Rahul Gandhi remembers Bastar once in 5 years: Raman Singh

Raipur, Nov 09 (ANI): Even as Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi earlier said that the only way their leader, Nand Kumar Patel could have been stopped from becoming chief minister of Chhattisgarh was by being killed (which he was in a Naxal attack) and that Bastar was like a home for him, current state CM, Raman Singh on Saturday said that Rahul remembers Bastar once in every 5 years. Nov 9, 2013

Gauhati HC order on CBI sparks controversy

New Delhi, Nov 9 (ANI): The Gauhati high court order which held Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as 'unconstitutional' has sparked controversy. In its judgment, the High Court has also struck down the resolution through which the federal police was set up. BJP Vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that raising questions on the constitutional existence of the CBI is a serious issue. Congress leader, Meem Afzal said that he was speechless after hearing such shocking judgements. Nov 9, 2013

Devotees across nation celebrate Chhath Puja

Patna / New Delhi / Bhopal, Nov 9 (ANI): Devotees across India offered special prayers, exchanged greetings and performed traditional rituals as they got together with great zeal to celebrate the Sun God festival of 'Chhath'. The three-day long festival of 'Chhath,' dedicated to the Sun God, began on Friday with thousands of devotees observing fasts and swarming to the banks of the holy rivers. The 'Chhath', celebrated on the sixth and seventh day after Diwali, is significant for married women who observe a three-day fast and stand in waist- deep river waters, and present religious offerings to the Sun God. Nov 9, 2013

CPI on A Raja and Sajjan Kumar seeking stay on trials citing Gauhati HC order on CBI

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Citing Gauhati HC order on CBI, former Telecom Minister A Raja has pushed for a stay on the proceedings of the 2G scam case in a Delhi court. Congress leader Sajjan Kumar too wants the court to declare as "illegal" the probe and charge sheets filed by the CBI in a 1984 anti Sikh riots case. Reacting over this, CPI leader D Raja said that if CBI was not there another investigative agency would have done the probe so there was no question of dismissing the cases against them. Meanwhile, the Central Government will move Supreme Court on Saturday against the Gauhati High Court order holding as unconstitutional the setting up of Central Bureau Investigation (CBI). Nov 9, 2013

Congress trying to curb press freedom unreasonably: Naqvi

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): After a war of words between Narendra Modi and Manish Tewari over Congress undermining press freedom, BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi accused Congress of the same and said that Congress needs medical check up. Naqvi also accused congress of using fascist and undemocratic ways. Further, he said that Congress who have a problem with opinion polls without any reason will in a few days start speaking against polls too. Nov 9, 2013

Congress accuses Kejriwal for meeting Muslim cleric

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): After Arvind Kejriwal sought support for his Aam Aadmi Party from controversial Muslim cleric Maulana Tauqeer Raza, Congress Spokesperson Meem Afzal accused him of playing communal card. He asked what urged him to go to a Muslim cleric being from the ideologies of RSS and BJP. Maulana Tauqeer Raza is the same cleric who issued a fatwa against Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen some years ago. Nov 9, 2013

Confident of winning 4 of 5 Constituencies: Advani before Chhattisgarh rally

Raipur, Nov 09 (ANI): As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and BJP Senior leader LK Advani is all set to address rallies in poll-bound Chhattisgarh on Saturday, Advani said that he is confident to win 4 out of 5 constituencies in the Assembly polls. Further, he said that Congress' had a monopoly rule for many years and it is BJP who broke the system and almost brought the system to 'two party system' even when India has in terms multi-party system. Nov 9, 2013

No Modi factor in Chhattisgarh, Congress will win Assembly polls: Charan Das Mahant

Raipur, Nov 09 (ANI): President of Congress unit in Chhattisgarh, Charan Das Mahant on Saturday slammed BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and said that there is no Modi factor in the state and that Congress will definitely win the polls. Further, he talked about various problems facing the state and said that the youth be given employment and there should be talks with Maoists to tackle the problem. Mahant also said Modi is too eager to be in power whereas Congress works on the belief of sacrifice. Nov 9, 2013

PM's visit to Sri Lanka for CHOGM unlikely, CPI says will affect relations

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is most unlikely to visit Sri Lanka for Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM), CPI leader Atul Anjan said that the cancelation of the visit will adversely affect relations between the two countries. He also said that such actions are not possible for all times as India can't break relations with every country wherein Indians are ill-treated. Nov 9, 2013

Islami Andolon Bangladesh demands neutral caretaker government in Bangladesh ahead of elections

Dhaka, Nov 09 (ANI): Cadres and supporters of the Islami Andolon Bangladesh participated in a rally in Dhaka pressing the central government for a neutral caretaker government ahead of the upcoming national elections. Political uncertainty and unrest plunged Bangladesh into a cycle of violence as the two main political parties exploit the tension between secularists and Islamists ahead of elections. Recently, Bangladesh's main opposition party refused a request from the prime minister to form an all-party government to oversee upcoming elections, setting the stage for a showdown this week that could delay or even derail the polls altogether. Leader of Islami Andolon, Syed Mohammad Rezaul Karim also called for free and fair elections. Nov 9, 2013

Manmohan Singh, Advani to address rallies in poll-bound Chhattisgarh today

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) patriarch LK Advani will address rallies in poll-bound Chhattisgarh today. According to reports, the Prime Minister will address a rally in Raipur to encourage voters to back Congress Chief Ministerial candidate Ajit Jogi. Advani will be addressing people in Kasdol, Bilaspur and Bhatapara today for the second phase. Nov 9, 2013

India, Kuwait agree to strengthen relations and expand ties

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that India and Kuwait have agreed to work purposefully to expand relations in key areas, including energy and investments. Singh had delegation levels talks with the Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Singh said that the relationship between India and Kuwait was enriched by the great warmth and goodwill shared by the two nations. During the meet, Singh addressed Kuwait as an extremely valuable partner in the economic sphere and that close relations between India and Kuwait were important for both the countries. Jabar reiterated the view of his Indian counterpart and stated that Kuwait and India have signed several agreements to strengthen the relations between both countries Nov 9, 2013

Political uncertainty plunges Bangladesh into cycle of violence ahead of elections

Dhaka, Nov 09 (ANI): Political uncertainty and unrest plunged Bangladesh into a cycle of violence as the two main political parties exploit the tension between secularists and Islamists ahead of elections. Recently, Bangladesh's main opposition party refused a request from the prime minister to form an all-party government to oversee upcoming elections, setting the stage for a showdown this week that could delay or even derail the polls altogether. Senior advocate, Bangladesh Supreme Court, Yusuf Hossain Humayun, while talking to a reporter blamed the founder of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Ziaur Rahman for allowing Jamaat-e-Islami to function as a political party. Commenting over the demand for a caretaker government, Humayun said that a constructional amendment for such a demand was not possible. Nov 9, 2013

At least 100 dead in typhoon Haiyan

Philippines, Nov 09 (ANI): Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the strongest storm ever to hit land, was barrelling out of the Philippines on Saturday after it flattened houses, triggered landslides and floods and knocked out power and communications across a number of islands. In the central Philippines, nearly all houses in Tacloban in Leyte province with a population of about 220,000, were toppled and casualties were feared to be massive, a disaster official said. At least 100 people may have died from the impact of super typhoon Haiyan, a senior government official said on Saturday. Nov 9, 2013

PM stresses on need for strengthening relations between India and China

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh interacted with a delegation of Chinese students in New Delhi and said that relations between the two Asian giants needed to be strengthened. Emphasising on this economic- cultural relationship, Singh said that the need of the hour was to carry the multi- faceted relationship between the two nations forward. Nov 9, 2013