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

Army tightens search operation in Kashmir after 10 killed in militant attack

Jammu, Nov 28 (ANI): Search operation was tightened in Jammu and Kashmir to look for militant hideouts after gunmen wearing army uniforms attacked an army base near the border with Pakistan, leaving ten people dead in the worst militant violence in more than a year. On Friday morning, army personnel conducted thorough search operation in the villages in Jammu region. Several tanks, arms and ammunitions were also arranged by them in a bid to prevent any further untoward happenings. The Thursday's incident came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif had a brief meeting at a summit of South Asian leaders in Nepal that clinched a deal to create a regional electricity grid. Four or five gunmen split into two groups upon arriving in the town of Arnia, about four km (3 miles) from the border, with one group attacking an army bunker and the other holed up in a house, a senior army officer had said. Nov 28, 2014

Reactions come in as AMU VC writes to Smriti Irani over Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh's birthday celebr

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Reactions come in as the Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University wrote to Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, warning of "massive student unrest" and a "probability of communal conflagration" if "certain elements" go ahead with their plan to commemorate the birthday of Raja Mahendra Pratap, on the varsity campus on December 1. BJP said that AMU should refrain from communalizing and try to keep itself away from politics for the good of the university. Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that if the central university's VC is saying something, it should be taken into cognizance. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that BJP has this ideology of communalizing the atmosphere and such acts will further deteriorate conditions in UP and the university. Nov 28, 2014

Security tightened for PM Modi's Kashmir rally a day after militant attacks

Poonch, Nov 28 (ANI): Residents in Jammu and Kashmir said on Friday they expect Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce something substantial for the youth of the state. Security has been beefed up for Modi's rally in Kashmir's Poonch district, a day after militants attacked an army base in Arnia sector killing three security personnel and three civilians. Hundreds of security personnel in uniforms were seen standing holding automatic guns. Residents were excited about Modi's election rally. 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

HC allows Delhi schools to decide on nursery admission guidelines

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Delhi High Court on Friday gave verdict on the Nursery admissions case and has allowed Delhi schools to decide on the guidelines of the admissions themselves. The court gave its final decision on the petition of the people seeking admission for their children. The court was hearing a batch of petitions filed by the parents against guidelines issued by Delhi's Lieutenant Governor on December 18, 2013 on the admissions. The court said that the LG's order is without the authority of law and against the fundamental rights of the school authority. Under the earlier system, out of a total 100 points, 70 were given if the child lives in the neighbourhood of the school, additional 20 were given if a sibling is studying there, five points more if either parent is an alumni and another five points if it is an inter-state transfer case. Nov 28, 2014

Nepal PM Sushil Koirala says nothing to be surprised about Modi-Sharif handshake at SAARC

Kathmandu, Nov 28 (ANI): Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said there is nothing surprising about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif shaking hands as they share a cordial bond. A brief meeting between Modi and his Pakistani counterpart appeared to have salvaged a summit of South Asian leaders, with all eight countries clinching a last-minute deal to create a regional electricity grid. Meanwhile, Koirala said at a news conference that there was nothing to be surprised about the gesture between the two neighbours. The squabbling between the rivals is widely blamed for the poor performance of the SAARC, which was originally founded with the goal of moving towards a European-style union. Koirala also talked about the constitution of Nepal, which is currently governed by an interim constitution formed in 2007. Nov 28, 2014

Congress stage protest in Chhattisgarh demanding govt to step down taking responsibility for deaths

Raipur, Nov 28 (ANI): Hundreds of protesters took to streets in Raipur city of Chhattisgarh demanding the ruling BJP government in the state to step down immediately and own responsibility of deaths of the 10 women, who went through mass sterilization procedure earlier this month. The protesters belonging to the Congress Party said if their demands were not met with immediate effect, they would march to New Delhi and meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ten women died and 14 were in a serious condition after botched operations at a government mass sterilization "camp" in Bilaspur district. Four officials were suspended and an investigation started which revealed that the death happened due to contamination of the medicine used with poison used for killing rodents. Nov 28, 2014

Security beefed up in Assam ahead of PM's visit for DGPs conference

Guwahati, Nov 28 (ANI): Security stepped up ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with the police chiefs in Assam. Modi and Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh will address the two-day meet, which begins on Saturday, and being held in Assam for the first time. Directors general of police (DGPs) and inspectors general of police (IGPs) from the states and union territories, chief ministers of the northeastern states, officials from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and paramilitary forces will take part in it. Director General of Police Khagen Sarma said all precautionary measures are being taken to prevent any untoward incident. India's northeast consists of eight states which are beset with militancy and insurgency. Guwahati has been put on high alert from today following inputs about the ULFA and some other underground groups planning to carry out major acts of sabotage in the city. Nov 28, 2014

Migratory birds flock Uttarakhand for winter

Ramnagar, Nov 28 (ANI): A large number of Siberian birds have flocked to Ramnagar in Uttarakhand for the winter, fleeing the freezing conditions of their Arctic home grounds. Ramnagar is the gateway to Jim Corbett National Park, the oldest national park and a famous tourist destination in northern India. With the onset of winter, the Siberian birds spread their wings to begin a journey spanning thousands of kilometres. These birds from Siberia and Central Asia use wetlands as their transitory camps, which play a vital role in sustaining a large population of the breeding birds. Hundreds of thousands of exotic birds such as Mallards, Greyleg Geese, Gadwalls, Teals, Shovelers, Pochards and Coots make their temporary nests in Ramnagar. The birds attract a lot of tourists to the sanctuaries as well. The migratory birds begin their annual flight from Siberia, travel through Afghanistan and Central Asia and arrive in India for the entire season. Nov 28, 2014