Reactions pour in after HRD Minister Smriti Irani pays visit to astrologer

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Monday after HRD Minister Smriti Irani paid visit to an astrologer's home in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan. Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla reacting over Irani's visit said that astrology is a science and even she has faith in astrology. BJP leader Ram Madhav said that it is about one's personal faith and the issue should not be hyped. Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said that HRD Minister should herself decide whether she believes in science or astrology. Congress leader Anand Sharma refused to make a comment on the issue. Nov 24, 2014

Smriti Irani meets Astrologer who says she will become President of India one day

New Delhi/ Bhilwara, Nov 24 (ANI): Controversy cropped up after Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani met astrologer Nathulal Vyas in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan along with her husband Zubin Irani. Smriti spent around four hours with the astrologer asking about her future. The Rajasthan-based astrologer predicted that Irani would become the President of India after five years. Nathulal is the same astrologer who had, in the past, predicted a bright career and big post for Smriti in her political career. When asked on the purpose of her visit, Irani said that media should not interfere in her personal life. She said that if she leads to monetary gains and increase in TRPs for their channels, they can continue to "sensationalize her personal affairs." Nov 24, 2014

Political leaders express concern over China building first hydropower dam on Brahmaputra endangerin

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): Political leaders expressed concern after China announced that it has completed a major hydropower dam on the Brahmaputra, called Yarlung Zangbo, in Tibet, even as Minister of state for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju said that the matter is under knowledge of government. The dam is bound to enhance fears in India and Bangladesh about flash floods and related risks like landslides involving lives of millions of people downstream. India has repeatedly expressed concern about the dangers of damming the Brahmaputra. NCP, BJD and CPI all voiced their concerns on the matter and said that it should be taken up with the Chinese government and a solution should be planned out on the same. Nov 24, 2014

Have no differences with BJP, will raise issues of Maharashtra: Shiv Sena

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Monday that the party has no differences with BJP and it will support BJP leadership at the Centre. Raut added that Shiv Sena will raise issues pertaining to the farmers and common people of Maharashtra before the government. Nov 24, 2014

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day after political parties offer condolences to Murli Deora and others

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): Lok Sabha was adjourned on Monday after political leaders offer condolences and observed silence to pay tribute to Murli Deora and others who lost their lives after the previous parliament session. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said addressed the session and paid tribute to party leaders who lost their lives and also those who died in the recent natural disasters faced by different stated in India. The first day of winter session in both houses were said to get adjourned following the demise of Rajya Sabha member Murli Deora. The Winter Session will continue till December 23. Nov 24, 2014

Politicos react after TMC calls NSA Ajit Doval a 'RSS sympathiser'

Allahabad/Lucknow, Nov 24 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after Trinamool Congress called the National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval a 'RSS sympathiser' and said that Burdwan blast isd the gameplan of RSS and has been hatched at its headquarters. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh condemning TMC said that even PM Modi belongs to RSS and hence such remarks concerning RSS should not be made. CPI leader Atul Anjan, however, said that Ajit Doval has a communal perspective which is not right for the country. Nov 24, 2014

Won't unnecessarily raise voice against Insurance Bill: Mayawati

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): BSF Chief Mayawati on Monday said that her party won't raise voice against the Insurance bill unnecessarily in the Lok Sabha. Taking a dig at KC Tyagi, Mayawati said that Tyagi should speak for his party after KC Tyagi speculated that Mayawati led BSP would oppose the Insurance bill. Mayawati added that decision on Insurance bill will be taken after the reports of Select Committee are revealed. Nov 24, 2014

Political parties look forward to constructive Parliament winter session as they are set to take up

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): As winter session of the Parliament commences on Monday, political parties look forward to a constructive session and are all set to take up varied issues. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government is ready to discuss on any matter and they do not have conflicting attitude. Congress leader Manish Tewari talked about issues that the party is to take up in the session which includes black money among others. NCP leader Tariq Anwar hoped for a constructive session and said that party will coordinate but will debate on issues that won't be acceptable. Meanwhile, CPI leader Atul Anjan said that the party will take up issues of black money, inflation on back on which the BJP made promises to come to power. Nov 24, 2014

LGBT community protests in Bangalore, demands repeal of anti-gay law

Bangalore, Nov 24 (ANI): LGBT community protested in Bangalore demanding repeal of anti-homosexual law by the central government. Slogan-shouting and placards holding LGBT community members demanded equal rights for themselves from the government. The Supreme Court in December 2013 outraged activists when it reinstated a law against gay sex, following a four-year period of decriminalization, which had helped bring homosexuality into the open in India. Nov 24, 2014