PM Modi not to attend Kejriwal's swearing-in ceremony on Saturday: Sisodia

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who met Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal Thursday, will not be attending the latter's oath taking ceremony on February 14. Kejriwal, who met Prime Minister Modi for about 15 minutes this morning and invited him to his swearing-in ceremony at the Ramlila Maidan, had met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday. Kejriwal's party, AAP, made a clean sweep of the Delhi assembly polls yesterday, winning 67 of the 70 seats on offer and decimated rivals BJP and Congress. Kejriwal had earlier met Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung at the latter's official residence and staked a claim to form the government in the national capital. Feb 12, 2015

MEA assures assistance for man allegedly paralysed by police thrashing in Madison

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Thursday said it was providing all consular assistance to Indian national, Sureshbhai Patel, who was left partially paralyzed in the US after allegedly being thrashed by a policeman. The said the Consulate General in Atlanta had been in touch with the Madison police chief, who had ordered an inquiry into the incident. As per reports, the policeman forced Sureshbhai Patel, 57, to the ground when he went out for a walk. The police had reportedly got a complaint from someone in the neighbourhood about a 'suspicious man' and when they confronted Patel, he could not answer as he knew no English. Feb 12, 2015

Delhi CM-designate Arvind Kejriwal meets PM Modi

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister designate Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the meet, Kejriwal demanded full statehood for Delhi and the PM said that he will ponder over the issue. Kejriwal, who was unanimously elected as the leader of the legislative party, yesterday met Rajnath Singh and extended invitation for his swearing-in ceremony. He also called on Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in the day. Kejriwal's party, AAP, made a clean sweep of the Delhi assembly polls yesterday, winning 67 of the 70 seats on offer and decimated rivals BJP and Congress. Feb 12, 2015

Authorities step up measures to combat swine flu in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Feb 12 (ANI): Authorities in Gujarat stepped up measures to combat the fatal H1N1 virus as swine flu cases rose across the state. In Ahmedabad, arrangements for separate wards, beds, adequate medical supplies, including Tamiflu medicines, have been made in hospitals. People are being educated on preventive measures and have been instructed to wear masks, wash their hands frequently, besides sanitizing the environment. Superintendent of a government hospital, M Prabhakar said that 84 new swine flu cases were reported and 240 cases had been treated till now. The virus has killed 191 people in the country in January alone, with southern Telangana being the worst hit state. So far, 2,038 people have been afflicted by the virus in India. Feb 12, 2015

Appalled at seeing temple built in my name, says PM Modi

Gujarat, Feb 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he was appalled and shocked at seeing a temple made in his name in Gujarat's Rajkot district and added that such a thing is against India's great traditions. "Have seen the news about a temple being built in my name. I was appalled. This is shocking and against India's great traditions. Building such Temples is not what our culture teaches us. Personally, it made me very sad. Would urge those doing it not to do it," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. He urged his supporters to instead devote their time and resources towards fulfilling the dream of a clean India. "If you have time and resources, please devote the same towards fulfilling our dream of a Clean India," he added. The temple dedicated to Prime Minister Modi has been drawing supporters of the ruling BJP from neighbouring villages also. Feb 12, 2015

Paramilitary force kills three cattle smugglers in West Bengal

West Bengal, Feb 12 (ANI): India’s paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) killed three Bangladeshi cattle smugglers near the India-Bangladesh border in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. The smugglers, a gang of eight to 10, were trafficking cattle into Bangladesh when the BSF personnel opened fire at them. Of the three killed, two died on the spot, while the other smugglers managed to escape into Bangladesh with the body of the third accomplice. A BSF soldier was injured in the incident. Later in the day, Indian and Bangladeshi officials met to discuss the issue of cattle trafficking and also handed over the two bodies to Bangladeshi officials. Feb 12, 2015

Bengaluru showcases cartoon exhibition on cricket ahead of World Cup

Bengaluru, Feb 12 (ANI): Cricket fever has started gripping the country ahead of World Cup 2015 as an exhibition of cartoons of cricket players put on display in India’s IT hub Bengaluru has been attracting the sport lovers. The exhibition by self-taught cartoonist Satish Acharya displays 65 of his chosen cartoons for young and old cricket fans. The cartoons depict Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, Pakistani cricket team and the crisis within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) among many other works. The exhibition will culminate on the day World Cup starts. World Cup 2015 starts in New Zealand and Australia on Saturday with rivals Pakistan and India playing against each other on Sunday. Feb 12, 2015

PM Modi pays tribute to Swami Dayananda Saraswati on his birth anniversary

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tribute to Swami Dayananda Saraswati on his birth anniversary. Prime Minister Modi took to twitter for paying his tribute. "Tributes to the great Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji on his birth anniversary ," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. "Dayananda Saraswati ji made a remarkable contribution to education. His emphasis on social reform made him a personality ahead of his time," he added. Feb 12, 2015

Avalanche in Kashmir kills one

Gulmarg, Feb 12 (ANI): A tourist ski guide died after he was buried in an avalanche of snow in India’s Kashmir. At around 1.20 p.m on Wednesday a mass of snow came down in a rush from the Apharwat Mountain, where there is a ski resort, in Gulmarg hill station. The avalanche also trapped three skiers, reports said. The deceased has been identified as Bashir Ahmad Bakshi, a resident near the ski resort. Family and friends mourned the loss of the 28-year old ski guide. Located at a height of 2,690 meters, Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination in Kashmir and sees thousands of tourists flock to it every year. Snowfall in the area often shuts down roads and causes hindrance to traffic and vehicular movements in the Himalayan region. Feb 12, 2015