BJP Parliamentary board meet ends, decisions on Goa CM & UP polls to be announced by 4:00 PM

New Delhi, Nov 08 (ANI): The BJP Parliamentary board meeting on Saturday took place in party’s headquarters in the national capital to discuss the induction of 10 new faces in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Union Cabinet including Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, about Goa legislative party’s leader and Rajya Sabha candidates from UP. After the meeting, party General Secretary JP Nadda said that the decision on the same will be taken by today evening and will be announced by 4:00 PM. Nov 8, 2014

Cooperation with India wholesome and extensive, says Bhutan PM

Thimphu, Nov 08 (ANI): Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said his country’s development cooperation with India is unique as the two nations already share a close bond. Tobgay was addressing mediapersons after holding bilateral talks with President Pranab Mukherjee, who is on two-day official visit to Bhutan to further expand and strengthen bilateral and regional issues. Tobgay added three more MoUs would be signed between the two nations. Tobgay also expressed happiness at Indian President Mukherjee’s visit. Nov 8, 2014

Politicos react after P Chidambaram blames Manmohan Singh for 2G scam

New Delhi/Chennai, Nov 08 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday after Former finance minister P Chidambaram on Friday said that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should have cancelled the 2G licenses. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that in a way congress has accepted there mistake regarding 2G scam. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the cabinet should have taken the 2G spectrum allocation within its purview. However, DMK leader TKS Elangovan said that since there had been no loss in the 2G spectrum allocation, hence, there was no reason of cancelling the licenses. Nov 8, 2014

Power to be restored in Kashmir after days of restoration work

Poonch, Nov 08 (ANI): The power department of Jammu and Kashmir has started working on restoration work of power supply after the valley was destroyed in the recent floods. Hundreds of people were killed and thousands of villages were devastated by the worst flooding in decades in the Kashmir valley in September. Meanwhile, an executive engineer of Electricity Division in Poonch district, Mohammad Maqbool Nayak, said that one of the transformers in the area was damaged, which led to power crisis in the area. He further said they had borrowed power from Rajouri district and are working on installing another transformer to meet the requirements. He also added that the power supply in Poonch will be restored to 95 percent in another 10 to 15 days. Nov 8, 2014

Sonia & Rahul Gandhi congratulates Manmohan Singh on being bestowed with Japan's highest civilian ho

New Delhi, Nov 08 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday congratulated former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on being conferred with Japan’s highest civilian honour ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers’. Senior party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad were also present. Singh was offered with flowers and shawl in respect by the Congress leaders. The Japanese government headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday announced that it had conferred a rare civilian honour on Singh for enhancing ties between Asia’s second and third largest economies. Singh is the first Indian to be bestowed with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, which is a ‘high level National Order’, a statement from the Japanese embassy said. Nov 8, 2014

Bhutan friendly & important neighbour, says Naqvi

Thimphu, Nov 08 (ANI): BJP Spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who has accompanied President Pranab Mukherjee to his Bhutan visit, said on Saturday that Bhutan is an essential neighbour which has always been friendly and supportive to India. He also said that Bhutan also becomes essential in the context that Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Bhutan for his first international visit. Nov 8, 2014

Will be joining central government on November 9: Manohar Parrikar

Panaji, Nov 08 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who could be the country’s next defence minister while addressing the last news conference in his present capacity said it was a tough decision to leave the state due to family reasons. He added that would join the central government on Sunday. He further stated that he would miss his family but the nation comes first. Nov 8, 2014

Modiss dynamic leadership will make India a leading sports nation: Sania Mirza

Indore, Nov 08 (ANI): Tennis star, Sania Mirza, interacted with college students in Indore city where she expressed the hope that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India would become a leading sports nation in the world. Mirza also added that after spending 22 years as a sports person, she feels that the sporting culture in India is gradually changing, though even now, cricket remains the most popular game. Mirza further stated that youngsters in the country should be motivated to take up sports as a career option. Nov 8, 2014

PM Modi offers prayers at Varanasi Assi ghat, launches 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Varanasi, Nov 08 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his second day of visit to Varanasi by offering prayers at the ' Assi ghat' of river Ganga, assisted by five priests who supported him in performing the 'Ganga Pujan'. He also swept the ghat to mark the beginning of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' from his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. Several laborers joined him as he cleaned the ghat. Later in the day, he is scheduled to visit the Mata Anandamayee Hospital to take first hand stock of the functioning. Before flying back to the national capital, the Prime Minister will also pay a visit to the Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Nov 8, 2014

PM Modi nominates 9 people for 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' from Assi ghat part-1

Varanasi, Nov 08 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi from Assi ghat. Modi while speaking to mediapersons said that he has launched the cleanliness campaign in Varanasi. He added that the social organizations have assured him that the Assi ghat will be cleaned as soon as possible. He further nominated nine people to carry out ‘cleanlimess drive’ further. The list includes Raju Shrivastav, Manu Sharma, singer Kailash Kher, Padma Shri Devi Parsad Dwivedi, Swami Rambhadracharya, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, Bhojpuri playback singer Manoj Tiwari, cricketer Mohd Kaif and Suresh Raina. Nov 8, 2014

PM Modi nominates 9 people for 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' from Assi ghat part -2

Varanasi, Nov 08 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi from Assi ghat. Modi while speaking to mediapersons said that he has launched the cleanliness campaign in Varanasi. He added that the social organizations have assured him that the Assi ghat will be cleaned as soon as possible. He further nominated nine people to carry out ‘cleanlimess drive’ further. The list includes Raju Shrivastav, Manu Sharma, singer Kailash Kher, Padma Shri Devi Parsad Dwivedi, Swami Rambhadracharya, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, Bhojpuri playback singer Manoj Tiwari, cricketer Mohd Kaif and Suresh Raina. Nov 8, 2014

Kerala Bar Hotels Association President firm on bribery charges against state finance minister

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 08 (ANI): The working President of Bar Hotels Association of Kerala, Biju Ramesh said that he stands by his allegations of bribery against the state Finance Minister KM Mani. Ramesh had accused Mani of seeking a bribe of rupees 50 million from him, of which an amount of rupees 10 million has already been paid. Kerela Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, however, had dismissed graft allegations against Mani and called the accusations baseless. The tropical state of Kerala, which has the country's highest alcohol consumption per capita, is moving to become alcohol-free within 10 years. Nov 8, 2014

Pranab Mukherjee meets Bhutan PM to strengthen bilateral ties between two nations

Thimpu, Nov 08 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee met Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay in a bid to strengthen the friendly relations between the two nations. Mukherjee is on a two-day official visit to Bhutan in order to discuss bilateral and regional issues. Foreign secretary, Sujatha Singh said that India attaches great importance to Bhutan. President Mukherjee was accompanied by other delegates who also attended the hydel power presentation. Reportedly, New Delhi and Thimphu agreed to develop 10,000 MW of hydropower 2020 for which India will be the biggest buyer. Nov 8, 2014

J&K state authorities set up voter awareness camps for Army personnel ahead of assembly polls

Leh, Nov 08 (ANI): State authorities in Jammu and Kashmir set up voter awareness camps for Army personnel in order to reduce the number of invalid votes. The first of its kind initiative named ‘Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation Plan (SVEEP)’, starting prior to the assembly polls in the state, will help Army personnel get informed about the procedure of postal ballot. Speaking to mediapersons, District Magistrate of Leh, Simrandeep Singh Gill said that similar camps have previously been organised for civilians during elections, but it is for the first time for Army personnel. Nov 8, 2014