Centre approves pay scale revision of DASS employees, BJP welcomes while AAP- Congress alleges BJPs

New Delhi, Jan 12 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday react as the central government approved a proposal of Delhi Government to revise the pay scale of Delhi Administration Subordinate Service (DASS) employees. BJP said that the proposal was accepted in order to fulfill the promises BJP did before coming to power. Satish Upadhyay also said that this has nothing to do with the Delhi assembly polls and that opposition is free to draw speculations. Congress leader JP Agarwal alleged that the passing of the proposal comes at the time when Election Commission is to announce the dates for the Delhi polls. AAP also criticized the BJP for the same and said that this won’t affect the votes. Jan 12, 2015

India's maiden laughter festival enthralls audience in Jaipur

Jaipur, Jan 12 (ANI): In a first-of-its-kind, Jaipur played host to Laughter Festival, where members of comedy fraternity came together to enthrall audience with their performances. A two-day event, the festival recorded a huge crowd turnout in its very first edition itself. Thousands of people laughed their hearts out with the performances of standup comedy artistes like Raju Shrivastava and others. More than 80 artistes performed in the festival. Jaipur organizes an array of festivals every year including Jaipur Literature festival, International Camel Festival, Jaipur Kite Festival among many others. Jan 12, 2015

EAM Sushma Swaraj meets UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

New Delhi, Jan 12 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday met United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in capital New Delhi. Both the leaders will hold discussions on various issues. Ban Ki-Moon is on a three day visit to India which will conclude tomorrow. He was also the keynote speaker at Vibrant Gujarat Summit-2015 which began on Sunday. Jan 12, 2015

Assam gears up to welcome harvest festival of Bihu

Guwahati, Jan 12 (ANI): North-eastern state of Assam gears up to celebrate harvest festival, traditionally known in the local language as Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu, falling on January 15. In the run-up to the festival, which is celebrated with great fervour in the state, a non-profit organisation held an exhibition to welcome the festival. Mouthwatering delicacies like ‘pitha’ or pancakes and many other traditional food items, prepared by local women, were up for sale in various stalls at the exhibition. The festival of Bihu marks three distinct phases of the farming calendar for the native crop of the state-paddy. The northeastern state celebrates the festival with great zeal by singing traditional ‘Bihu geets’ or Bihu songs and performing group folk dances. Jan 12, 2015

Jaitley says govt taking various steps for investment

New Delhi, Jan 12 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Monday that the Government of India is taking various steps to invite investment in the country. He added that the govt, in a very professional manner leading upto March 31st, is going about disinvestment in more than one company. Jaitley further clarified that the names of some companies given by media for investment are only speculative. Jan 12, 2015

Things to do in Andamans

Abound in nature’s beauty and coupled with some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches, Andamans can boast of several natural phenomenon that are a treat to every human being, whether a traveler or not. Here are a few things you can do in the Andamans Jan 12, 2015

Church in Sri Lanka's warzone awaits first papal visit

A small church nestled in the Sri Lankan jungle, seen as a beacon of harmony in a country with a dark history of conflict, is preparing for a visit from Pope Francis who will bring his own message of peace. Duration: 02:24 Jan 12, 2015

Politicos and Social Activist react over Sadhvi Prachi's remark, demand action by PM

New Delhi, Jan 12 (ANI): Politicos and social activist on Monday condemned BJP's Sadhvi Prachi for her statement wherein she said that all Hindu women should produce at least four kids and also asked for a law in favour of 'ghar wapsi' programme. Congress leader Manish Tewari questioned if this is what PM's 'Make in India' actually signifies. Congress' PL Punia said that the prime minister should take action in the matter. AAP leader Ashutosh said that this is the real agenda of BJP and that development agenda was just a cover up. CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat said that women of India will give proper reply to these leaders. Meanwhile, Social Activist Jagmati Sangwan said that the statement is very shameful and that PM Narendra Modi should speak on the issue. Jan 12, 2015

Opposition snubs Vibrant Gujarat Summit, says PM should focus on entire country

New Delhi/ Gandhinagar, Jan 12 (ANI): The opposition leaders on Monday (January 11) dismissed the on-going Vibrant Gujarat Summit-2015 as a gimmick and alleged that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was only concentrating on his native state instead of the entire country. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the track record of Modi’s government showed that this government believed in creating hype and not doing actual work. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that this effort on part of the prime minister would have been commendable had he been working to secure investment for the undeveloped parts of the country. Meanwhile JD (U) leader KC Tyagi, said that the prime minister needed to think about the country as a whole. Jan 12, 2015

Sunanda Murder Case: BS Bassi says relevant investigation will be done by SIT

New Delhi, Jan 12 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said on Monday that investigation in Sunanda Pushkar murder case will be done by SIT on all relevant points. On being asked about SIT questioning Shashi Tharoor, Bassi said that if SIT finds it relevant he too will be questioned. Further Bassi assured that the case will soon reach a logical conclusion. Jan 12, 2015