Amit Shah woos people in Bihar by remembering Karpoori Thakur and slamming Nitish Kumar Part - 1

Patna, Jan 23 (ANI): While addressing a rally in Patna city of Bihar, BJP Chief Amit Shah tried to woo people of the state by remembering former chief minister of Bihar Karpoori Thakur and slamming Nitish Kumar. Shah on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government has set an example for the previous and coming governments as to how a government should function. He also said that Kumar ruined the state after he parted away from the JD (U) for his selfish interests. Shah is on a two-day visit to Bihar, his first since assuming office in July last year. Shah is scheduled to meet party workers tomorrow with an aim to recruit 75 lakh members for the party by March 31. A three-day membership drive will also be reportedly organised by the booth level workers next month. The assembly elections in Bihar are scheduled for later this year. Jan 23, 2015

India contemplates on Indo-US nuclear deal ahead of Obama's visit

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): India on Friday speculated over the Indo-US nuclear deal as President Barack Obama is set to arrive on January 25 for a three-day visit to India. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that commitment towards the nuclear deal is from both sides of the country. BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that BJP is committed to social and environmental aspects of the civil nuclear deal. Security Expert Major General (Retd) S R Sinho also appeared hopeful about the Indo-US nuclear deal taking place on Obama's visit. Jan 23, 2015

Politicos react as Shanta Kumar claims UPA's Food Act more about 'vote security'

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after Former Food Minister and chairman of the high level committee on Restructuring the Food Corporation of India (FCI) Shanta Kumar claimed that the National Food Security Act (NFSA) passed during the UPA regime's tenure was more about "vote security" than "food security". BJP leader Sambit Patra expressed his agreement with Shanta Kumar's view on Food Security Act. BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that the UPA without providing adequate food security kept on doing vote bank politics. However, Congress leader Manish Tewari expressed disagreement with Shanta Kumar's remarks. Jan 23, 2015

Election Commission will ensure that Delhi polls take place efficiently: HS Brahma

Noida, Jan 23 (ANI): Chief Election Commissioner of India HS Brahma on Friday said that the poll panel will ensure that assembly elections in Delhi take place efficiently. He said that the campaigning is going on and that the panel will ensure that all voters come and vote comfortably, and that all the doubt and grievances of the voters will be solved. Brahma also talked about security arrangements in and around the polling booth. He also announced the helpline number 1950 and asked the voters to clear their doubts on the same. Further, talking about the notice issued to AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal, Brahma said that there is a way of expressing and it differs from person to person. He also said that the panel will wait to see what he replies. Jan 23, 2015

Weavers in Varanasi make traditional 'Banarasi saree' for Michelle Obama

Varanasi, Jan 23 (ANI): Weavers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency were busy making traditional attire 'sarees' for US first lady Michelle Obama, who would accompany President Barack Obama on his India visit. Barack Obama will arrive in India on Sunday for the second time during his tenure, to build on what he calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st century. Obama will be accompanied by Michelle Obama on his three-day trip and is expected to travel to tour Taj Mahal, about 200 km south of the capital. Meanwhile, weavers in temple town of Varanasi were busy preparing popular 'Banarasi sarees' for Michelle Obama that will be gifted by Modi to her. The saree, named after Varanasi's old name Banaras, is one of the defining products of the city's handloom sector. Jan 23, 2015

Hurt Anna Hazare says he can fight for Lokpal alone; politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Politicos from various parties on Friday said that anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare was betrayed by his own people for personal agendas. Hazare, in a telephonic interview to a daily newspaper said that he would continue to fight for the Ombudsmen Bill alone and wondered why crusaders of Lokpal bill, or Ombudsman bill joined political parties. Hazare had launched India Against Corruption (IAC) and protested in the national capital for enactment of the Lokpal Bill. Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal and BJP’s CM candidate for Delhi polls Kiran Bedi, supported him in the fight and campaigned with him for corruption-free India. Jan 23, 2015

BJP attacks after Manish Tewari demands details or apology on Parrikar's comment

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): BJP leaders attacked Congress after Manish Tewari on Friday demanded the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to either give relevant details for his comment or apologise to the country. Parrikar had alleged that some former Prime Ministers compromised the country's ‘deep assets'. Congress leader Manish Tewari has said that Parrikar should not make any statement without proper details. BJP leaders Siddharth Nath Singh, GVL Narasimha Rao and Nalin Kohli said that it is Congress' misgoverning factor to bring out defence details in public domain which is not correct on the part of government. Jan 23, 2015

Defence Minister says former PMs compromised 'deep assets' of India, Politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has alleged that some former Prime Ministers of India have compromised the country's 'deep assets', which drew political reactions on Friday. Congress leaders Rita Bahuguna Joshi and PC Chacko said that the Defence Minister of the country should be careful of what he is saying. NCP leader Tariq Anwar and SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary also condemned Parrikar's casual remark. Meanwhile, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao defended Parrikar saying that the entire country is aware of how security of India was at sake during UPA regime. Jan 23, 2015

Vasundhara Raje meets Power & Finance ministers to discuss economy crisis in Rajasthan

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje met Union Minister of Power Piyush Goyal and Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley to discuss economic crisis in the state. Raje has requested financial support for debt-ridden power companies and Bhamashah scheme. In a detailed report about red balance sheets of power companies in the state, Raje apprised finance minister about financial position of these firms. Along with this, she asked for generous grants for other welfare schemes launched and running in the state. Jan 23, 2015