Politicos on Narendra Modi_s 17-point agenda

New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday reacted over the 17 point people-oriented agenda which has been sent by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his ministries. The agenda covers the areas he wants to address most urgently, including enhancing the road and rail network, and boosting labour reforms. The agenda was sent on July 10, and all the ministries were told to submit detailed action plans, with sharp focus on delivery and implementation, by July 20 so as to put the agenda in place when the NDA government completes its first 100 days in office in August-end. Jul 22, 2014

Chambakoolam Moolam boat race in Kerala - A perfect example of communal harmony

Kerala, July 22 (ANI): Alleppey situated in India___s southern state of Kerala is a hub of boat races which go in the area throughout the year on different occasions. And Chambakoolam Moolam boat race marks the beginning of yearly snake boat race. The 400-year-old boat race draws its success to the efforts put by people of different religious faiths. People in large numbers, shunning religious differences, gather to make this annual boat race a success. While the snake boat race proves a highly volatized contest between the participants, spectators sing and shout to make it more exciting. The legend is that the Raja of Chempakasseri, a Hindu ruler, declared that a great water carnival would be held at Champakulam every year, after being impressed by the love and affection from Christian subjects in facilitating idol of Lord Krishna. Jul 22, 2014

Mausoleum of Baba Barchi Bahadur in Aligarh promotes communal harmony

Aligarh, July 22 (ANI): Throughout India, mausoleums dedicated to Sufi saints draw thousands of people irrespective of their caste every year to pray and seek blessings. One such mausoleum which practices this tradition is of Baba Barchi Bahadur in Aligarh. Here people belonging to different communities come together to pay their respects at the saint_s final resting place. Baba Barchi Bahadur preached the ideals of harmony, unity, and brotherhood through his teachings and these ideals can still be seen amongst his devotees today. Locals believe that anyone who comes to the site with a wish to be fulfilled will leave satisfied, whether he is a devotee of the saint or not. Jul 22, 2014

Congress must respect NCP_s sentiments: Majid Memon

New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majid Memon on Tuesday said that the Congress party must respect the sentiments of NCP and its legitimate demands regarding seats. With the Assembly polls due later this year, the Congress party had announced on Sunday that it would contest the polls in Jammu and Kashmir on its own. The NCP is also demanding a lion_s share of 144 out of the 288 seats in the upcoming Assembly Elections. Jul 22, 2014

JD (U) inching closer to forging alliance with Lalu_s RJD: Vashisht Narayan Singh

New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): The chief of the Bihar unit of the Janata Dal-United JD (U) party, Vashisht Narayan Singh, on Tuesday, said that his party is inching closer to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), but added that the timing of meeting RJD chief Lalu Yadav is yet to be decided. The JD (U) initiative to authorize state president Vasistha Narayan Singh to initiate talks with parties opposed to the BJP has got a warm response from the RJD and Congress. Jul 22, 2014

Politicos react as number of leaders resign from Congress

New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Political leaders react as Congress came under trouble with resignation from a number of party leaders including Narayan Rane and Himanta Biswa Sarma. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the issue has been left to the high command of the party. NCP leaders Tariq Anwar tried to refrain from commenting. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that this is natural as Congress is now a sinking ship. BJD leader Jay Panda said that the party should work on their reforms. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that the party is facing leadership crisis. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the party_s existence has become weak. Jul 22, 2014

Outgoing UP Governor Aziz Qureshi gets guard of honour

Lucknow, July 22 (ANI): The outgoing Governor of Uttar Pradesh Aziz Qureshi was given guard of honour by army in Lucknow on Tuesday. Qureshi who is also the Governor of Uttarakhand, was given additional charge of Uttar Pradesh after BL Joshi resigned from the post on June 16. Qureshi on Monday courted controversy by saying that even almighty can_t prevent occurrences of rapes. Jul 22, 2014

Shiv Sena points out Congress_ taken for granted attitude, NCP warns Congress

New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Talking about reports of NCP and Congress parting ways, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Congress has _taken for granted_ attitude. Meanwhile, NCP leader Majid Memon on Tuesday said that the Congress party must respect the sentiments of NCP and its legitimate demands regarding seats. Memon also sounded a note of caution to the Congress leadership. Jul 22, 2014

BJP congratulates PM Modi for BRICS and other issues during Parliamentary meet

New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): After the BJP Parliamentary meet on Tuesday, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the party congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for BRICS and other issues. He said that Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu gave a report on the discussion in the Parliament which also included TRAI Act, Israel Offensive, among others. Jul 22, 2014

Fans laud India_s victory over England at the home of cricket

New Delhi/ Mumbai, July 22 (ANI): Fans and budding sportsmen on Tuesday lauded India_s victory in the second test after Ishant Sharma bowled India to a rare victory at Lords, the home of cricket. Ishant Sharma claimed seven wickets to bowl India to a 95-run victory over England in the second test at Lord_s on Monday, their first overseas win since 2011. This is India_s second victory at the home of cricket and first since 1986. Resuming at 105 for four in pursuit of 319, Joe Root and Moeen Ali survived until the final ball before lunch when the latter fell to Sharma. The willowy right-armer claimed four more wickets after the break as England_s batsmen capitulated in the face of India_s short-pitched barrage and were bowled out for 223, putting the visitors 1-0 up in the five-match series. Jul 22, 2014