Maoists in Odisha kill road contractor and injure a villager

Narayanpatna, Jan 09 (ANI): Armed Maoist rebels killed a road contractor and injured a villager in a remote village of Odisha. The rebels attacked two villagers from Balipeta village in Koraput district after branding them as police informers. The body of one villager, said to be a road contractor, was found on Tuesday and the other was found with a bleeding slit throat and rushed to a nearby hospital. The Maoists also left a warning letter to the villagers saying they had punished the duo as they were working as police informers. Jan 9, 2014

Saifai Mahotsav and MLAs foreign tour over Muzaffarnagar victims in UP, politicos condemn

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): Even as foreign tour for UP MLAs is on and major stars are being called in state’s Saifai Mahotsav prioritizing over sufferings of Muzaffarnagar riot victims, politicos condemned the act and called it big shame. BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria said that Samajwadi party should change their name to ‘Samantwadi party’ and that people of UP will give them proper answer. Further, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that this is a shocking and cruel display of brazenness in democracy. Jan 9, 2014

Madhyamgram gang rape case: HC will take up case if govt fails to deliver orders

Kolkata, Jan 09 (ANI): After the victim’s father in Madhyamgram gang-rape case filed a plea in Kolkata High Court seeking a CBI probe into the case, the court on Thursday gave an alternative to the state government to take up the case efficiently failing which the court will take up the issue. The lawyer confirmed the same and said that court expects a CBI enquiry ordered by the government as police administration has been careless in handling the same. Jan 9, 2014

North India shivers with bitter cold wave

Dharamsala /Gorakhpur/Lucknow, Jan 09 (ANI): Dense fog reduced visibility even as biting cold has jammed life in parts of northern India on Thursday. A blanket of thick fog enveloping northern India hit rail traffic with dozens of trains running behind schedule or cancelled. The visibility dropped below 100 metres. Meanwhile, the mercury dropped to freezing point in Dharamsala, leading to formation of frost on plants. People were seen sitting around bonfires on pavements in Gorakhpur. Commuters at a railway station also complained of delays, affecting their day-to-day life. Meanwhile, authorities in Uttar Pradesh also introduced night shelters ‘Raain Basera’ for poor people. Jan 9, 2014

Survey is encouraging but focus should be on issues: AAP

New Delhi/ Ghaziabad, Jan 9 (ANI): Reacting on the survey conducted by IPSOS, for a leading newspaper, AAP leaders have said that surveys are welcoming and the overwhelming response they are getting all over have made them think that they will perform even better. However, they have added that the results of these surveys could change with time. AAP has formed the government in Delhi, and according to the survey, it is being touted as the party, most metros would want to vote for in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Jan 9, 2014

TV journalist Ashutosh quits IBN7, likely to join AAP

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): TV journalist Ashutosh on Thursday confirmed that he resigned from IBN7 as its managing editor and is likely to join Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) soon. He said that the party has influenced him and has a capacity to bring change. Jan 9, 2014

Narendra Modi talks on national issues, Raj Thackeray 's advice not needed: BJP

Nagpur, Jan 09 (ANI): Reacting on Raj Thackeray's suggestion to Narendra Modi to quit as Gujarat CM and talk on national issues, Maharashtra BJP President Devendra Fadnavis said that Modi talks about national issues and that Thackeray's advice is not required. He said that the increasing clout of Modi is disturbing many leaders and that Modi is wise enough to decide what to do and what not to do. Jan 9, 2014

Rajendra Chaudhary defends Saifai Mahotsav

Lucknow, Jan 09 (ANI): Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary on Thursday defended the UP government which has come under attack over holding the annual Safai Mahotsav at a time when hundreds of victims of Muzaffarnagar riots were living in difficult circumstances in relief camps. Chaudhary said that Bollywood element is not the main part of the Mahotsava but only a small part of it which is being highlighted by the Opposition. Jan 9, 2014

MEA on MLAs' extravagant foreign 'study tour'

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): Commenting on the expensive study tours by the MLAs of Uttar Pradesh, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said that his ministry only checks that the tours do not affect the country's international terms. Jan 9, 2014

BJP dismisses survey on AAP, says Modi is in hearts of people

Bhopal/ New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday dismissed a survey conducted by IPSOS, for a leading newspaper. Party leaders said that Narendra Modi has found a place in the hearts and minds of people and therefore is much ahead of any other leader. Jan 9, 2014