Assam Violence: Centre should have taken more steps to curb militancy in North East, says former CM

Rajkot, Dec 28 (ANI): Former Assam Chief Minister and Asom Gana Parishad President Prafulla Kumar Mahanta on Sunday while commenting on the recent attacks in Assam said that Central government should have taken tough measures to control militancy in North East region. He added that when Congress was in power in Assam, the problem had arisen and is still continuing. He further stated that he wished peace to prevail in the region. Dec 28, 2014

Reactions pour in after IIT-Delhi Director resigns alleging pressure from the government

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Sunday after Director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD) Raghunath K. Shevgaonkar resigned two years before the completion of his term. According to the media reports, the resignation came due to tremendous pressure from the ministry, which wanted to lend IIT ground to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for opening a cricket academy. IIT Alumni Association Secretary CK Jain said that it is very unfortunate that government is trying to take IIT under it. IIT Alumni Association former President Subodh Jindal requested the government to take the director’s resignation back. IIT Alumni Association President Ashok Kumar said that the whole IIT Delhi alumni are not happy with his resignation. Dec 28, 2014
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Reactions flow as govt asks Pak to hand over Dawood Ibrahim to India

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Political leaders and experts reacted on Sunday after Indian government asked the Pakistan government to hand over Dawood Ibrahim to India as he is the main accused in various terrorist attacks executed in India. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the government should not assume that Pakistan will hand over Dawood Ibrahim easily as it is partner to all crimes Ibrahim executed. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the Central government is in talks with Pakistan and it will surely take out a solution to all terrorist-related problems. Defence Expert Commodore (Retd) Ranjit B Rai said that Indian intelligence agencies have the information given to them by the American agencies but they are mostly unable to do anything because of lack of pressure. Security Expert SR Sinho said that if Dawood is handed over to India it will be helpful in solving majority terrorist-related problems of the country. Dec 28, 2014

Congress leaders feel proud as party marks 130th foundation day

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Congress party, led by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, marked its 130th foundation day on Sunday (December 28). Senior Congress party leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said winning or losing was a small thing against the sacrifices made by the creators of the party during independence. Janardan Dwivedi, also expressed proud to be a part of the party. Congress party president Sonia Gandhi unfurled a flag at party headquarters in New Delhi in presence of several senior leaders. Dec 28, 2014
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PM Modi named 'Person of the Year' by ToI, BJP welcomes

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been named as the 'Person of the Year' by Times of India. The news was welcomed by the BJP leaders. Party Spokesperson Sambit Patra said that it was a welcome decision and soon he will become the international person of the year due to his spreading influence. GVL Narasimha Rao said that PM Modi is becoming popular far and near due to his strong governance policies. Dec 28, 2014
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Political parties gear up for Delhi Elections as PM all set to kickstart campaigning on Jan 10

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Political parties geared up for elections in Delhi even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to kickstart campaigning for the party on January 10. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Modi will start campaigning and that BJP will surely come to power in the national capital. Congress leader JP Aggarwal said that the party is nowhere behind and is preparing for the assembly elections. AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal also geared up for the polls and said that Delhi is different from other states and there is no 'Modi wave' but 'AAP's wave' here. Dec 28, 2014
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IIT Delhi Director resigns alleging govt pressure, politicos condemn

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Political leaders condemned resignation of IIT-Delhi Director Raghunath K Shevgaonkar two years before the completion of his term. Accoring to reports, Shevgaonkar submitted his resignation alleging government pressure. He was unhappy with a proposal to set up a cricket academy of campus and, over payment of alleged dues to BJP leader and former IIT faculty Subramanian Swamy. Congress leader JP Aggarwal said that when a big personality like him has tendered his resignation, there would be pressure from government over the same. AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal said that government should avoid interfering with such educational institutions. Dec 28, 2014
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BJP and Congress in war of words after Rajnath says govt formation not possible in JandK without BJP

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): BJP and Congress engaged themselves in war of words after Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that a new government in JandK is not possible without the BJP. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that BJP's presence in the state government is not at all important but will prove to be negative for the state. Meanwhile, BJP supporting Singh's statement said that people have given a mandate in favour of BJP and the party respects the same. Sambit Patra said that the party has made clear that it is open for alliance with whichever party offering to come together. Dec 28, 2014
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Justin Bieber buys private jet for himself on Christmas

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Justin Bieber recently bought a private jet for himself this Christmas. The 'Baby' hit maker wished everyone a merry Christmas and posted a picture of his new private plane with its luxurious interior on Instagram, and captioned it as the new jet for Christmas , and it's beautiful, an online portal reported. The Canadian singer's plane comes with shiny paneled walls, cream-colored leather seats and gold pillows with other luxurious features. Dec 28, 2014