No question of alliance with Samajwadi Party in UP: Mayawati

New Delhi, Aug 13 (ANI): Ruling out any alliance with Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and outrightly rejecting Lalu Prasad's proposal for a joint front against BJP in the state, BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday said that SP chief Mulyam Singh Yadav only believes in politics of opportunism and is only interested in power. Accusing SP of being hand in glove with BJP, Mayawati announced that BSP will contest assembly elections in UP on its own. Aug 13, 2014

Communal violence bill is the need of the hour: Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Aug 13 (ANI): Congress leader Manish Tewari on Wednesday stated that the debate on Communal Violence Bill is the need of the hour while emphasizing that likeminded parties must come together to combat the spectre of communalism. Meanwhile, after the Congress created an uproar in Parliament over the Bill, the debate on it is likely at 3 pm in the Lok Sabha. The Congress has been demanding an immediate discussion on the Bill as it has been deferred repeatedly. Aug 13, 2014

Youth wing of Bangladesh ruling party mourns Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's killing

Dhaka, Aug 13 (ANI): Supporters of youth wing of Bangladesh's ruling Awami League, Jubo League recently participated in a mourning procession ahead of the 40th death anniversary of the founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was assassinated during an army coup in 1975 along with his family members. Jubo League supporters came out in droves in Dhaka and marched on to the streets. Mujibur, or Mujib as he was popularly called, was killed along with most of the members of his family in a 1975 revolt by young army officers. One of his two surviving daughters, Sheikh Hasina, is now the country's prime minister. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina set up the war crimes tribunal in 2010 to investigate abuses during the 1971 war. Aug 13, 2014

Serene environment of Rashtrapati Bhavan will nurture young minds: Jogen

New Delhi, Aug 13 (ANI): Jogen Chowdhury is the first artist to stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan under the "in-residence scheme for writers and artists" launched by President Pranab Mukherjee last year. The renowned artist, who has earlier worked as "Keeper of Art" at Rashtrapati Bhavan, said the initiative is encouraging for young artists and writers as they would get a chance to work in calm surroundings of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Aug 13, 2014

AIADMK's M Thambidurai elected deputy speaker of Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Aug 13 (ANI): AIADMK leader M. Thambidurai has been elected unopposed as the Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha. All major parties, including Congress, extended support to his candidature. Prime Minister Narendra Modi complimented and thanked all sections of the Lok Sabha, for the consensus which led to the unanimous election of Thambidurai as Deputy Speaker. Modi described him as a highly experienced and active Parliamentarian. Aug 13, 2014

Politicos on Judicial Appointment Commission Bill

New Delhi, Aug 13 (ANI): The government's move to scrap the previous Bill on judicial appointments and introduce a new one in the Lok Sabha got mixed reactions from various political parties. Union Law minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Monday tabled the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill in the Lok Sabha and it will replace the existing collegium system when it comes into effect. Earlier, Prasad had told the parliament the government was keen to set up a committee to appoint judges in the wake of allegations of judicial corruption. Aug 13, 2014

Reactions flow in after Mulayam says ready to join hands with Mayawati if Lalu mediates

Lucknow/ New Delhi, Aug 13 (ANI): Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday said that he is ready to join hands with his arch-rival and BSP chief Mayawati if RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav mediates in this regard. Mulayam was responding to Lalu's recent suggestion that Mulayam and Maywati should also joined hands in Uttar Pradesh to defeat the BJP in the same way as he has allied with his bitter foe Nitish Kumar's JD (U) in Bihar. Ending weeks of speculation, Lalu and Nitish last week came together and launched a joint campaign for the August 21 by-election to 10 assembly seats in Bihar. The two former chief ministers shared stage after nearly 23 years, marking the beginning of a new phase in the politics of the state. Aug 13, 2014

Top Indian sportspersons to run paramilitary marathon

New Delhi, Aug 13 (ANI): Top Indian sportspersons, cricketer Virender Sehwag and boxer Mary Kom will be running a marathon 'unity' launched by India's paramilitary, the Central Reserve Police Force on the occasion of 75 years of its raising. Ace Indian cricketer, Sehwag said he was glad to be a part of such an event that unites the nation. Olympian boxer, Mary Kom, said she felt blessed to be a part of a sporting event as she was fond of all types of sports. The paramilitary force, which is celebrating 75 years of its raising this year, will conduct a half-marathon called 'Run for Unity' in New Delhi on October 12. Apart from Sehwag and champion boxer Mary Kom, about three lakh personnel force would be getting in touch with a host of sportspersons and celebrities to take the track in solidarity with the trooper on ground and its martyrs. Aug 13, 2014