JD (U) eager for merger of Janta Parivar before Bihar polls, BJP calls it their 'nervousness'

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): JD (U) leader KC Tyagi showed eagerness on merger of the Janta Parivar before Bihar polls. Tyagi said that the results of Jharkhand polls are concerning and so the regional parties should be prepared for the next year's election. He said that in order to avoid BJP coming to power in all states in the country, parties with similar ideologies should unite and try to get together and do away with 'communal forces'. Reacting on the same, BJP said that these statements show the nervousness of the JD (U) party and remained confident of a win in coming elections too. Dec 26, 2014

Politicos condemn after Hindu Mahasabha leader abuses Gandhi, prepares for Godse's statue in Meerut

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday condemned Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha leader's abusive remarks against Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that BJP should clarify its ideology regarding Gandhi as their supporting parties keep changing views. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that the state government should take action in the case and clarified that BJP is with the ideology of Gandhi. A day after Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha and Om Shiv Mahakaal Seva Samiti conducted a foundation-stone laying ceremony of the country's first Nathuram Godse statue, a case was registered against Hindu Mahasabha national general secretary Madan Acharya for allegedly using "abusive language" against Mahatma Gandhi. Dec 26, 2014

Assam violence: Govt reportedly ignored IB alert, BJP condemns

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): After the violent attacks which took place in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts of Assam, reports state that the state government had ignored an alert issued by the Intelligence Bureau. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that this is dangerous on the part of the state government and it should immediately take action against those responsible for ignoring the threat when all information was available. Dec 26, 2014

AAP to raise funds through "Coffee with Kejriwal" worth 20k

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party has planned a fund raiser event through coffee with party Chief Arvind Kejriwal worth Rupees 20,000. AAP leader Somnath Bharti said that the party is raising funds through fair means before the people of the country and their funds cannot be questioned as everything is open. He said that other political parties take support of the millionaire businesspersons and there is no track of their funds. Bharti further questioned the fund policy of other major political parties which are raising questions on AAP. Dec 26, 2014

PM Modi rules out privatization of Railways

Varanasi, Dec 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear that his government will not privatise railways and instead wants to put more money for the development of railways. Modi was addressing railway workers in his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. Modi was at the Diesel Locomotive Workshop in the city to lay foundation stone of the extension of the workshop. Modi added the private money and foreign investments will be used to facilitate modernization of the national transporter. Highlighting the importance he wanted to give to the railways, Modi talked about setting up four railway universities to boost the capabilities of the sector. Modi said that by bringing modern changes to the railways, India could develop more. The Prime Minister also dedicated to the country a new high tech engine made in the workshop. Pitching for his 'Make in India' initiative, Modi said every component of every project of railways should be indigenous. Dec 26, 2014

Police bust Rave party in Gurgaon

Gurgaon, Dec 26 (ANI): Police in Gurgaon, in a joint operation with Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) busted a rave party at a farmhouse. Nearly 44 youngsters, including four girls, were rounded up. The party was taking place in a farmhouse near Gurgaon and the police raided it at 3.30 am (2200 GMT). Police Commissioner of Gurgaon, Navdeep Singh Virk said they recovered LSD, crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine from the farmhouse. Most of the detained people are from Delhi. The Gurgaon police had received a tip-off about the party on Wednesday night from an official from NCB. Dec 26, 2014

Mumbai 'Dabbawalas' join PM's 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'

New Delhi/ Chennai/ Mumbai/ Varanasi, Dec 26 (ANI): The lunch box delivery men of Mumbai or 'dabbawalas' as they are called, hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for nominating them to join Clean Indian Mission. The dabbawalas are city's lifeline as the team of around 5000 people supply food to around 200,000 office goers every day. They carry hot food in lunch boxes from the houses of Mumbai residents late in the morning and deliver them at their workplace. The dabbawalas said they are honoured with the nomination and would do their best to ensure cleanliness around. Modi also nominated classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, former Delhi Police Commissioner Kiran Bedi, former Cricketer Sourav Ganguly and Comedian Kapil Sharma for his Clean India Mission. Dec 26, 2014

Indonesia pay respect to 2004 tsunami victims to mark 10th anniversary of disaster

Indonesia, Dec 26 (ANI): Indonesian official offered floral tributes to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on Friday as the region commemorated the 10th anniversary of the disaster. In Siron mass grave, where thousands were killed in the tsunami were buried, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla and his wife Mufidah led a delegation of a dozen officials who paid their respects to those who died. The 10-meter killer wave, triggered by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake off western Indonesia, wiped out most of the coastal areas in the region, leaving at least 226,000 people dead. Indonesia was the worst hit area with at least 168,000 people dead in Aceh province alone, the closest point to the epicenter. Dec 26, 2014

Residents await completion of National Highway in J and K

Srinagar, Dec 26 (ANI): Residents of Jammu and Kashmir pinned hopes on early completion of national highway, which will connect them to rest of the country and ease traffic congestion. The construction work on four-lane National Highway 44 is going on in full swing in Srinagar city, despite intense cold conditions. Residents say they are suffering from regular traffic congestions and even road mishaps have become frequent. Traffic is forced to take detours down single-lane service tracks. The cost of this project is in millions and the authorities are eyeing to complete it before summers. Dec 26, 2014

Survivor recounts horror of 2004 tsunami

Andy Chaggar was on holiday with his partner Nova Mills when the Indian Ocean tsunami smashed into their beachside bungalow 10 years ago. He never saw Nova again. He since set up a charity to help people affected by natural disasters. Dec 26, 2014

Education apparatus should be for overall personality development not for robot production, says PM

Varanasi, Dec 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid foundation stone of an inter-university centre for teachers' education in Varanasi. The foundation stone laying ceremony was being held at Swatantrata Bhavan, Banaras Hindu University. Modi even paid tribute to Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya at the ceremony. Speaking at the ceremony, Modi said that the education apparatus can't be one that produces robots and that there must be overall personality development of the students. He added that good education is connected with good teachers. Dec 25, 2014

Rajnath Singh visits violence-hit Assam as death toll rises to 76

Assam/ New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday visited the violence-hit Assam to take stock of the situation where tribal separatists have killed at least 76 people, including women and children, according to latest figures. The first round of attack began on Tuesday where militants fighting for a separate homeland for indigenous Bodo tribesmen targeted plantation workers. Singh is scheduled to hold meetings with senior officials of the state. He will also visit hospitals to meet the injured. Eyewitnesses said a dozen of masked men came and segregated them. The victims of the guerrilla attacks were mostly tea-plantation workers from other parts of India. Meanwhile, police in Assam fired on Wednesday on demonstrators protesting against the killings of dozens of people by tribal guerrillas, killing five of them. Curfew has been imposed in Kokrajhar since Wednesday evening. Dec 25, 2014

PM Modi wields broom in Varanasi to mark 'Good Governance Day'

Varanasi, Dec 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes part in Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan during the visit to his parliamentary constituency as part of Good Governance Day celebrations across nation. During his one day visit to Varanasi, Modi wielded broom at the Assi Ghat and outside near Jagannath temple in the holy city. Modi today also lauded people for helping rid the Assi Ghat of mounds of soil and garbage to restore the historical site to its old glory. He also nominated noted people and institutions for the Clean India Mission. During the visit, Modi is expected to lay the foundation stone for an inter-university centre for teachers' education to be named after Madan Mohan Malviya. Modi is also expected to launch Varanasi Mahotsav. Dec 25, 2014

Should be balance between development and good governance for welfare of nation: Sushma Swaraj

Bhopal, Dec 25 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that there should be a balance between development and good governance for the welfare of nation. Swaraj said that the government has done a lot in seven moths of its governance to ensure development. She also mentioned about Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna and said that the same gave a new turn to lives of many people. Swaraj also talked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' and said that this will not only better Indian economy but will also provide employment to people. Dec 25, 2014