Irresponsible way of handling Telangana issue, has led to division of people: BJP

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slammed Congress-led central government for delaying the formation of a separate Telangana state, which has led to protests from people in the southern region, opposing the bifurcation. The decision to break up Andhra Pradesh and establish Telangana comes ahead of elections next year and critics say the ruling party is seeking to shore up its political fortunes after dragging its feet over the explosive issue for four decades. BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that the Congress was dividing people in the region, rather than peacefully separating the state. Oct 3, 2013

Modi's remark on temple and toilets draws flak

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): Within a month of anointment as prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Narendra Modi's remark "Toilets first, Temples later" drew flak and criticism from political leaders. Speaking at a function organized in New Delhi for the youth, Modi said on Wednesday that millions of rupees were spent on temples in the villages, but there are no toilets there. Meanwhile, the comment garnered a lot of criticism and attracted public attention. Oct 3, 2013

Law took its course to a logical end: CPI on Lalu's sentencing

New Delhi, Oct 3 (ANI): After a CBI court in Ranchi sentenced former Bihar Chief minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to 5 years' imprisonment in a 17-year-old fodder scam case, the CPI said that finally law has taken its course to a logical end. CPI Leader D Raja said that the verdict will send a strong message to the political fraternity. Oct 3, 2013

Rahul could have waited and talked to PM about Ordinance: Vinay Katiyar

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): Talking about the Ordinance on the convicted politicians and the Congress's way of handling the same, BJP Vice President Vinay Katiyar said that Rahul Gandhi should have waited for the PM to return from his foreign trip and talked to him over the issue, rather than doing what he did. He further said that Rahul tried to show that he is superior than PM and anybody else by doing this. Oct 3, 2013

V Narayanasamy on withdrawal of ordinance on convicted lawmakers

Chennai, Oct 03 (ANI): Even as the government withdrew a controversial ordinance that protects convicted parliamentarians following stern opposition from Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi who described the policy as nonsense, Minister of State for the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy said that in democracy divergent views should be there and discussion was held and decision taken is final. Oct 3, 2013

Cong lying, we always made our stand clear on Ordinance: BJP

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): Reacting to the decision of the Union Cabinet to withdraw the ordinance intended to protect convicted lawmakers, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said on Thursday that the government has been exposed and the ordinance was brought about with great speed, without any consideration of morality. He also said that the government did not discuss with all parties about adopting an ordinance route. Oct 3, 2013

Ordinance on convicted lawmakers was not in tune with nation's mood: D Raja

Chennai, Oct 03 (ANI): Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja on Thursday welcomed the Congress-led UPA Government's move to withdraw the ordinance on convicted lawmakers, saying it was not in tune with the ideas of growing and upcoming Indian nation. Raja, who was talking to media in Chennai, said finally good sense has prevailed upon the government. The UPA Government on Wednesday decided to withdraw a controversial ordinance that protects convicted parliamentarians. Oct 3, 2013

Congress on Narendra Modi's toilet remark

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): Even as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at a function organized in New Delhi for the youth said that build toilets first and temples later, MoS Parliamentary Affairs minister Rajeev Shukla said that when a similar comment on toilets was made by Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh then BJP demanded Ramesh's apology and now they are backing Modi on same statement which shows BJP's double standards Oct 3, 2013

Congress has Namonitis, they look for problems which are not even issues: BJP

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): After the Congress slammed the BJP for its double standards for backing Narendra Modi who said that toilets should be made first and then temples, the BJP said that the Congress has a habit of creating an issue out of no issue. The Congress had remarked that when a similar comment on toilets was made by Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh then BJP demanded Ramesh's apology and now they are backing Modi on same statement which shows BJP's double standards Oct 3, 2013

Fodder scam: Argument begins, Lalu's lawyer seeks leniency

Ranchi, Oct 03 (ANI): A special CBI court will on Thursday pronounce the quantum of punishment on Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav held guilty in a fodder scam case. Arguments on the quantum of punishment began around 11.30 pm. The sentence will be pronounced through videoconferencing at around 2.30 pm. Yadav is currently lodged in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Central Jail. Earlier in the day, Lalu's lawyer Surendra Singh said that he will request for a maximum of 3-year sentence for him owing to his ill health. Oct 3, 2013

Sushma Swaraj after All Party Meeting

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Thursday stated that apart from the smooth functioning of Parliament, issues like the recent judgements in the context of reservation in AIIMS faculty, amendment in Representation of People Act, Disqualification of lawmakers and Judicial Commission were discussed during the all party meeting. Oct 3, 2013

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh backs Lalu, cries conspiracy over Ordinance withdrawal

New Delhi, Oct 3 (ANI): Senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Thursday alleged that the UPA's decision to withdraw the ordinance on convicted politicians is a conspiracy by the Congress, BJP and Janata Dal (United) to ensure that Lalu Prasad Yadav is framed in the fodder scam case. Singh, who was talking to media in New Delhi ahead of Lalu's sentencing in a fodder scam case, said all the political outfits had earlier gave their opinion to reject the Supreme Court's order of July 10. Singh also used the occasion to target Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. The UPA Government on Wednesday decided to withdraw the controversial Ordinance that protects convicted parliamentarians. Oct 3, 2013

Hong Kong's handcart heroes keep the city rolling

Handcarts are as much a part of the landscape in Hong Kong as the white van man in London or the bicycle courier in New York, and these simple old-fashioned contraptions help keep the modern city moving. Duration: 02:07 Oct 3, 2013

Sabir Ali on suspended JD (U) MPs

New Delhi, Oct 3 (ANI): Even as JD (U) suspended two Lok Sabha MPs, Jai Narayan Nishad and Purnmasi Ram, from the party for six years on charge of engaging in anti-party activities, JD (U) leader Sabir Ali said that anti-party activities by anyone will not be tolerated by party. Both the leaders were for some time making statements against party leaders, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The letter of suspension issued by the party says that Yadav suspended both the MPs using the power vested in him under section 20 of the party constitution. Ram had yesterday made certain remarks against Nitish Kumar in connection with the fodder scam. Oct 3, 2013