LGBT community hopes for apology from Goa Minister

Bengaluru, Jan 13 (ANI): The Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community is hoping that Goa's Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar apologizes for his controversial statement. Tawadkar on Monday sparked a row by saying that government is contemplating setting up centres to make LGBT youth 'normal'. Tawadkar said that the LGBT youth will be trained and administered medicine in order to make them 'normal'. Tawadkar, however, took a u-turn over the issue saying he was misunderstood and misquoted on the issue. Jan 13, 2015

Swapan Debnath says left women leaders tear their own blouses and claim assault, Politicos condemn

New Delhi/ Kolkata, Jan 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday condemned TMC leader Swapan Debnath after he said that left party women leaders tear their own blouses and claim assault. While addressing Trinamool supporters, Debnath said that the women activists of Left party often stoop to such a low level that they tear their own blouses and claim being assaulted. Debnath added that when these activists quarrel with their husbands and are attacked, they don't blame them, but instead frame Trinamool members. CPI (M) and BJP leaders condemned the statement and said that this comes under the shelter of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and also demanded action against the leader. Jan 13, 2015

Indian army organizes blood donation camp in Kashmir

Budgam, Jan 13 (ANI): Indian army organised a blood donation camp in Jammu and Kashmir in a bid to reach out to the local residents. Many soldiers, along with residents, donated blood at the camp organised in Budgam district. General Officer Commanding Kilo Force of Rashtriya Rifles, Asit Mishra, said that blood donation is the highest form of humanism. Requirement of blood has always been high in the state due to militancy and insurgency activities. The army said it planned to take up similar projects in the future. There has also been an acute shortage of blood especially after the devastating floods in September last year. Jan 13, 2015

Pak must fight terror groups that threaten its neighbours and also US interests: John Kerry

Islamabad, Jan 13 (ANI): US Secretary of state John Kerry on his visit to Pakistan, said that the nation should fight terror groups that threaten Afghan and Indian and also US interests. US Secretary of state said this as he voiced sympathy for the victims of the December 16 attack on a Pakistani military school. Kerry said that terror outfits like LeT, Taliban and the Haqqani network pose a threat to regional countries like India and the world. Kerry, who travelled to Pakistan from India, said all militant groups should be targeted to bring security to the region. He also offered to help India and Pakistan overcome decades of distrust. Jan 13, 2015