Chinese envoy to India optimistic about trilateral relations between India, China and the US

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Chinese envoy to India on Saturday said he hoped the trilateral relations between India, China and the US would contribute greatly to world peace and development. Envoy Le Yucheng was speaking at a conference "Shaping the 21st Century: India, US and China", organised ahead of US president Barak Obama's visit to India early next year. President Barack Obama will visit India in January at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While China and India have close economic and historical links, there is deep suspicion too, fuelled in part by a festering border dispute. Dec 13, 2014

Experts say arrest of ISIS twitter handler a wake-up call

New Delhi/ Allahabad, Dec 13 (ANI): Experts on Saturday (December 13) said the arrest of a man operating a pro-Islamic State Twitter account was a wake-up call and called upon investigation agencies to work along with neighbouring countries to fight militancy. Security Experts Praful Bakshi and Qamar Agha said that it is the failure of investigating agencies and a wake up call for authorities. Talking about the incident, cyber expert, Pawan Duggal, said that cyber terrorism was emerging as the biggest challenge. Mehdi Masroor Biswas's arrest at home came days after Britain's Channel Four identified him as the man behind "Shami Witness", the Twitter handle followed by thousands of people including most foreign fighters for the Islamic State. Dec 13, 2014

Cross border trade in Kashmir going strong

Poonch, Dec 13 (ANI): Cross-border trade between Indian Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) has picked up after recent flash floods damaged several bridges. The cross border trade at Chakan-da-Bagh was suspended in September due to the damage of the Time-Domain Reflectometer (TDR) cause way bridge on the Line of Control (LoC).This is the only link which connects Poonch in Indian Kashmir with Rawalkot in PoK. Jammu and Kashmir had witnessed worst flooding in September in which hundreds were killed and marooned. The valley is still recuperating from the after effects. The cross-border trade between the two nations was resumed after almost three weeks in October. A trader, Aziz, expressed happiness over resumption of cross-border trade, adding apples from Pakistan are very popular among the Indians. Dec 13, 2014

ISIS twitter case: Accused arrested by police, confesses operating account since many years

Bengaluru, Dec 13 (ANI): The man accused of handling pro-ISIS twitter account has been arrested by a special team of officials of Bengaluru Police on Saturday. DGP of Karnataka, L Pachuau said that the man identified as Mehdi Masroor Biswas was an engineer by profession and belongs to West Bengal. Bengaluru Police Commissioner MN Reddi said that Masroor was related to ISIS only virtually and used to translate Arabic tweets to English. Dec 13, 2014

Mamata Banerjee faces heat as her minister is arrested in Saradha scam

New Delhi/ Kolkata, Dec 13 (ANI): Political leaders mounted pressure on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday, a day after one of her senior ministers Madan Mitra was arrested by the CBI in the multi-million dollar Saradha scam. Mitra is the third senior member of Banerjee's regional Trinamool Congress who has been arrested by CBI for their involvement in the scam. Earlier, Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose were also arrested by the police in connection with the scam. Dec 13, 2014

Govt to start discussions on uniform civil code, draws flak from opposition

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): The Central government on Saturday drew flak from the opposition amidst reports of discussions over implementation of Uniform Civil Code. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it was unfortunate news as India is a nation of diverse cultures and it will hurt the sentiments of all religious people. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that his party is against the decision as it will spread communal tension. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that PM Narendra Modi's government has finally resorted to its kind of politics which is communal. Dec 13, 2014

Black Money: SIT traces 4479 crore rupees abroad, Politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Political parties on Saturday reacted after an SIT on black money traced 4479 crore rupees of black money in Swiss banks. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi said that the government should gradually start the process of gaining information on people related to black money. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the PM is not working towards bringing back money to the country. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that this issue is being raised since a long time and no solid results have come out. NCP leader Majid Memon said that much larger amount of black money is being stocked in India itself. CPI leader D Raja said that we should let SIT present its full report as Finance Minister said they are in a learning process. Dec 13, 2014

PM Modi takes a dig at rival political parties in J and K

Kathua, Dec 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir took a dig at his rival political parties in the state. Modi alleged that at the time of election the Congress party stabs its allies in the back. He also urged people to get rid of dynasty politics in the state. Dec 13, 2014

Will return blessings of people in form of Development: PM Modi during election rally in Kathua

Kathua, Dec 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir urged people to vote for his party to ensure development in their state. 20 Assembly constituencies in the three districts of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri go to poll in the fifth and final phase of the J and K assembly elections on Dec 20. The results will be declared on December 23. Dec 13, 2014

Politicos react after Rajasthan government completes one year under Vasundhara Raje

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday as Rajasthan government complete its one year under the leadership of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that people of Rajasthan have strong confidence on their government and are happy with their work. Congress leader Rashid Alvi, however, slamming the government said that development has come to a halt after BJP has formed its government in Rajasthan. Dec 13, 2014

Politicos react after Vinod Khanna says matters like Ram Temple should not become poll issues

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday after BJP leader Vinod Khanna said that matters like Ram Temple should not become poll issues. Congress leader Rashid Avi said that the matter is within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and hence BJP leaders should stop commenting on it. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that making such statements is unconstitutional. Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Vinod Bansal backing Khanna's statement said that people should stop doing politics with ram temple issue. Dec 13, 2014

Pro ISIS twitter account handler detained in Bengaluru, Politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday welcomed the detention of Pro ISIS twitter account handler in Bengaluru. Bengaluru police have detained the handler of the pro ISIS twitter handle at ShamiWitness on Friday night. However, the top police officials declined to confirm whether he was arrested and under which sections was a case made out against him. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal said that its good that the person in question is arrested but the intelligence agencies should remain more alert on such issues. Congress leader Manish Tewari questioned on the delay in the arrest of the twitter handler. NCP leader Majid Memon also welcomed the arrest. Dec 13, 2014

Politicos condemn death of Indian fisherman in Pak jail

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday condemned the death of an Indian fisherman in Pakistan jail. The 30 year old Indian fisherman, Devo Mand Kansaro has been found dead under mysterious circumstances in a jail in Karachi. Kansaro was arrested in March by Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency for fishing in the Arabian sea. Jail authorities claimed that Kansaro had died from natural causes after complaining chest pain. Political leaders demanded stern action against Pakistan by the Indian government. However, they ruled out any relation of the incident with the Parliamentary dialogue of the MPs of both nations gone wrong on Friday. Dec 13, 2014

Maharashtra irrigation scam: Politicos react after Fadnavis gives nod for probe against Ajit Pawar

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis gave his nod for probe against former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and NCP’s Maharashtra unit president Sunil Tatkare, in the alleged irrigation scam worth `26,000 crore. BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said that he feels Maharashtra government has fulfilled the promises it made to the people before polls. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the government can give a nod for the probe but shoudn’t order probe out of hatred or for taking any kind of revenge. NCP leader DP Tripathi, however, claimed he is confident that all the NCP leaders will be given clean chit in the irrigation scam. Dec 13, 2014

Politicos react after suspected terrorists kill abducted Sarpanch in Sopore

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday after the sarpanch belonging to National Conference from Sopore area of Baramulla district was kidnapped and murdered by suspected terrorists. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the government must look into the matter. NCP leader Majid Memon said that the J&K government must take cognizance of such fact. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi also appealed for probe into the matter. Dec 13, 2014