Any minister who makes efforts to course correct will face challenges: Smriti Irani

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Human resource development minister Smriti Irani on Sunday commenting on the New Education Policy said that any minister who makes an effort to course correct has to face many challenges. She added that across all the political parties there is consensus for making easy access to education and bringing transparency in the access. She further stated that in the New Education Policy the voices of people who will be impacted the most by the policy will be heard first. Nov 30, 2014

PDP leader says Modi should adopt Vajpayee way to resolve Kashmir issue, Politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Sunday after PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to adopt Vajpayee way in order to resolve Kashmir issue. NCP leader Majid Memon said that unlike PM Modi, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was mature and fair. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that Kashmir is a very sensitive issue and the government should take people into confidence while taking any decision in the matter. Nov 30, 2014

IS, Al-Qaeda serious challenge for India, says DIB

Guwahati, Nov 30 (ANI): Intelligence Bureau Director Asif Ibrahim on Sunday while addressing the conference of DGPs and IGPs in Guwahati said that that Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda are a serious security threat for India. He added that the conference is also focused on the security issues of the North-East region, adding that the security scenario in North-Eastern area is fragile. Nov 30, 2014

PM Modi gives'SMART' police concept at conference of DGPs and IGPs

Guwahati, Nov 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed a conference of DGPs and IGPs in Guwahati city of Assam. Modi said that the government should take steps to ensure the family welfare of policemen. He also gave a concept of'SMART' police saying that the policemen should be S- Sensitive and Strict, M-Modern and Mobile, A-Alert and Accountable, R-Responsive and Reliable, T-Techno savvy and Trained; thus being'SMART' overall. Nov 30, 2014

PM Modi addresses conference of DGPs and IGPs in Guwahati

Guwahati, Nov 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed a conference of DGPs and IGPs in Guwahati city of Assam. Modi said that during and after independence, thousands of policemen sacrificed their life and they should be remembered by the nation. He also said that all states should come out with an e-book with the list of names of police martyrs. Modi also said that potential lies not in the weapon but the one who is carrying it. Nov 30, 2014

Forty Indian prisoners released from Karachi jail return back home

Amritsar, Nov 30 (ANI): 40 prisoners released from Karachi jail in Pakistan returned to India. The prisoners including 35 fishermen and five civilians reached Punjab via Wagah Border. Pakistan had released the Indian prisoners on Friday as a "goodwill gesture". The prisoners said that they were happy and thanked the Indian government for securing their release. The fishermen had been arrested for illegal fishing in Pakistani waters. One prisoner was arrested for illegally crossing the border. Pakistan and India routinely detain fishermen from entering each other's waters for fishing. They mistakenly enter other's waters as there is no demarcation of maritime boundaries. Nov 30, 2014

Fifty people affected in separate gas leak incidents in Bhopal and Meerut

Bhopal/ Meerut, Nov 30 (ANI): Fifty people were affected in two different gas leak incidents in Bhopal and Meerut. Thirty five workers of a chemical plant in Bhopal city of Madhya Pradesh were affected after chlorine gas leaked in the plant at Speciality Organics Private Limited factory. The exact reason for the gas leak is not known yet. Meanwhile, in another incident in Meerut of Uttar Pradesh, gas leak at a meat packing factory affected 15 women workers. The affected women were rushed to City Hospital. Out of the 15 affected, five are said to be in critical condition. The meat packing factory, called Al Alia, is owned by former BSP leader, Shahid Akhlaq. Nov 30, 2014

Workers Party of Bangladesh demands ban on Islamist party, speedy trial of war crimes

Dhaka, Nov 30 (ANI): The leaders of Workers Party of Bangladesh held a rally in Dhaka to demand ban on main Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, and speedy trial of the war criminals to build a secular nation. The 1971 war of liberation, in which an estimated three million people died in nine months, is a festering wound not only for those personally affected, but also for many young Bangladeshis. Leaders and hundreds of party workers held placards and flags at the rally demanding ban on militant forces. A former leader of Bangladesh's ruling party was sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal on November 24 in connection with atrocities committed during the country's war of independence from Pakistan. The war crimes tribunals have angered Islamists who call them a politically motivated attempt by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to persecute the leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami, a key part of the opposition coalition. Nov 30, 2014

Bhopal's toxic legacy lives on, activists urge govt to address woes

Bhopal, Nov 30 (ANI): An activist working with Bhopal gas leak victims, Satinath Sarangi, said that even 30 years after the industrial disaster the government has not been able to provide the victims the necessary relief and rehabilitation. On the night of December 02, 1984, the factory owned by the US multinational Union Carbide Corp accidentally leaked cyanide gas into the air, killing thousands of largely poor Indians in Bhopal city of Madhya Pradesh. Thirty years later, the toxic legacy of this factory lives on, say human rights groups, as thousands of tonnes of hazardous waste remains buried underground, slowly poisoning the drinking water of more than 50,000 people and affecting their health. Sarangi, who is the founder and managing trustee of charitable Sambhavna Trust and a member of Bhopal Group for Information and Action, admits that government has not been able to provide the tragedy survivors with right treatment. Meanwhile, managing trustee of non-profit organisation, Chingari Trust, Rashida Bee, shared her experience of providing therapies and working for rehabilitation of special children born in families affected by 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy. Nov 30, 2014

Northeast festival in New Delhi sends a message of national integration part - 2

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): ‘Insurgence to Resurgence’ was the theme of the 2nd edition of the “Northeast Festival - Connecting People, Celebrating life”, at the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts in New Delhi. The 4-day long cultural extravaganza was organised by Trend MMS, with support from the eight northeastern states, Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of DoNER and the Northeast Community, Delhi. Sportspersons from the northeast who won medals at the recent Commonwealth and Asian games were felicitated at the inaugural session. Leaders, policy makers and various stakeholders came together for discussion sessions on critical issues including tourism, employment, business opportunities and investment in IT sector in Northeast. Fashion designers from the region put together a vibrant show showcasing the traditional weaving patterns, rich colorful fabrics and jewelry worn by the numerous tribes of the Northeast. The audience was later treated to a wide range of musical performances by popular bands like Minutes of Decay, Mayukh Hazarika and the Brahmaputra Balladeers and Frisky Pints. Nov 30, 2014