Gadkari launches ETC system for Delhi-Mumbai Highway

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday launched the Electronic Toll Collection system for the Delhi-Mumbai Highway. The Electronic Toll Collection systems have already been installed at 55 toll plaza. Their integration with Central Clearing House (CCH) operators has almost been completed on the Delhi-Mumbai route via Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Gadkari said that there can be no fake tolls in the new system and since the data will be recorded so there can be no stealing. Oct 31, 2014

PM Modi pays floral tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Parliament

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid floral tributes at the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary in Parliament. PM Modi was accompanied by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, BJP senior leader LK Advani, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and others. The leaders offered rose petals in front of a huge portrait of Sardar Patel in Parliament House. Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee also paid floral tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at President House along with other officials. Oct 31, 2014

Former Union Carbide Chief Warren Anderson dies at age of 92

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Former Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson, who was wanted in connection with the December 1984 Bhopal gas leak case, died on September 29 at a nursing home in Vero Beach, Florida. He was 92 years of age. Anderson led Union Carbide when thousands were killed in a gas leak at its plant in India, which led to multiple calls for his extradition to India to face prosecution for his role. Anderson was arrested following the incident and charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, grievous assault and killing and poisoning human beings and animals. He was subsequently released on bail under controversial circumstances. Oct 31, 2014

Controversy sparks as Bukhari invites Sharif, snubs Modi

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Politicos from various political parties stated on Friday that Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari's move to invite Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but not Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his son's anointment ceremony, should be completely ignored. Prime Minister Modi is missing from the list of guests being invited for the investiture ceremony for 19-year-old Shaban Bukhari, who would be announced the successor of the present Imam, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, at a ceremony at Delhi's Jama Masjid on November 22. Oct 31, 2014

Congress, NCP slam BJP for sidelining Indira Gandhi to celebrate Patel's birth anniversary

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): As the Narendra Modi-led government celebrated the 139th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by flagging-off the 'Run for Unity' marathon, the Congress and the NCP cried foul as the PM and his ministers failed to turn up at the Shakti Sthal to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 30th death anniversary. The Congress criticised the BJP government for sidelining former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Oct 31, 2014

BJP hails Modi's 'Run For Unity' campaign on Sardar Patel's birthday

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): The BJP on Friday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the initiative to celebrate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary by organizing the 'Run For Unity' campaign. Prime Minister Modi on Friday flagged off the campaign at Rajpath. Modi earlier arrived at Patel Chowk in the heart of Delhi, where he paid floral tributes to Patel on his 139th birth anniversary. Modi then administered Unity pledge to thousands of participants present at Rajpath addressing the participants of 'Run for Unity'. The government had announced that it would observe the birth anniversary of Patel on October 31 every year as National Unity Day as a tribute to his efforts to unite India. Oct 31, 2014

Bangalore rape case: Social Activists demand amendment in laws for safety of children in school

New Delhi/Jaipur, Oct 31 (ANI): Social Activists on Friday demanded demand amendment in laws for safety of children in school after a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a Hindi teacher on the campus of her private school in Bangalore. Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Barkha Shukla said that there needs to be law of on the spot punishment in such cases. AIDWA General Secretary Jagmati Sangwan said that holistic gender sensitization of schools should take place. Social activist Kavita Srivastava also appealed for stricter laws to be made to ensure safety of children. Oct 31, 2014

Politicos react after Six- year old allegedly raped twice by school teacher in Bangalore

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a Hindi teacher on the campus of her private school in Bangalore. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that the incident is very unfortunate and we need to collectively work to remove such a mentality from the society. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that such incidents are being repeated in Bangalore and the state government should look into the matter immediately. NCP leader Majid Memon also expressed similar sentiments. Oct 31, 2014

Charges framed against 10 individuals and 9 companies for money laundering in 2G case

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): A special court on Friday framed charges against former Telecom Minister A Raja, MP Kanimozhi, DMK Supremo M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal and others for money laundering in a 2G scam-related case. All accused have pleaded not guilty. ED had chargesheeted 19 accused - 10 individuals and nine companies - in the case saying that the transaction of Rs 200 crore, which was allegedly paid to DMK-run Kalaignar TV, was "not genuine" and it was a "bribe for grant of telecom licences to DB Group companies". The accused had countered the claims of the ED contending there was no evidence to support the allegations levelled by the agency in its charge sheet. Oct 31, 2014

Maharashtra CM designate Fadnavis participates in 'Run for Unity' event

Ahmedabad/ Mumbai/ Raipur, Oct 31 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister designate Devendra Fadnavis participated in the 'Run for Unity' marathon near Hotel Trident on Friday. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao flagged off the event which was also attended by Union Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar. Fadnavis, who will be sworn-in as the first BJP Chief Minister of Maharashtra today, said he was ready to take forward Prime Minister Modi's message of unity in the country. He also lauded Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel for his enormous contribution towards the unity and integrity of the nation. Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh also flagged of the 'Run for Unity' programme in Raipur. Singh said that the country can never forget Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's contribution in uniting the nation and will always remember him with full respect. Oct 31, 2014

Seven-storey building collapses in Pune, several feared trapped

Pune, Oct 31 (ANI): A 7-storey newly constructed building collapsed in Pune on Friday with several residents, including a child, feared trapped under the debris. Police rushed to the spot and officials started rescue operation at the venue. The building had 20 flats in which eight families were living. Currently, members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and fire brigade are trying to rescue one person. Joint Commissioner of Police, Pune, Chandrashekhar Daithankar said builder was taken into custody and the inquiry was going on. A resident of the collapsed building, Praveen Hegde said there were cracks and vibrations in the building the previous day. Oct 31, 2014

Six- year old allegedly raped twice by school teacher in Bangalore, accused detained

Bangalore, Oct 31 (ANI): In another such case of crime against children, a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a Hindi teacher on the campus of her private school in Bangalore. The police have detained a 40-year-old suspect who is the victim's teacher in connection with the case. He added that there was only one CCTV camera on the campus and a complaint has also been filed against the school for not complying with safety guidelines issued by police. However, Block Education Officer SM Ramesh said that said that the school followed the guidelines and is a state recognized institution. Reportedly, the victim had complained to her mother after the incident took place on Tuesday and again on Wednesday after which the mother approached the police seeking further help. Meanwhile, the parents came in protest against the incident outside the school premises and demanded justice. Oct 31, 2014

Rajnath Singh addresses passing out parade at National Police Academy in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Oct 31 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday addressed the passing out parade at National Police Academy in Hyderabad. Singh said that the ‘Dikshant Parade’ is being held in the academy after a gap of ten years on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary. He added that credit of merging 562 princely states with India goes only to Sardar Patel. Speaking on cyber crime, Singh said that the impact of cyber crime is global and that Singh has directed his department to formulate an effective prevention strategy for cyber crime. Oct 31, 2014

Pranab Mukherjee and Rajnath Singh flags off 'Run for Unity' to mark Sardar Patel's birth anniversar

New Delhi/ Hyderabad, Oct 31 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday flagged off 'Run for Unity' at the Rashtrapati Bhavan to mark Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary. The residents and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan, along with the President's Bodyguard, the army guard and the Delhi Police participated in the run. A Unity pledge was also administered by Omita Paul, secretary to the president, to all the staff members prior to the run. Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh flagged off 'Run for Unity' in Hyderabad to mark the birth anniversary of Patel. He flagged off the run after paying tributes to Sardar Patel at his statue near assembly building. A large number of people, majority of them BJP workers, participated in the run. Oct 31, 2014

Nation pays tribute to Indira Gandhi on her 30th death anniversary

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): The nation is paying tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 30th death anniversary on Friday. Congress Party President and Indira Gandhi's daughter-in-law Sonia Gandhi and members of her family were the first to reach Shakti Sthal, the memorial dedicated to Indira Gandhi to pay a floral tribute. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was also present at the venue. Other leaders and people from all walks of life are expected to follow. Indira Gandhi fell to assassins' bullets on this day in 1984 at her 1, Safdarjung Road residence in New Delhi. She was killed by her Sikh bodyguards more than four months after Operation Blue Star, which was launched on the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Functions will also be held at the Indira Gandhi Memorial at 1 Safdarjung Road. Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee also paid tribute at Shakti Sthal to mark Indira Gandhi's death anniversary. Oct 31, 2014