'Sankalp Yatra' Banned: Mulayam Singh trying to appease "hard-line Muslim community", says VHP

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Talking about the recent arrests of the VHP members and other saints in Ayodhya by the UP police, VHP senior leader Ashok Singhal said that Mulayam Singh banned the 'Sankalp Diwas Yatra' in order to appease "hard-line Muslim community" for vote bank. He further slammed SP government in UP for their involvement in dividing Hindus and Muslims on the basis of caste and that the two religions never wanted any fights and violence. He also said that there are a large number of saints with the VHP and they will struggle for the yatra. Oct 17, 2013

Coalgate frsh FIR: Judiciary should step in to avoid nation bearing economic consequences, says Anan

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Reacting to the fresh FIR by the CBI against the industrialist KM Birla and Former Coal Secretary PC Parekh, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said that judiciary should step in when the issue gets serious and take cognizance because it is the country which has to bear economic consequences. Further, he said that there should be distinction made between bona fide decisions and decisions which are improper. Oct 17, 2013

Hunger in MP same as in Africa: Rahul

Shahdol, Oct 17 (ANI): While addressing a mega rally in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi questioned Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's development agenda. He said that according to reports hunger in Madhya Pradesh is the same as in Africa. Oct 17, 2013

Workshop to preserve and promote traditional headgear and dress held in Manipur

Manipur, Oct 17 (ANI): These artisans are skilled in making traditional headgears and dresses. Around 25 artisans from different tribes and communities of Manipur are participating in a ten-day long workshop in Imphal. In Manipur, different tribes wear distinct headgears to highlight their identity. The workshop is being held with an aim to revive and promote traditional headgears and dresses. Elders from different tribes taught the youth how to make the headgear. The workshop has been organized by the Tribal Museum and Research Centre (TMRC) in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangralaya (IGRMS), Bhopal. Oct 17, 2013

Sleep very important to maintain healthy lifestyle

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Three new studies have shown that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is important for adults to seek treatment for a sleep illness and aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. One study of 2,240 adults is the first to examine the link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and mortality in Asians. Results showed that all-cause mortality risk was 2.5 times higher and cardiovascular mortality risk was more than 4 times higher among people with severe OSA. Another study of 2,673 patients in Australia found that untreated OSA is associated with an increased risk of motor vehicle crashes in very sleepy men as well as near-misses in men and women. Participants with untreated OSA reported crashes at a rate three times higher than the general community. Oct 17, 2013

2nd chargesheet against Khemka highlights Congress' double standard: BJP

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday assailed the Congress government after a second chargesheet was filed against senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had earlier exposed the land deals done by UPA President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra in Haryana. BJP leader Balbir Punj said that the act shows the double standard of the Congress party which had earlier backed another IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal who exposed the sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh. Oct 17, 2013

Obama signs bill to end partial shutdown, delay debt ceiling crisis

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a bill ending the two-week US government shutdown and extending the Treasury's borrowing authority. The US Congress passed the bill to reopen the government and raise the federal debt limit. The Democratic-controlled Senate's bipartisan compromise won approval by 81 votes to 18. The deal was then passed by 285-144 in the House of Representatives, whose Republican leadership begrudgingly agreed to support the measure. Oct 17, 2013

Empowerment of people possible through expansion of internet: Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): While addressing the mediapersons, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday talked about the power of internet and said that the empowerment of people can only be made possible through the expansion of internet. He further said that in order to bring transparency in the system, internet is an important factor. Talking about the recent disaster in Odisha, Sibal said that it is through internet and mobile phones that such a major evacuation was made possible and helped save many lives. Oct 17, 2013

'Short-sighted' Delhi BJP greedy for power: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): The Congress Party on Thursday lauded Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, and said the ongoing rife within the BJP's Delhi unit for claims to the coveted post reflects its greed for power. Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal, who was commenting on BJP Delhi unit president Vijay Goel's move to stake his claim to be the state's next chief minister, said it reflects the short-sightedness of the opposition. Emphasizing that the BJP's nominee for the Delhi Chief Minister's post should be the one who has been more 'active' in campaigning for the political outfit, Goel yesterday indirectly staked a claim to the coveted post and indicated that he was worthy for the top job. Oct 17, 2013

US ship detention: Actions will be taken as per law, says Nehchal Sandhu

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Talking about an American ship case which was detained by Coast Guard off Tamil Nadu coast for carrying arms, Deputy National Security Adviser Nehchal Sandhu on Thursday said that proper action will be taken as per law and there is no point dragging politics into the same. He further said that an FIR has been filed and registered and investigations are going on and the case is straight and simple in nature. Oct 17, 2013

Haryana govt files 2nd chargesheet against Khemka

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Haryana government on Thursday agreed to file second chargesheet against senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had earlier exposed the land deals done by UPA President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra in Haryana. Khemka is likely to be given a major penalty under the service rules, according to sources. Khemka has been charged with administrative misconduct and exceeding jurisdiction for cancelling the mutation of the Rs 58 crore land deal between Vadra's company, Skylight Hospitality, and estate major DLF in October 2012. He had also ordered an inquiry into the undervaluation of land deals done in four districts in Haryana, adjoining New Delhi, by Vadra. Oct 17, 2013

Rahul Gandhi to address Congress rallies in MP today

Gwalior, Oct 17 (ANI): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will address two rallies in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh on Thursday during which he is expected to target the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in the state. Gandhi is scheduled to address two rallies, the first in Shahdol and then in Gwalior. The Congress number two, who will be accompanied by former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh and several other party stalwarts, will also visit Datia to meet those admitted to the hospital after being injured in Sunday's stampede at Ratangarh Temple. Oct 17, 2013

BJP starts 'Ghar Ghar BJP campaign', gets positive response

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Following footsteps of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), BJP started its door-to-door campaigning for the upcoming 2014 general elections, called 'Ghar Ghar BJP campaign'. Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel confirmed the same and said that the party is going to every house in every colony of Delhi and till now, is getting very positive response. Oct 17, 2013