Pak changed its stance, full fledged retreat ceremony to be held from today: BSF

Jalandhar, Nov 04 (ANI): After a blast on the Pakistani side of Wagah border that killed more than 55, it was decided that the joint retreat ceremony which takes place on both the sides will not be held for three days. On Tuesday, the IG of BSF, Ashok Kumar said that yesterday Pak changed its stance and said that retreat ceremony can be held from today. To this Indian side agreed and full fledged retreat ceremony will be held from today. Nov 4, 2014

Party will fight polls collectively, sure of victory in Delhi: BJP

New Delhi, Nov 04 (ANI): BJP President in Delhi Satish Upadhyay said on Tuesday that BJP will be going for polls in New Delhi after a decision was made in the cabinet meeting approving to dissolve the current Assembly session. Upadhyay said that the party will contest polls under collective leadership and is sure of victory in the capital. He added that the right decision will be taken at the right time regarding the face of BJP in Delhi. Nov 4, 2014

Grenades hurled at CRPF camp in JandK

Sopore, Nov 04 (ANI): Suspected militants hurled grenades at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp at Sopore in Baramulla Distric of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. Witnesses said people ran for cover after the explosive was hurled. However, one rifle grenade did not explode and the other missed the target. The rifle was later on defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad. Soon after the incident took place, forces, including police counter insurgency Special Operation Group and units of army, cordoned off the area and conducted searches to nab the culprits. Nov 4, 2014

Fight is between AAP and BJP: AAP on Delhi Polls

Ghaziabad, Nov 04 (ANI): AAP leader Manish Sisodia on Tuesday hailed the decision of Cabinet approving the dissolution of Delhi Assembly and going for fresh polls. Sisodia said that the fight is now between BJP and AAP because Congress does not stand anywhere. He added that it is for the people of Delhi to decide whether they will choose an honest leader like Arvind Kejriwal or a leader like BJP's Jagdish Mukhi. Nov 4, 2014

People in Kashmir brave cross border fire to join voter awareness camp ahead of assembly polls

Kathua, Nov 04 (ANI): Despite continuous ceasefire violations from across the border and devastating floods in the recent past, residents of Jammu and Kashmir thronged the Voter Awareness Camp with great enthusiasm to express their faith in Indian democracy. The people of Hiranagar town in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, participated in the camp in great numbers to be aware of the electoral process of the coming assembly elections in the state. The camp was organised at a government school in the town. The participants of the camp said it is important to strengthen democracy in Kashmir. The assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir will be held between November 21 and December 20. To ensure a larger participation in assembly election in border areas, the District Election Officer, Kathua, Shaheed Iqbal organised the camp under the Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) at Marheen village to make people aware of the need to exercise their franchise. Nov 4, 2014

Pak synonymous to 'betrayal': Shiv Sena after Pak takes U-turn on beating retreat ceremony

New Delhi, Nov 04 (ANI): Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said that Pakistan is synonymous to the word 'betrayal', after the nuclear armed neighbour took a U-turn over the understanding with India on the beating retreat ceremony post Wagah border attack. Pak Rangers at the Attari-Wagah border caught their Indian counterparts off-guard as they decided to go ahead with traditional beating the retreat ritual with full gusto. Raut said that the understanding was made keeping in view the lives lost in Pakistan but it did not follow the same. He said that Pakistan will always behave like that India should stop maintaining cordial relations with the nation. Nov 4, 2014

Pak performs border flag ceremony even as India cancels it in wake of Wagah border blast

Attari, Nov 04 (ANI): India cancelled while Pakistan performed the retreat ceremony at Wagah border on after a suicide attack killed almost 60 people on the Pakistani side. India's home ministry had earlier said the daily flag-lowering ceremony would be suspended at Wagah-Attari border as a mark of respect for the dead - the first time the parade would have been called off since the two countries went to war in 1971. But later Pakistani officials changed their mind and deciding to go ahead with the ritual to send a message to the militants. Meanwhile, India- Pakistan cross border land trade was suspended in the wake of the suicide blast. Traders said they were hopeful that business between the two sides will be resumed soon. At least 60 people were killed and around 110 wounded when the explosion ripped through a car park about 500 metres (yards) from Pakistan's border gate just as hundreds of people left the daily flag-lowering ceremony. Nov 4, 2014

Haryana's legislative committee to probe Robert Vadra's illegal land dealings

Chandigarh/ New Delhi/ Dehradun, Nov 04 (ANI): Haryana's legislative committee will look into the improper land dealings of Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law, Robert Vadra, said the state Health Minister Anil Vij after the first cabinet meeting. The DLF is accused of arranging favourable loans and real estate transactions for Vadra, which the company denied. Vij said that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) would probe into the allegations following which action will be taken. Vadra's land dealings were stirred up once again when on late Saturday night, he was caught on camera misbehaving with a journalist who inquired about his land dealings. However, defending Vadra, Congress leader Ambika Soni said that the privacy of a private citizen must be respected and nobody will object if the state government will conduct a probe into the matter. Nov 4, 2014

Indian army ensures safe assembly polls in JandK, tightens security

Srinagar, Nov 04 (ANI): Indian army ensured water tight security and round the clock vigil in Kashmir ahead of assembly polls after a suicide bomber blew himself up near Wagah border on the Pakistan side, killing almost 60 people and injuring several others. The five-phase polls in Jammu and Kashmir will begin on November 25 and end on December 20. The results would be announced on December 23. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was a response to the Pakistani army's actions against their positions in tribal areas straddling Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. General, ST Upasni, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Victor Force, said the security has been beefed up after the Wagah border incident and the forces will ensure safe elections in Kashmir. Nov 4, 2014

Organiser say World Economic Forum to reignite global interest in India

New Delhi/ Kolkata, Nov 04 (ANI): Indian edition of the World Economic Forum set to begin on Tuesday has generated a buzz among international investors and businesses about the country under the stewardship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has promised to ease rules to attract investments into the economy, organisers say. The India Economic Summit is being organised by World Economic Forum, in partnership with the leading industry body the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi from 4-6 November. Speaking ahead of the summit, Chandrajit Banerjee, one of the organiser and Director General of the CII, said that the current edition would help not only India to attract investment but would also help forge an understanding of the global perspective on India. Banerjee added that there was a newfound excitement around India now. Nov 4, 2014

Maoists gun down seven people in Jharkhand ahead of assembly polls

Ranchi, Nov 04 (ANI): Maoists gunned down seven people in poll-bound Jharkhand, said a senior police officer. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Anurag Gupta said ultra belonged to banned People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI). Gupta refused to confirm identity of the deceased. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since 1960s. Nov 4, 2014

Bhopal gas tragedy victims to start indefinite fast from November 10

Bhopal, Nov 04 (ANI): Victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy would begin an indefinite fast in New Delhi from November 10, pressuring the central government for additional compensation. The Bhopal Gas Tragedy is one of the worst industrial disasters in history. It was 12 a.m. on December 3, 1984 when 40 tonnes of toxic Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) leaked from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, killing thousands and condemning thousands more to chronic illness. Recently, the victims were frustrated on the news of death of Warren Anderson, chief of Union Carbide, who did not face any trial for his crimes. An activist supporting the victims, Rachna Dhingra, said that the government should update the facts and figures of dead and injured victims so that compensation can be taken from Union Carbide Corporation. Nov 4, 2014

Awami League supporters hail Supreme Court's ruling on convicted war criminals

Dhaka, Nov 04 (ANI): Supporters and activists of the ruling Awami League party hailed Bangladesh Supreme Court's verdict of upholding the death penalty for Islamist leader, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, convicted for war crimes. In May last year, a special war crimes tribunal found Kamaruzzaman, an assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, guilty of genocide and torture of unarmed civilians during the 1971 war. Defence lawyers earlier in the day said they would file a petition for a review but state prosecutors said it was not an option. The tribunals have angered Islamists who call them a politically motivated bid to persecute the leadership of Jamaat and weaken the opposition. Nov 4, 2014

Hooda challenges Haryana Govt on Vadra land deal case saying probe will fail to prove his involvemen

New Delhi/Haryana, Nov 4 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Tuesday after former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda challenged the Haryana government on Robert Vadra land deal case and said that the investigations would fail to prove his involvement in the case. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that BS Hooda should question the top brass of Congress about the state of the party rather than challenging the State and Central government. BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said that BS Hooda didn't act in the interest of Haryana government and hence lacks the right to challenge anyone. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the government shouldn't take actions out of hatred as such actions would be hazardous for the country. Nov 4, 2014