Police nab three Maoists in Jharkhand

Simdega, Jan 01 (ANI): Police arrested three Maoists belonging to People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a splinter group of the Communist party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), and seized cash and weapon-making equipments in Jharkhand. A black-coloured SUV car used by the accused was also seized. Police said PLFI was running an illegal weapon-making factory in Simdega district and the trio was taking the seized material there before being intercepted. Jan 1, 2015

Congress releases first list of 24 candidates for upcoming Delhi Assembly polls

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): The Congress party on Thursday released its first list of candidates for the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls. Prominent among the 24 names released are that of former Delhi minister Haroon Yusuf , who shall be contesting from Ballimaran; Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, who will contest from Gandhi Nagar; and Chaudhary Mateen Ahmed , who will stand from Seelampur. Dr. A K Walia will contest from Laxmi Nagar, while the Congress candidates from the Matiya Mahal and Uttam Nagar constituencies are Shoaib Iqbal and Mukesh Sharma respectively. Jan 1, 2015

Jitan Ram Manjhi says PK might be made tax-free

Patna, Jan 01 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said on Thursday that as suggested by the former state CM Nitish Kumar, the film 'PK' can be made tax-free in the state. Manjhi also said that the further formalities might take some more time to execute the decision. The Aamir Khan starrer movie has been made tax-free in Uttar Pradesh. Jan 1, 2015

Pakistan lodges protest against ceasefire violation, demands India to investigate

Islamabad, Jan 01 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam on Thursday said that Pakistan had summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner over ceasefire violation. Aslam said that Pak held strong protest over the incident handing over a protest note to India demanding the country to investigate the incident. She also added that Pakistan demands strict punishment for those who are responsible for ambushing Pak soldiers by calling them for white flag meet. Jan 1, 2015

Is Charlize Theron 'secretly' engaged to beau Sean Penn?

New Delhi Jan 1 (ANI): Charlize Theron and her boyfriend Sean Penn has secretly engaged on a trip to Paris in November, 2014. A source told a US Magazine that the duo decided to take their relationship to the next level. The new issue of the publication has revealed that Theron has accepted a proposal from Penn after dating for one year. The 39-year-old actress had earlier revealed that she wasn't afraid of long-term relationships. Jan 1, 2015

NDA is only for namesake, it is BJP govt: Vaiko

Chennai, Jan 01 (ANI): MDMK Chief Vaiko said that the NDA government is only for namesake it is actually ruled and governed completely by the BJP. He also said that there has not been any meeting of the NDA parties since the formation of BJP government at the centre like it used to be earlier. Jan 1, 2015

Jitan Ram Manjhi says PK might be made tax-free

Patna, Jan 01 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said on Thursday that as suggested by the former state CM Nitish Kumar, the film 'PK' can be made tax-free in the state. Manjhi also said that the further formalities might take some more time to execute the decision. The Aamir Khan starrer movie has been made tax-free in Uttar Pradesh. Jan 1, 2015

Pakistan lodges protest against ceasefire violation, demands India to investigate

Islamabad, Jan 01 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam on Thursday said that Pakistan had summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner over ceasefire violation. Aslam said that Pak held strong protest over the incident handing over a protest note to India demanding the country to investigate the incident. She also added that Pakistan demands strict punishment for those who are responsible for ambushing Pak soldiers by calling them for white flag meet. Jan 1, 2015

Congress releases first list of 24 candidates for upcoming Delhi Assembly polls

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): The Congress party on Thursday released its first list of candidates for the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls. Prominent among the 24 names released are that of former Delhi minister Haroon Yusuf , who shall be contesting from Ballimaran; Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, who will contest from Gandhi Nagar; and Chaudhary Mateen Ahmed , who will stand from Seelampur. Dr. A K Walia will contest from Laxmi Nagar, while the Congress candidates from the Matiya Mahal and Uttam Nagar constituencies are Shoaib Iqbal and Mukesh Sharma respectively. Jan 1, 2015

NDA is only for namesake, it is BJP govt: Vaiko

Chennai, Jan 01 (ANI): MDMK Chief Vaiko said that the NDA government is only for namesake it is actually ruled and governed completely by the BJP. He also said that there has not been any meeting of the NDA parties since the formation of BJP government at the centre like it used to be earlier. Jan 1, 2015

Centre faces criticism for changing name of Planning Commission to 'Niti Aayog'

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government on Thursday changed the name of the Planning Commission to 'Niti Aayog'. Congress leader Rashid Alvi and JD (U) leader Ali Anwar however, criticized the government for only changing the name of the body, instead of coming out with any new initiatives to take the nation forward economically. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav questioned whether changing the name will ensure justice and morality. Jan 1, 2015

N. Korea's Kim says open to 'highest-level' talks with South

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un proposes the "highest-level" talks with South Korea, opening the way to a historic summit as his communist country battles to fend off international prosecution over its dismal human rights record. Duration: 00:33 Jan 1, 2015

Kashmir's famed Dal lake freezes as temperature dips

Srinagar, Jan 01 (ANI): Kashmir continues to reel under extreme weather conditions leading to freezing of several water bodies, including the famed Dal Lake. The dip in temperatures is due to snowfall in the Himalayas and has adversely impacted the upper half of the country. The cold wave has also forced people to stay indoors. People in Srinagar city, who work outdoors, were seen sitting around bonfire to fight the chill on Thursday (January 01). Local boatmen also found it difficult to row their boats through the frozen Dal Lake. The Valley is witnessing the 40-day harshest winter period, known as Chillai-Kalan, which began on December 21. But the state has not received much snowfall as compared to last year even though temperatures continue to remain below freezing point in the valley. Locals say the delay in snowfall has led to spread of diseases.Located in the tropics, most of India witnesses a very hot summer and a largely temperate winter. Jan 1, 2015