Politicos react as Nitish Kumar smells conspiracy in Muzaffarpur violence

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react after JD (U) senior leader Nitish Kumar alleged ‘conspiracy’ behind arson in Azizpur village that claimed four lives. While BJP said that Kumar and the party should look into the devastated political condition and deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar rather than taking support of his usual ‘controversy theory’. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi indirectly attacked BJP and said that there is only one party which is responsible for spreading communal tensions. Jan 24, 2015

Heavy snowfall disrupts normal life in northern India

Shimla/ Rajouri, Jan 24 (ANI): Heavy snowfall in northern India blocked roads, snapped electricity lines and disrupted normal life. Rooftops and roads in Narkanda area of Shimla city in Himachal Pradesh were covered in snow. Temperatures dropped to subzero levels and even the water in the pipelines was frozen. The roads became dangerous to drive or walk on as a layer of ice had formed on them. Residents also complained that heavy snow damaged their roofs. Meanwhile, residents in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir were forced to stay indoors due to plummeting temperatures and blocked roads. Heavy snowfall in the region blocked main connecting roads and people experienced difficulties to go for work. Jan 24, 2015

Kejriwal disappointed over Republic Day snub, BJP says no protocol of inviting former CMs

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday expressed displeasure at not being invited for the Republic Day celebrations. He said that he wished to attend the Republic Day celebrations, but was not invited. However, reacting over the Republic Day snub, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that there is no protocol of inviting former chief ministers and if Kejriwal wants to attend the republic day parade, then invitation on demand can be issued. BJP leader Anil Baluni also expressed similar sentiments. Jan 24, 2015

US President Barack Obama cancels Agra visit

Lucknow/ Agra, Jan 24 (ANI): US President Barack Obama on Saturday cancelled his upcoming visit of Agra after reportedly being unhappy over the security arrangements in the city. According to reports, the security chief who was organising President Obama's Agra visit received a letter stating that the advisors of the visiting dignitary were allegedly unhappy over a 150 metre stretch near the Taj Mahal that he would have had to walk. No vehicle is allowed upto the main outer gate of the mausoleum. However, Principal Secretary (Home) of Uttar Pradesh Debasish Panda said an official confirmation about cancellation of Obama’s visit has not yet been received. President Obama was originally supposed to visit the Taj Mahal on January 27. Jan 24, 2015

Ajay Maken begins campaign for Delhi polls, promises to serve people if given opportunity

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Congress leader Ajay Maken began campaigning for the upcoming Delhi assembly elections on Saturday. Maken along with his party workers campaigned in the Shashtri Nagar constituency. Maken said that people are welcoming Congress’s manifesto and that if public will give him an opportunity he will surely work for their development. Jan 24, 2015

Police recover stolen antique idols in Himachal Pradesh

Kullu, Jan 24 (ANI): Police recovered antique idols of Hindu deities in Himachal Pradesh that were stolen last month and detained the suspect in Nepal. A 17th century idol of Lord Raghunath, worth billion of rupees, was stolen from a temple in Kullu district along with idols of Lord Ganesha, Hanuman, Narsangh and Salig Ram and some silver and gold ornaments. The main idol was concealed under a stone structure in the outskirts of Kullu. The other priceless artifacts were recovered from a local market. Superintendent of Police, Surinder Verma said the suspect would be brought to India soon. Jan 24, 2015

Ekta Kapoor signs deal with Dolby Atoms

Mumbai, Jan 24 (ANI): Producer Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Motion Pictures has announced that they have plans to release several of their upcoming films in Dolby Atmos, including the much anticipated "Azhar", a biopic on Mohammad Azharuddin. Dolby Atmos, a latest sound technology, unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by giving filmmakers the creative freedom to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, including overhead, to create an engaging cinema experience. Introduced in 2012, Atmos has already been used by Indian films such as "Dhoom 3", "PK" and "Sivaji 3D". Jan 24, 2015

Nation marks Vasant Panchami as devotees throng banks of River Ganges to take holy dip

Allahabad, Jan 24 (ANI): Thousands of devotees thronged Sangam, the confluence of three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati- in Allahabad to mark the religious festival Vasant Panchami on Saturday. The festival is celebrated every year in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar and is also called as Saraswati Puja or the Basant Festival of Kites for Sikh. The river banks were seen flooded with people who came to take holy dip in sacred river. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people on the occasion of Vasant Panchami. Prime Minister took to twitter for extending his wishes, hoping that the festival will bring gaiety and enthusiasm in people's life. Jan 24, 2015

Army says security arrangements in J&K enhanced for Republic Day

Srinagar, Jan 24 (ANI): General Officer Commanding of Kashmir based 15 Corps, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, said on Saturday that security arrangements have been enhanced in Kashmir before Republic Day. Saha said that currently the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir is stable. He added that there have been ceasefire violations in Pir Panjal area of the state and even infiltration attempts have been made but they were foiled by the army sooner or later. Jan 24, 2015