Country facing troubles, Modi govt should appoint a full time Defence Minister: Congress

New Delhi, Nov 6 (ANI): The Congress on Thursday stated that it is the prerogative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi whom he wants to induct as Defence Minister in his Cabinet, while reacting on reports about a possible Union Cabinet reshuffle that may see Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar getting that portfolio. The party, however, emphasized that the country was facing problems in absence of a full time Defence Minister and therefore the government should give the responsibility to someone at the earliest. Presently Finance Minister Arun Jaitley holds the additional charge as Defence minister. Nov 6, 2014

New rule for women boxers, doctor's certification in pregnancy test mandatory

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Nov 06 (ANI): A new rule has been imposed upon women boxers all over the world that they will have to carry the doctor's certification after undergoing a pregnancy test prior to participation in any boxing championship. The Vice President of Indian Orthopaedic Association, Tarlochan Singh said that this was already a mandatory practice apart from a certification from a doctor. He added that there was nothing discriminatory in the rule for India as the practice is applicable worldwide. Secretary of Sports Department, Ajit Saran said that the Indian sports federation cannot do anything about the rule as it has been applied by AIBA for all boxers. Secretary of Boxing India Jay Kowli said that there is no need to create an issue out of the rule because it is in the benefit of women boxers to prevent them of any injury if they are pregnant. Meanwhile, former athlete Sunita Godara said that in a sport like boxing pregnancy test being mandatory is a safe step and all sportspersons going through it is also a welcome step. Nov 6, 2014

Politicos condemn Bihar CM's decision to appoint son-in-law as PA even as he resigns later

New Delhi, Nov 06 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday condemned Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi for appointing his son-in-law as his personal assistant even after he resigned from the post later following the controversy. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Bihar CM should give answer on his son-in-law's statement that he has had many benefits of the post of Manjhi. Party leader Kirti Azad also hit out at the Bihar chief minister. Congress leader Rashid Alvi also said that this is unfortunate and that politicians should stop doing such things which points finger on the political system as a whole. Nov 6, 2014

New rule for women boxers, doctor's certification in pregnancy test mandatory

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Nov 06 (ANI): A new rule has been imposed upon women boxers all over the world that they will have to carry the doctor's certification after undergoing a pregnancy test prior to participation in any boxing championship. The Vice President of Indian Orthopaedic Association, Tarlochan Singh said that this was already a mandatory practice apart from a certification from a doctor. He added that there was nothing discriminatory in the rule for India as the practice is applicable worldwide. Secretary of Sports Department, Ajit Saran said that the Indian sports federation cannot do anything about the rule as it has been applied by AIBA for all boxers. Secretary of Boxing India Jay Kowli said that there is no need to create an issue out of the rule because it is in the benefit of women boxers to prevent them of any injury if they are pregnant. Meanwhile, former athlete Sunita Godara said that in a sport like boxing pregnancy test being mandatory is a safe step and all sportspersons going through it is also a welcome step. Nov 6, 2014

Police detain youth for wearing t-shirt with ISIS logo

Dhanbad, Nov 06 (ANI): Police in Jharkhand detained a youth after his photos wearing a t-shirt with ISIS written on it emerged in a local daily. The boy was wearing a t-shirt that read 'ISIS Pakistan' during Ashoura procession on Tuesday (November 04) in Dhanbad city. As per media reports, the police have also detained the man who printed the t-shirt and relative who gave it to him. The boy claimed that he was preparing for a skit displaying resistance against the Islamic State and Pakistan. Officer in-charge of Dhanbad's Jharia police station, Vishnu Rajak, said they were investigating terror links in this matter. Last month, flags and banners of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) made their debut in Kashmir valley, weeks after al-Qaeda announced the formation of an Indian branch, aiming to rouse the world's third largest Muslim population into action. Nov 6, 2014

Delhi Polls: Sheila says Sajjan, Tytler deserve a second chance; Congress reacts

New Delhi, Nov 6 (ANI): The Congress on Thursday said that whether Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler would be given tickets for the upcoming Delhi polls depends on the decision taken by the party. Earlier, former chief minister Sheila Dikshit had said that Sikhs in Delhi had supported the Congress despite the leaders being accused of involvement in the 1984 riots and therefore they should be given a second chance. The riots had left over 3,000 of the community dead. Nov 6, 2014

Devendra Fadnavis says Shiv Sena can join govt only after trust vote, Politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 06 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday react as Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Shiv Sena can join the state government only after signing the trust vote. BJP's Sambit Patra said that the party is committed to work for welfare of the state and any proceedings are directed in the same route. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the fight in Maharashtra is not for ideology or anything but for seat and power. Fadnavis had said that cabinet expansion will take place only after his government proves its majority on the floor of the assembly. He added that the Sena ministers to be inducted in his team would be decided in New Delhi. Nov 6, 2014

Police arrest three for smuggling tortoise

Aurangabad, Nov 06 (ANI): Police in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra arrested three people for smuggling a golden tortoise. Acting on a tip off, police officials disguised as customers visited the hotel where five smugglers were waiting to sell the rare specie, which is worth at least four billion dollars in Indian market. The three smugglers have been identified as Ganesh Pawar (50), Ramesh Pawar (24) and Shaikh Najib (22). The main accused has been identified as Amol Salve. After the investigation, the police handed over the tortoise to the forest department. Nov 6, 2014

Special Screening of movie 'Chaar Sahibzaade'

Mumbai, Nov 6 (ANI): The special screening of animated movie 'Chaar Sahibzaade', that was held in Mumbai recently, saw a lot of celebrities marking their presence. The movie reveals some intriguing, unknown facts about Sikh history and will be released in Punjabi, Hindi, English, among other Indian and foreign languages. The movie, which is directed by Harry Baweja, reflects his animation mastery. 'Chaar Sahibzaade' is slated to release on 6th November 2014. Nov 6, 2014

Reactions come in as Delhi HC slams MCD for running 'Dirty India Campaign'

New Delhi/ Kaushambi, Nov 06 (ANI): Reactions come from political leaders after Delhi High Court slammed Municipal Corporation of Delhi for unhygienic conditions in the national capital and made an observation that it was running a 'Ganda Bharat Abhiyan' or 'Dirty India Campaign'. While BJP said that government is committed to its 'Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’, Congress and AAP alleged that the ruling BJP is only doing a show off and the MCD under them has failed to perform on the ground. CPI leader D Raja also said that now that the HC has slammed the MCD, it needs to give a report on the same. The court has directed the MCD to file a status report in this regard and posted the matter for next hearing on November 12. Nov 6, 2014

Inhaling Secondhand Cigarette Smoke can make you Pile on the Pounds

New Delhi, 06 Nov (ANI) : A new study has revealed that exposure to cigarette smoke can actually cause weight gain as secondhand smoke being the biggest reason.People who are in a home with a smoker, particularly children have increased risk of cardiovascular or metabolic problems.Involuntary smoking includes altering systemic sensitivity to insulin and once someone becomes insulin resistant, their body needs more insulin therefore any time you have insulin go up, you have fat being made in the body. Nov 6, 2014

PM Modi greets nation on Guru Nanak Jayanti

New Delhi/ Amritsar, Nov 6 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on the occasion of birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. "I bow to the venerable Guru Nanak Devji on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti. The life and teachings of Guru Nanak Devji inspire us eternally. Let us follow the path of compassion, truth and peace as shown by him," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. "Today is also a day to pledge to embrace the path of service and work towards a just and equal society, free from any kind of social evils," he added. President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari have also greeted the nation on the occasion. The President said that Guru Nanak's message of compassion and equality of all human beings is of timeless relevance. Nov 6, 2014

PM Modi debuts in Forbes list of most powerful people, ranked 15th

New Delhi, Nov 6 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked 15th in the Forbes list of world's most powerful people this year. Russian President Vladimir Putin has piped his US counterpart Barack Obama for a second year in a row and is at the top. The list of 72 most powerful people in the world also includes Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani at the 36th position, Arcelor Mittal Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal at 57th and Microsoft's Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella at 64th position. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who was the highest ranked Indian last year at 21, is no longer a part of the list. Nov 6, 2014

Conference in Dharamsala stresses on science education for monks

Dharamsala, Nov 6 (ANI): A Buddhist scholar stressed on importance of modern education, primarily science, for monks and nuns along with traditional study, while addressing a conference in hill town of Dharamsala. It was organised by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives under its Science for Monks Program and was flagged off by the education minister in exiled-Tibetan government, Ngodup Tsering. The conference focused on ‘Harmony and Happiness’ and delved into Buddhist concept of connections. It was open to students, monks and people from all walks of life. Director of Library of Tibetan Works and Archives said it was important to have such seminars to educate monks and nuns. Nov 6, 2014

Devout Hindus take holy dip on Kartik Purnima in Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi/Allahabad/Hapur/Ayodhya, Nov 6 (ANI): Thousands of devotees converged at holy River Ganges in Uttar Pradesh to take a holy dip on the occasion of ‘Kartik Purnima’ on Thursday. Devout Hindus thronged river bank in Allahabad to perform rituals at the confluence of three holy rivers-- Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. In Varanasi also, devotees marked the occasion with religious pageantry. Another devotee, Sushma, said earthen oil lamps are floated in the river and prayers are offered to the almighty. People in Hapur town also celebrated the full moon day. Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements were made to avoid any mishap. Nov 6, 2014