Police arrest four on charges of forging travel papers for Pakistan citizens

Godhra, Jan 17 (ANI): Police in Gujarat have claimed to have unearthed a forgery scam facilitating visas for visiting Pakistani citizens illegally. Police said they have arrested four persons so far from Godhra who were found forging travel documents on the basis of which Pakistani citizens were getting their Indian visas from Islamabad. Officials say there has been a sudden rise in number of Pakistani citizens visiting western Gujarat state over the past few years. Jan 17, 2015

Farmers compete to win bullock cart race in Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam, Jan 17 (ANI): City dwellers flocked to the rural areas of Visakhapatnam on Saturday to witness bullock carts racing, a part of harvest festival Makar Sankranti. In the Munagapaka hamlet, the village council called farmers to get their bullocks with the added incentive of prizes. Visitors said that bullock racing was very typical of Indian culture, one which was slowly losing itself as generations' progress. Makar Sankranti, which was celebrated on Wednesday, marks the beginning of New Year. Festivities often extend beyond the day of festival. Jan 17, 2015

Police tighten security near Taj Mahal after US warns of militant threat

Agra, Jan 17 (ANI): Security has been tightened in and around Taj Mahal in Agra ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit. The US president will arrive in New Delhi on January 25 and hold discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Washington in September. An official agenda has not been released. According to media reports, Obama is likely to visit Taj Mahal. Senior police officials said they were taking no chances with security after an alert from US intelligence that militants operating from Pakistan could target the Agra-Delhi Yamuna expressway. The 17th century monument was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Jan 17, 2015

Aviation Expert calls Air India pilot and engineer fight inside cockpit 'shameful'

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Aviation Expert Harshvardhan on Saturday called fight between Air India pilot and an aircraft engineer inside the cockpit as 'shameful'. Air India flight was delayed by more than two hours after the two employees had a difference of opinion which ended up in a fight inside the cockpit on Saturday. The pilot and the engineer are injured. The aircraft is an A319, which is a relatively new plane. The aviation expert said that this reflects their character and that immediate action should be taken in the matter. He said that there should be a proper investigation in the matter and action should be taken so that such incidents do not take place in future. Jan 17, 2015

CPI (Maoist) calls for shutdown in Jharkhand

Latehar, Jan 17 (ANI): Communist Party of India (Maoist) called for a shutdown on Saturday in Jharkhand and Bihar in protest against the death of its cadres who had been gunned down during an encounter in Hazaribagh District recently. The shutdown had an impact in the Latehar District of Jharkhand, where no public transport or heavy vehicles were seen plying on the National Highway (NH) 75 and NH 99. The security operation by the CRPF was conducted in the jungles outside Bukar Village, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Chauparan police station. Jan 17, 2015

Govt. accepts CBFC chief Leela Samson's resignation

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): The government has accepted the resignation of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Leela Samson. Samson had resigned following the clearance given by Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) to Dera Sachcha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's film, 'Messenger of God'. She had alleged interference, coercion and corruption of panel members and officers of the Board who are appointed by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Meanwhile, 12 more members of the Board followed Samson's suggestion of quitting "en masse" and tendered their resignations on Saturday. Jan 17, 2015

Court sends Jagtar Singh Tara to 5 day remand in Former Punjab CM Beant Singh murder case

Patiala, Jan 17 (ANI): Patiala court on Saturday sent key accused in Former Punjab CM Beant Singh murder case, Jagtar Singh Tara to 5 day police remand. Jagtar Singh Tara's lawyer said that they were asking for 12 day remand but were allowed only 5 days remand. He said that there is no link or evidence against Tara and that the other party is trying to make the case high profile. Jan 17, 2015

Our mobile phones are teeming with bacteria!

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): A new study has recently provided a deeper insight into how filthy mobile phones are that people use in their daily life. The study revealed just how much bacteria is on the phone and it's pretty gross, an online portal reported. Bacteria use all sorts of things as vectors in order to transmit insects, water, food, coughs and sneezes, or sexual contact. Many of the phones showed the biggest and clearest blotch of bacteria growing around where the "home" button was. Most of the bacteria is harmless but disgusting. Jan 17, 2015

Mamata Banerjee says will create lakhs of Mukul Roy if CBI arrests him, Politicos condemn

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday condemned West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee for saying that she will create lakhs of Mukul Roy if CBI arrests him in Saradha scam case. Leaders alleged that Banerjee is notifying that she will sponsor more corruption from her party. Banerjee said this at a closed door meeting with party leaders. CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta that let them protest and that law will take its own course. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that by this statement, West Bengal CM is saying that she will continue with corruption. Sambit Patra said that people of West Bengal will give a befitting reply to TMC chief. Jan 17, 2015