PM has assured Lokpal will come soon: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that Lokpal will come soon. However, she evaded a question about activist Anna Hazare's statement that he was capable of fighting for the Lokpal Bill alone. According to media reports, the anti-corruption activist has said he is capable of fighting alone for the future agitations on Lokpal and will hit the roads after the Delhi elections. Jan 23, 2015

Kumar Vishwas allegation that Kiran Bedi sympathized with BJP during IAC draws reactions

New Delhi/ Ghaziabad, Jan 23 (ANI): AAP leader Kumar Vishwas has alleged that BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi was always a BJP sympathizer, even during the IAC movement. BJP leaders Nalin Kohli and Siddharth Nath Singh said that AAP is coming up with new blames and allegations every other day since BJP named Bedi as the CM candidate. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that Kiran Bedi had used IAC movement to gain public attention as her real motive was to join a political party. Meanwhile, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas stayed true to his statement saying that Kiran Bedi had always made sure that BJP’s corruption was not highlighted. Jan 23, 2015

BJP says confident of winning Bihar as Amit Shah sets ambitious 'Mission 185'

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah is on a two-day visit to Bihar, his first since assuming office in July last year. Gearing up for the Bihar Assembly elections due in 2015, the BJP on Friday expressed confidence and said people will vote for them in the upcoming elections scheduled for later this year. Shah has set an ambitious target of winning 185 seats in the high-priority state, where it had won 31 out of 40 seats in the last Lok Sabha polls. Jan 23, 2015

Two killed, at least 14 injured in Bomb explosion at Arrah civil court in Bihar

Arrah, Jan 23 (ANI): Two persons, including a woman, have been killed in a bomb explosion in a civil court in Arrah district of Bihar on Friday. The police said a woman was carrying the bomb and was killed when it exploded. A policeman also died. At least 14 people have been injured. The deceased was yet to be identified as more details about the incident are awaited. There is a nationwide security alert ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to India which begins on Sunday. Jan 23, 2015

Snowfall in Kashmir intensifies cold wave

Udhampur/ Dharamsala, Jan 23 (ANI): Tourists thronged Jammu and Kashmir and experienced snowfall, which intensified cold wave in northern parts of the country. People from the plains flocked Udhampur district to enjoy fresh snowfall as temperatures reached minus two degree Celsius. The mountainside was covered with a blanket of snow, speckled by the visitors who were seen having snowball fights. Meanwhile, rainfall in hill town of Dharamsala plummeted temperatures, forcing people to stay indoors. Located in the tropics, most of India witnesses a very hot summer and a largely temperate winter. Snowfall in states like Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh has a direct impact in other northern states like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Jan 23, 2015

PM Modi remembers Balasaheb Thackeray on his birth anniversary

Mumbai, Jan 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday remembered Shiv Sena patriarch Balasaheb Thackeray on his birth anniversary. Prime Minister Modi took to twitter to remember him. "Remembering Balasaheb Thackeray on his birth anniversary. His was a life dedicated towards people's welfare. He lives on in our hearts," PM Modi tweeted. Meanwhile, Shivaji Park in Mumbai is decorated to remember the late leader. The Shiv Sena has planned a slew of functions across the state today to mark the birth anniversary of the late Balasaheb Thackeray. Jan 23, 2015

President Mukherjee and PM Modi condoles passing away of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condoled the passing away of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. In his condolence message on Twitter, President Mukherjee said, "Heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Saudi Arabia over the sad demise of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. In King Abdullah's passing, Saudi Arabia had lost a beloved leader, India a close friend and world, an elder statesman. King Abdullah had genuine warmth and affection for India and our people, was personally committed to improving bilateral ties," he added. Earlier in day Prime Minister Modi had also condoled the death of King Abdullah and said, "In King Abdullah, we have lost an important voice who left a lasting impact on his country. I condole his demise. Our thoughts are with the people of Saudi Arabia, who have lost a guiding force in King Abdullah, during this hour of grief." Jan 23, 2015