Modi talks about boosting tourism in Kashmir, ensures employment

Udhampur, Nov 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir, stated that his party would work in the state to boost tourism if they are brought to power. He also promised better employment opportunities for the youths. The first phase of polling in the state took place on November 25 and other phases will take place till December 20. The results will be announced on December 23. Nov 28, 2014

Modi urges voters to vote for BJP to ensure development in JandK

Udhampur, Nov 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir, urged voters to vote for the BJP to ensure development in the state. Modi said that he would send adequate funds for the state and would keep a track on whether it is being utilized in a proper way or not. Nov 28, 2014

Search operation continues amid fresh firing in J and K

Arnia, Nov 28 (ANI): The Indian army said on Friday that the search operations are still on amid fresh firing in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier in the day, fresh firing erupted in the town of Arnia and search operation was tightened to look for militant hideouts after gunmen wearing army uniforms on Thursday (November 27) attacked an army base near the border with Pakistan, leaving ten people dead in the worst militant violence in more than a year. Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO), Manish Mehta said the search operation is still continuing to look for the hiding militant. There were four militants out of whom three were killed, and one is missing. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation to track down the hiding militant and retrieve the bodies of civilians killed in the gun battle, the PRO informed. The family members of the missing civilians are visiting the district hospital, presuming their loved ones to be the victim of the firing. Akhilesh Kumar, a farmer in Arnia town was among those hit by the rounds of firing. Nov 28, 2014

TMC now uses earthen pots to protest against amendment of MGNREGA outside Parliament

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs on Friday moved on from black umbrellas and shawls to demonstrating outside the parliament with earthen pots to protest outside against government's decision to amend the MGNREGA. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has brought work to millions of impoverished villagers. The party demanded that instead of amending the Act, the Centre should instead raise the wages paid under the popular scheme that guarantees a minimum 100 days of employment in a year to those living below poverty line in rural areas. Meanwhile, in an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 28 prominent economists said they were alarmed to hear of moves to change the NREGA, which provides jobs for 50 million households. Nov 28, 2014

Search operations on, 4 militants killed: Jammu IG on Arnia encounter

Udhampur, Nov 28 (ANI): The IG of Jammu, Rajesh Kumar said on Friday that search operations are on in Arnia sector of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that till now four militants have been killed, four civilians reported dead and three soldiers martyred in the encounter which began yesterday. He added that once the search operations are called off, final details of casualties can be given. Nov 28, 2014

Festive season and weddings increase sale of diamonds

Surat, Nov 28 (ANI): Demand for diamonds is slowly increasing as the wedding season is on and the prices of gold have fallen down. President of Surat Diamond Association, Dinesh Navadiya, said that diamond sales have increased because of Christmas, wedding season and fall in gold prices in the country. After Diwali the environment for the diamond industry is very good. Today there is good demand in Europe and America for diamonds as Christmas is nearing. In the last two months gold prices have fallen, which has helped the diamond industry. Nov 28, 2014

Families urge Central government to declare truth about abducted Indians in Iraq

Amritsar/Jalandhar, Nov 28 (ANI): Getting suspicious about the well being of their loved ones after some media reported that the 39 out of 40 Indians abducted by ISIS were killed, family members on Friday urged the government to declare truth on the same. Media reports said that the workers were killed by Islamic State (IS) militants on the basis of account given by eyewitness Harjeet Massih, who managed to escape from their clutches. Later, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told Parliament that 39 abducted construction workers in Iraq were alive, on the basis of information from six sources, thus contradicting eyewitness’ account that they were shot dead. Wife of a victim, Seema said that she doesn’t have any contact with her husband. The abductees were working for a Turkish construction company in Mosul. Meanwhile, mother of another victim, abductee Harbhajan Kaur said that she has faith in what the government is saying and has been praying to god for her son’s safe return to home. Nov 28, 2014

BJP's aim to spread communalism, SP should take note: Mayawati on AMU VC's letter row

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): BSP Chief Mayawati said on Friday that BJP is trying to spread communal tension by deciding to celebrate Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh's birthday at Aligarh Muslim University. Talking about the row of AMU VC's letter to the HRD Ministry, Mayawati said that the state government should take note of the incident and stop any communal activities from taking birth in the state. Nov 28, 2014

Politicos condemn reports of killing of Indians abducted by ISIS in June

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Political leaders condemn apparent killing of Indians abducted by ISIS in June. A news channel claimed that out of 39 Indians kidnapped in Iraq, only one of them was still left alive. Government sources were quick to dismiss the claims saying their current information did not corroborate the claim. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is to make a statement in the Parliament on the safety and conditions of Indians stuck in Iraq. Political leaders also demanded actions from central government on the issue and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should responsibility and act on the information so far gathered. Nov 28, 2014

Rampal produced before Punjab and Haryana HC Part - 1

Chandigarh, Nov 28 (ANI): Self-styled 'godman' Sant Rampal was produced before the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday. His bail plea had been cancelled earlier on November 20 in a 2006 murder case. The divisional bench today directed the additional chief secretary, Home, Haryana, to file a report regarding the properties owned by Rampal. The self-styled ' godman ', who was arrested from his Satlok Ashram after a two-week long standoff in Hisar's Barwala town, has rubbished all the charges leveled against him. Nov 28, 2014

Rampal produced before Punjab and Haryana HC Part - 2

Chandigarh, Nov 28 (ANI): Self-styled 'godman' Sant Rampal was produced before the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday. His bail plea had been cancelled earlier on November 20 in a 2006 murder case. The divisional bench today directed the additional chief secretary, Home, Haryana, to file a report regarding the properties owned by Rampal. The self-styled ' godman ', who was arrested from his Satlok Ashram after a two-week long standoff in Hisar's Barwala town, has rubbished all the charges leveled against him. Nov 28, 2014

CRPF Director General says state govt want Maoism to continue

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Director General (DG) of paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Dilip Trivedi accused some state governments of helping Maoism to continue for their selfish reasons while addressing a news conference in New Delhi. Trivedi was addressing mediapersons and other CRPF officers before ending his term as DG on November 30. 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. Meanwhile, Trivedi also said various committees and studies conducted by the government for welfare of forces was a waste of public money. The government is not serious about regulating sale of explosives whose easy availability to Maoists had led to increasing deaths of force personnel, Trivedi added. Nov 28, 2014

Rahul Gandhi visits Delhi slum, dares govt to run bulldozer over him to demolish slums

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited Rangpur Pahadi slums in south Delhi, where hundreds of dwellings were demolished a couple of days ago, and sent out a stern warning to the Centre against resorting to such action. Vowing to fight for the poor who were left homeless after Tuesday's demolition drive, Rahul said that if they want to use the bulldozer again, it will be his body they will have to cross first. The slum dwellers chanted slogans in support of the Congress vice-president as he interacted with some of them. Gandhi’s visit to the Rangpuri Pahari slum comes at a time when Delhi is gearing up for the assembly polls. Meanwhile, Congress leaders also said that they will protest against the central government until justice is done to the slum dwellers. Nov 28, 2014

Maoists burn polling party tractors amid elections in Jharkhand

Latehar, Nov 28 (ANI): Maoists attacked security personnel in Latehar district of Jharkhand and burned down eight tractors belonging to polling parties. A battalion of India’s paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was returning back to its posts when Maoists opened fire. They were retaliated upon but no injuries were reported. The village head of Sarju, where the tractors were burnt, Phuldev Uraav said that he didn’t know of the incident till the next day. The Maoists retrieved important belongings from the tractors before proceeding to burn them in a field. Maoists had given a call to boycott state polls and asked people to refrain from voting despite which voters came out in high numbers to practice their franchise. The five-phased polls in Jharkhand which began on Tuesday will end on December 20. Nov 28, 2014

Rahul Gandhi dares government to run bulldozer over him; politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited Rangpur Pahadi slums in south Delhi on Thursday evening, and dared the BJP government to run bulldozer over him. Hundreds of dwellings were demolished a couple of days ago in the slums. Meanwhile, politicos gave mixed reaction on the same. Nov 28, 2014