CPI (M) holds nationwide protest against President Obama visit

Chennai, Jan 24 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday held a nationwide protest against the upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama, stating that the America seeks to change India's economic, security and strategic policies for its own benifits. President Obama, who will arrive in the national capital on January 25 to take part in this year's Republic Day celebrations on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be the first US president to attend the Republic Day celebrations. Jan 24, 2015

Only willing to form coalition for betterment of J-K: Mufti

Jammu, Jan 24 (ANI): Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mufti Mohammed Syed on Saturday said that Jammu and Kashmir's betterment would be his only concern while indulging in negotiations for government formation in the state, adding that he will not trade the mandate given to his party by the people of the state. The PDP had recently rejected the National Conference's offer of support, and said that it is still involved in talks with the BJP on the issue of government formation. Governor's rule had been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after the assembly elections in the state threw a fractured verdict, with no party able to win the required number of seats to form the government. Jan 24, 2015

BJP chief eyes election win in Bihar

Patna, Jan 24 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party Chief Amit Shah on Saturday claimed that his party would form government in Bihar, which will go to polls later this year. Shah said the BJP had launched a drive to enlist 7.5 million people as its members to win more that 185 seats. The BJP chief also slammed a news channel 'Aaj Tak' that predicted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) victory in Delhi polls. Next month's polls in the national capital will be a direct fight between BJP and AAP after the Congress party, which ruled Delhi for 15 years, recorded its worst performance bagging only eight seats in the last Delhi elections. Jan 24, 2015

US President has warned Pak because of India's diplomacy approach, says Rajnath Singh

Haridwar, Jan 24 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday while speaking on US President Barack Obama's warning to Pakistan, said that it is the result of India's diplomatic approach. Reportedly, Obama has asked Pakistan to ensure that there is no cross-border terror incident during his trip to India and had subtly warned of "consequences" if any such attack is traced back to the country. Obama will arrive in New Delhi on January 25 to take part in Republic Day celebrations on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will be the first US President to attend the grand celebrations on January 26. Jan 24, 2015

Bengaluru police arrests one NDFB militant

Bengaluru, Jan 24 (ANI): One NDFB militant was arrested by Bengaluru police based on information provided by the Assam investigating agencies. Bengaluru Police Commissioner MN Reddi said that the militant was arrested police with the help from Assam intelligence. He added that the militant is an active member of a terrorist cell and had participated in the recent massacre in Assam. He further said that the militant will be handed over to the Assam police. Jan 24, 2015

US President Barack Obama cancels Agra visit, no internal reason for the same: Agra DM

Agra, Jan 24 (ANI): Agra District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar on Saturday confirmed that US President Barack Obama cancelled his visit to Agra. The news of the cancellation of the scheduled visit comes a day before Obama is to visit India as the guest of honour for the 66th republic day celebrations. Obama was to visit Agra with his wife Michelle on January 27. They were to visit the Taj Mahal and spend an hour before leaving for Washington DC. However, Kumar said that the reasons for sudden change in programme are not known and that the reason is definitely not internal. He also assured that all security measures are in place for the now-cancelled visit. Jan 24, 2015

Political leaders condemn Digvijay Singh for calling AAP as B team of BJP

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react as Congress leader Digvijay Singh tweeted calling AAP as ‘B team’ of BJP. He said that AAP is the ‘B Team’ of BJP and the Congress had ‘chosen a lesser evil’ by supporting Arvind Kejriwal in forming the government in Delhi in 2013. BJP leaders slammed the Congress leader and said that instead of thinking about other parties, Singh and party leadership should take care of their ‘alphabets’ and get in place their agenda. Meanwhile, AAP leader Ashutosh said that Digvijay Singh is acting like Subramanian Swamy of BJP and that he should stop making such statements. Jan 24, 2015

Police rescue 250 children in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 24 (ANI): Police on Saturday (January 24) rescued 250 children in Hyderabad who were forced to work as child labourers in industries. These children were rescued during a massive search operation carried out by the police in different locations of the city. Most of the children were from Bihar, aged between eight and 13 years. These children were brought to Hyderabad after paying an advance of rupees 5000 (USD 81.40) to rupees 10,000 (USD 162.80) to their parents. Child labour is getting common in India, where slavery ranges from bonded labour in quarries and kilns to domestic work and commercial sex exploitation. Child rights campaigners say the 2006 law has never been properly implemented or enforced. Jan 24, 2015

Saradha Scam: Politicos react as TMC MP Debabrata Bandyopadhyay puts party in spot

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react as the number of dissenters seems to grow in Trinamool Congress. The party's Rajya Sabha MP Debabrata Bandyopadhyay had said he believed that those arrested in the Saradha scam may indeed be involved. BJP leaders Sambit Patra and Siddharth Nath Singh said that there certainly is unrest in TMC because of the autocratic nature of Mamata Banerjee. Congress leader PC Chacko said that there must be conflict of interest in TMC which resulted in such statements. CPI leader D Raja said that Banerjee should better look into such matters. Jan 24, 2015

Politicos react as Nitish Kumar smells conspiracy in Muzaffarpur violence

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react after JD (U) senior leader Nitish Kumar alleged ‘conspiracy’ behind arson in Azizpur village that claimed four lives. While BJP said that Kumar and the party should look into the devastated political condition and deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar rather than taking support of his usual ‘controversy theory’. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi indirectly attacked BJP and said that there is only one party which is responsible for spreading communal tensions. Jan 24, 2015

Heavy snowfall disrupts normal life in northern India

Shimla/ Rajouri, Jan 24 (ANI): Heavy snowfall in northern India blocked roads, snapped electricity lines and disrupted normal life. Rooftops and roads in Narkanda area of Shimla city in Himachal Pradesh were covered in snow. Temperatures dropped to subzero levels and even the water in the pipelines was frozen. The roads became dangerous to drive or walk on as a layer of ice had formed on them. Residents also complained that heavy snow damaged their roofs. Meanwhile, residents in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir were forced to stay indoors due to plummeting temperatures and blocked roads. Heavy snowfall in the region blocked main connecting roads and people experienced difficulties to go for work. Jan 24, 2015