BJP congratulates central govt on introduction of GST Bill in Parliament

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): BJP on Saturday welcomed the Central government’s step of introducing the GST Bill in Parliament. Party Spokesperson Sambit Patra said that it is a welcome as it will benefit both the centre and the states. He also congratulated the Central government, State governments and the people of the country for a uniform pattern of taxes all over the country to be implied if the bill gets passed. Dec 20, 2014

Allahabad HC says conversion to Islam for marriage sake illegal, Politicos welcome

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): The Allahabad High Court has said that conversion of religion to Islam only for marriage sake is illegal. The decision was welcome by political leaders of Congress and BJP. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it was a good step taken by the Allahabad High Court as one should not use religion for benefit but have faith in it. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the decision of High Court is good and should be followed by all. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the decision of Court is sacrosanct and should be followed by everyone. Dec 20, 2014

At least five patients loose eyesight after operation in Himachal Pradesh

Kangra, Dec 20 (ANI): At least five patients have lost their eyesight after operation at a free eye surgery camp in Himachal Pradesh, said a probing official. The Himachal Pradesh government has set up an inquiry commission under Doctor SK Sharma, to conduct speedy probe into the incident in Kangra district. Sharma said the operation took place in Pathankot town of neighbouring state of Punjab at a private hospital. Nearly 60 people underwent cataract surgeries at the camp. The mishandled surgeries at the eye camp were discovered when patients came to a government office asking for medicine and financial help. Dec 20, 2014

BJP workers join AAP

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): Around 10 BJP leaders on Saturday joined the Aam Aadmi Party headed by Arvind Kejriwal. The newly joined AAP leader Umesh Verma said that AAP is the only party which will work for development in Delhi and for the benefit of poor and homeless. The capital is soon to go to polls after being under President's Rule for a long period after AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal resigned as the Chief Minister. Dec 20, 2014

Jharkhand Assembly Elections: CM Hemant Soren casts vote

Dumka, Dec 20 (ANI): Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Saturday cast his vote. Soren after casting his vote said that Jharkhand is his home. He added that the party has done its work in the tenure. He further said that all he and his party workers have to do is to wait for the election results. The fifth and final phase of voting for 16 Assembly seats spread across six districts is ongoing in Jharkhand amid high security. Voting would end at 3 pm in all the seats. Dec 20, 2014

Want to improve government schools in Delhi in next 5years: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that he wants to improve the standard of education in government schools in the next five years. He added that principal should be given full autonomy. He further stated that he does not wish to close private schools but raise the standards of government school so that parents send their children voluntarily. Dec 20, 2014

JandK Assembly Polls: BJP leaders cast vote

Jammu and Kashmir, Dec 20 (ANI): In the ongoing polling for fifth phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP leaders stood in long queues outside polling stations to cast their vote. Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh was seen waiting for his turn to cast his vote. Jitendra Singh said that there is a great enthusiasm among voters and also urged all people to cast their vote. Also, BJP candidate in the elections, Lal Singh cast his vote. Singh said that people should vote for development of the state. Dec 20, 2014

Do's and Don'ts of Positive Parenting

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): Parenting has always been crucial but at present times it has become more difficult in comparison to the past times. A child's character is build up in the formative years and in these years parents are the first teacher to the kids. Talking about the do's and don'ts of positive parenting, the famous Author Shiv Khera said...'Good parenting give headaches but bad parenting gives heartaches' the saying is very true as positive parenting in the formative years can prepare or doom the future of a child. Dec 20, 2014

Pakistan executes two convicted militants after lifting moratorium on the death penalty

Rawalpindi, Dec 20 (ANI): Pakistan hanged two militants as it began executing those on death row in the wake of the moratorium on the death penalty being lifted following the Peshawar school attack where more than 130 children lost their lives. The hanged militants had no links to the Taliban's assault in the city of Peshawar on Tuesday, but their executions came at a time when a shocked Pakistani society is piling pressure on the government to do more to stem escalating violence. Pakistan lifted a moratorium on the death penalty after the attack and Mohammed Aqeel and Arshad Mehmood were the first prisoners reported hanged under the new arrangements. The announcement of their deaths came just hours after the UN human rights office appealed to Pakistan to refrain from resuming executions, saying this would not stop terrorism and might even feed a "cycle of revenge". Dec 20, 2014

Post Peshawar attack, MHA issues guidelines to schools over security; politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): The Union Home Ministry has issued fresh guidelines to schools across the country over security measures, days after militants in Peshawar killed 132 innocent school children. The fresh Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for schools issued by the MHA has advisory such as concrete boundary walls with at least three to four gates and three telephone lines at the main gate. The SOP also says that telephone number of nearest police station and PCR van should be displayed prominently in schools. It also emphasized on giving importance to CCTV cameras and alarm system. Dec 20, 2014

Reactions flow as MEA strips Devyani Khobragade of diplomatic charge

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): Reactions flowed on Saturday after MEA stripped Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade of her duties as Director in the Development Partnership Division for making unauthorized statements in the media. Congress leader Manish Tewari accused the BJP government of double speak and not taking a decision in favour of Devyani as they supported her as Opposition during previous government. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that MEA should understand what problems Khobragade had to face in USA. Meanwhile, Security Expert Rajiv Dogra said that Devyani issue can be viewed from various angles, one of them being that USA government did not behave well with her. Khobragade has been placed under a ‘compulsory wait’. The vigilance case against her is underway on charges that she had failed to disclose that her husband is a US citizen and that she has got US passports for her two children. Dec 20, 2014

Indian nurses stranded in Libya return home

Kochi, Dec 20 (ANI): A first batch of 12 nurses that was stranded in war torn Libya have returned to Kochi. The nurses, who had shared their ordeal through a video appealing for help, have been evacuated by the Indian government. The 12 nurses arrived at the international airport around 2.30 a.m on Friday. The nurses had pleaded for help to return back to India at the earliest as they have not got their salaries for the past four months. A nurse, Jisha, narrated her ordeal upon arriving back from Libya. Earlier, the nurses stranded at Benghazi in Libya were shifted to a safe hospital but there they found it difficult to even have basic food as they had no money in the strife-torn country. Dec 20, 2014

Police destroy huge cache of seized liquor in Vadodara

Vadodara, Dec 20 (ANI): Police in Gujarat destroyed more than 100,000 seized liquor bottles as sale and consumption of liquor is banned in the state. Gujarat, which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state, has a sumptuary law in force that proscribes the manufacture, storage, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. The destruction took place in Vadodara city. Huge road rollers and bull dozers were seen moving over the seized liquor bottles. During his recent radio speech on December 14, Modi urged people to make India liquor free. Dec 20, 2014

JandK Pollings: Voters turn up in large numbers

Kathua, Dec 20 (ANI): Despite heavy snowfall and bad weather, people in Jammu and Kashmir are coming out in large numbers to vote. In Jammu and Kashmir, voting is taking place for 20 Assembly seats in border district of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri. Five ministers of Omar Abdullah government along with 213 other candidates, and a number of former MPs and MLAs are in the fray. This is the fifth and final leg of assembly polls. Dec 20, 2014

As winter sets in, Kashmir gorges on winter snacks

Srinagar, Dec 20 (ANI): Its winter season once again in northern India and as temperatures dip to sub-zero level in Kashmir, people throng markets in the valley to relish some of their favourite winter snacks. The traditional snacks of Jammu and Kashmir known as Nadir Mounji or Mounji Goul are selling like hot cakes in the winter season. These traditional snacks have different varieties including Nadir Monji, Gaer Gouji. Made from lotus stem, chestnuts and other ingredients, these snacks have a great demand this season. These snacks are an essential part of daily lives of people in Kashmir during winters. A seller, Mohammad Azad, said on Friday that people come from far flung areas to get a taste of their favourite snacks. Not only are these snacks delectable but also help people bear the cold and the change in weather. Dec 20, 2014