Transport minister Nitin Gadkari rules out demolition of Ram Sethu

Rameswaram, Nov 5 (ANI): Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has ruled out any possibility of demolishing the Ram Sethu between Indian coast and Sri Lanka for construction of Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. The $560-million project is intended to shave up to 36 hours off ship journeys between India's western and eastern coasts. The previous Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had a plan to build a canal through a bridge-like stretch of sandbanks and rocks between the Indian coast and Sri Lanka a formation variously known as Adam's Bridge and Ram Sethu, or Ram's Bridge. Some Hindus opposed the project, believing the bridge was built millennia ago by Lord Ram and his army of monkeys, as described in the Ramayana, a revered ancient epic. The then government, in its defence, had stated that the structure was moulded by the ocean. However, Gadkari, while taking an aerial survey of the project, said that the bridge will not be demolished and the BJP-led government will consider alternative alignments for the construction of the project. Nov 5, 2014

Congress, BJP, AAP target each other ahead of Delhi elections

New Delhi, Nov 5 (ANI): Congress, BJP and Aam Aadmi Party kept on targeting each other ahead of the assembly elections in Delhi. BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao slammed AAP for running away from elections and said that BJP will campaign for the elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress leaders JP Agarwal and Haroon Yusuf said that AAP doesnot have any ideology and the party only misleads the people of Delhi through false promises. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia alleged that both the Congress and BJP are politically hand-in-glove. Nov 5, 2014

Protest in Chennai against Sri Lanka's death penalty to Indian fishermen

Chennai, Nov 05 (ANI): Protesters, on Wednesday (November 05), took to streets in Chennai city of Tamil Nadu against death penalty given to Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka. Five Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in 2011 on charges of smuggling drugs and on October 30, the Colombo High Court held the five fishermen guilty of drug trafficking. The arrest of the Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy has been a major topic of debate between the two nations. Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, earlier, wrote several letters to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and present Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking to pressurise Sri Lankan authorities to free fishermen detained in the country. Nov 5, 2014

Politicos react after Sheila Dikshit says won't contest polls in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 5 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Wednesday after former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that she won't be contesting the assembly elections to be held in Delhi. BJP leader Prabhat Jha said that it is for the Congress to decide who will contest the elections. Congress leader JP Agarwal also said that the decision on the candidates contesting the elections will be taken by the high command of Congress. AAP leader Manish Sisodia said that Congress will have to face disappointing results in the upcoming elections and Sheila Dikshit's participation in the elections won't prove of any help to the party. Nov 5, 2014

Call for shutdown in Kashmir to protest killing of two youths by Army

Srinagar, Nov 5 (ANI): A separatist leader and chairman of the moderate faction of All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference (APHC) in Jammu and Kashmir, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, called for a complete shutdown on Wednesday (November 05). The strike call comes in the wake of the killing of two youths by the Army in Budgam district on Monday evening, soon after which there was a complete shutdown in the region to protest the incident. Security personnel have been deployed in Srinagar to prevent any untoward incident. As per local media reports, two youths were killed in Army firing after they did not stop at check points in Budgam district. The Army had received information on the movement of militants in Budgam after which they set up three check points. The youths did not stop at any point, which led security personnel to fire at them. The ruling party in the state, National Conference (NC), condemned the incident and demanded probe into the matter. Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley, has also condemned the incident and said an enquiry would be set up to investigate the matter. Nov 5, 2014

Salman Khan hit-and-run case: Hearing adjourned till Nov 24

Mumbai, Nov 5 (ANI): Court hearing in the Salman Khan's hit-and-run case was adjourned till November 24 on Wednesday. Lawyer Pradeep Gharad said that the court examined the two witnesses were examined in the court who were involved in the import and possession of the Land Cruiser car. On September 28, 2002, the actor's car had run over people sleeping on the pavement in Bandra, killing one and injuring four. A witness in the case had allegedly told a Mumbai trial court last month that he had seen the actor in the driver's seat of his vehicle in a hotel's parking lot on the night incident took place. Nov 5, 2014

Politicos react as Indian fishermen get death penalty in SL

New Delhi, Nov 05 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Wednesday after Sri Lankan Court gave death penalty as punishment to five Indian fishermen. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the government of India is taking all necessary steps to rescue the Indian fishermen and very soon people will hear good news. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that the Indian government has assured all kind of support in the case. Meanwhile, DMK leader TKS Elangovan said that the government should take responsible steps to rescue the innocent fishermen and if they are guilty of any offence they should be tried in the Indian Court. Nov 5, 2014

Odisha Chit Fund Scam: Politicos react after CBI arrests BJD MP

New Delhi, Nov 05 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday reacted over the Odisha Chit Fund Scam in which one BJD MP was arrested by the CBI on Tuesday. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the political leaders found guilty in such cases of corruption is highly condemnable as such cases lead to mistrust of the people from lawmakers. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the government is taking all necessary steps to expose all the big fishes in connection with this scam. Nov 5, 2014