GK Vasan quits Congress, launches new party

Chennai, Nov 03 (ANI): Former Congress leader in Tamil Nadu GK Vasan on Monday quit the party and is ready to launch his new own party. Vasan said that he is thankful to the Congress leadership for giving him and his cadre some important and responsible roles. Vasan said that the cadre was not satisfied with the party'[s approach to receive the goal which is why he had decided to quit Congress and launch a new party. He also added that the new party will try its best to gain public faith and work for the people. Nov 3, 2014

Delhi Elections: Reports of BJP wanting elections, LG calls all party meet

New Delhi, Nov 3 (ANI): In the latest development in events regarding government formation in Delhi the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has called for an all party meet to decide the further course of action. Following this, reportedly the BJP has also asked the LG that it is ready to go for polls in the capital city. BJP leader Parvesh Verma said that the party will tell its stand after the meeting with LG. BJP leader RP Singh said that BJP is ready for polls. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that the party is preparing for polls but no final decision has been taken yet. Meanwhile, opposition parties condemned BJP for playing politics over polls. Congress leaders JP Aggarwal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that BJP is playing hide and seek with the people of Delhi. AAP leader Dilip Pandey said that BJP should express its stand formally before the people. Nov 3, 2014

China troops enter land, water in Leh; politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 3 (ANI): Even as the Congress expressed concern and slammed the BJP government for its failure to stop repeated incursions by the Chinese army, the BJP has said that the government is very cautious about the border movements and there is no reason to feel threatened. Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently made a two-pronged simultaneous incursion reportedly by sending its troops into Indian waters in the Pangong lake as well as five km deep into Indian territory through the land route in the same area. Nov 3, 2014

Seven Indian soldiers held captive by Somali pirates for 4 years return to a grand welcome

Mumbai, Nov 03 (ANI): The seven Indian soldiers who remained in the captivity of Somali pirates for four years returned to their motherland to receive a warm welcome at the Mumbai airport. Somali pirates freed the seven Indian sailors in exchange for an undisclosed ransom on October 31. The sailors were held since the pirates hijacked the Panama-flagged ship MV Asphalt Venture in September 2010. Eight of their colleagues were freed by the pirates along with the ship in April 2011 for a ransom. Their captors said at the time that they would only release the seven sailors when their fellow Somali pirates held by Indian authorities were freed. It was not clear if their demand had been met. The seven sailors were given a grand welcome by the National Union of Seafarers of India in Mumbai. They were garlanded, held on shoulders and cheered on. Nov 3, 2014

Politicos condemn blast on Pak side of Wagah border

New Delhi, Nov 3 (ANI): Politicos on Monday condemned the Sunday evening's terror attack on Pakistan side of Wagah border, which has claimed at least 55 lives. According to reports, 110 people are injured in the explosion, which took place outside a restaurant on the Indo- Pak border, just after a daily ceremony when troops from both sides simultaneously lower the two nations' flags. The outlawed Jundullah and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) affiliated Jamaat-ul-Ahrar outfits have claimed responsibility for the blast. Nov 3, 2014

PM Narendra Modi condemns terror attack on Pakistan side of Wagah border

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned Sunday evening's terror attack on Pakistan side of the Wagah border, which has claimed at least 55 lives. PM Modi tweeted, "Terror attack in Pakistan near Wagah Border is shocking. I strongly condemn such a dastardly act of terrorism. My condolences to the families of the deceased. Prayers with the injured." According to reports, 110 people are injured in the explosion, which took place outside a restaurant on the Indo- Pak border, just after a daily ceremony when troops from both sides simultaneously lower the two nations' flags. The outlawed Jundullah and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) affiliated Jamaat-ul-Ahrar outfits have claimed responsibility for the blast. Meanwhile, deploring the incident Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar urged the international community to jointly fight terrorism. Nov 3, 2014

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visits RSS memorial, says it gives inspiration to work for nation

Mumbai, Nov 03 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday visited RSS memorial in Mumbai and said that the same gives him inspiration and motivation to work for the welfare of the nation. He said that he is a Swayamsevak and he was here to re-establish his pledge of working for the nation. Fadnavis also assured that he and his cabinet in the state will work in accordance with the principles and guidelines of the Indian Constitution. Nov 3, 2014

Azad Kashmir observes 'black day'

Muzaffarabad/ Geneva, Nov 03: October 22, 1947 - the day when Pakistani Pashtun tribes invaded the Kashmir Valley and created mayhem, is remembered as "Black Day". Kashmiris across the world use the day to protest the invasion of their homeland by Pakistan. In Muzzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir, a large number of nationalists gathered to raise their voices against illegal occupation by recalling the brutality of Pakistani troops. Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan were a part of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which was captured by the Pakistani Army disguised as tribesmen. At the Kishan-Ganga Bridge in Kotli, Kashmiri protesters lit candles as a tribute to those killed during the tribal invasion of 1947. They shouted slogans against Pakistan for illegally occupying their territory. Pakistan claims to champion the cause of Kashmiris, but ignores their plight in so-called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. Nov 3, 2014

Wagah border attack a serious internal security challenge, could have been on Indian side too: Secur

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): Security Expert Uday Bhaskar on Monday termed the suicide attack at Pakistan side of Wagah border as a serious internal security challenge for India. He said the fact that assailants can reach at such sensitive area says that proper vigil and increase in arrangements for security is required on both sides. He also pointed out at the possibility of India too being on the radar of such attacks. Bhaskar said that India would have to acquire the capacity for surveillance on both side of the border after the incident. At least 55 people lost their lives and several were left injured when an explosion took place on Pakistan side of Wagah border just after a daily ceremony when troops from both sides simultaneously lower the two nations' flags. Nov 3, 2014