Vasundhara Raje suggests changing MGNREGA, Congress slams

New Delhi, July 05 (ANI): Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's suggestion to the Centre to change Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) into a scheme came under heavy attack from the Congress party. Accusing the government of acting against the interests of poor people, Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad on Saturday said that this is an attempt to scrap MGNREGA. Jul 5, 2014

Railway & General Budget main issues of discussion: LS Speaker on all party meet

New Delhi, July 05 (ANI): The Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday highlighted the key issues of discussion in the all party meet held ahead of budget session. Mahajan said that the Railway and General Budget remained the main issues of discussion. She also said that all the members agreed to cooperate with the government on everything and hoped to solve every issue with discussion. Jul 5, 2014

BJP reacts as Moradabad SSP says tense situation in Moradabad due to BJPs Mahapanchayat

New Delhi, July 5 (ANI): BJP on Saturday reacted over Moradabad SSP Dharamvir’s statement that tense situation in Moradabad is due to BJP’s Mahapanchayat. BJP leader Shrikant Sharma said that SSP is behaving like an SP spokesperson. Further, BJP leader VK Singh said that any SSP should not make such statement as he is a part of administration and not of any political party. Jul 5, 2014

Situation became tense after BJP called 'Mahapanchayat': Moradabad SSP

Moradabad, July 05 (ANI): Moradabad SSP Dharamvir on Saturday said that the atmosphere became tense after BJP called for a 'Mahapanchayat' in Moradabad. Dharamvir also stated that the BJP MP Sarvesh Singh wanted to polarize situation as assembly by-election is round the corner. Jul 5, 2014

Terrorist killed, army jawan injured in Kashmir encounter

Tral, July 5 (ANI): An unidentified militant was killed and an army jawan was injured on Saturday in an encounter in the Tral area of Kashmir's Pulwama district. Reportedly, security forces had launched a search operation in the forest area of Aripal village in Tral area after they were informed about the presence of militants there. Jul 5, 2014

Police acting on govt directives, SP promoting riots: Sangeet Som

Ghaziabad, July 05 (ANI): BJP MLA Sangeet Som on Saturday highlighted the events of Moradabad violence, which took place the previous day, also followed by his detention. Som said that he failed to understand why he alone is always targeted and added that the Samajwadi Party is trying to divert people's attention from the main issues of law and order in the state by promoting crime. Som also said that the police should not act on the directives of the state government but for the welfare of citizens. Jul 5, 2014

Ready to discuss every issue: Venkaiah Naidu on Parliament Session

New Delhi, July 05 (ANI): Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said that the government is ready to discuss every issue based on its importance in the parliament session. He added that the Congress party seeking the Leader of Opposition post will not be his domain but the speaker_s decision. Jul 5, 2014

Sharp hike in food prices dampens festive spirit of Ramadan in Kashmir

Srinagar, July 05 (ANI): The sharp hike in the prices of essential commodities during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has dampened the festive spirit in Kashmir. During the holy month, consumption of these essential commodities increases automatically as compared to other months. Another resident, Farooq Ahmad blaming the government said that the price of vegetables and fruits varies on a daily basis. Soaring prices of basic goods such as milk and potatoes lifted retail food inflation in May to 9.4 percent and there have been fears of worse to come with the delayed spread of the monsoon to the grain bowl region of northwest India. Meanwhile, Director of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Bashir Ahmad Khan, said that the department is monitoring the market to check inflation. Jul 5, 2014

Security beefed up in Moradabad after violence

Moradabad, July 5 (ANI): Security has been beefed up in Moradabad city on Saturday, following a violent clash between BJP workers and police. The detention of BJP leaders, workers and supporters while on their way to attend a huge religious gathering (Mahapanchayat) in Moradabad, led to clash with police and the SP workers. A District Magistrate and a police official were injured in the stone-pelting by protesters. Police resorted to rounds of firing to control the unruly mob. A senior official, Shiv Shanakr Singh, said 62 people were arrested for instigating violence and situation was tensed but under control. Jul 5, 2014

Indian nurses freed from Iraq return to Kochi

Kochi, July 05 (ANI) 46 Indian nurses returned to Kochi on Saturday after being held in captivity by ISIS militants in the war torn Iraq. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy received the nurses along with their families at the airport. Apart from the nurses, a joint-secretary level IFS officer and a woman IAS officer from Kerala were also on the special flight of Air India. Jul 5, 2014

Politicos welcome return of Indian nurses from violence hit Iraq

New Delhi, July 05 (ANI): Political leaders welcomed the return of Indian nurses from violence hit Iraq on Saturday. BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Subramanian Swamy said that the NDA government has done a great work in this front and will try to bring other Indian nationals back soon. MoS for External Affairs VK Singh said that the centre and the Ministry of External Affairs have done a great job. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it’s a late though welcome step by the NDA government. Jul 5, 2014

Digvijaya Singh to sit on hunger strike over Farmer_s woes

Bhopal, July 05 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Saturday said that he will sit on a hunger strike demanding compensation to the farmers in Madhya Pradesh. He said that he will commence the strike from 7th of July and appealed the farmers to do the same if they have similar concerns too. Jul 5, 2014

Political leaders on Moradabad violence

New Delhi, July, 05 (ANI): Situation in Moradabad is coming back to normal a day after clashes between two communities broke out over the installation of loudspeakers near a religious place. Five BJP leaders, including Muzaffarnagar riot-accused Sangeet Som and four MPs, were detained near Morababad after they tried to defy a ban on the party from holding a 'mahapanchayat' in Kanth area. Protesters blocked train lines and resorted to stone-pelting to lodge their protest. The police had to resort to tear gas shelling to dispel the crowd. Rail traffic route was also disturbed due to the agitation. The BJP leaders were later released on the condition that they will stay away from the area and not create any more disturbances. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh BJP constituted a five-member committee of its MLAs for a detailed probe into the violence and detention of its legislators in Moradabad district. Jul 5, 2014