Group of Indian nationals return home from Iraq

Chennai, July 09 (ANI): A group of 17 Indian nationals that was stranded in strife-torn Iraq arrived home in Chennai on Wednesday and thanked the central government for their safe return. Meanwhile, sharing the horrifying situation in Iraq, a worker said one could hardly differentiate between a civilian and a militant there. Jul 9, 2014

Only Modi and Amit Shah have seen good days: Digvijay Singh

Guna, July 09 (ANI): Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Wednesday slammed the new BJP government for choosing Amit Shah as the national party President. Singh said that only Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have seen good days after the new government came to power. He also ironically congratulated the party members for choosing a criminal leader as their President. Jul 9, 2014

Congress protests against price rise in Jaipur

Jaipur, July 9 (ANI): Congress party workers staged protest against spiraling inflation and policies of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Wednesday. The party workers protested in the front of the Collectorate. While Rajasthan Congress Chief Sachin Pilot marked a unique protest style as he took a camel cart ride to the Collectorate. Jul 9, 2014

RSS hails appointment of BJP s new president

Nagpur, July 9 (ANI): RSS leaders on Wednesday welcomed BJP's decision to appoint Amit Shah as party's new national president. A senior leader of RSS, Virag Pachpore, said Shah, a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is capable of taking the responsibility that comes with the post. Another RSS leader, M. G. Vaidya, said Shah's election would foster party's integrity. Jul 9, 2014

2 dead, 3 injured in bomb blast in Faizabad Court premises

Faizabad, July 09 (ANI): At least two persons were killed and three others injured on Wednesday in a bomb blast which was followed by firing inside a court in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad. According to reports, former UP legislator Sonu Singh's brother Monu and others were attacked inside the court. An advocate eye witness gave the account of the incident. Jul 9, 2014

Politicos give mixed reactions on Modi govt's first Rail Budget

New Delhi, July 09 (ANI): The first rail budget of Narendra Modi led BJP government which was presented by Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda in the Parliament on Tuesday has drawn mixed political reactions. BJP leader Captain Abhimanyu has welcomed the budget saying that India has got such a modulated Budget after a long time. Meanwhile, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that something new was being expected in the budget which did not come out. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that the expectations were high but the new government could not fulfil them. CPI leader Atul Anjan stated that the rail budget was disappointing and the promise of bullet train is over exaggerated. Jul 9, 2014

Venkaiah Naidu appeals to parties to maintain peace and decorum in Parliament

New Delhi, July 09 (ANI): Commenting on the alleged scuffle between the BJP and TMC, members of parliament, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday appealed to all political parties to maintain peace and decorum in Parliament. He also asserted that traditions and rules of the Parliament should be duly followed by the members. He said that if Parliament goes on well and important discussion takes place then everybody should coordinate in it. He further added that government is always ready to have discussion on all the important issues. Jul 9, 2014

Amit Shah takes charge as BJP president, politicos react

New Delhi, July 09 (ANI): The crowning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's close aid Amit Shah as the new BJP president drew reactions from political leaders on Wednesday. Shah was today appointed BJP president, marking Gujarat's firm grip over the ruling dispensation after Modi's elevation as Prime Minister. Shah was appointed to the top post at a meeting of Parliamentary Board where incumbent Rajnath Singh resigned after tenure of one-and-a-half years. Jul 9, 2014

Need to moderate inflation a lot more: Arun Jaitley on Economic Survey

New Delhi, July 09 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday reacted on Economic Survey for 2013-14 saying that inflation needs to be moderated a lot more. Jaitley also said that the fiscal deficit for this year is projected as 4.5 and requires a downward movement. The Economic Survey for the year 2013-2014 projected the GDP growth at 5.4-5.9% for the current financial year. Jul 9, 2014