Kapil Sibal criticizes Narendra Modi and MP government

Bhopal, Nov 22 (ANI): Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday took a jibe at BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, and also slammed the incumbent BJP government in Madhya Pradesh for the poor growth index in the state. Addressing mediapersons in Bhopal, Sibal said that Modi is only interested in bashing the Congress party, rather than focusing on issues of development. Talking about the Madhya Pradesh government, Sibal slammed incumbent chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan for the lack of development in the central state. Nov 22, 2013

India, EU to enhance bilateral talks to resolve competition issues

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): European Commission Vice President, Joaquin Almunia, who is in India to participate in the '3rd BRICS International Competition Conference (ICC)', during a meeting on Friday in the capital said that EU looks forward to engage in bilateral talks with Indian authorities and enhance cooperation in resolving competition issues. India and the European Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday to increase cooperation between the European Commission's competition department and the Competition Commission of India. Nov 22, 2013

Cyclone Helen makes landfall in coastal Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh, Nov 22 (ANI): Cyclone Helen, a severe cyclonic storm swirling over Bay of Bengal, crossed southern coast and made landfall near Machilipatnam district in Andhra Pradesh on Friday at around 2:15 pm with wind speeds upto 100-150 kilometres per hour, local authorities said. Disaster teams have been deployed in six districts - Nellore, Prakasam, Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari. Helen is a low intensity cyclone in comparison to Cyclone Phailin. Nov 22, 2013

Tehelka case: Goa Police file FIR against Tarun Tejpal

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): The Goa Police on Friday filed an FIR against Tehelka editor in chief Tarun Tejpal, who has been accused by a woman journalist of sexual assault during an event in Goa. According to police an FIR has been filed and the crime branch could send a team of officials to Delhi for further investigation. Meanwhile, Tejpal in a statement said that he will cooperate with the investigation. Nov 22, 2013

PIL against Modi rejected by Supreme Court

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): A Public interest litigation (PIL) that has accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of filing incomplete details in his nomination papers for the 2012 assembly polls, has been dismissed by the Supreme Court. Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it is a matter that lies within the jurisdiction of the chief election officer of the state. The PIL was filed by Sunil Sarawgi. He had sought the quashing of the election officer's decision not to reject Modi's nomination paper. Nov 22, 2013

Mayawati condemned BJP, calls it communal party

Lucknow, Nov 22 (ANI): BSP Chief Mayawati on Friday condemned the BJP and held the party responsible for the communal violence that took place in Muzaffarnagar. Mayawati said that the SP government in UP is equally responsible for the violence. Further, she said that Narendra Modi repeats the same content in each of his rally, that is, criticizing the local government and administration. She also condemned the felicitation of the two accused BJP leaders in Agra during Modi's rally. Nov 22, 2013

Clash of ideologies between feuding parties plunges Bangladesh into violence

Dhaka, Nov 22 (ANI): Bangladesh Supreme Court advocate and Vice Chairman of the country's Bar Council, Khandker Mahbub Hossain ruled out personal enmity between the feuding parties highlighting clash of their ideologies, exploiting tension between secularists and Islamists ahead of elections due by next January. Hossain while talking to a reporter in Dhaka said on Friday that the political battle between the leading ladies depended on their ideologies and manifestoes. Stressing on the need for an impartial government, Hossain called for free and fair elections in the country. Pinning hopes on a discussion between the two parties, Hossain said the ongoing deadlock would come to an end. Nov 22, 2013

Narendra Modi slams 'anti-poor Congress' for making false promises

Khandwa, Nov 22 (ANI): Addressing a public rally in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi slammed the Congress party and said that the Congress makes false promises and never keeps up with their promises. Further, he talked about the Congress' anti-poor policies and said that Congress started taxes on the export of cotton, whereas subsidized meat selling and exports. He also said that the Congress government had promoted the liquor market by selling the rotten wheat to liquor companies and not giving the surplus wheat grains to the poor. Nov 22, 2013

Laws of no use if offenders decide on punishment: Brinda Karat on Tarun Tejpal

Gaya, Nov 22 (ANI): Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat on Friday condemned the sexual assault incident involving Tehelka magazine editor Tarun Tejpal, and asked that if offenders can decide punishments for themselves, then what is the use of having laws and courts in the country? Karat's reaction came shortly after the Managing Editor of the Tehelka magazine, Shoma Chaudhury, told media persons here that an internal committee has been set up in the office to probe the sexual harassment charge against editor-in-chief Tarum Tejpal. Nov 22, 2013

BJP, Murli Manohar Joshi, Congress, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana state

Jabalpur, Nov 22 (ANI): Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Friday blamed the ruling Congress Party for mishandling the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and creating resentment among the people of the region. In July this year, the Congress had passed a resolution for the creation of the new Telangana state, a move that revived deep political divisions. Joshi said that the BJP supported the bifurcation, however, it was against the mishandling of the entire procedure that also fuelled protests and violence. Nov 22, 2013

Will give raw video to EC: Anuranjan Jha on sting operation on AAP members Part - 2

Noida, Nov 22 (ANI): Journalist Anuranjan Jha, who released a sting operation on some prominent members of the Aam Aadmi Party, has refused to hand over the raw footage to the AAP. Jha has said that the tapes will be given to the Election Commission and if anybody wants to view the tapes, they can come to his office and view them. Nov 22, 2013

Will give raw video to EC: Anuranjan Jha on sting operation on AAP members Part - 1

Noida, Nov 22 (ANI): Journalist Anuranjan Jha, who released a sting operation on some prominent members of the Aam Aadmi Party, has refused to hand over the raw footage to the AAP. Jha has said that the tapes will be given to the Election Commission and if anybody wants to view the tapes, they can come to his office and view them. Nov 22, 2013

AAP sting operation: Kumar Vishwas defends himself

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Dismissing the controversial sting operation, which showed some prominent faces of the AAP allegedly agreeing to accept cash for improper purposes, as a conspiracy against his party, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Friday said that journalist Anuranjan Jha who released the sting operation can give the sting tape to the Election Commission. Vishwas also said that he will put the case forward. Nov 22, 2013

Tarun Tejpal's involvement in sexual assault case sparks debate

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): The editor-in-chief of Tehelka Magazine Tarun Tejpal faced flak from activists and politicians on Friday following allegations that he sexually assaulted a female colleague. Tarun Tejpal, founder of the award-winning weekly magazine Tehelka - known for exposing corruption and human rights issues - confessed in a leaked email that "a bad lapse of judgement" and "an awful reading of the situation" had led to an "unfortunate incident". Even as managing editor of the magazine Shoma Chaudhary stated that she was setting up a committee for investigating the matter, Member of the National Commission for Women (NCW) Nirmala Samant Prabhavalkar said that Tehelka's response to the case has been disappointing and setting up an internal probe committee under pressure is too late a step. Meanwhile, a BJP leader Nalin Kohli said questioned Tejpal's arrangement of stepping aside from his editorship for six months as penance. Nov 22, 2013

AAP gives alternative; Hand over raw footage or accept sting video as doctored

New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): After a sting operation claimed AAP leaders involvement in "raising funds through illegal means", the party leader Yogendra Yadav said that the party had asked for the raw footage of the sting operation on Thursday from Media Sarkar's Anuranjan Jha and had not received the same till yet. He said that the party is giving alternative till 03:00 PM on Friday and if the footage is not handed over, the party will accept that the video is doctored and has no truth in it. Nov 22, 2013