Nitish Kumar backs BJP's demand for Bharat Ratna to AB Vajpayee

Patna, Nov 18 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday backed the BJP's demand for the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna to their senior leader and former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Backing BJP's demand, Kumar while addressing a news conference in Patna said that Vajpayee deserves the award. Commenting over the remark made by India's eminent scientist, CNR Rao over politicians, Kumar highlighted the need to spend more on research in the field of science. During the conference, Kumar also pinned hopes on the formation of third front. Nov 18, 2013

Aligarh University students carry forward tradition of Communal Harmony

Aligarh, Nov 18 (ANI): Aligarh is situated in northwest part of India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The city is the seat of Aligarh University, whose foundation is laid on compassion, accord and harmony. This can clearly be seen during competitions organised in the university in which students belonging to different religions, participate enthusiastically. The students spend most of their time together, and create strong bonds of friendship among themselves. Such institutions provide a perfect example of the spirit of tolerance and acceptance of differences, which is a key feature of India's culture. And, their efforts to keep this ethos alive go a long way in strengthening the social fabric of India that is made up of diverse strands. Nov 18, 2013

Ink-throwing protester disrupts Kejriwal's press conference

New Delhi, Nov 18 (ANI): A man, claiming to be a BJP worker, created a ruckus at a press conference on Monday when AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal was addressing the issue of party funding. The protestor threw black ink at Kejriwal while he was addressing the press conference. The man, who identified himself as Nachiketa Mavlekar said that he has not been sent by any party. Nov 18, 2013

Centre would provide adequate safeguards to Seemandhra people: Jaipal Reddy after GoM meet

New Delhi, Nov 18 (ANI): After three union ministers from Telangana, S Jaipal Reddy, Porika Balram Naik and Sarve Satyanarayana met the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Monday, they urged the central government to go ahead with the creation of Telangana and make Hyderabad its unconditional capital. Jaipal Reddy said that the ministers want the Government of India not to impose too many limitations on the inherent constitutional rights of the new Telangana state, and that it would provide adequate safeguards to Seemandhra people. Nov 18, 2013

AB Vajpayee deserves Bharat Ratna: Farooq Abdullah

Bangalore, Nov 18 (ANI): New and Renewable Energy minister Farooq Abdullah has strongly backed the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) demand for Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saying he deserved the honour. Abdullah said that he would make a "personal request" for bestowing the honour on Vajpayee. Nov 18, 2013

Rahul Gandhi lowered dignity of PM, says Modi indirectly

Chhattarpur, Nov 18 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, on Monday indirectly accused Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi of lowering dignity of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Modi said Rahul conspired to publicly humiliate Singh over an ordinance on convicted lawmakers. He also hit out at Rahul for calling BJP leaders thieves at a public rally. Modi also questioned media's partisan reactions. Nov 18, 2013

Hindu Family makes Tazias for Muharram- A perfect example of Communal Harmony

Gorakhpur, Nov 18 (ANI): India is known for its diversity that is marked by harmonious relations between people of different communities. And examples of this ethos can be found throughout the country. One such example comes from Gorakhpur, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where a Hindu family makes Tazias during Muharram. A Tazia is a replica of the tomb of Imam Hussain that is carried in processions during Muharram. The first ten days of the month of Muharram commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain and his companions at Karbala. Nov 18, 2013

People moving out from Rahul's rally show they are done away with Congress: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi, Nov 18 (ANI): Talking about the moving out of crowd in Rahul Gandhi's rally in Delhi, BJP leader Nitin Gadkari said that the act shows that people are done away with Congress and their corruption. He said that people no more are going to sympathize with the Congress, which means that BJP will come to power in the upcoming elections. Further, he also slammed at Congress for using abusive language in their election speeches and said that Congress is scared of the opposition. Nov 18, 2013

Chhattisgarh police alert on security during polls: DGP

Raipur, Nov 18 (ANI): As the polls are on its way in Chhattisgarha midst threat from Naxal forces in the region, state DGP Ram Niwas said that the police forces are active on the same and have averted many attacks by the Naxal forces. He said that it is because of the due alertness of the police department in the state that the polls are carried on peacefully. He remained hopeful about the peaceful election in coming days too. Nov 18, 2013

SP trying to divert the attention from nation's security: Balbir Punj

New Delhi, Nov 18 (ANI): BJP's Vice President, Balbir Punj said on Monday that Samajwadi party is trying to divert the issue from security of the nation and its people by talking about languages. Punj further said that at this time of elections, Hindi or English is not the issue to talk about. Samajwadi party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is seeking ban on the use of English language in Parliament. Nov 18, 2013

Freedom fighters condemn violence by BNP-led alliance in Bangladesh

Rangpur, Nov 18: A peace rally organized by “Anwesha Shanskriti Songothan”, a social organization, was attended by over five thousand freedom fighters and scholars from eight district of Rangpur division. Saddened by frequent strikes and violence by Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance, the freedom fighters called for peaceful elections ahead. They also called for a ban on radical outfits like the Jamaat-e-Islami, which was against the creation of the country and still continues with its violent ways. Bangladesh, then known as East Pakistan, broke away from West Pakistan after a bloody war in 1971. Nov 18, 2013

Bharat Ratna has become a joke, it should be abolished: Shivanand Tiwari

New Delhi, Nov 18 (ANI): Reacting on the hullabaloo over the Bharat Ratna award, JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari on Monday said that the award has become a joke and it should be abolished altogether as it has no significance now. He further said that Sachin Tendulkar has not played cricket for free and an unnecessary hype is being created out of emotions and advertisement. Nov 18, 2013

Naresh Agarwal on Mulayams demand to ban English in Parliament

New Delhi, Nov 18 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal on Monday said that Mulayam Singh’s demand to ban English is fully justified. MPs should be banned from speaking in English in Parliament, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had said. He had also claimed that countries which use their mother tongue are more developed. Nov 18, 2013

Didnt say politicians are idiots, just said some are doing idiotic things: CNR Rao

Bangalore, Nov 18 (ANI): Eminent scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee CNR Rao, who sparked a controversy by calling the politicians idiots, claimed that the media has distorted his statement and his remark was not an outburst. Defending himself, he further clarified that he wanted to say that the funds in scientific field must be increased more to be at par with other countries. Nov 18, 2013