Politicos react as more Censor Board members resign

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Politicos gave mixed reactions on Saturday as 9 more members of the CBFC resigned a day after its Chairperson Leela Samson’s resignation. On Friday, Leela Samson had resigned citing reasons of ‘interference and corruption’ after the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) apparently cleared the controversial film Messenger of God (MSG) that stars Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Jan 17, 2015

We resigned in support of Leela Samson: Ira Bhaskar

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Outgoing Central Board of Film Certfication (CBFC) member Ira Bhaskar on Saturday said the resignation of all members was in support of Leela Samson, the former chairperson of the statutory board. She also said that a joint letter of resignation in which nine people have signed was submitted. Bhaskar, a professor of cinema studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University also cleared that the reason for resignation was not the movie Messenger of God (MSG). Bhaskar also said that the Board continued working on extension even after its term was over. Bhaskar resigned on Friday after Leela Samson stepped down as the board's chairperson. She cited the discrepancies in board as the reason for her deciding to quit. Jan 17, 2015

Politicos present a differing view as opinion poll predicts hung assembly in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday presented a differing view even as opinion poll predicted a hung assembly in Delhi. A fresh opinion poll has predicted a hung assembly in Delhi with BJP finishing with 34 seats and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stuck at 28 seats, the same as last time. Congress leader PC Chacko said that the mood of people of Delhi is different and that they have been seeing the condition of the national capital since past few months. He said that the people of Delhi will bring up something major for Congress. Meanwhile, BJP too had a differentiating opinion on this. The party leaders said that Delhi will give clear mandate and that the party will emerge victorious. Jan 17, 2015

Reactions come in as Pune McDonalds throws out a street kid willing to buy Fanta float

New Delhi/ Jaipur, Jan 17 (ANI): Reactions come in as Pune McDonalds restaurant threw out a street kid who was willing to buy a Fanta float. Child rights activist and Congress leader called it inappropriate and against the very fabric of Indian Constitution. Although, following the shameful act, McDonalds India said that appropriate action would be taken in case of any act of breach. The McDonalds India issued a statement wherein it said, “We shall be examining if our employees have in any manner breached basic courtesy and respect and take appropriate action. We wish to affirm that we treasure and respect everyone in equal measure and do not support any form of discrimination. We are investigating internally an issue that has been reported on an incident involving a street child.” Jan 17, 2015

Police arrest Islamic State sympathiser in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 17 (ANI): Police in Hyderabad arrested an Islamic State (IS) sympathiser when he was about to board a flight to Dubai. The police detained 22-year-old engineer Salman Moinuddin at the airport. After interrogation, police said Moinuddin confessed that he was going to join the IS along with his British-national girlfriend Nicky Joseph. They had planned to meet in Dubai and then travel to Syria through Turkey. Sudarshan added an investigation is underway in the matter. However, Moinuddin’s father evaded questions from media. Jan 17, 2015

NC MLA Abdul Majid Larmi attacked by suspected militants

Kulgam, Jan 17 (ANI): National Conference MLA Abdul Majid Larmi was shot at by suspected militants in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Saturday. Larmi's PSO was injured in the incident. The minister was rushed to a hospital in Anantnag and is undergoing treatment. Police is investigating in the matter to find out about the attackers and purpose behind the same. Further details are awaited. Jan 17, 2015

Mukteswar Dance Festival attracts tourists in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Jan 17 (ANI): Tourists from across the world thronged Bhubaneswar city which hosted a three-day annual traditional dance festival this week. Classical Odissi dancers perform in the backdrop of the ancient Mukteswar temple. Named after the temple, the annual Mukteswar Dance Festival is very popular among foreign tourists who come here to witness India’s traditional dance forms. The festival featured both male and female performances in solos, duets and groups, in the backdrop of the 9th-10th century Mukteswar temple which was lit, giving the dances an eerie yet heavenly feel. Jan 17, 2015

Rajasthan on alert after spurt in swine flu cases

Jaipur, Jan 17 (ANI): Authorities in Rajasthan have been on alert after a spurt in swine flu cases. So far, seven people have died due to swine flu in the state this year. The administration has set up special counters in premier hospitals and deputed special teams of doctors to monitor the situation. Health officials said the virus had weakened in the past two-three years, but its re-emergence was a cause for alarm. The premier Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur has examined 44 samples of swine flu and admitted seven of them since January 01, 2015. Swine flu is caused by the H1N1 virus. H1N1 symptoms are similar to those produced by other influenza viruses - fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and respiratory problems. Jan 17, 2015

Seven Maoist sympathisers surrender in Chhattisgarh

Bijapur, Jan 17 (ANI): Seven Maoist sympathisers surrendered before authorities in Chhattisgarh, a senior police official said. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force, Komal Singh said the surrendered Maoist sympathisers would be rehabilitated and provided monetary assistance as per government schemes. Chhattisgarh is a hotbed of Maoist rebels and security forces have mounted major operations against them. The Maoists, also known as Naxals in India, are inspired by the political philosophy of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong. They say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. Jan 17, 2015

Foggy morning in Delhi: road traffic, train and flight schedules affected

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Delhi woke up to another foggy morning on Saturday disrupting normal life. Apart from road traffic, 68 flights were delayed and six cancelled. The fog also affected the movement of trains with more than 50 delayed and eight rescheduled. The minimum temperature early on Saturday morning was recorded at 8.4 degrees Celsius. The national capital had also witnessed a foggy morning on Friday. Jan 17, 2015

Kiran Bedi on Delhi elections

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Days after joining BJP, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi on Saturday stressed on the need for ensuring women’s security and cleanliness in the city. Bedi also said that the upcoming election is not a war and people have to decide whom they want to choose for the betterment of the national capital. Jan 17, 2015

McDonalds Pune outlet throws street kid out for trying to buy Fanta float

Pune/ New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): A McDonalds restaurant in Pune reportedly threw a street kid out when he entered the joint to buy a Fanta float. The incident was described in detail through a Facebook post, by a customer, who had brought the child with her into the restaurant. The woman in her post on a discussion thread on Reddit also alleged that the employees were rude to her as well for bringing the kid into the joint's premise. The street child was forced out of the restaurant but the woman still bought him the Fanta float and gave it to him outside the restaurant, she claimed. The staff of the JM Road outlet, however, refused to comment on the issue. This is the second such incident at the outlet, which has been reported in the last six months. Jan 17, 2015

PM Modi says committed to meeting budget deficit goal

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that he is committed to meeting this year's budget deficit target, welcoming a cut in interest rates by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on the back of falling inflation. In a speech, Modi said his government would cut wasteful spending, streamline the payment of welfare benefits and raise investment in roads and railways to boost economic growth in Asia's third-largest economy. Modi's comments signalled his assent to RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan's call for "sustained high quality fiscal consolidation" as a condition for further monetary easing after a surprise quarter-point cut on Thursday. The 64-year-old prime minister said it would be difficult to revive economic growth but promised to deliver incremental reforms. Jan 17, 2015

Cashier spikes tea of three colleagues, drives off with Rs 2cr

Mumbai, Jan 17 (ANI): An employee of a security agency allegedly spiked the tea of his three colleagues on a cash delivery van and scooted with Rs 2 crore after his accomplices waylaid the vehicle in Vile Parle on Friday. Police said the incident took place in Western Express Highway late Friday night and a hunt was on to nab the prime accused Sadre Alam and his three associates. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Virendra Mishra, said Alam asked his three colleagues to stop the van at Worli under pretext of some work and later brought tea for his colleagues, which was spiked with sedatives. Mishra said Alam and his three associates entered the van after two guards fell conscious and the driver felt drowsy. The accused opened the security locker with help of Alam and decamped with the cash. Jan 17, 2015

South Korea's outlaw tattoo artists

Tattoos have hit the mainstream in South Korea but the law is lagging behind, leaving the growing number of Korean tattoo artists vulnerable to prosecution on the whim of local authorities. Jan 17, 2015