Relatives hail bus service as they bid farewell to Pakistani residents crossing border in Kashmir

Poonch, Aug 12 (ANI): Friends and relatives bid farewell to Pakistani residents as they crossed the border in Kashmir to return home, hailing the bus service introduced by the governments to enhance friendly relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours. At least 23 residents of Pakistan crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in the Chakan Da Bagh area of Poonch Sector in Jammu and Kashmir. A resident of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Nazeer Begum said bus services along the border should continue to help them meet their dear ones. A resident of Gujranwala district in Punjab state of Pakistan, Usma Rehman expressed gratitude towards the government for facilitating cross-border bus service. Aug 12, 2014

Rajnath says all efforts on to arrest Dawood Ibrahim, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 12 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday reacted over union home minister Rajnath Singh_s statement on fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Singh said that the government is making every effort to Dawood, who is believed to be hiding in Pakistan. The Congress rubbished Singh_s statement and said the government is just showing off. However, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, said if the government could succeed in this task, there would be nothing better. NCP leader Majid Memon, also shared similar sentiments and welcomed the idea. Aug 12, 2014

Rise in communal violence after BJP came to power: Sonia

Trivandrum, Aug 12 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday while addressing the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee Executive Meet in Trivandrum hit out at the Narendra Modi government over the rising incidents of communal violence in the country Aug 12, 2014

Narendra Modi visits Kargil, says Government will improve connectivity there

Kargil, Aug 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday visited Kargil and said that it is his privilege that he was able to come here and meet all. He further said that this time he is hearing the sound of claps but when he had came earlier only sound of guns could be heard. He also said that his party is committed to enhancing connectivity in this region. He also said that in his Governance he won_t let officials ask for bribes or let people give bribes. Aug 12, 2014

Government_s move to table new Judicial Appointments Bill draws mixed reactions

New Delhi/ Ahmedabad, Aug 12 (ANI): The government_s move to scrap the previous Bill on judicial appointments and introduce a new one in the Lok Sabha got mixed reactions from other political parties on Tuesday. Law minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Monday (August 11) tabled the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill in the Lok Sabha and it will replace the existing collegium system when it comes into effect. Earlier, Prasad had told the parliament the government was keen to set up a committee to appoint judges in wake of allegations of judicial corruption by a former judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Markandey Katju. There is an overwhelming opinion to amend the present system where a collegium of five Supreme Court judge appoints their colleagues. Aug 12, 2014

BJP praises Modi, rival leaders mock his Leh and Kargil visit

Lucknow/ Ahmedabad, Aug 12 (ANI): Opposition leaders on Tuesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited Leh and Kargil to inaugurate power projects. Addressing troops of Army and the Indian Air Force on his maiden trip to Leh and Ladakh, Modi condemned the continuing proxy war by Pakistan. However, Congress and Samajwadi Party questioned Modi_s promises of giving a befitting reply to Pakistan in case it violates the ceasefire or kills Indian soldiers at the border. Aug 12, 2014

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 44MW Chutak hydro power project in Kargil

Kargil, Aug 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 44 MW hydro power project at Chutak village in Kargil district on Tuesday. Modi arrived in Kargil as part of his official trip to Jammu and Kashmir, after inaugurating the 45 MW Nimoo-Bazgo hydroelectric power project in Leh. Earlier in the day, Modi also addressed a rally in Leh and came out strongly against Pakistan for continuing its proxy war of terrorism against India, saying it has lost the strength to fight a conventional war. The prime minister is on a day long visit in the valley. The Prime Minister is accompanied by Union power minister Piyush Goyal and national security advisor Ajit Doval. Aug 12, 2014

Reactions flow in as BJP keen on extending Parliament session to push key bills

New Delhi, Aug 12 (ANI): Reacting over BJP's decision of extension of the current Budget session of Parliament which is scheduled to conclude on Thursday, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that BJP government did nothing when the session was on and now they are extending the session. BSP chief Mayawati said that her party does not have a problem with it and will support the extension. Aug 12, 2014

Will bring 'saffron revolution' in JandK: Modi

Leh, Aug 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing people in Leh on Tuesday said that he would bring 'saffron revolution' in Jammu and Kashmir, adding saffron farmers would get special attention from spices board. Aug 12, 2014

Govt may increase Parliamentary session in wake of loss of time due to house disruptions: Rudy

New Delhi, Aug 12 (ANI): As the BJP Parliamentary meet ended on Tuesday, party leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that the government may increase the parliamentary session beyond August 14 in the wake of loss of time due to disruptions in house by the Congress party. Rudy said that the government is bound to function effectively for the people and therefore may increase session for pending bills. He also said that the party congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his historic visit to Leh and Kargil. Aug 12, 2014

Fulfilling Vajpayee's dream to bring connectivity to Kashmir: Modi

Leh, Aug 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing people in Leh on Tuesday said that he is fulfilling former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's dream to bring connectivity to Kashmir. Air, road, telecom, power grid, all corners of India must be linked in every way. Modi said he is not only well acquainted with this region and its challenges but also its strengths. He also suggested Prakash, Paryavaran and Paryatan the three-P formula for Leh-Ladakh. Aug 12, 2014

Congress slams Gujarat govt's refusal to reveal assets of CM and other ministers

New Delhi, Aug 12 (ANI): Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry on Tuesday slammed the Gujarat government when it turned down an RTI query seeking details of the wealth of the chief minister and the council of ministers claiming it is not in the "larger public interest". Mistry said that this is a violation of the RTI act and shows the real face of the BJP government. He also said that Narendra Modi cannot take criticism and have always refused giving any information whatsoever. Aug 12, 2014