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TMC protest against Madan Mitra's arrest in Saradha chit fund scam case

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Leaders of Trinamool Congress (TMC) party on Monday protested against the arrest of state minister in connection with Saradha chit fund scam, shouting slogans against the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested transport minister of West Bengal Madan Mitra, on Friday for his role in the scam. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has refuted allegations against her minister and has alleged political vendetta by the BJP. TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee said CBI was working on the orders of the BJP. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that everyone in West Bengal is aware of TMC's fraud and the arrest of their leaders have come as berserker for the party, hence it is using the protest tool to protect them, which is not going to help in anyway. Dec 15, 2014
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One Indian among hostages inside Lindt cafe, EAM in touch with the embassy, says Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that some information has come that there is one Indian among the hostages inside the Lindt cafe in Sydney. He added that External Affairs Ministry is keeping in touch with the Indian embassy as well as that of the counterparts. Earlier in the day, an armed man took an undisclosed number of people hostage at the Martin Place Cafe in Sydney and displayed a black flag with Arabic script in the window, sparking a security alert in Australia. Authorities in Australia have reportedly sealed off surrounding streets in Sydney, evacuated people from buildings, and suspended rail services following the incident. Dec 15, 2014
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Tirupati MLA M Venkataramana passes away in Chennai

Chennai, Dec 15 (ANI): Tirupati MLA and Telugu Desam Party leader M Venkataramana passed away on Monday morning while undergoing treatment at Apollo hospital in Chennai. Venkataramana was admitted to Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences in Tirupati after suffering a stroke on November 15. After undergoing treatment for over a fortnight, the Venkataramana who was discharged from SVIMS was shifted to Apollo hospital at Chennai where he underwent a bypass surgery. However the MLA's condition started deteriorating and he passed away on Monday morning at around 7.30 am. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Dec 15, 2014
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India working to ensure safety of Indian nationals in wake of Sydney cafe hostage: MEA

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin on Monday said that the authorities are working to ensure safety of Indian nationals in the wake of Sydney caf hostage. Akbaruddin said that the staff of the Indian consulate in Sydney has been evacuated and a helpline is set up. He added that the ministry's main focus was the safety of Indian nationals in Sydney and that Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has been in touch with high commissioner who is in touch with Indian authorities for all updates. Armed assailant was holding an unknown number of hostages inside a central Sydney cafe on Monday, police said, with local television showing some being forced to hold up a black flag with white Arabic writing in the window. Dec 15, 2014
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BJP welcomes decision to celebrate Dec 25 as 'good governance day'; JD (U) condemns decision

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): BJP leaders on Monday welcomed the Central Government's decision to celebrate December 25 as 'good governance day'. MoS Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that no one should raise any objection on celebration of 'good governance day'. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that it will be a good way to celebrate former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday. However, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar criticized the government for making December 25 'good governance day'. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that national 'Good Governance Day' will be observed each year on the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Dec 15, 2014
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Shows Congress' opportunistic politics: BJP on Rahul to meet TMC leaders

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will be meeting TMC leaders from West Bengal to discuss political strategy. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that Gandhi meeting TMC leaders shows Congress' opportunistic political nature as this is the time when Congress may decide upon an ally in West Bengal. Dec 15, 2014
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Politicos react as Yogi Adityanath says religion conversion should continue

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Monday after BJP leader Yogi Adityanath still held his opinion for religion conversion. NCP leader Majid Memon said that such issues should not be given much importance because they tend to raise communal disharmony. BSP Chief Mayawati said that UP government should take note of the situation. JD (U) Chief Sharad Yadav said that BJP only tries to spread communal tension. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that Central government should make strict laws regarding religion conversion. Dec 15, 2014
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BJP on Yogi Adityanath's religion conversion statement

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): BJP leaders reacted on Monday as Yogi Adityanath still held his opinion for religion conversion. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that Adityanath is a religious leader too so his opinion does not hold for the party. BJP's Subramanian Swamy said that the Babri mosque issue should be solved by discussion among the Hindu and Muslim religious leaders. Dec 15, 2014

DGP who arrested ISIS Twitter operator in Bengaluru being threatened, Reactions flow

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Reactions flowed on Monday as the DGP of Bengaluru is being threatened after he arrested the pro-ISIS Twitter operator from the city. NCP leader Majid Memon and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that officials involved in anti-terrorist operations are prone to get threat calls but they are well trained to deal with such situations. Meanwhile, Security Expert Uday Bhaskar said that the threat to the DGP is not to be ignored and social networking should be taken in his context. Dec 15, 2014
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Cold wave grips North India as snowfall and rain continues

Shimla/ New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Cold weather conditions intensified in northern India due to fresh snowfall and light rains. Temperatures in Himachal Pradesh and New Delhi plummeted as Shimla and Manali regions received snowfall, which also led to rainfall in the capital city. Shimla received season's first snowfall on Saturday making life difficult for people. Trees, roads and houses were covered in thick blanket of snow. The cold wave has troubled daily wage labourers and homeless people as they have no alternative to fight the chill. A resident of Shimla city, Dimple Chadha said water had frozen, hitting the supply. Another resident Dayanand said it snowed early this year. Meanwhile, people in New Delhi were also grappling with sudden dip in the mercury. Light rains accompanied with cold winds dropped temperature two notches below 20.8 degrees Celsius. Dec 15, 2014
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Industries in Tamil Nadu disappointed by power tariff hike

Coimbatore, Dec 15 (ANI): Industries in Tamil Nadu expressed disappointment over recent hike in power tariffs by the state government. The Tamil Nadu government increased power tariffs by approximately 15 percent on Friday. President of Electricity Consumer's Welfare Association of Tamil Nadu, Balasundaram said the hike would result in their industries becoming less competitive as their costs will increase. He added that this would result in the industrialists shifting their set-up to other states where the power supply is good and cheap. The industrialists feel that the state government took the decision to increase the power tariffs suo moto without consulting them. Dec 15, 2014
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Politicos react after gunman holds hostage at Lindt cafe in Australia

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after an armed assailant kept unknown number of hostages inside the Lindt cafe in Martin Place in Sydney. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao hoped that the people in hostage may return home safely. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that all the nations should get together to fight against terrorism. NCP leader Majid Memon said that the matter should be investigated. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar that India should become more careful of Islamic Militants. Dec 15, 2014
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Yogi Adityanath remains defiant, says nothing wrong in 'ghar wapsi' and should be allowed

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Amidst raging controversy over his statement on conversion issue, BJP MP Yogi Adityanath remained defiant and said that there is nothing wrong in 'ghar wapsi' programme and that the same should be allowed. Adityanath claimed that the opposition parties are trying to divide the society and further said that since independence, many states had massive conversion due to allurement and pressure. He said that if these people wanted to come back to their original religion, the doors for the same should be open. Lashing out at the opposition for creating ruckus over the conversion issue, the BJP MP said that they had run out of issues and did not want discussion on anything which is why they are doing this. Dec 15, 2014
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Schools to remain close on December 25, essay competition on 'good governance' online and voluntary:

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Monday slamming The Times of India for its inaccurate reporting said that all the CBSE schools would remain close on December 25 and essay competition on 'good governance' is online and voluntary. She added that misreporting has been deliberated. The Times of India in its report had mentioned that the HRD ministry intends to keep all the CBSE schools open on December 25 to celebrate the birthdays of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Hindu Mahasabha leader Madan Mohan Malviya by observing 'good governance day'. Dec 15, 2014
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Martin Place siege: Hostages held in Sydney cafe, Islamic flag seen in window

Sydney, Dec 15 (ANI): Hostages have been held inside a central Sydney cafe in Australia on Monday where a black flag with white Arabic writing was seen in the window, raising fears of an attack linked to Islamic militants. Patrons were seen inside a cafe standing with their hands pressed against the windows. A black and white flag similar to those used by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria was also visible. Part of Martin Place, home to the Reserve Bank of Australia, commercial banks and close to the New South Wales (NSW) state parliament, has been cordoned off by the armed Australian police. Trains and buses have come to a halt and roads have been blocked in the area. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott called an emergency meeting of the cabinet's national security committee. Dec 15, 2014