Politicos react as CJI RM Lodha says special courts cannot be created for leaders

New Delhi, Aug 2 (ANI): Chief Justice of India RM Lodha asked the government to take urgent steps to speed up the criminal justice system as a whole, instead of seeking to hasten cases in just some categories. It was his first reaction to a recent government suggestion that litigation against legislators should be fast-tracked. Aug 2, 2014

Politicos slam Shiv Sena for supporting rape accused DIG Sunil Paraskar

New Delhi, Aug 02 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday condemned the Shiv Sena for supporting rape accused DIG Sunil Paraskar. Shiv Sena mouthpiece "Saamana" known for blunt comments came out in support Paraskar saying that the allegations against him are motivated. It also said that accusing men of rape is a trend. Aug 2, 2014

Politicos react as Jagmeet Brar says Sonia and Rahul should take 2 years break

New Delhi, Aug 02 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday reacted after Congress party leader Jagmeet Brar said that the central leadership including Sonia and Rahul Gandhi should take 2-years break. Manish Tewari said that Congress sure had a defeat in the LS polls but this is the time to remain unified and against the communal forces. NCP leader Majid Memon said that the party should speculate on reasons of its defeat. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh also said that everyone now wants “Gandhi free Congress”. CPI leader Atul Anjan also slammed the Congress leadership. Aug 2, 2014

Separatists hindering Kausar Naag pilgrimage at behest of JandK govt: NPP

New Delhi, Aug 02 (ANI): As Kashmir remained shut against Kausar Naag pilgrimage on the call of Syed Ali Geelani, National Panthers Party Chairman Bhim Singh said that the separatists are hindering the same at the behest of the state government. He said that no Muslim in the valley have ever protested such religious pilgrimage like Kausar Naag yatra or the Amarnath yatra, but the separatists get one or other reason to create problems. Aug 2, 2014

NSUI members protest over CSAT exam outside Rajnath Singhs residence

New Delhi, Aug 02 (ANI): Members of the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) on Saturday staged protest outside Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence in the national capital over the Union Public Service Commission CSAT examination row. The protesters shouted slogans against Singh and also demanded his resignation. The agitated protesters were later detained by the police and were ruthlessly taken away in a bus and were also beaten up. Earlier, in a setback to the struggling UPSC aspirants, the Arvind Verma committee report submitted to the government has recommended that no change should be made in the CSAT as it is a scientifically formed exam and shouldn't be tinkered with. Aug 2, 2014

How Long will Modi's US Honeymoon Last?

Judging by the reactions in Washington and rest of the United States, it appears that the US foreign policy establishment, the business community and the media have extended that ritualistic honeymoon period to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Aug 2, 2014

Three Maoists nabbed in Jharkhand

Gumla, Aug 02 (ANI): Three Maoists were arrested by police in Gumla district of Jharkhand. The Maoists, belonging to rebel outfit People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), were nabbed in Murmekhla forest area under the Gumla police station limits. Superintendent of Police, Gumla district, Bhim Sen Tuti, said the operation took place after they received secret information from the villagers. The police also recovered three country-made rifles from the house of a resident in that area. Aug 2, 2014

Nagpur students send Rakhis to soldiers ahead of Raksha Bandhan

Nagpur, Aug 02 (ANI): School children from Maharashtra made attractive designer Rakhis for soldiers deployed on the nation's borders ahead of Raksha Bandhan. A Rakhi is the symbolic holy thread which a sister ties ceremoniously on the wrist of her brother as a mark of the revered bondage between them. To express the same, the students of Prahar Military School in Nagpur sent packages of handmade Rakhis to the various soldiers guarding the border. The Chief Guest at the event was Deputy Commandant Army Postal Services Kamptee, Lt. Col. SB Singh. Students tied Rakhis on Singh’s hand to show their respect and gratitude towards the Army. Singh expressed his joy and gratitude at this gesture. The Rakhis were handmade by the students of the school. The Prahar Institution and Prahar Military school have sent around 20,000 Rakhis to the Army this year. Aug 2, 2014

Natwar Singh hits back at Congress, says party also mentioned in Volcker report

New Delhi, Aug 02 (ANI): Hitting back at Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s allegation on K Natwar Singh of accepting "kickbacks" on the United Nation's oil-for-food programme, Singh said that the party too was involved. He said that the Congress was itself mentioned in the Volcker report as a non-contractual beneficiary. He also said that Singhvi might have forgotten about the video wherein he was found in a compromised position. Singh further attacked at the Congress party and its central leadership. Aug 2, 2014

Army launches clean up operation at Tosa Maidan to clear littered shells

Budgam, Aug 02 (ANI): The Indian Army addressed a news conference to shed light over a number of issues faced by them in Tosa Maidan, a picturesque place used by the army for artillery exercise in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Tosa Maidan, famous for its meadows, was leased to Indian Army for 50 years for setting up an artillery firing range in 1964. With the lease about to be over, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army's Strategic Chinar Corps, Subrata Saha, said the plans to extend it are doing rounds and they have also launched a clean-up operation at the firing range. The operation is expected to take at least three months. Aug 2, 2014

Kerala Tourism, UNESCO sign MoU for promoting Spice Route heritage

Kochi, Aug 02 (ANI): The tourism industry of Kerala signed an agreement with UNESCO to begin a historic cooperation between the two bodies to promote and protect the Spice Route Heritage. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Secretary of Kerala Tourism, Suman Billa, and Director and UNESCO representative to India, Shigeru Aoyagi, in the presence of the state tourism minister, AP Anil Kumar and Deputy Chairman of Kerala State Planning Board, KM Chandrasekhar. The MoU seeks to formalize a framework of cooperation in the areas of cultural heritage protection and promotion of spice tourism in the state. Aug 2, 2014

Kashmir observes shutdown against Kausar Naag pilgrimage

Srinagar, Aug 02 (ANI): Shops remained closed and vehicles were off the road in Srinagar city on Saturday, as separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani gave a call for complete shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir to protest declaration of Hindu pilgrimage to a revered temple. Security personnel were patrolling the streets to prevent any untoward incident. Geelani, chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (G), claimed that the state government’s move to declare the ecologically-fragile Kausar Naag lake for annual pilgrimage would have disastrous consequences on the environment and water resources. He said the area was a very important source of drinking water for millions of people and also irrigates millions of acres of agricultural land. Kashmir is considered as one of the best tourism destinations in the country with the hospitality of the valley well-known that adds to the popularity of the tourism sector. Aug 2, 2014