Government withdraws export incentives for cotton yarn

Coimbatore, Oct 06 (ANI): Yarn exporters in Coimbatore believed that the withdrawal of incentives for exports of cotton and yarn, a value-added product used by textile mills would turn out to be a move that could cut exporters' margins in the world's second-biggest exporter of the fibre. The removal of Focus market scheme (FMS) will affect the exporters in losing the credibility in the international market. Chairman, South India Mills Association (SIMA) T. Rajkumar said that abruptly withdrawing the scheme would end up loosing markets for Indian cotton yarn. Oct 6, 2013

Asaram, son booked for fresh sexual assault cases; wife, daughter helped?

Surat, Oct 6 (ANI): Fresh sexual assault complaints have been registered against controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai. Surat Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana informed that two sisters have accused the duo of abusing them. According to Asthana, allegations have also been made against the controversial guru's wife, Lakshmi, and his daughter, Bharti, that they both helped Asaram and Narayan Sai in committing these acts. He further said that the complaint against Narayan Sai has been registered at Jhangirpura police station in Surat, while the one against his father Asaram has been transferred to Ahmedabad as the alleged incident happened there. Asaram, 75, was arrested in August on charges of sexually assaulting a minor girl and has been in prison at Jodhpur in Rajasthan since then. Oct 6, 2013

Investigation will be done in fair manner: Surat Police on fresh charges against Asaram, son

Surat, Oct 6 (ANI): Surat Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana on Sunday stated that fair and honest investigation would be done in wake of the fresh allegations of sexual assault against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai. Asthana informed that two sisters have accused the duo of abusing them. He further said that the complaint against Narayan Sai has been registered at Jhangirpura police station in Surat, while the one against his father Asaram has been transferred to Ahmedabad as the alleged incident happened there. Asaram, 75, was arrested in August on charges of sexually assaulting a minor girl and has been in prison at Jodhpur in Rajasthan since then. Oct 6, 2013

Milkha Singh flags off marathon held to save girl child

New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): Residents of New Delhi organized a marathon to create awareness among people to save the girl child on Sunday (October 06). Hundreds of residents including children participated in the marathon which began from the Iconic India gate. The marathon was flagged off by former Indian track and field sprinter, Milkha Singh. While talking to reporters, Singh said that it was important for people to save the girl child as she goes on to give her life to her family give birth to future kings, great men. Oct 6, 2013

Bashar al-Assad admits 'making mistakes' in Syrian civil war

New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has reportedly admitted that he has made mistakes, saying that no side in his country's civil war is entirely free of blame. According to an interview, Assad acknowledged 'personal mistakes by individuals', although it was not elaborated on what those mistakes might have been. Assad admitted that even a president like him could make mistakes, adding that there were 'grey tones' as far as the question of blame was concerned. Declaring a willingness to call elections before his term ends in August, Assad, whose authoritarian rule prompted a bloody civil war with over 100,000 dead, however, said that he has not yet decided whether to run for the presidency again, adding that he would not stand in the elections if he does not have the backing of his people behind him. Keywords: Bashar al-Assad, Civil War, Elections, Authoritarian Rule Oct 6, 2013

Gujarat govt working to reduce child malnutrition rate: BJP

New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): Talking about the CAG report on Gujarat which speaks of malnourished and underweight children in the State, Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that malnutrition is a national problem and Gujarat is progressing and doing well for the issue of Child malnutrition. He also said that the situation of all the states under the rule of Congress except Maharashtra is worse Oct 6, 2013

Obama says Iran 'still year away' from building nuclear weapon

New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): US President Barack Obama has said that Iran is still 'a year or more away' from building a nuclear weapon. Obama's statement, which he quoted from US intelligence assessments, comes as a sharp contrast with Israel, which said that Iran is just months away from being able to build a bomb. However, Obama admitted that the American intelligence estimates are 'more conservative' than those of Israel, although he warned Israel President Shimon Peres to be wary of 'any kind of talk' from Iran after Israel dismissed Iran's outreach to US. Obama also said that the world must 'test' whether Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is serious about resolving its nuclear dispute diplomatically, although he insisted that the US would not take a 'bad deal' from Iran. Oct 6, 2013

Meem Afzal on Telangana turmoil

New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): Even as Union Cabinet approved the formation of Telangana from the existing state of Andhra Pradesh Congress leader Meem Afzal said that there is no politics involved in the telangana decision and it has been in public demand since many years. Oct 6, 2013

IAF Glider makes emergency landing in Delhi's Shastri Park

New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): A microlite aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was forced to make an emergency landing in east Delhi's Shastri Park on Sunday. According to reports, the two-seater glider developed a technical glitch. No one has been injured. Further details are awaited. Oct 6, 2013

Jagan fast enters second day, blames Sonia Gandhi for Telangana crisis

Hyderabad, Oct 06 (ANI): Expressing deep anguish over the arbitrary bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress Party Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has blamed Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the "crisis" in the state and accused her of exploiting sentiments of people to pave way for Rahul Gandhi to become prime minister. He also appealed to Sonia Gandhi to reconsider the decision, as creating a new state would badly affect the future generations of one region. Reddy had earlier said his party would approach the Supreme Court, and ask it to tell the Centre to withdraw its arbitrary decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. Meanwhile, Jagan Reddy's indefinite hunger strike against bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh has entered second day on Sunday. Oct 6, 2013

Kirti Azad on Telanagana turmoil

New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): BJP Kirti Azad on Sunday lashed out at the Congress party over the Telanagana issue and said that the during former NDA's regime three new states were formed and sweets were distributed but this time the way Congress has managed it has only led to protest and strikes. Oct 6, 2013

Strict investigation should be done against Asaram Bapu: JD (U)

New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): Reacting to the new rape case registered against controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai by two sisters from Surat, JD (U) MP said that strict investigation should be done in the case. 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. Oct 6, 2013

Telangana: Congress has done big criminal conspiracy, says BJP

New Delhi, Oct 06 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday lashed out at the Congress party over the Telanagana issue and said that the party is doing a criminal conspiracy and is creating a civil war like situation in the state. Speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that in the name of creating a separate state, the Congress has divided the people and nation. Oct 6, 2013

Neelam Dubey on fresh rape case against Asaram Bapu

Noida, Oct 06 (ANI): Reacting to the new rape case registered against controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai by two sisters from Surat, Bapu's spokesperson Neelam Dubey said that they will cooperate in investigation but its clearly a conspiracy. She also said asked why new cases are surfacing against the father-son duo at a time when the self-styled godman is in jail for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Oct 6, 2013