Christians in Kochi hail sainthood conferred on Carmelite priest, nun

Kochi, Nov 30 (ANI): Over 50,000 people throng Kerala for Thanksgiving Mass to commemorate the sainthood conferred on the Carmelites, priest Chavara Elias Kuriakose and nun Euphrasia Eluvathingal, by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City. Followers of the faith flocked at Rajagiri Valley in Kerala to celebrate the public function. Pope Francis conferred sainthood on two Indians and four Italians on November 23, saying their "creative" commitment to assisting the poor had laid a path for others to follow. Apostolic Nuncio of India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, who inaugurated the public meeting, praised the Kerala Church for its significant role in evangelisation. Nov 30, 2014

Uttarakhand CM urges Modi govt to release funds for Clean Ganges mission

Rishikesh, Nov 30 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has demanded quick release of funds from the central government with the aim to expedite the country's ambitious project of clean Ganges mission. Rawat inaugurated the two-day WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) Summit on Saturday, on the banks of River Ganga to lay emphasis on the cleanliness drive. Addressing the inaugural session, Rawat said that maintaining sanctity and purity of River Ganga was a top priority of the state government. Rawat sought aid from the Bharatiya Janata Party government led by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for cleaning of River Ganga, which is a part of the much touted ‘Clean India mission'. Nov 30, 2014

BSP pulls up UP Govt. over Farrukhabad SHO's death

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Sudhindra Bhadoria on Sunday lashed out at Akhilesh Yadav- led Samajwadi Party (SP) Government in Uttar Pradesh for supporting nefarious elements in the state. Condemning yesterday's incident when an on duty Station House Officer (SHO) was shot dead in Farrukhabad, Bhadoria said that whenever the Samajwadi Party (SP) is in power the police is supposed to cooperate with the goons. SHO Rajkumar Singh was shot dead while trying to apprehend a history-sheeter in Farrukhabad last night. According to reports, he was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Farrukhabad, where the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. Nov 30, 2014

Any minister who makes efforts to course correct will face challenges: Smriti Irani

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Human resource development minister Smriti Irani on Sunday commenting on the New Education Policy said that any minister who makes an effort to course correct has to face many challenges. She added that across all the political parties there is consensus for making easy access to education and bringing transparency in the access. She further stated that in the New Education Policy the voices of people who will be impacted the most by the policy will be heard first. Nov 30, 2014

PDP leader says Modi should adopt Vajpayee way to resolve Kashmir issue, Politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Sunday after PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to adopt Vajpayee way in order to resolve Kashmir issue. NCP leader Majid Memon said that unlike PM Modi, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was mature and fair. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that Kashmir is a very sensitive issue and the government should take people into confidence while taking any decision in the matter. Nov 30, 2014

IS, Al-Qaeda serious challenge for India, says DIB

Guwahati, Nov 30 (ANI): Intelligence Bureau Director Asif Ibrahim on Sunday while addressing the conference of DGPs and IGPs in Guwahati said that that Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda are a serious security threat for India. He added that the conference is also focused on the security issues of the North-East region, adding that the security scenario in North-Eastern area is fragile. Nov 30, 2014

PM Modi gives'SMART' police concept at conference of DGPs and IGPs

Guwahati, Nov 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed a conference of DGPs and IGPs in Guwahati city of Assam. Modi said that the government should take steps to ensure the family welfare of policemen. He also gave a concept of'SMART' police saying that the policemen should be S- Sensitive and Strict, M-Modern and Mobile, A-Alert and Accountable, R-Responsive and Reliable, T-Techno savvy and Trained; thus being'SMART' overall. Nov 30, 2014

PM Modi addresses conference of DGPs and IGPs in Guwahati

Guwahati, Nov 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed a conference of DGPs and IGPs in Guwahati city of Assam. Modi said that during and after independence, thousands of policemen sacrificed their life and they should be remembered by the nation. He also said that all states should come out with an e-book with the list of names of police martyrs. Modi also said that potential lies not in the weapon but the one who is carrying it. Nov 30, 2014

Forty Indian prisoners released from Karachi jail return back home

Amritsar, Nov 30 (ANI): 40 prisoners released from Karachi jail in Pakistan returned to India. The prisoners including 35 fishermen and five civilians reached Punjab via Wagah Border. Pakistan had released the Indian prisoners on Friday as a "goodwill gesture". The prisoners said that they were happy and thanked the Indian government for securing their release. The fishermen had been arrested for illegal fishing in Pakistani waters. One prisoner was arrested for illegally crossing the border. Pakistan and India routinely detain fishermen from entering each other's waters for fishing. They mistakenly enter other's waters as there is no demarcation of maritime boundaries. Nov 30, 2014