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

PM has assured Lokpal will come soon: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that Lokpal will come soon. However, she evaded a question about activist Anna Hazare's statement that he was capable of fighting for the Lokpal Bill alone. According to media reports, the anti-corruption activist has said he is capable of fighting alone for the future agitations on Lokpal and will hit the roads after the Delhi elections. Jan 23, 2015

Kumar Vishwas allegation that Kiran Bedi sympathized with BJP during IAC draws reactions

New Delhi/ Ghaziabad, Jan 23 (ANI): AAP leader Kumar Vishwas has alleged that BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi was always a BJP sympathizer, even during the IAC movement. BJP leaders Nalin Kohli and Siddharth Nath Singh said that AAP is coming up with new blames and allegations every other day since BJP named Bedi as the CM candidate. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that Kiran Bedi had used IAC movement to gain public attention as her real motive was to join a political party. Meanwhile, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas stayed true to his statement saying that Kiran Bedi had always made sure that BJP’s corruption was not highlighted. Jan 23, 2015

BJP says confident of winning Bihar as Amit Shah sets ambitious 'Mission 185'

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah is on a two-day visit to Bihar, his first since assuming office in July last year. Gearing up for the Bihar Assembly elections due in 2015, the BJP on Friday expressed confidence and said people will vote for them in the upcoming elections scheduled for later this year. Shah has set an ambitious target of winning 185 seats in the high-priority state, where it had won 31 out of 40 seats in the last Lok Sabha polls. Jan 23, 2015

Two killed, at least 14 injured in Bomb explosion at Arrah civil court in Bihar

Arrah, Jan 23 (ANI): Two persons, including a woman, have been killed in a bomb explosion in a civil court in Arrah district of Bihar on Friday. The police said a woman was carrying the bomb and was killed when it exploded. A policeman also died. At least 14 people have been injured. The deceased was yet to be identified as more details about the incident are awaited. There is a nationwide security alert ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to India which begins on Sunday. Jan 23, 2015