Indian nurses stranded in Libya seek help to get back home

Kerala/ Libya, Nov 27 (ANI): More than 22 nurses from Kerala, who are stranded in war torn Libya without the payments, have shared their ordeal with the Indian government through a video, appealing for help to evacuate them. Nurses are crying for help to return back home to India at the earliest as they have not got their salary for the past four months. Family of a nurse Dhanya Mathew, who sent their daughter to Libya for a better future, are worried as their only shelter can be snatched away anytime if the loan they took for her studies, visa and ticket is not deposited soon. For the nurse's parents the only hope is the Indian government and the embassy officials. The nurse's family says their daughter had a chance earlier to return home but could not due to financial issues. Also, the employers had promised to increase salary, said the family. A group of 22 nurses from Kerala stranded at Benghazi in Libya have been shifted to a safe hospital but are now even finding it difficult to have basic food as they are left with no money in the strife-torn country. Nov 27, 2014

Defence Expert hails Army for indicting 9 soldiers in killing of Kashmiri youths in Budgam firing

New Delhi, Nov 27 (ANI): Defence Expert Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Raj Kadyan hailed Indian Army for indicting nine soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer of 53 Rashtriya Rifles for killing two youths in Chattergam Chadoora area of Budgam district on November 3. Kadyan said that this shows that Army carries on its work with full dedication and without any bias. He also said that the course of action is to be seen as to what action the Army takes. He also assured that Army will give whatever punishment that should be meted out to them. The army completed its inquiry into the firing incident in which two Kashmiri youths had lost their lives, while two others were injured and found gross violation by the jawans. The Court of Inquiry recommended court martial proceedings against them. Nov 27, 2014

Reactions come in as SC asks to disqualify Chennai Super Kings from IPL

New Delhi, Nov 27 (ANI): Reactions come in as the Supreme Court on Thursday observed that action should be taken on the Mudgal Committee's probe report on the IPL spot-fixing scam and Chennai Super Kings team should be 'terminated without further enquiry' from the IPL tournament. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that he will comment on the same after taking a look at the report. Justice (Retd.) Mukul Mudgal, who is heading the Mudgal Committee panel said that Commitee report is under consideration and that he cannot say anything about it now. Meanwhile, Former Cricketer Kirti Azad welcomed the decision and said that this will further clean the Indian Cricket from corruption. Nov 27, 2014

UGC member alleges interference by HRD Ministry, Reactions flow

New Delhi, Nov 27 (ANI): Member of University Grants Commission (UGC), MM Ansari alleged excessive interference by the education ministry in the activities of the body. These statements come at a time when Education Ministry decided to drop German language in favour of Sanskrit for over 70,000 students across 500 Kendriya Vidyalayas (Central Schools) from classes VI to VIII. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said Ansari was making such statements on behalf of the Congress party. SP leader Naresh Agarwal defended the Education Minister, Smriti Irani and said she was just doing her duty. Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda said these allegations by the UGC member should be looked into seriously. UGC is a statutory organisation that grants recognition to universities in India and handles coordination and maintenance of university education. Nov 27, 2014

Politicos react after CBI report states girls committed suicide in Badaun gang-rape case

New Delhi/Lucknow/Hyderabad, Nov 27 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Thursday after CBI in its report stated that it has found no evidence of murder or sexual assault in its probe into the death of two teenage cousins whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh and claimed that the two girls had committed suicide. BJP's UP unit President Laxmikant Bajpai said that the government should look into the reports. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the court will look into the CBI report and give its verdict. SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary said that Opposition parties had unnecessary and without any evidence slammed the UP government for creating an unsafe environment for women. Nov 27, 2014

Congress and BJP express contradictory views over Omar Abdullah's appreciation on Modi's foreign pol

New Delhi, Nov 27 (ANI): Congress and BJP on Thursday expressed contradictory views after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his foreign diplomacy. Abdullah had said that Prime Minister has done well as far as maintaining relations with foreign countries is concerned. He minister went on to say that PM Modi has done a good job in reaching out to country's immediate neighbours. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the JandK chief minister should carefully watch the developments with foreign countries in past six months and he will then come to notice that there are no developments so far. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the whole world is appreciating PM Modi for his works and that Abdullah's appreciation is nothing surprising. Nov 27, 2014

Kejriwal to host dinner to fund AAP, BJP slams

New Delhi, Nov 27 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal will host diamond merchants, Bollywood artists and bankers for a 'Rs. 20,000 per plate' dinner next week in Mumbai, kick-starting AAP's fund-raising campaign for the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi. Reacting over this, the BJP on Thursday slammed AAP and said that the party has destroyed its credibility and people have no faith in AAP. Nov 27, 2014

CBI investigated the matter in haste: Mayawati on Badaun gang-rape case

New Delhi, Nov 27 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati on Thursday alleged that CBI has investigated the Badaun gang-rape case in haste and that the CBI report is flawed. She added that BSP is not in agreement with the report. She further said that a thorough probe will be conducted and guilty will be punished after BSP will be voted to power. Nov 27, 2014

BJP slams SP for raising controversy on celebrating Raja Mahendra Prataps birthday

Hyderabad/ Lucknow, Nov 27 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday slammed the ruling SP government in Uttar Pradesh for raising a controversy over the celebration of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh’s birthday. BJP President in UP, Laxmikant Bajpai said that the BJP wanted to celebrate the birthday of a great freedom fighter who donated land for the development of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). He added that SP, which itself did not do so in the past, can only create controversy. BJP leader Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that he saw no reason as to why controversy should be raised over birthday celebrations of a glorious leader. Nov 27, 2014

BJP slams SP for raising controversy on celebrating Raja Mahendra Pratap's birthday

Hyderabad/ Lucknow, Nov 27 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday slammed the ruling SP government in Uttar Pradesh for raising a controversy over the celebration of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh's birthday. BJP President in UP, Laxmikant Bajpai said that the BJP wanted to celebrate the birthday of a great freedom fighter who donated land for the development of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). He added that SP, which itself did not do so in the past, can only create controversy. BJP leader Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that he saw no reason as to why controversy should be raised over birthday celebrations of a glorious leader. Nov 27, 2014

BJP to celebrate Raja Mahendra Pratap's birthday in AMU, Reactions flow

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Nov 27 (ANI): BJP will be celebrating the birthday of Raja Mahendra Partap Singh's birthday in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh Muslim University over which political reactions flowed in on Thursday. RLD leader Munna Singh Chauhan said that the idea of celebrating the birthday of a freedom fighter is good. Former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui said that birthday celebration of a freedom fighter is good but the BJP should not raise any confrontation for itself. Meanwhile, SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that BJP has a habit of organizing events which fuel controversy. Nov 27, 2014

PM will bolster ties and move ahead with south Asian nations: MEA

Kathmandu, Nov 27 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that India would enhance its bond with South Asian nations and move together with its neighbours in a bid to boost trade while integrating energy grids and easy access via road and railway links. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized that India will move with those who are ready. He added that Prime Minister also held talks with his Bangladesh's counterpart Sheikh Hasina on tackling militancy in the region. Nov 27, 2014

Army says militants trying to disrupt polls in Kashmir

Jammu, Nov 27 (ANI): Indian army's top official said intelligence inputs suggested that militants along the Line of Control (LoC) and hinterland were trying to disrupt the ongoing election process in Kashmir. General Officer Commanding 16 Corps Lieutenant General KH Singh said that the activities are being carried on with the sole intention of disturbing the ongoing polls in the state. Singh also said that the army is fully equipped and prepared to deal with any such activities along the international border. The assembly segments going to polls include Kishtwar, Inderwal, Doda, Bhaderwah, Ramban and Banihal in Jammu division; Gurez, Bandipora, Sonawari, Kangan and Ganderbal in Kashmir region and Nobra, Leh, Kargil and Zanskar in Ladakh region. Nov 27, 2014

Celebrations kick start as BSF to enter its 50th year in December

New Delhi, Nov 27 (ANI): The Golden Jubilee celebrations of world's largest border guarding force, India's Border Security Force (BSF), kicked off in New Delhi as the paramilitary will enter its 50th year on December 01. BSF was established on December 01, 1965, it is a paramilitary force charged with guarding India's land border during peace time and preventing cross-border crime as it is one of many law enforcement agencies of India. BSF Director General, DK Pathak said that in the last 49 years the security force has grown to a sizeable organisation. The BSF, he further said, will organise seminars, men storming sessions and workshops to make its personnel better prepared and will strengthen its efforts to defend the border population, for it is its support which makes the organisation's work easier. Nov 27, 2014