Nawaz Sharif asks Obama to raise Kashmir issue during India visit, politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday reacted over Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's request to US President Barack Obama to take up the Kashmir issue with the Narendra Modi government when he travels to India in January next year. Sharif made the request when Obama telephoned him on Friday, informing him about his forthcoming India visit. Obama has accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to be the chief guest at Republic Day celebrations in January. Nov 22, 2014

Obama accepts Modi's invitation to be chief guest at Republic Day, politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday reacted over US President Barack Obama's forthcoming India visit. Obama has accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to be the chief guest at Republic Day celebrations in January. Obama will be the first United States president to be the guest of honour on the occasion, in a move that signals India-US ties are moving in the right direction following Modi's visit to Washington last month. Nov 22, 2014

JandK residents hope PM Modi to address issues of Indo- Pak relations and unemployment during his ra

Kishtwar, Nov 22 (ANI): Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election rally on Saturday, residents of Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir expected the Prime Minister to address certain burning issues like relationship with Pakistan and unemployment in the region. Residents were hopeful that Modi would talk about solving the long-standing dispute with neighbouring Pakistan with whom India has often shared crossfire. Modi is scheduled to address an election rally, with just three days left for the polling for the first phase of Assembly Elections. Meanwhile, other residents raised the matter of unemployment in the district and hoped Modi would take steps to resolve the problem by creating job opportunities. The Election Commission of India has already announced the dates for assembly elections in Kashmir. The polls will be held in five-phases, beginning on November 25 and ending on December 20. Nov 22, 2014

Team India departs for Australia to play four-test match series

Mumbai, Nov 22 (ANI): The 19-member Indian cricket team departed from Mumbai to play the upcoming Australia tour commencing from December 04 to January 06. Brisbane hosts the first of the four-test match series in which Virat Kohli will lead team India. Skipper and captain of Indian cricket team Mahendra Singh Dhoni, however, will take command of the team in the subsequent match which is scheduled for December 12 in Adelaide. In his absence, Naman Ojha and Wriddhiman Saha have been roped in as keepers. Nov 22, 2014

SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav thanks supporters for birthday wishes

Rampur, Nov 22 (ANI): Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's 75th birthday was celebrated amidst much fanfare and joy in Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh. Yadav cut a lavish cake in the presence of the party workers and also present at the event were senior party leader Azam Khan and state Chief Minister and his on Akhilesh Yadav. The sky was lit with fireworks as party workers rejoiced at the occasion. Yadav also thanked people for all the wishes. Earlier, the SP Chief also rode an imported Victorian- style 'buggy' in a rally. Thousands of supporters accompanied the 'buggy' carrying Mulayam Singh, Akhilesh Yadav besides Khan, as it proceeded towards the venue, Jauhar University. Nov 22, 2014

Maoist attack in Bastar: Seven CRPF personnel sustain injuries

Bastar, Nov 22 (ANI): Seven CRPF personnel sustained injuries in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh. Police said that a group of heavily-armed red rebels ambushed security personnel's team in Bastar district. He added that two paramilitary personnel are in critical condition. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since 1960s. Nov 22, 2014

Indians muck in for cleaner communities

India's government is urging all citizens to come together in a mass movement to clean the nation -- but will people heed the call? Duration: 02:39 Nov 22, 2014

Police arrest prime accused in kidnapping bid of Aurobindo Pharma's boss

Hyderabad, Nov 22 (ANI): Police arrested the prime accused in the shooting and kidnapping bid of generic drugmaker Aurobindo Pharma's vice president K Nityananda Reddy. Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy said that accused main motive was to extort money using fire arm. Aurobindo Pharma director and vice chairman K Nityananda Reddy was attacked by an unidentified man in the posh Banjara Hills area of Hyderabad on November 18. The accused has been identified as Obulesu, who joined as a constable in 1998. Obulesu armed with an AK-47 tried to kidnap Reddy from his car. Nov 22, 2014

Former Pak Foreign Minister says both countries were close to resolve Kashmir issue

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri has said that New Delhi and Islamabad were very close to framework an agreement on the Kashmir issue during previous Congress-led regime in 2008. Kasuri is in Delhi to participate in Track-II dialogue that also involves Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar. Kasuri said that 80-90 percent of the issue was resolved through back channel during Manmohan Singh government. Kasuri added that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz is in favour of peace process between the two nuclear armed neighbours. Nov 22, 2014