Kejriwal lashes out at BJP over price rise and corruption part - 2

New Delhi, Jan 4 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday slammed the BJP over price rise and corruption. During a public meeting in Delhi, Kejriwal said that the BJP talked about development before polls and now they talk about religious conversions. Jan 4, 2015

Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee slapped by unidentified man

East Midnapore, Jan 04 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee was slapped by a man while addressing youth TMC rally in West Bengal's East Midnapore district on Sunday. An unidentified man got on the stage during Abhishek's rally and slapped him. The attacker was quickly taken away by the security officials after the incident and was beaten harshly by the TMC supporters. As per the latest reports, the attacker was badly thrashed by the TMC workers after the incident and is said to have been rushed to the hospital. Jan 4, 2015

TMC says Abhishek Banerjee slapped by 'an outsider', political parties allege 'act by an insider'

New Delhi/ Kolkata, Jan 04 (ANI): After West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee was slapped by an unidentified youth at a public rally, TMC leader Derek O' Brien alleged that it was done by and outsider who apparently wanted to click a photograph along with Banerjee. Meanwhile, BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that the act is unfortunate and is definitely done by a party insider. Congress leader Rashid Alvi also condemned the act and said that the same was unlawful and this was not a correct way to protest. CPI leader Atul Anjan also expressed confidence that the act was done by a party insider who expressed anguish over the series of scams by the party. Jan 4, 2015

Petition filed in India against US firm for using Mahatma Gandhi's image on beer cans

Hyderabad/ New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): A lawyer in Hyderabad city of Andhra Pradesh filed a petition on Sunday against a US liquor company for using iconic freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi's picture on beer cans. New England Brewing Company came out with beer cans named 'Gandhi-Bot' claiming that their intention was to pay homage to Gandhi. He also said that using Gandhi's image on the beer cans is punishable under Indian laws. Matt Westfall, head brewer and partner at the New England Brewing Company, has apologised on behalf of the company through mail. Meanwhile, CPI leader D Raja said the American company should understand the sentiments of people. CPI leader Atul Anjan also slammed the foreign company for the same and said that India would oppose this if US President Barack Obama does not take cognizance of the matter. Jan 4, 2015

PMO responds to Indian man seeking financial assistance for sister's wedding after a year

Bulandshahr, Jan 04 (ANI): Indian man, who wrote to prime minister in 2014 seeking financial assistance for his sisters' marriage, got a reply after one year. Manjit, from Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh, had written to the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in January 2014, asking for monetary help for wedding of his two sisters. His troubles came to an end when he got a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office in this regard. The PMO wrote to the district officials, asking them to initiate an inquiry in the matter. PMO has written to District Magistrate, seeking details about Manjit's financial condition and his family background. Manjit's father, who was working with a private firm in fringes of New Delhi, recently quit his job owing to poor health. His mother is a homemaker. Jan 4, 2015

Five arrested in India over Japanese tourist gang rape

Five men have been arrested over the alleged gang-rape and extortion of a Japanese tourist held as a sex slave for nearly a month in a basement near a famous Buddhist shrine in India, officials say. Duration: 01:14 Jan 4, 2015

Patna police detains UP police official on charges of demanding bribe

Patna, Jan 04 (ANI): Patna Police on Sunday detained a police officer from Moradabad in case of alleged extortion and bribe demand. SP City of Patna, Shivdeep Lande said that the police officer was conducting investigation in some case which is why he inquired from a cyber cafe owner regarding a case of issuing SIM card on a fake identity. He added that the cafe owner was threatened by the police officer to drag him into a fake case if he does not pay a certain amount of money, allegedly bribe. The detained officer said that he was conducting investigation in a fake identity SIM case and he was being stalked in a fake case. Jan 4, 2015

AAP, BJP workers clash at Tughlakabad, five injured

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Five people were injured after members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clashed in Tughlakabad area following an aggressive debate in a TV news channel. Workers of both the parties pushed each other, pelted stones and abused each other using derogatory remarks. A car was set ablaze following the feud giving an ugly turn to the incident. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Meenakshi Lekhi said that the clash was a result of AAP's frustration. Meanwhile, AAP leader Ashutosh said that it is in BJP's nature to spread violence. Police had immediately cordoned off the area and rushed the injured persons to the hospital. Jan 4, 2015

Sushma warns Pak dismissing allegations of ceasefire in letter to Sartaj Aziz, Reactions flow

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has written to Sartaj Aziz in a letter warning Pak and dismissing all allegations of ceasefire violation. Swaraj wrote that Indian forces have only retaliated to the firing taking place from the other side of the international border. BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra said that Pakistan is internationally supporting terrorism and India has always sent a message of anti-terrorism. Security Expert Qamar Agha said that Pak has always resolved to blame game when it faces flak for firing internationally. Jan 4, 2015

BJP raises doubt on Congress' faith in Indian govt, says Congress speaks like Pak

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra on Sunday raised doubt on the faith of Congress party towards the Indian government. Patra said that India was able to celebrate 2015 New Year peacefully only because the security agencies and Indian Coast Guard aborted the terror sent through Pak suspicious boat. He also said that Congress speaks the language which Pakistan speaks in. Patra also said that BJP has raised questions before Congress as to whether it trusts Indian government or the terror-supportive Pak government. Jan 4, 2015

Army intensifies operation to hunt down tribal guerillas in Assam

Kokrajhar, Jan 04 (ANI): Combing operations against the tribal militant group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) are going on in full swing along India-Bhutan border in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of Assam. Army, police and paramilitary forces under the unified command structure are carrying out joint operations in the strong hold areas of tribal guerillas in the forest terrain. The massive patrolling along the India-Bhutan border areas has been intensified while the army is searching out militants hidden deep inside the Ripu and Chirang reserve forests in Kokrajhar and Aie-Valley division in Chirang district. The border in the two districts has also been sealed by the security forces as NDFB militants could sneak through border areas. India has sought help from Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh in an offensive against the militant group in Assam. Jan 4, 2015

Tamil group stage protest against Salman Khan for supporting Sri Lankan President

Mumbai, Jan 04 (ANI): A Tamil group on Sunday protested against Bollywood Actor Salman Khan outside his residence in Mumbai after the actor agreed to campaign for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for presidential polls in the country. The protesters of regional Naam Tamilar Katchi party shouted slogans against Khan and Rajapaksa. Khan, along with Sri Lankan-born Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez, recently visited Sri Lanka to campaign for Rajapaksa on the invitation by latter's son Namal Rajapaksa. A protester, Mani Gandam, accused Rajapaksa for killing over thousands of Tamilians in the Sri Lanka war and demanded Khan's apology to the public. Some of the protesters were detained and taken to the police station. Jan 4, 2015

Residents along Indo-Pak Border seek permanent solution to recurrent ceasefire violations

Samba, Jan 04 (ANI): Villagers in Samba district along the defacto Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir seek a permanent solution to the recurrent ceasefire violations. It is a day of calm on Sunday after repeated violations in the last few days which forced the villagers to migrate to safer shelter. Villagers living along the international border are agitated with Pakistan for violating the ceasefire truce time and again. In a fresh assault, Pakistani Rangers targeted several Indian paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) posts in Ramgarh town of Jammu district early on Saturday. Barota camp in Ramgarh sector also came under heavy mortar firing. The villages bear a deserted look with only a few people gathering in groups to take a stock of the situation. They seek an end to the repeated ceasefire violations. Jan 4, 2015

Jugal Kishore alleges that BSP sells MP ticket for crores

Lakhimpur Kheri, Jan 04 (ANI): Former BSP leader Jugal Kishore on Sunday alleged that the party is selling MP tickets for crores. Kishore said that he joined BSP for its struggle and ideology and that he wanted to be a part of the party till the end. He further added that the BSP changed its pattern and started taking money for party seats. He alleged that the BSP takes 50 thousand rupees for good seat and one to two crores for general candidates. Kishore further said that he had warned Mayawati against such activities which was hampering the party but instead the party chief expelled him. Jan 4, 2015