Threat of cyclone Hudhud halts train services in eastern coast

Visakhapatnam, Oct 11 (ANI): Indian Railways cancelled trains in the eastern coast on Saturday as Cyclone Hudhud approaches with the threat of widespread damage. Thirty seven trains originating from port city Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneshwar or going through either of them, were cancelled for Sunday, when the cyclone is set to hit. Thirty one trains will be diverted through other states. Cyclone Hudhud was about 470 km offshore on Friday, satellite images showed, and was expected to hit land around the key port city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday morning. It will also impact the neighbouring Odisha. Passengers are now scared to board trains. Help lines have been set up at various railway stations and emergency and controlling staff have been deployed to meet any contingency. The railways will also coordinate with the State Government and National Disaster Relief Force, if need be. The railways have also guaranteed speedy refunds for passengers whose trains have been cancelled or diverted. Oct 11, 2014

Political leaders laud Nobel Peace Prize Awardee Kailash Satyarthi

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday lauded Indian Child Rights Activist Kailash Satyarthi, who won Nobel Peace Prize, along with Pakistani teenaged activist Malala Yousafzai. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi saluted their efforts. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said it sent a message to India and Pakistan to observe peace. BJD leader Jay Panda urged co-citizens to join the movement to protect children’s right to education. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party sought the country’s highest civilian award for Satyarthi. Oct 11, 2014

Will create a new model of state development for Haryana after BJP wins by polls: Modi

Sirsa, Oct 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday while addressing a rally in Sirsa district of Haryana promised the people to create a new model of state development after BJP wins the upcoming assembly elections. Modi assured the people that under BJP's governance Haryana's development will take place which has been halted from the last 50 years. He added that BJP will emphasize on skill development of the youth to provide them with better opportunities of employment. Oct 11, 2014

Sonia addresses rally in Bhiwani, lashes out at BJP, INLD

Bhiwani, Oct 11 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday lashed out at the BJP and the INLD during a rally in Bhiwani, Haryana. Haryana with total 90 assembly seats and Maharashtra with total 288 assembly seats will go to assembly polls on October 15. Oct 11, 2014

NDA applauds 'Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana' even as Congress calls it a UPA policy

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): After Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 'Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana' on birth anniversary of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan, NDA leaders lauded the scheme even as Congress party termed it as a UPA policy. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the scheme will motivate farmers. Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that the scheme is welcome step and the development of village will lead to development of India. Congress leader Rajeev Shukla said that it should be made clear if the funds for development will be given by an MP alone and if that so, what will happen to central government's funds for the same. Party leader Rashid Alvi and Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the scheme is good but alleged that it is taken up from the UPA regime without even crediting the previous government. Oct 11, 2014

BS Hooda targets BJP and INLD during rally in Bhiwani

Bhiwani, Oct 11 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday attacked the Modi government and INLD chief OP Chautala while addressing a rally in Bhiwani, Haryana. Hooda said that after the BJP came to power at centre, the country has faced spiraling inflation. Oct 11, 2014

Amitabh Bachchan thanks fans for wishes on his birthday, says Aaradhya best gift to him

Mumbai, Oct 11 (ANI): Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Saturday thanked his fans for wishes on his 72nd birthday. He said that the day will be celebrated among family members in a very simple way as all the ladies in the house are on fast for 'Karwa Chauth'. Further, he said that grad-daughter Aaradhya is his best gift on his birthday. Big B who took blessings from parents before coming, also said that this is his daily routine and that his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan never liked 'western cakes' and so they now get cakes made of 'khoa', a dairy product and don't keep candles on them too. Bachchan also came forward to congratulate Nobel Peace Prize winners Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. Oct 11, 2014

Will surrender today if Court asks, BJP pressurizing CBI to frame me: OP Chautala

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): Following the order of events in INLD Chief Om Prakash Chautala's case, he said on Saturday that if the Court asks him to surrender today he will do so. Chautala said that he has not been given any directions by the Court not to attend or address any public gathering and blamed the BJP for pressurizing CBI to frame him. Chautala said that the BJP is on the verge of loosing elections in Haryana due to which it is trying to defame him. He added that INLD is sure to get 2-3rd majority in the state so it does not need support from any other political party. The INLD Chief was jailed in the JBT teachers' recruitment scam and is out on bail on grounds of bad health, after which he violated the bail norms by addressing public meetings. Oct 11, 2014

PM Modi pitches for village adoption by MPs under 'Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana' Part-2

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): PM Narendra Modi on Saturday pitched for village adoption by MPs under 'Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana'. Under this ambitious project, each MP would take the responsibility of developing physical and institutional infrastructure in three villages by 2019. The goal is to develop three model villages each by March 2019 of which one would be developed by 2016. Oct 11, 2014