Arun Jaitley says mergers and acquisitions need encouragement

New Delhi, Dec 1 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said that Mergers and Acquisitions (MandA) needed to be encouraged to promote the size of corporates. Jaitley said this while delivering an inaugural speech at the opening session of the International Competition Network (ICN) Merger workshop in New Delhi. Jaitley added that there is also a need to understand when to draw a red line while implementing the competition law. The two-day international workshop is being organised by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on the theme-'International cooperation and remedies in merger review'. The finance minister said that CCI was evolving by involving significant business activities. Dec 1, 2014

Activists distribute condoms to sex workers in Kolkata on World AIDS Day

Kolkata, Dec 01 (ANI): Sex workers in Sonagachi, one of Asia's largest red light districts located in Kolkata, pledged not to have sex without condoms to mark the World AIDS Day on Monday. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is spread via blood, semen and breast milk. There is no cure for the infection, but AIDS can be kept at bay for many years with antiretroviral drugs. In the global battle against HIV/AIDS, sex workers like those in Sonagachi are a crucial link in a chain of infection. A 19-year-old sex worker who is in this profession because of her truant husband, said that cleanliness is very important to fight HIV/AIDS. The Project Director of HIV Intervention Programme in Sonagachi, Puja Roy, said that free condom service was initiated aiming to make Sonagachi a 'zero AIDS' region. Dec 1, 2014

Haryana Govt to honour two sisters for taking on molesters inside moving bus in Rohtak

Chandigarh, Dec 01 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday said that his government will honour the two sisters who took on three alleged molesters inside a moving bus in Rohtak. He said the girls will be honoured and would get cash awards on Republic Day for their bravery. He also said that effective steps will be taken to ensure the security of women passengers. The state government has asked the Director General of Police (DGP) and the state transport department to take steps for ensuring safety and security of passengers, especially women travelling in the Haryana Roadways buses. Meanwhile, all the three youths- Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak - were arrested. Dec 1, 2014

India marks World AIDS Day with rallies and sand art

Ahmedabad/ Allahabad/ Shimla, Dec 01 (ANI): People across India took out rallies and made sand sculptures to spread awareness to mark 26th World AIDS Day on Monday. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is spread via blood, semen and breast milk. There is no cure for the infection, but AIDS can be kept at bay for many years with cocktails of antiretroviral drugs. Scores of people in Ahmedabad city took to streets to spread awareness about the crippling disease. Project Director of the AIDS Control Society, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Umesh said that though there has been decline in new cases of HIV, patients still faced a lot of stigma due to less information. Meanwhile, sand artists in Allahabad city made sculptures on river bank of the Ganges, depicting causes and preventive measures of AIDS. Dec 1, 2014

TMC MPs stage protest against Amit Shah with red diaries at Parliament gate

New Delhi, Dec 01 (ANI): The Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs staged a protest outside the Parliament on Monday demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should give a clarification over Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah's alleged links with the Sahara Group. Raising slogans, the TMC lawmakers were seen holding a red book with Sahara inscribed on it. TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay said that in a CBI raid a red diary was recovered from Sahara's office in which Amit Shah's name was mentioned. BJP leader Jagdambika Pal said that the protest is an outcome of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's frustration. The TMC's outcry against the BJP chief follows his visit to Kolkata yesterday where he lashed out at Trinamool Congress for its alleged involvement in Saradha scam. Dec 1, 2014

Politicos and activist condemn Rohtak eve teasing incident, slams administration for inaction in wom

New Delhi, Dec 01 (ANI): Political leaders and social activists on Monday condemned eve teasing incident in Rohtak roadways bus. Congress leader Kumari Selja said that the incident is condemnable and it is upsetting that none of the passengers got up to the rescue of the girls. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar applauded the brave girls and said that action should be taken against the bus driver and conductor for not acting on the incident. BSP Chief Mayawati also applauded the girls for fighting against the harassers. Social Activist Kiran Bedi said that it is great that after long, courage and bravery in women are coming out. She said that now is the time that parents should take care on what their boys do and how they behave in public life. Dec 1, 2014

PM Modi inaugurates Nagaland Hornbill Festival, announces 28 thousand crore fund for railways connec

Kisama, Dec 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the Hornbill Festival and Nagaland Statehood Day celebrations in Kisama. Dressed as a Naga warrior while addressing people at the venue, Modi said that unlike the rest of India which had SEZs (Special Economic Zones), the Northeast region was full of NEZs, that is, 'Natural Economic Zones'. PM Modi also announced a package of rupees 28 thousand crore for the establishment of 14 new railway lines in the Northeast. He said that northeast is a perfect tourist destination and to further work on the same, railway connectivity is essential. He also talked about 24 hours power supply in the region for development. Furthermore, he announced scholarships for students from the Northeast saying that 10,000 students will be beneficiaries of the same. Dec 1, 2014

PMO refuses to share Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose files, politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 01 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday reacted over the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government's refusal to make the files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose public, saying the revelations would "prejudicially affect" relations with foreign countries. The Prime Minister's Office has shared only a list of 41 such files. In the run-up to the general elections, the then BJP president and present Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in January asked the UPA government to reveal the mystery behind Netaji's death. However, in its response to an RTI application by activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal filed about 14 months ago, the PMO has declined to share copies of the files. Dec 1, 2014

Tripura's Marxist CM invites Modi to address his cabinet, politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 01 (ANI): Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, heading the only Leftist regime in the country, has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the state Cabinet on 'Swachh Bharat' and 'Good Governance'. According to reports, PM Modi has accepted the invitation and is expected to meet members of Sarkar's cabinet after he inaugurates the second unit of the 726-MW power plant constructed by ONGC-Tripura Power Company Ltd at Palatana on Monday. Dec 1, 2014