Good that PM admitted his failures: TMC

Kolkata, Jan 03 (ANI): Reacting over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's speech on Friday, TMC leader Saugata Roy said that it is good that the Prime Minister has admitted his failures. Talking to mediapersons in Kolkata he said that the UPA government failed to control inflation and check corruption. Jan 3, 2014

BSF on high alert along India-Bangladesh border ahead of polls

Tripura, Jan 3 (ANI): Security along India-Bangladesh border was further tightened and paramilitary troops were on high alert on Friday in wake of the ongoing political turmoil in Bangladesh ahead of the January 5 general election. The Border Security Force (BSF) has been put on high alert in Lankamura area of Tripura and has been asked to remain vigilant to foil any infiltration attempt by the militants. Jan 3, 2014

CRPF launches Civic Action Programme to combat Maoists

Latehar, Jan 3 (ANI): The paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a 'Civic Action Programme' in the Maoist affected area of Jharkhand to effectively combat the left wing extremism and bridge the gap between the villagers and security personnel. Under its 'civic action programme', the force distributed blankets, medicines and various other essential commodities to villagers of the Latehar district. Jan 3, 2014

It happens: Music Festival

Goa, Jan 3 (ANI): Popular Disc Jockeys (DJs) from Russia and Sweden said that music is developing in India as people thronged a musical festival in western Goa province. Swedish DJ, Albin Myers, and Hard Rock Sofa, a popular Russian duet performed at a music festival. The young crowd danced and cheered to the beats at Candolim Beach in the province. Indian DJ-VJ Nikhil Chinapa, who is the director of this five-day music festival, said that the festival aimed to "restore the spirit of community" and "passion for music" that has been so elusive lately owing to the sudden explosion of electronic music. The main stage for the festival has been designed like a submarine, with a backdrop of marine life. The festival will showcase top acts from artists across the globe. Jan 3, 2014

It happens: Kashmiri Music Festival

Srinagar, Jan 3 (ANI): The Sufi music orchestra "Jasne Khizaan" in India's northern Jammu and Kashmir revived an age- old tradition in the valley as the magic and mysticism of Sufism mesmerizes the audience. Music lovers lauded the performance by the group of well-known artists of the state. During the show, dozens of orchestra experts and other musicians presented an attractive joint performance called "SAZINA" in local language. Sufi tradition is deep-rooted in Kashmir. Shrines dotted at various places across the valley have stood as beacons of peace and humanism. For centuries, the impact of Sufism has had a deep impact on the social, religious and cultural life of the local people. Jan 3, 2014

It happens: Handicraft Fair

Siliguri, Jan 3 (ANI): A vast variety of exquisite, traditional artifacts by more than 400 artisans from across India's eastern West Bengal state attracts a steady stream of visitors to the ongoing handicraft fair. The month-long exhibition organised by the state government aims at providing a platform to small-scale artisans where they can showcase their products and provide a boost to their business which is not exposed to bigger markets. The artisans proudly displayed the fruits of their labour. A wide array of ethnic products including hand embroidered products, Tibetan art products, wooden items and a wide array clay and mud items were displayed at various stalls. The fair offers a unique opportunity to the people of the state to have direct interaction with the artisans and weavers from all over the country and purchase goods without any middle men. Jan 3, 2014

Hope Rahul Gandhi becomes PM after Manmohan Singh: Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): After Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's announcement that he won't seek a third term, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Friday hoped that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi becomes the prime minister after the general elections. Jan 3, 2014

AA's MS Dhir elected Speaker of Delhi Assembly

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party’s MS Dhir was elected as the Speaker of the Delhi Assembly on Friday. Dhir defeated the BJP's Jagdish Mukhi with 37 votes in his favour and 32 against. He was supported by the Congress and the JD (U). Jan 3, 2014

Don't think history will be kind on PM over his 'destructive policies': AAP

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): After Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said that history will be kind on him and that he did everything from his side for the nation, AAP leader Prashant Bhushan disagreed on the same and said that his destructive policies won’t make him a part of good books of history. Though he agreed on PM’s comment on Narendra Modi, but further said that the nation will neither flourish under Congress. Jan 3, 2014

If PM had done something in his tenure, there would not be a need for him to speak: AAP

New Delhi, Jan 3 (ANI): Reacting over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that he was not a silent PM and has spoken during his tenure, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Friday said that if PM had done something in his tenure, there would not be a need for him to speak and also added that he was silent on 2G spectrum, coal block and Robert Vadra issue. He further condemned Manmohan Singh’s statement that he will not be the next PM, Vishwas said that he forgot to add that the next PM will not be from UPA and also added that it will be a young person. Jan 3, 2014

PM's comment on Narendra Modi laughable: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Jan 03 (ANI): BJP President Rajnath Singh on Friday said that comments made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on their party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during a Press Conference was laughable. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, Singh said that despite Court giving Modi a clean chit, it’s unfortunate that PM made such comments on him. He added that PM did not speak on national security, steps to boost internal and external security during his speech Jan 3, 2014