Congress MPs stage protest outside parliament after Sakshi Maharaj calls Godse a 'patriot'

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Congress MPs on Friday staged protest and shouted slogans outside the parliament raising the issue of Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse being eulogized in Maharashtra. The MPs staged protest after BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj praised Godse and called him a patriot and a nationalist. However, Maharaj retracted after uproar sparked off over his comment. Dec 12, 2014

Jitan Ram Manjhi invites yet another controversy, calls for raising reservation limit to 80%

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi invited yet another controversy as he called for raising reservation limit from present 49.5 per cent to 80 percent for OBCs, SC/STs and other sections of the population. However, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that the party has no such proposal. BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said that Manjhi is actually addressing Nitish Kumar and is paving way to keep the post of chief minister intact in future. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Manjhi do not deserve to be a deputy minister and is given the post of chief minister and that is what is speaking up. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi said that the criteria for reservation should be economical and people from below poverty line should be given reservations. Dec 12, 2014

Politicos welcome decision to discuss 'Anti-Coversion bill' in Parliament

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday welcomed the decision by the central government to discuss the 'Anti-Coversion bill' in the Parliament. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao welcomed the same and said that if the opposition criticizes the same, it will show their hypocrisy. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the government should not deviate from real issues. NCP welcomed the bill and said that the party will support the same. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal also said that the party chief said a lot on the issue in the Parliament and that the party will support the bill too. Dec 12, 2014

BJP is the only party creating fuss in the name of Ram temple: Hashim Ansari on UP governor's remark

Faizabad, Dec 12 (ANI): Reacting on UP governor Ram Naik's remark on the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, petitioner in the Babri Masjid demolition case Hashim Ansari said that the matter is sub judice and such people should come to court to sort out the issue. Slamming the BJP government, Ansari further said that BJP is the only party which is creating fuss in the country in the name of temple. Dec 12, 2014

Rajnath Singh addresses rally in Jharkhand, appeals voters to support BJP

Jharkhand, Dec 12 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday addressed a rally in Baghmara district of Jharkhand. Singh attacked the former Congress government for increasing inflation with every passing year of its rule. Singh said that the new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working towards the development of the country which is why he took the initiative of opening bank accounts for all citizens. He then appealed to the voters to support BJP in the upcoming Assembly elections. Dec 12, 2014

Indian and Pakistani Delegation hold sixth round of parliamentary dialogue

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): The sixth round of India-Pakistan Parliamentary Dialogue took place in New Delhi even as an impasse remains between prime ministers of both the nations. The Pakistani parliamentarians led by Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, MNA and Chairman Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, hoped for positive dialogue between two neighbouring nations. Delegation member said that the dialogue and a chord between the two nations should remain intact by whichever means. One of them said that the initiative should be taken from both sides and no country should think that they are doing favour by the same. A 12-member delegation of Pakistan MPs joins their Indian counterparts in Parliament today. Dec 12, 2014

Pak Delegation failed to comply with time given by LS Speaker for meeting, nothing to complain about

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): BJP leader Kirti Azad on Friday said that the Pakistani Delegation was given a particular time for meeting with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that they failed to comply with. He said that any delegation needs to comply with the exact time given failing which the meeting gets automatically cancelled. Azad said that there is no issue here and that there is no sense of complaining that the speaker did not meet or ignored the delegation. Dec 12, 2014

Politicos express outrage over Sakshi Maharaj's comment on Nathuram Godse

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Politicos on Friday continued to slam BJP's Sakshi Maharaj for his controversial comment on Nathuram Godse. Maharaj had embarrassed his party the ruling BJP by describing Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a "patriot." He later withdrew his remark and expressed regret on his statement in Lok Sabha. Dec 12, 2014

UN declares June 21 as 'International Yoga Day', BJP says big achievement for India

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): The United Nations General Assembly adopted an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as 'International Yoga Day'. This comes less than three months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea. This is also for the first time that such an initiative has been proposed and implemented by any country in the UN body in less than 90 days. Reacting on the same, BJP President Amit Shah congratulated the UN and Modi for the same and said that it is a big achievement for India. He said that this initiative will take the ancient Indian science to new heights. The UNGA resolution said a goal of the Yoga Day is the "wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practising yoga would be beneficial for the health of the world population." Dec 12, 2014

UP governor's 'Ram Mandir' remark sparks controversy

New Delhi/ Faizabad/ Mumbai, Dec 12 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik sparked a controversy when he said that Ram temple should be built in Ayodhya soon as "it is the wish of Indian citizens." His comments come at a time when outrage is still prevailing over the issue of religious conversions. While the BJP and Shiv Sena defended Naik, other parties slammed the governor and demanded his resignation. Dec 12, 2014

Crimean leader's 'unexpected visit' to India with Putin likely to trouble United States

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): The leader of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, visited India as a member of President Vladimir Putin's summit delegation, in a move that is already "troubling" the United States. India does not back Western sanctions against Russia, but the unofficial trip by Sergey Aksyonov could spoil the mood before Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts US President Barack Obama for Republic Day festivities in January. Aksyonov arrived at the upscale Oberoi hotel accompanied by Russian diplomats to be greeted by Gul Kripalani, a Mumbai-based seafood merchant who wants to boost trade with Russia. Speaking to reporters after signing a memorandum of understanding to promote business, Aksyonov said his visit had "a private character" and he did not take a part in any official events. Dec 12, 2014

Current account deficit comfortable despite widening: Raghuram Rajan

Kolkata, Dec 12 (ANI): Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan said that the RBI was comfortable with the current account deficit (CAD) even after it widened in the July-September quarter. Rajan while speaking at a news conference after the central bank's board meeting in Kolkata city, said risks remain to the current account deficit even though he was not apprehensive about it. Rajan said that gold imports had increased in the country which may have resulted in the increase in the CAD. Global oil prices have fallen to a five-year low on Wednesday. Brent crude oil fell to $63.56 a barrel, the lowest since July 2009, on signs of oversupply and waning demand. Indias largest imports are crude oil and gold. Turning to the economy, Rajan said an interest rate cut won't by itself lead to higher economic growth, although he noted it would have an impact. Turning to limits on foreign investments in government bonds, Rajan said it would look at raising the limit at an appropriate time, and would look at expanding it steadily. Dec 12, 2014

Pakistan welcomes UN Chief's offer to resolve Kashmir issue

Islamabad, Dec 12 (ANI): Pakistan welcomed the statement of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in which he expressed his readiness to engage with India and Pakistan in resolving the Jammu and Kashmir issue. On December 9, Ban Ki-moon said that "If both countries request it, I am ready to engage further to assist in resolving this issue." Addressing a weekly briefing in Islamabad, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said the UN Chief's offer was "deeply appreciated". He called upon the two countries to resume their stalled composite dialogue. Aslam said Pakistan was committed to a result-oriented dialogue with India on the Kashmir issue, because the just resolution of the issue was of paramount importance for ensuring peace, stability and development in the region. Asked if India will agree to the UN chief's offer, Aslam said it was not a matter of choice because the UN resolutions which are applicable had been accepted by both Pakistan and India. Dec 12, 2014