Punjab CM demands release of Sikh terrorists, Reactions flow

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has written in a letter to many states demanding the release of 13 Sikh terrorists involved in Khalistan activities. This drew reactions on Wednesday from political and anti-terrorist organizations. NCP leader Majid Memon said that this is a matter which should be treated or released under law. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that political parties should not use terror to hold votes. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that it was a matter to be dealt between law and government. Meanwhile, AIATF Chairman Maninderjeet Singh Bitta said that terrorists should never be freed from jail. Jan 7, 2015

Bengal Global Industrial Summit: Political differences won't block development, says Mamata

Kolkata, Jan 07 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday invited industrialists from across the world to invest in the state and assured them all help in establishing their businesses. While addressing business heads from all around the world after inaugurating the two-day Bengal Global Business Summit along with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised a business-friendly environment in the state. She assured that political differences will not block the road for development. Jan 7, 2015

Vinay Katiyar says 'ghar wapsi' won't succeed if Hindus don't change their mindset, Politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday react as BJP Rajya Sabha member from UP, Vinay Katiyar said that 'ghar wapsi' won't succeed if Hindus don't change their mindset. BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said that BJP is not involved in such programmes and distanced the party from the same. He also said that the central government had proposed a law against the same which still remains pending. Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi and JD (U) leader Ali Anwar condemned the programme and said that such programmes should be avoided. Jan 7, 2015

Minor girl allegedly sexually assaulted at school in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Jan 07 (ANI): A minor girl was allegedly sexually assaulted at school in Bengaluru on Wednesday after which agitated locals protested and destroyed school property. Bengaluru Police Commissioner MN Reddi said that the girl was allegedly assaulted by the physical education teacher in the school. He assured that police will take the necessary action in the case and appealed to the locals not to spread disharmony in the area or cause violence. Jan 7, 2015

SIT set up to investigate Sunanda Pushkar murder case: BS Bassi

New Delhi, Jan 7 (ANI): Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi said on Wednesday that a special investigation team has been set up which will be closely monitored by DCP South, Additional DCP South, an inspector and a SHO in the Sunanda Pushkar murder case. On Tuesday reports emerged that a medical report on Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar's death says that she was poisoned. Bassi also said on Tuesday that a murder case has been registered in the matter and proper investigation shall be conducted. Jan 7, 2015

SAD clarifies Punjab CM's demand on terrorists' release, commemoration of death anniversary of Indir

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): President of SAD unit in Delhi and President of DSGMC, Manjit Singh GK on Wednesday clarified the demand made by Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal regarding the release of 13 terrorists jailed in connection with Khalistan activities. Manjit Singh GK said that the terrorists have completed even more than 10 years beyond their jail sentence which is why they have all the right to be released. He added that it was a case of human rights and the legal procedure shall be followed. He further clarified the misconception regarding the commemoration of death anniversary of Indira Gandhi's assassins by Akal Takht saying that it was a custom at gurudwara to honour anybody who keeps a 'path'. Jan 7, 2015

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015: Sushma Swaraj invites 'young pravasis' to contribute to India's growth

Gandhinagar, Jan 07 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gandhinagar on Wednesday by lighting the ceremonial lamp. Swaraj while speaking at the event invited the 'young pravasis' to come and contribute to India's growth. Swaraj also talked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies of 'Make in India', 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' among others. She also applauded Indian economy 'showing new dynamism under the new government'. More than 4,000 delegates have arrived for the 13th PBD, the world's largest annual gathering of people of Indian origin, aimed at enhancing networking and reinforcing commercial linkages. The three-day diaspora conclave is being held at the Mahatma Mandir complex in Gandhinagar. Jan 7, 2015

Akal Takht commemorates death anniversary of Indira Gandhi's assassins, politicos condemn

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Sikh religious organization Akal Takht commemorated the death anniversary of Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassins. NCP leader Majid Memon said that it is up to the organizations whom to pay homage but it is not an issue the country should be concerned about. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that it was unfortunate as Indira Gandhi was one of the nation's leaders and her assassins were punished by law. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar also condemned the incident. Jan 7, 2015

Reactions pour in as Sakshi Maharaj says every Hindu woman must produce at least 4 kids

Meerut/ New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Reactions pour in on Wednesday as BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj said that every Hindu woman should produce at least four kids. The BJP MP again stirred a hornet's nest by saying this and also mocking Muslim men for having four wives and 40 children. AIDWA General Secretary Jagmati Sangwan said that the BJP MP's remarks are against national population policy and that action must be initiated against him. JD (U) leaders Ali Anwar and KC Tyagi also condemned the statement and said that leaders like Maharaj should first produce 5 children and then tell other to do the same. Jan 7, 2015

Politicos welcome 'delayed but new finding' in Sunanda Pushkar's death case, smells political influe

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Politicos welcomed the 'delayed but new findings' in Sunanda Pushkar's death case although they smelled some political influence in the probe. The Delhi Police on Tuesday confirmed that Pushkar was murdered by poisoning. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao welcomed the same and hoped that Delhi Police will further the investigation and brought the culprit to the book. NCP leader Majid Memon said that this took a very long time and thus the investigation and evidences may have been hampered by now. JD (U) also followed suit and welcomed the findings of the investigation. Jan 7, 2015

Fourteen killed, 10 injured after bus fell into gorge in Andhra Pradesh

Ananthapur, Jan 07 (ANI): At least 14 people were killed and 10 others injured after a passenger bus fell into a gorge in Ananthpur district of Penukonda in Andhra Pradesh. It was going from Madakasira to Penukonda on Wednesday when the accident took place. Police reached the spot and took the bodies out from the gorge. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital. Most of the victims are students. Further details are awaited. Jan 7, 2015

Female suicide bomber hits police station in Istanbul, kills one

Istanbul, Jan 07 (ANI): A female suicide bomber blew herself up inside a police station in Istanbul's Sultanahmet district, killing one officer and wounding another, the city's governor. Police sealed off the street where the attack happened. The woman spoke english as she entered the building but her nationality and identity were unknown, Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters at the scene. Turkish media later said one of the officers died from his wounds. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the bombing comes less than a week after far-left group DHKP-C said it was behind a grenade attack on police near the prime minister's office in Istanbul. The group was also behind a suicide bombing at the US Embassy last year as well as attacks on Turkish police stations. Turkey also faces other security threats. Jan 7, 2015

Bangladesh arrests key opposition figure Protest erupts

Dhaka, Jan 07 (ANI): Bangladesh government arrested a key opposition figure and deployed thousands of police as opposition protests entered a second day, after four activists were killed and scores were injured on the first anniversary of last year's disputed polls. The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina cracked down on displays of anti-government sentiment in the capital, Dhaka, as opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia stepped up calls for fresh elections. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to scatter protesters in Dhaka and elsewhere. Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakrul Islam Alamgir of Khaleda's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was detained on Tuesday as he stepped out of Dhaka's National Press Club, where he had taken shelter, police said. Before being detained, Alamgir said there was no democracy left in Bangladesh. On Monday, Khaleda, who said she had been unlawfully detained inside her Dhaka office since the weekend, called for an indefinite nationwide transport blockade after the government foiled rallies by her to mark the election anniversary, which it had dubbed "democracy killing day." However, leader of ruling Awami League said Khaleda Zia was providing safe haven to militants. Jan 7, 2015

PM Modi releases coins to honour Tata conglomerate founder

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, paid tribute to Tata conglomerate founder Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, by releasing commemorative coins on him. Modi launched the commemorative coins to mark 175th birth anniversary of Jamsetji, who now becomes the first industrialist to be honoured by the government in such a manner. The Tata group was founded as a textile business in 1868 by Ratan Tata's great-grandfather Jamsetji Tata. His older son expanded into steel, insurance and the production of soaps and cooking oil. Jan 7, 2015

India and Bangladesh officials discuss border problems

Siliguri, Jan 07 (ANI): India and Bangladesh officials and police discussed border related issues such as human trafficking, illegal arms smuggling, immigration and border management in Siliguri. Indian delegation was led by Barun Roy while Mohammed Jahangeer Kobir led the Bangladeshi delegation. Both the sides would prepare a report which would be submitted to their respective governments that would develop cordial relation between the two countries. A parliamentary committee urged the Indian government to table a constitutional amendment that would pave the way for a land swap deal that Bangladesh and India have been negotiating for years. The deal could help curb illegal immigration from Bangladesh by fencing the porous border, a hot political issue in border areas. Jan 7, 2015