Leaders should learn meaning of secularism from Indian soldiers: Modi

Rewari, Sep 15 (ANI): While addressing the people during his first rally as BJP's PM candidate in Rewari town off Haryana, Narendra Modi on Sunday said that leaders in India have stooped really low for vote bank and that they should learn the meaning of secularism from the Indian soldiers, who work for no community, but just for the nation. He also blamed the New Delhi government for inflicting politics of communalism in the pure secular army. Modi also added that because of negligence towards Indian army, youths in today's nation don't want to join army. Sep 15, 2013

Modi advocates for self-reliance in defence sector

Rewari, Sep 15 (ANI): As Gujarat chief minister and BJP's newly announced PM candidate Narendra Modi addressed the people during his first rally in Rewari district of Haryana, he said that the country's military and defence sector should be self-reliant and not dependent on foreign import of arms and ammunitions. Further, he said that such imports are harmful in the sense that one cannot rely on the other country whose foreign policy tends to differ from India. Sep 15, 2013

Modi hails soldiers for saving lives of Uttarakhand flood victims

Rewari, Sep 15 (ANI): In his first rally at Rewari in Haryana after being elevated as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 General Elections, Narendra Modi, Sunday, lauded the armed forces for saving the lives of the Uttarakhand flood victims. Modi called India the land of bravehearts. Sep 15, 2013

Modi targets Congress, JD (U); says don't insult our soldiers

Rewari, Sep 15 (ANI): Delivering his first speech after being elevated as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi targeted the Congress over the killings of Indian soldiers at the LoC. Hitting at Defence Minister A.K. Antony for his 'terrorist wearing Pakistan Army uniforms' remark, he said the leaders should refrain from insulting the soldiers. Modi also pointed fingers at the JD (U) for the insensitive remarks made by its leaders about the Indian Army. Sep 15, 2013

Nuclear-capable 'Agni-5' successfully tested for second time

Wheeler Island, SEP 15 (ANI): The country's most deterrent nuclear capable ballistic missile, Agni-5 has been successfully test fired from Chandipur Test Range in Balasore district off Odisha coast. The missile was launched at 8.45 on Sunday morning. The Agni-5 can carry a single nuclear warhead of over 1000 kg and can strike with precision targets in China and Europe. Sep 15, 2013

Secular tourism on communal riots in UP: Naqvi

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): As UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav visits riot-hit Muzaffarnagar, a week after the communal clashes started there, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi taunted Yadav saying that this is a secular tourism on communal riots that happened in the town. Naqvi further said that there won't be any benefit of this 'secular tourism' and it would further intensify the pain people are going through. Talking about the statement given by SP leader Azam Khan, he said that people who died were neither Muslims nor Hindus, they were human beings. Sep 15, 2013

RSS should come at forefront, take command and fight elections: Gehlot

Jodhpur, Sep 15 (ANI): Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot on Sunday hit out at the BJP saying that the party must be disbanded and that RSS should come at the forefront, take command and fight elections rather than working in disguise influencing every decision of the BJP. Sep 15, 2013

Nuclear-capable 'Agni-5' successfully tested; India can be legitimately proud

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): Even as the country's most deterrent nuclear capable ballistic missile, Agni-5 was successfully test fired from Chandipur Test Range in Balasore district off Odisha coast, on Sunday, Defence Analyst Commodore (Retd) C Uday Bhaskar said that India can be legitimately proud now, however, it does not mean the country has strategical development in operations. Sep 15, 2013

Azam Khan's statement unfortunate and saddening: Atul Anjan

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): After SP senior leader Azam Khan asked the Muslim community to tell their grievances to UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is to visit Muzaffarnagar on Sunday to meet the victims of the communal clashes in the town, CPI leader Atul Anjan said that Azam Khan's statement is unfortunate and saddening. Further, he said that the CM is going to meet both Hindus and Muslim and not just the Muslim community and that Khan has always taken sides and not been secular. Sep 15, 2013

Lalu Prasad criticizes Nitish govt's take on power officials

Patna, Sep 15 (ANI): Reacting on the Nitish Kumar government's lathicharge and teargas reaction on the protesting employees in Patna, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday said that Nitish government is incapable of generating electricity on their own. He further said that he totally supports the demand of the employees and the situation in the state is the responsibility of Nitish Kumar. Sep 15, 2013

BSF seizes contraband drugs worth Rs 85 cr

Amritsar, Sep 15 (ANI): Alert personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) in Punjab seized 17 kilograms of contraband heroin, worth rupees 85 crores in the international market. BSF has been working on several improvised operational guidelines to trim down the frequent narcotics smuggling from across the border. Addressing the mediapersons in Amritsar district, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of BSF, Ravi Joseph said that the patrolling team of force had laid an ambush and early in the morning they observed movement of two to three smugglers near security fence along the border fencing. Sep 15, 2013

Azam Khan should be suspended and arrested: VHP

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): As UP chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is to visit the riot hit area of Muzaffarnagar, following which SP leader Azam Khan said that people tell their problems to the CM, VHP Spokesperson Prakash Sharma said on Sunday that Azam Khan has been giving out communal statements since long now and that he should be suspended from the party and arrested for this. Sharma said that Kahn meant that only Muslim community is entitled to rehabilitation and no one else. Sep 15, 2013

Muzaffarnagar: Police fail to arrest BJP MLA booked for triggering violence

Dehradun, Sep 15 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh police unsuccessfully tried to nab BJP legislator Bharatendra Singh for his alleged role in triggering the communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar district of UP. Singh's supporters prevented his arrest after he was booked by the police along with four other BJP legislators, contending that the police have no arrest warrant. Singh had allegedly made a provocative speech at a farmers' gathering, named Khap Panchayat that led to communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar. On this aspect, Bharatendra Singh said that the policemen had no grounds for arresting him. Sep 15, 2013