I announce my resignation from primary membership of Congress: Jayanthi Natarajan Part - 2

Chennai, Jan 30 (ANI): Former Environment Minister and former senior Congress leader Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday announced her resignation from the primary membership of Congress. At a formal press conference in Chennai, Natarajan said that it is not the same Congress that she had joined anymore. She added that she has no issues with State party and that she was sidelined by the National High Command. She further said that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had stopped her from issuing environmental clearances to several projects; however, after she resigned Gandhi himself said at a FICCI conference that environmental clearances would be made easy now. Jan 30, 2015

I announce my resignation from primary membership of Congress: Jayanthi Natarajan Part - 3

Chennai, Jan 30 (ANI): Former Environment Minister and former senior Congress leader Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday announced her resignation from the primary membership of Congress. At a formal press conference in Chennai, Natarajan said that it is not the same Congress that she had joined anymore. She added that she has no issues with State party and that she was sidelined by the National High Command. She further said that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had stopped her from issuing environmental clearances to several projects; however, after she resigned Gandhi himself said at a FICCI conference that environmental clearances would be made easy now. Jan 30, 2015

Expert and political leaders react as Pak violates ceasefire yet again along Arnia, RS Pura sectors

New Delhi/ Bhopal, Jan 30 (ANI): Political leaders as well as Defence Expert on Friday react as Pakistan yet again violated ceasefire at Arnia and RS Pura sectors of the international borders. At least 3 civilians were injured in the firing. Congress leaders PC Chacko said that the central government has totally failed in this regard and also said that Pakistan has stopped taking India seriously now. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that Pakistan is nervous about the progress led by India and that these are the signs of the same. Meanwhile, Defence Expert SR Sinho said that Pakistan is disturbed by the closeness in relations of India with the US and also China's assurance to the nuclear armed nation. Jan 30, 2015

Investigation would be done on Jayanti Natarajan's allegations: Environment Minister

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said that the revelations made by Jayanthi Natarajan regarding the Environment Ministry are a matter of grave concern and he would review the specific files mentioned in Jayanthi's letter. In a major embarrassment for the Congress party Jayanthi Natarajan, who was sacked as Environment minister three months ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls has apparently blasted the leadership of Rahul Gandhi in a letter sent to party chief Sonia Gandhi. According to reports, the minister is likely to quit the party days ahead of the Delhi Assembly polls. Natarajan alleges the interference by Rahul Gandhi resulted in her being made the scapegoat for the government's failed attempts to revive the inert economy. Jan 30, 2015

Attempts on but no successful infiltration till now, situation little tense but under control: BSF I

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): After yet another ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the international borders, BSF Inspector General Aditya Mishra on Friday said that there have been attempts to infiltrate into Indian territory but none have been successful till time. Mishra said that the situation along the border is little tense but are under control. He also said that few civilians were injured due to shelling yesterday and also said that there can be attempts of ceasefire in future. The BSF IG also said that the Army is retaliating efficiently even as the militants are trying to come to the fence. Jan 30, 2015

AAP calls BJP's controversial ad campaign attacking Kejriwal & showing Anna Hazare dead as their ne

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): AAP leaders on Friday slammed the BJP over the later’s controversial ad campaign attacking AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal & showing Anna Hazare dead. BJP had unveiled its new advertisement campaign that targets Kejriwal and shockingly shows Hazare dead with a garlanded photo. Reacting on the same, party leader Yogendra Yadav said that such advertisements show the nervousness and fear of the BJP leaders. Ashutosh also questioned the ruling party on its acts and said that they should apologize in public for showing a living man dead in the ad. Jan 30, 2015

Reactions from political circles on Jayanti Natarajans letter

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): Reactions from political circles poured in as long time Congress loyalist and former UPA minister Jayanthi Natarajan stormed a controversy by blasting the leadership of Rahul Gandhi in a letter sent to party chief Sonia Gandhi. According to reports, the minister is likely to quit the party days ahead of the Delhi Assembly polls. Natarajan alleges the interference by Rahul Gandhi resulted in her being made the scapegoat for the government's failed attempts to revive the inert economy. Jan 30, 2015

PM Modi, President & Service Chiefs pay tribute at Rajghat

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on his death anniversary. PM Modi was accompanied by Vice President Hamid Ansari and Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Manohar Parrikar at Rajghat. President Pranab Mukherjee also laid floral wreath at the cremation spot of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. The day is also observed as Martyrs' Day. The three Service Chiefs, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha together paid tribute to Gandhiji. On this day in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated at a prayer meeting. An all-religion prayer meeting has been organised at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and Kirti Mandir in Porbandar, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. Jan 30, 2015

India does not qualify for UNSC permanent membership: Pak Foreign Ministry

Islamabad, Jan 30 (ANI): Pakistan said given its track record of human rights violation in Indian-administered Kashmir, India does not qualify for the permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Reacting on US President Barack Obama’s approval for India bring permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Pakistan Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said the issue of Security Council Reform is of vital national importance for all the United Nations Member States. However, she said, a reformed Security Council should reflect interests of the wider UN membership, and in Pakistan’s view, “the idea of new permanent members creates new centers of power and privileges, and could make the UNSC even more undemocratic.” Aslam expressed concern over the continual rise of India’s defence budget, and its “massive acquisition of conventional weapons.” Jan 30, 2015

Pakistan expresses concern over India-US nuclear deal

Wagah Border, Jan 30 (ANI): Pakistan ambassador to India, Abdul Basit expressed concern over India-US nuclear deal. Pakistan said that the deal, which was signed during President Barack Obama visit to New Delhi, would have a detrimental impact on deterrence stability in South Asia. Further, it termed the agreement a move for political and economic expediencies. Explaining his absence from New Delhi during Obama’s visit, Basit said he was on a private visit to Pakistan. Islamabad also opposed New Delhi’s bid for membership to the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. However, Basit added that Pakistan wanted good relations with India. Jan 30, 2015

Satguru Rampal Maharaj appears before court, case adjourned to March 10

Chandigarh, Jan 30 (ANI): Self styled religious leader Satguru Rampal Maharaj held on the charges of contempt of court, was produced before a court in Chandigarh. The case has been adjourned to March 10 and court has exempted the appearance of Rampal and his associates till further order. He had been wanted for ignoring more than 40 court summonses in connection with a murder case. Rampal, a former engineer had been charged with sedition and waging war against the state after a days-long siege of his sprawling compound ended in his arrest along with 450 hardcore followers on November 20 last year. Rampal heads a sect that worships the 15th-century poet and mystic Kabir, known for a message of tolerance that is followed by people of varied faiths. Jan 30, 2015

Arvind Kejriwal blames BJP for price rise

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal accused ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of rising prices of basic commodities. A huge crowd of his supporters wearing party’s signature caps and carrying party flags assembled to listen Kejriwal’s speech. Delhi goes to polls on February 7 for the second time in 14 months after Kejriwal pulled plugs on his government supported by Congress party barely 49 days into office last February. Kejriwal faces a tough challenge as the BJP has named former police officer and anti-graft activist Kiran Bedi, its chief ministerial candidate. Bedi joined the BJP last week. Meanwhile, the BJP has launched a blistering attack on main challenger, AAP and vowed to expose it by posing five questions to it daily till a day before people vote in Delhi. Jan 30, 2015

Skeletons found inside police station in UPs Unnao district

Unnao, Jan 30 (ANI): A large number of human skeletons were found inside a police station campus in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh. Police said the skeletons were body parts that were used for crime investigation and left in a room inside the police station premises, which was once store of a police hospital but was locked up for years. According to media reports, after seeing the condition of the bags and skeletons, it seems that it was kept there since a long time. Police said these are remains of bodies which undergo post-mortem and have been found inside gunny bags. Police is investigating the matter. Jan 30, 2015

Andhra Pradesh reports two swine flu deaths & at least 24 positive cases

Visakhapatnam, Jan 30 (ANI): Two swine flu deaths and 24 positive cases were reported from Andhra Pradesh, the state administration informed. Provincial Minister for Information and Public Relations (I& PR) Palle Raghunatha Reddy said that the government was monitoring the situation in port city Visakhapatnam. He added that government had taken various steps to check the spread of the virus and awareness campaign for the swine flu were increased. The minister said a state-level cabinet meeting of medical officials and doctors was held at King George Hospital of Visakhapatnam. Steps like arrangement for isolation rooms, providing adequate medicines and other materials are being taken. Swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus. H1N1 symptoms are similar to those produced by other influenza viruses - fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and respiratory problems. Jan 30, 2015