I asked Jayanthi Natarajan to save environment and tribals, not scared to protect them: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Feb 4 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, broke his silence on Wednesday (February 04) days after a senior Congress leader Jayanthi Natarajan questioned his leadership in a letter to a newspaper before resigning. In a letter to party president, Sonia Gandhi, former Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan had alleged that she received "specific requests" from Rahul Gandhi's office on environmental clearances. Rahul Gandhi said he had asked her to protect the rights of tribals. Feb 4, 2015

Jayant Sinha calls for innovative ideas to tackle environmental problems

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha on Wednesday called for sustainable development, stressing on the need to adopt innovative ideas to solve environmental problems. Addressing the 15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi, Sinha said that water scarcity, pollution and climate change were major challenges to sustainable development. Sinha invited country's entrepreneurs and innovators to bring about a change in several important areas like power, transportation, etc. He also stressed on the need to put solar panels, electric cars to better use in order to prevent pollution. India, the world's third largest carbon emitter, is reluctant to follow the United States and China in committing to a peak year for emissions on the grounds it needs economic growth to alleviate poverty. Feb 4, 2015

Want to deliver justice to 1984 riots victims, not doing it because of polls: PM Modi

New Delhi, Feb 4 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed a rally at Ambedkar Nagar. The Prime Minister said that his party wants to deliver justice to the victims of 1984 riots. The Congress, BJP and Aam Aadmi Party go head-to-head in the Delhi assembly polls scheduled to be held on February 7. The counting of votes will take place on February 10 while the last day of campaigning is February 5. Feb 4, 2015

Rival parties trying to provoke people of northeast to gain political mileage: Modi

New Delhi, Feb 4 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed a rally at Ambedkar Nagar. The Prime Minister said that the rival parties are trying to politicize a small error which the BJP has already admitted. He added that the rival parties are trying to gain political mileage by provoking the people of North East. Feb 4, 2015

KMSS protests against BJP terming North-East people as 'immigrants'

Guwahati, Feb 04 (ANI): The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a peasant organization based in Assam, on Wednesday staged a protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party, expressing its disapproval towards the 'vision document' printed by the party for the upcoming Delhi assembly elections, which referred to people hailing from the North-East as ' immigrants'. Akhil Gogoi, General Secretary of the KMSS led the protest with hundreds of supporters following him, carrying banners which read 'Modi ji, change your mindset' and 'We oppose BJP's vision NE people as foreigners'. Earlier in the day, BJP on Wednesday expressed regret for the alleged typing error in the 'vision document' for the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections, which resulted in the referring of the people hailing from the North-East as ' immigrants '. Feb 4, 2015

Women's wing of AAP organises bike rally as a show of strength in Krishna Nagar

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): In a show of strength, the women's wing of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) organised a bike rally in New Delhi on Wednesday, ahead of assembly elections in the city. This bike rally was organised in Krishna Nagar, the constituency from where the chief ministerial candidate of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kiran Bedi, is contesting elections. Delhi goes to polls on February 7 for the second time in 14 months after AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal pulled plugs on his government supported by Congress party barely 49 days into office last February. AAP supporters from across the country converged in the capital to take part in the rally. Bollywood actress and member of AAP from Chandigarh city, Gul Panag, led the rally riding her trademark Bullet bike, wearing a red jacket. Panag was accompanied by scores of women riding two-wheelers. AAP leader Shefali Mishra said that only Kejriwal could make empowerment of women in Delhi a reality. Feb 4, 2015

NE Immigrants Row: BJP believes that NE people are proud citizens of India, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Telecom Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday while addressing a press conference in the national capital said that BJP firmly believes that all the North-eastern people are proud citizens of India and the party has always walked a mile to ensure their safety and security. Taking a jibe at AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, Prasad added that AAP has allegedly claimed to be a custodian of certain standards, however has failed to abide by those standards. Feb 4, 2015

Sunanda Pushkar's son to be interrogated by SIT

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Sunanda Pushkar's son, Shiv Menon, is expected to be interrogated by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Delhi Police on Wednesday in connection with a probe related to her death in January last year. Sunanda's husband and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, television journalist Nalini Singh and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh have been interrogated by the SIT so far. Last month, the police had said 51-year-old Sunanda was poisoned. A case of murder was registered on January 6. Sunanda, who was found dead in the five-star Leela Hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014, was married to Tharoor for a little less than four years. Feb 4, 2015

CPI (M) to support AAP to counter Congress, BJP

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday pledged support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly polls on those seats from where it is not contesting the elections, saying the decision is aimed at keeping the BJP and Congress out of power in the national capital. The elections for the 70-member Delhi Assembly will be held in a single phase on February 7. The counting of votes will take place on February 10. The last day of campaigning is February 5. Feb 4, 2015

At least nine dead after TransAsia airplane crashes into Taipei River

London, Feb 04 (ANI): A Taiwanese TransAsia Airways flight with more than 50 people aboard hit a bridge and crashed into a river near the capital Taipei on Wednesday morning, leaving at least nine people dead. According to media reports, the domestic flight ATR-72, carrying 53 passengers and five crew members, had just taken off from Taipei Songshan Airport and was headed to the outlying Kinmen islands, just off the coast of south-east China. Reportedly, the plane lost contact with flight controllers before it crashed into Keelung River near the city's downtown Sungshan airport. Rescue teams rushed to help survivors of the plane crash. Many passengers were wounded in the mishap. Reports suggest that there are still people trapped inside the plane. Feb 4, 2015

Kashmir Valley remains cut off due to heavy snowfall

Poonch, Feb 04 (ANI): Heavy snowfall continued for the fourth consecutive day in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday (February 04), throwing normal life out of gear. The Srinagar-Jammu highway remained shut as a result hundreds of trucks carrying essential commodities could not reach the godowns and markets. Srinagar-Jammu highway is an arterial road that connects Kashmir to the rest of the country making it a route of extreme importance- both for the state's economy and defence personnel. Another important link, Mughal Road, which connects Poonch and Rajouri districts with Shopian in the valley, was also shut down due to thick snow. People living in remote villages have been cut off from the rest of the state leading to depleting ration supplies and inaccessibility to essential services. Feb 4, 2015

AAP's alleged donor files defamation case against AWAM for wrong allegations

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): AAP's alleged donor for money which is being called as 'hawal' money by opposition parties, Jaskeerat Mann Kaur, on Wednesday rebuked AWAM for spreading wrong information among media. Kaur said that a defamation case has been filed against AWAM members and challenged them to produce a proof for their allegations. She even said that AAP has nothing to do with any mishandling regarding bank transactions. Kaur also demanded for a clarification from AWAM within 24 hours about the fake cheques which they showed against AAP alleging money laundering. Feb 4, 2015