'Diminished' PM might be 'footnote' in history: Arun Jaitley

Guwahati, Sep 28 (ANI): Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, on Saturday accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of diminishing the dignity of the country's top office, and said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's remarks on the ordinance for convicted lawmakers was a 'belated realization' that was part of his party's 'grandstanding' to cut its losses in the lead-up to the 2014 general elections. Sep 28, 2013

Congress against Indo-Pak PM meet following Kashmir attack

New Delhi, Sep 28 (ANI): As militants opened fire opened fire on security forces in outskirts of Srinagar following the twin attack in J and K, and ahead of PM Manmohan Singh’s meet with his Pakistani counterpart, Congress leader Rashid Alvi on Saturday said that the party does not support the dialogues between the two nations. Further, Alvi also said that country needs to warn Pakistan that the border line is not crossed by its people or government. Sep 28, 2013

It happens: Ancestor Ritual

Gaya, Sept 28(ANI): Devout Hindus have begun to gather at temples and on river banks in India to observe 'Pitru Paksha' the annual fortnight-long ritual of paying homage known as 'Pind Daan' (offering food) to souls of departed ancestors and pray for their salvation. Scores of families from far and near arrived at the pilgrim centre of Gaya in eastern state of Bihar on Tuesday to offer this ritual `Pind Daan'. Guided by priests they performed the religious rituals on the banks of River Ganga and other temples located in the city. 'Pitru Paksha' as per the Hindu lunar almanac known as Panchanga usually falls in the month of September or October. Certain devotees even get their heads tonsured on the occasion as mark of their respect for the departed souls. The food is usually cooked in silver or copper vessels and placed on banana leaves. Devotees believe that once the ritual is performed, the souls of their ancestors shall be relieved of all the painful sins and they would be freed from the cycle of rebirths. The offerings are also believed to cure diseases as well as infertility among childless couples apart from driving away evil souls. According to Hindu faith, it is believed that when humans die, their mortal body turns to dust whereas the soul remains, until it does not find Sep 28, 2013

Rescue workers save 32 people in building collapse in Mumbai, recover 25 bodies

Mumbai, Sep 28 (ANI): Rescue workers have saved 32 people and recovered 25 bodies after a five-storey apartment block collapsed on Friday in Mumbai. The commandant of the National Disaster Rapid Force (NDRF), Alok Awasthi, said on Saturday that around 83 to 89 were still in the rubble. Employees of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai were housed in the building. The building was believed to have been about 35-years-old and home to about 20 families. The cause of the collapse is not known. Sep 28, 2013

PM should have self-respect and call off meet with Pak PM: Defense Analyst

New Delhi, Sep 28 (ANI): As Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to meet his Pakistani counterpart this weekend, Defense Analyst Captain (Retd) Bharat Verma said on Friday that PM should have self respect after the attack on JandK and should have called off the aforesaid meet. Further, Verma said that PM Nawaz Sharif raised two issues in the United Nations, that is, Kashmir issue and issue of resources used in defense and that both the issue are irrelevant and does not exist. Sep 28, 2013

Politicians urge PM to talk tough with Pakistan

New Delhi/Allahabad, Sept 28 (ANI): Leaders across the political spectrum hope that Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh talks tough with his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif and sends a strong signal to put an end to militant activities breeding from Pakistan. Singh would meet Sharif on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, amid heightened tension between the neighbours over Kashmir. Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agrawal said that Singh should only talk with Pakistan if the latter agrees on putting an end to militant activities. BJP Spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh also criticized Singh for his soft approach towards Pakistan. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader, Sabir Ali doubted US’s role in normalizing tense relations between India and Pakistan. Sep 28, 2013

Nitish supports Rahul Gandhis nonsense act

Patna, Sep 28 (ANI): Even as Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi called the Government’s Ordinance on convicted lawmakers a complete nonsense and should be torn up and thrown away, Bihar Chief, Nitish Kumar on Saturday came out in support of him. Sep 28, 2013

Omar Abdullah on Rahul Gandhis ordinance remark

Srinagar, Sep 28 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday stated that whatever Rahul Gandhi said on Ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers, is an internal matter of the Congress. He further stated that as far as UPA is concerned, a UPA coordination committee meeting should be called to discuss the matter. In a huge embarrassment to his own government, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday denounced the controversial ordinance to negate the Supreme Court verdict on convicted lawmakers as "complete nonsense" and said it should be torn up and thrown away. Sep 28, 2013

Rahul crosses limit of civility by calling PMs cabinets decision nonsense: BJP

New Delhi, Sep 28 (ANI): The BJP on Saturday launched a scathing attack against the Congress specially targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on the pretext of Rahul Gandhi’s remark on Ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Rahul Gandhi has the audacity to call a decision, taken by the cabinet committee, headed by the Prime Minister of the country, a nonsense, therefore impinging the integrity and respect of the PMO. Sep 28, 2013

Tourism sector of country to capitalise on Rupee fall

New Delhi/ Mumbai/ Goa/Kerala/ Agra, Sep 28 (ANI): The fall in rupee has made it cheaper to travel across India and the country's tourism is reaping the benefits with a surge in the number of foreign tourist arrivals as well as an increase in the number of Indians who are opting for the beaches of Goa over cruises on the Nile. The number of foreign tourists arriving in India between January and June witnessed a rise, but the big push is expected during the holiday season that gets underway from September-October, the tourism ministry says. Sep 28, 2013

PM is definitely honest: JD (U) after JPC report on 2G scam

New Delhi, Sep 28 (ANI): A day after JPC meet gave clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram and charged the then Communications Minister and DMK MP A Raja responsible for the 2G scam, JD (U) leader Shabir Ali on Saturday supported the report and said that the PM is definitely honest and there is no doubt about the same. Further, talking about differences in Congress regarding the ordinance on convicted politicians, Ali said that such discussions should be taken up in the Parliament and not directly by the courts. Sep 28, 2013

PM is used to humiliation: BJD after Rahul's 'nonsense' remark on Ordinance on convicted politicians

New Delhi, Sep 28 (ANI): After Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi dubbed the government's Ordinance as 'nonsense' and worth being torn away, BJD leader Pinaki Misra said that PM Manmohan Singh is now used to getting humiliated and that with time has developed a thick skin for the same. Further, Misra also said that everybody should take themselves equal and not above everything and that Congress will decide how to take this snub by Rahul Gandhi. Sep 28, 2013