BJP slams Mamata Banerjee for blaming govt on security in WB

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): The BJP on Saturday slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for blaming the Central government over security in the state. Post NIA's investigations, Banerjee's party TMC was being accused of supporting terrorism after which she trained guns at the BJP for putting a whole community in the dock. She said a crime should not be attributed to people judging by their religion. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that Banerjee is putting wrong blames on the Central government because now she and her government have been exposed. Also BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the West Bengal Chief Minister should take note that country's security should be given prime importance. Oct 18, 2014

Supporters gather before Jayalalitha's release from jail, Police tightens security

Bangalore, Oct 18 (ANI): AIADMK Supporters gathered outside the airport in Bangalore before the release of Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha from the jail. Bangalore's Police Commissioner MN Reddi said that security has been fully tightened along the route which Jayalalitha is expected to be brought out from jail. He added that they are not yet informed about the time by which she will be out of jail. Jayalalitha has been granted interim bail by the Supreme Court after being in jail for 20 days in disproportionate assets case. Oct 18, 2014

No minimum percentage of seats required for LoP: LS Secretariat

Mumbai, Oct 18 (ANI): In response to a Right to Information (RTI) query, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said that there is no minimum percentage of seats required for appointment of LoP in Lok Sabha. Few months back Congress' demand for Leader of Opposition's post was rejected by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Mumbai-based RTI activist Anil Galgali, had filed an application, seeking information on the compulsory minimum strength required for appointment of LoP. Oct 18, 2014

Politicos condemn Manjhi's 'chopping doctor's hands remark' even as JD (U) says statement misinterpr

New Delhi/ Patna, Oct 18 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday condemned Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's remark wherein he said that he will cop the hands of lax doctors playing with lives of poor patients. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that language used by Bihar CM is not acceptable and even undemocratic. Congress leader Rashid Alvi and PC Chacko said that such language is against the India's democratic structure and talks of mindset of Bihar CM. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that if doctors are not doing their duty, there are laws to punish them but statements like these are unfortunate. RJD leader Manoj Jha said that the ideas are positive but the way of expressing the same is totally undemocratic. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar came forward in defence of Manjhi and said that his statement is misinterpreted. Oct 18, 2014

Lyricist Santosh Anand alleges involvement of big wigs in sons suicide, demands CBI probe & securit

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Lyricist Santosh Anand on Saturday alleged involvement of powerful people and big wigs in his son, Sankalp Anand’s suicide case. He said that he has lost both son and daughter-in-law and demanded CBI enquiry and security for his family members. He also said that UP government will not take action in the case intentionally and also requested Prime Minsietr Narendra Modi to take stock of the situation and look into the case. Sankalp (38) and his wife Nandini Anand (34), who was based in Delhi jumped in front of a moving train and died on the spot while their daughter suffered serious injuries and has been admitted to a hospital. Oct 18, 2014

Multiple arrests as Hong Kong demonstrators retake protest camp

Riot police clashed violently with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong as demonstrators reoccupied a camp mostly cleared the previous day, leading to multiple arrests and jeopardising talks aimed at ending a political stalemate. Duration: 00:41 Oct 18, 2014

Politicos react as Pankaja Munde says becoming Maharashtra CM will be an honour

Mumbai/ New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Saturday after BJP MLA Pankaja Munde said that becoming Maharashtra chief minister will be an honour and she will be obliged with the same. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that it is true that BJP will win the elections but CM candidate will be decided by party's committee. Meanwhile, Congress leader PC Chacko and NCP's Tariq Anwar said that talking about being a chief minister of a state way before the declaration of results is not mature and BJP should avoid this. Chacko further said that it's interesting to see that a new politician is aspiring to be a chief minister. Oct 18, 2014

Manjhi takes a U turn on his 'chopping doctor's hands' remarks, says it was a Hindi proverb

Patna, Oct 18 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday took a U turn on his controversial statement wherein he said that he would chop off the hands of lax doctors if they found neglecting poor patients. Manjhi said that 'chopping off the hands' is a Hindi idiom and it means restricting ones rights. He added that his intentions were not to hurt the sentiments of the doctors but warn the lax doctors who fail to do their duties sincerely. Oct 18, 2014

Indian society must not be intolerant, have dedicated helpline and police force for northeastern peo

Gurgaon, Oct 18 (ANI): After the assault of three Nagaland youths in Gurgaon, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said that India is a democratic nation and that Indian society must not be intolerant. He said that hate crimes will not be tolerated and that government is Indian is working in all directions to ensure safety for northeastern people. Rijiju also said that the government has agreed to set up dedicated helpline and police force for the people from north east. Rijiju visited Gurgaon today to take stock of situation and met senior police officials of the area. A high-level meeting will be held on the issue which will discuss steps required to prevent such future instances. Rijiju further said that the central government has taken serious note of the matter and appropriate action will be taken and they will leave no stones unturned in the matter. Oct 18, 2014

Pakistan occupied Kashmir refugees in India welcome financial help

Poonch, Oct 18 (ANI): Refugees from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) lauded state government of Jammu and Kashmir for providing them with financial help of Rupees 9,096 crore with Rupees 25 lakh being distributed to each family. Nearly 36,000 families are presently registered as PoK refugees. A refugee from PoK, Gurmeet Singh, hailed the decision and said that financial aid will work as oxygen for downtrodden. Meanwhile, chairman of SOS International PoK Refugee Organisation, Rajeev Chunni, declined to accept the financial aid as one time settlement plan and questioned the government's intention in calling it as a final settlement. Oct 18, 2014

India launches Air Quality Index to monitor air quality

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): India has launched a new air quality index to help citizens understand complex pollution data and its implications for their health, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said. A World Health Organization (WHO) study of 1,600 cities released in May found New Delhi had the world's dirtiest air with an annual average of 153 micrograms of small particulates, known as PM2.5, per cubic metre. The new index, launched as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Clean India Mission', will provide one consolidated number after tracking eight pollutants and will use colour coding to describe associated health impacts. Currently, India's air quality status is reported through "voluminous data", the government said. This makes it difficult for people to understand particle names such as PM2.5 or PM10. Oct 18, 2014

Security tightened outside jail ahead of Jayalalitha's release

Bangalore, Oct 18 (ANI): AIADMK Chief and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalaithaa will be released from the Bangalore central jail this afternoon, after the Supreme Court granted her interim bail on medical grounds on Friday. Security has been tightened outside the Parappana Agrahara jail ahead of Jayalalithaa's release who was languishing in jail for the past 20 days after being held guilty in a disproportionate assets case. The police have also imposed restriction on the movement of people under section 144 in one kilometer radius around the Central Jail. A petition has also been moved in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to shift Jayalalithaa from Bangalore to the Chennai Central Prison. Oct 18, 2014

N Chandrababu Naidu assures to bring back normalcy in cyclone hit Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam, Oct 18 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu visited key port city of Visakhapatnam and asked people to keep patience as restoration work began after cyclone Hudhud left a trail of destruction in the region. Naidu walked on streets in Visakhapatnam and heard grievances of people. He said the state administration was doing everything possible to bring normalcy in the city. The city airport, which resumed services on Friday, had remained closed to commercial flights, after the roof of its main building was blown off by gusts of up to 195 kph. The full scale of the damage caused by cyclone is still not known. Oct 18, 2014