Raghubar Das meets Jharkhand Governor staking claim to form govt

Ranchi, Dec 26 (ANI): BJP delegation led by Raghubar Das met Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed on Friday and staked claim to form the next government in Jharkhand. After attending the meeting, Das said that oath taking ceremony will be held on 28th December and it will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dec 26, 2014

India, Bangladesh begin border talks

Dhaka, Dec 26 (ANI): A four-day conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) began in Dhaka city on Friday. BGB Director General, Major General Aziz Ahmed, led a 23-member delegation and met BSF Director General Devendra Kumar Pathak, who was accompanied by 20-member delegation. Both the countries are expected to discuss issues relating to border security, smuggling, infiltration and curbing trans-border crimes. India, earlier this month, inched closer to settling a long-simmering border dispute with Bangladesh, possibly signaling a softer line from Prime Minister Narendra Modi than when he was in opposition. Dec 26, 2014

Majority of the States were in favor of early implementation of GST, says Jaitley after pre-budget m

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday after the pre-budget consultation meeting with the finance ministers of the states said that majority of the states were in favor of early implementation of GST. He added that states even suggested that flagships of the centre like Jan Dhan Yojana should be more encouraged. He further stated that all the suggestions will be taken into consideration while formulating the policies. Dec 26, 2014

Rajnath Singh distributes enhanced compensation cheques for 1984 Riots, says committee formed to hel

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday distributed compensation cheques to some 20 people who have been affected by the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Singh said that a committee has been formed to help relatives of 1984 riot victims and assured the people that Home Ministry will work on complaints and reports of committee. A hike in compensation to five lakh rupees was announced by Rajnath Singh in October, five months after BJP formed its government at the Centre. Dec 26, 2014

Life disrupted as mercury level continues to dip in Northern India

New Delhi/Moradabad, Dec 26 (ANI): The intense cold climate in northern India continues to affect normal life as trains run late by several hours. In capital New Delhi, the minimum temperature on Friday (December 26) stood at five degrees centigrade with the maximum going up to 16 degrees. The cold has inconvenienced locals on the streets as they struggle to find means to keep themselves warm, often burning scraps of rubbish to create a bonfire. According to reports, at least seven people have died in Uttar Pradesh due to the cold. Fog conditions accompanying the cold wave have also disrupted road, air and rail services. In Moradabad, railway passengers had a tough time as several trains were running late for hours. The sudden dip in temperatures is said to have been caused by snowfall in the Himalayas and has adversely impacted the upper half of the country. Dec 26, 2014

Arun Jaitley promises simplified tax regime

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday (December 26) promised a simplified tax structure, but did not specify any deadline. Jaitley made the comments while addressing recruits of the Indian Revenue Service in New Delhi. Jaitley also called upon the taxmen to be both "firm and fair" while calculating taxes. Jaitley will be presenting the first full budget during the Narendra Modi led BJP government in February. Dec 26, 2014

Politicos react after PDP MLA Ashraf Mir fires AK-47 to celebrate his victory

New Delhi/Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 26 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after Peoples Democratic Party MLA Ashraf Mir fired from an AK-47 assault rifle to celebrate his victory against National Conference leader Omar Abdullah from Sonawar Assembly seat in Jammu and Kashmir. BJP leader Sunil Sharma said that it is a condemnable event if it has happened. Congress leader JP Aggarwal demanded strict action against Ashraf Mir. National Conference leader Tanvir Sadiq said that the firing celebrations show the arrogance of the leader on his victory. JandK NPP Chief Bhim Singh also condemned the celebrations. Dec 26, 2014

Our role is border guarding, working to sensitize forces: SSB on Assam Violence

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Even as the death toll in Assam attacks rose to more than 80, Sashastra Seema Bal Director General BD Sharma on Friday said that the role of SSB is border guarding and the forces are doing the same. He said that the SSB is working to make it better and are taking the help of Army and police in the same. Further, he also said that 20 more companies are dent at the spot apart from nine battalions already there. Dec 26, 2014