Politicos condemn explosion in Kolkata

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday (November 11) condemned the deteriorating security in Kolkata city following an explosion near the office of federal counter-terror intelligence agency. A senior police official investigating the incident said no trace of explosive had been found in the area near the National Investigation Agency (NIA) office in the city. An interior ministry official had said according to preliminary information nobody had been injured. The official, who did not wish to be named, said the ministry planned to send a team from Delhi to investigate the matter. Newly-appointed Minister of State for parliamentary affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, called the incident unfortunate. Congress leader Rashid Alvi, demanded a thorough investigation in the case. NCP leader Majid Memon also called it a cowardly act. Nov 11, 2014

Suicide bomber kills 48 students in Nigeria

Nigeria, Nov 11 (ANI): A suicide bomber dressed as a student killed at least 48 people, most of them students, and injured 79 others at a school assembly in the northeastern Nigerian town of Potiskum. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Yobe State, a territory close to the stronghold of Sunni Muslim Boko Haram militants, who have staged a five-year insurgency. Angry locals had blocked access to the school and an adjoining hospital, preventing security forces from getting close to the site of the explosion. Boko Haram has intensified its attacks since the Nigerian government announced a ceasefire agreement last month as well as the imminent release of more than 200 school girls kidnapped by the group. Boko Haram's leader denied a ceasefire deal had been reached and the school girls have not been set free. Nov 11, 2014

AMU's women's wing appeals for safety measures instead of restrictions

Aligarh, Nov 11 (ANI): Aligarh Muslim University's (AMU) Women's College Students Union President Gulfiza Khan said on Tuesday that instead of imposing restrictions on girls, the college authorities should introduce safety measures. University's vice chancellor Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah has rejected the demand of students of Women's College for access to the organization's Maulana Azad Library. He said that if girls were permitted in, there would be "four times more boys" in the library. In a bid to justify his order, the VC said that the issue is not of discipline, but of space as the library is packed. Nov 11, 2014

Sickness stalks India village with toxic water

Hundreds of residents in villages along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab are suffering from blindness and pre-natal deformities, ailments they believe are caused by groundwater contaminated with untreated industrial waste. Duration: 02:28 Nov 11, 2014

PM Modi pays tributes to Abul Kalam Azad and Acharya Kripalani on their birth anniversary

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tribute to Acharya Jivatram Bhagwandas Kripalani as well as freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on their birth anniversary. Modi tweeted, "Scholar, freedom fighter and a man who devoted his life towards nation building, I salute Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his birth anniversary". Azad was one of the tallest national leaders of his time and promoted the cause of Hindu Muslim unity as well as secularism and socialism. His contribution to laying the foundation of education in independent India is recognised by celebrating his birthday as "National Education Day" across India. The prime minister also paid tribute to Acharya Kripalani. "Tributes to Acharya Kripalani on his birth anniversary. His ideals and strong commitment to serve the poor continue to inspire," he added. Nov 11, 2014

Former Law Minister HR Bhardwaj attacks Chidambaram over 2G Scam, Politicos React

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): Former Law Minister Hans Raj Bhardwaj accused former Finance Minister P Chidambaram for "not doing enough to stop the 2G scam". He said that Manmohan Singh was one of the most honest leaders India had and that it was not him but Chidambaram who was at fault in the case. Reacting on the same, Congress leader PC Chacko said that although Chidambaram was not involved in the case, but it was not fair on his part to blame Manmohan Singh as the responsibility of the scam was on Chidambaram himself. NCP leader Majid Memon said that the former Finance minister should have worked with responsibility when he was in power. Meanwhile, BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said that this blame game in Congress is taking place to come to greener pastures of politics by blaming their own senior leaders. Nov 11, 2014

Charitable group thrills orphan children with screening of 'Happy New Year'

Surat, Nov 11 (ANI): Orphan children had a gala time as a charitable group treated them to breakfast and a screening of their super hero Shah Rukh Khan's movie 'Happy New Year' in a multiplex in Gujarat. More than 500 orphans enjoyed the special screening of the action comedy-drama in Surat city. Legislator of BJP, Darshana Jardosh was present during the screening. Meanwhile, an orphan boy, Bhargav Mevawala said that they look forward to these film screenings of their favourite stars. Two screens were booked especially for these children who have a very few such occasions of joy. Nov 11, 2014

SC dismisses AAP's plea for holding polls in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): In a major blow to AAP, the Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected its plea over the dissolution of the Delhi Assembly and calling of fresh elections in the capital. Passing its order on the AAP's plea, the apex court said that it is very pleased with the developments in the national capital and stressed that it is the job of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to make arrangements for fresh elections in the state. The order was passed by the Constitution Bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu. Nov 11, 2014