Anti Telangana Stir: Seemandhra MPs meet PM, ask him to accept resignation

New Delhi, Oct 7 (ANI): As Andhra Pradesh is witnessing continuous violent protests, blackouts and curfew in wake of the proposed bifurcation of the state, Congress leaders and ministers from Seemandhra met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday and asked him to rethink on Telangana issue. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Purandeshwari Devi said that she along with Surya Prakash Reddy, Chiranjeevi and Pallam Raju have requested the PM to accept their resignation tendered in protest of the decision to divide the state. Oct 7, 2013

Telangana crisis: BJP blames Congress for unrest in Andhra Pradesh

New Delhi, Oct 7 (ANI): The BJP on Monday held the Congress party responsible for unrest in Andhra Pradesh over formation of Telangana - which has resulted in severe protests and strikes in the region. Speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that the Congress should end the votebank politics, and try to bring peace and order in the state. Meanwhile, Hussain also slammed the Congress over continuing the dialogue with Pakistan. He urged the ruling party to act tough with Pakistan and added that the peace talks and the constant ceasefire violation in Kashmir could not go hand-in-hand. Oct 7, 2013

Women activists demand speedy action against Narayan Sai

New Delhi, Oct 7 (ANI): After Narayan Sai, the controversial self- styled spiritual guru Asaram's son, was accused of sexual assault, National Commission for Women and other women activists demanded strict and speedy action against him. Sai went missing after fresh sexual assault charges were registered against him and his father on Sunday. Oct 7, 2013

Hindus and Muslims celebrate the Urs of Sufi saint

Aurangabad, Oct 07 (ANI): The mausoleum of Hazrat Nizammudin Aurangabadi Rehmattulah Alleh, situated in Aurangabad in India's western state of Maharashtra, draws devotees from different faiths. Though the devotees throng the shrine throughout the year, the Urs or the death anniversary of the saint, attracts a large number of people. The three-day-long Urs attracts many devotees. They present a perfect picture of interfaith harmony as they perform rituals and offer prayers to the saint. Qawwalis are sung in the praise of the Almighty and the mausoleum is decorated with lights during the Urs. Oct 7, 2013

Rahul Gandhi hopes to make Amethi 'agricultural hub'

Amethi, Oct 07 (ANI): Addressing a rally in Amethi after laying the foundation stone for a mega food park, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the initiative would provide large scale employment to residents of the area and ensure just pay to farmers exporting agricultural items. Gandhi also said the inaugurated food park in Amethi will have 40 to 50 warehouses and give direct employment to 2,500 people. The Shaktiman Mega Food Park will be set up by Aditya Birla Nuvo in Jagdishpur at Amethi through Indo Gulf Fertilizers. Oct 7, 2013

Doors open for all communities for Bareilly's charitable clinic

Bareilly, Oct 07 (ANI): India is a multi-religious, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and a multi-lingual country. Its beauty lies in unity in diversity, and its culture of harmony can be seen across the country. And, there are many who constantly work towards keeping this tradition alive. One such person is Shariq Wadud from district in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh. A doctor by profession, Shariq works for a charitable Homeopathy Clinic 'Paigame Insaniyat' where people belonging to different communities come for medical treatment. The 'Bareilly Paigame Insaniyat' has been running successfully for the past many years. What makes it special is the fact that people, irrespective of their religion, come from far-off places to be treated by Dr Shariq Wadud. The treatment is provided at affordable prices for those who cannot afford expensive hospitals. Oct 7, 2013

Chandrababu Naidu targets Sonia, says Congress creating Telangana only for votes

New Delhi, Oct 07 (ANI): Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu, who began his indefinite fast in the national capital today against the creation of a separate Telangana state, blamed the Congress of playing politics over the bifurcation of the state. He also accused the Congress and Centre of being only interested in votes and not the welfare of the people. He said that the Congress was trying to win over YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and also eying an alliance with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). He also took a jibe at Congress president Sonia Gandhi by using Italian terms to explain the extent of the crisis in Andhra Pradesh. Oct 7, 2013

Principal denies sexual harassment allegations by DU ex lab staff

New Delhi, Oct 07 (ANI): Principal GK Arora of Bhim Rao Ambedkar College on Monday denied allegations of physical and mental harassment by a former laboratory assistant of the college. The lab assistant, who had set herself on fire seven days ago after alleging sexual harassment by Arora, succumbed to her injuries today. Oct 7, 2013

Residents bear brunt of anti- bifurcation protests in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh, Oct 7 (ANI): As the announcement of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh evoked violent protests, locals continued to suffer as normal life came to a halt, in wake of the curfew clamped by authorities in the region. Deepening the crisis, the electricity department employees struck work, plunging large parts of the region into darkness. As a result of the power situation, many trains were cancelled on Monday. Southern Railway has cancelled a number of trains between Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh tomorrow, due to the violent agitations by some workers of Andhra Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation over the Telangana issue. Oct 7, 2013

Delhi celebrates Navratras

New Delhi, Oct 7 (ANI): The Hindu festival of Navratras is a period of great joy and celebrations for devout Hindus across India. The nine-day long Navratri festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The festival was celebrated with grand fervour in Gole Market area of New Delhi where devotees assembled at a temple and participated in the elaborate prayer session. Chief Minister of Delhi Shiela Dixit also participated in the Navratras celebrations and wished everyone a very happy Navratras. It is believed that during the days of Navratri, Goddess Durga descends on earth to rid it of demons and bless her devotee subjects with happiness and prosperity. The nine-day festival of Navaratri culminates on the festival of Dussehra, which falls on the tenth day. Oct 7, 2013

Surat Police issues lookout notice against Asaram's son Narayan Sai

New Delhi, Oct 7 (ANI): The Surat Police on Monday issued a lookout notice against controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu's son Narayan Sai. The latest development in this regard comes a day after fresh sexual assault complaints were registered against Asaram and Narayan Sai in Surat. According to reports, two sisters have lodged rape cases against Asaram and Narayan Sai alleging sexual assault between 2002 and 2004. According to the FIR, Asaram raped the elder sister at Ahmedabad ashram and his son raped the younger one in Surat between 2002-04. Asaram, 72, was arrested on September 1 on allegations of sexual assault on a minor at his ashram in Jodhpur and is currently in jail. Oct 7, 2013

SC proposes 3-member panel for IPL spot-fixing scandal

New Delhi, Oct 7 (ANI): In a setback to N Srinivasan’s hopes of taking charge as BCCI president for a third term, the Supreme Court of India proposed a three-member panel to investigate the IPL spot-fixing scandal on Monday and extended the hearing of the case to Tuesday. The apex court today proposed that the new probe panel will be headed by former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mukul Mudgal, and will also consist of senior Supreme Court lawyers, L Nageshwar Rao and Nilesh Dutta. Meanwhile, a petitioner, Aditya Sinha, said to mediapersons that the Court has scrapped off the pleas to re-consider Srinivasan’s case. Oct 7, 2013

Maoists slain yet another innocent villager in Jharkhand

Palamu, Oct 7 (ANI): Acting with brazen impunity, Maoists have killed a villager in Jharkhand, triggering fear among the locals, Police have informed. The villager, Kameshwar Bhuiya, was killed by at least 10 to 15 Maoists. The Assistant Superintendent of Police, P Murugan, said that a case has also been registered but the Maoists had fled from the area. A relative of the deceased villager, Babu Lal, said that he was killed by the Maoists while he tried to save the lives of two villagers from them. Hundreds of people lose their life in the violence, perpetrated by the rebels. Oct 7, 2013

BJP taunts Mulayam's claims of Third Front formation after polls

New Delhi, Oct 0 7 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said that Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is day-dreaming with his claims of formation of a Third Front after the 2014 general elections. Reiterating that a Third Front will be formed after the polls, the Samajwadi Party Supremo earlier in the day claimed the next prime minister will be from among the alliance partners. Oct 7, 2013

Son of Jamaat founder says it has no right to do politics in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Oct 7 (ANI): Syed Haider Farooq Maudoodi, son of Syed Abul A'la Maudoodi who was founder of Jamaat-e-Islami has said that the religion-based party should not be allowed to continue politics in Bangladesh on the grounds that it opposed the country's birth. Syed Haider Farooq Maudoodi, who was brought up under fundamental ideologies of Syed Abul A'la Maududi, along with all his nine siblings said he has never been involved with Jamaat-e-Islami's politics. While addressing mediapersons in national capital, Dhaka, on his first visit there after the liberation war, Syed Haider Farooq Maudoodi, who is now a columnist in Lahore, Pakistan, slammed the concept of using religion in politics. Oct 7, 2013