BJP leader visits Kolkata to assess damage to his partymen in clashes with TMC

Kolkata/Birbhum, Oct 30 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi visited West Bengal on Thursday to assess the killing of party workers allegedly by members of the regional Trinamool Congress (TMC) and called the state government a party of militants, mafias and criminals. Naqvi said that TMC should use their efforts in helping the people there, instead of attacking them. Three persons were killed and many severely injured in a clash between the TMC and BJP supporters at Makra village in Birbhum district in West Bengal. Several houses were also burnt down. Reportedly, the clash continued for more than two hours and country-made guns were used. Oct 30, 2014

UP Police hold clothes, mobile, internet responsible for rise in rapes

Meerut, Oct 30 (ANI): In a RTI filed on increasing rapes by an activist in Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh the state Police has held factors like improper dressing, use of mobile phones and internet responsible for such crimes. RTI Activist Lokesh Khurana who had filed the RTI, said that the police giving such improper statements on increasing crime shows its irresponsibility in handling law and order in the state. Oct 30, 2014

Condemning reactions flow over UP Police reply to RTI on Rape

Delhi/ Lucknow, Oct 30 (ANI): Condemning reactions flowed on Thursday over the improper reply given by Uttar Pradesh Police to an RTI filed questioning the reasons for increasing rapes in the state. The police had replied to the RTI saying that improper dressing of women, use of mobiles and internet is responsible for increasing crimes against women. Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, Barkha Shukla Singh said that such remarks made by the police officials are condemnable and unacceptable. IPS Officer Amitabh Thakur said that being a police official himself he finds reasons given by the police inappropriate. BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria said that the Samajwadi Party government is responsible for such law and order in the state where even police does not take responsibility of increasing crimes. Oct 30, 2014

Delhi government formation: Politicos react after SC supports Jung's effort

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Thursday after Supreme Court termed Lt Governor Najeeb Jung move to talk to all political parties on forming a government in Delhi as 'positive'. BJP leader Satish Upadhyay said that BJP welcomes the decision of the court. He added that after Jung takes a decision, the party will comment accordingly. AAP leader Ashutosh said that SC was right in calling Jung's move as 'positive' but Lt Governor Najeeb Jung should have taken this move much earlier. Oct 30, 2014

Cyclone Nilofar: MeT says rainfall expected, NDRF ready with rescue teams

Ahmedabad, Oct 30 (ANI): As Cyclone Nilofar is about to hit the coast of Gujarat the teams of NDRF have been made ready by the state government. Meanwhile the Director of Ahmedabad Meteorological Department, Manorama Mohanty said that the cyclone is expected to make landfall followed by heavy rainfall for the next 48 hours in the coastal areas of Gujarat. NDRF Inspector Sanjay Kumar said that the teams of NDRF are ready for rescue work and added that they will work as directed by the authorities. Oct 30, 2014

Delhi Government formation: SC adjourns hearing till November 11

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday after taking a note of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung's efforts to break the deadlock adjourned hearing on government formation in Delhi till November 11. The apex court terming LG's efforts to call a party meet as a 'positive move' said that that it would wait and watch till the next hearing. Lawyer Aman Sinha said that the SC also noted the possibility of a minority government being formed in Delhi. Oct 30, 2014

Delhi Govt Formation: SC supports Jung's efforts

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): The Supreme Court Thursday noted reports that Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung would be consulting all the political parties in its efforts to form a government in Delhi, as positive. The apex court also said that there are situations with a party not having majority forms the government with outside support. Oct 30, 2014

British Defence Secretary lays wreath at India Gate war memorial

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon on Thursday laid wreath at India Gate war memorial to commemorate India's contribution in World War I. Michael Fallon arrived in Delhi on a one-day visit to commemorate India's contribution to World War 1, which saw the participation of over 1.1 million Indian soldiers. Fallon during his visit will be meeting Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and reaffirming the UK's defence and security partnership with India. The UK has been working very closely with the United Service Institution of India (USI) on the grand commemoration programme. Oct 30, 2014

Shiv Sena says party Chief will take decision on support to BJP in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 30 (ANI): Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that the decision regarding support to BJP in Maharashtra will be taken by party Chief Uddhav Thackeray. Shiv Sena leaders also held a meeting a day before in order to take the decision, which Raut said would be finalized by today. He also added that the decision made by Uddhav Tackeray will be acceptable to all party workers. Raut further stated that in a large state like Maharashtra it is difficult for minority government to govern and take decisions. Oct 30, 2014

Indians worship Sun god for betterment of family during Chhath Puja

Bihar/ Maharashtra/ Uttar Pradesh/New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Scores of devotees across India, on Thursday (October 30), thronged banks of rivers and other water bodies to celebrate Hindu religious festival, 'Chhath', and prayed to the rising sun. 'Chhath puja', the four day festival, is celebrated after Diwali and holds significance for married women who observe fast and stand in waist-deep river water presenting religious offerings to the Sun god. A resident of Mumbai, Sinta Devi, said that people mark this festival after their wishes get fulfilled. A resident of Varanasi, Parmeshwari Kumar, said that people pray to goddess Chhath and offer fruits during the festival. Oct 30, 2014

Kerala to celebrate 'Kiss Day' to protest moral policing

Kochi, Oct 30 (ANI): A group of youngsters will organise a non-violent protest 'Kiss of Love' in Kerala on November 02 to protest against the moral policing and express freedom of love. The campaign was initiated in the wake of an attack on a coffee shop by youth wing activists of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Last week, Congress party owned Jaihind TV had aired a show alleging immoral activities at a cafe called Downtown in Kozhikode city. Within hours, it was attacked by workers of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of BJP. However, the Kerala police have denied the permission to protesters to hold the event in the port of Kochi. Young protesters were then seen holding posters reading 'Stop Moral Policing' to publicise the drive even as the members of local moral policing team were present at the venue trying to scare the youngsters by shouting at them. Oct 30, 2014

CAG must not play up results, says finance minister

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, said the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) should refrain from sensationalising its findings just to make it to the headlines. Jaitley was speaking at the annual conference of CAG in New Delhi. Jaitley further said the auditors should be more careful and liberal when dealing with multiple observations. While referring to the two scams, Jaitley said it is important to be discreet because the country is suffering so much where contracts are being cancelled and power sectors are in misery. Oct 30, 2014

Two coaches of express train derail, no casualties reported

Delhi/ Thane, Oct 30 (ANI): The engine and two coaches of Amravati-Mumbai express train derailed on Thursday early morning, in the outskirts of Mumbai. No casualties have been reported. Kumar also informed that the senior manger and rescue team have already reached the place. Oct 30, 2014

Two Maoists held with ammunition in Jharkhand

Latehar/ Odisha, Oct 30 (ANI): Police arrested two Maoists with ammunition in Latehar district of Jharkhand. Latehar's Superintendent of Police, Michael Raj S, said they attained major success by arresting two notorious Maoists who were involved in several violent activities since 2011. Michael added the arrested Maoists were involved in activities including firing at police, planning a bomb blast on National Highway 75 and others. Meanwhile, a farmer-turned-Maoist activist who surrendered before the police in Odisha on Tuesday (October 28) was produced before the court. Nachika Linga, the chief of a Maoist-backed organisation, remained underground for over four years evading a non-bailable warrant against him. He was in the 'most wanted' list of Odisha police for his alleged involvement in attack on a local police station in 2009. Oct 30, 2014