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

BJP and SP call for action against Mayawati after allegations of selling party tickets surface

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Jan 04 (ANI): BJP and SP on Sunday called for action against BSP Chief Mayawati after expelled leader Jugal Kishore alleged that party is selling tickets to candidates. BJP leader Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that this is not the first time that such allegations have surfaced against Mayawati. Pathak said that there is no reason not to believe Jugal Kishore's allegations. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Gaurav Bhatia said that such 'serious charges' against BSP and Mayawati have not come up for the first time and that this makes it more credible. Bhatia also said that the Election Commission must hear all leaders who've made such charges and take action against the BSP. Jan 4, 2015

Mourners attend wake for slain NY cop Wenjian Liu

Police and mourners attend a wake for the New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Wenjian Liu, one of two New York policemen shot to death in their patrol car on December 20. Duration: 00:30 Jan 4, 2015

Airport in Kolkata on alert following threat to Air India flight

Kolkata/ Jaipur, Jan 04 (ANI): Security has been beefed up at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata city of West Bengal following a threat to an Air India flight. The booking office of Air India, in Kolkata, received an anonymous threat call on Saturday that an Air India flight will be hijacked. However, the exact details of the flight which is likely to be targeted are not known. It has also not been ascertained yet whether or not the call was a hoax. Reacting to the hijack threat, Aviation Expert Harshvardhan asserted on the need to take even the smallest threat very seriously. A passenger Manju Jaana said that she arrived early at the airport in view of the increased security at the airport and was ready to cooperate with the officials. Another passenger Sudhanshu Mukherjee said that it was reassuring to see so much security in place at the airport. Jan 4, 2015

Politicos slam UP minister for saying society, not govt responsible for crimes like rape

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Dec 4 (ANI): Politicos on Sunday criticized Uttar Pradesh Women and Child Welfare Minister Aruna Kori for putting onus on the society to check crimes like rape. Leaders of rival parties said that the onus lies on those who are in power to help bring transformation in the society by enacting strict rules. The Uttar Pradesh Minister had earlier on Sunday tried to absolve the government's responsibility over crimes like rape, saying it is the society and not the government that is responsible for such crimes. Her comments came just days after two cops allegedly gang-raped a minor girl in Badaun. Jan 4, 2015

A decade of aid cash brings little cheer for Afghan orphans

International aid was meant to transform Afghanistan's welfare standards, but orphanages in Kabul reveal that the most vulnerable children, many left parentless by war, have seen little benefit from the billions of dollars spent. Duration: 02:44 Jan 4, 2015

Traditional martial arts competition in Thiruvananthapuram sees more female participation

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 04 (ANI): More than 350 students, mostly girls, participated in the ongoing National Championship of ‘Kalaripayattu’ (traditional Indian form of martial arts) in Thiruvananthapuram. This is the 56th edition of the championship which will culminate on Sunday. Kalaripayattu is the oldest form of fighting which originated in Kerala. It is the oldest fighting system in existence which includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. Secretary General of Indian Kalaripayattu Federation, Poonthura Soman, appreciated the increased female participation. In ancient days, both men and women practiced this form of art to stay fit and healthy. It also helps one to increase their concentration level. Many traditional dance schools incorporate Kalaripayattu as part of their exercise regimen as it makes person’s body very flexible. Jan 4, 2015

President Mukherjee extends good wishes to Myanmar on 67th Independence Day.

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday extended his good wishes to Myanmar on the country's 67th Independence Day. In his message to the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U. Thein Sein, the President said, "On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, I extend to you warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. India and Myanmar share enduring ties of culture, religion, language and ethnicity that have served as bedrock of our close and friendly relations. Our joint efforts, in the last few years, have led to substantial broadening and deepening of our bilateral relations. We look forward to continue working with you and your government to further strengthen our multifaceted cooperation. Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your personal well-being as well as for the happiness and continued prosperity of the friendly people of Myanmar," he added. Jan 4, 2015

Cold wave, fog lead to poor visibility across northern India

Shimla/ Srinagar/ Ludhiana/ Varanasi, Jan 04 (ANI): Northern states of India continued to reel under extreme cold weather conditions on Sunday, leading to fog and poor visibility. People who work outdoors were seen taking warmth from road side bonfire and drinking tea from tea vendor stalls to stay warm. The poor visibility has also disrupted road, rail and air traffic across India. As trains ran behind scheduled time due to fog, passengers in Varanasi complained of no information on trains schedules. The cold wave has added to the troubles of daily wage labourers like auto-rickshaw drivers, rickshaw pullers and homeless people as they have no alternative but to bear the chill to earn their living. Meanwhile, in Srinagar tourists were seen enjoying heavy snowfall. Jan 4, 2015

Muslims across India celebrate Prophet Muhammad's birthday with fervour

Kolkata/ Lucknow/ Aurangabad, Jan 04 (ANI): Muslim community across India celebrated Mawlid or Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, with great fervour on Sunday. Muslims took out processions to mark the occasion, celebrated as the day of the birth of Muhammad, Islam's Prophet. Homes, mosques, shrines and seminaries are decked with flags, buntings and banners to welcome the day, considered to be among the most blessed in the Islamic calendar. In Lucknow city, residents thronged the streets to celebrate the festival. Tableaux and processions were the highlights of the occasion. Religious songs played on loudspeakers as the city's Muslims paid obeisance to their Prophet. Jan 4, 2015

AAP blames BJP for aggressive politics after clash between workers

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday blamed the ruling BJP government for resorting to aggressive politics after clash between workers of AAP and BJP. Kejriwal said that his party is a peaceful party and BJP always attacks AAP workers in the wake of fear of failure. AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj said that BJP had previously also resorted to violence prior to Lok Sabha polls as it was afraid of failure. He further requested the Central government to carry out investigation considering the video footage of the clash. Jan 4, 2015

BJP react as death toll in Assam Violence rises to 81

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): BJP on Sunday react as death toll in Assam violence rose to 81. The death toll rose after police on Saturday recovered the bodies of missing persons in Kokajhar district. Meanwhile, over 25,000 inmates of relief camps on Saturday left for their homes in violence-affected districts. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao blamed the Assam government for not taking any action in the case and said that the incident was avoidable if the government had taken proper actions. Party leader Subramanian Swamy said that the violence in the state relates to the Bangladeshi migrants and that the government should act on the matter. Jan 4, 2015

Congress hits back at BJP govt for allegations of doubt over Gujarat boat incident

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Congress leader Ajoy Kumar on Sunday hit back at the BJP government putting allegations of doubt and mistrust after it raised questions on faith of the Indian government for aborting terror activity of Porbandar boat incident. Kumar said that the BJP government should not term the activity as terror unless the final report comes. He also said that Congress party has always worked towards national security and integrity. Jan 4, 2015

Politicos slam Pakistan for increasing ceasefire violation at border

New Delhi, Jan 4 (ANI): Politicos on Sunday slammed Pakistan over increased ceasefire violations at the border. Opposition leaders also asked the government to take strict action against Pakistan. One woman lost her life and three others got injured in the latest ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops on several BSF posts along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba and Kathua districts. Jan 4, 2015

Rajasthan Govt cancels mutation of Robert Vadra's Bikaner land, Politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Sunday after the Rajasthan government cancelled the mutation of a part of land purchased by Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's company Skylight Hospitality Private Limited in Bikaner district, on the grounds that it was bought from fake buyers. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that law is doing its work and the guilty will be punished. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the cancellation is a political vendetta and that the government is just trying to bother Robert Vadra. RJD leader Manoj Jha hoped that the cancellation of the mutation is not politically motivated. AAP leader Devendra Sehrawat said that the guilty should be punished. Jan 4, 2015