Bengaluru police arrests one NDFB militant

Bengaluru, Jan 24 (ANI): One NDFB militant was arrested by Bengaluru police based on information provided by the Assam investigating agencies. Bengaluru Police Commissioner MN Reddi said that the militant was arrested police with the help from Assam intelligence. He added that the militant is an active member of a terrorist cell and had participated in the recent massacre in Assam. He further said that the militant will be handed over to the Assam police. Jan 24, 2015

US President has warned Pak because of India's diplomacy approach, says Rajnath Singh

Haridwar, Jan 24 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday while speaking on US President Barack Obama's warning to Pakistan, said that it is the result of India's diplomatic approach. Reportedly, Obama has asked Pakistan to ensure that there is no cross-border terror incident during his trip to India and had subtly warned of "consequences" if any such attack is traced back to the country. Obama will arrive in New Delhi on January 25 to take part in Republic Day celebrations on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will be the first US President to attend the grand celebrations on January 26. Jan 24, 2015

BJP chief eyes election win in Bihar

Patna, Jan 24 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party Chief Amit Shah on Saturday claimed that his party would form government in Bihar, which will go to polls later this year. Shah said the BJP had launched a drive to enlist 7.5 million people as its members to win more that 185 seats. The BJP chief also slammed a news channel 'Aaj Tak' that predicted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) victory in Delhi polls. Next month's polls in the national capital will be a direct fight between BJP and AAP after the Congress party, which ruled Delhi for 15 years, recorded its worst performance bagging only eight seats in the last Delhi elections. Jan 24, 2015

US President Barack Obama cancels Agra visit

Lucknow/ Agra, Jan 24 (ANI): US President Barack Obama on Saturday cancelled his upcoming visit of Agra after reportedly being unhappy over the security arrangements in the city. According to reports, the security chief who was organising President Obama's Agra visit received a letter stating that the advisors of the visiting dignitary were allegedly unhappy over a 150 metre stretch near the Taj Mahal that he would have had to walk. No vehicle is allowed upto the main outer gate of the mausoleum. However, Principal Secretary (Home) of Uttar Pradesh Debasish Panda said an official confirmation about cancellation of Obama’s visit has not yet been received. President Obama was originally supposed to visit the Taj Mahal on January 27. Jan 24, 2015

Kejriwal disappointed over Republic Day snub, BJP says no protocol of inviting former CMs

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday expressed displeasure at not being invited for the Republic Day celebrations. He said that he wished to attend the Republic Day celebrations, but was not invited. However, reacting over the Republic Day snub, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that there is no protocol of inviting former chief ministers and if Kejriwal wants to attend the republic day parade, then invitation on demand can be issued. BJP leader Anil Baluni also expressed similar sentiments. Jan 24, 2015

Heavy snowfall disrupts normal life in northern India

Shimla/ Rajouri, Jan 24 (ANI): Heavy snowfall in northern India blocked roads, snapped electricity lines and disrupted normal life. Rooftops and roads in Narkanda area of Shimla city in Himachal Pradesh were covered in snow. Temperatures dropped to subzero levels and even the water in the pipelines was frozen. The roads became dangerous to drive or walk on as a layer of ice had formed on them. Residents also complained that heavy snow damaged their roofs. Meanwhile, residents in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir were forced to stay indoors due to plummeting temperatures and blocked roads. Heavy snowfall in the region blocked main connecting roads and people experienced difficulties to go for work. Jan 24, 2015

Politicos react as Nitish Kumar smells conspiracy in Muzaffarpur violence

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react after JD (U) senior leader Nitish Kumar alleged ‘conspiracy’ behind arson in Azizpur village that claimed four lives. While BJP said that Kumar and the party should look into the devastated political condition and deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar rather than taking support of his usual ‘controversy theory’. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi indirectly attacked BJP and said that there is only one party which is responsible for spreading communal tensions. Jan 24, 2015

Saradha Scam: Politicos react as TMC MP Debabrata Bandyopadhyay puts party in spot

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react as the number of dissenters seems to grow in Trinamool Congress. The party's Rajya Sabha MP Debabrata Bandyopadhyay had said he believed that those arrested in the Saradha scam may indeed be involved. BJP leaders Sambit Patra and Siddharth Nath Singh said that there certainly is unrest in TMC because of the autocratic nature of Mamata Banerjee. Congress leader PC Chacko said that there must be conflict of interest in TMC which resulted in such statements. CPI leader D Raja said that Banerjee should better look into such matters. Jan 24, 2015

Police rescue 250 children in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 24 (ANI): Police on Saturday (January 24) rescued 250 children in Hyderabad who were forced to work as child labourers in industries. These children were rescued during a massive search operation carried out by the police in different locations of the city. Most of the children were from Bihar, aged between eight and 13 years. These children were brought to Hyderabad after paying an advance of rupees 5000 (USD 81.40) to rupees 10,000 (USD 162.80) to their parents. Child labour is getting common in India, where slavery ranges from bonded labour in quarries and kilns to domestic work and commercial sex exploitation. Child rights campaigners say the 2006 law has never been properly implemented or enforced. Jan 24, 2015

Political leaders condemn Digvijay Singh for calling AAP as B team of BJP

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react as Congress leader Digvijay Singh tweeted calling AAP as ‘B team’ of BJP. He said that AAP is the ‘B Team’ of BJP and the Congress had ‘chosen a lesser evil’ by supporting Arvind Kejriwal in forming the government in Delhi in 2013. BJP leaders slammed the Congress leader and said that instead of thinking about other parties, Singh and party leadership should take care of their ‘alphabets’ and get in place their agenda. Meanwhile, AAP leader Ashutosh said that Digvijay Singh is acting like Subramanian Swamy of BJP and that he should stop making such statements. Jan 24, 2015

Gujarat govts circular to schools on compulsory Saraswati Puja raises controversy

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Gujarat government has issued a circular to schools on performing a compulsory ‘Saraswati Puja’ on the day of Basant Panchmi. AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas and Ashutosh have condemned this act of the government saying that government should not force people to participate in worship of a particular religion or God. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi also condemned the act of Gujarat government saying that it will spread communalism. Jan 24, 2015

Army says security arrangements in J&K enhanced for Republic Day

Srinagar, Jan 24 (ANI): General Officer Commanding of Kashmir based 15 Corps, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, said on Saturday that security arrangements have been enhanced in Kashmir before Republic Day. Saha said that currently the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir is stable. He added that there have been ceasefire violations in Pir Panjal area of the state and even infiltration attempts have been made but they were foiled by the army sooner or later. Jan 24, 2015

Nation marks Vasant Panchami as devotees throng banks of River Ganges to take holy dip

Allahabad, Jan 24 (ANI): Thousands of devotees thronged Sangam, the confluence of three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati- in Allahabad to mark the religious festival Vasant Panchami on Saturday. The festival is celebrated every year in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar and is also called as Saraswati Puja or the Basant Festival of Kites for Sikh. The river banks were seen flooded with people who came to take holy dip in sacred river. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people on the occasion of Vasant Panchami. Prime Minister took to twitter for extending his wishes, hoping that the festival will bring gaiety and enthusiasm in people's life. Jan 24, 2015

Ekta Kapoor signs deal with Dolby Atoms

Mumbai, Jan 24 (ANI): Producer Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Motion Pictures has announced that they have plans to release several of their upcoming films in Dolby Atmos, including the much anticipated "Azhar", a biopic on Mohammad Azharuddin. Dolby Atmos, a latest sound technology, unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by giving filmmakers the creative freedom to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, including overhead, to create an engaging cinema experience. Introduced in 2012, Atmos has already been used by Indian films such as "Dhoom 3", "PK" and "Sivaji 3D". Jan 24, 2015