Raghubar Das expresses gratitude towards citizens for 'clear mandate' in Jharkhand Part- 2

Ranchi, Dec 28 (ANI): Raghubar Das addresses mediapersons for the first time after swearing in as chief minister of Jharkhand and expressed gratitude towards citizens for a 'clear mandate' in the state. Das said that the party is thankful for such a mandate and will work to come upto the expectations of the people. He said that the new state government will work for better enforcement of law and order in the state and will try to excel in works of development in Jharkhand. Dec 28, 2014

Blast in factory in Vizag kills one, injures 12

Visakhapatnam, Dec 28 (ANI): Blast at a Ferro Alloys factory killed one and injured 12 others on Sunday (December 28) in Visakhapatnam city of Andhra Pradesh. As per factory workers, a boiler burst in the factory injuring people. Education Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, visited the hospital. Medical Superintendent of Seven Hills Hospital, Doctor M Dinakar, said that two patients are in a serious condition. This is second such accident that took place in one year at the Ferro Alloys factory. The state government has set-up a committee to enquiry on the accidents that happen regularly in the factory. Dec 28, 2014

Congress hits at AAP for lavish election campaign

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): DPCC Chief Arvinder Singh Lovely on Sunday hit at Aam Aadmi Party for its lavish spending on hoardings over election campaign for the upcoming polls in Delhi. Lovely said that the Congress party does not have enough money to spend lavishly on hoardings for publicity. He also alleged that AAP is a secondary party of BJP as no party can spend so much money without central government’s support. Dec 28, 2014

Surat based firm develops laser technology to cut, polish diamonds

Surat, Dec 28 (ANI): Sahajanand Technologies (Pvt) Limited in Gujarat developed laser technology to cut and polish diamonds hoping to increase production and reduce human errors. The firm has developed the latest technology, which cuts and polishes diamonds using a high intensity laser beam. The shape of the diamond is selected on computer based design software. Most of the diamonds are polished by people using microscopes and hand cutters. Chief executive officer of firm, Rahul Gaywala, said that this technology would help Indian diamond industry by providing better production and diamond quality. The managing director of the firm, Dhiraj Vasoya, said they were inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. Dec 28, 2014

Maoists blast mobile tower in Bihar

Gaya, Dec 28 (ANI): A group of 50 Maoists blasted a mobile tower in Gaya district of Bihar on Sunday instilling fear among villagers. In last five to six months, there has been an increase in the number of Maoists shunning extremist ideology and returning to civil society alleging exploitation at the hands of Maoists. 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 industrialisation. Dec 28, 2014

Harrowing time for commuters as buses in Chennai go on strike

Chennai, Dec 28 (ANI): People in Tamil Nadu had a harrowing time as majority of buses went off roads after employees of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) went on strike on Sunday (December 28). The employees lamented the state government has failed to take care of employees' welfare and they sat on indefinite strike to press for their demands. TNSTC employees are seeking wage revision and also want the jobs of 20,000 temporary employees to be regularised. The strike was supposed to commence from Monday (December 29) but began a day earlier after the salary of the labourers who were absent from work was not given to them. Adding more to the worry of the state residents, private vans and auto rickshaws were seen charging 10 times more than the usual fare. Close to 1,20,000 workers went on strike from Sunday. Dec 28, 2014

Reactions flow as govt asks Pak to hand over Dawood Ibrahim to India

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Political leaders and experts reacted on Sunday after Indian government asked the Pakistan government to hand over Dawood Ibrahim to India as he is the main accused in various terrorist attacks executed in India. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the government should not assume that Pakistan will hand over Dawood Ibrahim easily as it is partner to all crimes Ibrahim executed. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the Central government is in talks with Pakistan and it will surely take out a solution to all terrorist-related problems. Defence Expert Commodore (Retd) Ranjit B Rai said that Indian intelligence agencies have the information given to them by the American agencies but they are mostly unable to do anything because of lack of pressure. Security Expert SR Sinho said that if Dawood is handed over to India it will be helpful in solving majority terrorist-related problems of the country. Dec 28, 2014

Thousands attend funeral of slain New York policeman

Thousands of New York policemen paid homage Saturday at the funeral of officer Rafael Ramos, shot dead on December 20 alongside colleague Wenjian Liu in an apparent revenge attack for recent police killings of unarmed black men. Dec 28, 2014

Protest continues against Aamir Khan's 'PK'

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Dec 28 (ANI): Vishwa Hindu Parishad workers on Sunday protested against Aamir Khan's recently released 'PK' in Mumbai. The protesters alleged that Khan had hurt religious sentiments of Hindu community and demanded ban on the movie. Delhi also witnessed similar protest against the movie wherein protesters tore the movie posters outside the theatres. Meanwhile, Yoga Guru and religious leader Baba Ramdev also slammed the flick and said that the same should be stopped from showcasing in theatres. Dec 28, 2014

Security experts say convergence with US on extradition of Tahawwur Hussain Rana unlikely

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Security experts on Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have to find a way to demand extradition of Tahawwur Hussain Rana from the US during President Barack Obama’s visit for Republic Day celebrations. Rana was arrested in Chicago by the FBI on October 18, 2009 for plotting an attack on Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which ran cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in 2005, US authorities said in court documents. Security Expert Uday Bhaskar said that it was difficult to expect a convergence between Washington and New Delhi on militancy in relation to Pakistan. Another Security Expert Kamal Mitra Chenoy said Modi would have to find a polite way to convey the demand. Dec 28, 2014

Robbie Williams likes to Skype wife before performing on stage

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Robbie Williams recently admitted that he chats with his wife Ayda Field on Skype before his performances on stage. The Brit singer said that technology had made the world a lot smaller and has made relationships a lot easier, as sometimes he even carried his computer on stage, an online portal reported. The 'Candy' singer further said that Skype seemed as a last option for his little Williams family to stay in touch and take them everywhere he wants. Williams later added that her daughter Theodora Rose, was obsessed with ' Frozen' and they listens to the movie songs in the car wherever they go. Dec 28, 2014

Tea plantation workers in Assam return to work after militant attack

Sonitpur, Dec 28 (ANI): Life returned back to normalcy as tea plantation workers in Assam returned to work after at least 80 people were killed by a tribal militant group. Militants fighting for a separate homeland for indigenous Bodo tribesmen went on a killing spree in Assam on Tuesday, killing 80 people in four attacks in the space of an hour, the deadliest violence in months. Hundreds of plantation workers armed with spears and bows and arrows defied a curfew imposed in response to the rebel attacks and surrounded police stations in Sonitpur district, the area worst hit by the militant violence, saying authorities had failed to protect them. Two days since the army took control of the area, the tea plantation workers in Biswanath Chariali town of Sonitpur district are trying to put the attack behind them. Dec 28, 2014

Reactions pour in after IIT-Delhi Director resigns alleging pressure from the government

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Sunday after Director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD) Raghunath K. Shevgaonkar resigned two years before the completion of his term. According to the media reports, the resignation came due to tremendous pressure from the ministry, which wanted to lend IIT ground to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for opening a cricket academy. IIT Alumni Association Secretary CK Jain said that it is very unfortunate that government is trying to take IIT under it. IIT Alumni Association former President Subodh Jindal requested the government to take the director’s resignation back. IIT Alumni Association President Ashok Kumar said that the whole IIT Delhi alumni are not happy with his resignation. Dec 28, 2014

Assam Violence: Centre should have taken more steps to curb militancy in North East, says former CM

Rajkot, Dec 28 (ANI): Former Assam Chief Minister and Asom Gana Parishad President Prafulla Kumar Mahanta on Sunday while commenting on the recent attacks in Assam said that Central government should have taken tough measures to control militancy in North East region. He added that when Congress was in power in Assam, the problem had arisen and is still continuing. He further stated that he wished peace to prevail in the region. Dec 28, 2014