PM calls for upgradation of forecasting, warning systems of the country

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for revamp of the country's disaster preparedness and response mechanism on Friday, as three and a half months pass, after Uttarakhand was ravaged by incessant rains and ensuing flash floods. Singh said that it was important that they learnt lessons from Uttarakhand tragedy and integrate, mainstream disaster risk reduction strategies into their mainstream development initiatives. Singh added that his government was committed to fully assist the Uttarakhand Government in task of rehabilitation and settlement of those whose houses and property was damaged. Oct 4, 2013

India, Belgium agree to deepen economic ties in critical areas

Brussels, Oct 04 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee, met Belgium Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo, in Brussels on Friday during his six-day visit to Europe, and signed an agreement to deepen economic ties in critical areas of infrastructure, nuclear energy, Information Technology and higher education. Mukherjee arrived in Brussels with an aim to enhance educational and cultural exchange between the two countries. In a rare gesture, King Philippe of Belgium received Mukherjee at the airport on Wednesday, when he began his first leg of the tour from Belgium. This is significant at a time when India is trying to attract more investments in infrastructure to deal with its weak external sector situation. Oct 4, 2013

BJP doesn't want Rahul Gandhi to get credit for the ordinance: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): Even as veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani wrote in his blog that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had used party Vice President, Rahul Gandhi to save the party from embarrassment over the ordinance on lawmakers after knowing President Pranab Mukherjee's mind, Congress leader Rashid Alvi, said that the BJP doesn't want Rahul Gandhi to get credit for the ordinance. Oct 4, 2013

'Hurt' Pallam Raju quits as HRD Minister over Telangana

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): Deeply hurt Union Minister for Human Resources Development Pallam Raju on Friday said that he would be tendering his resignation over the Union Cabinet's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, a decision he said was taken rather in haste. Oct 4, 2013

Formation of Telangana triggers protest; four cabinet ministers quit

Vishakhapatnam/Hyderabad/ New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): The formation of the new state of Telangana from the unified state of Andhra Pradesh has prompted four Union Cabinet Ministers to resign and triggered protests by certain groups. Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi has resigned from his post in protest against the Union Cabinet's approval of the formation of a separate Telangana state. Three other Union Ministers MM Pallam Raju, KS Rao and Surya Prakash Reddy have also offered to resign. Meanwhile, TDP leader, Chandrababu Naidu, said that people were unhappy with the decision and were protesting but the government has taken a unanimous decision without paying heed to the issues of the people. Oct 4, 2013

Jammu and Kashmir Infiltration: What's the use of talks with inefficient Pak govt, asks BJP

New Delhi, Oct 04 (ANI): After the Indian Army on Friday morning foiled an infiltration bid in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha asked the government and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh what is the significance of talks with the Pakistan government who is inefficient in tackling terrorists and its army itself. He further said that the attacks were on even when PM was to visit Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and the talk should have been avoided. Oct 4, 2013

Telangana Row: Jaganmohan Reddy to go on indefinite fast from Saturday

Hyderabad, Oct 4 (ANI): YSR Congress president Jaganmohan Reddy on Friday said that he would go on an indefinite fast from Saturday to protest centre's decision to bifurcate Andha Pradesh. Reddy demanded the resignation of Seemandhra MPs and ministers, and requested them to join the protest for United Andhra Pradesh. Oct 4, 2013

No going back on Telangana: Digvijay Singh

Indore, Oct 04 (ANI): Even as at least six central ministers from Seemandhra region have resigned to protest against the Union Cabinet's decision to create a separate Telangana state from the existing state of Andhra Pradesh, AICC general-secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday said that TDP and YSR Congress had earlier agreed for formation of Telangana and now are changing their words but the government cant take back the decision. Oct 4, 2013

Residents face brunt of cross-border shelling in Kashmir

Chowkibal, Oct 04 (ANI): Locals in Kashmir on Friday said that they were facing the brunt of cross-border shelling as military fought the biggest group of infiltrators in Kashmir trying to cross from Pakistan in years. Some 30 to 40 heavily armed fighters have crossed the Line of Control dividing Kashmir between the rival nations in the Keran sector and are holed up for the past nine days in thick forests in the area. A resident, Abdul Rashid Mir, expressed his ire over the ongoing gun battle which has added to their woes. Another resident, Omar Rashid Lone, called for peace in the province and said that talks can resolve the long-pending Kashmir issue. Oct 4, 2013

Pranab not Rahul saved Cong's face, blogs Advani; BJP defends same

Allahabad, Oct 04 (ANI): Even as veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani wrote in his blog that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had used party Vice President, Rahul Gandhi to save the party from embarrassment over the ordinance on lawmakers after knowing President Pranab Mukherjee's mind, the BJP on Friday defended the same. Oct 4, 2013