BJP only party without family inheritance and with internal democracy: Amit Shah

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the ruling BJP is the only party without family inheritance and with internal democracy. He said that BJP after coming to power brought immense achievement to the nation and involved people in governance. Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah said that Modi worked for the nation in such a way that people and leaders of so many countries are looking up to India with great hope. He also said that the BJP government at the centre brought NITI Aayog replacing the Planning Commission which enhances the participation of states in formulating policies. Feb 1, 2015

Politicos react on AAP's manifesto for Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 1 (ANI): Politicos from various parties gave mixed rections a day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) released its manifesto for the upcoming Delhi polls, unleashing a slew of promises, including the passing of the Jan Lokpal Bill, enhanced security for women and full statehood for the national capital. The party also reiterated its plans of making Delhi a free Wi-Fi city, installing CCTV cameras in public transport as well as special reservations for senior citizens and the youth. Arvind Kejriwal also proposed a housing scheme post retirement for government employees and a cashless medical scheme. He also pointed out that only AAP has the political will to lower the prices of electricity. Feb 1, 2015

TV actors Ayub Khan and Smita Bansal join AAP

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): TV actors Ayub Khan and Smita Bansal joined Aam Aadmi Party and said that the citizens should now join political system for a change. Ayub Khan, from popular TV series 'Uttaran', said that the people from distant lands are joining with Arvind Kejriwal with expectation that he will bring a change. He said that Kejriwal is speaking for the common man and now is the time that people join him for a better state and nation. Meanwhile, 'Balika Vadhu' fame Smita Bansal said that its Kejriwal's views and ideology that makes people follow him. Feb 1, 2015

Thousands of school children take part in Terry Fox Fundraiser in Mumbai to fight cancer

Mumbai, Feb 01 (ANI): Around 10,000 school children took part in the 17th edition of Terry Fox Run on Sunday in Mumbai, to raise money to fight cancer. The annual charity event is organised in various cities commemorating the Canadian cancer activist Terry Fox, a cancer patient, who ran across Canada to raise money to fund research on cancer. Meanwhile, convenor of Terry Fox (India) Committee, Gul Kripalani appreciated the increased participation of people in the event over the years. The funds collected with these events go to Tata Memorial Hospital's cancer research projects who along with the Terry Fox Foundation in Canada conduct research on cancer. Feb 1, 2015

India's first double hand transplant successful, say doctors

Kochi, Feb 01 (ANI): Doctors successfully conducted India's first double hand transplant on a train accident victim in Kochi city of Kerala. The surgery was conducted at Amrita Institute of Medical Science on 30-year-old Manu, who received the hands of a 24-year-old road accident victim. Over 20 surgeons conducted the surgery that took over 16 hours over January 12 and 13. At least 110 successful hand transplants have been conducted so far in countries like US, European countries, China and Australia, since the first one in France 13 years ago. The patient, Manu, expressed his delightfulness and was eager to get back to his daily chores. Head of the Plastic Surgery Department, Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Doctor Subramania Iyer, called it a major feat for Indian doctors. He further said that both the hands were accepted by the patient's body 14 days after the surgery. Manu would be able to move his hands on his own soon and sensations will slowly return in three to four months, Dr Iyer added. Feb 1, 2015

Reactions from political circles flow in as 1984 riots panel favours re-investigation in many cases

New Delhi, Feb 1 (ANI): Days ahead of the Delhi Polls, the Centre is reportedly deciding upon setting up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe those cases which were closed by the police and did not reach courts. While the Congress and the AAP raised doubts over the timing of such revelations by the BJP government, the SAD welcomed the decision. According to reports, government-appointed committee has recommended constitution of a SIT for re-investigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases. The committee headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice (retd) GP Mathur has submitted its report to Home Minister Rajnath Singh last week and recommended fresh probe of the anti-Sikh riot cases through a Special Investigation Team, official sources said. Feb 1, 2015

Police recover cocaine from Malayalam actor Shine Tom Chacko

Kochi, Feb 01 (ANI): Police arrested Malayalam film actor, Shine Tom Chacko along with four others for possession of cocaine in Kochi city of Kerala. The police arrested the five people during a raid at a flat owned by a businessman, Muhammed Nisham. Seven grams of cocaine was recovered from their possession. The other four arrested along with Chacko have been identified as Blessy, an assistant director hailing from Bengaluru and three models-Tincy, Reshma and Sneha. While interrogation, the actor confessed to having received the drugs from Goa. Reportedly, all the five people are to be produced before a session court after police questioning. The actor was taken into custody two days back too for allegedly attempting to kill a security guard with his Hummer. Feb 1, 2015

Police destroy liquor worth 4 crores in Gujarat

Navsari, Feb 01 (ANI): Police destroyed liquor worth around Rupees 4 crores seized over a period of six months in Gujarat, also proclaimed as a dry state. Police crushed the liquor bottles, brought into an open ground in trucks, using a road roller. Gujarat is the first Indian state to implement total prohibition in 1958 over alcohol consumption. Feb 1, 2015

Sushma Swaraj advocates for greater media role in strengthening bilateral relations at India-China M

Beijing, Feb 01 (ANI): The second meeting of the India-China Media Forum was jointly inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State Council Information Office of China, Jiang Jianguo in Beijing on Sunday. The two leaders highlighted the increasingly important role of the media in enhancing the understanding about each other in their respective countries. The Chinese Minister called upon the media for an objective reporting and increase coverage on economic cooperation. About 40 journalists, twenty from each side are participating in the Media Forum. Following the same, the two ministers also witnessed a photo exhibition showcasing India-china relations in recent years. Feb 1, 2015

Indo-China relation has grown beyond bilateral and regional dimension and covers entire information

Beijing, Feb 01 (ANI): Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is on a three-day visit to China, on Sunday, suggested a six-point template for India and China to build their relations upon and to realise the dream of an 'Asian Century'. Swaraj said that the Indo-China relation has grown beyond bilateral and regional dimension and today covers entire information spectrum. Swaraj who is accompanied on the trip by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, said that India would make it easier for Chinese companies to do business in the country and expect that similar encouragement would be given to Indian companies to expand their business in China. Feb 1, 2015

Japan's Defence Minister says video showing beheading of Japanese journalist 'appears genuine'

Tokyo, Feb 01 (ANI): A video purporting to show the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants appears genuine, Defence Minister Gen Nakatani said on Sunday. Islamic State militants said on Saturday that they had beheaded Goto, after the failure of international efforts to secure his release through a prisoner swap. The hardline Islamist group released a video which seemed to show the beheaded body of Goto and threatened further attacks on Japanese targets. Japan condemned the actions of the militants and said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet would meet in response to the video, which showed a hooded man standing over Goto with a knife to his throat, followed by footage of a head put on the back of a human body. Meanwhile, Goto's brother said that he was saddened on the loss and that he had hoped to welcome Kenji back to Japan. Feb 1, 2015

SAD delegation meets Rajnath Singh demanding justice in 1984 Anti-Sikh Riot Case

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): A delegation of members of Shiromani Akali Dal on Sunday met Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh over 1984 Anti-Sikh Riot Case. The leaders visited Singh demanding justice in the case. Delhi SAD (B) President Manjit Singh said that the home ministry received their recommendation and has said that he will ensure justice in the case. Earlier, A government-appointed committee has recommended constitution of a SIT for re-investigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases. According to sources, the committee headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice (retd) G P Mathur has submitted its report to Rajnath Singh last week and recommended fresh probe of the anti-Sikh riot cases through a Special Investigation Team. Feb 1, 2015

EC issues show cause notice to AAP

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): The Election Commission (EC) has issued a show cause notice to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for violating the Model Code of Conduct. The notice was reportedly issued after Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay complained about the AAP's posters depicting his party's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi without her permission. The AAP has been asked to submit its reply by Monday, failing which the poll panel would take action against it. Kiran Bedi had earlier sent a legal notice to her rival Kejriwal for using her images in AAP's posters without her permission. Adding to the party's woes, a police complaint had also been filed against AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Saturday for allegedly making sexist comments against Bedi at a recent rally held in the national capital. Feb 1, 2015

Snow trekking thrills tourists in Shimla

Shimla, Feb 01 (ANI): A fresh spell of snow in Himachal Pradesh has attracted a large number of tourists and adventure sports lovers to undertake snow trekking in the serene beauty of the picturesque valley. Snow trekking is a popular adventure sport among tourists in hill town of Shimla. On Sunday, tourists trekked along the snow-capped mountains while being careful about the slippery terrain. A tourist Archana Singh said that the sight of the mighty Himalayas has thrilled them. Chilly winds could not dampen the spirit of the revelers as they were seen frolicking in the snow. Snow Adventure Sports Expert Jampa Negi said snow sports was a major attraction for tourists thronging the state in winters. Winter sports include skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, ice climbing, trekking and others. Feb 1, 2015

Delhi Polls: BJPs CM candidate Kiran Bedi holds roadshow in Krishna Nagar constituency

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, Kiran Bedi on Sunday held a roadshow in Krishna Nagar constituency. Accompanied by BJP leader Harsh Vardhan, the former IPS officer waved at the residents as she made her way through the lanes in the area. Bedi promised to work for the development of the national capital if brought to power. The elections for 70-member Delhi Assembly will take place on February 7 while the results will be announced on February 10. Feb 1, 2015