BJP's Sanjay Joshi participates in 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' in Nagpur

Nagpur, Jan 18 (ANI): Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Sanjay Joshi on Sunday took part in a 'Swacch Bharat Abhiyan' in Nagpur. The ambitious cleanliness drive was launched nation-wide by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2 to focus on sanitation, hygiene and waste management. Jan 18, 2015

Two militants killed in encounter in Sopore

Sopore, Jan 18 (ANI): Two militants were killed in an encounter in Sopore district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. SSP of Sopore, Abdul Qayoom, said that the militants were hiding in a house and later killed in a gun battle after a joint operation was carried out by police and army together. He also informed that arms and ammunition were recovered after the gun battle from the militants’ hiding place. Jan 18, 2015

Dense fog engulfs Delhi, 47 flights delayed, 21 cancelled

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): A dense fog engulfed national capital New Delhi on Sunday morning, resulting in the cancellation of 21 flights and delay in the take-off of another 47. General visibility at the Indira Gandhi International Airport was below 50 metres early this morning. Satellite towns Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad also reported dense foggy conditions. The temperature at 5.30 a.m. was eight degrees Celsius. The Meteorological department has forecast dense fog in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in the winter season. Jan 18, 2015

Fadnavis calls Mumbai marathon a festival to celebrate spirit of freedom

Mumbai, Jan 18 (ANI): The 2015 edition of the Mumbai Marathon started on Sunday in which around 40,000 people took part. The marathon started at 5:40 am. This year's edition of the marathon will both start and finish at the Azad Maidan sports ground in South Mumbai. The marathon will bring together thousands of long-distance runners, senior citizens, physically challenged participants and amateur runners. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said that the Mumbai marathon which takes place every year is a festival where people celebrate the spirit of freedom. Bollywood actors Dia Mirza, Ayushmann Khurana, John Abraham and Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani also participated in the marathon. Jan 18, 2015

Kiran Bedi gears up for campaigning in Delhi, says unity and collaboration very important

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Former IPS Officer and BJP leader Kiran Bedi on Sunday said that the campaigning for the assembly elections in Delhi has already started already. She said that unity and collaboration between members and common man is very important for better future. Bedi said that she is doing all for the future of the nation and she will continue doing the same. Further, Bedi also said that the people at BJP have given her a new name 'Kiran didi'. Jan 18, 2015

Censor Board row: Issue being politicised, says Anupam Kher

Mumbai, Jan 18 (ANI): As nine more members of the Censor Board resigned protesting against alleged interference by the government, former censor board chairman and veteran Actor Anupam Kher said that the allegations levelled by former censor board members against the government were not correct and added that the issue was being politicised. I and B Minister Arun Jaitley firmly rejected the charges, saying the "NDA government maintains an arm's length distance" from the functioning of the panel. "The UPA Government had politicised the Censor Board," Jaitley said in an article titled 'Rebels without a cause' posted on Facebook. Censor Board Chief Leela Samson stepped down from her post on Friday, amid controversy surrounding the clearance of controversial film "Messenger of God" featuring Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and citing interference, coercion and corruption of panel members. Jan 18, 2015

McDonalds suspends Pune outlet staff member for allegedly throwing out a street kid

Pune, Jan 18 (ANI): Taking action for throwing out a street child from its restaurant in Pune, McDonalds suspended the staff member involved in the incident. The action comes after the Maharashtra government intervened in the matter. Promising an enquiry, McDonalds in a statement had said, "McDonalds India is investigating internally an issue that has been reported on an incident involving a street child. The concerned security personnel involved in the incident have been suspended pending completion of an enquiry." Further, the Pune outlet also faced anger by people. Some unidentified persons on Saturday threw mud on the facade of the restaurant. However, nothing serious was reported. Earlier, the street kid Akash's father said that poor should not be treated in such degrading manner. Jan 18, 2015

Election Commission issues notice to Kejriwal over his allegations on Satish Upadhyay

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): The Election Commission of India has issued a notice against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal with relation to the allegations made by him on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit Chief Satish Upadhyay over power discoms. The Election Commission has asked Kejriwal to explain the matter by January 20, the same day the AAP chief is scheduled to file his nomination for upcoming Delhi Assembly elections. The step was taken after Upadhyay had filed a complaint against Kejriwal for making "false, baseless and unverified allegations" against him. Earlier on Thursday, the AAP chief had said that the party would be presenting evidence to prove its allegations against Upadhyay. Jan 18, 2015

Encounter underway in J and K's Sopore area, two terrorists reportedly trapped

Sopore, Jan 18 (ANI): A gun battle between the security forces and militants is currently underway in Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir. Security forces cordoned off Saidpora village in Sopore following information about presence of militants in the area, a police officer said. According to reports, as the forces closed on the target house, the militants opened fire which was retaliated, triggering off the gunbattle. At least two militants are believed to be trapped inside the cordoned area, the officer said, adding there were no casualties on either side so far. Even on Wednesday, a gun battle between security forces and terrorists had resulted in the death of a top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant, Abu Huzaifa. Jan 18, 2015

Censor Board should be loyal to govt not to political parties, will soon be appointing new board mem

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Dismissing allegations against the government of interference and corruption by former Censor Board members, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said that the former should be loyal to the Government of India and not to any particular political party. He said that the government had faith in the board and that is why it gave them time to work and extension of term as well. Rathore said that the government wants to stay on a positive note but now the aim is to form a new, better CBFC in a few days. Earlier in the day, I and B Minister Arun Jaitley dismissed the allegations calling the former Censor Board members 'rebels without a cause' in one of his articles. He further accused the Congress of politicising the censor board. Jan 18, 2015

Joining Anna Hazare was right thing to do at that time, don't have habit of using people: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Former IPS officer and BJP leader Kiran Bedi denied Congress' allegation that she used anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare to enter politics saying that joining Anna was the right thing to do at that time. She said that during those days, the nation was into a morass of corruption and a voice had to be raised against the same. Bedi said that she do not have the habit of using people and of being used. Further, she also said that she was willing to fight Delhi Assembly elections from any part of the city as she served Delhi in different capacities during her tenure. The new BJP member also assured that she and the party will work for the national capital and that municipal corporation will be amongst her priority. Jan 18, 2015