Restoration work on in flood-hit Kedarnath

Kedarnath, Dec 30 (ANI): Work is in full swing in temple town of Kedarnath, the epicentre of the worst flooding across Uttarakhand last year, which killed at least 6,000 people. The state authorities have approved a reconstruction and rehabilitation plan for Kedarnath, one of the holiest shrines of the Hindus. It is banking on the recommendations of the Geological Survey of India for planning reconstruction and rehabilitation work at Kedarnath. The institute is also building a helipad of 150 metres by 50 metres, the biggest in the town, to enable Indian Air Force's Mi-26 choppers to carry construction materials and equipments at the sites. But the weather plays truant with construction work gets hampered by the dipping temperatures. It has been decided not to allow any construction activity around the temple, which bore the brunt of the floods. Dec 30, 2014

Five Maoists surrender in Chhattisgarh

Bijapur / Palamu, Dec 30 (ANI): Five Maoists, including two women, surrendered before the police in Chhattisgarh. High-handedness by top brass Maoists, discriminatory treatment, exploitation of women and taking away of their property by troubling villagers have been told as primary reasons behind the move, besides state government's rehabilitation policy for the surrendered Maoists. The women Maoists had a bounty of rupees two lakh each on them. The police have given rupees five thousand to each of the surrendered militant as reward money. Meanwhile, in Palamu district of Jharkhand, police arrested a Maoist of Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad after receiving secret information. He has been booked under several cases, extortion being one of them. As per the police, he had threatened a hospital superintendent for extortion after which he was nabbed as per the laid plan. Dec 30, 2014

Intense cold wave, dense fog delays trains in north India

New Delhi/Lucknow / Shimla, Dec 30 (ANI): Massive blanket of fog disrupted train services in many parts of north India on Tuesday, giving hard time to passengers as trains were cancelled or delayed. People in New Delhi woke up to a chilly morning as temperature was recorded at 4 degrees Celsius, forcing people to stay indoors and sit around bonfire to stay warm. As the visibility dropped to below 50 metres in the morning, many trains were also rescheduled. Dense fog crippled life in Lucknow too and rail traffic was also badly hit. More than 20 people have died due to extreme cold in Uttar Pradesh. Homeless people are the worst hit. Cold wave conditions continued unabated in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday as the high altitude areas reeled under arctic conditions. Dec 30, 2014

CBI court gives clean chit to Amit Shah; politico

New Delhi, Dec 30 (ANI): Mixed reactions poured in after a special CBI court gave clean chit to BJP president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. Shah had sought a discharge in the case saying he was being targeted by his political rivals. Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were allegedly kidnapped by Gujarat's anti-terrorism Squad in November 2005 and killed in a fake encounter at a time when Shah was the Home Minister in Gujarat. Following this, Sohrabuddin's brother, Rubabuddin, had filed a complaint that his brother was killed in a fake encounter. Rubabuddin has now said that he will move the high court against the CBI courts verdict. Dec 30, 2014

Salman faces flak for supporting Rajapaksa's election campaign

New Delhi/ Chennai, Dec 30 (ANI): Bollywood actor Salman Khan faced flak from political leaders in India for allegedly supporting Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa in elections. According to reports, Khan has agreed to campaign for Rajapaksa in elections to be held in Srilanka next month. DMK's TKS Elangovan said that it is highly condemnable that Salman Khan going to campaign for Rajapaksa. Dec 30, 2014

Kiren Rijiju applauds BS Bassi for facilitating induction of more northeast officers in Delhi police

New Delhi, Dec 30 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday applauded Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi for facilitating induction of more northeast officers in Delhi police force. Rijiju along with Home Ministry officials visited the Delhi Police headquarters and discussed problems of the northeast people with senior police officers. Rijiju has decided to enhance the number of officers from the northeast in Delhi Police. He is also likely to write a letter to all northeastern states to encourage their youth to join Delhi Police. Dec 30, 2014

Politicos welcome PDP's suggestion of 'grand alliance' with Congress and NC in JandK, BJP calls it f

New Delhi, Dec 30 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday welcomed the PDP's suggestion of a 'grand alliance' in Jammu and Kashmir with National Conference (NC) and the Congress. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that this is the only option for development of the state. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that it is good for JandK that all secular parties cam together to form government. Regional parties too welcomed the alliance. Meanwhile, BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said that any attempt to form a government in the Jammu and Kashmir without its inclusion will be a travesty of the mandate given by the people of the state. Calling it a farce, Rao said that BJP is keen to form the government and fulfill its promise of development in the state. Dec 30, 2014