsion from the party, the Congress on Monday said that the issues Binny has raised before the party were serious, and that it needed an introspection. Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi, said that instead of fulfilling the promises AAP is diverting issues and the way AAP leaders are proceeding it seems their eyes are on 2014 polls. Jan 27, 2014

EGoM announcement: Maximum SUC for 900-1800 MHz will be 5 per cent, says Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, Jan 27 (ANI): After attending the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) meet on Monday, Law Minister Kapil Sibal announced that the decision says that a maximum spectrum usage charge (SUC) for 900-1800 MHz will be 5 per cent. He further said that the decision is not for the loss and gain of any operator. Although, he said that the decision will definitely invite more investment and that the consumers will be the ultimate winner. Jan 27, 2014

Maoists in India using sophisticated weapons against security forces

Bokaro, Jan 27 (ANI): The recovery of hi-tech and sophisticated arms from Maoists hideouts in affected states across India is raising serious concerns among the security forces. In a recent incident, authorities in Bokaro District of Jharkhand recovered explosives with electronic circuts, diodes and remote control attached to them. Jan 27, 2014

No govt has achieved what we have done in a month: Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan 27 (ANI): Reacting to former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Vinod Kumar Binny's comment about AAP, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that they did not need to play politics to save the government, and that none of the governments have done as much work as their government has done in one month. He further said that he was aware that Delhi was still not safe for women. Jan 27, 2014