Tweet on Vajpayee no hint of alliance with BJP: Omar

Srinagar, Dec 22 (ANI): A day before counting of votes for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah while addressing a press conference in Srinagar thanked the people of the state for actively taking part in the elections. He said that it is an honour for him to serve as J and K CM for six years. When asked about his tweet on Atal Behari Vajpayee and whether National Conference can form an alliance with the BJP he said that his tweet is no hint of alliance with the BJP Dec 22, 2014

No lines of communication open with BJP: Omar

Srinagar, Dec 22 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Monday said that no lines of communication are open between the National Conference and the BJP or any other national party. Addressing a press conference a day before counting of votes for the J and K assembly elections Omar also said that he had no regrets about National Conference's alliance with the Congress party. Dec 22, 2014

Delhi's Lt Gov Najeeb Jung appeals people to help homeless during winters

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday appealed Delhiites to help the city's homeless by giving them warm clothes and blankets during the harsh winters. Jung added that people should donate blankets, clothes etc, at the nearest night shelters only, and not on the streets or roads as this will motivate homeless people to use the shelters and not sleep in the open. The Delhi government has established 221 night shelters for homeless people with basic facilities such as clean drinking water, toilets, blankets, bedding etc. Dec 22, 2014

Devotees from different faiths throng at Urs of Sheikh Hamzah Makhdoom in Srinagar

Srinagar, Dec 22 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir, a land of peace and harmony, well known for the spiritual places is like an abode for the saints of India. Among those saints is Hazrat Sheikh Hamzah Makhdoom of Srinagar, who earned high regards from his followers due to his teachings of unity. His followers belonging to different communities come together every year at his shrine to pay obeisance to the saint. The annual Urs of this famous saint is being observed according to the Islamic Calendar and is celebrated for 13 days. Devotees here come with utmost devotion and preach saint's teaching who believed in the message of brotherhood. Every day hundreds of devotees visit this famous shrine of the Kashmir valley and pray for peace and prosperity of the people and the state. Dec 22, 2014

Aligarh's Babu Khan builds a Shiva temple, presents perfect example of communal harmony

Aligarh, Dec 22 (ANI): Aligarh, located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, is an educational and commercial hub of India. The people of the area, despite belonging to different religions, have always upheld national integration and communal harmony. One such example is of Shiva Temple in the city which has been built by a Muslim, Babu Khan. The temple besides helping the poor Hindu community, also aims at strengthening the Hindu-Muslim bond in the locality. Khan himself prays at the Temple as per Hindu practices and beliefs. Not only in construction of Temples, Khan also helps in fixing marriages and makes necessary arrangements for it. Hindus of the locality have developed a strong bond for Khan and hold him in high regard for his community services. Dec 22, 2014

Iraq Kurds deliver aid to Mt Sinjar, expand operation

Kurdish peshmerga forces delivered aid on Mount Sinjar and expanded a major offensive against jihadist-held areas in northwestern Iraq on Saturday after breaking a months-old siege. Duration: 00:35 Dec 22, 2014

Azam Khan lashes out at PM Modi over religious conversion

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Monday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of religious conversion. He was speaking at the Janata Pariwar Protest in New Delhi. Six political parties of the regrouped Janata Pariwar on Monday threatened to not allow the Parliament to function, even as cadres of the parties held a protest at the Jantar Mantar, criticizing the government for failing to fulfill its promises. Dec 22, 2014

MET declares Monday foggiest day of the season so far

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): The Meteorological Department declared Monday as the foggiest day of the season so far, adding that the conditions are likely to prevail over the next few days. Dense foggy conditions severely affected rail and air transport, with around two dozen of domestic and International flights and more than 50 New Delhi bound trains reportedly rescheduled or running late. Dec 22, 2014

Rajya Sabha adopts resolution against bail to 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): The Rajya Sabha, on Monday adopted a resolution condemning a Pakistan court's decision to grant bail to Mumbai attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. There has been widespread protests in India after Lahkhvi was granted bail, two days after Peshawar school attack which killed 132 children and nine staff members. Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, condemned Pakistan government's attitude leading to Lakhvi's bail as he read out the resolution, passed unanimously by the House. The resolution also called upon Pakistan to take steps to punish the people involved in the attack Dec 22, 2014

Politicos react after Omar says UPA should have awarded Vajpayee with Bharat Ratna

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that Congress-led UPA government should have conferred Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that he agreed with Abdullah's statement. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut also welcomed Abdullah's statement. However, he added that Abdullah should have thought about it when UPA was in power. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar and KC Tyagi said that they didn't object giving Bharat Ratna to Vajpayee but felt that there were even other freedom fighters whom similar honour should be given. Dec 22, 2014

Politicos react after Sanjeev Balyan calls Azam Khan 'terrorist'

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after Minister of State Agriculture Sanjeev Balyan said that SP leader Azam Khan is not less than any 'terrorist'. BSP Chief Mayawati said that Khan and Balyan keep on giving controversial statement and that her party doesn't support any of their statements. SP leader Gaurav Bhatia and JD (U) leader Ali Anwar also condemned the statement. Dec 22, 2014

Janata Parivar accuses govt of cheating people, creating communal tension Part - 1

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): The regrouped Janata Parivar staged a massive protest against the Narendra Modi government at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar on Monday over various issues, including black money and conversions. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government of cheating the people and scheming to spread communal tension across the country. Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government was trying to divide the nation. Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar said that the BJP was trying to divert people's attention from the major issues. Dec 22, 2014