PM Modi wishes LK Advani on his birthday

New Delhi, Nov 08 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday wished senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani on his 87th birthday, saying his unparalleled intellect and insight make him one of the tallest personalities in public life. He tweeted, “Wishing Advani ji a very happy birthday. May he be blessed with long life & good health. His unparalleled intellect & insight make Advani ji one of the tallest personalities in public life. All of us have learnt a lot from him. PM Modi arrived at Advani’s residence in Delhi to seek the BJP veteran's blessings after he came back from Varanasi. Nov 8, 2014

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar tenders his resignation

New Delhi, Nov 08 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has tendered his resignation to take up the post of Union defence minister on Sunday. Parrikar faxed his resignation to Goa governor Mridula Sinha. Sinha is out of station and is likely to arrive in the state in the afternoon in time for the swearing-in ceremony of the new chief minister scheduled at 4:00 PM. The BJP legislative committee is set to meet at noon to decide on the new Goa chief minister and the new leader will be elected at 4:00 in the evening. Parrikar is scheduled to go to Delhi on Saturday evening after the new chief minister takes over the charge. Parrikar will also file his nomination on Monday for Rajya Sabha seat from Lucknow. Nov 8, 2014

Power project in Kashmir to resolve problem of electricity supply

Srinagar, Nov 08 (ANI): A micro power project is under construction in Jammu and Kashmir to resolve the problems of electricity supply and generate employment for the locals. A private company is investing into power project in Baramulla district by mobilising water resources of the Kashmir valley, which after completion would generate 8 MW of electricity supply to the adjoining villages. The residents welcomed the project which would resolve problems of power outages. Meanwhile, another resident Abdul Rashid said Kashmir is blessed with water bodies which is now being utilised by the private companies. Nov 8, 2014

Kailash Kher and Raju Srivastava on being nominated by PM for cleanliness drive

Mumbai, Nov 08 (ANI): Singer Kailash Kher and Stand up comedian Raju Srivastav are among the nine names which have been nominated by Prime Minister for the cleanliness drive. Kailash Kher said on Saturday that he is happy to become a part of cleanliness drive and vowed to make it a success on his part. Stand up Comedian Raju Srivastav said that he is honoured to be a part of cleanliness drive and said that he will spread awareness everywhere starting from Uttar Pradesh. Nov 8, 2014

BJP appreciates, Congress condemns Modis cleanliness drive in Varanasi

New Delhi, Nov 08 (ANI): The BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra on Saturday appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cleanliness drive saying that if the Prime Minister will indulge in cleanliness campaign in Varanasi, the nation will follow it as a revolution. Meanwhile, Congress leaders Manish Tewari and Rashid Alvi condemned it saying that BJP is just showing off by clicking pictures with brooms and cleaning River Ganges but actually Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not even look at all communities with one eye. Nov 8, 2014

Goa gave its first Cabinet Minister who will be sworn in tomorrow: BJP

Panaji, Nov 08 (ANI): BJP Spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said on Saturday that Goa has given its first Cabinet Minister and it is a great day for the state. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has tendered his resignation as the CM to the state Governor amid reports of his involvement in the Cabinet, reportedly becoming the Defence Minister. Rudy said that all decisions will be taken by the Parliamentary Board and Parrikar will be sworn in as the Cabinet Minister on Sunday. Nov 8, 2014

Bhutan friendly & important neighbour, says Naqvi

Thimphu, Nov 08 (ANI): BJP Spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who has accompanied President Pranab Mukherjee to his Bhutan visit, said on Saturday that Bhutan is an essential neighbour which has always been friendly and supportive to India. He also said that Bhutan also becomes essential in the context that Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Bhutan for his first international visit. Nov 8, 2014

Sonia & Rahul Gandhi congratulates Manmohan Singh on being bestowed with Japan's highest civilian ho

New Delhi, Nov 08 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday congratulated former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on being conferred with Japan’s highest civilian honour ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers’. Senior party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad were also present. Singh was offered with flowers and shawl in respect by the Congress leaders. The Japanese government headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday announced that it had conferred a rare civilian honour on Singh for enhancing ties between Asia’s second and third largest economies. Singh is the first Indian to be bestowed with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, which is a ‘high level National Order’, a statement from the Japanese embassy said. Nov 8, 2014

Power to be restored in Kashmir after days of restoration work

Poonch, Nov 08 (ANI): The power department of Jammu and Kashmir has started working on restoration work of power supply after the valley was destroyed in the recent floods. Hundreds of people were killed and thousands of villages were devastated by the worst flooding in decades in the Kashmir valley in September. Meanwhile, an executive engineer of Electricity Division in Poonch district, Mohammad Maqbool Nayak, said that one of the transformers in the area was damaged, which led to power crisis in the area. He further said they had borrowed power from Rajouri district and are working on installing another transformer to meet the requirements. He also added that the power supply in Poonch will be restored to 95 percent in another 10 to 15 days. Nov 8, 2014

Politicos react after P Chidambaram blames Manmohan Singh for 2G scam

New Delhi/Chennai, Nov 08 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday after Former finance minister P Chidambaram on Friday said that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should have cancelled the 2G licenses. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that in a way congress has accepted there mistake regarding 2G scam. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the cabinet should have taken the 2G spectrum allocation within its purview. However, DMK leader TKS Elangovan said that since there had been no loss in the 2G spectrum allocation, hence, there was no reason of cancelling the licenses. Nov 8, 2014

Cooperation with India wholesome and extensive, says Bhutan PM

Thimphu, Nov 08 (ANI): Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said his country’s development cooperation with India is unique as the two nations already share a close bond. Tobgay was addressing mediapersons after holding bilateral talks with President Pranab Mukherjee, who is on two-day official visit to Bhutan to further expand and strengthen bilateral and regional issues. Tobgay added three more MoUs would be signed between the two nations. Tobgay also expressed happiness at Indian President Mukherjee’s visit. Nov 8, 2014

BJP Parliamentary board meet ends, decisions on Goa CM & UP polls to be announced by 4:00 PM

New Delhi, Nov 08 (ANI): The BJP Parliamentary board meeting on Saturday took place in party’s headquarters in the national capital to discuss the induction of 10 new faces in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Union Cabinet including Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, about Goa legislative party’s leader and Rajya Sabha candidates from UP. After the meeting, party General Secretary JP Nadda said that the decision on the same will be taken by today evening and will be announced by 4:00 PM. Nov 8, 2014