Politicos react after PDP MLA Ashraf Mir fires AK-47 to celebrate his victory

New Delhi/Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 26 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after Peoples Democratic Party MLA Ashraf Mir fired from an AK-47 assault rifle to celebrate his victory against National Conference leader Omar Abdullah from Sonawar Assembly seat in Jammu and Kashmir. BJP leader Sunil Sharma said that it is a condemnable event if it has happened. Congress leader JP Aggarwal demanded strict action against Ashraf Mir. National Conference leader Tanvir Sadiq said that the firing celebrations show the arrogance of the leader on his victory. JandK NPP Chief Bhim Singh also condemned the celebrations. Dec 26, 2014

Our role is border guarding, working to sensitize forces: SSB on Assam Violence

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Even as the death toll in Assam attacks rose to more than 80, Sashastra Seema Bal Director General BD Sharma on Friday said that the role of SSB is border guarding and the forces are doing the same. He said that the SSB is working to make it better and are taking the help of Army and police in the same. Further, he also said that 20 more companies are dent at the spot apart from nine battalions already there. Dec 26, 2014

Choosing a non-tribal CM shows BJP does not trust tribals: Nitish Kumar

Bihar, Dec 26 (ANI): JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar said on Friday that since the formation of Jharkhand, it was traditional to choose a tribal as the state Chief Minister who originally belongs to the land. He said that by naming a non-tribal CM, BJP has showed that it does not trust tribals. Kumar added that BJP has hurt the sentiments of the people of Jharkhand by breaking this tradition. Dec 26, 2014

It Happens : Hundreds of students take part in Yogathon

Chennai, Dec 26 (ANI): Hundreds of students took part in a "Yogathon" to create awareness about the ancient practice at an event in Chennai on Monday. Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's 'Art of Living Foundation' organized the event. Organizers said the event was being organized across the country, especially in schools and colleges, to create awareness among the people about the benefits of Yoga. Senior Faculty of Art of Living Foundation, Ayush Doshyam, said the idea behind the event was to spread awareness about the positives of Yoga. Dec 26, 2014

It Happens : Decorated churches, carol singing usher in warmth of Christmas

Bengaluru, Dec 26 (ANI): Christians across different cities of India soaked in festive spirit as they sang carols in decked up churches while attending special midnight mass prayers on the Christmas Eve. Marking the annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas is celebrated across the world on December 25. The midnight mass precedes the Christmas day and the church resounds with joyful singing of Christmas carols and thanksgiving. The people of Bengaluru in Karnataka also soaked themselves in the festive spirit as Christmas brings with it goodwill and festivity, which seemed to overwhelm people as they make merry. In Kolkata New Delhi and Chennai, devotees gathered to attend the special mass and sang carols to celebrate the Christmas spirit. A large number of people gathered at the San Thome Church in Chennai and participated in the Christmas celebrations with fervour. The priests performed rituals and organized the prayer session with an aim to mark the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ. The churches were decorated with colourful lights and idol of baby Jesus Christ along with Mother Mary and Joseph placed in the Christmas stable. Christmas celebrations are complete only with carols, cakes, candles and glittering Christmas trees. Dec 26, 2014

Army Chief meets Home Minister to review Assam situation, assures security

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Friday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to review violence situation in Assam. Singh said that he won't be able to share any information regarding the discussion which took place but assured that security operations will be intensified in the area. More than 70 people lost their lives in the violent militant attack in Assam's Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts. Dec 26, 2014

PDP needs to think about bringing stable govt in JandK, Congress open to alliance: Salman Soz

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Congress leader in Jammu and Kashmir Salman Soz on Friday said that PDP which got the highest number of seats in JandK should take responsibility to bring stable government in the state. He said that like minded people should come together so that stability may be achieved. Further, Soz said that Congress party is open for alliance with PDP if the party is asked for the same. Refuting on any possibility of alliance of BJP and PDP, Soz said that both the parties are like oil and water, having no chemistry and therefore such alliance would not last long. Dec 26, 2014

Terror threat to Rajasthan ministers, Security to be tightened

Udaipur, Dec 26 (ANI): A letter of terror threat has been received by Rajasthan government in which threat against ministers of the state has been expressed. Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that the threat letter is handed to the state police and necessary safety measures are being taken. Kataria also said that security has been tightened in the wake of threat. Dec 26, 2014

Political parties condemn conversion of Christians to Hinduism on Christmas

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Political parties on Friday condemned the conversions of at least 58 persons, most of them belonging to Christian families to Hinduism in Kerala. The programme took place under the initiative of Vishwa Hindu Parishad on the Christmas day. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it is unfortunate if the VHP is doing this by bribing the people. He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take cognizance of the same. RJD Spokesperson Manoj Jha said that the VHP is worling to break the very fabric of the Indian Constitution. Dec 26, 2014

Politicos condemn Assam attacks as death toll rises

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Political leaders condemned the attacks in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts of Assam even as the death toll rises to more than 80 on Friday. Congress leader Rashid Alvi called the incident unfortunate. RJD leader Manoj Jha said that questioned on increase in numbers of such incidents of intolerance. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal also condemned the incident and said that the centre should be more alert on such things. JD (U) leader Naresh Agarwal slammed the state government over the same. Dec 26, 2014

Politicos say distribution of compensation cheques to 1984 victims in wake of Delhi polls, BJP refut

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday said that distribution of enhanced compensation cheques by Home Minister Rajnath Singh to the victims of 1984 riots is taking place in the wake of upcoming polls in Delhi. The leaders said that BJP's steps are now being taken in the wake of Delhi assembly elections as the same is very crucial for the party. Meanwhile, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that this was a poll promise made by the BJP and the distribution is happening to fulfill that promise. Singh will distribute the cheques of enhanced compensation to the next of the kin of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims at Tilak Vihar. Dec 26, 2014

Political parties draw speculations on possible alliance in JandK

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday speculate on possible alliance in Jammu and Kashmir and also said that alliance should not be between parties with exactly opposing ideologies. Minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs and BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the party wants a stable government in the state and are open for alliance with any party. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the prime minister who talked about doing away with PDP is talking to the same party only to grap power in the state. RJD Spokesperson Manoj Jha said that JandK should be handled with care and that BJP should avoid politicizing the 'sensitive state'. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal is only looking for coming to power. Dec 26, 2014

BJP leader threatens to chop hands of 'TMC goons', Politicos condemn

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): BJP leader Doodh Kumar Mondal courted controversy when he threatened to chop hands of TMC leaders who attack BJP workers in Birbhum. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that BJP should take note of such leaders who keep making hate speeches and provoke communal tension. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that BJP is not in favour of any hate speech and is ready to take necessary action against those who do so. Dec 26, 2014