J and K governor administers oath to state cabinet ministers

Jammu, March 01 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir's cabinet ministers were administered oath on Sunday by JandK Governor NN Vohra at Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu University. Thirteeen MLAs of PDP and twelve MLAs of BJP took oath after Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was sworn in as the 12th Chief Minister of JandK with support from the BJP. Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi congratulated Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on becoming the Chief Minister of JandK. BJP leader Nirmal Singh took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state. Abdul Rehman Bhat, Chandra Prakash, Javed Mustafa Mir, Chaudhari Lal Singh, Bali Bhagat, Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, Sukhnandan Kumar, Chaudhary Zulfikar Ali, Sajjad Lone, Haseeb Drabu, Ghulam Nabi Lone, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari and Naeem Akhtar were administered oath of office. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, party veteran L K Advani and Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar were among those who attended the ceremony. Mar 1, 2015

JandK Govt formation 'historic and exciting moment' for us, says BJP's Vijay Shastri

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vijay Sonkar Shastri on Sunday described the BJP-PDP government formation in Jammu and Kashmir as a historic and exciting moment for the party. People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was today sworn-in as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir while BJP leader Nirmal Singh took oath as the state's deputy chief minister. Mufti will be heading a PDP-BJP coalition government in the state, ending the 49-day Governor's rule in the state. Mar 1, 2015

BJP, Congress react to reports of Ajay Maken to be DPCC Chief replacing Lovely

New Delhi, Mar 01 (ANI): BJP and Congress leaders on Sunday reacted over reports of Ajay Maken to be elected as DPCC Chief replacing Arvinder Singh Lovely. BJP leader Vijay Sonkar Shastri said that there is turmoil within Congress after its defeat in the Delhi Polls. He added that no matter what Congress does to regain its position it will not be able to win peoples' hearts. Meanwhile Congress leader JP Aggarwal said that it is a decision of the party leadership about whom to choose as State Chief. He added that such positions keep rotating among various leaders depending on their capability and hard work done for the party. Mar 1, 2015

Prince William visits tsunami hit towns in Japan

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Prince William visited the tsunami hit city of Ishinomaki of Sunday (March 1) on the last leg of his Japan trip, where he paid his respects to those lost in Mar 1, 2015

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed takes oath as JandK Chief Minister

Jammu, Mar 01 (ANI): PDP leader Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Sunday took oath as the state Chief Minister after coalition was announced by BJP and PDP. Sayeed was administered oath by state Governor NN Vohra at Zorawar Singh auditorium in Jammu in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti, BJP Chief Amit Shah among other eminent leaders. Sayeed will be holding the office of Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir for the next six years. Mar 1, 2015

Writers association in Chennai condemns attack on writer

Chennai, March 01 (ANI): A writers’ association in Tamil Nadu staged a protest, condemning an attack on writer Puliyur Murugesan by a particular community. Murugesan was attacked on Thursday by members of a particular community in the wake of his book ‘I am also known as Balachandran’. As per reports, a chapter in the book narrated the illicit affair between a man and his daughter-in-law in a family belonging to the community, which drew ire. Meanwhile, Murugesan, who is recovering in a hospital, said that he did not intend to hurt anyone with his writing and was willing to apologise. Murugesan’s wife was also attacked and both have been given police protection. The protesters urged the government to take action against the miscreants and safeguard writer’s freedom of expression in the state. Protesters also said that the attacks on the writers had increased in the recent past. Mar 1, 2015

Heart travels from Karnataka to Andhra Pradesh to save life

Hyderabad, March 01 (ANI): In a one-of-a-kind medical procedure, a heart retrieved from a brain dead patient was airlifted from from Karnataka to Andhra Pradesh to save a life. As per reports, a 30-year old labourer who met with an accident earlier this week in Bengaluru city of Karnataka was declared brain dead. His organs, including his heart, lungs and kidneys were donated. A recipient for his heart was found in the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh state’s Hyderabad city. The heart was then airlifted from the state-run Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) hospital in Bengaluru to the Yashoda Hospital in Hyderabad. A green corridor was created in the city so that the ambulance had a freeway. The vehicle carrying the organ reached the hospital in less than three minutes. Mar 1, 2015

Foreign Secretary Jaishankar to begin SAARC Yatra with Bhutan visit

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will commence his four-nation SAARC Yatra from Sunday, with Bhutan being the first port of call. The visit to Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan between March 1 and March 4 is being seen as the Government's desire to give a fillip to its neighbourhood outreach policy. After visiting Bhutan today, Jaishankar will travel to Bangladesh on March 2, Pakistan on March 3 and Afghanistan on March 4. He will undertake visits to Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal later. Mar 1, 2015

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to be sworn in as J&K CM today amidst tight security

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed will be sworn as the next chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday amidst very tight security. He will be heading a PDP-BJP coalition government. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at the General Zorawar Auditorium of Jammu University from around 11 a.m. on Sunday and will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and leaders of both the PDP and BJP, besides other invited dignitaries. The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, NN Vohra, will administer the oath of office and secrecy. According to reports, Sayeed, 79, will take oath as chief minister along with 12 members each from PDP and BJP. Mar 1, 2015

Ousted from JD (U), Manjhi forms new party 'Hindustan Awaam Morcha'

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): Ousted Janata Dal (United) leader and former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi floated a new party, the 'Hindustan Awaam Morcha'. According to reports, the HAM has been formed to counter the JD (U) ahead of Bihar assembly polls to be held later this year. Manjhi's supporters are said to be predominantly Mahadalits and other backward castes. Last week, the 70-year-old Manjhi had resigned from the top post in Bihar ahead of a crucial trust vote in the state assembly. While tendering his resignation to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, he also recommended dissolution of the assembly, a suggestion that was not taken into consideration. Mar 1, 2015

Women cadre of BSF set out on month-long Camel Safari

Bhuj, March 01 (ANI): In a laudable initiative, women cadre of paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) have set out on a month-long camel safari to spread the message of women empowerment and raise awareness about the hardships faced by the force. BSF has tied up with Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) for the expedition, which will be led by Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest. A total of 20 women are participating in the expedition, a part of BSF’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. The expedition was flagged off on Tuesday from Bhuj city of Gujarat and it will pass through various border villages of Rajasthan and Punjab. The expedition will conclude at Wagah border in Punjab on March 24. Speaking about the expedition, Pal said that it was a way to acknowledge the hard work put in by BSF officials in keeping the country safe. The women officials have been given 10 days of special training in the desert of Rann of Kutch and also in various other environments Mar 1, 2015