Navjot Singh Sidhu targets at Badal govt for stone pelting at his convoy in Jammu

Jammu, Dec 18 (ANI): BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday targeted the Parkash Singh Badal and his government in Punjab for the attack at his convoy in Jammu. Sidhu said that they cannot politically attack him and claimed that Punjab government is fuelling drug trade in the state. He further said that he won't bow down in front of these tactics and will continue to believe in democracy. Earlier in the day, the convoy of Sidhu was attacked with stones. Sidhu was present in the area to campaign for the BJP. Dec 18, 2014

Bail to Lakhvi will serve as reassurance to terrorists to perpetrate crimes, decision should be reve

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin on Thursday said that grant of bail to Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi will serve as reassurance to terrorists to perpetrate heinous crimes. He said that India cannot accept that a person designated as international terrorist is being released on bail. The MEA also called upon Pakistan to reverse the decision and said that there can be no selective approach towards terrorism. Akbaruddin also stated that 99 percent of evidence for 26/11 attack is in Pakistan and the rest 1 percent has been also handed to Pakistan by India. Dec 18, 2014

Maoists attack construction site in Latehar

Latehar, Dec 18 (ANI): Maoist rebels targeted construction workers in Jharkhand early this week, leaving several injured. The attack took place in Latehar district, a stronghold of Maoist rebels. The rebels destroyed the make-shift tent and thrashed all the workers engaged in the construction of a bridge. The construction site was attacked sometime around midnight on the intervening night of Tuesday. The rebels also burnt machines at the site before leaving pamphlets behind in which they owned up for the incident. Meanwhile, six construction workers are undergoing treatment in a local hospital. Dec 18, 2014

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid arrives in New Delhi on official visit

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): President of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid, arrived in New Delhi on Thursday on a six-day official visit to India. India's President Pranab Mukherjee had invited him to visit India and also to be a guest at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Bangladeshi President is expected to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and other senior leaders. He was received at the airport in New Delhi by Junior Foreign Minister, General (retired) V.K. Singh. The Bangladeshi President's visit is expected to contribute to further strengthening and expanding the bilateral relations between the two countries. Hamid's visit comes in the backdrop of India making efforts to go ahead with Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with Bangladesh. Dec 18, 2014

BJP team to probe conversion of five Bihar families to Christianity

Bhagalpur, Dec 18 (ANI): Five members of an extremely backward caste family were converted to Christianity at a local church in Bhagalpur district of Bihar. Though the members said they willingly accepted Christianity, villagers suspected that they were converted under "allurement of getting medical treatment". All the five members are poor and suffer from some diseases. Though the family refuted any allurement, the villagers alleged they were guaranteed that their medical expenses would be borne if they convert into Christians. The BJP unit in Bihar will be sending a fact-finding team to Kharaiah village to probe the conversion incident. Dec 18, 2014

Rajnath and Sitaram Yechury in war of words over PM's reply in RS over 'conversion issue'

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday made a statement over conversion issue and said that the prime minister did not speak at the Rajya Sabha over the issue because of disruptions by the opposition. Singh said that since he deals with issues of internal security, he would have given the reply to the debate. He went on to say that there was a possibility that the PM could also have intervened had the discussion taken place before lunch. Reacting on the same, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that the opposition was ready for discussion before lunch and they only asked for the prime minister's reply on the debate. Dec 18, 2014

RS not functioning because of arrogance of numbers: Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that the Rajya Sabha is not being able to function due to the arrogance of the opposition parties. Earlier on Thursday, the opposition had stalled proceedings in the Rajya Sabha over a repeated demand that Prime Minister Modi be called to the Upper House to make a statement on the conversion row that has hogged national headlines for the past few days. The Prime Minister, was, however, present in the Lok Sabha. Dec 18, 2014

SC refuses to interfere with Bombay High Court order that stays Maratha reservation

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to interfere with the order of the Bombay High Court which stayed the move to grant 16 per cent reservation to Marathas in public service and educational institutions in Maharashtra. Earlier, the Bombay HC had cancelled the previous Congress-NCP government's decision of giving 16 percent reservation for Marathas. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had later advocated for Maratha reservation and approached the Supreme Court. The court said that it will take decision after listening to all the pending petitions. Dec 18, 2014

Operations on to rescue 14-month-old boy from borewell in MP

Chhatarpur, Dec 18 (ANI): A 14-month-old boy got trapped after accidentally falling into a 100-feet deep borewell in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. The district administration initiated rescue operation, which is still in progress, soon after the incident. According to the police, the child was left alone near the borewell while her aunt was working in the adjacent farmland. He added that a team of doctors has also been rushed to the spot to work on providing oxygen to the child through a pipe. The parents of the child rushed to the incident site the moment they were informed. Krishna is their only child. This is not the first case of a child falling into an uncovered manhole in India. Due to the negligence on the part of authorities, several children have fallen into deep open borewells across the country. Dec 18, 2014

Gun battle between militant and army ends in Kashmir

Kupwara, Dec 18 (ANI): The brief encounter between militant and security forces ended in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, in which one militant was killed. The encounter began this morning after security forces received a tip-off about the presence of a foreign militant in a house in the village. The identity of the militant was not ascertained immediately. The attack comes just days ahead of the fifth phase of polling in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Dec 18, 2014

Mayawati taunts Naidu's Delhi remark, says BJP may change Constitution next

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Taking a jibe at Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu for his suggestion to change the capital's name from Delhi to Indraprastha or Hastinapur, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said on Thursday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might also change the Indian Constitution. During a discussion in the Parliament on the National Capital of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill earlier this week, Naidu had suggested that Delhi should have been named either Indraprashtha or Hastinapur. Dec 18, 2014

Tamchon Football Tournament attracts many spectators in New Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Thousands of football lovers from the national capital flooded the Dr Ambedkar stadium in Delhi to witness the closing ceremony of the eighth Tamchon Football tournament. A total of 16 teams, comprising of players from the northeast, participated in the tournament to promote peace, friendship and unity among the youth of the country. The final match between Hmar FC and Siamsinpawlpi (SSPP) attracted a large crowd. The event was organized under the aegis of Tanghkul Naga Society, Delhi with support from various government and private agencies. Such events help to make Delhi'ites aware of sporting talent from the Northeast. Hmar FC won by 6-5 over SSPP by penalty goal. The winning team received the winning Trophy along with a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh while the SSPP FC bagged the runners-up trophy with a cash prize of Rs 3 Lakh. Dec 18, 2014