Government to boost public spending on infrastructure

Chennai, Jan 19 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday (January 19) said that the government will increase public spending on infrastructure in months to come. The government estimates the country needs to spend $800 billion on infrastructure to grow seven percent per annum, sharply higher than around 5.5 percent projected by the Reserve Bank of India for the current fiscal year that ends in March. Addressing Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) summit in India's southern Chennai city, Jaitley said that the public spending on infrastructure would have to increase because the old Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) model was under stress and needed to be revived. Jaitley had promised imminent changes pushing ahead key reforms such as the introduction of a nationwide sales tax. Jan 19, 2015

Supporter of A S Lovely attempts self-immolation

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Disappointed over Delhi Congress Chief Arvinder Singh Lovely not fighting the assembly elections in the national capital, one of his supporters, a male, attempted to self-immolate himself in the Gandhi Nagar area. The supporter doused himself with kerosene and threatened to self-immolate himself but was stopped from going ahead with his plan. Lovely's candidature was withdrawn from the upcoming assembly elections yesterday. He said he was honoured by the new role given to him by the party high command. Jan 19, 2015

I'm not above party, will respect party's decision: Arvinder Singh Lovely

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely on Monday while commenting on the withdrawal of his candidature from the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi said that the he is not above the party and that he will respect the party's decision. Lovely said that the party workers are getting emotional and hence staging protest. He further said that the decision will be taken keeping in mind the party's needs. Jan 19, 2015

Praising BJP's 'discipline', Krishna Tirath formally switches parties

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Praising the Bharatiya Janata Party's 'discipline', former union minister and Congress leader Krishna Tirath on Monday formally joined the BJP, vowing to continue her work towards the upliftment of the oppressed. Tirath had earlier in the day fuelled rumours of switching allegiances after meeting party chief Amit Shah in the national capital. According to media reports, a disgruntled Tirath had earlier sought a Congress Party ticket for one of her children to contest in the Delhi state assembly elections, but the central leadership of the party rejected the request. Till now, she was representing the North West Delhi constituency of Delhi as a member of the Indian National Congress (INC). She began her political career as a M.L.A in Delhi and was a member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly from 1984-2004. In 1998, she became the Minister for Social Welfare, SC and ST and Labour and Employment in the Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government. Jan 19, 2015

Transgenders upset with Tamil flick, hold protest

Chennai, Jan 19 (ANI): Transgenders took to streets in Chennai city on Monday (January 19) protesting against a Tamil flick which portrayed them in poor light. The sci-fi fantasy romantic thriller 'I' is a work of popular Indian, predominantly Tamil, director and producer, Shankar Shanmugham. The transgenders held a demonstration outside the offices of Film Censor Board, seeking deletion of offending scenes in the film. The protesters also sought an apology from Shankar. Shankar has sought police cover outside his residence as protestors were reportedly planning to stage a demonstration outside his house as well. Jan 19, 2015

Japanese PM visits the Yad Vashems hall of remembrance

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited on Monday the Yad Vashem’s hall of remembrance in Jerusalem duringf a six-day tour of the Middle East, aimed also at promoting regional stability and peace. Duration: 00:32 Jan 19, 2015

Argentine prosecutor who accused Kirchner found dead

An Argentine prosecutor who accused President Cristina Kirchner of obstructing a probe into the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center reportedly died just hours before he was due at a Congressional hearing Monday. Duration: 00:35 Jan 19, 2015

Chechnya holds huge rally over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Tens of thousands of people rallied Monday at a state-sponsored protest in Russia's Muslim North Caucasus region of Chechnya against the publication of Prophet Mohammed cartoons in the wake of Islamist attacks in France. Duration: 00:38 Jan 19, 2015

Former UPA minister meets Amit Shah, joins BJP

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Former UPA minister Krishna Tirath on Monday met BJP President Amit Shah and joined the party. Tirath said that she was impressed by the ideology of the party and added that she would be working towards the welfare of people. Tirath also said that her responsibilities shall be decided by the BJP's central leadership but her focus will mainly be at development. Krishna Tirath has served as women child and development minister in the UPA Cabinet. According to reports, BJP may field her in the upcoming Delhi assembly elections. Jan 19, 2015

Politicos react after DPCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely candidature withdrawn from Delhi polls

New Delhi/Noida, Jan 19 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief Arvinder Singh Lovely withdrew his candidature from the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that contesting elections from the ticket of Congress is a big torture and Lovely was successful in escaping that torture. AAP leader Ashutosh said that Arvinder Singh Lovely is annoyed as he knows he will not get any good position in these elections. However, Congress leader PC Chacko said that Congress had requested Lovely to take in charge of organizing the elections and he had agreed to it like an obedient party worker. Jan 19, 2015

IED found and defused in Srinagar's Narbal area

Srinagar, Jan 19 (ANI): Indian army on Monday defused an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Jammu and Kashmir. Police and army found a three-kg IED in a cooker in Narbal area. The bomb disposal squad rushed to the spot and the explosion was carried out in open fields. Militants have been targeting security bases in Kashmir since 1990s, when there was a full-blown insurgency against Indian rule in JandK. Jan 19, 2015

Politicos react over Muzaffarpur Violence, CM orders probe

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday over the Muzaffarpur violence in which three people were killed in clashes which broke out in Azizpur area after a missing boy's dead body was found buried. At least 14 persons have been arrested in connection with the incident and Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi has ordered a high-level probe into the incident. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the incident is very unfortunate. Congress leader PC Chacko slammed BJP for spreading communalism in the state. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said it is unfortunate that Muzzafarpur incident which was between two lovers, was given a communal direction Jan 19, 2015

Opposition flays BJP for induction of Kiran Bedi, BJP clarifies

New Delhi/ Noida, Jan 19 (ANI): Major political parties snubbed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday (January 19) after it inducted former IPS officer and social activist, Kiran Bedi, ahead of polls in Delhi. Bedi was one of the core members of social activist Anna Hazare's team and supported him throughout his fight against corruption and formulation of an Ombudsman Act. AAP leader Ashutosh said the decision to induct Bedi would backfire on BJP. Congress leader PC Chacko also said Bedi would prove to be a liability to BJP. BJP leaders Jagdish Mukhi and Harsh Vardhan have defended the move and said Bedi would infuse party workers. Polls in Delhi will be held on February 07 and results will be declared on February 10. Jan 19, 2015