Jugal Kishore alleges that BSP sells MP ticket for crores

Lakhimpur Kheri, Jan 04 (ANI): Former BSP leader Jugal Kishore on Sunday alleged that the party is selling MP tickets for crores. Kishore said that he joined BSP for its struggle and ideology and that he wanted to be a part of the party till the end. He further added that the BSP changed its pattern and started taking money for party seats. He alleged that the BSP takes 50 thousand rupees for good seat and one to two crores for general candidates. Kishore further said that he had warned Mayawati against such activities which was hampering the party but instead the party chief expelled him. Jan 4, 2015

Residents along Indo-Pak Border seek permanent solution to recurrent ceasefire violations

Samba, Jan 04 (ANI): Villagers in Samba district along the defacto Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir seek a permanent solution to the recurrent ceasefire violations. It is a day of calm on Sunday after repeated violations in the last few days which forced the villagers to migrate to safer shelter. Villagers living along the international border are agitated with Pakistan for violating the ceasefire truce time and again. In a fresh assault, Pakistani Rangers targeted several Indian paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) posts in Ramgarh town of Jammu district early on Saturday. Barota camp in Ramgarh sector also came under heavy mortar firing. The villages bear a deserted look with only a few people gathering in groups to take a stock of the situation. They seek an end to the repeated ceasefire violations. Jan 4, 2015

Tamil group stage protest against Salman Khan for supporting Sri Lankan President

Mumbai, Jan 04 (ANI): A Tamil group on Sunday protested against Bollywood Actor Salman Khan outside his residence in Mumbai after the actor agreed to campaign for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for presidential polls in the country. The protesters of regional Naam Tamilar Katchi party shouted slogans against Khan and Rajapaksa. Khan, along with Sri Lankan-born Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez, recently visited Sri Lanka to campaign for Rajapaksa on the invitation by latter's son Namal Rajapaksa. A protester, Mani Gandam, accused Rajapaksa for killing over thousands of Tamilians in the Sri Lanka war and demanded Khan's apology to the public. Some of the protesters were detained and taken to the police station. Jan 4, 2015

Army intensifies operation to hunt down tribal guerillas in Assam

Kokrajhar, Jan 04 (ANI): Combing operations against the tribal militant group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) are going on in full swing along India-Bhutan border in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of Assam. Army, police and paramilitary forces under the unified command structure are carrying out joint operations in the strong hold areas of tribal guerillas in the forest terrain. The massive patrolling along the India-Bhutan border areas has been intensified while the army is searching out militants hidden deep inside the Ripu and Chirang reserve forests in Kokrajhar and Aie-Valley division in Chirang district. The border in the two districts has also been sealed by the security forces as NDFB militants could sneak through border areas. India has sought help from Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh in an offensive against the militant group in Assam. Jan 4, 2015

AAP blames BJP for aggressive politics after clash between workers

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday blamed the ruling BJP government for resorting to aggressive politics after clash between workers of AAP and BJP. Kejriwal said that his party is a peaceful party and BJP always attacks AAP workers in the wake of fear of failure. AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj said that BJP had previously also resorted to violence prior to Lok Sabha polls as it was afraid of failure. He further requested the Central government to carry out investigation considering the video footage of the clash. Jan 4, 2015

Muslims across India celebrate Prophet Muhammad's birthday with fervour

Kolkata/ Lucknow/ Aurangabad, Jan 04 (ANI): Muslim community across India celebrated Mawlid or Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, with great fervour on Sunday. Muslims took out processions to mark the occasion, celebrated as the day of the birth of Muhammad, Islam's Prophet. Homes, mosques, shrines and seminaries are decked with flags, buntings and banners to welcome the day, considered to be among the most blessed in the Islamic calendar. In Lucknow city, residents thronged the streets to celebrate the festival. Tableaux and processions were the highlights of the occasion. Religious songs played on loudspeakers as the city's Muslims paid obeisance to their Prophet. Jan 4, 2015

Cold wave, fog lead to poor visibility across northern India

Shimla/ Srinagar/ Ludhiana/ Varanasi, Jan 04 (ANI): Northern states of India continued to reel under extreme cold weather conditions on Sunday, leading to fog and poor visibility. People who work outdoors were seen taking warmth from road side bonfire and drinking tea from tea vendor stalls to stay warm. The poor visibility has also disrupted road, rail and air traffic across India. As trains ran behind scheduled time due to fog, passengers in Varanasi complained of no information on trains schedules. The cold wave has added to the troubles of daily wage labourers like auto-rickshaw drivers, rickshaw pullers and homeless people as they have no alternative but to bear the chill to earn their living. Meanwhile, in Srinagar tourists were seen enjoying heavy snowfall. Jan 4, 2015

Politicos slam Pakistan for increasing ceasefire violation at border

New Delhi, Jan 4 (ANI): Politicos on Sunday slammed Pakistan over increased ceasefire violations at the border. Opposition leaders also asked the government to take strict action against Pakistan. One woman lost her life and three others got injured in the latest ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops on several BSF posts along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba and Kathua districts. Jan 4, 2015

Congress hits back at BJP govt for allegations of doubt over Gujarat boat incident

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Congress leader Ajoy Kumar on Sunday hit back at the BJP government putting allegations of doubt and mistrust after it raised questions on faith of the Indian government for aborting terror activity of Porbandar boat incident. Kumar said that the BJP government should not term the activity as terror unless the final report comes. He also said that Congress party has always worked towards national security and integrity. Jan 4, 2015

BJP react as death toll in Assam Violence rises to 81

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): BJP on Sunday react as death toll in Assam violence rose to 81. The death toll rose after police on Saturday recovered the bodies of missing persons in Kokajhar district. Meanwhile, over 25,000 inmates of relief camps on Saturday left for their homes in violence-affected districts. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao blamed the Assam government for not taking any action in the case and said that the incident was avoidable if the government had taken proper actions. Party leader Subramanian Swamy said that the violence in the state relates to the Bangladeshi migrants and that the government should act on the matter. Jan 4, 2015

BJP raises doubt on Congress' faith in Indian govt, says Congress speaks like Pak

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra on Sunday raised doubt on the faith of Congress party towards the Indian government. Patra said that India was able to celebrate 2015 New Year peacefully only because the security agencies and Indian Coast Guard aborted the terror sent through Pak suspicious boat. He also said that Congress speaks the language which Pakistan speaks in. Patra also said that BJP has raised questions before Congress as to whether it trusts Indian government or the terror-supportive Pak government. Jan 4, 2015