Pakistan steps up attack, shells 25 BSF posts, 19 villages in Jammu, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): Pakistani troops continued to violate the ceasefire by shelling and firing upon 25 Border Out Posts (BoPs) and 19 villages along the International Border in Jammu sector, in the intervening night of August 23rd and August 24th, prompting the BSF to retaliate. Meanwhile, condemning the ceasefire violations political leaders on Sunday said that Narendra Modi led NDA government should take strict action and give befitting reply to Pakistan. Aug 24, 2014

Indian Army giving adequate response on Pak ceasefire violations: Arun Jaitley

Murshidabad, Aug 24 (ANI): Talking about the continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan on Indian borders, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that the army is giving adequate response to Pakistan. He said that there had been a series of provocations by Pakistan and that the Indian Army and BSF are taking all steps to protect our territory and people. The ongoing violations have injured many and have lead villagers near the border to flee for safety. Aug 24, 2014

Pak's call for DGMO talks may sustain ceasefire and bring peace: Former DGMO

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): Former Director General of Military Operations Lieutenant General (Retired) Vinod Bhatia said on Sunday that Pakistan's call for DGMO level talks with India may prove to be helpful for both the nations. Bhatia said that DGMO level talks will only be engaging in the agendas related to ceasefire violation on the international border of Kashmir, which are happening almost every day and causing disturbance in India. He also said that the talks may sustain the ceasefire and bring peace on the borders. Aug 24, 2014

Oil Minister aims to expand PNG system to maximum for household by 2022

Mumbai, Aug 24 (ANI): Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said that the ministry is aiming to expand PNG (Piped Natural Gas) system to households to the maximum by 2022. He said that the ministry had a meeting over the same and is ready to start the works for the same in order to achieve the goal. He advocated about the system saying that the gas is more safe, economical and eco friendly. Pradhan said that the same would be tried to the maximum and is hopefully to cover 70 per cent of the household and the rest of the gap could be filled up by the LPG. He also said that post getting an idea about the possibility and feasibility, the ministry is to provide PNG to the crematoriums too. Aug 24, 2014

Political parties flay move to include topics like 'love jihad' in BJP's UP meet

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): Expressing concern over the inclusion of topics like 'love jihad' in Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Uttar Pradesh meet, political leaders have said that these things are been done to divert the minds of people from other issues. NCP leader Tariq Anwar slammed BJP for this and said that the nation understands everything and this plan of BJP will not be successful. Criticizing the move, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar went a step further demanding reservation in jobs for those who marry outside their castes. SP leader Naresh Agarwal too slammed the BJP for this. Aug 24, 2014

Former CAG should have disclosed revelations during his term of office: Ali Anwar

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Ali Anwar on Sunday stated that the startling claims reportedly being made by the former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai would have been taken seriously had he disclosed it when he was in office. The former Auditor General Vinod Rai has reportedly dropped a bombshell by claiming that senior functionaries from the UPA government had applied pressure on him to drop certain names from the auditor's reports on Coalgate and Commonwealth Games scams. According to reports, Rai's book which is set to be released on September 15, will provide details of how the former prime minister, Manmohan Singh had succumbed to what he himself once described as 'compulsions of coalition politics'. Aug 24, 2014

Villagers fear threat to life amid continuous ceasefire violation along Kashmir border

RS Pura, Aug 24 (ANI): Villagers along the Indo-Pak international border in Kashmir live under the shadow of death amid continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan army. Pakistan army violated ceasefire on the Indian border in the intervening night of August 23rd and August 24th in Jammu district of the province. Villagers in the bordering areas say they are scared to step out of their homes due to constant threat to their lives and even their crops lie unattended. Aug 24, 2014

Arun Jaitley labels GST as priority

Kolkata, Aug 24 (ANI): Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley labeled the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a priority area for him during his visit to Kolkata. Speaking to the media after his meeting with the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and state Finance Minister, Amit Mitra, Jaitley said that Central and State governments need to discuss many issues out of which GST is priority. The proposed GST will subsume indirect taxes like excise duty and service tax at the central level and VAT on the states' front, besides local levies. Aug 24, 2014

Vinod Rai says UPA pressured him to drop names from CAG reports, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday slammed former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai for his claim that senior functionaries from the UPA government pressurized him to drop few names from the auditor's reports on Coalgate and Commonwealth Games scams. Politicos said that these days it is becoming a fashion that senior bureaucrats after retirement reveal sensational news. Aug 24, 2014

Our volume & intensity of firing more effective: BSF on ceasefire violation

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): The Director General of Border Security Force DK Pathak on Sunday said that the intensity and volume of firing is much more effective from India’s side as a response to Pakistan’s ceasefire violation. Pathak said that BSF follows the principles of ‘no first fire’ and ‘no targeting civilian area’. He also added that according to media reports in Pakistan, there are 5 casualties and 16 injuries on the other side. Aug 24, 2014

Fire engulfs Jaipur's City Palace

Jaipur, Aug 24 (ANI): A major fire broke out at the Mubarak Mahal of Jaipur's City Palace on early Sunday morning, destroying valuable property. As many as 12 fire tenders were pushed into service to douse off the flames that started in the administrative block. No loss of life has been reported in the incident. Aug 24, 2014

Flood fury wrecks havoc in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh/ Manipur, Aug 24 (ANI): Flood fury has wrecked havoc in Uttar Pradesh and has rendered several homeless. The houses located on the banks on river Ganga are submerged due to the rise in its water level in Kanpur city. In Faizabad district also, floods have disrupted normal life of people and left many without any shelter. A Village Revenue Officer, Ramnihal Prajapati, said the government is helping people by providing them with essential commodities for their livelihood. Meanwhile, in Imphal city of Manipur flood situation caused due to incessant rains is grim. Aug 24, 2014