Politicos react as PM Narendra Modi comes second in list of 30 top-performing world leaders

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Politicos on Friday react as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was placed No 2, behind Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a list of 30 top-performing world leaders by a Japanese market research firm. The survey of more than 26,000 respondents, conducted this fall by Tokyo-based GMO Research rated Xi, Modi, and Merkel the top-performing world leaders, with scores of 7.5, 7.3, and 7.2 respectively on a scale of one to 10. While BJPandShiv Sena welcomed the same and said that it was natural that the world is recognizing Modi as world leader, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it is for Indian citizens to decide on performance of Modi. Dec 19, 2014
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Politicos react even as BJP denies Mamata's claims of engaging in vendetta politics

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday stated that the investigation in the Saradha chit-fund scam was being undertaken under the Supreme Court's jurisdiction and the Central government had no role to play in the case. The party further denied engaging in a political vendetta against the Trinamool Congress (TMC), as claimed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Other politicos from various parties also reacted on the issue. Dec 19, 2014

Sonia Gandhi admitted to hospital after respiratory infection, stable

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi was admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital after she complained of problems in breathing. Doctor Ajay Swaroop said that Gandhi was suffering from an infection in the lower respiratory tract. He added that her condition is stable and she is under observation. Dec 19, 2014
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Trade unions call for taxi strike in Kolkata

Kolkata, Dec 19 (ANI): Trade unions in Kolkata on Friday called for a 24-hour taxi strike over demands for a revised fare structure and improved working conditions. Meanwhile, daily commuters bore the brunt of the strike and were forced to seek other modes of transportation. Friday's strike is the tenth to occur in the West Bengal capital since August this year. Dec 19, 2014
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Cold wave continues to sweep northern India

New Delhi/Amritsar /Kanpur, Dec 19 (ANI): People in north India are grappling with the chilling cold with foggy weather paralyzing normal life over the past few days. The dip in mercury due to snowfall in the upper reaches has impacted northern states such as Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The cold wave has also forced people to stay indoors and keep themselves warm with bonfire. Dense fog was seen on Friday morning in New Delhi and Amritsar, making life difficult for the people. The cold is intensifying in the region as the temperature in the hilly areas has dipped into minus. Places like Kufri, Manali, Kullu and other tourist spots are witnessing minus temperatures for the last few days. The sub-zero level of temperature has led to freezing of water in the pipes in Shimla. Meanwhile, poor people in Kanpur alleged apathy by the administration which they say has failed to provide them facilities. Dec 19, 2014
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14-month-old boy dies after falling into borewell in Madhya Pradesh

Chhatarpur, Dec 19 (ANI): A 14-month-old boy, who got trapped after accidentally falling into a 100-feet deep borewell in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, was found dead after the end of the 36-hour massive operation on Thursday. The boy fell into the borewell on Wednesday at 8.50 pm. The borewell had been left open. The army joined the rescue operation initiated by the district administration. However, the child could not be saved. Police identified the child as Krishna, who was the only child of his parents. He was left alone near the borewell while her aunt went to the adjacent farmland to fetch vegetables. The woman heard her nephew crying in the pit dug for the borewell. She informed other family members and villagers who in turn informed the police. Four JCB machines were also pressed into service to rescue the child. A team of doctors was also rushed to the spot to help provide oxygen to the child through a pipe, said police. A parallel large hole was dug, but it was found that the path towards the borewell was full of stones severely affecting the rescue operations. Dec 19, 2014
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Italian troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan

Italian troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan as NATO winds up its combat mission. Some will remain to help train the Afghan army but there are concerns that more violence is on the way after foreign troops withdraw. Dec 19, 2014