Imam Bukhari invites Pak PM for son's anointment, ignores Modi

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Imam Bukhari has invited Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the occasion of his son's anointment as his successor but not Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Bukhari said on Thursday that it is his free will to decide who to invite for the occasion. He added that Modi has been given a clean chit by the Supreme Court in 2002 Gujarat riots but the Muslims of the country have not forgiven him. Further talking about the help Kashmiris received from PM Modi during floods, Bukhari said that Modi helped the entire Kashmir community irrespective of their religion and out of duty. Oct 30, 2014

Rajnath Singh appeals people to participate in 'Run for Unity' campaign tomorrow

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday appealed people of Delhi to participate in 'Run for Unity' campaign to be held tomorrow. The program is to take place on Friday to mark the birth anniversary of his idol Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to join 'Run for Unity' as part of a series of events planned for the day. Singh appealed people to join the same and make the program a success. Oct 30, 2014

Yasin Malik's supporters protest his arrest by police in Srinagar

Srinagar, Oct 30 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik's supporters protested against their leader's arrest on Thursday. Malik was reportedly leading a campaign to boycott assembly elections scheduled to be held in Jammu and Kashmir next month, for which he was taken into preventive custody today.The supporters even pelted stones at the police in the city's Maisuma area, after which the police resorted to firing of tear gas shells and a baton charge to disperse the mob.Malik was previously arrested earlier this month, ahead of Eid prayers at Abi Guzar near Lal Chowk while he was preparing to hold an anti-election protest. Oct 30, 2014

Speculations over alliance in Maharashtra remain intact

Mumbai/ New Delhi/ Kolkata, Oct 30 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said it was not concerned about any party's support to them while forming government in Maharashtra as its former ally warns it to form alliance with any other party. In its editorial mouthpiece, 'Saamna', Shiv Sena warned BJP of forming government in Maharashtra with the support of NCP. BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said they were fine with any party's support. The BJP announced name of Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister on Tuesday and will stake claim to form the government on Friday. However, NCP Leader Majid Memon rubbished any significance of the editorial. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister-designate Fadnavis, saying the state can expect good days, or 'acche din', cautioning them of accepting NCP's support. Oct 30, 2014

PM Modi appreciates leading citizens for participating in 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday lauded Bollywood mega star Amitabh Bachchan among others for participating in his pet project 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'. Modi took to twitter to appreciate the efforts of leading citizens for giving a boss to the Clean India Campaign. He twitted saying, "Who won't get inspired when @SrBachchan himself wields the broom and joins Swachh Bharat Mission! Very significant effort." The prime minister also retweeted Bachchan's tweets. Prime Minister Modi also lauded 35-year-old Laila Shah who wielded broom in the streets of violence-hit Trilokpuri area in Delhi. He tweeted, "Good effort by Laila Shah and her friends towards Clean India. Such efforts are a big strength for Swachh Bharat Mission!" The prime minister also praised hockey player Sardara Singh. "After the hockey stick, Sardara Singh scores with the broom! A great effort towards a Swachh Bharat", he tweeted. Oct 30, 2014

BJP leaders detained by police in West Bengal's Birbhum District

Birbhum, Oct 30 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders led by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi were detained on Thursday for defying prohibitory orders in Birbhum District. West Bengal Police later took all BJP leaders, including Kirti Azad in buses to ensure that no untoward incident takes place. They are expected to submit a report about the incident to the central leadership of the party. Earlier this week, three persons were reportedly killed and many injured, and at least five houses were set on fire when the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the BJP supporters fought a gun battle at Makra village in Birbhum District. Oct 30, 2014

Kashmir flood victims await assistance to rebuild homes

Rajouri, Oct 30 (ANI): People continue to live in makeshift tents and are demanding compensation from the government, a month after the worst floods in a century hit Jammu and Kashmir. A resident, Mohammad Kabir, said they were concerned about their safety, especially children, as winters were approaching. Kabir said the government should take immediate measures to rebuild their houses and ensure regular water and power supply. The victims also complained that the government was not paying any heed to their losses and not issuing compensation for the same. Meanwhile, another resident, Haji Mohammad Alam Khan, said due to floods in local Thana Mandi area, 13 people died and with the help of the army restoration work had started. Oct 30, 2014

Delhi government formation: Politicos react after SC supports Jung's effort

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Thursday after Supreme Court termed Lt Governor Najeeb Jung move to talk to all political parties on forming a government in Delhi as 'positive'. BJP leader Satish Upadhyay said that BJP welcomes the decision of the court. He added that after Jung takes a decision, the party will comment accordingly. AAP leader Ashutosh said that SC was right in calling Jung's move as 'positive' but Lt Governor Najeeb Jung should have taken this move much earlier. Oct 30, 2014