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

Sushma warns Pak dismissing allegations of ceasefire in letter to Sartaj Aziz, Reactions flow

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has written to Sartaj Aziz in a letter warning Pak and dismissing all allegations of ceasefire violation. Swaraj wrote that Indian forces have only retaliated to the firing taking place from the other side of the international border. BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra said that Pakistan is internationally supporting terrorism and India has always sent a message of anti-terrorism. Security Expert Qamar Agha said that Pak has always resolved to blame game when it faces flak for firing internationally. Jan 4, 2015

Raghubar Das meets PM Modi

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Sunday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanking him for entrusting Das with the responsibility of a Chief Minister. Das said that it was a courtesy meeting in which they discussed about state funds and infrastructure development. Jan 4, 2015

Reactions pour in after Air India Kolkata office receives threat call

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Sunday after the Air India office in Kolkata received hijack threat. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Intelligence agencies and concerned agencies will see to it that no terror attack happens. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy also urged the government to increase safety measures on the airports. Security expert Qamar Agha termed the threat as 'very serious' and hoped that the government will take it seriously as Kolkata is on the target list of Pakistan backed extremists. Jan 4, 2015

Rajasthan Govt cancels mutation of Robert Vadra's Bikaner land, Politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Sunday after the Rajasthan government cancelled the mutation of a part of land purchased by Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's company Skylight Hospitality Private Limited in Bikaner district, on the grounds that it was bought from fake buyers. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that law is doing its work and the guilty will be punished. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the cancellation is a political vendetta and that the government is just trying to bother Robert Vadra. RJD leader Manoj Jha hoped that the cancellation of the mutation is not politically motivated. AAP leader Devendra Sehrawat said that the guilty should be punished. Jan 4, 2015

Buddhist monks assemble for peace prayers in Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya, Jan 04 (ANI): Monks and devotees from across the world assembled at the holy shrine of Buddhists in Bodh Gaya in Bihar to offer prayers for world peace and tranquility. More than thousand monks from countries like Bangladesh, India, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal are participating in the religious gathering. The 32nd Kagyu Monlam prayer ceremony is the pre-eminent event of the year for Buddhists. It is considered to be a great gathering of the highest teachers. Kagyu Monlam in Bodh Gaya was preceded by several days of extensive Mahakala practice. The ceremony is being conducted at the premises of sacred Mahabodhi Temple. During the ceremony, Buddhist monks chant teachings of Lord Buddha under the sacred Bodhi tree. The prayers will conclude on January 05. Jan 4, 2015

Forest officials rescue injured elephant in West Bengal

Jalpaiguri, Jan 04 (ANI): The forest department in West Bengal rescued an injured elephant from mud pool. The veterinary surgeon started the treatment for elephant’s good health and said he is responding well despite injury on the left leg. The jumbo had got stuck in a pool of mud in a forest area in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on Friday morning. A non-governmental organisation (NGO) assisted the forest department in the rescue operation. Earlier people tried to pull the elephant out but in vain, after which, a crane and two domestic elephants were brought in. Villagers are increasingly encroaching on forest land, forcing the elephants to increasingly barge into villages, killing dozens of people each year, often trampling them to death. Jan 4, 2015

Patrolling intensified at border after ceasefire violations by Pakistan

Amritsar/ Kathua, Jan 04 (ANI): Paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) stepped up patrolling along the border in Punjab after Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire yet again. Officials said Pakistan resorted to heavy mortal shelling on several posts along the border since Friday (January 02) night. Meanwhile, Inspector General of the BSF Anil Paliwal assured extra vigilance at the border. Meanwhile, residents of border areas in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district migrated to safer areas after their villages came under attack. In the fresh attack, Pakistani Rangers targeted several BSF posts in Ramgarh town of Jammu district. Barota camp in Ramgarh sector also came under heavy mortar fire. Jan 4, 2015

PM Modi extends greetings on Eid Milad-Un-Nabi

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended his greetings on the occasion of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi. "Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. May the spirit of peace, harmony and compassion be strengthened in society," the Prime Minister tweeted. Eid Milad-Un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad is being celebrated in various parts of the country today. People decorated houses, shops, streets and markets to celebrate the birth anniversary of the prophet. Hundreds of people thronged Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar for nightlong prayers, amid chilling cold. Jan 4, 2015

AAP, BJP workers clash at Tughlakabad, five injured

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Five people were injured after members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clashed in Tughlakabad area following an aggressive debate in a TV news channel. Workers of both the parties pushed each other, pelted stones and abused each other using derogatory remarks. A car was set ablaze following the feud giving an ugly turn to the incident. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Meenakshi Lekhi said that the clash was a result of AAP's frustration. Meanwhile, AAP leader Ashutosh said that it is in BJP's nature to spread violence. Police had immediately cordoned off the area and rushed the injured persons to the hospital. Jan 4, 2015