Suresh Prabhu & Nitin Gadkari wields broom on 'Good Governance Day'

Varanasi/ Nagpur, Dec 25 (ANI): Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday wielded broom on the occasion of 'Good Governance Day'. Prabhu picked up the broom at Manduadih railway station of Varanasi and said that improvements will be brought in railways so as to increase the passenger's satisfaction during the journey. Meanwhile, Gadkari participated in the drive in Nagpur and said that development and good governance are both important for the nation. Dec 25, 2014

Our priority to form govt, will be facilitating factor & not impeding: Sajjad Lone

Srinagar, Dec 25 (ANI): J&K People's Conference Chief Sajjad Lone on Thursday said that their priority is to form government in the state. He said that the party will be a facilitating factor and not an impeding factor in the process of government formation. Further, he accepted that the BJP has the power and they will help in whichever way to form a government. J&K assembly elections ended with ‘fractured mandate’, paving way for a coalition government in the state. Dec 25, 2014

Govt launches portal to enable e auction of 24 coal mines

New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): The government on Thursday launched a portal to enable the e-auction of 24 coal mines to commence. Paving the way for start of an auction process, the government on Wednesday had approved re-promulgation of the coal ordinance and necessary guidelines for mine allocations and said the coal-rich states stand to earn Rs 7 lakh crore over the next 30 years. Dec 25, 2014

Meenakshi Lekhi wields broom at Delhi Cantonment Railway Station

New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi on Thursday along with Railway DRM Ashwani Sachan wielded broom at the Delhi Cantonment Railway Station. Meenakshi Lekhi said that there is extreme lack of civic sense among the public. She added that people should ensure that they don't litter the public places. Dec 25, 2014

JP Nadda inspects Safdarjung Hospital; participates in cleanliness drive

New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): Health Minister JP Nadda on Thursday along with BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi paid a surprise visit at Safdarjung Hospital and inspected the cleanliness maintained by the hospital staff. Nadda even wielded the broom in the outer premises of the hospitals. He said that in order to expedite PM Modi's Swachhata Abhiyan, he will inspect hospitals for cleanliness and also clean them himself. He added that he will be making such surprise visit to ensure cleanliness in the hospitals. Dec 25, 2014

PM Modi pays tribute to Pt. Malaviya on his birth anniversary

New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tribute to Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya on his 153th birth anniversary. Prime Minister Modi took to twitter for extending his wishes. "Tributes to Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya on his birth anniversary. A man ahead of his time, he devoted himself to nationalism and education," tweeted Prime Minister Modi. Respectfully addressed as 'Mahamana', he was an educationist and politician notable for his role in the independence movement and his espousal of Hindu nationalism. Malaviya is most remembered as the founder of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) at Varanasi in 1916, the largest residential university in Asia and one of the largest in the world. He also served as the Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University from 1919-1938. Malaviya had held the position of President of the Indian National Congress on four occasions, 1909, 1913, 1919 and 1932. He left congress in 1934. Yesterday, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and educationist Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya were conferred with the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna. Dec 25, 2014

PM Modi greets Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birthday

New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 90th birthday. Prime Minister Modi took to twitter for extending his greetings. "Warm birthday wishes to our one and only Atal ji," tweeted Prime Minister Modi. "There is no bigger tribute to Atal ji than celebrating his birthday as 'Good Governance Day' and pledging to devote ourselves to this cause," he added. "Development and good governance are the only ways ahead. Together, let us make a positive impact in people's lives and create a developed India," he said in a series of tweets. Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as the eleventh Prime Minister, first for 13 days in 1996 and then from 1998 to 2004. Dec 25, 2014

PM Modi to visit Varanasi today for 'Good Governance Day'

New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting his Parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Thursday to observe ' Good Governance Day ' on the birthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The Prime Minister will also be visiting Banaras Hindu University to garland the statue of Bharat Ratna winner, educationist, great social worker and freedom fighter Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya on his birth anniversary and then will drive to Assi Ghat to inspect cleanliness programme started by him during his previous visit to Varanasi. Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the visit. Special Protection Group (SPG) has taken over the security arrangements and the state police and PAC have also been deployed in and around the venues of different programmes. Dec 25, 2014

Neighbouring areas put on high alert after attack in Assam

Siliguri /Guwahati, Dec 25 (ANI): In the backdrop of the militant attack in Assam, security was tightened in neighbouring city of Siliguri in West Bengal. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Alipurduar district, Akash Megharia, said extra personnel have been deployed at various check points as part of beefed up security. Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a high level meeting with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in Guwahati. Tribal Affairs Minister, Joel Oram and MoS for Home affairs Kiren Rijiju also attended the meeting. Dec 25, 2014

Decorated churches, carol singing usher in warmth of Christmas across India

New Delhi/Chennai/ Bengaluru/Kolkata, Dec 25 (ANI): Christians across different cities of India soaked in festive spirit as they sang carols in decked up churches while attending special midnight mass prayers on the Christmas Eve. Marking the annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas is celebrated across the world on December 25. The midnight mass precedes the Christmas day and the church resounds with joyful singing of Christmas carols and thanksgiving. The people of Bengaluru in Karnataka also soaked themselves in the festive spirit as Christmas brings with it goodwill and festivity, which seemed to overwhelm people as they make merry. Dec 25, 2014

Competition only between AAP and BJP for Delhi assembly polls: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal, urged people to not vote for Congress party in the upcoming assembly polls for Delhi. Kejriwal was addressing a rally in New Delhi where he said the competition for state polls exists only between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The elections are likely to be held early next year as no party is in position to form the government. AAP chief also hit out at BJP for failing to fulfill its pre poll promises before coming to power in May. Dec 25, 2014