PM Modi greets nation on Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who left for Siachen earlier today to spend Diwali with soldiers and flood-affected victims of Kashmir, has greeted the nation on the festive occasion. "Wishing all of you a very Happy Diwali. May our lives be illuminated with joy and peace. May the lamp of prosperity be lit among the poor," the Prime Minister said. Prime Minister Modi is poised to be the first Prime Minister to celebrate Diwali with the flood-affected people in Srinagar. Oct 23, 2014

CBI files first chargesheet in Saradha Scam

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Oct 23 (ANI): The CBI has filed its first chargesheet in Saradha scam which was being probed under a panel headed by Justice Shyamal Sen, whose tenure is ending on Thursday. Political reactions were followed on Thursday by the course of events in the scam. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that the law will take its course after the chargesheet is filed. NCP leader Majid Memon said that filing of chargesheet marks an end to investigation and opening of trial. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that Saradha scam is one of the deadliest scam of West Bengal in which various well known personalities have been allegedly involved. Oct 23, 2014

Separatists call for shutdown in Kashmir to protest PM Modi's visit, Politicos react

New Delhi, Oct 23 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Thursday after separatists called for a complete shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on Diwali. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the separatist are very isolated group and doesn’t have the power to change people’s thinking. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that the separatist have a realization that promotion of militancy is going to stop in the valley and hence they are nervous and calling for shutdown. NCP leader Majid Memon said that the government should look into the matter and take proper actions to curb militancy in the valley. Oct 23, 2014

Asian Games medalists felicitated

New Delhi/ Manipur, Oct 23 (ANI): The medal winners of the recently-concluded 17th Asian Games met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence. The Prime Minister congratulated the sportspersons and expressed hope that they will continue bringing laurels for the country. The medal winners were also felicitated by the Sports Ministry at an event in the Capital. Union sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and other MPs were present at the event. While the gold medal winners were awarded Rs.20 lakh each, the silver and bronze medalists got Rs 10 and 6 lakh each respectively. The recently concluded Asian Games held in Incheon in South Korea saw India finish at the eighth position in the medal's tally. At a separate felicitation programme boxer MC Mary Kom was chosen as the Most Valuable Player of India's Incheon Asian Games campaign. The pugilist was awarded a cash prize of Rs.10 lakh by the organizers. The Manipur government also felicitated the Asian games medal winners and participants from the state at an event at the Khuman Lampak sports complex. Oct 23, 2014

Nitin Gadkari denies chief ministerial post in Maharashtra

Nagpur, Oct 23 (ANI): Union Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari, on Thursday (October 23) denied chief ministerial post to head Maharashtra after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 122 out of 288 seats in state polls. Gadkari held a meeting with probable chief ministerial candidate Devendra Fadnavis in Nagpur city. Gadkari said he was happy to play his role in New Delhi, adding that people should not compare him with his party colleague and state unit of BJP in Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. Gadkari got backing of 39 elected BJP legislators for the post of chief minister. Oct 23, 2014

Politicos react on UP governor Ram Naik's comment on ties with RSS

New Delhi, Oct 23 (ANI): Politicos from rival political parties slammed UP governor Ram Naik over his remark that he would always be a thorough RSS person irrespective of the political or administrative positions he might hold. A week after hosting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at Raj Bhawan in Lucknow, Naik spoke about his strong ties with the RSS. Oct 23, 2014

Separatists call for shutdown in Kashmir to protest PM Modi's visit

Srinagar, Oct 23 (ANI): Separatists called for a complete shutdown on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit on Diwali. Modi will arrive in Siachen and interact with soldiers before heading to Kashmir to celebrate the Diwali with flood-hit victims. All shops, business establishments and government offices across the valley were closed on the call of Kashmir separatist leader of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The police and security forces have been deployed at vital places to prevent any militant attack or demonstration by protesters. In a gesture to touch the hearts of devastated Kashmiris, Modi is poised to be the first Prime Minister to celebrate the festival of lights with them. Oct 23, 2014

North Korea frees detained American

North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained in the isolated country, allowing a Pentagon plane to land there Tuesday before whisking him away. Duration: 00:53 Oct 23, 2014

Mexican forces intensify efforts to find missing students

Mexican forces and members of the attorney general's office, with the help of helicopters, launched on Tuesday a vast search operation in a village in the Mexican state of Guerrero, after 43 students went missing nearly a month ago. Duration: 00:41 Oct 23, 2014

Army firing range of 'Tosa Maidan' in Kashmir to be transformed into tourist resort

Budgam, Oct 23 (ANI): The famous meadows of Kashmir's 'Tosa Maidan,' till recently used as a firing range of the Indian Army echoing with gunshots, will soon be transformed into a spot of tourist attraction. Tosa Maidan, also known as the 'King of Meadows', is situated in the Pir Panjal range in Budgam district. Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, said that the Army's lease for the field firing range in Tosa Maidan in Budgam district will not be renewed. Tosa Maidan was leased to Indian Army for setting up a firing range in 1964. Named 'Operation Fallah' the Army has totally cleared off the unexploded shells and transformed the Tosa Maidan into a clear zone of meadows and forested area within a record time span of three months. Elated with the decision of the government, residents say they have been given a new lease of life. Oct 23, 2014

Musharraf attacks PM Modi, calls him 'anti-Pakistan' and 'anti-Muslim'; politicos slam

New Delhi, Oct 23 (ANI): Politicians from various political parties on Thursday slammed Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf for targeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Musharraf attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he is anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim, and that he cannot dictate terms to his country on the peace process. Oct 23, 2014

Canada's Parliament attacked, one suspect dead

Ottawa, Oct 23 (ANI): A gunman attacked Canada's parliament where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking. The gunman was shot dead inside the main building of Ottawa's Parliament Hill in Canada and Harper was safely removed from the parliament. The incident took place after a soldier was reportedly shot and wounded at the Canadian War Memorial nearby. Police and tactical teams have secured the area, and Parliament is in lockdown. According to the reports, the shooter was chased by police into the main parliament building called Centre Block where at least 30 shots were fired. Member of Parliament John McKay was inside the building when the incident took place. Oct 23, 2014