Indian army and police recover vehicles allegedly used in Assam attacks

Kokrajhar, Dec 29 (ANI): Security forces recovered vehicles allegedly used in last week's militant attacks in Assam from a dense forest close to the India-Bhutan border. Indian army and Assam state police recovered eight motorbikes and a car in a joint operation. India has intensified army operations to hunt down tribal militants in Assam after rebels killed at least 80 people last week, the deadliest in the remote area in years.India has also sought cooperation from Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh in the offensive against the tribal militants. For decades, the Bodos have been fighting for a state of their own called Bodoland, accusing New Delhi of plundering their state's resources and flooding the area with outsiders. Dec 29, 2014

IIT-Delhi Director resigned because he was unmasked: Subramanian Swamy

New Delhi, Dec 29 (ANI): BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday alleged that the reason behind resignation by IIT-Delhi director Raghunath K Shevgaonkar more than two years before the end of his term, is because he was unmasked. He said that Shevgaonkar was appointed by UPA government and was caught for failing to inform the government of India of opening a branch of IIT in Mauritius. Swamy also alleged that the IIT Delhi director had violated code of conduct and IIT statutes and later tried to play the victim. Further, he also said that the order of his termination was held null and void and therefore his demand of his due salaries was not uncalled for. Yesterday, the Ministry of Human Resource Development had denied involvement over the resignation tendered by Shevgaonkar, adding that media reports to the contrary were 'factually inaccurate and incorrect'. Dec 29, 2014

Politicos condemn blast in Bengaluru's Church Street

New Delhi, Dec 29 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday condemned the blast in Bengaluru's Church Street which killed one woman and injured three others. The blast, which is being said to be a terror attack, occurred around 8.30 p.m. near the Coconut Grove restaurant in Bangalore's Church Street. Dec 29, 2014

Karnataka CM visits Bengaluru blast site, announces compensation

Bengaluru, Dec 29 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah visited the blast site near a restaurant in Bengaluru, which left a woman dead and three other injured. Siddaramaiah on his visit said that the matter is being investigated. Siddaramaiah even visited the injured at a hospital and announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakhs to the family of the woman. Both the victims, one of whom was a woman, were walking past the restaurant when it went off. Bengaluru has been on a general alert since police picked up an engineer for allegedly running a pro-Islamic State Twitter account that had tens of thousands of followers worldwide. Dec 29, 2014

Investigation on in Bengaluru blast case, CM and Home Minister calls for high level meeting

Bengaluru/ New Delhi, Dec 29 (ANI): Following IED blast in Bengaluru which claimed one life and injured three others, police started investigation in he case. Karnataka Home Minister termed the incident as 'terror attack' and appealed the people not to panic. City Deputy Commissioner of Police Sandeep Patil said that forensic team investigated the area and the police teams will go through the CCTV footage for more details. Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah conevened a high level meeting with top police officials to review situation post the blast. The meeting is aimed at discussing the further course of the probe. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also called a meeting with the NSA, IB Chief and Home Secretary to review and discuss the situation in Bengaluru. Dec 29, 2014

Manohar Parrikar calls for coordinated international effort to find missing AirAsia plane

Mumbai/New Delhi/Chandigarh, Dec 29 (ANI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar confirmed help to find missing AirAsia plane and also urged international community to join hands for coordinated effort. Meanwhile, retired Air Vice-Marshal, Kapil Kak, said bad weather could have played havoc with the fate of the passengers. Indonesia called off until first light a search for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people from Indonesia's Surabaya to Singapore, which went missing on Sunday just after pilots requested a change in course to avoid bad weather. There was no distress call issued by Flight QZ8501, operated by Indonesian AirAsia, 49 percent owned by Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia, which has had no crashes since it started flying in 2002. Singapore said it would send two planes to join the search for the missing Airbus A320-200 early on Monday, while the United States, Malaysia, Britain, South Korea, Australia and India offered help, from planes and navy boats to experts and investigators. Dec 29, 2014

One killed another injured in Bengaluru blast

Bengaluru/ New Delhi, Dec 29 (ANI): A low intensity IED (Improvised Explosive Device) bomb exploded on Church Street in Bengaluru. The blast occurred around 8:30 pm outside Coconut Grove restaurant on Church Street in which one woman was killed and another sustained injuries. The low-intensity blast occurred in the centre of the city. Police said the device had been placed near a drain behind the Coconut Grove restaurant. Bengaluru Police Commissioner MN Reddi said the woman succumbed to injuries on her head. Preliminary investigation suggested it was an improvised explosive device filled with shrapnel. Meanwhile, MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said they are yet to know who is responsible for the blast but added things are under control. Both the victims were walking past the restaurant when the bomb went off. Dec 29, 2014

Kolkata holds candlelight vigil to condemn Assam attacks even as normalcy returns to the state

Kolkata, Dec 29 (ANI): People in Kolkata held a candlelight vigil to condemn militant attacks in Assam that left at least 80 dead. The candlelight demonstration was organised by Paschim Banga Rajya Pratibandhi Sammilani (PBRPS) a non-profit organisation working for specially-abled - to protest against militant attacks by tribal guerrillas early this week. The victims of the attacks were mostly tea-plantation workers from other parts of India. On Saturday, life returned back to normalcy as tea plantation workers in Assam returned to work. However, former Mayor of Kolkata, Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, during the candlelight vigil said that in recent times this was one of the ghastly attacks on innocent people. Many visually-impaired and specially-abled people were also part of the protest. Assam police say the leader of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), IK Sonbijit, is based in Myanmar, from where he controls his cadres. Dec 29, 2014

Bangladesh Information minister calls former PM Khaleda Zia biggest enemy of democracy

Dhaka, Dec 29 (ANI): Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu called former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia as biggest enemy of democracy in the country. He was addressing audience during the inauguration of a documentary film made by human rights activist and journalist Shahriar Kabir, called "Whither Bangladesh" - clash between secular humanism and ideology of Shariah-based statehood in Bangladesh. The function was organised by the South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism. In 'Whither Bangladesh', Kabir attempts to depict fundamentalist militant activities in Bangladesh and its nexus with global militant network. Dec 29, 2014

Calendar launched to promote peace between India, Pakistan

New Delhi, Dec 29 (ANI): A peace calendar was launched in New Delhi in order to improve frosty and tense relations between India and Pakistan. The calendar was launched by Aaghaz-e-Dosti (start of friendship), which is an initiative by India-based social outfit Mission Bhartiyam and Pakistan-based non-profit organization The Catalyst -TC, with an aim to build friendly relations between nuclear-armed neighbours. The launch was organised in collaboration with Indian Council for Talent Search and Competitions from India and SAMAAJ (Social Awareness Media and Art Junction) and SAWAN (South Asian Writers and Artists Network) from Pakistan. The 'Calendar for Peace and Love' features paintings of children from both the counties selected through a competition. This is the third edition of the calendar. Founder of Mission Bhartiyam, Ravi Nitesh, said through this calendar they are trying to connect the people of the two countries for friendship and brotherhood. Dec 29, 2014

Delhi gangrape victim's mother appeals for strict laws to reduce crime against women

New Delhi, Dec 29 (ANI): 16 December Delhi gangrape victim's mother on the victim's 2nd death anniversary appealed for stricter laws to reduce crime against women. She added that if the society changes then 50% of the crimes will stop. She further stated that she has hopes with Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he will bring change in the nation. Dec 29, 2014

Silk reeling center provides employment to rural women in Tripura

Tripura, Dec 29 (ANI): This silk reeling center at Badharghat in the outskirts of Agartala produces some of the finest quality silk which is high in demand. Cocoon from various silk rearing clusters and cocoon collection centers in West Tripura are collected here for taking out silk threads. Over 40 locals, mostly women are engaged at the centre in various stages of silk production and are able to earn well besides availing facilities like health insurance and pension. With help from the Central Silk board, the government-run centre has undergone modernization with eight semi-automatic reeling machines and other facilities. In 2012, the state's first power loom silk production center was started here as well. Over the years, both the Tripura and central government have been giving a lot of priority to boost silk production by introducing a number of schemes to encourage locals to take up sericulture. Dec 29, 2014