MEA on MLAs' extravagant foreign 'study tour'

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): Commenting on the expensive study tours by the MLAs of Uttar Pradesh, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said that his ministry only checks that the tours do not affect the country's international terms. Jan 9, 2014

Rajendra Chaudhary defends Saifai Mahotsav

Lucknow, Jan 09 (ANI): Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary on Thursday defended the UP government which has come under attack over holding the annual Safai Mahotsav at a time when hundreds of victims of Muzaffarnagar riots were living in difficult circumstances in relief camps. Chaudhary said that Bollywood element is not the main part of the Mahotsava but only a small part of it which is being highlighted by the Opposition. Jan 9, 2014

Narendra Modi talks on national issues, Raj Thackeray 's advice not needed: BJP

Nagpur, Jan 09 (ANI): Reacting on Raj Thackeray's suggestion to Narendra Modi to quit as Gujarat CM and talk on national issues, Maharashtra BJP President Devendra Fadnavis said that Modi talks about national issues and that Thackeray's advice is not required. He said that the increasing clout of Modi is disturbing many leaders and that Modi is wise enough to decide what to do and what not to do. Jan 9, 2014

TV journalist Ashutosh quits IBN7, likely to join AAP

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): TV journalist Ashutosh on Thursday confirmed that he resigned from IBN7 as its managing editor and is likely to join Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) soon. He said that the party has influenced him and has a capacity to bring change. Jan 9, 2014

Modi mocks PM's remarks, says indeed good times are ahead

New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday mocked at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while addressing overseas Indians at the ongoing Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas meet. In an apparent reference to the upcoming general elections, Modi said it will take another few months for good days to usher in. Dr. Singh on Wednesday had assured Indian diaspora that the country's economy is heading for good times, and there is no reason to despair about India's present or worry about its future. Jan 9, 2014

BJP criticizes Shakeel Ahmad's ISI remark

Bhopal, Jan 9 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday slammed Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad for drawing parallels between the BJP and the ISI. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi took a dig at the Congress and questioned their definition of secularism. Jan 9, 2014

BJP dismisses survey on AAP, says Modi is in hearts of people

Bhopal/ New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday dismissed a survey conducted by IPSOS, for a leading newspaper. Party leaders said that Narendra Modi has found a place in the hearts and minds of people and therefore is much ahead of any other leader. Jan 9, 2014

Shinde promises to bring Dawood Ibrahim back to India

Solapur, Jan 9 (ANI): Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that India is sharing specific information with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in a joint action to nab underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim, involved in the 1993 Mumbai blasts that killed at least 257 people. Expressing confidence in the Indo-U.S. joint operation, Shinde said that India has knowledge about Ibrahim’s whereabouts. Jan 9, 2014

Sarajevo's legendary shoe-shiner dies

Sarajevans pay tribute to a legendary shoe-cleaner known as "uncle" Miso, who died at the age of 83 after more than 60 years working on the streets, even during the 1992-1995 war. Duration: 01:21 Jan 9, 2014

Samajwadi Party faces flak for 'Saifai Mahotsav'

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): The Samajwadi Party government has come under attack over holding the annual Safai Mahotsav at a time when hundreds of victims of Muzaffarnagar riots were living in difficult circumstances in relief camps and others are suffering due to extreme weather conditions. Jan 9, 2014

T Subbarami Reddy lauds ISRO for successful GSLV-D5 launch

Bangalore, Jan 9 (ANI): The Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests, T. Subbarami Reddy, lauded Indian Space Research Organisation for the successful launch of GSLV-D5. ISRO launched Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on January 05. Jan 9, 2014

BJP raises concern over violence against Hindus in Bangladesh

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised concern over reports of atrocities hurled on minority Hindu community in Bangladesh post elections. While addressing a news conference in New Delhi, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said that although it is Bangladesh’s internal matter, her party is worried over the violence against Hindus. Jan 9, 2014

Dignity of Indian diplomats needs to be accepted, asserts Salman Khurshid

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): Commenting on the Indian Government's move to ask United States to discontinue commercial activities in its embassy premises in Delhi, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said that the dignity of Indian diplomats should be accepted and preserved by all countries. Jan 9, 2014