Abbott's party calls for a leadership vote

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be put to a test of his leadership next week after members of his party Friday announced they would seek a vote to oust him. Abbott addressed the vote Feb 6, 2015

Delhi Police plans special security to protect religious places

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Friday said that special security plans have been worked out for the protection of all religious places in the national capital, especially churches. In wake of the recent attacks on churches in the national capital, a delegation from the Christian community was assured by Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the ruling dispensation at the Centre would never tolerate any discrimination in the name of caste, colour, language or religion. Since December 2014, five churches in the national capital have been attacked. St. Alphonse Church in Vasant Kunj area was the latest one to be vandalised and desecrated by unknown persons on February 2. Feb 6, 2015

Security beefed up in Delhi ahead of assembly polls

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Friday said that security has been tightened by the Delhi Police ahead of the upcoming assembly elections. Bassi added that deployment at booth level will start from Friday evening. He further said that senior officer from special control room will be looking at everything so that people may not face any problem while exercising their right to vote. A total of 673 candidates are in the fray for the 70-member Delhi Assembly. Delhi goes to polls on February 7, while the results will be declared on February 10. Feb 6, 2015

Obama says religious intolerance in India would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi; politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 6 (ANI): Politicos on Friday reacted on US President Barack Obamas remark on religious intolerance. Obama on Thursday said acts of intolerance experienced by religious faiths of all types in India in the past few years would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi. The comments came a day after the White House refuted suggestions that the US Presidents speech at Siri Auditorium in New Delhi, in which he touched on religious tolerance, was a parting shot aimed at the ruling BJP. Feb 6, 2015

Alternative farming gives ray of hope to Aurangabad Farmers

Aurangabad, Feb 06 (ANI): Two brothers in Maharashtra have cultivated sweet limes in lieu of regular winter crops through innovative technique, using less water. The duo - Anil Chaudhary and Sunil Chaudhary - of Aurangabad district have come up with alternative farming of sweet limes to keep their cultivation going and earn their bread and butter. Anil planted around 1,500 sweet limes saplings in his eight acres of dried farm by taking loan from a bank. He connected his farm to a water body through pipe line which is situated 5-6 km away from his farm to save his cultivation from getting dried up. He said the farmers should not succumb to depression of not repaying the loans. India has two crops: Kharif - which is sown in summer and harvested during winter and Rabi - which are sown in winter and harvested in summer season. Feb 6, 2015

US President Barack Obama says 'religious intolerance' in India would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): US President Barack Obama on Thursday said "acts of intolerance" experienced by religious faiths of all types in India in the past few years would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi. The comments came a day after the White House refuted suggestions that the US President's speech at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi, in which he touched on religious tolerance, was a "parting shot" aimed at the ruling BJP. Hours before winding up his three-day visit to India on January 27, Obama had said, "Every person has the right to practice his faith without any persecution, fear or discrimination. India will succeed so long as it is not splintered on religious lines." Obama condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world. Feb 6, 2015