BJP says democracy and justice prevailed as Amit Shah is all set to address rally in Kolkata

Kolkata, Nov 30 (ANI): BJP leaders on Sunday said that democracy and justice prevailed as party President Amit Shah is all set to address a rally in Kolkata. The Kolkata high court allowed Shah to hold the rally after the municipal corporation, police and fire department refused permission after inspecting the venue. The court ruled the party could hold its rally and named two special officers to ensure the BJP complies with the rules. Party leaders said that ruling TMC in West Bengal tried in all possible way to stop BJP spread its wings in the state, but could not hold on to it for long. Siddharth Nath Singh said that state CM Mamata Banerjee is scared of Modi wave spreading in West Bengal but now she will have to deal with the same. Nov 30, 2014

Reactions pour in after PM Modi calls for 'SMART' policing at conference of DGPs and IGPs

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Sunday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi advocated the concept of 'SMART' policing, and discussed the need of an efficient intelligence network that does not need any arms and ammunition to run the government at a conference of DGPs and IGPs. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the country needs police reforms as well as judicial reforms. Former DGP Prakash Singh said that PM Modi gave new definition to 'SMART' which if followed will reform the police. Nov 30, 2014

Christians in Kochi hail sainthood conferred on Carmelite priest, nun

Kochi, Nov 30 (ANI): Over 50,000 people throng Kerala for Thanksgiving Mass to commemorate the sainthood conferred on the Carmelites, priest Chavara Elias Kuriakose and nun Euphrasia Eluvathingal, by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City. Followers of the faith flocked at Rajagiri Valley in Kerala to celebrate the public function. Pope Francis conferred sainthood on two Indians and four Italians on November 23, saying their "creative" commitment to assisting the poor had laid a path for others to follow. Apostolic Nuncio of India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, who inaugurated the public meeting, praised the Kerala Church for its significant role in evangelisation. Nov 30, 2014

Uttarakhand CM urges Modi govt to release funds for Clean Ganges mission

Rishikesh, Nov 30 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has demanded quick release of funds from the central government with the aim to expedite the country's ambitious project of clean Ganges mission. Rawat inaugurated the two-day WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) Summit on Saturday, on the banks of River Ganga to lay emphasis on the cleanliness drive. Addressing the inaugural session, Rawat said that maintaining sanctity and purity of River Ganga was a top priority of the state government. Rawat sought aid from the Bharatiya Janata Party government led by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for cleaning of River Ganga, which is a part of the much touted ‘Clean India mission'. Nov 30, 2014

BSP pulls up UP Govt. over Farrukhabad SHO's death

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Sudhindra Bhadoria on Sunday lashed out at Akhilesh Yadav- led Samajwadi Party (SP) Government in Uttar Pradesh for supporting nefarious elements in the state. Condemning yesterday's incident when an on duty Station House Officer (SHO) was shot dead in Farrukhabad, Bhadoria said that whenever the Samajwadi Party (SP) is in power the police is supposed to cooperate with the goons. SHO Rajkumar Singh was shot dead while trying to apprehend a history-sheeter in Farrukhabad last night. According to reports, he was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Farrukhabad, where the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. Nov 30, 2014

Any minister who makes efforts to course correct will face challenges: Smriti Irani

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Human resource development minister Smriti Irani on Sunday commenting on the New Education Policy said that any minister who makes an effort to course correct has to face many challenges. She added that across all the political parties there is consensus for making easy access to education and bringing transparency in the access. She further stated that in the New Education Policy the voices of people who will be impacted the most by the policy will be heard first. Nov 30, 2014

PDP leader says Modi should adopt Vajpayee way to resolve Kashmir issue, Politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Sunday after PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to adopt Vajpayee way in order to resolve Kashmir issue. NCP leader Majid Memon said that unlike PM Modi, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was mature and fair. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that Kashmir is a very sensitive issue and the government should take people into confidence while taking any decision in the matter. Nov 30, 2014