Politicos welcome US clarification as it denies clean chit and funds to Pakistan

New Delhi, Jan 06 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday welcomed clarification from US after it denied that it had issued any certification on Pakistan's counter-terrorism efforts and said no fresh request had been sent to Congress for assistance to that country. BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said that India is quite gratified that US denied giving any clean chit to Pakistan on terrorism. Congress also applauded clarification from US and also went on to say that India has worked for years to strengthen relations with the United States and the present BJP government at the centre should be cautious of not ruining the same. Jan 6, 2015

Asaduddin Owaisi faces flak over 'everyone is born a Muslim' remark

New Delhi, Jan 6 (ANI): AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday faced flak as he stirred a controversy with remarks that every child is born a Muslim as he locked horns with right-wing Hindu outfits over their 'ghar wapsi' programme. Owaisi's statement drew strong reactions from political parties who calling it a stunt to get votes. Jan 6, 2015

Villagers move to relief camps as shelling intensifies along India-Pakistan border

Kathua, Jan 06 (ANI): Hundreds of villagers living along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir moved to relief camps after cross-border firing intensified between the two neighbouring countries. Villagers living along the international border are agitated with Pakistan for violating the ceasefire truce time and again. While hundreds of them left their homes with their belongings on tractors towards safer havens, many others walked to the relief camps. Another villager in the Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, Balwinder Singh said the government should take initiative to end the border disturbances permanently. The villagers, including children and elderly were seen taking refuge at the relief camps that have been set up in government schools. Jan 6, 2015

BJP criticizes Karnataka govt for allegedly transferring ISIS twitter investigating officer

Bangalore, Jan 06 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday criticized the Karnataka government for allegedly transferring the police officer who had investigated the pro-ISIS twitter account case, adding that such a move will be a diversion from the ongoing enquiry. BJP leader Jagadish Shettar stated that the transfer of the officer involved at a crucial juncture in the case was dangerous to India's national integrity. Jan 6, 2015

Arvind Panagariya's family rejoiced at his appointment as Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog

Jaipur, Jan 06 (ANI): Family of Eminent free-market economist Arvind Panagariya on Tuesday rejoiced at his appointment as Vice Chairman of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new policy commission, or NITI Aayog. His brother and relatives said that Panagariya will work for the nation and will bring great developments in the favour of India. Giving a final shape to the NITI Aayog, the government on Monday appointed US-based economist and Columbia university professor Arvind Panagariya as the first vice chairperson of the newly created agency. Jan 6, 2015

Security Experts say US won't change its policy towards Pak even as it denies any aid disbursement t

New Delhi/ Bhopal, Jan 06 (ANI): Security Experts on Tuesday said that US won't change its policies towards Pakistan even as the United States denied giving clean chit or disbursement of funds to the latter. Security Expert Praful Bakshi said that US secretary of state John Kerry's plans of provide funds to Pakistan is far stretched idea. He said that US is not clear on its stand on terrorism and are showing double standards on matters of their advantage. SR Sinho also said that US has its fixed policy for Pakistan and it won't change the same even though the nation is trying to appease both Pakistan and India. Jan 6, 2015

India should not expect anything favourable: Security Expert as Pak court is to hear Lakvi's bail ca

Bhopal, Jan 06 (ANI): Security Expert Praful Bakshi on Tuesday said that India should not expect anything favourable out of the ongoing case on 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Bakshi said that India has to remain strong and ready for against its enemy and should not be dependent on US. He also maintained that India can however insist America to stop funding Pakistan by making strong political moves. The Pakistan government's appeal against the bail to Lakhvi will be heard by a court in Islamabad today. Jan 6, 2015

MHA proposes to set up Investigative Units to counter crime against women

New Delhi, Jan 06 (ANI): The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) proposed to set up Investigative Units on Crimes against Women (IUCAW) in 20 percent of districts in each state. The cost for such units will be shared equally by the state and the Centre. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in a letter to all the Chief Ministers, stated that there is a need to strengthen various elements of the criminal justice system, namely, investigation, prosecution and trials by courts, to deal with the issue of rise of crimes against women. The Home Minister took to twitter to share the contents of his letter. He tweeted, "Keeping the issue of crimes against women in mind I have written to all state CMs advising them to strengthen the criminal justice system. There is an urgent need to strengthen investigation, prosecution and trials by courts to deal with the issue of crimes against women. MHA has come up with a proposal to set up Investigative Units on Crimes against Women (IUCAW) in 20% of the districts of all the states. The IUCAW will help the investigative machinery of the States in cases like Rape, Dowry Death, Acid Attack and Human Trafficking," he added. Jan 6, 2015

One of two constables accused of raping girl in Badaun arrested

Bareily, Jan 06 (ANI): One of the two absconding constables accused of raping a minor girl at a police station in Badaun, has been arrested. The second constable accused of the crime is still absconding. The Uttar Pradesh's Special Task Force has been roped in to hunt down the accused. Constable Avanish Yadav was arrested when he was about to board a train for Delhi from Bareilly junction late Monday night. The horrific incident took place on New Year's eve when the 14-year-old girl had stepped out of her house to relieve herself. The girl's mother had alleged that she was abducted by constables Veer Pal Singh Yadav and Avanish Yadav. However, the accused constable denied all charges and demanded probe. Superintendent of Police, Bareily, Rajiv Mehrotra applauded the development in the case and said that the second accused will soon be nabbed. Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has announced a compensation of Rs five lakh for the victim. Jan 6, 2015

Bear mauls man in Chhattisgarh's Surjapur

Surjapur, Jan 06 (ANI): A bear created havoc in a village in Chhattisgarh after it mauled a man. The man was attacked by the bear in the forest area of Surjapur district. The villagers shouted and tried to shoo away the animal but could not save the man. Reportedly, the man was an employee of Chhattisgarh Forest Department. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (wildlife), Kailash Chandra Bebarta said the bear had attacked many animals before and the villagers were living in fear. The man died on the spot. He was a part of the team that had gone to capture the bear but the team failed in their operation. Forest authorities later shot dead the animal. The victim's body has been sent for post-mortem. Jan 6, 2015

India face security challenges from neighbourhood, should be ready for war on both fronts: IDS Chief

New Delhi, Jan 06 (ANI): Chief of integrated Defence Staff Air Marshal PP Reddy said that India faced security challenges from its immediate neighbourhood. Air Marshal Reddy said India has to be prepared for war on both Chinese and Pakistani fronts. He said India needed to be prepared for complete spectrum of conflicts like militant attacks, sub-conventional conflict, intense conventional war and nuclear war. Reddy also blamed China for assisting other countries against India. Meanwhile, security expert Qamar Agha said India should mobilise international community as the Chinese were trying to establish their supremacy in the Indian Ocean, which is a matter of concern for the whole world. Another Security Expert RK Arora said China is technologically ahead of India in terms of weapons and defence industrial base wise. Jan 6, 2015

Pak helping militants to infiltrate in Indian Territory: Security Expert

Bhopal/ Poonch, Jan 06 (ANI): Security expert said that Pakistan was trying to help militants enter India by firing at border posts in Jammu and Kashmir. Indian and Pakistani troops intensified cross-border firing overnight, even as one Indian border guard died in the firing. A senior Indian official with the border security force said they had retaliated against machine gun and mortar attacks on about 60 positions along a more than 200-km (125-mile) stretch of the border. A security expert, SR Sinho said that Pakistan was helping militants infiltrate in Indian Territory as they were planning something big before January 26. Amid the growing hostility, India's security agencies last week declared a nationwide alert to avoid militant strikes in the lead-up to visits by top US diplomat John Kerry and President Barack Obama later in January. Meanwhile, villagers living along the international border in Poonch district condemned the firing. A resident of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Mohammad Iqbal said firing was not the solution. Jan 6, 2015

Two militants with possible link to Assam attacks produced in court, taken back to Assam on transit

Alipurduar, Jan 06 (ANI): Police in West Bengal produced two militants in court after speculations of their possible links to guerilla attacks, which left at least 80 dead last month in Assam, surfaced. The two suspects belonging to the tribal militant group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were nabbed late Sunday evening from a bus stop in Alipurduar district of West Bengal, which borders Assam. Police said the two suspects were produced in the court from where they were taken back to Assam on transit remand. According to Jaswal, the suspects identified as Ganga Basamatari (29) and Sajid Narjenari (21), both residents of Assam, were trying to escape through West Bengal after the Indian army declared Operation All Out' to reportedly flush out militants belonging to the NDFB. Jan 6, 2015