Woman attacked with acid in Delhi, Social activists condemn

New Delhi, Jan 11 (ANI): Social activists on Sunday strongly condemned the acid attack on a 30-year-old woman that took place in North West Delhi's Keshav Puram area. According to the reports, the woman suffered severe burns when two bike-borne men threw acid on her. One of the accused arrested by the police has been indentified as the woman's landlord. NCW former chairperson Mamta Sharma said that there is a need for better implementation of laws relating to women. Social Activist Jagmati Sangwan and Annie Raja also expressed similar sentiments. Jan 11, 2015

BSP leader defends Paris terror attack, IPS Officer announces cash reward to team which arrests him

Lucknow, Jan 11 (ANI): BSP leader Haji Yakub Qureshi has justified Paris terror attacks saying that whoever shows disrespect to the Prophet will invite death. After this, UP police has announced cash reward to the team which arrests Qureshi as his remark was against humanity. IPS Officer Amitabh Thakur said that he will be giving personal cash reward of Rs 20,000 to the police team which arrests Qureshi as his statements were against humanity. According to some media reports, Qureshi had also announced a reward of Rs 51 crore to the killers of the Paris journalists. He, however, later denied those reports. Jan 11, 2015

Complaint lodged against teacher after she strip-searched students on suspicion of theft in Gurdaspu

Gurdaspur/New Delhi, Jan 11 (ANI): A female teacher in a government school in Gurdaspur district of Punjab has been booked for strip-searching seven girls after she suspected them of stealing 500 rupees from her wallet. When the accused teacher could not find the money after frisking the girls, she asked them to pay a fine of rupees 50 each in order to recover her loss. The incident came to light when the students narrated their ordeal to their parents, who then complained about the incident to the police. Recalling the unfortunate incident, one of the victims, Kajal, said that they were strip-searched thrice by the teacher. The parents of the students were surprised by the behaviour of the accused teacher when they confronted her. They accused her of threatening them. Jan 11, 2015

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Vibrant Gujarat Summit, meets PM Modi

Gandhinagar, Jan 11 (ANI): US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday arrived at Vibrant Gujarat Summit going on at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Kerry met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on stage when the summit was going on. He also greeted Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and shared the dais with other eminent personalities and business leaders present there. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will be the keynote speaker on the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. Vibrant Gujarat Summit-2015 is focused at forging knowledge-based strategic partnerships. There will also be meetings between businessmen and government representatives. Jan 11, 2015

Polling underway in Delhi Cantonment Board elections

New Delhi, Jan 11 (ANI): Polling has begun for the Delhi Cantonment Board elections amid elaborate security arrangements on Sunday. Polling began at 8 am in the morning and will go on till 5 pm in the evening. 64 candidates are in fray for eight seats across Delhi Cantonment with Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) being the major political parties contesting the elections. Cantonment Board elections are being seen as a precursor to assembly elections through which political parties will gauge the public mood. The counting of votes will be held on January 12. Jan 11, 2015

Vibrant Gujarat Summit kicks off in Gandhinagar, Gujarat CM welcomes all

Gandhinagar, Jan 11 (ANI): Seventh edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit kicked off on Sunday in Gandhinagar with Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel's address. Patel in her inaugural speech welcomed the dignitaries present at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. She added that Gujarat wants to become an education and healthcare hub. She further stated that agriculture, food processing and dairy industries are very important for the state. Jan 11, 2015

UN Gen Sec Ban Ki-Moon visits Sabarmati Ashram

Ahmedabad, Jan 11 (ANI): United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Sunday visited Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi ahead of the Seventh Vibrant Gujarat Summit. The UN Secretary General will be the keynote speaker on the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. He will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the summit sidelines. Ban Ki-Moon, who is on a three day trip to India, arrived in the national capital earlier on Saturday. Jan 11, 2015

NDFB(S) platoon commander killed in encounter

Kokrajhar, Jan 11 (ANI): Self-styled platoon commander of tribal militant group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Sonobijit) was killed in an encounter with joint team of police and armed border force in Assam. Identified as Jwblang, he was involved in the December 23 attack on Pakhriguri village in Assam in which five tribal people were also killed. Last month over 80 people were killed in militant attacks in different districts of the northeastern state. Police believe that a faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), was behind coordinated attacks on tea plantation workers and their families. A joint operation was launched by police and armed border force, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), near Khawsibazar area under Serfanguri police station in which the militant was killed. Jan 11, 2015

Encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh leaves one policeman dead

Raipur, Jan 11(ANI): An encounter between security personnel and Maoists in Chhattisgarh left one policeman dead and four others injured. The incident happened in Narayanpur district of the state when joint team of police and Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) were out on an operation after receiving information about the movement of Maoists in the area. The police are yet to investigate which Maoist group was behind the attack. Jan 11, 2015

Innovative bike squad to put out fire in Varanasi

Varanasi, Jan 11 (ANI): Fire brigade department in Varanasi has launched an innovative bike service to reach the narrow alleys of the city in case fire breaks out. Brain behind the project, Sunil Singh, said the idea occurred to him as fire brigade department faced difficulties in negotiating the narrow by-lanes of the city. Singh said each bike is fitted with a siren and hooter and two fire extinguishing cylinders with a capacity of 9 liter water and foam chemical container. He said the new bike squad was proving to be extremely helpful to the fire brigade department. Taking part in a mock drill, fireman Dhananjay Singh said it was a good initiative as fire could be restricted from spreading. The alleys of Varanasi form a maze parallel to the river, running between homes, palaces and places of worship in the ancient city. Jan 11, 2015