Have to work, no time to comment on what others say: Kiran Bedi on Ajay Maken's remark

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): Newly inducted BJP leader Kiran Bedi on Friday said that she would not comment on what other parties are saying about her. The Congress' poll campaign committee chairperson Ajay Maken, has termed Bedi's entry in the BJP as "gross political opportunism". He also added that she and Arvind Kejriwal used Anna Hazare for political gains. Jan 16, 2015
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Azam Khan accuses Sakshi Maharaj of dumping dead bodies in River Ganges, BJP condemn

New Delhi/ Moradabad/ Gorakhpur, Jan 16 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan accused BJP MP from Unnao Sakshi Maharaj of throwing the large number of bodies found floating down the River Ganges. Khan said that according to his information, Sakshi Maharaj brought a truck loaded with dead bodies and dumped it at the Ganges. Reacting on the same, BJP said that the accusations have no base and that by saying such thing, SP is creating troubles for themselves. Sambit Patra said that the SP government in Uttar Pradesh should have knowledge about what's happening in the state. Jan 16, 2015
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Politicos react over release of controversial book on Sonia Gandhi in India

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): A fictional account of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's life by Spanish author finally hits the country's stores with the party mulling legal action if it found contents "objectionable". The book "Red Sari" by Javier Moro could not be released in India during opposition Congress party rule. The Congress said it would take legal action, if the contents of the book were found objectionable. Bharatiya Janata Party refused to comment on it. CPI leader Atul Anjan found nothing wrong with the publication of the book. The book traces Sonia's journey with information sourced from close friends and colleagues from her idyllic childhood to her passionate love affair with late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and chief of the Congress party. Jan 16, 2015

Shazia Ilmi meets Amit Shah, says will be joining BJP soon

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): Former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi on Friday met BJP president Amit Shah at his residence. After meeting Shah, Ilmi said that she had a good meeting with party president. She added that Shah has welcomed her in the party and she will be joining BJP soon. Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay confirmed the development in this regard and said that a formal announcement would be made later in the day. Jan 16, 2015
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It Happens : Bird Fair

West Bengal, Jan 16 (ANI): A bird fair organised to mark 152nd birth anniversary of philosopher-monk Swami Vivekananda attracts bird lovers in large numbers in West Bengal. The seven-day-long fair began on Monday with an aim to spread the message of freedom. Scores of bird lovers, both children and elderly alike, were thrilled to watch distinct species of birds at the fair being held in Siliguri city. While excited children tried to touch ostriches, many others clicked photographs with various species of parrots. A spectator Arabindo Das said that such fairs are very educative for children. The fair is being organised by Siliguri Shailendra Smriti Pathagar -O-Club. More than 35 species of birds from various countries are on display at the fair including Australian pigeons, Macaw, emu and ostrich. Jan 16, 2015
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It Happens : Makar Sakranti

Allahabad/Varanasi, Jan 16 (ANI): Devout Hindus in India converged on the banks of holy River Ganges on Wednesday to take holy dip to mark harvest festival, ‘Makar Sankranti’. The festival marks the arrival of spring. Large number of devotees gathered in Allahabad and Varanasi cities of Uttar Pradesh to take a dip in River Ganges. The pilgrims camp by the riverside and in the evening they decorate the entire riverbank with earthen oil lamps. The harvest festival is called Lohri in northern India, Pongal in southern Tamil Nadu state and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, whereas in Assam, it is celebrated as Bihu and in the rest of India, it is celebrated as Makar Sankranti. Jan 16, 2015

IGL gas pipeline catches fire in South Delhi, no causalities

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): A massive fire engulfed a pipeline of the city gas distributor Indraprastha Gas Ltd. (IGL) on Friday morning in the Moti Bagh area of South Delhi. Ten fire brigade vehicles were rushed to the spot and the fire was brought under control. According to the reports, the fire started after a leak in the gas pipeline in the Moti Bagh area operated by the state-owned GAIL or Gas Authority of India Limited. Fire officer said that three private cars have been burnt but nobody has been injured in the mishap. Jan 16, 2015

HS Bramha assume charge as Chief Election Commissioner

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): HS Bramha took over as India's new Chief Election Commissioner today. He is succeeding VS Sampath, who demitted office yesterday after nearly six years in the post. Brahma is presently the senior most of the two Election Commissioners. A 1975 batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, Bramha hails from Assam. He will be the Chief Election Commissioner of India till April 18, 2015. Jan 16, 2015

Dense fog envelops Delhi, air, rail and road traffic disrupted

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): A dense fog enveloped national capital New Delhi and surrounding areas on Friday morning, disrupting flights, train services and road traffic. Visibility at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI Airport) had reduced to zero meters reportedly, which delayed the arrival and departure of many international and domestic flights. Northern Railway authorities said over 50 Delhi-bound trains were running late, whereas 17 trains had been rescheduled. Five trains had been cancelled, it added. The Meteorological department, however, has predicted clear skies later in the day, and expects a maximum temperature to hover around 16 degree Celsius. Jan 16, 2015
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CBFC Chairman quits citing 'corruption' after clearance for film MSG

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Leela Samson has resigned citing reasons of 'interference and corruption' after the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) apparently cleared the controversial film Messenger of God ( MSG) that stars Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Samson said the reasons cited are alleged "interference, coercion and corruption of panel members and officers of the organization who are appointed by the ministry." Jan 16, 2015
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Bangladesh opposition protests attack on party chief adviser

Dhaka, Jan 16 (ANI): The opposition alliance-led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Thursday (January 15) protested attack on BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia’s adviser Riaz Rahman. Rahman was shot and his car was set on fire on the night of January 13. He was returning from a meeting with Khaleda, who says police have illegally confined her to her office in Dhaka's diplomatic enclave for more than a week. The government denies Khaleda is being held against her will, and says she is free to leave the premises. Agitators torched a car while bombs were hurled in the old part of Dhaka during the BNP-sponsored strike and the ongoing blockade that has been going on since January 05. The shops remained closed and traffic movement was less than usual. The Bangladesh ruling Awami League held protest march against the opposition’s strike and blockade. Bangladesh’s minister for relief and disaster management, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury, denounced the opposition’s stand. Jan 16, 2015
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India disapproves European parliament resolution backing Italian marines' return

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): India on Friday (January 16) expressed disapproval with European parliament adopting a resolution calling for the repatriation of the two Italian marines undergoing trail in the killing of two fishermen. MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that the European parliament should not have adopted such a resolution when the case, dating back to February 2012, was still sub-judice. The European parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday (January 15) adopted a resolution on the case of two Italian marines accused in India of killing two Indian fishermen, which called for the pair to be allowed to return to Italy, saying that holding them in India without charges was a "grave violation of human rights". Jan 16, 2015
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Two dead in Belgium raid on 'Syria terror group'

Belgian police shot dead two suspected jihadists alleged to have been on the verge of a major terrorist attack in a new alarm for Europe days after 17 people were killed in Paris. Duration: 01:30 Jan 16, 2015