Medicines used at sterilisation camp poisonous, says Chhattisgarh Health Minister

Bilaspur, Nov 23 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Health Minister Amar Agarwal confirmed that medicines used at the mass sterilisation camp were poisonous. Last week at least 15 women died at a government-run family planning camp in Chhattisgarh, where 83 women were sterilised. However, Agarwal said the reports from various laboratories were sent to the police for further investigation. Nov 23, 2014

Maoist attack in Bastar: Seven CRPF personnel sustain injuries

Bastar, Nov 22 (ANI): Seven CRPF personnel sustained injuries in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh. Police said that a group of heavily-armed red rebels ambushed security personnel's team in Bastar district. He added that two paramilitary personnel are in critical condition. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since 1960s. Nov 23, 2014

BJP condemns Rahul Gandhi's allegations on Centre over investments, Congress defends

Ranchi/ New Delhi, Nov 23 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Sunday after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi attacked the Central Government over investments in trade. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Rahul Gandhi does not know anything about investments otherwise the nation would not have suffered so much in the last 10 years. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that Rahul's allegations are correct in the context that BJP government is with the rich not the poor. Nov 23, 2014

Saradha Scam: Mamata Banerjee attacks Centre, dares to impose President's rule in WB, Reactions flow

Ranchi/ New Delhi, Nov 23 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday reacted as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attacked the Central government for eying the state polls through Saradha scam probe and dared the Centre to impose President's rule in the state and arrest her. BJP leaders Sambit Patra said that it is ironical that TMC which is responsible for Saradha scam is standing taller than law. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the BJP is after West Bengal's state leadership and is responsible for majority troubles being faced by the state. He added that an elected government cannot be dissolved and President's Rule cannot be imposed like that. Nov 23, 2014

Festivals in the Northeast promote unity and brotherhood

Manipur, Nov 23 (ANI): The vibrant folk dances performed by these tribal reflects their joy and happiness. The Kuki, Chin and Mizo tribes came together at the Manipur Rifles Ground to celebrate 'Chavang-Kut', the autumn post harvest festival. The thanksgiving festival shows gratitude to the almighty for a bountiful harvest with an offering of songs and dances. Audiences were enthralled by various folk and warrior dances. The main attraction was the Miss Kut 2014 beauty pageant contest. Participants from different communities, dressed in their best ethnic attires, walked the ramp. Lamneimoi Chongloi, won the tiara of Miss Kut 2014. In Shillong, 5 day-long "Nongkrem Dance" a post harvest festival of the Khasi tribe was recently celebrated at the Iing Sad the royal palace of High Priestess of the state of Khyrim. Thousands of people thronged the venue to witness the traditional rituals of Khasi tribe. Nov 23, 2014

Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari anoints his son Shaban Bukhari as Naib Imam at Jama Masjid

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Saturday anointed his son Shaban Bukhari as Naib Imam at the Jama Masjid. Over 100 religious leaders from India and abroad attended the ceremony. The 19-year old Shaban Bukhari is pursuing his bachelors in social work at Amity University. The post of Naib Imam puts him in the line to become the Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid. The Delhi High Court had earlier stated that anointment of Shaban Bukhari as successor to Shahi Imam has no legal sanctity; however, it had refused to stay the anointment ceremony. Nov 22, 2014

Exposition of sacred relics of St Francis Xavier begins in Goa

Goa, Nov 22 (ANI): Scores of devotees converged in coastal state of Goa on Saturday to witness 17th exposition of St Francis Xavier relics. The last exposition was held in 2004. The XVII solemn exposition of the sacred relics will go on till January 04, 2015. The 44-day long exposition of St Francis Xavier, fondly referred to as 'Goencho Saib', began on Saturday with an inaugural ceremony and a procession to shift the relics from the Basilica of Bom Jesus to the Se Cathedral for public veneration. Bishop of Mangalore Aloysius D’souza, who is the main celebrant at the solemn Pontifical Mass addressed the gathering, who came from daily prayers. The exposition is held in every 10 years and this is the 17th event after the first one was held in 1782. Nov 22, 2014

Saradha Scam: TMC MP Srinjoy Bose remanded to CBI custody till Nov 26

Kolkata, Nov 22 (ANI): Trinamool Congress MP Srinjoy Bose, who was arrested by the CBI in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha Chit Fund Scam, was remanded to CBI custody till 26th November on Saturday. Lawyer Ashok Mukherjee said that the court has directed to provide the required medical facilities to the accused while he is in the CBI custody. Nov 22, 2014

Mulayam's birthday celebrations: Stampede during blanket distribution in Badaun kills 1, Politicos r

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday after a woman was reportedly killed while several others were injured as a stampede broke out in Badaun during Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's birthday celebrations. The incident took place when Samajwadi Party leader Dharmendra Yadav was distributing free blankets to the people. BJP's UP unit President Laxmikant Bajpai said that if the resources are less then this kind of incident occurs. Former MP Shahid Siddiqui said that the incident is unfortunate and the government should have made proper arrangements. Nov 22, 2014

Dalai Lama urges youth to preserve religious harmony

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, urged the youth to preserve country's age-old tradition of religious harmony and tolerance, while delivering a lecture at a school in New Delhi on Saturday. Addressing the students, the Dalai Lama urged them to think cautiously not only about their own community or nation but humanity. He added that youngsters belong to the 21st century with their vision and determination can make a difference. Dalai Lama further said that past cannot be altered but future can be. Nov 22, 2014

One dead in stampede at Mulayam's birthday celebration

Badaun, Nov 22 (ANI): One woman died during a stampede at an event held in Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh to mark Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's 75th birthday on Saturday. The stampede occurred when Samajwadi Party MP Dharmendra Yadav was distributing blankets among the locals on the occasion of his party chief's birthday. The number of injured is yet to be ascertained. Dazzling arrangements were made in Rampur and Lucknow by Samajwadi Party workers for Mulayam's grand birthday celebrations. Nov 22, 2014

SP supporters thrash toll plaza employees in Barabanki, Politicos condemn state govt for 'deteriorat

Barabanki/ New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Supporters of the ruling Samajwadi Party leader Abhay Singh were caught on camera mercilessly thrashing toll plaza attendants in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh in broad daylight. No formal complaint has been filed with the police yet. Although Barabanki SP Abdul Hamid said that case lists names of three unidentified people and investigations are on. The whole incident was recorded by a close circuit camera inside one of the booths. Condemning the state government, party president in UP, Laxmikant Bajpai said that if police don't take action in the case, people of UP will take action during the state polls. BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria and Congress' Rashid Alvi also took jibe on SP government in UP and said that law should take its course or else it could lead to further depleting the law and order situation in the state. Nov 22, 2014

Hindu Women Conference discusses role of fair sex in Indian Politics

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Hindu Women Conference, a part of World Hindu Congress being held in New Delhi, on Saturday discussed the role that the fair sex can play in Indian politics and urged them to emerge as powerful as their counterparts were in ancient times. The three-day event began on Friday and will culminate on Sunday. Addressing the gathering, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that politics is an open box of which women have always been a part since ancient times. Sitharaman encouraged the women present at the conference not to keep a low profile in the field of politics, otherwise they will be lost. Sitharaman also added that even the most powerful maker (God) had to have a feminine quality in hand. She also advised women politicians to speak up for their work. The conference is scheduled to have 45 sessions attracting educationists and scientists from across the globe. Nov 22, 2014

All states in favour of interlinking rivers: Uma Bharti

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Saturday said that all the states, barring one or two, were in favour of inter-linking rivers, while addressing the 'Jal Mathan' conference. Bharti inaugurated the national conference, 'Jal Mathan', which will take up consultations with state irrigation ministers, secretaries for water resources. The three-day conference will also discuss issues like water security, water projects, farm water management and rejuvenation of water bodies. Bharti said the government would address concerns of the states and environmentalists. She said that even though the society was in favour of inter-linking rivers, environmentalists had apprehensions. Nov 22, 2014