Politicos condemn explosion in Kolkata

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday (November 11) condemned the deteriorating security in Kolkata city following an explosion near the office of federal counter-terror intelligence agency. A senior police official investigating the incident said no trace of explosive had been found in the area near the National Investigation Agency (NIA) office in the city. An interior ministry official had said according to preliminary information nobody had been injured. The official, who did not wish to be named, said the ministry planned to send a team from Delhi to investigate the matter. Newly-appointed Minister of State for parliamentary affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, called the incident unfortunate. Congress leader Rashid Alvi, demanded a thorough investigation in the case. NCP leader Majid Memon also called it a cowardly act. Nov 11, 2014

Yusuf Bhat faces flak for 'girls a liability for parents' remark

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): Congress leader Yusuf Bhat who is contesting from the Gandherbal district in Jammu and Kashmir has made a disgraceful statement that girls are a liability for parents. He mentioned his daughters as a liability in the election affidavit. He said that unmarried daughters are a liability to their fathers. Bhat's remark has attracted criticism from several quarters, including human rights activists. Nov 11, 2014

SC dismisses AAP's plea for holding polls in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): In a major blow to AAP, the Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected its plea over the dissolution of the Delhi Assembly and calling of fresh elections in the capital. Passing its order on the AAP's plea, the apex court said that it is very pleased with the developments in the national capital and stressed that it is the job of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to make arrangements for fresh elections in the state. The order was passed by the Constitution Bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu. Nov 11, 2014

Charitable group thrills orphan children with screening of 'Happy New Year'

Surat, Nov 11 (ANI): Orphan children had a gala time as a charitable group treated them to breakfast and a screening of their super hero Shah Rukh Khan's movie 'Happy New Year' in a multiplex in Gujarat. More than 500 orphans enjoyed the special screening of the action comedy-drama in Surat city. Legislator of BJP, Darshana Jardosh was present during the screening. Meanwhile, an orphan boy, Bhargav Mevawala said that they look forward to these film screenings of their favourite stars. Two screens were booked especially for these children who have a very few such occasions of joy. Nov 11, 2014

Former Law Minister HR Bhardwaj attacks Chidambaram over 2G Scam, Politicos React

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): Former Law Minister Hans Raj Bhardwaj accused former Finance Minister P Chidambaram for "not doing enough to stop the 2G scam". He said that Manmohan Singh was one of the most honest leaders India had and that it was not him but Chidambaram who was at fault in the case. Reacting on the same, Congress leader PC Chacko said that although Chidambaram was not involved in the case, but it was not fair on his part to blame Manmohan Singh as the responsibility of the scam was on Chidambaram himself. NCP leader Majid Memon said that the former Finance minister should have worked with responsibility when he was in power. Meanwhile, BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said that this blame game in Congress is taking place to come to greener pastures of politics by blaming their own senior leaders. Nov 11, 2014

PM Modi pays tributes to Abul Kalam Azad and Acharya Kripalani on their birth anniversary

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tribute to Acharya Jivatram Bhagwandas Kripalani as well as freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on their birth anniversary. Modi tweeted, "Scholar, freedom fighter and a man who devoted his life towards nation building, I salute Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his birth anniversary". Azad was one of the tallest national leaders of his time and promoted the cause of Hindu Muslim unity as well as secularism and socialism. His contribution to laying the foundation of education in independent India is recognised by celebrating his birthday as "National Education Day" across India. The prime minister also paid tribute to Acharya Kripalani. "Tributes to Acharya Kripalani on his birth anniversary. His ideals and strong commitment to serve the poor continue to inspire," he added. Nov 11, 2014

Sickness stalks India village with toxic water

Hundreds of residents in villages along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab are suffering from blindness and pre-natal deformities, ailments they believe are caused by groundwater contaminated with untreated industrial waste. Duration: 02:28 Nov 11, 2014

Police arrest two youths in Punjab for allegedly leaking important information to Pakistan

Firozpur, Nov 11 (ANI): Police arrested two youths near a border village in Punjab allegedly for leaking important information to neighbouring Pakistan. The two suspects, hailing from Bhopal city in Madhya Pradesh, were nabbed by police in a hotel near cantonment area of a border village in Firozpur district of Punjab. According to Superintendent of Police, Firozpur, Vibhor Kumar, the youths were in constant touch with a woman in Pakistan through Facebook and whatsApp and had also received money through MoneyGram transfer from her. The police have also seized two rare species of scorpions from their possession. Nov 11, 2014

Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka got copy of verdict against fishermen: MEA

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka obtained a copy of the judgment that gave death sentence to five fishermen, said foreign ministry spokesperson in New Delhi. The court has convicted five Indian fishermen on the charge of drug trafficking. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that the embassy had approached best legal brains in Sri Lanka to appeal against the verdict. However, Akbaruddin refused to comment on the BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s statement over the transfer of five fishermen to an Indian jail under a bilateral agreement. Earlier on Monday, Swamy had said the deadlock was broken after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the issue. Nov 11, 2014

PM Modi to visit Australia this week for G-20 summit

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit Australia from November 16-18 for G-20 summit later this week, said foreign ministry official. India wants to keep a so-called 'peace clause' that protects its huge state food purchases until the World Trade Organization can strike a definitive deal on stockpiling. As originally envisaged in Bali, the clause would expire in four years. India’s foreign ministry official Anil Wadhwa said Modi`s visit to Australia would improve and strengthen relations between the two countries. India would also discuss contours of an agreement between US, Japan, India and Australia to check Chinese influence in the region. The Prime Minister will hold delegation-level talks with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott, and will address the Parliament in Canberra. He will have political-business community meetings in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The Prime Minister will also participate in the G-20 Summit in Australia, following which he shall travel to Fiji after a gap of 33 years. Modi will also visit Myanmar before his visit to Australia and Fiji. Nov 11, 2014

Women's rights activists condemn AMU VC's 'girls will attract boys in University library' statement

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): Women's rights activists on Tuesday condemned Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah's statement wherein he said that there would be 'four times more boys' in the library if girls were allowed in and that the space does not allow the same. Justifying as to why girls were not allowed library membership, the VC said, “the issue is not of discipline, but of space. Our library is packed". DCW Chairperson Barkha Shukla Singh said that this is the mentality of the University to dominate women. AIDWA General Secretary Jagmati Sangwan demanded that the President should take action over the matter. Meanwhile, NCW Member Shamina Shafiq said that such a statement is not expected from VC of a central university and that space problem should be tackled in a better and positive way. Nov 11, 2014

Explosion near NIA Office in Kolkata

Kolkata, Nov 11 (ANI): A small explosion occurred near the office of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Kolkata, police and interior office officials said. An officer at the police control room in Kolkata said the cause of the blast at the NIA office had not yet been established. Interior ministry official said preliminary information was that nobody had been injured. The NIA is currently investigating an earlier explosion in Burdwan, near Kolkata in October, that the agency believes was a botched plot by Bangladeshi Islamist militants to kill Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. A Kolkata court on Sunday gave the NIA custody of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) commander Sajid, a Bangladeshi national who West Bengal police arrested on Saturday in connection with the blast. Sajid's arrest followed the detention of another suspect on Thursday. Nov 11, 2014

Bangladesh war crime accused Mohammad Kamaruzzaman's family urge SC to review its verdict

Dhaka, Nov 11 (ANI): Family members of the Islamist leader, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, convicted for war crimes, urged Bangladesh Supreme Court to review its verdict of upholding his death penalty. In May last year, a special war crimes tribunal found Kamaruzzaman, an assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, guilty of genocide and torture of unarmed civilians during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. The tribunal sentenced him to death. Kamaruzzaman's son, Hasan Iqbal pleaded his father's innocence and requested the court to reconsider the verdict. The tribunals have delivered death sentences for two Jamaat leaders, including its party chief and former minister, Motiur Rahman Nizami, late October this year. Nov 11, 2014

Woman paraded naked in Rajasthan, 30 accused arrested

Rajsamand, Nov 11 (ANI): Police arrested 30 accused for allegedly parading a woman half naked in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, said a senior officer. The 40-year-old woman was allegedly stripped and paraded on a donkey across a tribal village by village council members who were accusing her of being involved in a murder case at Thurabad village in Rajsamand district. Police registered the case, following the complaint filed by the woman’s husband, Uday Singh. Police said that the woman was humiliated by the village council members for being involved in an alleged murder. District collector Verma and other officials visited the village after the incident. Nov 11, 2014

Huge cache of explosives recovered from poll bound Jharkhand

Latehar, Nov 11 (ANI): Huge cache of explosives was recovered in poll bound red corridor area of Jharkhand in a joint anti-Maoist operation by commandos of paramilitary and special police unit. The explosives were recovered by elite CoBRA commando troops of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Jharkhand ‘Jaguars’ police unit in Latehar district of Jharkhand in a joint exercise. The items recovered in this operation include 1745 detonators, 154 pressure cookers, cortex wires, 4 quintals of urea, gunpowder, three gas cylinder based Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) of 50 kg each and other loose explosives. Superintendent of Police (SP), Latehar, Michael Raj S said that the operation was launched on a tip off intelligence in the Maoist infested area. Raj S also said that the Maoists could have used these explosives to disrupt the upcoming elections and targeted the security forces. Nov 11, 2014