Oppositions accuse BJP of taking credit for Indian fishermen release, BJP declines

New Delhi, Nov 21 (ANI): BJP leaders declined seeking any credit for the release of Indian fishermen from Sri Lanka after leaders of Opposition Parties accused them of doing so. Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the party doesn't run after the credit and is happy that the fishermen have been released. BJP leader Sambit Patra also expressed similar sentiments. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that the issue of release of fishermen was initiated by him. Nov 21, 2014

Reactions pour in after Azam Khan says Taj Mahal should be handed over to Waqf Board

New Delhi/Lucknow, Nov 21 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Friday after SP leader Azam Khan said that the income generated from the Taj Mahal should be handed over to Waqf Board since the monument is a mausoleum. Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Waqf Board should take care of their properties and Taj Mahal is the property of the country. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh taking a dig over Azam Khan said that Khan has not been able to take care of his own buffaloes, he won't be able to take care of Taj Mahal either. BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria slamming Azam Khan said that Khan has always been making controversial statements. However, Muslim Cleric Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali welcomed Azam Khan's statement and said that the demand is absolutely right. Nov 21, 2014

NC has not released its manifesto, they already know they will lose: BJP

New Delhi, Nov 21 (ANI): The BJP on Friday targeted the regional National Conference for delaying the release of its manifesto for the upcoming assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP claimed that the NC has already accepted its defeat and therefore it is not releasing its manifesto. Nov 21, 2014

HC says dastarbandi has no legal sanction, rules out stay on anointment of Jama Masjid's Shahi Imam

New Delhi, Nov 21(ANI): Delhi High court on Friday said that dastarbandi has no legal sanction whatsoever and ruled out any stay on anointment of Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid. The court ruled that dastarbandi is a private function and as the family is living there since much time, they don't need to be removed now. However, the petitioner in the case said that there is nothing called hereditary in Islam for the position of imam and a person like him, who has criminal cases going on, should not be allowed to continue. The decision of the court is of interim nature and the High Court will keep the case under consideration. The court also questioned why the Waqf board has not taken any action on the issue. Nov 21, 2014

UP gets decorated for SP Chief Mulayam Singh's 75th birthday celebrations

Lucknow/ Moradabad/ Rampur, Nov 21 (ANI): Samajwadi Party Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav will celebrate his 75th birthday on Friday in Rampur. Senior leader Azam Khan is in charge of the two-day celebrations which will begin on November 21 in Rampur. Elaborate arrangements are being made for the occasion which will also be attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Streets of Lucknow, Rampur and Moradabad were decorated for the celebrations. Khan has planned to get a towering "75-feet cake" and a horse-drawn buggy imported straight from London to celebrate the SP chief's birthday. Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak criticized the SP government in the state and said that spending government funds on birthday celebrations is condemnable and needs to be answered. Nov 21, 2014

Former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai meets PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Nov 21 (ANI): Former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, who is in India to attend a series of events, met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. On meeting Karzai, Modi congratulated him for enabling a successful political transition in Afghanistan and also for strengthening India-Afghanistan relations. India, added Modi, is committed to extend help to Afghanistan in becoming a prosperous nation. Meanwhile, Karzai said relations between India and Afghanistan are time-tested and acknowledged developmental steps taken by India in Afghanistan. Afghanistan, added Karzai, gave high priority to India in its foreign policy. Nov 21, 2014

Indian fishermen released from Sri Lanka return home, thank PM Modi

New Delhi/ Chennai, Nov 21 (ANI): The five Indian fishermen, who were on death row for charges of alleged drug trafficking, thanked the Modi government as they reached Chennai airport after Sri Lankan government freed them. The fishermen returned to Delhi airport on Thursday and thereafter left for Tamil Nadu. Sri Lanka on Wednesday had released the fishermen who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in 2011 on charges of smuggling drugs and on October 30, the Colombo High Court held them guilty of drug trafficking. The released fishermen - P Emerson, P Augustus, R Wilson, K Prasad and J Langlet - hail from Rameswaram coast of Tamil Nadu. R Wilson, another released fishermen, expressed gratitude towards the BJP government for securing their release and also thanked the Sri Lankan President for pardoning them. Nov 21, 2014