Politicos & Social activists demand action against Uber cab driver for alleged rape case in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 07 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday demanded action against the Uber taxi service driver who allegedly raped a woman who was returning from a dinner party in Gurgaon on Friday night. BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said that police is taking action and that the government will not tolerate crime against women. Congress leader Rashid Alvi also condemned the incident and demanded action on the same. Meanwhile, women rights activists and social activists also condemned the incident and said that it is unfortunate that such incident take place under the very nose of the central government. The incident took place at around 9:30 pm when the woman, who works for a finance company in Gurgaon, was headed back to her home in north Delhi's Inderlok area. Dec 7, 2014

Politicos react as Mamata & Omar fail to attend PMs meeting over new Planning Commission

New Delhi/ Kolkata, Dec 07 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday react as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah failed to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with state CMs on new Planning Commission. BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said that such meetings are meant for welfare of the states and Banerjee failing to attend the same would only harm people of West Bengal. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that there can be other reasons and engagements for Banerjee for not attending the meeting and Abdullah may be busy with the state polls. PM Modi held the meeting at his residence 7 Race Course Road in New Delhi. In the meeting, discussions took place on the structure and role of the new body that will replace the Planning Commission. Dec 7, 2014

Indian Army recovers arms used in Handwara encounter in Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 7 (ANI): Indian Army on Sunday recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition used by militants during the latest encounter in Handwara town of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to the reports, these arms and ammunitions were used in the gunfight between the Army and the militants during the second phase of assembly polls in Handwara on Tuesday. Also recovered were arms used during a gun battle in Uri sector, near the heavily militarized border with Pakistan, on Friday when militants sneaked into an Indian military camp killing 11 soldiers and police officials. Violence has escalated in Kashmir as India holds an election to the state assembly that separatists have shunned and instead urged talks with Pakistan to resolve the 67-year-old row over the Muslim-majority region. Dec 7, 2014

Martyr Sankalp Shukla receives Guard of Honour, Body cremated in Ranchi

Ranchi, Dec 07 (ANI): The martyred soldier Lt Col Sankalp Shukla was given Guard of Honour on Sunday before his body could be cremated. Shukla laid his life fighting against militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector on Friday. He had also reportedly sustained bullet injuries in a militant attack about 10 years back. The soldier is survived by his wife and two daughters. A grand wreath laying ceremony was held in Ranchi where a huge crowd gathered to pay floral tribute to the soldier after which, his body was cremated. Dec 7, 2014

Security tightens in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Modi rally

Srinagar, Dec 7 (ANI): Security was tightened in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally scheduled for Monday. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party had alleged that the purpose of the recent militant attack at an Army base in the state was to create terror among the masses. BJP National Secretary Tarun Chugh alleged that these incidents were to disrupt the election atmosphere in the state. Sniffer dogs and security personnel were deployed in and around the rally venue. Checking was also carried out with the metal detector machine. Chug said that all security arrangements are in place. Dec 7, 2014

PM Modi holds meeting with state CMs on new Planning Commission

New Delhi, Dec 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a meeting with chief ministers of all the states to hear their views on the restructuring of the Planning Commission. The meeting was held at PM Modi's residence 7 Race Course Road in New Delhi. In the meeting, discussions took place on the structure and role of the new body that will replace the Planning Commission. However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah did not attend the meeting. Abdullah cited Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections as the reason for skipping the meet. Dec 7, 2014

Woman allegedly raped by Uber cab driver in Delhi

Mathura, Dec 7 (ANI): A 27-year-old woman was allegedly raped by the driver of a cab that she hired through Uber from Vasant Vihar area. The incident took place when she was returning from Gurgaon on Saturday night. A rape case has been registered at Sarai Rohilla police station and the accused has been booked under Sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC. The cab was later recovered by the Police in Mathura on Sunday along with the driver's mobile phone, which was switched off. According to the reports, the driver has been detained by the police. Further details are awaited. Dec 7, 2014

Textile business sees a drop in Surat

Surat, Dec 7 (ANI): The textile industry in Gujarat saw 30 percent less sales in comparison to the previous year even though it is the season of big fat Indian weddings.The month of December is one of the busiest months for the industry, with Christmas round the corner and the wedding season at its peak, but this year the shopowners in Surat's Textile Market are sitting idle. A textile businessman, Kailash Agarwal, said the retail and wholesale textile busines fared badly this season. Agarwal said that he could not pinpoint the exact cause of the slump. Dec 7, 2014

JandK attack: Terrorists belonged to LeT, says Indian Army

Srinagar, Dec 07 (ANI): Army on Sunday said that the terrorists involved in the recent terror strikes in four towns of Jammu and Kashmir belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba group and were highly trained to carry special operations. Kashmir Valley was rocked by four attacks by terrorists from across the border who stormed an Army camp in Uri leaving 11 security personnel including a Lt Colonel dead and killed two civilians in Tral. Talking to mediapersons in Srinagar Lieutenant General Subrata Saha said that all the ammunitions and arms seized during encounters last week by Indian Army were manufactured in Pakistan. Dec 7, 2014

Huge cache of explosives recovered in Assam

Assam, Dec 7 (ANI): India's paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel recovered a huge quantity of explosives from Bokajan town in Assam. The explosives, including 86 packets of gelatin sticks, 30 packets of detonators, and 286 metres of cable wires, were seized from a bus which was coming from Shillong and was heading to Dimapur. The CRPF has arrested the two drivers of the buses and will conduct the further investigation to find out whether any militant outfit was indulged. Northeast consists of eight states which are beset with militancy and insurgency. Dec 7, 2014

Omar Abdullah and Mamata Banerjee to skip PM's meet with Chief Ministers

New Delhi, Dec 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a meeting with the Chief Ministers of all states on Sunday to discuss reconstructing of Planning Commission. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee has planned to skip the meeting drawing flak from the ruling party's leaders. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that it is the decision of the respective Chief Ministers whether or not to attend the meeting. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that by skipping PM's meeting Abdullah and Banerjee are only causing harm to their own state. Dec 7, 2014

Bangladesh marks day of Indian recognition

Dhaka, Dec 7 (ANI): Bangladesh observed Indian recognition day with poise, which the country attained after the 1971 liberation war and was recognized as an independent and sovereign nation. A seminar on "Indo-Bangladesh Relations and Regional Security" was organized in the capital city of Dhaka to mark the event. Delegates attending the seminar expressed their gratitude towards India for helping the country during the war for liberation. Emphasizing on the security between the two countries and the region in general, the Deputy High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, Sandeep Chatterjee said that the two countries can take an initiative towards fighting militancy in the region. Dec 7, 2014

Federer and Djokovic arrive in New Delhi for Tennis League

New Delhi, Dec 7 (ANI): Swiss Tennis player Roger Federer and Serbian Tennis player Novak Djokovic arrived in New Delhi on Sunday for the third leg of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). The tournament kicked off in Manila, Philippines on 28th November and now has come to New Delhi before concluding in Dubai on December 13th. The Delhi-based Indian Aces team has players like Federer, Ana Ivanovic, Sania Mirza, Pete Sampras, Gael Monfils, Rohan Bopanna and Fabrice Santoro. Big crowds are expected to come out on Monday when Federer of Indian Aces plays against Djokovic of UAE Royals. The winning team of IPTL will be awarded with a cash prize of one million dollars. Dec 7, 2014

Kiren Rijiju calls for peace in northeast region

Agartala, Dec 7 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said that for there to be development peace has to be maintained in the north eastern region of the country. Rijiju said this while inaugurating a modern cargo complex integrated check post in Tripura city of Agartala. Rijiju said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government had plans for the rehabilitation of the militants of the region. Dec 7, 2014

Maldives thanks India for prompt response to alleviate its drinking water shortage

Male, Dec 07 (ANI): Maldives Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon expressed her deepest appreciation and thanked India for its prompt response to alleviate the drinking water shortage in the archipelago, in the true spirit of their close and time-tested bilateral ties. Indian High Commissioner to Maldives, Rajeev Shahare said that the people of the nation are thankful to India for always responding to their call in times of crisis. Dec 7, 2014