Mulayam attacks BJP for choosing Narendra Modi as PM candidate

Varanasi, Jan 23 (ANI): Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday addressed a rally in Varanasi. Speaking at the rally Mulayam attacked the BJP for choosing Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the party's top choice for prime minister's post in the next General Elections. The Varanasi rally, which was a massive show of strength by the SP, was attended by a large number of supporters from nearby areas. Jan 23, 2014

Snowfall in parts of India cheers tourists

Srinagar/Shimla, Jan 23 (ANI): A fresh spell of snow that enveloped the hills of north India brought joy to tourists as well as a boost to the tourism business in the region. In Srinagar, a white sheet of snow covered areas around the picturesque Dal Lake, mesmerizing tourists. Meanwhile, a tourist from Ranchi, Ajay Singh, said that they were ecstatic to see the scenic view in Shimla. A large number of locals, too, wrapped in woolens, enjoyed the snowfall in the valley along with the tourists. Jan 23, 2014

Agony has no end as Mount Sinabung keeps erupting

More than 28,000 people have been evacuated from their homes since Mount Sinabung begun erupting in October, 2013. The volcano's ash has suffocated everything in a 5km radius from its crater, killing crops and caving in rooftops. Jan 23, 2014

Five dead as Ukraine police battle protesters

Ukrainian police and protesters engage in ferocious clashes in the centre of Kiev, leaving five activists dead in the first fatalities in two months of anti-government protests. Jan 23, 2014

Kirti Azad asks Shashi Tharoor to resign till probe is over

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirti Azad on Thursday said that Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Shashi Tharoor should resign from his post on moral grounds till the probe is over in connection with the recent death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. Jan 23, 2014

Invite Kapil Sibal for debate on any topic: Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Reacting on Kapil Sibal's 'salesman remark' on Narendra Modi, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad condemned the same and invited Sibal for an open debate on any topic whatsoever. Further, commenting on P Chidambaram's remark on BJP, Prasad said that P Chidambaram has rattled the whole financial structure of the nation and he should concentrate on the same. Jan 23, 2014

Maoists blast Village council house in Jharkhand village

Jharkhand, Jan 23 (ANI): Maoists blew up a village council building in rebel infested Jharkhand damaging a major portion of the structure by a powerful blast smashing its doors and windows. Kisku said that he heard two explosions at night. However, no person was harmed due to the blast. Jan 23, 2014

Shankaracharya slaps TV journalist over question on Narendra Modi, draws controversy

Jabalpur, Jan 23 (ANI): Senior priest of the Dwarka Shradha Peeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati is caught in a controversy after he slapped a TV journalist. Swami lost his cool and slapped the journalist when he was asked a question on BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi. Swaroopanand had been vocally critical of the BJP's decision to project a PM candidate. Later, Swaroopanand admitted that he slapped the journalist and said that the question was to uselessly keep the politicians in news. Jan 23, 2014

Politicians slam AAP's stand on Somnath Bharti's midnight raid on Ugandans

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Politicians from rival parties on Thursday slammed the Aam Aadmi Party over its silence on the midnight raid led by Delhi Law Minister, Somnath Bharti, in which four Ugandan women were allegedly molested. The four Ugandan women, in a complaint to Delhi police, alleged that they were molested by a group of supporters of Bharti. Jan 23, 2014

Women politicos ask West Bengal CM to take stern action in Birbhum gang-rape case

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Women politicos on Thursday condemned the alleged gang-rape of a tribal woman in West Bengal's Birbhum district, and appealed to the state chief minister to take stern action against the culprits. President of Women Congress Shobha Oza said that if such brutal acts are not restricted, women will never feel safe in this country. Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) leader Najma Heptulla, echoing similar sentiments, said that India's image is deteriorating due to incidents like these that happen not only with Indian women but also with foreign nationals. A 20 year old tribal woman was allegedly gang-raped on Monday night on the order of the village court presided by village head, who decided to punish the girl for having an affair with a boy from a different community. Jan 23, 2014

Tripura's 3-year-old drummer gets National Award

Tripura, Jan 23 (ANI): Anshuman is just three-years-old, but he has won a million hearts with his amazing talent. The youngest drummer from Tripura was born to Biswajit Nandi and Rashmi Nandi. Anshuman was inspired by his father, who is a professional drummer. Jan 23, 2014

Fresh snowfall in Kashmir blocks national highway

Jammu and Kashmir, Jan 23 (ANI): Heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir threw life out of gear as the roads and the national highway was blocked, leaving passengers stranded across the valley. The roadblocks added to the woes of residents as well as tourists who had to experience some of the most unfavourable situations. Jan 23, 2014