AAP explains ticket cancellation of its two candidates

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): AAP leader Manish Sisodia on Wednesday explained the party's decision to cancel the ticket of two of its candidates prior to polls in Delhi. Sisodia said that the party had unanimously taken the decision of cancelling tickets of its candidates from Mehrauli and Mundka after some hidden information was revealed. Sisodia also appealed to the people that they should not believe any person who claims to be selling tickets on bribe. Jan 21, 2015

AAP candidate from Mehrauli alleges corruption after party cancels his ticket

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): AAP has cancelled the ticket of its candidate from Mehrauli, Goverdhan Singh, ahead of polls in Delhi. Singh, on Wednesday, alleged that the party had earlier forced him to contest elections from that seat and now cancelled the ticket to insult his community people. Singh also said that there is prominent corruption in party and tickets are being sold openly for a huge amount of money in the party. He further said that he has been lured by the party to quit his seat with the promise of giving him the post of Chairman once the party wins. Jan 21, 2015

UP seeks paramilitary forces for Obama's Taj visit

Lucknow/ Agra, Jan 21 (ANI): The northern state of Uttar Pradesh is taking measures to step up vigil ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to the Taj Mahal later this month. The state has asked for 10 companies of paramilitary forces from the Central government in view of the multi-tier security set up for the high profile visit. The city of Agra is set to become a fortress ahead of Obama's visit on January 27. The Taj Mahal will be closed to visitors on that day. Multi-tier security arrangements are in place for US President's visit. Jan 21, 2015

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Foreign Minister, Pakistan, Peace, Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): A court has ordered the government to release blocked funds of Greenpeace India, the environmental group said, months after being accused of running campaigns that were hurting the country’s economy. India's intelligence service in June said Greenpeace and other lobby groups were damaging the country's economy by campaigning against power projects, mining and genetically modified food. While Greenpeace denied the allegations, India asked its central bank to tighten controls on moving funds from abroad into Greenpeace's Indian accounts. Greenpeace said the Indian government had "arbitrarily barred" it from receiving foreign funds from Greenpeace International and Climate Works Foundation in June 2014. The government's move to restrict the movement of funds had raised concerns that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new government will be tough on foreign-funded activist groups. Jan 21, 2015

Former Pak Foreign minister roots for peace with India

Amritsar, Jan 21 (ANI): The former foreign minister of Pakistan, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri rooted for peace between his country and India. Tensions have risen between the two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi called off peace talks with Pakistan in 2014 August. Sporadic rounds of heavy shelling have pounded villages along a previously peaceful stretch of border in Kashmir. Kasuri said that a peaceful environment was vital for development of the nuclear-armed nations. Referring to peace talks between India and Pakistan in 2003-04 when he was foreign minister, Kasuri said that resuming harmony between the two nations was not an impossible task. Jan 21, 2015

Govts banking for all scheme surpasses target: Jaitley

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to end “financial untouchability” with a scheme to ensure majority of households in the country of nearly 1.3 billion people has a bank account has almost been fulfilled, according to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jaitley announced that the scheme called Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PJDY) or Prime Minister’s National Mission on Financial Inclusion, has achieved its target well before the deadline. According to the ministry of finance, by January 17, 2015 a record number of 115 million bank accounts have been opened in the country. Jaitley acknowledged the role of bank employees in achieving this ambitious target. Jan 21, 2015