Bihar CM Manjhi remains firm on his statement to give support to Modi on getting special status for

Patna, Nov 16 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi remained firm on his statement and said that he will support Prime Minister Narendra Modi of he gives special status to the state. Manjhi said that Modi should see the result only after giving the special status. Further, talking about his remark on residents of Bihar saying that the tribals are original residents of the state and rest all are outsiders who have settled in Bihar, he said that his remarks were just to motivate the villager. Nov 16, 2014

Sachin adopts Andhra village; terms women backbone of family, nation

Nellore, Nov 16 (ANI): Adopting Puttamrajuvari Kandriga village in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday urged the people to give equal importance to boys and girls and make them educated as he advised the men to shun alcohol and tobacco consumption. He said that said women are backbone of all families in India and the nation. Nov 16, 2014

CPI (M) to protest over squeezing of MGNREGA

Patna, Nov 16 (ANI): Communist Party of India-Marxist CPI (M), on Sunday said that it would launch a nationwide protest against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government for squeezing Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act MGNREGA, which provides jobs for 50 million households. CPI-M general secretary, Prakash Karat, while addressing a news briefing in Patna, said the scheme was important for the poor. Karat said that MGNREGA benefited India's northeastern state of Tripura but if the funds were cut, 50 percent people would not have any work. Karat informed that all six Left parties of India have come together and decided to go against the BJP over these issues. Nov 16, 2014

Brisbane Lord Mayor and Queensland Premier welcomes PM Modi at civic reception

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): Welcoming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the civic reception in Brisbane, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said that it was an honour to have Modi at the event. Graham Quirk said that the Indian people see him as a man to rest their hopes on and that this is a great responsibility that the Indian prime minister carries. Meanwhile, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman also greeted Modi and said that he has a great fan following in the city. The civic reception also had cultural programmes organized in welcome for PM Modi. Nov 16, 2014

PM Modi thanks Brisbane for 'wonderful reception' pitches for stronger ties between two nations

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): While speaking at Civic Reception in Brisbane, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the city has shown the world what a great city and host it is. Modi said that Queensland has supported partnership in education and skills and that the two nation's joint research will help our farmers. Modi also said that he was grateful for the reception and warmth and hospitality of the state and hoped for better relations in years to come. Nov 16, 2014

Politicos react after Manjhi promises to become Modi's supporter if Bihar given special status

New Delhi, Nov 16 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Sunday after Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi promised to become Prime Minister Narendra Modi's supporter if Bihar is given special status. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Narendra Modi is a vibrant personality and hence people around the world like to follow him. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the decision of whether JD (U) wants to support BJP or not should be taken by its party supremo. CPI leader D Raja said that Bihar has been demanding the status from long and Manjhi must have given the statement out of frustration. Nov 16, 2014

Amit Shah appeals to Jharkhand voters to give clear mandate

Lohardaga, Nov 16 (ANI): BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday while addressing a rally in Jharkhand's Lahardaga appealed to the people of the state to elect BJP and its ally in the state AJSU to power with full majority in the coming assembly elections. He promised that under the alliance, the state will develop for the better. Nov 16, 2014

Important to have BJP govt in JandK for development: Kiren Rijiju

Leh, Nov 16 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said that it is important to have BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir for the development in the state. He said that the state assembly polls are very important for the party. Rijiju said that the situation in Ladakh is difficult to understand from Delhi and that is why he was in the region to take stock of the situation. Rijiju also took jibe at congress and said that during the UPA regime, no development took place in the state. Nov 16, 2014

Mehboob Beigh decides to quit NC, says party cannot counter BJP

Anantnag, Nov 16 (ANI): In a major setback to the ruling National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir, senior party leader Mehboob Beigh on Sunday withdrew his candidature and decided to support main opposition Peoples Democratic Party Patron Mufti Mohammad Syeed. Beigh said that he considers BJP as RSS and that in order to stop such ideologies from coming to the state, he will support Mufti. He also alleged that the NC cannot counter the BJP and thus his decision to join hands with Mufti is for the welfare of the state. He also expressed displeasure on NC for not inviting any leaders from South Kashmir constituency to any parliamentary or board meetings. He added that next government must constitute an enquiry commission for probing the irregularities and wrongdoings of the present government. Nov 16, 2014

Followers of Rampal stand guard outside his ashram

Hissar, Nov 16 (ANI): The followers of self styled godman Rampal stood outside his ashram in Hissar district of Haryana. His brother Purshottam Das said that Rampal's supporters will not move until they are given justice adding that the followers have been taught lessons of life by their preacher. Rampal has been summoned by the Court regarding hearing of a case, which he frequently missed saying that he is not medically fit. Nov 16, 2014

Students in Kashmir demand bridge construction as they have to cross river on boat to reach school

Rajouri, Nov 16 (ANI): School children in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir risk their lives to go to a school by crossing a river as there is no bridge over it. Students in Nadpur Dhallian village cross River Manawar on a boat everyday to get to their schools while locals also have to go by same mode to get to the other side. People complain that even after repeated complaints, the administration did not construct a bridge. A school teacher, Isher Singh said that if a bridge is built, more children would come from nearby villages to attend school. Singh also said that many parents feared sending their children to school as there were several incidents of children and villagers getting swept away or drowning in the river water. Meanwhile, the assembly polls in the state are scheduled to take place from November 25 and the five-phased elections will conclude on December 20. Counting of votes will take place on December 23. Nov 16, 2014

Mahatma Gandhi is as relevant today as he was in his lifetime: Modi

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi before unveiling the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane on Sunday said that Gandhi is as relevant today as he was in his lifetime. Speaking at the function, he said that On October 2 (1869), a person was not born in Porbandar but an era was born. He added that Mahatma Gandhi's teachings relevant in addressing the challenges of global warming and terrorism. Nov 16, 2014

Non violence was an article of faith for Mahatma Gandhi: Modi

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi before unveiling the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane on Sunday said that non violence was an article of faith for Gandhi. Speaking at the function, he said Mahatma Gandhi's teachings relevant in addressing the challenges of global warming and terrorism. Nov 16, 2014

Roadshow promotes tourism between India, Bangladesh

Agartala, Nov 16 (ANI): A four-day road show, 'Maitri Tourism 2014', kicked off in Agartala to promote tourism between India and Bangladesh. The event is being organised by Bangladesh Foundation for Tourism Development and Bangladesh Inbound Tour Operators Association in collaboration with Tripura Tourism Development Forum and Tripura Tourism Development Corporation. A seminar took place to discuss the sub-regional tourism circuit linking India's northeast, Bangladesh and Myanmar, and the land routes linking the capital cities of Dhaka and Agartala. A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Secretary Subhas Das said tourism is among the most flourishing sectors in the world and plays a significant role in generating employment. The seminar also covered issues of tourism tax and easing the visa process to further boost the tourism industry. Nov 16, 2014

PM Modi unveils Mahatma Gandhi statue in Brisbane

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday unveiled the statue of iconic freedon fighter Mahatma Gandhi in Brisbane Australia. Modi unveiled the statue even as supporters cheered him and shouted slogans at the Brisbane's Roma Street Parkland. Modi also offered flowers and paid his respect to Gandhi. Former honorary Indian consul in Brisbane Parsram Punj also participated in unveiling of the Gandhi statue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the city. PM Modi is in the Australian city for the 9th G20 summit. The Prime Minister has planned extra events in Brisbane during his four-day visit including the unveiling of the statue, talks with Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, among other events. PM Modi's visit to Australia will hopefully strengthen ties with the near 300,000-strong Indian diaspora in the country, with a friendly tax regime for non-residents and options for dual citizenship on the wish list. Nov 16, 2014