Politicians condemn baton charge on women protesters in Firozabad

New Delhi/ Firozabad, Jan 14 (ANI): Politicians on Tuesday condemned the baton charge by police on women protesting against an accident which took place in Uttar Pradesh. The incident has sparked a sharp criticism against UP government and the state police who were seen ruthlessly beating women protesters on Monday in Firozabad district. Reportedly, women were protesting against an accident at NH-2 (National Highway-2) when police baton-charged them to clear the highway. The cops were seen beating the women with sticks, slapping and even kicking them. Meanwhile, a BJP leader, Sidharth Nath Singh, said it was a shameful act and the police behaved like hooligans. Jan 14, 2014

No evidence was tampered with: Kejriwal on Somnath Bharti

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): The Patiala House Court in 2013 had indicted Lawyer and AAP leader, Somnath Bharti for tampering with evidence along with his client Pawan Kumar in a corruption case. Speaking on the same, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that they are ready to share the evidence which was found during their sting operation against the bank, and also added that no evidence was tampered with. The Congress and the BJP are demanding the lawyer-turned-minister's resignation. Kejriwal on the other hand has stood by his minister, calling the court observation completely wrong. Jan 14, 2014

People frustrated with gundaraj by UP govt & police: BSP

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): After UP police in yet another incident, ruthlessly lathicharged on women protesters in Firozabad, BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria said that people are now frustrated and fed up with ‘gundaraj’ by the SP government and police. He said that the state government is working in high handedness and that people will reply to their actions. Further, talking about alleged ban on TV channels for criticizing Akhilesh Yadav, Bhadoria said that the party is breaking the fourth pillar of democracy. Jan 14, 2014

Devout Hindus take holy dip in River Ganges to celebrate Makar Sankranti

Allahabad/ Varanasi, Jan 14 (ANI): Devout Hindus across India converged on the banks of River Ganges to take holy dip, as they celebrate harvest festival Makar Sankranti, with traditional fervour. Large number of devotees gathered in Allahabad and the temple town of Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday and took bath in the holy River Ganges. Jan 14, 2014

UP media ban unwarranted, I&B ministry will take action on complaint: Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): After SP government in UP allegedly banned TV channels in the state, I&B Minister Manish Tewari on Tuesday said that the ban is extremely unwarranted and asked the management to complain so that the I&B ministry can take action against the same. Tewari also said that UPA government in ten years has never used its power to stifle or muzzle the media, unlike SP government. Jan 14, 2014

AAPs law min accused of tampering evidence; BJP, Congress demand action

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party is now tackling allegations that its Law Minister, Somnath Bharti, tried to influence a witness and tamper with evidence in a case he handled last year. Reacting on the issue the BJP said the lawyer-turned-minister must resign immediately or be removed from office by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Congress also said that it is time to see whether the party that has won huge public support for its anti-corruption stand, walks the talk. Jan 14, 2014

Kiran Bedi criticizes RK Singh for not revealing Shinde s truth earlier

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Former IPS officer, Kiran Bedi on Tuesday criticized Former Home Secretary RK Singh after he stated that Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was protecting a businessman said to be close to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and was also interfering with Delhi Police postings. Bedi asked Singh, why not he reported the matter to the PM earlier. She added that if he did not inform the PM of the unlawful instructions then he is at fault too. Jan 14, 2014
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Voting for AAP like voting for Congress: Kiran Bedi

Haridwar, Jan 14 (ANI): Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi supported Narendra Modi for prime minister of India and slammed Aam Aadmi Party saying voting for it would be like voting for the Congress party. While addressing mediapersons in Haridwar, Bedi said that people should vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and ensure a Congress-free country. Close aide of veteran anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare, Bedi said that Modi has proven his skills as chief minister of Gujarat three times. However, contrary to Bedi's claims, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said BJP only wants to dominate. Jan 14, 2014
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Akhilesh Yadav blacks out TV channels for criticizing him, politicos condemn

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): After UP CM Akhilesh Yadav unplugged two news channels- Times Now and India News from cable operators, politicians condemned the act. Rajya Sabha MP Md Adeeb that Yadav should have better accepted his fault. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar compared the act with the 1975 Emergency in India. Following the suit, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar also called it 'emergency mindset'. Jan 14, 2014
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Politicos call RK Singh's claims against Shinde BJP effect

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): After former home secretary-turned-BJP-leader RK Singh accused Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde of shielding businessman linked with Dawood Ibrahim, politicos called it nothing more than 'BJP effect'. Rajya Sabha MP Md Adeeb said that Singh was in home ministry for years and made allegations after joining BJP. Further, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that if he has any details about the same, he should open it up. Meanwhile, Congress leader Raj Babbar also called the same 'BJP effect'. Jan 14, 2014
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Tarlochan Singh on operation Blue Star

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Tarlochan Singh on Tuesday said that a through enquiry against the Indian government needs to be done over the newly released documents revealing that the British elite force, SAS, had advised India on flushing out Sikh militants months before Operation Blue Star in June 1984. Earlier on Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron directed his Cabinet Secretary to establish the facts behind claims that Margaret Thatcher's government may have helped Indira Gandhi plan Operation Bluestar in 1984. Jan 14, 2014
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We respect media freedom, must be technical error: SP on TV channel ban in UP

Lucknow, Jan 14 (ANI): Defending SP government in UP against the controversy brought due to alleged ban on TV channels- Times Now and India News by the state government, party Spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said that the party respect media freedom and that there must be some technical error and nothing else. He said that the party supremo had fought for the freedom of media and the opposition who are blaming the SP government are themselves fascist and corrupt. Jan 14, 2014
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India set to be polio-free nation, will boost immunisation drive

New Delhi/Amritsar/ Purulia/ Mumbai, Jan 14 (ANI): India marked three years since its last reported case of polio, paving the way for it to be declared free of the crippling virus and boosting efforts to wipe out the disease globally. The country's last case of the wild polio virus was detected on January 13, 2011, in West Bengal. World Health Organisation (WHO) would officially declare India as polio-free by the end of March, when the legal process for certification is completed, according to a WHO representative. Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said it is a historic day for the country, which once counted for over half of the global polio burden. Jan 14, 2014