Obama says good US-India ties are no threat to China, Indian government backs him

New Delhi, Feb 02 (ANI): The BJP government on Monday backed US President Barack Obama's statement that there is no reason for Beijing to be threatened by a good relationship between New Delhi and Washington. The US President said he has continuously emphasized that it is very much in America's interest to see a peaceful rise of China. Feb 2, 2015

Bike stunts, car pulling attract people to rural sports festival in Punjab

Ludhiana, Feb 02 (ANI): Spectators thronged Punjab state to witness various stunts on bikes, cycles and horses during the 79th edition of Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival. Also known as 'Rural Olympics', the sporting festival attracts athletes who compete with each other and perform stunts. The sporting event started in 1933 with just wrestling and athletics. Now the event showcases a plethora of rural and modern sports. The weightlifting event also comes with a twist as instead of standard weights, participants lift tyres, wooden stairs, bicycles and large logs of wood. Over the years, this sporting event has assumed huge popularity with people coming to see and participate from all over Punjab and neighbouring states. Apart from sports, the tournament also saw dance performances as part of cultural events to showcase rich Indian tradition. Feb 2, 2015

PM Modi calls himself 'lucky' during his Delhi rally, Politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 02 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday react as Prime Minister Narendra Modi called himself 'lucky' exhorting the residents to throw their lot with his 'lucky' government. Congress said that he may be lucky but that does not do any good for the people of the nation. The party went on to say that the BJP government is proving to be unlucky for the people. BJD leader Jay Panda said that he agrees with the same and that Modi is lucky as he has taken the nation upward. Feb 2, 2015

AAP holds meeting over BJP advertisement issue, to file complaint with EC

New Delhi, Feb 02 (ANI): AAP leaders on Monday held a meeting at AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal's residence in Kaushambi to discuss the issue of BJP's casteist advertisement. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that the meeting was held to discuss further action over the advertisement and added that the party will file a complaint with Election Commission in this regard. He further raised the issue of Kiran Bedi's campaign manager Narendra Tandon's resignation and said that if Tandon, who has been a loyalist of BJP since long, could not work under Bedi how she can lead the people of Delhi. Feb 2, 2015

HC issues notice to Kejriwal and EC on furnishing false information

New Delhi, Feb 02 (ANI): Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to Election Commission as well as AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on the plea of Congress leader Kiran Walia. Walia had filed a plea over false information furnished by Kejriwal with regard to his residential address. AAP leader Ashutosh said that the party holds the Court high and will give a proper reply to the notice. Meanwhile, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that the people of Delhi have already issued a notice to Kejriwal as he will not be able to cross single digit seats in the polls. Feb 2, 2015

Bihar CM raises controversy over age-assets, BJP reacts

New Delhi, Feb 02 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has once again raised controversy regarding his age and assets been filed with the Election Commission. BJP leaders GVL Narasimha Rao and Nalin Kohli condemned Manjhi's way of disobeying the EC. Rao said that the Election Commission should be careful that the information furnished by candidates is uniform in all affidavits so that no leader can cheat in such matters. Kohli said that Bihar is in a sorry state under Manjhi's leadership who keeps changing his information. Feb 2, 2015

At least 10 boys' heads tonsured as punishment at school's hostel in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Feb 02 (ANI): In another case of alleged corporal punishment in a school of Bengaluru, at least 10 boys' heads were tonsured by hostel authorities. Two boys, brothers studying in a reputed school of Bengaluru, have alleged that their heads were shaved by staff of the school hostel as punishment for not attending classes. A complaint has been filed and investigation is underway. When contacted, the school's rector said the heads of five boys were shaved with their consent for hygienic reason. Feb 2, 2015

AAP slams Kiran Bedi as her poll campaign in-charge resigns even as BJP refutes claims of rift in pa

New Delhi/ Kaushambi, Feb 02 (ANI): AAP slammed BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, Kiran Bedi after her poll campaign in-charge Narendra Tandon resigned on Monday. AAP said that if the party leaders cannot handle Bedi for a few days, there is no way that the national capital can tolerate her governance. Meanwhile, BJP Spokesperson Harish Khurana refuted claims and said that Tandon has this habit of resigning on every issue and that there is nothing t o worry over the same. He said that Tandon has been part of the campaign committee which is headed by Anil Jain and that he was given the additional responsibility of managing Bedi's campaign soon after her induction into the party. Feb 2, 2015

Politicos react as BJP is likely to release its vision document for Delhi polls today

New Delhi, Feb 02 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday react as BJP is likely to release its vision document for assembly elections in Delhi. The vision document is being released instead of a poll manifesto by the party for the upcoming polls. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that Delhi being the national capital needs involvement from the centre for its development and that the vision document will take the city to new levels. However, AAP called it an excuse by the BJP for not working for the people of Delhi. The party also said that BJP's improper advertisements already show the party's vision. Feb 2, 2015

AAP, Congress slam BJP's new ad attacking Kejriwal over caste even as BJP calls it AAP's 'poll strat

New Delhi, Feb 02 (ANI): AAP and Congress on Monday slammed BJP's new advertisement wherein the party took potshots at Kejriwal's dharna just before the Republic Day in 2014, and his demanding an invitation for the Republic Day parade this year. In the small text below the cartoon, the BJP called Kejriwal of upadravi gotra (anarchist gotra). AAP said that BJP should apologise for the act and withdraw the ad failing which the party will move the EC. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, said making issues out of religion and caste reflect BJP's true nature. Meanwhile, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that using caste is AAP's strategy to attract votes towards their side. Feb 2, 2015

BJP vision document will be a vision for Delhi to become world class city by 2050: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Feb 02 (ANI): BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, Kiran Bedi on Monday said that the party's vision document will implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi's and her vision. She said that the document will be a vision for Delhi to become a world class city by 2050. BJP is likely to release its vision document for the national capital which will list the party's development plans today. The vision document is being released instead of a poll manifesto by the party for the upcoming Assembly polls. Feb 2, 2015

Blast rocks Assam leaving three injured

Hailakandi, Feb 02 (ANI): At least three persons were injured in a powerful explosion in Hailakandi district of Assam. The bomb, which exploded near a police station, was planted in a shop in the busy market of the town. Police has launched an investigation in the incident. The southern part of Hailakandi district bordering Mizoram is affected by Bru (Reang) militants. Assam is one of the seven states that make up India's restive remote northeast. Feb 2, 2015

Speeding bus mows down three people in Andhra Pradesh

East Godavari, Feb 02 (ANI): An over speeding bus mowed down at least three people in Andhra Pradesh. The accident occurred when the bus broke traffic signal and hit people in East Godavari. The driver immediately fled the spot. The four injured persons have been admitted to a local hospital. Police has registered the case and investigation is underway to nab the culprits. Feb 2, 2015

Goa police arrest Italian national, recover drug worth millions

Panaji, Feb 02 (ANI): Anti-narcotics cell of police in Goa arrested a 54-year-old Italian national and recovered drug worth one hundred million from him. Acting on a tip-off, a raid was conducted in Anjuna beach area during which accused Vincenzo Rainone was caught red-handed. Later his house was searched where police found 30,000 LSD papers (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) and liquid LSD. This is one of the major seizures of LSD papers by the Goa police. The accused had been visiting Goa on business and tourist visas since last 14 years. Rainone will be produced before court for police remand. Feb 2, 2015