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Jayanthi Natarajan resigns, Moily takes charge as Environment Minister

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Jayanthi Natarajan on Saturday resigned as Minister of State for Environment and Forests. Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Veerappa Moily has been given additional charge of Environment Ministry. According to sources, general secretaries in the Congress, who wish to contest Lok Sabha elections could be replaced by Central Ministers who will be drafted for party work, provided they belong to the Rajya Sabha. The 59-year-old leader, hails from Tamil Nadu and was brought in the environment ministry two years ago. Dec 21, 2013
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Government dragging feet in Justice Ganguly case: Balbir Punj

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj on Saturday said that the government was dragging its feet in the case of former justice A.K Ganguly who has been accused of sexually harassing a law intern, just because he is a former Supreme Court Judge. The Home Ministry had sought the opinion of the Attorney General on the suggestion for the removal of AK Ganguly from his position as Chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission on Thursday. Dec 21, 2013
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AAP is a confused party which is abusing Congress on purpose: Kirti Azad

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirti Azad said on Saturday that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is abusing the Congress on purpose, so that the Congress withdraws its support and releases the pressure from AAP to form a government in Delhi. He said that AAP is a confused party which did not know how to deal with the current situation. In a recent tweet AAP leader Kumar Vishwas had called the Congress a two headed snake. He had also called them cheaters in another tweet. Dec 21, 2013
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Indian politicos draw contradictory opinions on no apology from US over Devyani's case

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): As US remained firm on no apology, no withdrawing of case against Devyani Khobragade, Indian politicos expressed contradictory views over the same. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that India should take firm position over the issue and Devyani case must be treated as something to restore the pride of the nation. Meanwhile, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said that Indian relation with US is much more than the issue and itsshould not cast ominous shadow over the strategic relationship. Dec 21, 2013
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Congress supporting AAP as they are 'booted by people': Atul Anjan

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): After congress claimed that they are offering 'unconditional support' to AAP keeping in view sentiments of people of Delhi, CPI leader Atul Kumar Anjan said that this is not the case but rather because people have 'booted them away'. He said that there was no alternative left to Congress than offering support to AAP. Anjan also challenged Congress to run the coalition for two years atleast without bringing no-confidence motion, if they care so much about sentiments of Delhi people. Dec 21, 2013
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Prithviraj Chavan given clean chit, issue should not be stretched: Praful Patel on Adarsh scam

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Talking about the controversial Adarsh scam report which was tabled in the Maharashtra state assembly earlier, NCP leader Praful Patel said that the state Governor has given a clean chit to the accused in the case, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and that the issue should not be stretched any further. He said that the issue whether the land belongs to the government or not has been solved and that should be it. Dec 21, 2013
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CPI targets Maharashtra govt over Adarsh Commission report

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Reacting over the Maharashtra cabinet rejecting the report of a judicial commission on the Adarsh housing scam, senior CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said that it is unfortunate and the enquiry report based on objective facts cannot be rejected. He also said that there is an element of arbitrariness and there is an effort to suppress the facts. Dec 21, 2013
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Vasundhara Raje expands cabinet with induction of new ministers

Jaipur, Dec 21 (ANI): The Rajasthan government headed by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia, expanded its cabinet with the induction of 12 new ministers. The swearing-in ceremony took place in Rajasthan’s capital city of Jaipur where the Governor of Rajasthan, Margaret Alva, was also present. Dec 21, 2013
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Modis gesture to Muslims invites political controversy, BJP says just his etiquette

Lucknow, Dec 21 (ANI): After Narendra Modi’s gesture to a Muslim man in Varanasi invited political controversy terming the same as his vote bank politics, UP BJP President Laxmikant Bajpai said that it’s nothing but just Modi’s etiquette which made him to wave back to any supporter. He said that the people, who are putting allegation against Modi, must lack in normal manners and etiquette to wave back their supporters. He said that the Muslim man shouted ‘Modi uncle’ to which Modi waved back and said ‘Thank you’ and there was nothing to make an issue about. Dec 21, 2013
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India, Venezuela strengthen energy cooperation

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): India and Venezuela pledged to tighten cooperation ties in the fields of energy, healthcare, culture, technology, oil and natural gas, as foreign ministers from both the nations met in New Delhi. Dec 21, 2013
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Indias Foreign Secretary tells US to treat their envoys on par with American diplomats

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Following the arrest and strip search of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in America last week, India’s Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said that the US should treat Indian diplomats the way they take care of diplomats from America and other countries. Addressing the mediapersons at the 86th Annual Conference of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi, Sujatha Singh blamed media for spinning the matter. India retaliated strongly to the U.S on December 19, urging it to withdraw a visa fraud case, suggesting United States Secretary of State, John Kerry's expression of regret over the treatment meted with her while in custody was not enough. Speaking at the conference, Singh defended India and its decisions. Dec 21, 2013
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Hyderabad police books Salman, Bigg Boss producers for hurting Muslim sentiments

Hyderabad, Dec 21 (ANI): The Andhra Pradesh police filed a complaint against controversial reality show 'Bigg Boss 7' and its host, Bollywood megastar Salman Khan for hurting religious sentiments of Muslims.Mohammed Fasihuddin, a Muslim, lodged a First Information Report (FIR) in Hyderabad after watching the show, which has already been in a number of controversies since its commencement on September 15. In his complaint, he said the show had created 'hell' and 'heaven' inside the house, which is a very pious concept in their religion. The police might send summons to Bollywood actor Salman Khan to appear before the investigating officer, who is looking into the matter. Dec 21, 2013