Anna Hazare to hold rally against Land Acquisition Bill in New Delhi, Politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Thursday as anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare will be addressing a rally of farmers opposed to the Land Acquisition Bill introduced by the central government on February 24 in New Delhi. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that everyone has their own right to protest. Anna's supporter Sunita Godhara said that the rally is a one day revolution where farmers from all section will join. AAP leader Dilip Pandey said that Anna Hazare won't like to have any political interference in the rally; hence, AAP will not participate in the rally. Feb 12, 2015

Jitan Ram Manjhi will have to see face of defeat: Lalu Prasad Yadav

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday said that Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi will ultimately have to see the face of defeat. He said that the decision on Bihar political situation will be taken on February 20th and that Manjhi will have to step down. Feb 12, 2015

Gulbarg fund case: SC stays arrest of Teesta Setalvad till Friday

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Social activist Teesta Setalvad's arrest on Thursday was stayed by the Supreme Court till Friday in the Gulbarg Society fund embezzlement case. Earlier on Thursday, activist Teesta Setalvad's anticipatory bail plea in connection was rejected by the Gujarat High Court. Besides Setalwad, her husband Javed Anand, former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri's (who was killed in Gujarat during the 2002 riots) son Tanvir Jafri are accused of misappropriating funds. They are accused of misusing funds to the tune of Rs.1.51 crore. All the accused now face arrest. Denying any misuse of funds, Setalwad had blamed political motives behind the case, say reports. Feb 12, 2015

Maoists call for shutdown in Jharkhand over land acquisition ordinance

Ranchi, Feb 12 (ANI): Maoists called for a 24-hour shutdown on Thursday in Jharkhand state against central government's land acquisition bill. Rebels blew up railway tracks in Gomoh, Bokaro and Dhanbad regions of the state. The shutdown had an impact as no public transport was available for daily commuters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government passed an urgent executive order in December last year to ease land-acquisition rules in sectors like power, housing and defence to kick-start hundreds of billions of dollars in stalled projects, though investments are unlikely to flow in immediately. The Maoists, also known as Naxals in India, are inspired by the political philosophy of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong. They say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. Feb 12, 2015

Congress leaders stand firm with Ajay Maken even as Sheila Dikshit pity him over party's dismal perf

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Congress leaders on Thursday stood firm with Ajay Maken even as former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that she pity Maken and that the party's campaign should have been aggressive. Congress leader PC Chacko said that Dixit and the Delhi Congress should do a soul searching and stop indulging in blame game. He said that the party would not have done any better even if Dixit would have been leading the campaign. Mukesh Sharma said that Congress is like his mother and the leaders who are speaking anti-party at such time is not a real party person. Feb 12, 2015

Congress party protests over spate in swine flu deaths in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Feb 12 (ANI): Congress party on Thursday staged a protest outside state Health Minister Narottam Mishra's residence over the spate in swine flu deaths in Madhya Pradesh. Almost 44 people have died in the state due to swine flu and 66 others have been tested positive for the deadly virus. Workers of the Congress party demanded Mishra's resignation, criticizing him for not taking control of the situation. The virus has killed 191 people in the country in January alone, with Telangana state being the worst hit. So far, 2,038 people have been afflicted by the virus in India. Swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus. H1N1 symptoms are similar to those produced by other influenza viruses - fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and respiratory problems. Feb 12, 2015