Devout Hindus take holy dip in River Ganges to celebrate Makar Sankranti

Allahabad/ Varanasi, Jan 14 (ANI): Devout Hindus across India converged on the banks of River Ganges to take holy dip, as they celebrate harvest festival Makar Sankranti, with traditional fervour. Large number of devotees gathered in Allahabad and the temple town of Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday and took bath in the holy River Ganges. Jan 14, 2014

People frustrated with gundaraj by UP govt & police: BSP

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): After UP police in yet another incident, ruthlessly lathicharged on women protesters in Firozabad, BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria said that people are now frustrated and fed up with ‘gundaraj’ by the SP government and police. He said that the state government is working in high handedness and that people will reply to their actions. Further, talking about alleged ban on TV channels for criticizing Akhilesh Yadav, Bhadoria said that the party is breaking the fourth pillar of democracy. Jan 14, 2014

We respect media freedom, must be technical error: SP on TV channel ban in UP

Lucknow, Jan 14 (ANI): Defending SP government in UP against the controversy brought due to alleged ban on TV channels- Times Now and India News by the state government, party Spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said that the party respect media freedom and that there must be some technical error and nothing else. He said that the party supremo had fought for the freedom of media and the opposition who are blaming the SP government are themselves fascist and corrupt. Jan 14, 2014

Instead of attacking media, Akhilesh should disclose expenditure over Saifai: UP's BJP unit

Lucknow, Jan 14 (ANI): UP's BJP Unit on Tuesday attacked chief minister Akhilesh Yadav over the splurge on Saifai Mahotsav at a time when riot hit victims of Muzaffarnagar were dying due to intense cold. The party said that instead of attacking the media for asking questions, the UP government should disclose how much money it spent on the festival. Jan 14, 2014

Tarlochan Singh on operation Blue Star

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Tarlochan Singh on Tuesday said that a through enquiry against the Indian government needs to be done over the newly released documents revealing that the British elite force, SAS, had advised India on flushing out Sikh militants months before Operation Blue Star in June 1984. Earlier on Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron directed his Cabinet Secretary to establish the facts behind claims that Margaret Thatcher's government may have helped Indira Gandhi plan Operation Bluestar in 1984. Jan 14, 2014

Politicos call RK Singh's claims against Shinde BJP effect

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): After former home secretary-turned-BJP-leader RK Singh accused Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde of shielding businessman linked with Dawood Ibrahim, politicos called it nothing more than 'BJP effect'. Rajya Sabha MP Md Adeeb said that Singh was in home ministry for years and made allegations after joining BJP. Further, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that if he has any details about the same, he should open it up. Meanwhile, Congress leader Raj Babbar also called the same 'BJP effect'. Jan 14, 2014

Akhilesh Yadav blacks out TV channels for criticizing him, politicos condemn

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): After UP CM Akhilesh Yadav unplugged two news channels- Times Now and India News from cable operators, politicians condemned the act. Rajya Sabha MP Md Adeeb that Yadav should have better accepted his fault. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar compared the act with the 1975 Emergency in India. Following the suit, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar also called it 'emergency mindset'. Jan 14, 2014

Voting for AAP like voting for Congress: Kiran Bedi

Haridwar, Jan 14 (ANI): Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi supported Narendra Modi for prime minister of India and slammed Aam Aadmi Party saying voting for it would be like voting for the Congress party. While addressing mediapersons in Haridwar, Bedi said that people should vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and ensure a Congress-free country. Close aide of veteran anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare, Bedi said that Modi has proven his skills as chief minister of Gujarat three times. However, contrary to Bedi's claims, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said BJP only wants to dominate. Jan 14, 2014

Congress should show outrage on Natarajan rather than on Narendra Modi: BJP

New Delhi/ Bhopal, Jan 14 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party slammed the ruling Congress party for showing outrage against Narendra Modi's remark and said that anger should have been instead directed against the red-tapism shown by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. BJP Spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman asked Congress to divert its sense of outrage towards its former Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan. According to reports, as many as 350 files were found to be held back, some even dating back to 2011, by Natarajan during her tenure, which delayed clearances for various developmental projects. Jan 14, 2014

JandK: Three terrorists killed in Sopore encounter

Sopore, Jan 14 (ANI): Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir killed three terrorists during an encounter in Sopore district of the province. The police and the Army launched a joint action to search the militants after they got information from intelligence about the militant hideout. The gun battle, which began around 2.00 pm in the Dangerpora area of Sopore district, lasted three hours. The Kashmir region has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades. Jan 14, 2014

Odisha: Fisherman shot dead in security patrol encounter

Odisha, Jan 14 (ANI): A fisherman was shot dead in an exchange of fire with a patrol squad in the prohibited area in Kendrapara district of Odisha, said police. The squad had spotted over 150 fishermen in more than 15 trawlers fishing in the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary in sea waters. Fishermen allegedly opened fire at the government officials leading to encounter. The deceased has been identified as SK Akbar (19). Brother of the deceased, Aka Ali Khan, claimed that the fisherman was innocent. Jan 14, 2014

No deal with US on bringing back Dawood Ibrahim: RK Singh

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Former Union Home Secretary RK Singh refuted claims of Home Affairs Minister Sushilkumar Shinde who said that the US intelligence agency has offered help to arrest most wanted gangster, Dawood Ibrahim. Earlier, Shinde said that India was in touch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to bring back underworld don and 1993 Mumbai serial blasts accused that killed at least 250 people. Singh, who served under Shinde and recently retired, said it was a ridiculous claim. Congress leader Saifuddin Soz said that Singh’s comment was unfortunate. Jan 14, 2014

India set to be polio-free nation, will boost immunisation drive

New Delhi/Amritsar/ Purulia/ Mumbai, Jan 14 (ANI): India marked three years since its last reported case of polio, paving the way for it to be declared free of the crippling virus and boosting efforts to wipe out the disease globally. The country's last case of the wild polio virus was detected on January 13, 2011, in West Bengal. World Health Organisation (WHO) would officially declare India as polio-free by the end of March, when the legal process for certification is completed, according to a WHO representative. Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said it is a historic day for the country, which once counted for over half of the global polio burden. Jan 14, 2014