Pak trying to take full advantage of non-existent Govt in India: BJP

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): Terming the ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir to be very unfortunate and a sad situation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said Islamabad is trying to take full advantage of a non-existent government at the Centre. The Pakistani army violated the ceasefire yet again on Friday, targeting several posts of the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, heavy firing was reported from the Hamirpur, Mendhar and Barasingha sectors of Poonch in Jammu. Small arms, rockets and mortars are reportedly being fired from Pakistan. The Indian Army is retaliating in equal measure. Oct 11, 2013

We are fully prepared to counter the cyclone: Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneshwar, Oct 11 (ANI): As Cyclonic storm 'Phailin', which is classified as very severe by the weather department, is expected to hit coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh at around 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the state is fully prepared to counter the cyclone. The Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Governments have taken all preventive measures to counter the expected cyclone, a warning for which has already been issued by the meteorological department in both states. Oct 11, 2013

UP is burning, SP just interested in vote bank: Raj Babbar after Raja Bhaiya's comeback

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): After controversial UP leader Raghuraj Pratap Singh or 'Raja Bhaiya' returned as a minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government, Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar said that the whole of UP is burning in the flames of communalism and corruption and that SP government is only interested in its vote bank. He further said that UP government was responsible for the Muzaffarnagar riots and bringing back Raja Bhaiya in the cabinet is another tactic in the same series. Oct 11, 2013

Stapled visa row: India should realize China's intentions and act accordingly, says BJP

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday reacted sharply to the Chinese Embassy issuing stapled visas to two Arunachal Pradesh archers, suggesting that the border state is still a 'disputed region', and said it is high time the Government of India realize Beijing's intentions and act accordingly. BJP vice president Balbir Punj said both China and Pakistan are taking full advantage of the situation in India because it knows pretty well that New Delhi has a non-existent government. Two young women archers from Arunachal Pradesh, who were issued stapled Chinese visas, were prevented at the IGI Airport from leaving for China last night to take part in the upcoming Youth World Archery Championship. Oct 11, 2013

Sachin, an inspiration for all the team members, says K. Srikkanth

Chennai, Oct 11 (ANI): As the cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar announced that he would be retiring from international cricket after playing his 200th Test against the West Indies, Former India opener and Captain K. Srikkanth said that he was the inspiration for all the team members. Oct 11, 2013

Stapled visas by China against dignity of nation: CPI on Arunachal archer's detention case

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): Following yet another case where two Arunachal Pradesh young women archers having stapled visas for China were prevented from boarding a China Southern Airlines flight at New Delhi's IGI Airport, CPI leader Atul Anjan said that China should stop such actions if it wants better relations with India. He further said that this is the question of the dignity the nation and issuing stapled visa is like giving it with 'a pinch of salt' and is against the nation's respect. Oct 11, 2013

Asaram's judicial custody extended till October 25

Jodhpur, Oct 11 (ANI): Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu's judicial custody was extended on Friday by another 14 days, till October 25, by a Jodhpur court in connection with a sexual assault case. According to reports, the Jodhpur based court also extended custody of his two close aides, including former ashram supervisor Shilpi. Asaram had earlier moved a bail application in the Rajasthan High Court, which was rejected. According to reports, the court of the district and sessions judge (Jodhpur Rural) will, meanwhile, decide on the plea by a Gujarat Police team seeking custody of Asaram for questioning him in connection with a sexual assault case lodged by two sisters from Surat against him and his son. Oct 11, 2013

Arunachal CM over stapled visa row

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki on Friday said that it is very unfortunate that two archers from Arunachal Pradesh were stopped from going to China for a world championship, after the Chinese Embassy issued them stapled visas as a mark that the border state was a 'disputed region'. Talking to mediapersons, he said that Arunachal Pradesh is a part of India and he does not agree with the idea of considering the state as a disputed land. Oct 11, 2013

UP CM trusts me and supports me: Raja Bhaiya after taking oath as UP minister

Lucknow, Oct 11 (ANI): Following his comeback, controversial UP politician Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiya after taking oath at Raj Bhawan, said that UP Chief Minister trusts him and supports him and that is the reason why he is included in the cabinet ministers again. He further said that he was framed in the case of murder of a senior cop and have come out clear. Oct 11, 2013

Opposition files dissent against JPC report in 2G scam

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): The main opposition, BJP as members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee probing the multi-billion 2G spectrum scam, expressed their dissent as they called the report flawed. Speaking to mediapersons during a news conference in New Delhi, senior leaders of the main opposition, BJP contended the report and said that they had filed a dissent. Party’s senior leader Yashwant Sinha, said that the report was just a bundle of contradictions. Earlier, Supreme Court had rejected the petitions of persons accused in the case, seeking review of its earlier orders, thereby restraining the High Court from hearing matters arising out of the scam. Oct 11, 2013

Manmohan Singh to discuss bilateral partnerships with Indonesia

Jakarta, Oct 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to have a meeting with Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday and will have talks with other top functionaries of the Indonesian government during his two-day visit to the country. Singh arrived in the country’s capital Jakarta on Thursday. He will hold talks with Indonesia’s leadership on key bilateral and regional issues, including ways to increase economic cooperation. The two leaders are likely to discuss means to enhance bilateral partnerships in the fields of economics, defence, and energy. Oct 11, 2013

Cyclone update by Met Dapartment

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): MeT Department scientist Dr. M Mohapatra on Friday said that cyclone Phailin has intensified last night and will further spread towards Odisha and then Andhra Pradesh. He also said that there will be heavy rainfall in these areas and that the associated wind speed has reached around 200 km/hr. Oct 11, 2013

Pakistani cricket fans pay tribute on Tendulkars retirement

Lahore/ Karachi, Oct 11 (ANI): The cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar finally calls it a day, and there goes an entire nation mourning the same. But, master-blaster has his magic beyond the borders too as Pakistani cricket lovers too paid tribute to Tendulkar after he announced his retirement. Tendulkar, who made his debut against bitter rivals Pakistan in 1989 as a sixteen-year old, has gone on to accumulate 15,837 runs in 198 tests and 18,426 runs in 463 one-day internationals. In Pakistani home to cricket, Lahore, a local coach dubbed Tendulkar’s retirement as shock to cricket on Thursday. Oct 11, 2013

Sachin has defined cricket in India: Shashi Tharoor

Trivandrum, Oct 11 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said that the Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has defined cricket in India and people will miss his extraordinary performances on the ground. Oct 11, 2013

Raja Bhaiya re-inducted, Congress calls UP govt directionless and sinking ship

Lucknow, Oct 11 (ANI): After UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav re-inducted controversial leader Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya as a minister, Congress Spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh said on Friday that the UP government is directionless and should rather change the way of governance than changing his government again and again. Raja Bhaiya took oath at Raj Bhawan at 10.15 am. Singh further said that people know the truth and will not get influenced by repetitive change in cabinet. Oct 11, 2013