Manipur suffering due to lack of political vision and will in Congress: Narendra Modi

Imphal, Feb 08 (ANI): Addressing a rally in Imphal city of Manipur, BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi said that the state is suffering because of lack of political vision and will in Congress. He said that there is much potential in Manipur but it is Congress' divisive rule that has failed the state from prospering. Modi also mentioned about a special ministry for the northeast made by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and also a special economic package introduced by him. Feb 8, 2014

The construction of a border road between Assam and Nagaland to benefit villagers

New Sonowal, Feb 08 (ANI): The construction of a 23km long pucca road from Gauri Chauwa under Tipabor sub-division to New Sonowal by the PWD is in full swing. There are 17 villages within this stretch, mainly engaged in agriculture. Earlier, the villagers used to face many problems in transporting goods and availing services. The construction of the road as well as 7 new bridges has come as a ray of hope for the people who are expecting their lives to improve now. The project has been allotted a budget of Rs 20 crores. The construction of the pucca road has given hope of better business to this group of students from Kherimiya village who started vegetable farming recently. These youngsters, who are from poor families, have taken up farming to support their education and to supplement their family income. Feb 8, 2014

Kejriwal did not seek my advice on Jan Lokpal Bill: KN Bhatt

Noida, Feb 08 (ANI): Former Additional Solicitor General KN Bhatt on Saturday said that he had not advised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the Jan Lokpal Bill, but on a different matter. Bhatt said that he is not blaming Kejriwal of anything as he named five people with whom, he may have discussed different matters. Earlier, AAP has said that is within their rights to pass the bill and that they have consulted about the same too. Further, Bhatt said that the lieutenant governor also has no role in the same and he is bound to do what he is doing. Feb 8, 2014

Andhra CM playing game, taking advantage of situation: V Hanumantha Rao

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): Commenting on the negative reaction by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on the clearance of Telangana bill by the cabinet, Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao said that Reddy was playing a game and taking advantage of the situation. He said that Reddy was never opposed to the bifurcation and that he had accepted it when Congress promised about it and left everything on Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Rao also blamed the state chief of unnecessarily blaming the UPA government. Feb 8, 2014

Maoists call for shutdown in Imphal opposing Narendra Modi's rally

Imphal, Feb 08 (ANI): Militant outfit in northeast India called for shutdown on Saturday showing strong resistance towards BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally to be held in Imphal and Guwahati. Modi would try to strike a chord with the people by pitching his Gujarat model of development to Manipur and Assam. Modi has been touring the country to garner support for the upcoming general elections. BJP's strong showing in the recent polls in four states has boosted the momentum for Modi in the run-up to the parliamentary elections due by April 2014. Feb 8, 2014

CBI Chief's comment reflects UPA's desperation to malign Narendra Modi and Amit Shah: BJP

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): Commenting on Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Chief Ranjit Sinha's statement on former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirti Azad on Saturday said that Sinha's statement reflected the desperation of the UPA's desperation to malign party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Sinha had said that there were political expectations for the conviction of Modi and Shah in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, and that UPA government would have been very happy if such a thing had happened. Feb 8, 2014

Parties like Congress promote anti-women forces in the country: Annie Raja

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): Reacting to Haryana Chief Minister BS Hooda's comment that Khap Panchayats were like NGOs and a part of the Indian culture, social activist Annie Raja said that because of the consistent support of political parties especially the Congress, anti-women forces were ruining the country. Feb 8, 2014

Heavy snow brings Kashmir to standstill

Poonch, Feb 08 (ANI): Kashmir woke up to fresh swathe of white flakes jamming daily life, commuters faced long and treacherous rides as snow-filled roads caused delays in public transit. Road authorities have started mechanical snow-clearing service, but incessant snowfall makes the roads slippery and unfavourable for travel. This is the third time within this week that snowfall has brought normal life to a stand still, leading to prolonged power cuts and even blocking of the arterial highway. Frequent blocking of the National-Highway, which is the arterial road link that connects Kashmir with rest of the country, due to non-stop snowfall makes life tough as essential supplies do not reach the valley on time. Feb 8, 2014

Ironical that Mulayam Singh talks about becoming PM: Sabir Ali

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): Reacting to Samajwadi Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's statement on the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, Janata Dal United (JD-U) leader Sabir Ali on Saturday said that it was ironical that Singh had earlier spoken about becoming the prime minister of India. Singh had said in a press conference how can there be a good law and order in Uttar Pradesh when its population was more than 21 crore. Feb 8, 2014

Cabinet clears Telangana Bill

Hyderabad, Feb 08 (ANI): The cabinet passed the Telangana Bill which will bifurcate Andhra Pradesh for the creation of a separate Telangana state, during a special meeting of the cabinet. The Bill will be introduced in Parliament on February 11 or 12. The key demands of Seemandhra leaders that Hyderabad be made a Union Territory and Rayala Telangana be created were rejected, putting a question mark on the fate of the Bill in Parliament. Feb 8, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Feb 07, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

As winter continues in the Kashmir Valley, many diseases are on rise due to severe cold. The authorities have made sure that all hospitals, including the PHC at Wusan in Ganderbal district, are ready to face the situation. Doctors are on alert and outpatient facilities have been doubled. The state government has started to restore the old market, which was a long pending demand of the people of Poonch. The government has allotted rupees one crore and ten lakhs, and restoration work is going on at war footing. Although the state govt. claims to have improved the education infrastructure in rural areas of the state, but there is still lot more to be done. Govt. middle school Pahlipora in Shopian lacks fencing. Students and staff of the school face problems related to drinking water and toilets. Feb 8, 2014

Political parties using rape and womans body as weapon: Women activists

Kolkata/ New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): Women activists called for a serious scrutiny in the recent gang rape case of young tribal woman that was carried on orders of village council in Birbhum district of West Bengal. Meanwhile, Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M), leader Mohammed Salim, said that it was unacceptable that such heinous crime against a woman was carried out without the knowledge of the Police. Feb 8, 2014