Defence Minister gives details of militant attack, PMO says attack result of voting

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday gave details about the recent militant attack which took place in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that 3 militants have been killed and the rest are been fought. Minister of State in Prime Minister_s Office, Jitendra Singh expressed grief over the attack and death of soldiers who laid their lives fighting for the country. Singh also said that the attack is a possible outcome of overwhelming response of voting in the state. Dec 5, 2014

Hundreds of Kashmiri youth attend Indian army recruitment rally

Budgam, Dec 05 (ANI): Hundreds of youth, on Friday attended an army recruitment rally in Jammu and Kashmir. Around 9,000 youths participated in the rally, which was held in Budgam district. On the final day of the recruitment rally, written examination was conducted. After physical and medical tests, only 540 were allowed to give the written exam. A local youth, Mushtaq Ahmed, said employment was a major reason for them to attend the rally. A recruitment officer, Brigadier Adil Mehmood, said this recruitment rally gave employment opportunities in the valley, which was hit by devastating floods in September. Unemployment is a major issue in the conflict-torn region of Kashmir. During the election rallies in the poll-bound state, every political party has promised youth of employment. Dec 5, 2014

Opposition keeps changing stand, Sadhvi will campaign for elections: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday that the Opposition keeps changing stand over the issues raised by them. Naidu said that all demands of Opposition are being met but they do not know what they actually want. He also demanded the Congress party to explain why it did not take any action against its own ministers for using foul language during their tenure. Further Naidu said that Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti is a minister and she will equally take part in election campaigns in Delhi and other states. Dec 5, 2014

BJP MPs sing 'Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram' outside Parliament, prays for 'wisdom to Opposition'

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): The ruling BJP MPs on Friday sang the song 'Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram' standing in front of Mahatma Gandhi outside the Parliament. The party sang and prayed for wisdom to the opposition Congress and other parties. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the Congress is doing all this as a result of their desperation and failure. He said that the public will give befitting reply to such acts by the party. Meanwhile, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan also said that Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti's apology should be accepted and Parliament should let function. The two houses of the Parliament are facing an impasse after Niranjan Jyoti's alleged hate speech. Dec 5, 2014

Rahul Gandhi and opposition MPs stage protest against Niranjan Jyoti outside Parliament

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and other opposition MPs on Friday staged protest outside Parliament against Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti's hate speech. Gandhi and others tied a black cloth around their mouth showing protest over the minister's remark. He alleged that the ruling government has an attitude to not allow the democratic process function in the Parliament. Jyoti is under harsh criticism by the opposition over the controversial statement which has lead to an impasse at both the houses of the Parliament. Dec 5, 2014

India plans to revamp age old postal network

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): India plans to revamp age old postal network for extending services in the fields of banking, insurance and e-commerce in the country. Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that vast network of postal department must be leveraged to promote creativity. A task force on leveraging the post offices network of the country among others had suggested setting up of three subsidiaries as a part of a holding company under the postal department under the ministry of communication and information technology for extending services in the fields of banking, insurance and e-commerce. After releasing the report submitted by the task force, Prasad said that postal department needs to rediscover themselves. It was proposed that a new postal law may be enacted to give statutory basis for these operations. Dec 5, 2014

At least 14 people lost eyesight after undergoing cataract surgery at NGO_s eye camp in Punjab

Amritsar, Dec 05 (ANI): At least 14 people have lost their vision after cataract surgery at an eye camp organized in by an NGO in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. The people who lost their sight are all above the age of 60 and from the village Gago Mahal in Amritsar. The NGO worked in violation of health safety rules. Around 60 people signed up for the eye camp at a charitable hospital in Gurdaspur district. The patients were given eye drops and asked to report back on November 29 for cataract removal. On removing their bandage, about a dozen said they could not see. The camp is believed to have taken place in _severely unhygienic conditions_. An Amritsar civil surgeon is inquiring into the eye camp. Dec 5, 2014

Justice VR Krishna Iyer passes away

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Legendary jurist VR Krishna Iyer, who made judicial activism respectable, died at Kochi hospital after a lifetime spent fighting for human rights and justice for the weak. The former Supreme Court judge was in hospital for a week for age-related complications and pneumonia and the cause of the death was renal and cardiac failure. The funeral will be held here at 6 pm on Friday. Krishna Iyer is survived by two sons. Iyer was born on November 15, 1915. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his respect to Iyer. He tweeted saying, _Fine lawyer, eminent jurist, incredible philosopher and above all a phenomenal human being. I bow to Justice Krishna Iyer. My association with Justice Krishna Iyer was special. My mind goes back to our conversations and the insightful letters he would write to me. Whenever I would meet or talk to him, I would find him full of enthusiasm, always talking about the well-being of India. A remarkable man!,_ he added. Dec 5, 2014

Modi tries to pacify opposition in LS over Sadhvi's hate speech, urges house to accept her apology

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Reacting to the massive row generated by BJP leader Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti's hate speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday requested the opposition to accept the former's apology and let the House function. The PM said in the Lok Sabha that he had already criticized such language at several meetings outside the House, and the opposition must now think of closure and accept Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti's apology. Dec 5, 2014

Rahul Gandhi attacks PM modi's style of functioning, politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday reacted over Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's statement on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rahul Gandhi attacked Narendra Modi's style of functioning, saying that he wants complete power in his hands. On the other hand, he thinks that people should get benefits of Panchayti Raj, MNREGA, Right to Information and Right to Food and Education. Dec 5, 2014

South Asia Newsline - Dec 04, 2014

India condemns Pakistan_s support to Hafiz Saeed_s rally. Pakistani singer accused of blasphemous song. India_s regional parties to form united front against ruling BJP. Dec 5, 2014

National Conference is only force that can stop BJP_s divisive agenda: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, Dec 05 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that only his party could stop the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from coming to power in the state. A recent poll said that BJP would win the most seats in Jammu and Kashmir but would fall short of its goal of 44 in the 87-seat state assembly. Referring to Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti_s statement, Abdullah said the BJP wanted to pursue divisive agenda. The state chief minister said the unprecedented 70 percent voting in the last two phases of elections is due to the BJP fear. Dec 5, 2014