Mamata says will keep up attack on NDA govt in Parliament, politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that Trinamool Congress will continue to protest against the BJP-led NDA government in Parliament over what it claims is the political vendetta unleashed against the party in connection with the Saradha scam. Bannerjee reached Delhi on Wednesday. Mamata is visiting Delhi to meet President Pranab Mukherjee, who recently underwent coronary angioplasty. She hit out the BJP for targeting her government over the Saradha chit-fund scam and alleged that there are many other scams worth thousands of crores of rupees but no arrests have been made so far. Dec 18, 2014

Gwalior judge sexual harassment: SC quashes MP HC probe panel CJI to constitute new probe panel

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday directed the removal of a senior judge accused of sexually harassing a woman judge in Madhya Pradesh from administrative and supervisory work. SC further stated that the panel appointed by the MP's Chief Justice to investigate the allegation was not correct and not in conformity with in-house procedure and asked the Chief Justice of India HL Dattu to set up a new panel to examine the sexual harassment charge against the judge. The woman judge had resigned after alleging that she was sexually harassed by a judge of Madhya Pradesh high court. Dec 18, 2014

Govt ready to move on with Amendment Bill on GST

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Union Cabinet is ready to move forward with clearing the Amendment Bill on GST. Minister of State in Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government is ready for discussion and debate over any issue of importance. BJP Spokesperson Nalin Kohli said that the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working well in benefit of the citizens. Dec 18, 2014

Militant encounter underway in Kupwara

Kupwara, Dec 18 (ANI): One militant has been killed an ongoing encounter in the Silkot area of the Kupwara region of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. According to reports, one jawan has also been injured in the battle. Further details of encounter are still awaited. Thursday is the final day for campaigning for the ongoing legislative assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Dec 18, 2014

PM Modi congratulates ISRO for successful launch of GSLV Mk-III

Shriharikota, Dec 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO on the successful liftoff of India's heaviest rocket on Thursday. PM tweeted "Successful launch of GSLV Mk-III is yet another triumph of brilliance and hardwork of our scientists,Congrats to ISRO for the efforts."Meanwhile, Chairman of ISRO K Radhakrishnan congratulated his team for their hard work. Dec 18, 2014

ISRO launches country's heaviest rocket GSLV Mk-III

Sriharikota, Dec 18 (ANI): Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the country's most powerful and heaviest rocket GSLV Mk-III on Thursday morning. The rocket was lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota right at its scheduled time. If successful, this mission will take India a step closer towards the much-delayed human spaceflight programme. Weighing 640 tonne, the three-stage rocket with two S-200 solid boosters, stated to be the second largest in the world liquid and cryogenic stage, is nearly 50% heavier than the existing Geo Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV). While the rocket cost ISRO Rs140 crore, the crew module has taken another Rs15 crore. The GSLV-Mk III would carry the 3.65 tonne crew module even as the national space agency is equipping itself for its plan of sending astronauts into space eventually. A series of measures, like checking the crew module, were performed before the liftoff. Dec 18, 2014