French minister at Delhi summit says climate disruption will hamper development

New Delhi, Feb 05 (ANI): French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Thursday said that efforts to reach an agreement, which is due at the United Nations summit in Paris in December, would fail if any country believed it would hurt their economic prospects. Speaking at the inaugural session of 15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) along with former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and chairman UN Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change Rajendra Pachauri, Fabius said that rich and developing nation should work step-by-step against climate disruption. Lauding Modi's efforts, Schwarzenegger said the prime minister started a solar revolution. Meanwhile, Pachauri emphasised on implementing solutions. Feb 5, 2015

Mamata Banerjee urges people of Delhi to vote for AAP in assembly elections

New Delhi, Feb 05 (ANI): Just as campaigning in Delhi came to an end on Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged the people of Delhi to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Assembly polls. Banerjee took to twitter saying, "Delhi elections on (Feb) 7. My request to all of you in Delhi to please vote for AAP. For the greater need of the country and development in Delhi." The contest in Delhi is a very close fight between the BJP and the AAP, which is fronted by Arvind Kejriwal. The AAP and the Bharatiya Janata Party are the main contenders for power in election for the 70-member Delhi assembly. Meanwhile, reacting on the same, BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Banerjee is supporting AAP because thy both represent corruption and scams. Feb 5, 2015

Srinjoy Bose resigns from TMC, gives up RS membership

New Delhi, Feb 05 (ANI): Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Srinjoy Bose, who has been granted conditional bail in the Saradha chit-fund scam, on Thursday resigned from his party and also gave up the Rajya Sabha membership. He tweeted saying, "With immediate effect, I have resigned from my membership of the Rajya Sabha. I have also decided to resign from the primary membership of the Trinamool Congress (TMC)." "During my days in custody, I finally realized that politics isn't my cup of tea. I am thankful to Didi (Mamata Banerjee) that she had thought me capable enough to make me an MP," he added. The TMC MP was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged links in the Saradha scam in November last year. Meanwhile, BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that this is the beginning of fall of TMC emperor in West Bengal. Feb 5, 2015

'Won't tolerate any discrimination', Rajnath assures Christian community leaders

New Delhi, Feb 05 (ANI): In the wake of the recent attacks on churches in the national capital, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday assured a delegation from the Christian community that the Centre would never tolerate any discrimination in the name of caste, colour, language or religion. The Home Minister took to twitter to disclose about the meeting between him and the group of leaders from Christian community, who called on him earlier today. "Met with a group of leaders from Christian community today who were concerned over the reports of attacks on churches," tweeted Rajnath. "I assured them that the present dispensation would never tolerate any discrimination in the name of caste, colour, language or religion," he added. Meanwhile, Father Dominic, the spokesperson of Delhi Catholic Archdiocese expressed grave concern over agitators being detained by the police. Feb 5, 2015

SUCI (c) cadres clash with police in Kolkata

Kolkata, Feb 05 (ANI): A Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) protest turned violent after cadres of the left party clashed with the police in Kolkata on Thursday. The protest, which was against the Mamata Banerjee-led state government, saw the agitators demand employment for all and a reduction in the price hike that the city has been witnessing in recent months. The police, after warning the crowd to disperse, lathi-charged the protestors, who fled at the onslaught. Feb 5, 2015

Shatrughan Sinha praises Kejriwal, says he is a 'good man' and that parties should avoid 'negative p

New Delhi, Feb 05 (ANI): Just two days before Delhi goes to polls, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Thursday praised the Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal. Sinha said that Kejriwal is a 'good man' and that the party's prospects are bright. He said that the fight in the national capital is between Kiran Bedi who has a clean image and has been a good officer, and Arvind Kejriwal, who too has a clean image. Further, Sinha also said that the negative campaigning that the national capital has been observing is unfortunate. He said that political parties should not indulge in mud-slinging and personal attacks but keep the politics clean. Delhi goes to polls on February 7. Counting of votes is on February 10. Feb 5, 2015

We do what we promise: Amit Shah during the last leg of campaigning for Delhi Polls

New Delhi, Feb 5 (ANI): As the campaigning for the Delhi Assembly elections are ending today, the BJP is making all out efforts to convince people to vote for their candidates. BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday during a rally claimed that the BJP government at the centre has controlled petrol prices and inflation. He added that the BJP will continue to work for the people of Delhi if brought to power. Feb 5, 2015

'Immigrant' row: Asom Gana Parishad protests against BJP

Guwahati, Feb 05 (ANI): The Asom Gana Parishad staged a protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday for referring to people hailing from the north-east as 'immigrants' in its vision document for the Delhi Assembly polls. The agitation by the Asom Gana Parishad is the latest in a series of protests against the BJP in the north-eastern parts of the country. The opposition parties, too, had criticised the BJP's 'error' and demanded an apology for the same. The BJP, however, had expressed regret for the 'typing error' in its vision document, saying the party firmly believed that people of the north-east are proud citizens of India. Feb 5, 2015

Campaigning fever on its highest as Delhi witnesses series of roadshows by political parties

New Delhi, Feb 05 (ANI): As campaigning for the Delhi assembly polls enter its last leg, party dignitaries held roadshows in the national capital in order to woo voters on Thursday. AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal held roadshow along with his supporters as he waved the crowd from his convoy. AAP supporters were seen dancing on the trending AAP track 'paanch saal Kejriwal' as they hoped for the party's victory in the assembly polls. Kejriwal thereafter, reached Lodhi Garden with his supporters and also interacted with the residents. Meanwhile, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, in an open pick-up truck, led a huge roadshow for his party, in a constituency it has held in north-west Delhi for over 20 years, Sultanpur Majra. Gandhi, was received by a large crowd waving Congress flags in the resettlement colony which has elected the party's Jaikishan to the Delhi legislature for three consecutive terms. Feb 5, 2015

Bedi on roadshow spree as high octane campaigning for Delhi polls enters last leg

New Delhi, Feb 05 (ANI): In a final push to woo voters on the last day of campaigning for the Delhi Assembly polls on Thursday, Bhartiya Janta Party's Delhi Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi is on a spree of roadshows. Bedi is scheduled to hold roadshows in Mangolpuri and will cover adjoining constituencies of Sultanpuri, Kirari, Nangloi and Mundka. She will be holding her last campaign in Krishna Nagar constituency through the afternoon till campaigning for the elections ends at 6 pm. Meanwhile, during her roadshow at Kirari constituency she came face to face with AAP supporters. As the campaigning for the Delhi Assembly elections ends this evening, BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party are making all out efforts to convince people to vote for their candidates by making promises. Feb 5, 2015

AVAM moves EC against AAP over 'funding scam'

New Delhi, Feb 05 (ANI): AAP Volunteers Action Manch (AVAM) on Thursday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission of India against the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) following allegations of a 'funding scam'. AVAM member informed that the it would also move to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) in the coming days. AVAM alleged that AAP had last year received Rs. 50 lakhs through four bogus companies that were fronts for money-laundering. Feb 5, 2015

Fearful Jews opt for 'magic kippa' in Israel

At his unisex hairdresser's shop in central Israel, Shalom Koresh carefully clips to a boy's head his latest business innovation -- a discreet skullcap for Jews fearful of anti-Semitic attacks. Duration: 00:23 Feb 5, 2015

Ex-Delhi chief minister may return, say polls

Opinion polls say leader of the anti-corruption Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal, who quit after a chaotic 49-day reign as Delhi chief minister, could return to power. Duration: 00:35 Feb 5, 2015

BJP says 'AAP making allegations in nervousness' after EC dismisses Kejriwal's apprehensions on EVM

New Delhi, Feb 05 (ANI): BJP on Thursday react and said that 'AAP is making allegations in nervousness' of getting defeated in Delhi Assembly polls after Election Commission dismissed Arvind Kejriwal's apprehensions on EVM tampering. The poll panel on Wednesday night rejected Kejriwal's claim that electronic voting machines (EVMs) can be tampered to favour BJP in the Delhi Assembly polls. The EC said such allegations are "totally incorrect and unacceptable". Kejriwal had claimed on Tuesday that discrepancies were found during a check of four such machines at Delhi Cantonment area. He had alleged that pressing of any button on the machines, the light against the BJP symbol lit up. Feb 5, 2015