SC says all coal block allocations since under UPA regime illegal

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday said that all coal block allocations that were done under UPA regime are done in an illegal manner and it suffers from vice of arbitrariness. The court observed that there were no transparency and that no guidelines were followed in the allocation. A special bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha delivered the verdict on the two-year-old petitions that were based on Comptroller Auditor General’s (CAG) report, estimating a loss of Rs. 1.64 lakh crore caused due to the arbitrary allocations. Further, the apex court has announced the sate for taking a decision on re-allocation of mines as 1 September, 2014. Aug 25, 2014

Priyanka not interested in Als Ice Bucket Challenge

New Delhi, August 25 (ANI): Bollywood babe Priyanka Chopra is not at all interested in taking ALS Ice Bucked Challenge. She has been nominated by many to take up the challenge, but she simply ignored it. Many stars from Bollywood have taken up the challenge. But Piggy Chops is not joining the league. On Sunday, Priyanka posted a web link on Twitter, which shows an Australian newsreader Lincoln Humphries. Humphries acknowledged the good that the ice bucket challenge has done, then suggested some other things that can be done to make a difference, including spreading the love around to other deserving causes like cancer and fresh water charities, and not wasting so much ice. Great thought Pee Cee!!! Aug 25, 2014

Omar Abdullah assures steps to rehabilitate victims of ceasefire violations

Srinagar, Aug 25 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, on Monday (August 25), maintained that all steps are being taken to rehabilitate the victims of the ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan border. His statement comes after a regional party, Jammu and Kashmir National Panther's Party (JKNPP) blamed the state and central government for turning a blind eye to those affected in the conflict torn region. Addressing a session of the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly, Abdullah said that the allegations politically motivated. Aug 25, 2014

BJP slams Omar for asking Centre to hold 'talks' to end Pak firing

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): The BJP on Monday slammed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for his remark that the Centre should reconsider its decision of cancelling talks with Pakistan in order to end the border hostilities. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that Pakistan will have to pay for humiliating and bleeding Indian soldiers. India had called off Foreign Secretary level talks with Pakistan after Islamabad's envoy to New Delhi Abdul Basit went ahead with meetings with separatist leaders from Kashmir even after he was asked by the Centre to desist from it. Aug 25, 2014

Fire at woolens' factory in Ludhiana, 3 dead

Ludhiana, Aug 25 (ANI): A raging inferno left three dead at a woolens' factory in Ludhiana on Monday. Fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot and tried to douse the flames. The dead bodies were handed over to police and investigations are going on. Aug 25, 2014

JKNPP protests govt apathy towards victims of ceasefire violation in Kashmir

Srinagar, Aug 25 (ANI): Representatives of Jammu and Kashmir National Panther's Party (JKNPP) held demonstrations in the Kashmir State Assembly on Monday against the apathy of the central and state governments towards those who have been affected by the recent ceasefire violations on the border. Pakistan army violated a ceasefire on the Indian border in the intervening night of August 24th and August 25th in Jammu district of the region. People living along the border have been under constant threat of the firing which has made them leave their homes overnight. The displaced live in chaotic conditions, most of the time without basic amenities. Aug 25, 2014

Britain deputy PM Nick Clegg pays tribute to martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): Britain's deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg began his three days India visit on Monday by paying homage to martyrs at India gate war memorial, Amar Jawan Jyoti. Clegg is on a trade mission to India, where he will meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to strengthen economic ties. The three-day visit by a 40-strong delegation is the latest in a series of similar trips by David Cameron's government which will foster closer links with the world's largest democracy. British retail, aerospace and education businesses are expected to sign deals and explore opportunities with Indian counterparts during the trip. Aug 25, 2014

Politicos says BJP panels to be sans LK Advani and MM Joshi very predictive

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday said that BJP panel leaving behind senior leaders like LK Advani and MM Joshi is very predictive. According to sources, Advani and Joshi may not find a place in either the BJP parliamentary board or its central election committee which are set to be reconstituted by party President Amit Shah. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that they were already shown the exit gates. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that NDA Government had brought bad days for Advani and Joshi. , JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that Modi government had taken all the minister's rights to do anything independently and that the senior leaders had to be ousted by them naturally. Aug 25, 2014

Political leaders blame MP govt for lack of safety measures leading to Chitrakoot temple stampede

New Delhi/ Bhopal, Aug 25 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday blamed the Madhya Pradesh government for lack of safety measures which led to stampede at Kamtanath Pahad Temple in Chitrakoot. At least 10 people were killed in the temple stampede that took place early morning and officials say the death toll is to increase further. Politicos said that the state government failed to take precautions even after a similar incident occurred earlier killing many. Aug 25, 2014

Former Diplomat slams Omar Abdullah asking centre to hold talks with Pak to end firing

New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): Former Indian Diplomat Rajiv Dogra on Monday slammed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on his controversial statement linking shelling of border villages by Pakistan to the calling off of the foreign secretary-level talks between the two countries by the Narendra Modi government. Dogra said that Abdullah is trying to cover up his inaction during his tenure by such statements and this would only lower the morale of Army and people along the international borders. He also said that ceasefire violations by Pakistan have increased recently and that Indian Army should take adequate actions in advance and should not waste any time whatsoever. Aug 25, 2014

Fire at woolens' factory in Ludhiana, 3 dead

Ludhiana, Aug 25 (ANI): A raging inferno left three dead at a woolens' factory in Ludhiana on Monday. Fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot and tried to douse the flames. The dead bodies were handed over to police and investigations are going on. Aug 25, 2014