AAP leaders being harassed on BJP orders: Manish Sisodia on Dilip Pandey_s arrest

New Delhi, July 19 (ANI): A day after the Delhi police arrested Aam Aadmi Party leader Dilip Pandey and two other party members on the charge of promoting enmity between different communities, the AAP claimed that they were being framed. The three members of AAP were called by police for questioning in connection with pasting of posters in Jamia Nagar area of south Delhi appealing the Muslims to _gherao_ the house of three Congress legislators of the same community for _shaking hands with RSS and the BJP_. They were later arrested. Addressing a press conference, Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia said the party had nothing to do with controversial posters. Sisodia further alleged that police was harassing his party members under the pressure of the BJP. Jul 19, 2014

Women_s Rights Activists condemn Lucknow, Bangalore rape cases

New Delhi/ Mumbai, July 19 (ANI): The recent brutal rapes in Bangalore and Lucknow have sparked up furious reactions from social and women_s rights activists across India. Women_s rights activist Abha Singh attacked the Uttar Pradesh government over the gangrape and murder of a woman in Lucknow, saying that law and order has broken down in the state and if the government cannot protect the women of its state, then it should be dismissed. Chairperson of NCW Shamina Shafiq threw light on the appalling number of rapes that take place in UP each day while women_s rights activist Neelam Katara pointed out to the endless delays, which have plagued the justice system. Social activist Kiran Bedi said that whether it is Bangalore or UP, India is in a need of social revolution that addresses the backwardness of the mindset of Indian men. She added that improvement in governance was extremely important to improve policing in the country. Jul 19, 2014

Politicos slam AAP after Dilip Pandey_s arrest

New Delhi, July 19 (ANI): Political leaders from the Congress and the BJP assailed the Aam Aadmi Party after it_s Delhi unit secretary Dilip Pandey, two AAP leaders and three others were arrested by the Delhi police on the charges of inciting violence between communities. SP leader Naresh Agarwal also said slammed AAP saying anybody breaking the laws should be put behind bars. Pandey and the two AAP leaders were called by police for questioning in connection with allegedly inflammatory posters in Jamia Nagar area of South Delhi. Jul 19, 2014

Smriti Irani visits Amethi, takes dig at Rahul Gandhi

Amethi, July 19 (ANI): Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smriti Irani on Saturday visited Amethi. On her visit, she said that she has come as she had promised people of Amethi that she will be working for them in the future as well. She then took a dig at Congress MP from Amethi Rahul Gandhi and said that the people there do not expect anything from him. Jul 19, 2014

Politicos condemn grisly rape case in UP, demand strict action against culprits

New Delhi/ Lucknow, July 19 (ANI): Politicos on Saturday condemned the rape case in UP that has shocked the country again by its brutality and demanded strict action against the culprits. Police identified the Mohanlalganj gang rape and murder victim on Friday and claimed that she was subjected to cruelty as a result of extreme hate. The suspect is a person known to the woman who took her out on Wednesday night after which her body was found on Thursday morning, police said. Uttar Pradesh, infamous for the dreadful law and order situation, has come under attack for the spate of violence and sex crimes in the recent weeks, especially after two girls were gang raped and hanged from a tree in Badaun district. Jul 19, 2014

SGPC Chief Avtar Singh Makkar on Haryana SGPC issue

Ludhiana, July 19 (ANI): Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Chief Avtar Singh Makkar on Saturday condemned the Haryana government___s decision to create an independent committee to monitor Sikh temples in the state. He said that the decision by the Haryana government was wrong and unconstitutional, and the fact that the resolution was passed as a money bill meant that the government is taking control over the Gurudwaras. He urged the central government to intervene and look into the matter. Jul 19, 2014

Congress ready for elections: Rashid Alvi

New Delhi, July 19 (ANI): Congress leader Rashid Alvi has said that the party is ready for fresh elections in Delhi. Delhi has been under President_s rule since February when Kejriwal resigned from the post of chief minister after his 49-day-old government failed to table its Jan Lokpal Bill in the state assembly. The Assembly has been under suspended animation ever since and no party has staked claim to form the government. Jul 19, 2014

AIDWA protest against grisly rape case in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, July 19 (ANI): A leading women group, All India Democratic Women___s Federation (AIDWA), protested against the gang rape, brutal torturing and killing of a woman on Friday, whose mutilated body was found at a school in Uttar Pradesh. A large number of women activists protested outside the Uttar Pradesh Secretariat demanding the arrest of those guilty of gang-raping and murdering the woman. Reportedly, the woman was stripped and stabbed several times. There were stab wounds even on her private parts, the police said after preliminary examination of the body. Meanwhile, slamming the government, a BJP leader accused the UP government for neglecting the security and safety of the women. Jul 19, 2014

Sabyasachi Panda sent to ten days of police custody

Bhubaneswar, July 19 (ANI): Court has sent India___s top Maoist leader, Sabyasachi Panda to ten days of police custody after his arrest in Odisha. Panda was produced in front of the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) of Berhampur amid tight security on Friday evening where he was ordered to be sent on 10-day police custody. Acting on intelligence information, a police team nabbed the 48-year-old fugitive rebel leader after raiding a hideout at Berhampur in Odisha_s Ganjam district. Police recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from his possession. DIG of Police (Southern Range) Amitabh Thakur termed the arrest of top rebel leader as a major blow to the Maoist outfit. Police informed that Panda is accused of several heinous crimes, including the murder of a Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader, Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, in 2008 and abduction of two Italians in 2012. Jul 19, 2014

Indian sand artist depicts Ukraine airline crash as _shame to humanity_ through art

Bhubaneswar, July 19 (ANI): Famed sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, created a sand sculpture at Puri Beach to show that the nation condemns the shooting of an airliner at Ukraine killing all 298 passengers on board. Pattnaik created the art with six tons of sand. The Boeing 777, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, came down in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, near the Russian border, on Thursday (July 17). The plane crashed about 40 km (25 miles) from the border with Russia near the regional capital of Donetsk, an area that is a stronghold of rebels who have been fighting Ukrainian government forces and have brought down military aircraft. Jul 19, 2014

Himachal Pradesh steps up security in border areas with J&K after reports of militants___ movement

Shimla, July 19 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh has stepped up security in border areas with Jammu and Kashmir after reports of militants___ movement, said police chief, Sanjay Kumar. Director General of Police (DGP), Kumar, said that the intelligence input was passed on by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) authorities in Jammu and Kashmir. Kumar added that patrolling was intensified on the roads connecting Chamba district with Jammu and Kashmir to prevent any attempt by extremists to infiltrate. Chamba district shares nearly 200 kilometers border with Jammu and Kashmir and it is easy for the militants to infiltrate due to mountainous terrain. The restive Kashmir region has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency, and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades. Jul 19, 2014