Tokyo, Dec 14 (ANI): Voters in Japan headed for polling stations across the nation on Sunday in an election. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was said to claim a fresh mandate for economic policies. Voting, which began early in the morning has been cast as a referendum on his "Abenomics" strategy to end deflation and generate growth but some voters were dubious about the need to have elections so soon after the last one.
Abe returned to power for a rare second term as premier in 2012 pledging to reboot Japan's economy, plagued by deflation and an ageing, shrinking population. But hopes for his "Three Arrows" of hyper-easy monetary policy, government spending and reforms such as deregulation were tarnished after the economy slipped into recession in the third quarter following an April sales tax rise. Recent data suggest any rebound is fragile and people are not feeling any of the benefits.Dec 14, 2014
New Delhi/Kanpur, Dec 14 (ANI): Cold weather conditions intensified in New Delhi on Sunday after light rains occurred in some parts of the city a day earlier and mercury dipped further due to fresh snowfall and rainfall in upper regions. The cold wave has added to the troubles of daily wage labourers and homeless people as they have no alternative to fight the chill and earn their living. Chilly winds have also forced people in New Delhi to stay indoors within the warmer confines of their house. Indian Meteorological Department, had said that the cold conditions will prevail in northern India, bringing maximum temperatures below normal. Meanwhile, poor visibility due to dense fog has affected passengers as trains are running behind schedule in Kanpur.Dec 14, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 14 (ANI): Political leaders react on Sunday as TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee said that if photos are considered as proof, then Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be arrested too. Rejecting the demand for sacking Transport Minister Madan Mitra arrested in Saradha scam case, Banerjee stepped up her attack on Modi saying that he should be arrested too. BJP leader Kirti Azad said that Banerjee has the option to move the court rather than defaming the CBI and central government. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that said that the CBI should work to prove its fairness. NCP leader Majid Memon said that there is no sense of such statements. CPI leader Atul Anjan and RJD's Manoj Jha also said that Banerjee should refrain from making such statements.Dec 14, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 14 (ANI): Politicos condemned Pakistan hockey team for disgracing the game as they made obscene gestures towards Indian fans and media after their win over India. Soon after their 4-3 win, Pakistani players went into a frenzy mode and started celebrating their victory in a wild fashion. BJP leader Kirti Azad said that this was a shame and the International Hockey Federation should take action over the same. NCP leader Majid Memon said that Pakistan players should maintain patience as the same is giving a wrong message to public. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar termed them as undisciplined. RJD leader Manoj Jha said that it was shame and that the Pakistani people may not have liked the same too.Dec 14, 2014
Shimla, Dec 14 (ANI): Residents and tourists in Himachal Pradesh welcomed the fresh spell of snowfall with much delight on Sunday (December 14). Heavy snowfall was seen in the hill towns of Manali and Shimla which are popular tourist destinations for Indians and foreigners alike. A resident of Shimla, Gulzar Ahmed, who works as a porter, welcomed snowfall as it will bring business to the city. Tourists were seen enjoying the snowfall and throwing snowballs on each other. A tourist from Punjab, Dimple Goyal, said the place looks heaven due to white sheet of snow everywhere. Located in the tropics, most of the northern India witnesses very hot summers and largely temperate winters. Minimum temperatures even dropped to sub-zero level in higher altitudes in Jammu and Kashmir.Dec 14, 2014
Srinagar, Dec14 (ANI): Residents of Jammu and Kashmir held a protest on Sunday (December 14) for not being allowed to cast their vote after being asked to show their identification card which they lost in the recent floods. The fourth phase of polling is taking place in 18 constituencies of the state including the main cities of Srinagar and Jammu as residents brave the cold to come out and vote for change and development.
A voter said that even after showing the slip, they are not allowed to vote. Hundreds of people were killed and thousands of villages were devastated, including Srinagar, in September by the worst flooding in decades in the Kashmir valley. Meanwhile, a planning officer, Masood Ahmad Khan said that they are just following the instructions given by the election commission. The voters were showing the slips that they had been given before the elections and were very angry for not being allowed to vote.Dec 14, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stated that the declaration of June 21 as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations was a matter of pride for India. PM Modi was addressing his third 'Mann Ki Baat' on All India Radio. Modi even applauded the Blind Indian Cricket Team for their victory and appealed the youth to visit the northeast if they want to see the beauty of the nature.Dec 14, 2014
Lucknow/Chandigarh/Patna, Dec 14 (ANI): Common man was in all praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he addressed the nation on the issue of drug menace through the radio programme 'Mann ki baat' on Sunday morning. People praised Modi for urging the youth to give up the habit of taking drugs and for advising the parents on how to save their children from the hazard of drugs.Dec 14, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 14 (ANI): Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi visited the Rajghat in New Delhi on Sunday to pay his homage to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. The child rights activist laid a wreath and paid floral tributes at the Rajghat.Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 at a ceremony in Oslo earlier this week for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.Dec 14, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 14 (ANI): A lounge dedicated entirely to Bollywood is rare in New Delhi and the newly opened Cinema Lounge in the capital definitely fills the gap. The Bollywood inspired club that was recently inaugurated in a posh market of South Delhi is divided into three levels and equipped with a projector screen that will showcase legendary Bollywood movies and sports matches. Spotted at the inauguration were Bollywood actors Rahul Dev and Richa Chadda.Dec 14, 2014
New Delhi, Dec 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sought to warn the nation's youth against the menace of drugs, saying 'darkness, destruction and devastation' are the 3Ds of drugs. PM Modi was addressing his third 'Mann Ki Baat' on All India Radio. Urging the youth to give up this habit, he emphasized that drugs, not addicts, were the problem. The Prime Minister also had a word of advice for parents on how to save their children from the hazard of drugs. The Prime Minister also called for a "Drug Free India" Movement on the social media and stressed on the need to spread more awareness on the issue.Dec 14, 2014