Even BJP knew of ___opportunistic___ Nitish___s intentions: BJP

Patna, Sep 14 (ANI): Even as Bihar Chief, Nitish Kumar on Saturday said that Gujarat Chief, Narendra Modi___s elevation as BJP___s PM candidate was not at all surprising, Bihar BJP Leader, Giriraj Singh hit back at Nitish saying even BJP knew of opportunistic Nitish___s intentions. Sep 14, 2013

Rajnath Singh promises economy boost up in BJP regime

Mumbai, Sep 14 (ANI): Addressing the party workers, BJP President Rajnath Singh, on the backdrop of failing economy in the country, promised that economy under the BJP government will boost up and will be looked upon by the foreign countries. He further criticized the UPA government for devastating the earlier flaring economy during Atal Bihari Vajpaee's governance. Sep 14, 2013

AP Singh draws flak over remark on character of women

New Delhi/Bhopal, Sep 14 (ANI): Defence lawyer of Delhi gang rape convicts AP Singh drew flak from women activists over his remark on character of women. Even though his remarks were highly criticized as "patriarchal" and "misogynistic", Singh stood by his comment that he has the guts to burn his daughter or sister alive, if she indulges into pre-marital sex. The lawyer faced public ire after his hysterical presentation of the Delhi gang rape case. Singh___s clients were sentenced to death for rape, murder and destruction of evidence on Friday by a fast track court in New Delhi. Sep 14, 2013

PM hands over newly-built flats to slum dwellers in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Sep 14 (ANI): Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh distributed keys of newly-built flats to slum dwellers in Chandigarh on Saturday while adding that the central government aims to provide 1 million houses to the poor. Singh handed over documents to the beneficiaries in Dhanas area of the union territory under the slum rehabilitation scheme and said that the aim for such initiatives is to work towards a slum-free India. He added that rapid urbanisation was putting pressure on urban centres. Under the scheme, a total of 8,448 flats ware expected to be handed over to slum dwellers. The flats built under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewable Mission (JNNURM) by the Chandigarh Housing Board are expected to accommodate over 40,000 people. Sep 14, 2013

At least BJP work under local pressure, unlike Congress___s foreign pressure: Naqvi

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): After Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh took a shot at BJP and said that Narendra Modi___s anointment comes in the backdrop of diktat from RSS, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that At least BJP work under the pressure of local party and administration, unlike Congress Party which work under the pressure of foreign leadership. After shooting an indirect comment on Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Naqvi said that the party is in unison and that there is no objection on Modi. Sep 14, 2013

Normalcy returns in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar, authorities relax curfew

Muzaffarnagar, Sep 14 (ANI): Normalcy returned to violence-hit Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh as the district administration relaxed curfew for few hours at many places. People swarmed grocery shops and drove down the streets as authorities relaxed the curfew for four hours on Saturday. However, Rashtriya Lok Dal leader, Sanjay Singh Chauhan, said that the situation is still unstable even as life is gradually limping back to normal. Communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar district killed at least 38 people and had forced hundreds to flee their homes. Sep 14, 2013

Kashmir observes shutdown in protest against human rights violation

Srinagar, Sep 14 (ANI): Residents of Kashmir observed shutdown on Saturday in protest against the recent incidents of violence in the state's Shopian district and repeated human rights violations, which was taking place in the province. All shops, business establishments, educational institutions in the state were shut as public transport also ceased services in the state. The shutdown call was given by Hardliner Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to protest against human rights violations in the state. A resident, Irfan said that there was need to stop the atrocities that were being committed against the residents in the valley. Leader of Peoples Democratic Party, the main opposition in the state, Mehbooba Mufti attempted to visit Shopian on Wednesday (September 11) but was stopped from entering the district due to it being under curfew for the last few days. Sep 14, 2013

Modi seeks people___s blessings to end economic crisis, other parties refrain from attacking

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): BJP___s Narendra Modi has sought people___s good wishes to end economic crisis in the county. Modi said this after he was selected as BJP___s prime ministerial candidate on Friday. Meanwhile, the Congress said Modi___s selection was internal matter of the BJP and they are not bothered by their decisions. On its part, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) obliquely said BJP wanted to rake up hardcore communal agenda to gain political mileage in the coming elections. Meanwhile, the JD (U), a strong former partner of the BJP in the NDA contended that secularism was soul of the country and Modi___s elevation should not mean communal politics. Sep 14, 2013

India hails gallows for four found guilty in gang rape case

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): Indians hailed the death sentence given to four men for raping and murdering a woman in New Delhi last December, satisfying a public clamour for them to be hanged for a crime that forced India to confront its culture of violence against women. Locals lauded the death penalty given to the four men and added that a strong message was sent across the society. Sep 14, 2013

Modi___s elevation will prove beneficial for Congress: Md Adeeb

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): A day after BJP announced Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, ignoring concerns and objections by party___s senior leader LK Advani, Rajya Sabha MP Md Adeeb said on Saturday that Modi___s anointment will prove beneficial for the Congress and that it is definitely going to be a third term for UPA government. Further, he said that any secular minister and citizen won___t like a fascist leader like Modi and that this was the concern of Advani which was rejected by the BJP, working under diktat of the RSS. Sep 14, 2013

Atul Anjan criticizes BJP-Congress PM candidature tussle

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): As the BJP and Congress tussle is doing the rounds on the question of who will be the next PM candidate from the respective parties, CPI leader Atul Anjan said on Saturday that BJP is hyping the situation and that it seems like Narendra Modi is just about to take PM oath. On the other hand, He also criticized Congress and said that they are playing the same game as in the last session and are not being transparent about their policies. Sep 14, 2013

Neelam Katara on Delhi Gang Rape & its defense lawyer

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): Reacting over the statement of Delhi Gangrape case defense lawyer AP Singh, who said he would have burnt his daughter alive had she returned home with her boyfriend late at night and was involved in pre-marital sex, Social Activist Neelam Katara said that this is the typical patriarchal mentality which has not changed. She also added that women are considered as an object or a property in the Indian society. Sep 14, 2013