Delhi-Lahore Bus Service restricted to Wagah Border after warnings of terror attack; politicos react

New Delhi/ Gandhinagar, Jan 7 (ANI): Reactions poured in as Pakistan restricted the entry of buses run under the Pakistan-India Dosti service from Lahore and Nankana Sahib to Delhi till Wagah border citing terror threats. The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has said the bus service will now on be operated only up to Wagah Border. The MEA said that if there are security concerns, it is then for Pakistan to decide what is in their interest in terms of security. Jan 7, 2015

Lakhvi to remain in jail, says Pakistan SC; politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 7 (ANI): The Supreme Court of Pakistan, Wednesday, overturned the Islamabad High Court's (IHC) decision to suspend the detention of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Politicos in India have welcomed the decision. Jan 7, 2015

Bengal Global Industrial Summit: Centre will stand by West Bengal, says Jaitley - Part 1

Kolkata, Jan 07 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while addressing 'Bengal Global Business Summit, 2015' in Kolkata on Wednesday said that the Central government will stand by West Bengal government as far as its industrial climate is concerned. Jaitley said that Bengal has several strengths like its strategic positions, its intellectual capital and rich mineral resources, but unfortunately many big industries have shifted out from the state. So, the biggest challenge is to establish them once again. Jaitley said that like Prime Minister Narendra Modi had once said he also believed that eastern India should grow faster than the country's western parts. Jan 7, 2015

Bengal Global Industrial Summit: Centre will stand by West Bengal, says Jaitley - Part 2

Kolkata, Jan 07 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while addressing 'Bengal Global Business Summit, 2015' in Kolkata on Wednesday said that the Central government will stand by West Bengal government as far as its industrial climate is concerned. Jaitley said that Bengal has several strengths like its strategic positions, its intellectual capital and rich mineral resources, but unfortunately many big industries have shifted out from the state. So, the biggest challenge is to establish them once again. Jaitley said that like Prime Minister Narendra Modi had once said he also believed that eastern India should grow faster than the country's western parts. Jan 7, 2015

Bangalore minor assault case: Social activists call for stricter laws and better security in schools

Jaipur/ New Delhi, Jan 7 (ANI): A minor girl was allegedly sexually assaulted at a school in Bengaluru on Wednesday after which agitated locals protested and destroyed school property. Meanwhile social activists called for stricter laws and better security in schools. Police has assured that they 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

Pakistan's Supreme Court denies bail to 26/11 Mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi

Islamabad, Jan 07 (ANI): The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday setting aside Islamabad High Court's (IHC) decision, denied suspension of the detention of Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, accused of plotting the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. According to the media reports, Pak SC declared IHC's order of releasing Lakhvi from jail as void and opined that the decision to grant bail to Lakhvi was taken in a hurry. The reports further stated that, Pak SC directed IHC to hear arguments of Lakhvi's lawyer and the Central Government of Pakistan. Earlier, the Islamabad High Court had ordered conditional release of Lakhvi and had asked him to deposit a security bond of Rs 1 million in response to his petition seeking an end to his detention. Jan 7, 2015

Home Minister terms suspicious Pakistani vessel a 'terror boat'

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that the fishing boat found off the western coast laden with explosives was a 'terror boat' intercepted by India. India said its forces had killed four Pakistanis planning an attack on Indian soil, although Indian media and opposition parties disputed the official account. Indian intelligence said the crew was planning "an illicit transaction" when the vessel was intercepted on New Year's Eve in the Arabian Sea, 365 km (225 miles) off India's western coast, according to a government statement. The defence ministry released blurred nighttime photographs of a burning fishing boat, with timestamps around 4 a.m. on New Year's Day. Jan 7, 2015

MEA announces series of events for 2015 Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Part - 1

Gandhinagar, Jan 07 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Wednesday announced the series of events to take place at the 2015 Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, the youth part of which commenced today amidst tight security in Gandhinagar. The event marks the centenary of the return to India of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa. He also said that among other events a stamp and coin will be inaugurated at the function featuring images of Mahatma Gandhi as a bachelor and as Father of the Nation. Akbaruddin also informed that Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj met with her South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane today and discussed wide range of issues. The three day event is the world's largest annual gathering of people of Indian origin aimed at enhancing networking and reinforcing commercial linkages. Jan 7, 2015

MEA announces series of events for 2015 Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Part - 2

Gandhinagar, Jan 07 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Wednesday announced the series of events to take place at the 2015 Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, the youth part of which commenced today amidst tight security in Gandhinagar. The event marks the centenary of the return to India of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa. He also said that among other events a stamp and coin will be inaugurated at the function featuring images of Mahatma Gandhi as a bachelor and as Father of the Nation. Akbaruddin also informed that Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj met with her South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane today and discussed wide range of issues. The three day event is the world's largest annual gathering of people of Indian origin aimed at enhancing networking and reinforcing commercial linkages. Jan 7, 2015

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