Yemen's President ready to accept demands of Houthis to end standoff

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi expressed readiness to accept Houthi demands for power-sharing after two days of battle. Reportedly, the rebels have agreed to release the President and withdraw their militias from government institutions if their demands are fulfilled. According to their demands, the rebel Houthi movement will have more say in the affairs of the Yemen. The Shiite Houthi rebels had seized the presidential palace and surrounded President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's home. Hadi himself was unharmed. Reports suggest, that the government and Houthi rebels have reached a tentative deal. Further reports are awaited. Jan 22, 2015

More than 1,000 people participate in walkathon in Vizag

Visakhapatnam, Jan 22 (ANI): More than 1,000 people from all walks of life took part in a walkathon on Thursday morning (January 22) in Visakhapatnam as part of an energy conservation campaign. Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight (OGCF), 2015 is being observed by several public sector oil companies. OGCF is an initiative of Petroleum Conservation and Research Association (PCRA) and oil PSUs to create mass awareness regarding the importance of energy conservation by involving all sections of the society, including school children. With the launch of the national level fortnight-long programme, intensive campaigns are being undertaken to drive home the point of oil and gas conservation. Jan 22, 2015

Janardan Dwivedi clarifies his 'Modi being symbol of Indianness' remark, says has been misquoted

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi on Thursday clarified his earlier comments regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that his remarks had been taken out of context by the agency concerned. Dwivedi was reacting to statements made on Wednesday, where he was seemingly seen to praise Prime Minister Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party for being the symbol of 'Indianness'. Earlier in the day, the Congress high command criticised Dwivedi's statements and warned of disciplinary action being taken against the party general secretary. Jan 22, 2015

My book aims at peace between New Delhi and Islamabad: Former Pak Foreign Minister

Amritsar, Jan 22 (ANI): Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri stated that his book ' Neither a Hawk, nor a Dove' will facilitate the bringing of confidence in India and Pakistan that peace is possible between the two nations. He said that the book aims at peace between India and Pakistan. He said that the relevance of the book is even more especially at this time when there have been so many ceasefire violations. The book will help fill the people with confidence that peace is possible, he said. Jan 22, 2015

AAP, BJP react on Shanti Bhushan's remark on Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): AAP patriarch Shanti Bhushan on Thursday praised BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi and said she is as good as Arvind Kejriwal. He added that Bedi as a good administrator is capable of providing Delhi a clean administration. However, AAP objected on his remark and said that it is not the party's view. The BJP, however, welcomed Bhushan's statement. Jan 22, 2015

Do not agree with Shanti ji's assessment: Prashant Bhushan

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): AAP leader and Shanti Bhushan's son Prashant Bhushan on Thursday said he does not agree with his father's assessment. AAP patriarch Shanti Bhushan on Thursday praised BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi and said she is as good as Arvind Kejriwal. He added that Bedi as a good administrator is capable of providing Delhi a clean administration. Jan 22, 2015

Congress slams Janardan Dwivedi, says Modi is in no way symbol of Indianness

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): Congress on Thursday strongly slammed senior party leader Janardan Dwivedi for terming Narendra Modi-led BJP's victory in Lok Sabha polls as a victory of Indianness. Addressing a press conference, Party leader Ajay Maken minced no words to express party's strong disapproval of Dwivedi's views. He said that the party's views on Indianness is totally opposed to what Dwivedi had expressed. Quoting Swami Vivekananda and Indira Gandhi, Maken said that Narendra Modi is in no way a symbol of Indianess as Congress understand it. Maken also said that Congress' Party leadership will discuss about the disciplinary action against him. Jan 22, 2015