EC have made elaborate arrangements for all polls, J&K poll date to be decided soon: VS Sampath

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said that elaborate arrangements are made for polls and counting by the teams and every counting centres are under tight security. He said that the EC is happy with the increase in percentage of voters with time but this needs to further go up. Further, Sampath said that assembly polls in Jammu & Kashmir is under screening and that officers are taking stock of the situation in the state and all the views of the political parties are taken in the matter. He said that taking in account all this, decision on dates of polls will be decided in next few days. Oct 19, 2014

Kashmir floods affect supply of dry fruits ahead of Diwali

Ahmedabad/ Srinagar, Oct 19 (ANI): The worst floods in the last several decades that submerged Kashmir recently, have badly affected the supply of dry fruits from the state that are packed into glittering boxes and distributed as gifts in Diwali throughout India. The state of Jammu and Kashmir is one of the major suppliers of dry fruits in India. Farmers remained the worst hit due to the massive floods in Kashmir as stagnant water in their agricultural fields damaged crops and affected the yield. Diwali, which will fall on October 23 this year, is celebrated with great fervour and gaiety all over India. Shop owners in Ahmedabad said that the floods affected their business this year with the scant supply of dry fruits. Oct 19, 2014

BJP and Shiv Sena should come together to form govt: MG Vaidya

Nagpur, Oct 19 (ANI): RSS leader MG Vaidya on Sunday said that BJP and Shiv Sena should come together and form government. Vaidya said that Sangh has no role in BJP's good performance and it's only because of Modi's popularity and BJP workers at grassroot level. He accepted that BJP will fail to have a majority in Maharashtra and so both the parties should remain positive on supporting each other. He also expressed confidence on re-alliance of both the parties. Oct 19, 2014

Prithviraj Chavan's supporters celebrate his victory from Karad

Karad, Oct 19 (ANI): Even as the Congress is staring at a defeat in the Maharashtra Assembly elections, former state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has won from Karad South contituency. Supporters gathered outside his residence and celebrated his success. Oct 19, 2014

BJP set to form govt in Haryana, may need allies in Maharashtra

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): Even though the BJP is emerging as a single largest party in Maharashtra Assembly elections with leading in about 112 of the 288 seats, it is going to need allies to form government in the state. The party which is not set to get to 145 on its own, stated that Maharashtra is celebrating because it is going to get rid of Congress. Oct 19, 2014

SP blames Congress inefficient governance for BJPs success in by polls

Lucknow/Mumbai, Oct 19 (ANI): Samajwadi Party on Sunday blamed Congress insufficient governance and corruption for BJP’s success in the assembly elections of Haryana and Maharashtra. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that the result is a consequence of Congress’s corruption and wrong policies. SP leader Abu Azmi also blamed Congress mis- governance for the results of the assembly elections. Oct 19, 2014

Bollywood comes together for Kashmir Flood Victims

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): From Aamir Khan to Farhan Akhtar, Anupam Kher to Vivek Oberoi along with several other film and music personalities joined hands for a special concert 'Hum Hain Umeed-e-Kashmir' to raise funds for the flood victims of Kashmir and Assam in New Delhi. The concert was an initiative of the entertainment industry led by the Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA), the Film and Television Producers Guild and Zee Media. Voicing their concerns over the issue, stars urged people to make their contribution in whatever way possible. Also spotted on the occasion were stars like Aditi Rao Hydari, Neha Dhupia, Daler Mehandi, Shaan and Ravi Kishan among others who performed live to raise funds. Oct 19, 2014

Death toll in Nepal blizzard that engulfed Annapurna trail rises to at least 39

Himalayas, Oct 19 (ANI): An amateur video filmed by a British survivor of the deadly blizzard that engulfed Nepal's popular Annapurna trail in the Himalayas showed hikers amid heavy snow and blasting winds which made sighting close to impossible. The death toll in the blizzard has risen to 39, police and army sources said. Authorities rescued 60 more people on Saturday, when the army deployed troops on a ground search. More than 40 people were still missing after unseasonal weather in the peak trekking season unleashed avalanches on the 240-km (150-mile) route around Annapurna, the world's 10th-tallest peak, which takes enthusiasts three weeks to complete. The bodies of two hikers of Indian and Japanese nationality were recovered from the Himalayas on Saturday and taken to a post mortem ward in Kathmandu. Paul Sherridan, a British survivor of the blizzard said that deaths could have been avoided had safety measures been put into place at the appropriate time. Oct 19, 2014

Nobel peace prize to India and Pakitsna will help resolve border conflict: Dalai Lama

Dharamsala, Oct 19 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader, his holiness the Dalai Lama said that Nobel peace prize to India and Pakistan can help resolve border conflict between the two neighbours. Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban two years ago for advocating girls' right to education, and Indian children's right advocate Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on October 10. Expressing his feeling to both awardees, Dalai Lama said the decision to award the Peace Prize to an Indian man and a Pakistani woman together emphasizes that only as human brothers and sisters will we create a more peaceful, happier world. Dalai Lama commended both Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for working to support children and said that children's future will only be secured if it is ensured that they receive full and equal education. Oct 19, 2014

BJP optimistic for victory even as counting underway for Haryana and Maharashtra by polls

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): BJP leaders appeared optimistic for victory as counting began for Haryana and Maharashtra assembly elections on Sunday. BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that the early trends clearly show that people have faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that the credit of the election results goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party workers and BJP. BJP leaders Bijay Sonkar Shastri and GVL Narsimha Rao said they have full confidence that BJP will get clear mandate in the assembly elections of both the states. Oct 19, 2014

Maoists kill unarmed policeman in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Oct 19 (ANI): Maoists killed an unarmed policeman in Chhattisgarh, said a senior officer. Constable Shivkumar Sidar, who was unwell for the last few days, was going by bus for treatment in Sukma district when Maoists killed him. Additional Director General (ADG) Of Police, RK Vij ruled out any abduction. Security forces rushed to the spot to nab the assailants. The Maoists control large but poor areas of the region and often attack railway lines and mining operations to cripple economic activity, such as the transportation of coal to power and steel companies. The rebels are estimated to number 7000 hardcore fighters in nearly a third of India's 630 districts. Oct 19, 2014

Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress remains confident even as BJP leads in early trends of by-polls

Mumbai/ New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress remained confident of gaining seats in Maharashtra by-polls even as BJP leads in early trends. Shiv Sena Spokesperson Sanjay Raut said that although BJP is gaining more seats but Shiv Sena too is performing good. He said that a clearer picture will come out after 7-8 rounds. NCP leader Majid Memon also remained confident of gaining satisfactory number of seats. Memon said that it is all one man show for BJP and they don't have any leader except for Narendra Modi. Meanwhile, Congress leader Sanjay Jha remained hopeful of good performance on the basis of the works it has done in both Haryana and Maharashtra. Oct 19, 2014

Heavyweight bulls fetch millions at All India Cattle Show in UP

Meerut, Oct 19 (ANI): Heavyweight bulls fetched millions at All India Cattle Show in Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh. The show was held at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Agriculture University. Among all the heavyweight bulls, a giant 1400-kg bull that was crowned champion at the cattle show by a 10-member jury, not only stunned people by its size but also by fetching a mind-boggling 70 million rupees. The animal named 'Yuvraj' has been looked after by its owner Karamvir Singh, who purchased it soon after it was born, like his own child. Yuvraj stretches to 14 feet in length and a couple of notches over 5 feet 9 inches in height. Oct 19, 2014

Making righteous citizen joint mission for India and Bangladesh: APJ Abdul Kalam

Dhaka, Oct 19 (ANI): Former President APJ Abdul Kalam said that making righteous citizens is joint mission for India and Bangladesh, while both the nations should work towards achieving value-system. While addressing the 110th founding anniversary celebration of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, Kalam said building value-system is a requisite for the development of a nation. Kalam said it is important to construct the psyche of adolescents in the right manner. Oct 19, 2014

Modi govt's decision to deregularise diesel prices draws reaction from politicians

Bhopal/Kolkata/New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): Indian government's announcement of lifting controls on diesel pricing with immediate effect, leading to an immediate fall in pump prices of nearly 6 percent drew flak from the politicians. Criticising the decision, Congress party leader Rashid Alvi said that it was not a good decision keeping in mind the common man as it would increase the burden on their pocket. However, CPI leader D Raja said the decision will have an adverse affect as the fall of crude in the international market will escalate the commodity prices across the country. Meanwhile, BJP leader Shrikant Sharma lauded the government's decision and said it will boost the economy. Oct 19, 2014