Reactions come in after PM Modi gives assurance to Christian community on religious tolerance

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Reactions come in from political circle as well as Christian community after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured of religious tolerance and strongly asserted his government’s commitment to ensure equal respect to all religions in India. Delhi Archbishop Anil J Couto said that the statement is very assuring and that they have full faith in the prime minister. Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said that there can be differing elements in any party, but the people should focus on what the prime minister has to say. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi also supported Modi and the BJP government’s agenda. Meanwhile, Congress leaders are of the view that there is a great difference between what Modi says and what he preaches and therefore the words should be believed only when its comes into action. PC Chacko however, demanded the prime minister to make such statements in the Parliament if he believes in them. Feb 17, 2015

Patriarch of Syriac Orthodox Church arrives in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday. Aphrem said he was extremely grateful to the people of India for their tolerance towards every religion. He added that he wanted to express his solidarity with the people of India. Feb 17, 2015

PM Modi vows to protect all religious minorities

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday vowed to protect all religious groups, an apparent response to a series of attacks on Christian institutions in New Delhi fuelling concerns that minorities are being targeted by Hindu zealots. Modi was speaking at an event organised by the Christian community to celebrate the beatification of two Indians by Pope Francis late last year in New Delhi. Critics say that Modi's government, which is led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has failed to protect religious minorities and rein in Hindu extremists who have been emboldened by its election victory last year. Earlier this month priests, nuns and parishioners clashed with police as they staged a protest in New Delhi over a series of vandalism and arson attacks on churches. Religious conversions have become a divisive political issue since hardliners with links to the BJP said Hinduism was under threat and started a campaign to convince Christians and Muslims to change their faith. Feb 17, 2015

Jitendra Singh meets J&K Governor NN Vohra

Jammu, Feb 17 (ANI): Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh on Tuesday met the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir NN Vohra in Jammu. Singh said that it was a casual meeting regarding some family wedding for which he had invited the Governor. He added that there are specific representatives to discuss government formation in the state and only they are responsible to give any updated information about the issue. Feb 17, 2015

Politicians express outrage after Indian origin boy shot dead in US and Hindu temple vandalized

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): In a shocking case of intolerance, a Hindu temple was vandalized with hate speech in Washington. The incident happened when unidentified miscreants sprayed swastika and painted "Get Out" on one of the walls of the temple in the Seattle Metropolitan area. The incident shocked the community in the area, prompting authorities to launch an investigation. In a separate incident, a 28-year-old Indian-American, who was shot by unknown gunmen in his family-owned liquor shop in the US, has succumbed to his injuries. Amit Patel from Edison was shot and killed in New Jersey inside Roseway Liquors in Irvington on Sunday. Politicos have expressed outrage over the incidents. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said it is extremely important to maintain religious harmony in the U.S. Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Sambit Patra also said that the law should take its own course and the culprits should be punished. Senior Congress leader P.C. Chacko said the United States has no right to speak about others when they themselves are not able to protect minority communities on their own territory. Feb 17, 2015

'Roy' Emerges as winner at Pakistani Box Office

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Ranbir Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez and Arjun Rampal starrer film ' Roy' stole the show at Pakistani box office, despite the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup. The romantic-thriller, which is the debut effort of director Vikramjit Singh and revolves around the life of filmmakers Ayesha Aamir, played by Jacqueline, and Kabir Grewal played by Arjun rampal, enjoyed a successful opening in Pakistani cinemas, and even beat 'PK's opening-day collection of Rs1.05 crore, by scooping around Rs1.25 crore on its first day, a daily reported. While there were doubts surrounding the film's box-office collections as it was being released during the opening weekend of the World Cup, but it clearly didn't affect the earnings. However, it was revealed that though the film managed to score high on box-office collections, the reports about the film were not very good. Feb 17, 2015

Panchjanya, Kiran Bedi, CM Candidate, Manoj Tiwari, Atishi Marlena, KC Tyagi

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Sri Lankan Health Minister, Rajitha Senaratne, on Tuesday called on Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on the delegation’s visit to strengthen bilateral ties. Senaratne and Rijiju shook hands and exchanged gifts as they were accompanied by delegations of both sides in New Delhi. As per reports, Senaratne had met his Indian counterpart Jagat Prakash Nadda on Monday discussed issues regarding cooperation between the two neighbours in the health sector. The Sri Lankan delegation arrived in India on Sunday along with President Maithripala Sirisena, on his first state visit after he was elected by a landslide in January. Feb 17, 2015

Politicos react after RSS says Kiran Bedi was a mistake & blames her for Delhi loss

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday react as RSS mouthpiece ‘Panchjanya’ said that Kiran Bedi was a mistake. The fortnightly issue has raised questions on the choice of Bedi as the chief ministerial candidate for Delhi even as it pointed out how ignoring party workers may have cost BJP in the polls. BJP leader Manoj Tiwari said that the party has taken many decisions for the polls some of which failed to deliver. AAP leader Atishi Marlena said that Bedi has been used and that Delhi has voted against divisive & communal politics. Congress leaders said that the RSS will soon start claiming that presenting Narendra Modi for the prime ministerial post was also a mistake. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi that reverse counting for BJP has started from Delhi. Feb 17, 2015

Suspicious package found at Copenhagen cafe

Police say a suspcious package discovered in Copenhagen Tuesday near the same cafe where a shooting took place over the weekend contained no explosives. The area was evacuated and cordoned off with Feb 17, 2015

At least 7 dead in Pakistan attack

At least seven people are dead after an explosion and gunfire near a police building in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore Tuesday afternoon. Investigations were under way. Its most probably a Feb 17, 2015

Suspicious package found at Copenhagen cafe

Police say a suspcious package discovered in Copenhagen Tuesday near the same cafe where a shooting took place over the weekend contained no explosives. The area was evacuated and cordoned off with Feb 17, 2015