Awareness camp to protect Guwahati's famous wetland Deepor Beel

Guwahati, Oct 18 (ANI): Situated in Kamrup District of Assam, the Deepor Beel is one of the famous wetlands of the region, and is home to several species of birds. However, due to continuous human interference and a high level of pollution, the condition of the wetland has deteriorated. To spread awareness about the need to protect the wetland and the harmful impact of using plastic, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently organised a camp in Guwahati. Students from the Sankardev Niketan participated in the camp and raised awareness through songs, folk dances and slogans. The wetland, that has also been declared a bird sanctuary, is a part of the Asian Wetland Directory, and was also declared a Ramsar site in 2002. The site attracts large number of visitors, including research scholars, students and tourists. About 122 species of seasonal, migratory and residential birds visit the beel every year. This large water body also houses a wide variety of amphibians, reptiles, insects and tree species. Owing to frequent killing of birds, unchecked fishing and encroachment, it has become imperative to take necessary steps for its protection. Oct 18, 2013

Raman Singh hits out at Rahul Gandhi over corruption

Raipur, Oct 18 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Raman Singh on Friday took a jibe at Congress Party's vice-president, Rahul Gandhi and said he should tackle the corruption happening within the Congress-led UPA government rather than pointing loopholes within states. Oct 18, 2013

If Narendra Modi has too much info about black money he must provide it: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Even as BJP's PM Candidate, Narendra Modi said that if all the money kept in Swiss banks was got back to the country, it would not have to go looking for gold, the Congress on Friday took a jibe at him saying if he had too much information about the same, he must report it to the Government. Oct 18, 2013

AAP will win 33 out of 70 seats: Yogendra Yadav on Delhi Polls

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): While releasing numbers of its internal survey ahead of Delhi polls, the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday claimed that it will grab 33 out of 70 seats in the upcoming Assembly Elections in the national capital. The survey was conducted in all the 70 constituencies in Delhi. Oct 18, 2013

Attempts to spread communalism wont be successful: Mulayam

Lucknow. Oct 18 (ANI): Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday said that the state government is very careful as some entities are trying to spread communalism in the state. Yadav further added that such conspiracy won’t be successful. The SP government has denied permission to carry out ‘Sankalp Diwas yatra’ by VHP in the state. Oct 18, 2013

Digvijay Singh is politically bankrupt: BJP

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Even as Congress leader Digvijay Singh has lashed out at Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, and said that Gujarat has one of the highest per capita debt liabilities, the BJP on Friday said Digvijay was a politically bankrupt person and must not be taken seriously. Oct 18, 2013

Gujarat has more debt liability than any other state: Digvijay Singh

Bhopal, Oct 18 (ANI): Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Friday lashed out at BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and his Gujarat Development model and said that Gujarat has more debt liability than any other state in the nation. Furtehr, he said that Modi, who is dreaming to be nation's prime minister, will sink the nation as he did with Gujarat. Oct 18, 2013

Guj has highest per capita debt liability, says Digvijay; JD (U) affirms

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Even as Congress leader Digvijay Singh has lashed out at Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, and said that Gujarat has one of the highest per capita debt liabilities, JD (U) Leader, Sabir Ali on Friday affirmed the same. Oct 18, 2013

Govt should take swift action in AgustaWestland deal: JD (U)

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): After Swiss authorities arrested alleged middleman Guido Ralph Haschke, on charges of bribery, in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, the JD (U) on Friday stated that the central government must now act swiftly as the people of the country are fed up with the reports of scam after scam. He also added that through investigation should take place in the case. The Italian and Indian agencies have been probing the Rs 3600 crore helicopter contract for alleged kickbacks to Indian officials. Oct 18, 2013

10th ceasefire violation in 7 days; Govt must warn Pak, says Omar

Srinagar, Oct 18 (ANI): Even as Pakistani troops continued to violate ceasefire agreement signed with India for a 10th consecutive time in 7 days, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Friday said Government of India must warn Pakistan on the same. Oct 18, 2013

US ship detention: Probe if there is procedural violation or something more substantive, says Defenc

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Responding to the arrest of all the 35 members on board the US ship Seaman Guard Ohio from Tuticorin, Defence Analyst Uday Bhaskar said that probe should be carried on to find whether there is procedural violation or something more substantive in the aforesaid case. Further, Bhaskar said that India has to see whether the ship is involved in any illegal activities or not. He also said that it should not be taken off the mind that there are also Indian nationals in the crew and that slow probe will decide on the case. Oct 18, 2013

Delhi a hub for Indian trafficking trade

Tens of thousands of children are known to be trafficked within South Asia every year and New Delhi has become a hub in the illegal trade of young girls being sold into prostitution, forced marriage and domestic labour. Duration:02:29 Oct 18, 2013

RSS on VHP's Sankalp Diwas Yatra

Nagpur, Oct 18 (ANI): RSS Leader MG Vaidya on Friday stated that the UP government is trying to woo the Muslim voters by denying permission to carry out 'Sankalp Diwas yatra' by VHP in the state. He further said that the Samajwadi Party is doing all this to gain political mileage but it will eventually lose the votes of Hindus in the process. Oct 18, 2013