CJI says Modi a good leader and human being, politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): Political reactions flowed in on Saturday over Chief Justice of India HL Dattu's statement in which he praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a "good leader" with a foresight and desire to give good governance to the nation. The CJI also said the demands of the judiciary have been taken care of by the government and it is always good that all three wings of democracy work according to the set standards. He said that the judiciary gets positive response from the government and it is "very good". Jan 10, 2015

Reactions flow in as Manjhi describes Nitish as 'Chanakya' of Bihar politics

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): Political reactions flowed in on Saturday over Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's statement in which he described JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar as 'Chanakya' of state politics and dismissed reports of differences between them. There are speculations that Manjhi might be replaced. According to reports, Nitish Kumar is unhappy with the controversial statements he has made ever since he became the Bihar CM and his style of functioning. Jan 10, 2015

France attacks prompted by insults to prophets, says purported Al-Qaeda leader

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): An audio recording posted on the Internet attributed to a leader of the Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda (AQAP) said the attacks in France were prompted by insults to prophets but stopped short of claiming responsibility for the assault on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The authenticity of the audio could not immediately be verified. The voice in recording was purported to be that of Sheikh Hareth al-Nadhari. A Yemeni journalist who specialises in al Qaeda said it was clear that AQAP had provided a "spiritual inspiration" for the attack on the newspaper offices, but there was no clear sign that it was directly responsible for the assault. Altogether 17 victims have died along with the three hostage-takers since Wednesday. Jan 10, 2015

Security arrangements and traffic management in place ahead of PM Modi's 'Abhinandan Rally'

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): Security was tightened around the Ramlila Ground on Saturday in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally at the venue in the national capital. The Delhi Traffic Police have also made elaborate arrangements to ensure the smooth movement of traffic. Modi is to address "Abhinandan Rally" which will be attended by around 1 lakh people. PM will formally kick off BJP's campaign for the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls on Saturday at the mega rally. Top leaders including BJP president Amit Shah, Union ministers Arun Jaitely, M Venkaiah Naidu and Piyush Goyal will attend the rally. Besides, chief ministers of Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra will share the dais with the prime minister. The traffic police has advised commuters going to New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and ISBT to start early with sufficient time in hand for absorbing possible delays in the routes. Jan 10, 2015

Newly'wed Imran and Reham Khan share food with madrasa students

Islamabad, Jan 10 (ANI): After a low'key marriage ceremony, Pakistan’s cricketer'turned'politician Imran Khan and his better half ex'BBC journalist Reham Khan shared lunch with madrasa students on the outskirts of Pakistani capital Islamabad. Khan on Friday drove to distribute and share food with the children of the madarsa of Mufti Saeed, the Muslim cleric who performed his wedding ceremony. Khan’s party officials say that due to the recent Peshawar tragedy, Imran had decided against having a grand Valima ceremony and chose to distribute food to less privileged children. After the meal, Khan mentioned that the wedding was planned for later, but as the rumors swirled, he decided to get married earlier. Jan 10, 2015

BJP attempting 'show of strength' in PM Modi's rally, alleges AAP

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Somnath Bharti on Saturday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is bringing a lot of people from the neighbouring states to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally which is to be held in the national capital today. He said that BJP is attempting a 'show of strength' by means of this rally. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kickstart BJP's campaign for the upcoming Delhi assembly polls at an "Abhinandan" rally at the Ramlila Ground today. Jan 10, 2015

Indian journalists and cartoonists protest Paris attacks

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): Indian journalists and cartoonists protested and expressed solidarity with victims of attack on a Paris-based media house by drawing their creations and lighting candles in New Delhi. Hooded gunmen stormed the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo offices, known for lampooning radical Islam, killing at least 12 people, including co-founder Jean "Cabu" Cabut and editor-in-chief Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier. France national leaders and allied states described the assault on Charlie Hebdo, known for its lampooning of Islam and other religions as well as politicians, as an assault on democracy. Police released photographs of the two suspects, Cherif and Said Kouachi, 32 and 34. Security Experts said France was in danger for some time now. Jan 10, 2015

First phase of 'Bishwa Ijtema' begins in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Jan 10 (ANI): Thousands of Muslim devotees gathered on the bank of River Turag near Dhaka city for the first phase of this year's world congregation, or Bishwa Ijtema. Despite Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led 20-party alliance's countrywide blockade, devout Muslims across the globe assembled in Tongi, 20 kilometres off the capital city of Dhaka, to participate in the congregation, known as the second largest annual gathering of Muslims after the Hajj. The first phase of Ijtema will conclude on Sunday amid the final prayers 'Akheri Munajat' while the second phase will be held from January 16 to 18. Eight floating bridges have been placed by the army engineers so that devotees can cross the River Turag with ease. The Bishwa Ijtema is being held at same site since 1966 and is organised by World Tablig Council, which preaches teachings of Islam and Prophet Muhammad. Jan 10, 2015

Villagers in Kashmir seek permanent solution to end ceasefire violations

Samba, Jan 10 (ANI): Villagers living along the de'facto border dividing India'Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir appealed the central government to find a permanent solution amid continuous cross'border firing between the two nuclear armed neighbours. People are agitated with Pakistan for violating ceasefire truce time and again. While hundreds of them have left their homes with their belongings towards safer places, many others walked to the relief camps. Meanwhile, alert was sounded in Hiranagar border area after a woman sighted movement of six suspected persons at border village Spral Pian on Friday morning. Army was deployed in suspected areas and National Highway. The army was also deployed in populated areas adjoining the Ujh River connecting to International border of Pakistan. Jan 10, 2015

Indians set benchmark in every field across world: Sushma Swaraj

Gandhinagar, Jan 10 (ANI): Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Indians have set a benchmark in every field across the world and made the country proud with their achievements. Gujarat was host to three-day annual gathering for people of Indian origin. The diaspora event was timed immediately prior to a large investment meeting that will be addressed by US Secretary of State John Kerry and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. Addressing the Indian diaspora in Gandhinagar, Swaraj lauded Indians who have made their presence felt worldwide. Swaraj also added Indians have contributed to the economy of wherever they have settled through their culture and traditions. Meanwhile, prominent industrialist, philanthropist and parliamentarian in Uganda, Mahendra Nanji Mehta, was honoured with 'Pravasi Bhartiya Samman' award for his contribution in public services and fostering ties between India and Uganda. Jan 10, 2015

Passengers miffed as Pakistan restricts run of bus service at Wagah border

Wagah, Jan 10 (ANI): The decision of Pakistan to restrict the run of a bus service at Wagah border following an intelligence alert that militants may target the bus has angered passengers. Passengers travelling from Pakistan said they were severely inconvenienced as it involves more time. Early this week, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation decided to restrict the entry of buses running under the Pakistan-India friendship service from Lahore to Delhi till Wagah border due to militant threats. Earlier, the bus used to travel from New Delhi to Pakistan's Lahore city. A passenger from Pakistan's Faislabad, Rashid Hanif was visibly upset. Jan 10, 2015