Bangalore residents protest against proposed demolition of heritage building

Bangalore, Oct 26 (ANI): Residents of Bangalore protested against the state government on Sunday for its decision to demolish Balabrooie guest house, a 200-year-old historic building. The guest house is an over 150-year-old building located on Palace Road, a place known for housing various heritage buildings. The state government wants to demolish the guest house and also cut down the trees nearby to make way for a Legislators Club. Around 50 to 60 people including members of Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC) staged a silent protest outside the building. Oct 26, 2014

Bangladesh Book Fair thrown open to bibliophiles in Kolkata

Kolkata, Oct 26 (ANI): As a part of cultural cooperation programmes between India and Bangladesh, Bangladesh Book Fair kicked-off in Kolkata. The book fair, being held at Rabindra Sadan, was inaugurated by West Bengal's Education Minister Partho Chatterjee. Chatterjee said that an initiative was underway as a part of which poets from West Bengal and Bangladesh will collaborate to write a book. A visitor to the book fair, Shreyoshi Bandhopadhay, said such initiatives help bridge the gaps created by borders. The fair has been organised by Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata in collaboration with the country's Bureau of Export Promotion and Gyan O Srijonshil Prakashak Samiti and has 35 publications houses participating Oct 26, 2014

Goods train derails in Jharkhand

Latehar, Oct 26 (ANI): A goods train derailed in Jharkhand's Latehar district on Sunday after it collided with another train at the Barka Kana railway station. The last four compartments of the goods train were squashed due to the collision. This resulted in a lot of inconvenience for the commuters as several trains taking that route had to be delayed. No casualties have been reported so far. Further details are awaited. Oct 26, 2014

People of Delhi will not support riots: Arvind Kejriwal on Trilokpuri riots

Ghaziabad, Oct 26 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday while commenting on the Trilokpuri riots said that the people of Delhi will not support the riots. He added that people of India are peace-loving and will never support a communal conflict. Meanwhile, communal riot broke out in East Delhi's Trilokpuri locality after four people were shot during a clash between two communities on Saturday. Curfew was imposed in the area and 33 people were arrested by the police. Oct 26, 2014

Aam Aadmi Sena leaders protest outside residence of Arun Jaitley over black money

New Delhi, Oct 26 (ANI): Members of Aam Aadmi Sena protested outside the residence of Arun Jaitley on Sunday urging him to disclose the names of foreign bank account holders. Aam Aadmi Sena leader Shamsher Singh said that the money belongs the people and hence the government must reveal the name of the account holders. The BJP had set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to unearth "black money", after its first cabinet meeting. However, the government later claimed that not all information on the matter should be disclosed under double taxation avoidance agreement or DTAT. The hearing for the application submitted by the party to the Supreme Court of India has been set for October 28. Oct 26, 2014

Fishermen in Vizag reel under aftermath of cyclone Hudhud

Visakhapatnam, Oct 26 (ANI): The fishermen community in port city of Visakhapatnam seems to be worst affected by cyclone Hudhud as they have not been able to return to work after their fishing boats and other equipments were either lost or damaged. Cyclone Hudhud slammed into the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on October 12, tearing down tens of thousands of mud-and-thatch homes, and flattening rice, banana and sugarcane plantations. Meanwhile, a fisherman, Danayya, said that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is himself supervising the rehabilitation work. However, another fisherman, Aslam Khan, said the help offered by the government is not enough. On an average, 350 tonnes of fish is provided by the Visakhapatnam fishing harbour per day, of which nearly half is sold in Visakhapatnam itself. The remaining stock is exported to Tamil Nadu and Kerala where the fish varieties of Visakhapatnam are very popular. Oct 26, 2014

Unprovoked firing by Pak at border leaves Kashmir residents perturbed

Poonch, Akhnoor, Oct 26 (ANI): After a fresh incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan, people in Jammu and Kashmir said that they are perturbed by the constant firing across the international border and want things to return to normal. Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing in Balakot sector of Mendhar area in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district. The Indian troops guarding the border retaliated effectively. A social worker in Poonch district, Mohammad Zaban, said only a dialogue process can bring peaceful end to this issue. Meanwhile, chairperson of an organisation called Anjuman Jafaria, Iftaqar Ahmed Bazmi, hoped that unprovoked firing by Pakistan stops soon and peace prevails. Oct 26, 2014

Uddhav Thackeray not attending PM's high tea party as he is not MP: Shiv Sena

New Delhi, Oct 26 (ANI): Shiv Sena leader Krupal Tumane on Sunday said that Uddhav Thackeray is not attending Prime Minister's high tea party as the party is meant for MPs and he is not a Member of Parliament. He added that Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut and other Shiv Sena MPs are also attending the high tea. He further said that there is no bitterness between Shiv Sena and Bhartiya Janta Party. Oct 26, 2014

BS Hooda congratulates the new government in Haryana

New Delhi, Oct 26 (ANI): Congress leader and former Haryana Chief Minister BS Hooda congratulated the newly formed government of BJP in Haryana after ML Khattar took oath as 10th Chief Minister. Hooda hoped that the new government will maintain the speed of development brought by the Congress government in Haryana. He added that he was not invited to the oath ceremony of Chief Minister ML Khattar. Oct 26, 2014

102 Air India pilots found flying with lapsed licenses

New Delhi, Oct 26 (ANI): Air India has recently discovered that as many as 102 pilots of its wide body Boeing fleet have been flying without clearing a mandatory test that helps keep their licences valid and without which the same lapse. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had ordered Jet to remove its chief of training due to this serious lapse. Admitting the lapse of its training department, Air India wrote to DGCA saying that the route check of the 102 pilots was not done as per the required schedule that rendered their licences unfit for flying. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that strict action should be taken in the case. Oct 26, 2014

People in Ludhiana participate in walkathon to spread cancer awareness

Ludhiana, Oct 26 (ANI): A cancer awareness walkathon was organised in Ludhiana on Sunday to encourage people to undertake timely medical check-up to ascertain early detection of the disease. The walkathon, in its second year, is an initiative of a non-governmental organisation, Can Fight Cancer (CFC). Over 1000 people walked nearly 2.5 kilometres to show solidarity with cancer patients, cancer survivors, caregivers and medical professionals, who were also present among the crowd to make the event a success. Musical performances also enthralled the participants and caught the attention of more people. A member of CFC, Tarun Nayyar, said it is imperative to make people aware that cancer is curable. Oct 26, 2014

Rajnath Singh flags off 'run for oneness' in New Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 26 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday (October 26) flagged off a marathon in New Delhi, organised with an aim to spread message of oneness and harmony. Conducted by a charitable foundation, the marathon of around 8.4 kilometers was flagged off from National Stadium and more than 15,000 people aged 16 and above participated in the run, wearing white shirts and blue caps, symbolizing the message of peace. The theme for this year's run was 'smiles for miles and miles'. Singh flagged off the event along with Arjuna award winner Sunita Godara, 1992 Asian Marathon champion, who also holds a record for running maximum marathons by an Indian. The programme also featured a song and dance performance on the theme of oneness. Oct 26, 2014