My statements about dalits were twisted: Bihar CM

Patna, Aug 23 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday defended himself saying his statements about dalit communities were twisted and distorted by media. Majhi is facing flak from opposition for allegedly urging Dalit communities to increase their population by marrying outside their caste. This came a fortnight after he revealed that he bribed officials to get his work done. Aug 23, 2014

RSS evolving as an unconstitutional organization: Mayawati

Lucknow, Aug 23 (ANI): BSP Chief Mayawati on Saturday took a dig at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Talking to mediapersons in Lucknow, she said that the RSS is evolving as an unconstitutional organization and that the comment made by its chief Mohan Bhagwat on Hindutva can cause communal tension in the nation. Bhagwat had stirred controversy recently when he said that India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva is its identity. Targeting BJP, she said that the party is trying to take advantange of the communal tensions in Uttar Pradesh. She also took a dig at Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh and said that whichever party he joins suffers downfall. Aug 23, 2014

Won_t tolerate talks and terror at same time, govt not taking it lightly: Piyush Goyal on ceasefire

Srinagar, Aug 23 (ANI): Talking about the ceasefire violation by Pakistan on Saturday, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said that India won_t tolerate friendly talks on one side and terror on the other at the same time. He said that the Narendra Modi- led NDA government is not taking the situation lightly and will take all actions to counter such attempts by Pakistan and to safeguard Indian borders. Aug 23, 2014

Politicos target Bihar CM over _dalit population increase_ remark, JD (U) tries to defend

New Delhi/ Vrindavan, Aug 23 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday called on to the Dalit community and urged them to increase their population by marrying outside their caste. This came a fortnight after he revealed that he bribed officials to get his work done. Manjhi said that at a function organized to mark the unveiling of the statue of Dalit icon Bhim Rao Ambedkar on Thursday evening. While politicos from rival parties attacked Manjhi, the JD (U) came out in support of him saying that that his comments were misconstrued. Aug 23, 2014

_Love jihad_ on official agenda of BJP_s UP unit meet today; politicos condemn

New Delhi, Aug 23 (ANI): The BJP would discuss the issue of _love jihad_ in Uttar Pradesh during the party_s council meeting in Mathura. The decision came days after RSS wing Dharma Jagran Manch launched a campaign against _love jihad_, which refers to Hindu girls being allegedly converted to Islam for marriage, in the state. Politicos have condemned BJP over the matter. Aug 23, 2014

Defence Minister welcomes _indigenous INS Kamorta_, says vessel important for Navy

Vishakhapatnam, Aug 23 (ANI): Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday welcomed INS Kamorta after commissioning it in Vishakhapatnam calling it a total _indigenous warship_. Jaitley said that this and many such warships will lead to an India which is not a buyer of the defence equipments and warships but a producer of the same. he congratulated the Indian Navy for the addition of INS Kamorta to it and said that this will prove important to the Navy and will serve the nation for a long time. Keeping in view _India_s geographical position and also hostile neighbours_, the defence minister also emphasized on the need to have an able and mighty defence system in place Aug 23, 2014

After vowing no stage-sharing, CM Hooda meets PM, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 23 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, after announcing that he would not share stage with the BJP prime minister. Reacting over this, Congress leader Rashid Alvi defended Hooda and said that he is CM of Haryana, and for the development of the state he met the PM. Meanwhile, BJP took the opportunity to praise Modi and said that by inviting Hooda on tea, Modi has shown that how much he respects federal structure and CMs. Meanwhile, NCP leader Majid Memon said that PM has the right to call any CM for tea and it depends on the CM to accept the invitation. Aug 23, 2014

SC dismisses plea seeking stay on UPSC prelims

New Delhi, Aug 23 (ANI): In a major blow to CSAT agitating students, the Supreme Court on Saturday rejected a petition seeking stay on the Union Public Services Commission preliminary examination, scheduled on Sunday. The Public Interest Litigation, filed by Agnesh Kumar, was heard by a bench headed by Justice Dattu in an urgent hearing despite the day being a court holiday. The court observed that nine lakh students are ready to appear in the exam and it cannot be postponed. Aug 23, 2014

Violent clashes break out between BJP and JMM workers in Ranchi

Ranchi, Aug 23 (ANI): Violent clashes broke out between Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Ranchi on Saturday while the former were holding a protest against Labour and Employment Minister Narendra Tomar. Tomar was shown black flag by the JMM workers two days after the State Chief Minister Hemant Soren received jeer from the crowd at an event where he shared dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The protest resulted in a clash between the JMM and BJP workers injuring many of them. The JMM Workers alleged that they were protesting peacefully and that the BJP supporters attacked them on purpose. Aug 23, 2014

Arun Jaitley commissions INS Kamorta

Vishakhapatnam, Aug 23 (ANI): Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday commissioned India's first indigenously-built stealth anti-submarine warfare INS Kamorta at naval dockyard in Vishakhapatnam. Jaitley also received the guard of honour at the event. The warship has been built by the state-owned Gardenreach Shipbuilders in Kolkata and is the first vessel in the Navy whose all weapon systems are manufactured indigenously. It will form part of the Vishakhapatnam-based Eastern Command. Kamorta has enhanced stealth features that make her less susceptible to detection. Aug 23, 2014

Politicos condemn ceasefire violation by Pak

New Delhi, Aug 23 (ANI): At least two civilians were killed and many others injured in one of the most intense firing along the International Border so far. Continuing to violate the ceasefire agreement, the Pakistani troops targeted 22 Border Security Force posts and several villages in the Arnia and RS Pura sectors using long range mortar shells and heavy to medium machine guns. One jawan has also been injured in the most intense firing on the border so far, that is reportedly still on. Indian Politicos have condemned the latest violation by its neighbouring country. Aug 23, 2014

Oommen Chandy ready to compensate on revenue loss to Kerala due to liquor ban

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 23 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said ban on liquor policy in the state can prove to be a loss to the government but he is willing to overcome it. The Congress-led government in Kerala announced on Thursday that it would make Kerala alcohol-free in the next 10 years. The proposal was taken at a two-hour meeting at the chief minister’s residence. Chandy said the new policy will be applicable for the five-star hotels serving liquor from the next fiscal. Chandy added the policy will be submitted to the Kerala High Court on August 26. Chandy said the ban could cause three-fold problems to the state. The state Finance Minister KM Mani said the loss of revenue to the state due to the ban calculated for the upcoming fiscal is 1,811 crore rupees. Aug 23, 2014