Party President to decide on Govt formation in J and K, says Arun Jaitley

Jammu, Dec 25 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while addressing a press conference after a meeting of the newly-elected MLAs, said that the legislators have authorized BJP President Amit Shah to decide the future course of action on government formation. He added that popularity vote of J and K is with the BJP. The MLAs in the meeting discussed the issue of government formation in a hung House. Jaitley said that there was a consensus within the MLAs that Government should be formed and that Shah should take the final decision on government formation. Dec 25, 2014

Acid attack victim's colleague arrested in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Thursday arrested a colleague of the woman doctor, who was recently attacked with acid by two bike-borne assailants in Rajouri Garden. The police have also arrested three men, two of them juveniles, for perpetrating the crime. On Tuesday, two men on a motorcycle were captured on CCTV camera throwing acid on a woman doctor while she was driving a scooty. The woman, who reportedly sustained burn injuries on the right side of her face, is currently undergoing treatment in AIIMS. According to reports, the victim works at ESI hospital in Rajouri Garden and lives with her brother in Hari Nagar. Dec 25, 2014

Assam attack: NIA probe has been ordered into the incident, says Rajnath Singh

Guwahati, Dec 25 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that the attack on innocents in Assam was unfortunate and NIA probe has been ordered to investigate the incident. Singh said that it was definitely an attack planned by militants. He added that the government is not in favor of holding dialogues with such terrorist organizations who kill innocent people violently. Dec 25, 2014

Tsunami-hit fishermen in Tamil Nadu continue to struggle with their life

Chennai, Dec 25 (ANI): Life has changed little for thousands of people of the fishing community in Tamil Nadu rattled by a powerful earthquake measuring 9.1 in 2004. While the government has pumped in billions of dollars of money, life is not the same for them. Ten years on, they continue to struggle with their life. Ammaponnu lost everybody in her family, except her daughter when the deadly waves swept away their houses and trawlers. With government's compensation money over, she stares at a bleak future. The tsunami killed around 226,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and nine other countries. A fisherman, Dilli (by one name) has all praise for the government and other agencies for helping them rebuild their life. Dec 25, 2014

Indians celebrate Christmas with fervour across country

Kolkata/ Ranchi/ Raipur/ New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): People across India thronged churches on Thursday morning to celebrate Christmas as the festivity gripped the country. The winter festival draws people from all communities to participate with pomp and gaiety. People arrived in churches for special midnight prayers on the Christmas Eve and then attended the morning prayers to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. People, drowned in festive mood, visited the decked up churches, wearing Santa caps, offered prayers and greeted each other on the season's festival in Raipur. Churches in Ranchi city were decorated as people were seen praying to Jesus on the occasion. Greeting people on the occasion, Reverend Father Maria Susai of New Delhi's Sacred Heart Cathedral said he was praying for the country. Dec 25, 2014

Our priority to form govt, will be facilitating factor & not impeding: Sajjad Lone

Srinagar, Dec 25 (ANI): J&K People's Conference Chief Sajjad Lone on Thursday said that their priority is to form government in the state. He said that the party will be a facilitating factor and not an impeding factor in the process of government formation. Further, he accepted that the BJP has the power and they will help in whichever way to form a government. J&K assembly elections ended with ‘fractured mandate’, paving way for a coalition government in the state. Dec 25, 2014

Suresh Prabhu & Nitin Gadkari wields broom on 'Good Governance Day'

Varanasi/ Nagpur, Dec 25 (ANI): Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday wielded broom on the occasion of 'Good Governance Day'. Prabhu picked up the broom at Manduadih railway station of Varanasi and said that improvements will be brought in railways so as to increase the passenger's satisfaction during the journey. Meanwhile, Gadkari participated in the drive in Nagpur and said that development and good governance are both important for the nation. Dec 25, 2014

PM Modi pays floral tribute to Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya at BHU

Varanasi, Dec 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid floral tribute to Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya at Banaras Hindu University on his 153th birth anniversary. Malaviya is most remembered as the founder of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) at Varanasi in 1916, the largest residential university in Asia and one of the largest in the world. He also served as the Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University from 1919-1938. Later, PM Modi also paid a visit at Assi Ghat. Yesterday, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and educationist Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya were conferred with the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna. Dec 25, 2014

Blast rocks Imphal again, none injured

Imphal, Dec 25 (ANI): A powerful IED went off near a post of India’s paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) in Imphal, Manipur on Wednesday (December 24). Witnesses said nobody was injured in the blast. Police suspect the IED was equipped with a timer device. The blast occurred just a kilometre away from the 49 BSF Post located at Laikoiching area. BSF contingent, which was on a routine patrol, had a miraculous escape as the blast took place minutes after it went past the post. So, far no group has claimed responsibility for the blast and the motive behind it is not known yet. Earlier this week on December 21, three people were killed and four sustained injuries in a bomb explosion in Imphal. Dec 25, 2014

PM Modi visits Vajpayee's residence on his 90th birthday

New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday visited Atal Bihari Vajpayee's residence and greeted the former PM on his 90th birthday. Modi said there is no bigger tribute to Vajpayee than celebrating his birthday as "Good Governance Day". Modi visited Vajpayee along with BJP President Amit Shah and other union leaders. Vajpayee, along with late freedom fighter-educationist Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, was on Wednesday named for Bharat Ratna. Both of them share their birthday on Dec 25. Dec 25, 2014

Maoist attack kills one cop, injures four in Jharkhand

Chatra, Dec 25 (ANI): Maoists attacked a police team in Chatra district of Jharkhand state on December 24 night killing one cop and injuring four others. A policeman who witnessed the incident said it took place late evening in Itkhori region of the district. The injured were admitted to a hospital in Hazaribagh city. Meanwhile, police have cordoned off the area and begun combing operations. The rebels have operated for decades across a wide swath of central and eastern India, and grew in strength during recent times in areas where poor, tribal villagers came into conflict with mining companies seeking resources for industrialization. Dec 25, 2014

Nawaz Sharif sends bouquet to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birthday

New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday sent a bouquet to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 90th birthday. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited Atal Bihari Vajpayee's residence and greeted the former PM on his birthday. Modi visited Vajpayee along with BJP President Amit Shah and other union leaders. Dec 25, 2014

Opposition parties pull up NDA for choosing ordinance route for coal, insurance reforms; Govt defend

New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): The Congress and the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Thursday criticized the BJP-led government at the Centre for bypassing the Parliament and choosing the ordinance route to bring reforms in the coal and insurance sectors. The BJP, however, defended itself. Congress leader Rashid Alvi condemned the government's step. CPI leader D Raja said that attempts to rule through ordinance is not good governance. However, BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that Modi government is committed for reforms and economic development. The Centre on Wednesday approved the promulgation of an ordinance to raise the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) cap in the insurance sector to 49 percent from 26 percent as the legislation could not be passed in the Parliament. Dec 25, 2014

WHO urges for disaster preparedness ahead of 10th Indian Ocean tsunami anniversary

New Delhi/Nagapattinam, Dec 25 (ANI): The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday called for strong response and preparedness ahead of 10th anniversary of Indian Ocean tsunami. More than 16,279 people in India were killed on the morning of December 26, 2004. A total of 730,000 people in India were displaced and 157,393 buildings and homes damaged or destroyed a decade ago when the enormous waves smashed into the coast. According to government records, India's worst affected district was Nagapattinam, where 6,065 people were killed; more than 200 children were orphaned, while nearly 900 were left with only one parent. Dec 25, 2014

Three Railway Protection Force personnel killed in brawl among themselves

Howrah, Dec 25 (ANI): Three Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel were killed after they clashed with each other in West Bengal. Other personnel on duty informed that they heard rounds of firing but were unaware of the reason behind the clash. RPF Inspector General (IG), Binod Kumar Daka, said the matter was under investigation. The three deceased personnel have been identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) J Yadav, two head constables Bhagwat Chowdhury and DK Singh. The RPF is an Indian Central Armed Police Force charged with protecting railways. Dec 25, 2014