N Chandrababu Naidu to visit GAIL blast site with Petroleum Minister

New Delhi/ Andhra Pradesh, June 27 (ANI): After at least 14 people were were burnt to death and several others were injured in a huge gas pipeline blast in the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, state Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu ordered probe in the case. Cutting short his New Delhi trip, Naidu is rushing to East Godavari to reach the accident spot. Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is also expected to accompany Naidu to the accident site. He also constituted a committee for the investigation. Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee has condoled loss of lives in the explosion. Jun 27, 2014

HRD Minister Smriti Irani on FYUP issue of Delhi University

Bhopal, June 27 (ANI): Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday refused to comment over the tussle between Delhi University and University Grants Commission regarding FYUP. Irani stated that it is not proper time for her to speak on this issue. Jun 27, 2014

Tussle between DU and UGC invites mixed reactions

New Delhi, June 27 (ANI): The tussle between Delhi University and University Grants Commission which is growing day by day has invited mixed reactions. Former DUTA President Aditya Narayan Mishra said that it is an unfortunate incident as the future of many bright students is at stake. CPI leader D Raja stated that the FYUP initiated by the Delhi University started with confusion as the university was not able to justify the cause for such a programme. BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that the government is concerned about the future of many students and hoped that he UGC-DU trouble will soon end. Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari slammed the ruling government for politicizing the issue and delaying admissions in a prestigious university as DU. Jun 27, 2014

Hafiz Saeed denies JuD being a 'foreign terrorist organisation' as claimed by US

Lahore, June 27 (ANI): The US State Department has named a self-proclaimed Pakistani charity as a "foreign terrorist organisation", a status that freezes any assets it has under US jurisdiction. Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) calls itself a humanitarian charity but is widely seen as a front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET), a Pakistan-based group accused of orchestrating attacks in India, including the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people. However, Hafiz Saeed, who founded LeT and now leads JuD, lashed out at the United States government for targeting JuD in the name of LeT without having any proof. He said the State department was doing this at the instigation of India. Jun 27, 2014

Amarnath Yatra: Pahalgam route closed due to heavy snowfall, pilgrims left with only Baltal route

Srinagar, June 27 (ANI): With only a day left for Hindu pilgrimage of Amarnath Yatra to commence, authorities in Jammu and Kashmir closed one of the routes in Pahalgam due to heavy snowfall. The pilgrims are now left with only one route, that is, through the Baltal base camp route. Addressing a news conference in Srinagar, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), RK Gupta said Pahalgam route will remain closed for first three days. Thousands of pilgrims undertake this journey to the shrine cave to worship an ice stalagmite called Shivlinga, believed to be the symbol of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and regeneration. The cave containing the holy Shiva shrine is located at a snow-capped mountainous peak of the Himalayas, 290 kilometres northwest of the Poonch district in Kashmir. Gupta added that pilgrims were briefed about the journey and hoped for their safety and security. Jun 27, 2014

UGC rejects DU's proposal, asks it to begin admissions today

New Delhi, June 27 (ANI): The UGC on Friday rejected the Delhi University's proposal to amend the four-year undergraduate programme. It has directed the varsity to revert to its 3-year course and start the admissions on Friday itself. The UGC's directive comes a day after the DU sent an alternative proposal to restore the FYUP with a few amendments in it, as a way to end the deadlock. Thousands of students and their parents from all over India and abroad are bearing the brunt due to the prevailing confusion over the admission process in DU. Jun 27, 2014

Chandrababu Naidu met NDA ministers over AP developmental issues

New Delhi, June 27 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, met cabinet ministers to discuss state-related issues. Earlier, Naidu also met Power Minister Piyush Goyal over assistance for uninterrupted power supply at reasonable rates. Goyal said that the central government wanted to see Andhra Pradesh as a state model in terms of power and ensured all round development of the state. A politician from Andhra Pradesh, Yalamanchili Satyanarayana Chowdary, said matters pertaining to petro-corridor were discussed. Naidu discussed issues like relaxing the fiscal responsibility and Budget Management Act, providing relief from repayment of loans, financial assistance for building the new capital city, key infrastructure projects and national institutions with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jun 27, 2014

Political leaders draw reaction over approval of 5 per cent reservation for Muclims in Maharashtra

Mumbai/Nagpur/New Delhi, June 27 (ANI): Political leaders reacted after Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan announced five per cent reservation for Muslim community in the state.Leaders said Maharashtra government's move ahead of assembly elections was to gain political mileage.Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla said the alliance of NCP and Congress party was playing vote bank politics. Meanwhile, RSS called the move unconstitutional. However, NCP leader Majid Memon, welcomed the decision and said condition of Muslims was worse than Dalit community, thereby qualifying for reservation. Jun 27, 2014

India grants financial aid to Bangladesh for implementation of development projects

Dhaka, June 27 (ANI): India announced grant of nearly $10 million to Bangladesh for implementation of various small development projects and also assured it to address trade imbalance issue. The grant was announced by Foreign Minster Sushma Swaraj, who is on a visit to Bangladesh to bolster bilateral ties and also discuss important matters like Teesta water sharing and Land Boundary Agreement and the issue of illegal immigration. Swaraj also held talks with her Bangladesh counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka, to bolster strategic partnership. Swaraj said India valued Dhaka's friendship, adding that the country was committed to move beyond quota-free and duty-free regime to strengthen trade ties. Jun 27, 2014