Amit Shah targets AAP during Abhinandan rally, calls them 'expert liars'

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday while addressing the Abhinandan rally in the national capital targeted the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Shah said that AAP leaders are an expert in the art of lying and slammed them for making false promises to the people of Delhi. The BJP, which has been out of power in Delhi for the past 16 years, is confident of winning the polls with a clear majority this time with the help of Prime Minister Modi's charisma. Jan 10, 2015

Sanjay Dutt's furlough extension request rejected, leaves for Yerwada Prison

Mumbai, Jan 10 (ANI): Bollywood Actor Sanjay Dutt left for Yerawada Jail in Pune on Saturday after Dutt's request for an extension in his furlough was rejected. Dutt said that he has been a law abiding citizen and that there is no favor for him because he is a celebrity. He urged the people to pray for his early release. Dutt had sought 14 days extension after exhausting the two weeks granted to him by jail officials. The decision on his extension plea came after the Mumbai police submitted its report to the Yerwada prison authorities. Dutt is serving 42 months of his five year sentence from May 2013 for illegal possession of arms in a case related to the 1993 serial blasts. So far, he has spent over 100 days out of jail between May 2013 to May 2014 either on furlough or parole. Jan 10, 2015

India, Bangladesh officials meet to discuss border issues

Agartala, Jan 10 (ANI): A two-day meet between Indian and Bangladeshi delegates began on Friday in Tripura, to discuss issues related to trans-border crimes, insurgent movements, human trafficking, narcotics and smuggling. Agartala city is hosting a 30-member delegation from Bangladesh for the India-Bangladesh Joint Border Conference. Personnel from India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh's Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were also in attendance at the district magistrate-level meet. The DCM of Rangamati district in Bangladesh, Mohammad Shamsul Arefin, called the talks fruitful and hoped that it would further improve ties between the two nations. Jan 10, 2015

PM Modi addresses rally in Delhi, lauds his 'Jan Dhan Yojana'

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed a rally at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi ahead of Assembly Polls in the capital state. Modi praised Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu for being informed about the capital state and initializing various reforms for development. He lauded his 'Jan Dhan Yojana' under which poor were able to open up their bank accounts and added a lot of amount to the country's GDP. He also said that the Congress party was never able to do anything for the benefit of poor. Jan 10, 2015

PM Modi attacks AAP, says 'anarchists' should merge with naxalites

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed a rally at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi ahead of Assembly Polls in the capital state. Modi said that people who are masters at protests should be let doing so and people like him who want good governance should be given the responsibility of running the state. Modi attacked Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal saying that there rarely exists a leader who calls himself an 'anarchist'. He added that anarchists should merge with naxalites who spread anarchy in jungles as Delhi does not need them. Modi then appealed to the people of Delhi to vote for a full majority government of BJP. Jan 10, 2015

AAP reacts to Modi's 'anarchists' remark

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): Launching a scathing attack on Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal at his first campaign rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that "anarchists" can never run stable governments. He said AAP should stick to staging protests as they were good at it and allow the BJP to carry on with the work of running a good government. Modi appealed to the voters to "punish" AAP candidates this time for "wasting one year of the people of Delhi" and to give the Bhartiya Janata Party a chance. Modi also made a pro-poor pitch at the rally saying that if the BJP is voted to power he will ensure proper houses for all slum-dwellers in the Capital by 2022. Jan 10, 2015

Anti-Islamic sentiment spreads in Germany

Germany has become the latest European country to witness mass anti-Islamic protests, with the deadly attacks in Paris threatening to swell anti-Muslim sentiment. Duration: 02:44 Jan 10, 2015

PM Modi addresses rally in Delhi, lauds his 'Jan Dhan Yojana'

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed a rally at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi ahead of Assembly Polls in the capital state. Modi praised Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu for being informed about the capital state and initializing various reforms for development. He lauded his 'Jan Dhan Yojana' under which poor were able to open up their bank accounts and added a lot of amount to the country's GDP. He also said that the Congress party was never able to do anything for the benefit of poor. Jan 10, 2015

Indians set benchmark in every field across world: Sushma Swaraj

Gandhinagar, Jan 10 (ANI): Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Indians have set a benchmark in every field across the world and made the country proud with their achievements. Gujarat was host to three-day annual gathering for people of Indian origin. The diaspora event was timed immediately prior to a large investment meeting that will be addressed by US Secretary of State John Kerry and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. Addressing the Indian diaspora in Gandhinagar, Swaraj lauded Indians who have made their presence felt worldwide. Swaraj also added Indians have contributed to the economy of wherever they have settled through their culture and traditions. Meanwhile, prominent industrialist, philanthropist and parliamentarian in Uganda, Mahendra Nanji Mehta, was honoured with 'Pravasi Bhartiya Samman' award for his contribution in public services and fostering ties between India and Uganda. Jan 10, 2015

Villagers in Kashmir seek permanent solution to end ceasefire violations

Samba, Jan 10 (ANI): Villagers living along the de'facto border dividing India'Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir appealed the central government to find a permanent solution amid continuous cross'border firing between the two nuclear armed neighbours. People are agitated with Pakistan for violating ceasefire truce time and again. While hundreds of them have left their homes with their belongings towards safer places, many others walked to the relief camps. Meanwhile, alert was sounded in Hiranagar border area after a woman sighted movement of six suspected persons at border village Spral Pian on Friday morning. Army was deployed in suspected areas and National Highway. The army was also deployed in populated areas adjoining the Ujh River connecting to International border of Pakistan. Jan 10, 2015

First phase of 'Bishwa Ijtema' begins in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Jan 10 (ANI): Thousands of Muslim devotees gathered on the bank of River Turag near Dhaka city for the first phase of this year's world congregation, or Bishwa Ijtema. Despite Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led 20-party alliance's countrywide blockade, devout Muslims across the globe assembled in Tongi, 20 kilometres off the capital city of Dhaka, to participate in the congregation, known as the second largest annual gathering of Muslims after the Hajj. The first phase of Ijtema will conclude on Sunday amid the final prayers 'Akheri Munajat' while the second phase will be held from January 16 to 18. Eight floating bridges have been placed by the army engineers so that devotees can cross the River Turag with ease. The Bishwa Ijtema is being held at same site since 1966 and is organised by World Tablig Council, which preaches teachings of Islam and Prophet Muhammad. Jan 10, 2015

Indian journalists and cartoonists protest Paris attacks

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): Indian journalists and cartoonists protested and expressed solidarity with victims of attack on a Paris-based media house by drawing their creations and lighting candles in New Delhi. Hooded gunmen stormed the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo offices, known for lampooning radical Islam, killing at least 12 people, including co-founder Jean "Cabu" Cabut and editor-in-chief Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier. France national leaders and allied states described the assault on Charlie Hebdo, known for its lampooning of Islam and other religions as well as politicians, as an assault on democracy. Police released photographs of the two suspects, Cherif and Said Kouachi, 32 and 34. Security Experts said France was in danger for some time now. Jan 10, 2015

BJP attempting 'show of strength' in PM Modi's rally, alleges AAP

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Somnath Bharti on Saturday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is bringing a lot of people from the neighbouring states to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally which is to be held in the national capital today. He said that BJP is attempting a 'show of strength' by means of this rally. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kickstart BJP's campaign for the upcoming Delhi assembly polls at an "Abhinandan" rally at the Ramlila Ground today. Jan 10, 2015

Newly'wed Imran and Reham Khan share food with madrasa students

Islamabad, Jan 10 (ANI): After a low'key marriage ceremony, Pakistan’s cricketer'turned'politician Imran Khan and his better half ex'BBC journalist Reham Khan shared lunch with madrasa students on the outskirts of Pakistani capital Islamabad. Khan on Friday drove to distribute and share food with the children of the madarsa of Mufti Saeed, the Muslim cleric who performed his wedding ceremony. Khan’s party officials say that due to the recent Peshawar tragedy, Imran had decided against having a grand Valima ceremony and chose to distribute food to less privileged children. After the meal, Khan mentioned that the wedding was planned for later, but as the rumors swirled, he decided to get married earlier. Jan 10, 2015

Reactions flow in as Manjhi describes Nitish as 'Chanakya' of Bihar politics

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): Political reactions flowed in on Saturday over Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's statement in which he described JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar as 'Chanakya' of state politics and dismissed reports of differences between them. There are speculations that Manjhi might be replaced. According to reports, Nitish Kumar is unhappy with the controversial statements he has made ever since he became the Bihar CM and his style of functioning. Jan 10, 2015