Suspense continues over government formation in J-K, BJP asserts importance

New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party once again said on Friday that no stable government would be possible in Jammu and Kashmir without the party's participation, even as the suspense over government formation in the state continues. Two days ago, People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti, the leader of the largest party, had also met the Governor. After the meeting, Mehbooba Mufti appeared to lean towards the BJP as she invoked former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's vision and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi "has a big responsibility" towards the state. In the five-phased recent state assembly polls, the PDP won 28 seats in the 87-member Jammu and Kashmir assembly; the BJP won 25, while the National Conference and the Congress won 15 and 12 seats respectively. The majority mark was 44, which none of the four political parties achieved. So far, no party or combination of parties, has staked claim to form government. Jan 2, 2015
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Hospitals well-equipped to handle swine flu cases: Nadda

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Friday said the government is closely monitoring the situation following reports of two women being infected with swine flu, and added that hospitals are well-equipped to handle such cases. Two women, one from Telangana and another from Andhra Pradesh, were reported to be infected with swine flu earlier in the day. Jan 2, 2015
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Congress, BJP on Delhi Assembly Polls

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): In a few weeks from now, the national capital territory of Delhi will vote for a new Assembly and hopefully get a stable government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Jan 10 formally kick off the BJP's campaign for the elections. Meanwhile, the Congress on Thursday released its first list of candidates. Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said that the people have experienced the impact of governance over the past one year, and will definitely recall how the Congress ran its government in the national capital for 15 years. Jan 2, 2015
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Corrective measures have been taken, normalcy is being restored: Suresh Prabhu on Mumbai train servi

Mumbai, Jan 02 (ANI): Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday while speaking on the Mumbai train services disruption said that corrective measures have been taken and normalcy is being restored in the region. He added that he had called a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, ministers and the concerned officers of the state to discuss the matter. Services of local trains in Mumbai were affected after an overhead cable wire fell down on the tracks. There were also reports of stone pelting and torching of vehicles by disgruntled commuters in and around the Diva Station. Jan 2, 2015
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US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard meets Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on Friday met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi to boost economic ties. Gabbard is the sole Hindu member of the US Congress. On her maiden visit to India, which commenced on December 15, Gabbard met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. She also met chairman of National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) and interacted with several entrepreneurs and IT pioneers in Bengaluru. Her tour ends on Saturday. The Democrat from Hawaii discussed issues like environmental challenges, regional security challenges and militancy with Modi. Jan 2, 2015

Politicos slam Gujarat govt as state cops make 'terrorists' wear skullcaps in mock drill

New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): Politicos on Friday demanded a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the skull cap controversy. An anti-terror mock drill by the Surat Police had sparked a storm after one of the person posing as a terrorist wore a skullcap suggesting that the terrorists belonged to a particular community. The incident came under severe criticism. Jan 2, 2015

Unauthorized colonies will be regularized in Delhi, says Jaitley

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that the government has taken the decision to regularize the unauthorized colonies in Delhi. He added that the sealing issue will be dealt legally and the restriction on the sealing process will continue till then. Jan 2, 2015

Train services on Mumbai Central Line hit

Mumbai, Jan 02 (ANI): Services of local trains in Mumbai were affected on Friday after an overhead cable wire fell down on the tracks. According to reports, the incident happened on the local central line. A local train broke down at the Thakurli station, near Kalyan, in Thane district. There were also reports of stone pelting and torching of vehicles by disgruntled commuters in and around the Diva Station. Police had to resort to a mild baton charge to discharge agitating crowds that had gathered in the station's vicinity to protest over the delay in the plying of trains. Apart from Diva station, the other stations where services have been affected are Thane and Thakurli. Further details are awaited. Jan 2, 2015
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Two injured in crude bomb blast in Burdwan

Durgapur, Jan 02 (ANI): At least two people were injured in a crude bomb blast in the Durgapur area of the Burdwan district in West Bengal. According to the media reports, the explosion took place when some individuals were trying to assemble crude bombs. The injured have been shifted to a local hospital for treatment. The police have not been able to find any terror angle to the blast. Investigation is ongoing and further reports are awaited. Jan 2, 2015
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Hosiery factory in Ludhiana catches massive fire, no casualties reported

Ludhiana, Jan 02 (ANI): A massive fire broke out in a hosiery factory in Ludhiana city causing heavy losses, but no casualty was reported. Fifteen fire tenders were rushed to douse the fire which gutted the factory. The fire quickly spread through the five-storey building. Fire officials said no worker was inside the factory when fire broke out. Raj Kumar, a fireman, said it took around five hours to douse the fire. Owner of the factory, Rajiv Kumar said that the fire was massive and loss will be huge. Jan 2, 2015
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Heavy rainfall hits capital

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): Heavy showers hit the national capital on Friday, bringing traffic to a standstill in many parts of the city. The Meteorological department had earlier predicted that intense cold and foggy conditions will continue in North India, adding that the region could experience some respite from the fog in January. North India is reeling under an intense cold wave, with minimum temperatures in the national capital plummeting to 2.7 degrees Celsius. Jan 2, 2015
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Politicos react as Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi sent to 14-day judicial custody in Pakistan

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after Lashkar-e-Toiba operative and 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was sent to 14 days' judicial custody. The decision came after Pakistan government moved the Supreme Court earlier on Thursday protesting the detention suspension order issued by the Islamabad high court. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao reacting over the decision, said that sincere approach of Pakistan in dealing with Lakhvi is missing. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that Lakhvi is an Indian culprit and should be handed over to India. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said Pakistan has a dual strategy. Jan 2, 2015
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Politicos react as President seeks clarification from Govt over land acquisition ordinance

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): Politicos reacted as President Pranab Mukherjee before giving his assent to the land acquisition ordinance, sought a "clarification" from ministers in the Modi government to explain to him "the urgency" in bringing the executive order. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that the step taken by the President is a normal procedure. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it is a good step by our President. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi also supported the President's action. Jan 2, 2015