Trinamool Congress refuses to attend govt's all-party meeting

Kolkata, Nov 23 (ANI): The Trinamool Congress (TMC) refused to attend the all party meet called by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to discuss the agenda for the Winter Session of the Parliament. TMC leader Derek O'Brien on Sunday said that TMC is not going to attend both the meetings scheduled at 4and5 pm. He added that sudden invitation for all-party meet shows government's bad planning. Nov 23, 2014

Mamata Banerjee blames PM Modi for leading unstable politics across India

Kolkata, Nov 23 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for causing disturbance in the state. She said the federal government is carrying out political vendetta against her Trinamool Congress (TMC) party. Reacting to BJP's allegation of her involvement in the Saradha Chit Fund scam, Banerjee said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has bought the media honchos. Meanwhile, Banerjee also questioned media's ignorance toward BJP's election campaign expenses. Nov 23, 2014

Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi urges UN to end child slavery

New Delhi, Nov 23 (ANI): Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi urged United Nations to prioritize abolition of child slavery while addressing a candle light march in New Delhi. Satyarthi, 60, whose non-government organisation (NGO) Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) has been credited with freeing over 80,000 child labourers in India over 30 years, said it was unbelievable that slavery was still so prevalent. Satyarthi also said they started a petition campaign and are expecting at least five and a half million petitions to be sent to the UN. Nov 23, 2014

Najma Heptulla urges PM to pass women's reservation bill

Chennai, Nov 23 (ANI): Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government to pass the women's reservation bill. A bill that seeks to reserve 33 percent seats in parliament and provincial assemblies has been passed by the Rajya Sabha but is pending in the Lok Sabha due to lack of consensus among political parties. Heptulla promised to get nearly 600,000 acres of Waqf properties released from illegal occupants once parliament enacts a law. Nov 23, 2014

Chhattisgarh sterilisation deaths: Congress leaders seek CM Raman Singh's resignation

Bilaspur, Nov 23 (ANI): Congress party staged a protest in Chhattisgarh to demand resignation of Chief Minister Raman Singh and State Health Minister Amar Agarwal after more than a dozen women died at a mass sterilisation camp. Last week at least 15 women died at a government-run family planning camp in central state, where 83 women were sterilised. Meanwhile, Congress leader Bhakta Charan Das said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should intervene and order an investigation while Singh should also be asked to step down. Congress members walked the streets holding banners and shouted slogans as a retaliation to the incident. Meanwhile, Congress unit of Chhattisgarh President Bhupesh Baghel said an FIR should be filed against Agarwal for the incident. Another Congress leader Satyanarayan Sharma also called for a thorough probe, calling it one of the unfortunate incidents. Nov 23, 2014

Sumitra Mahajan calls for all-party meet ahead of Parliament's Winter Session

New Delhi, Nov 23 (ANI): Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan called for an all-party meet in New Delhi to ensure smooth functioning of the winter session of the Parliament. Reportedly, there are 67 bills currently pending before the parliament. Parliament would convene on Monday for a month-long session in which the government is confident of passing legislation to allow more foreign investment in the insurance industry. Nov 23, 2014

Medicines used at sterilisation camp poisonous, says Chhattisgarh Health Minister

Bilaspur, Nov 23 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Health Minister Amar Agarwal confirmed that medicines used at the mass sterilisation camp were poisonous. Last week at least 15 women died at a government-run family planning camp in Chhattisgarh, where 83 women were sterilised. However, Agarwal said the reports from various laboratories were sent to the police for further investigation. Nov 23, 2014

Maoist attack in Bastar: Seven CRPF personnel sustain injuries

Bastar, Nov 22 (ANI): Seven CRPF personnel sustained injuries in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh. Police said that a group of heavily-armed red rebels ambushed security personnel's team in Bastar district. He added that two paramilitary personnel are in critical condition. 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. Nov 23, 2014

BJP condemns Rahul Gandhi's allegations on Centre over investments, Congress defends

Ranchi/ New Delhi, Nov 23 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Sunday after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi attacked the Central Government over investments in trade. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Rahul Gandhi does not know anything about investments otherwise the nation would not have suffered so much in the last 10 years. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that Rahul's allegations are correct in the context that BJP government is with the rich not the poor. Nov 23, 2014

Saradha Scam: Mamata Banerjee attacks Centre, dares to impose President's rule in WB, Reactions flow

Ranchi/ New Delhi, Nov 23 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday reacted as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attacked the Central government for eying the state polls through Saradha scam probe and dared the Centre to impose President's rule in the state and arrest her. BJP leaders Sambit Patra said that it is ironical that TMC which is responsible for Saradha scam is standing taller than law. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the BJP is after West Bengal's state leadership and is responsible for majority troubles being faced by the state. He added that an elected government cannot be dissolved and President's Rule cannot be imposed like that. Nov 23, 2014

Festivals in the Northeast promote unity and brotherhood

Manipur, Nov 23 (ANI): The vibrant folk dances performed by these tribal reflects their joy and happiness. The Kuki, Chin and Mizo tribes came together at the Manipur Rifles Ground to celebrate 'Chavang-Kut', the autumn post harvest festival. The thanksgiving festival shows gratitude to the almighty for a bountiful harvest with an offering of songs and dances. Audiences were enthralled by various folk and warrior dances. The main attraction was the Miss Kut 2014 beauty pageant contest. Participants from different communities, dressed in their best ethnic attires, walked the ramp. Lamneimoi Chongloi, won the tiara of Miss Kut 2014. In Shillong, 5 day-long "Nongkrem Dance" a post harvest festival of the Khasi tribe was recently celebrated at the Iing Sad the royal palace of High Priestess of the state of Khyrim. Thousands of people thronged the venue to witness the traditional rituals of Khasi tribe. Nov 23, 2014

Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari anoints his son Shaban Bukhari as Naib Imam at Jama Masjid

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Saturday anointed his son Shaban Bukhari as Naib Imam at the Jama Masjid. Over 100 religious leaders from India and abroad attended the ceremony. The 19-year old Shaban Bukhari is pursuing his bachelors in social work at Amity University. The post of Naib Imam puts him in the line to become the Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid. The Delhi High Court had earlier stated that anointment of Shaban Bukhari as successor to Shahi Imam has no legal sanctity; however, it had refused to stay the anointment ceremony. Nov 22, 2014

Exposition of sacred relics of St Francis Xavier begins in Goa

Goa, Nov 22 (ANI): Scores of devotees converged in coastal state of Goa on Saturday to witness 17th exposition of St Francis Xavier relics. The last exposition was held in 2004. The XVII solemn exposition of the sacred relics will go on till January 04, 2015. The 44-day long exposition of St Francis Xavier, fondly referred to as 'Goencho Saib', began on Saturday with an inaugural ceremony and a procession to shift the relics from the Basilica of Bom Jesus to the Se Cathedral for public veneration. Bishop of Mangalore Aloysius D’souza, who is the main celebrant at the solemn Pontifical Mass addressed the gathering, who came from daily prayers. The exposition is held in every 10 years and this is the 17th event after the first one was held in 1782. Nov 22, 2014

Saradha Scam: TMC MP Srinjoy Bose remanded to CBI custody till Nov 26

Kolkata, Nov 22 (ANI): Trinamool Congress MP Srinjoy Bose, who was arrested by the CBI in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha Chit Fund Scam, was remanded to CBI custody till 26th November on Saturday. Lawyer Ashok Mukherjee said that the court has directed to provide the required medical facilities to the accused while he is in the CBI custody. Nov 22, 2014

Mulayam's birthday celebrations: Stampede during blanket distribution in Badaun kills 1, Politicos r

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday after a woman was reportedly killed while several others were injured as a stampede broke out in Badaun during Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's birthday celebrations. The incident took place when Samajwadi Party leader Dharmendra Yadav was distributing free blankets to the people. BJP's UP unit President Laxmikant Bajpai said that if the resources are less then this kind of incident occurs. Former MP Shahid Siddiqui said that the incident is unfortunate and the government should have made proper arrangements. Nov 22, 2014