Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand on Sai Baba's devotees

Haridwar, June 24 (ANI): Dwarakapeeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand, who was booked on Tuesday for "hurting religious sentiments" has refused to budge from his stand. He had said on Monday that Sai Baba of Shirdi is not a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity and should not be worshipped because he was a human being, and not a God. However, the complaint has not stopped him from making another controversial statement. He has now said that the followers of Sai Baba should stop worshipping Lord Rama, taking holy bath in river Ganga, and chanting Har Har Mahadev. Jun 24, 2014

Authorities fret on students' future as confusion over DU undergraduate programme grows

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Authorities and politicians on Tuesday urged University Grants Commission (UGC) to take a concrete step immediately to revoke the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) of Delhi University and start operating soon for the benefit of students. The UGC on June 22 issued notices to the University and the affiliated colleges to scrap the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme and instead implement the three-year course. The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) and most students welcomed the government's decision to rescind the programme. Protests broke out across the city when members of different students' organisation took to streets to press for Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh's resignation for retaining the FYUP even after UGC's notice for revocation. Jun 24, 2014

Devotees in Varanasi protest against Swami Swaroopanand for his anti- Sai Baba remark

Varanasi, June 24 (ANI): Devotees of Sai Baba in Varanasi staged protest against Dwarakapeeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand, who sparked controversy when he said that Sai Baba should not be worshipped as he was a human being and not a God. Swaroopanand said that worshipping Sai Baba was a conspiracy to divide the Hindus and that people are making money in his name. The angry crowd also burnt effigy of Swaroopanand and shouted slogans against him. Protesters said that the statements are objectionable and they will continue to protest till Swaroopanand takes his words back. Meanwhile, Swaroopanand refused to budge on his statement and said that his followers will teach lesson to those protesting against him. Jun 24, 2014

Will do our best to bring Indian economy back on track: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that the government will spare no effort in bringing the Indian economy back on track. Currently, the Indian economy is at an all time low and the people are facing the burden of growing inflation especially on the prices of the basic necessities. Recently, the government had announced that the rail passenger fares would be increased by 14.2 percent and freight rates by 6.5 percent. Jun 24, 2014

Sushma Swaraj aims to make passport service satisfactory

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Union Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, aimed to provide satisfactory passport service to the people of the country, as she pinned hopes on speedy issuance of passport. Swaraj, while addressing mediapersons on 'Passport Service Day' on Tuesday said that authorities should conduct a brainstorming session to ensure timely issuance of passport. Foreign Ministry had declared June 24 as 'Passport Seva Divas' every year to commemorate the enactment of Passport Act in 1967. Meanwhile, Swaraj highlighted the need to provide better passport services to the people. Jun 24, 2014

Ranbir wants to sit behind Katrina on a bike!

Mumbai, June 24 (ANI): Looks like B-Town heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor is slowly opening up about his relationship with the very gorgeous Katrina Kaif. As the actor took very confidently took all the media questions thrown on him about his relationship with Katrina Kaif. Ranbir who was recently spotted at Hero Moto Corp's event even said that who would not love to sit behind Katrina on a bike! On the occasion Ranbir even condemned all the rumors going around on him moving out of his house and said... But that's not it, as the Kapoor lad didn't even shy on taking the question regarding his recent Cape Town pictures with Katrina and said he has always been open about his pictures...Well after all this...all we can say is that we just can't wait for the day when you will finally open up about your love! Jun 24, 2014

Vyapam Scam: Shivraj Singh Chouhan files defamation against KK Mishra

New Delhi/ Bhopal, June 24 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday filed a defamation case against Congress leader KK Mishra, who has levelled charges against the Madhya Pradesh CM in the multi-crore Vyapam Scam. The recruitment scam had reportedly involved manipulation in the selection process for government jobs conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB). A Special Task Force has been constituted for an investigation into the Vyapam scam which had detained Laxmikant Sharma, a former state technical education minister, for interrogation. The high profile teacher's recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh is being linked to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's wife, Sadhna Singh. Jun 24, 2014