Suresh Prabhu pitches for seamless policing for security in Indian railways

New Delhi, Jan 15 (ANI): Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday called for seamless policing to ensure security and safety of the passengers. The minister, addressing the Conference of Director Generals of Police (DGP) of all states on railway security, said with the increase in crimes, it is inevitable that railways will also be its victim. Social, political and economic factors also contribute to the crime rate going up; and unemployment, regional disparities and growing ambitions not being fulfilled also contribute to it, Prabhu added. Inviting the officers to device joint strategy to deal with crimes, especially on running trains, the minister said as law-enforcers there is a challenge as policing in railways is a difficult task. Also present at the conference was Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who said Indian railways is a developmental as well as a strategic asset. Singh assured the DGPs that his ministry would cooperate and coordinate with the ministry of railways to ensure safety and security. Jan 15, 2015

Korea's outlaw tattoo artists

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AAP says Kejriwal has strong proof against Satish Upadhyay, Congress- BJP calls him 'attention seeke

New Delhi, Jan 15 (ANI): Politicos on Thursday react on AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal's allegations on Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay and his relationship with power companies of the national capital. AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said that Kejriwal does not make any allegations without evidence and that he has strong proof in the case. Meanwhile, BJP leaders called him a 'pampered child' who likes to grab attention by people. Congress also demanded answers by Kejriwal on his allegations and said that the AAP chief likes to grab attention all the time. Jan 15, 2015

Finance Minister welcomes RBI rate cut as inflation drops

New Delhi, Jan 15 (ANI): The finance ministry welcomed an inter-meeting rate cut by the RBI on Thursday, and termed it as a positive development for the government's efforts to achieve economic growth without stoking inflation. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the rate cut would lead to more in the hands of consumer and greater spending. The RBI surprised markets with a 25 basis point cut in interest rates on Thursday and signalled it could do more, amid signs of slowing inflation. Jan 15, 2015

US court dismisses lawsuit against PM Narendra Modi in Gujarat Riots case

New Delhi, Jan 15 (ANI): A US Federal Court has dismissed a lawsuit against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the 2002 riots in Gujarat. The court upheld the US government's contention that Modi was entitled to immunity as a sitting head of foreign government. The summons against Prime Minister Modi were issued by the US Federal Court for the Southern District of New York last year in September, following a lawsuit filed by the New York based American Justice Center, a non-profit human rights organisation. More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the religious riots. The riots were sparked by a fire on a train at Godhra in Gujarat that killed 59 Hindu pilgrims. Jan 15, 2015

AAP reaffirms allegations on Satish Upadhyay over power discoms

New Delhi, Jan 15 (ANI): Reaffirming its allegations against Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay over power discoms, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday said that it has enough evidence to prove the same. Earlier on Wednesday, Upadhyay had threatened to sue Kejriwal over power discom allegations. Kejriwal has alleged that the former's companies had supplied electric meters to Anil Ambani-group controlled power utility BSES and that the party was soft on discoms indulging in corruption. Jan 15, 2015

Two militants killed in ongoing encounter in Kashmir

Shopian, Jan 15 (ANI): Two militants have reportedly been killed on Thursday by Indian security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. Following a tip-off, army carried out search operations in the region for militant hide-outs in the early hours. While the search operation was on, militants opened fire on the security personnel and a gun battle ensued. The encounter is underway. This is the second gun battle between militants and security forces in the state in a span of two days. A similar encounter had broken out in Sopore town on Wednesday. It is yet to be confirmed as to which outfit these militants belong to. Jan 15, 2015

Wouldn't have quit had I got 36 seats in 2013 Delhi polls: Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan 15 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal said that he would not have resigned from the post of Delhi Chief Minister had he got 36 seats in 2013 assembly polls. Kejriwal was addressing a gathering of supporters in New Delhi ahead of assembly polls scheduled to take place next month. Meanwhile, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party( BJP) is eyeing power in the national capital, high on their wins in recent state elections and the general election last May. Meanwhile, Kejriwal also criticised the opposition Congress party. Kejriwal also declared the BJP as its main rival and urged his supporters not to waste their vote by voting for Congress party. Jan 15, 2015

Indian Army prepared for any incident that may unfold, situation at LoC calm: Lt Gen KH Singh

Jammu, Jan 15 (ANI): General Officer Commanding (GOC), 16 Corps, Lt Gen KH Singh on Thursday said that Indian Army is prepared for any incident that may unfold. Singh said that the counter infiltration posture is firmly in place and that infiltration bid will be eliminated if any attempt is made. Lt General Singh also added that there are inputs that terrorists might try to attack soft targets including schools and civilian areas ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit later in January. He assured that the situation in the LoC, south of Pir Panjali is by and large peaceful at least for last 2 months. Jan 15, 2015

Devotees throng banks of River Ganges to take holy dip to mark harvest festival

Varanasi/ Allahabad/ Chennai/ Guwahati, Jan 15 (ANI): Thousands of Hindu devotees on Thursday thronged to the banks of holy River Ganges to take a holy dip to mark harvest festival, 'Makar Sankranti'. The festival marks the arrival of spring. People from different parts of India came to Allahabad and Varanasi cities in Uttar Pradesh to take a dip in the River Ganges. The pilgrims camp by the riverside and in the evening they decorate the entire riverbank with earthen oil lamps. Security is tightened at the river banks to avoid any untoward incident. The festival marks the beginning of New Year and the holy bath absolves the devotees of all sins committed so far. People queued up before priests to perform the rituals and offer prayers. Meanwhile, people in Chennai too celebrated the harvest festival in the form of 'Pongal'. Jan 15, 2015

Huge cache of arms and ammunition seized in Kashmir

Poonch, Jan 15 (ANI): In a joint operation with Special Operations Group (SOG), local police in Jammu and Kashmir seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Surankote town. The security personnel carried out the operation based on consistent inputs received over a period of three to four days. They recovered several magazines of bullets, grenades, binoculars etc. Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Surankote, Ajay Sharma said that the tip-off also informed the security forces about suspected militant movement in the region. The operation was halted mid-way due to poor weather conditions. The security forces are likely to restart their search once the weather clears up as more arms and ammunition are believed to be hidden. Sharma added that the recovery of ammunition in such large numbers indicated that attempts were being made to revive militancy in the region. Jan 15, 2015

Sakshi Maharaj raises question over dead bodies found floating in River Ganges

Unnao, Jan 15 (ANI): BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj raised question over unidentified bodies found around a bank of River Ganges. Nearly 50 bodies were found in revered River Ganges in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. Dogs, crows and vultures dug into bodies as they had reached the bank due to low water level, posing major environment challenges in the areas under Unnao district. Maharaj visited the site where bodies were buried after they were recovered from the river bank. He said this matter should be investigated thoroughly to unearth the truth. Jan 15, 2015

Service Chiefs pay tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti on Army Day

New Delhi, Jan 15 (ANI): The nation on Thursday is celebrating the Army Day. All three service chiefs participated in the celebration. Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Robin K Dhowan and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha paid tributes at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate this morning. The chiefs also lay floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti remembering the martyred soldiers and thereafter signed the record book at the India Gate. This was followed by Army Parade amidst intense fog. The service chiefs saluted the army during the parade. Army Day is observed on January 15 every year. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also greeted the Indian Army on the occasion. Modi tweeted saying, "On Army Day I salute the indomitable courage and valour of our Army. We are extremely proud of their dedication and determination." Jan 15, 2015

Copies of latest Charlie Hebdo hard to find in US

Americans trying to buy Charlie Hebdo's latest issue are having a hard time putting their hands on a copy. One comic bookstore in Los Angeles has been receiving calls from customers and is still looking for a way to import the issue. Duration: 00:57 Jan 15, 2015