BJP declares candidates for polls in Jharkhand and JandK

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): BJP declared names of candidates for polls in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir. The five-phase polls in these states will begin November 25 and end on December 20. The results would be announced on December 23. BJP announced names of 45 candidates for Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was taken in a meet, which was presided by BJP chief Amit Shah, and was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior leaders. Nov 3, 2014

JandK PDP hints at alliance with BJP post state polls

Jammu, Nov 03 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed hinted at alliance with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after polls. The five-phase polls in Jammu and Kashmir will begin November 25 and end on December 20. The results would be announced on December 23. Sayeed said he had worked with BJP leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani in the past. He also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to begin dialogue with nuclear-armed neighbour, Pakistan, to ease tension in the region. Nov 3, 2014

BSF guns down smugglers, recovers 22 kilograms of heroin in Punjab

Amritsar, Nov 03 (ANI): India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) troopers gunned down smugglers and recovered 22 kilograms of heroin worth 1.1 billion rupees along the Indo-Pak border in Punjab. Giving details of the incident, BSF Inspector General Ashok Kumar said that one smuggler was shot dead while two of his accomplices were injured and 22 kg of heroin was seized from them at Dera Baba Nanak sector in Gurdaspur district. He added that the operation was launched on the basis of intelligence inputs, following which the patrolling party of 38 Battalion in Gurdaspur observed some suspicious movement in the area of Bohar Wadala border outpost. The patrolling party opened fire in retaliation as the smugglers, who were trying to cross over to the Pakistan side, challenged them. Three smugglers Tasveer Singh, Balwinder Singh and Fateh Singh , all residents of Kalanaur town in Haryana, received injuries. Nov 3, 2014

India beefs up security post blast at Pakistan side of Wagah border

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): India beefed up security after a blast took place on the Pakistan side of the Wagah border which killed at least 55 people including women and children and as many as 70 sustained injuries. Hundreds of people visit Wagah border crossing near the Pakistani city of Lahore to witness the flags of both countries being lowered just before sunset. Bakshi also said the explosion could have happened on this side of the border as well, and that with the winters approaching the ceasefire violation may increase along the border. Media reports earlier said the explosion was caused by a gas cylinder but later police said it was probably a suicide bomber. Police probe is underway. Nov 3, 2014

Curfew in Kashmir ahead of Muharram processions

Srinagar, Nov 02 (ANI): The state government in Jammu and Kashmir, on Sunday (November 02), imposed curfew in several parts of the region ahead of Muharram processions. Security personnel manned the streets in main city of Srinagar to prevent any mishap. Since 1989, Muharram processions have been banned in Srinagar after a pro-independence revolt started in Kashmir. Only small mourning rallies and processions are allowed in selected areas with limited Shi’ite populations. Every year, Muslims mourn the tragedy of Karbala on the occasion of Moharram. Nov 3, 2014

Politicos react on Modi's Radio address

New Delhi, Nov 2 (ANI): The BJP on Sunday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi who once again claimed that his government would leave no stone unturned in bringing back the black money stashed abroad, in his address on AIR. However, opposition leaders claimed that Modi avoids tough questions from media and his government is taking steps in the black money case only under the pressure of the Supreme Court. Nov 3, 2014

SIT chief Justice M B Shah on PM Modi's statement on black money

New Delhi, Nov 2 (ANI): Reacting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's radio address, where he spoke about bringing back black money stashed abroad, SIT chief on black money Justice M B Shah said that it's good for country to bring back the money but as of now nobody knows how much can be brought back. He also added that the names of those holding illegal accounts abroad cannot be made public as there are policies that cannot be breached. Nov 3, 2014

The Five Lifestyle Rules that Guarantee Longevity Revealed

New Delhi, Nov 2 (ANI) : A new research has observed that there are simple five lifestyle rules that add years to one's life. The five rules include regular exercise, sensible eating, maintaining a healthy weight, minimal alcohol consumption and no smoking which guarantees longevity.Long life may seem obvious and should definitely be encouraged but in an age of technology and breathtaking medical advances we have lost sight of the much more obvious and simpler fact that a healthy, active lifestyle is more powerful than any drug in preventing ill health and increasing life expectancy. Nov 3, 2014

Raj Thackeray meets Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai, Nov 02 (ANI): Maharashtra Navanirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday paid a courtesy visit to Maharashtra’s newly elected Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. In the short meeting, Thackeray said he raised various issues including increasing the minimum support price of sugarcane and development of tourism industry in the State. He also sought a detailed probe of the grisly murders of three members of a Dalit family in Ahmednagar. Devendra Fadnavis is the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra belonging to the BJP and was sworn in at a grand ceremony in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Nov 3, 2014

Half marathon in Visakhapatnam celebrates spirit of people

Visakhapatnam, Nov 02 (ANI): Thousands of people converged in port city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday (November 02) and took part in half marathon organised to salute the spirit of people who showed strength during cyclone Hudhud. Cyclone Hudhud had slammed into the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha last month, killing 41 people and tearing down tens of thousands of mud-and-thatch homes. Meanwhile, the half-marathon, organised by the Indian navy, celebrated the courage of people who rose above the storm and returned to normal lives. Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Vice Admiral Satish Soni, said that the half marathon marked the spirit of Visakhapatnam, known to locals as Vizag. The funds generated from the run will be used for rehabilitation work and a part of it will also go to an orphanage. The marathon was categorized under 20 km run, 10 km run and five km walk. Nov 3, 2014

Vadra's behaviour with journalist totally objectionable, tarnishes Priyanka and Sonia's image: Vaidi

Indore, Nov 02 (ANI): Senior Journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik on Sunday said that Robert Vadra's behaviour with a journalist was totally objectionable. He said that any journalist does not come to attack but to acquire information and reacting in such a way as Vadra did was not at all right in any way. Vaidik said that by behaving in such a way one proves that there is something surly wrong on his side. He further said that sue to this behaviour, Priyanka Gandhi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi's image also gets tarnished. Vadra snapped at a reporter from ANI and pushed away the mic after he was asked for a comment on an impending probe into his company's land deals in Haryana. Nov 3, 2014

Common man hails PM Modi's initiative to reach out to millions of Indians through radio

Bhopal /Nagpur / Kanpur, Nov 2 (ANI): Common man hailed India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiative to reach out to millions of Indians through his on air radio speech touching upon various social issues. Twitter and tech-savvy Modi on Sunday turned to the country's oldest radio station for the second time since he came to power in May to reveal his thoughts on issues of national import. His voice was heard in the farthest Himalayan hamlets as also in the most distant deserts through his 'Mann Ki Baat’ talk. Nov 3, 2014

Congress issues statement over Robert Vadra, says whole episode propagated for political agenda

Kaithal, Nov 02 (ANI): Congress on Sunday issued statement over Robert Vadra's misbehaviour with a reporter from ANI. Blaming media for Vadra's behaviour, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said unpleasantness of repeatedly asking questions at any private functions must be avoided by media at all times. He said that deliberate hounding of individuals on issues that are already conclusively settled and rejected by constitutional bodies must stop. Further, he also referred to some incidents where then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had thrown the mic and had later walked out of a pre fixed interview. He also alleged that the entire episode was propagated for political agenda. Surjewala also requested media to 'respect social mores and privacy of individuals in this age of professional competition'. Nov 3, 2014

Bus Accident kills at least 14 in Himachal Pradesh

Chamba, Nov 02 (ANI): At least 14 people were killed and 11 others injured after a bus fell into a gorge in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The private bus carrying 25 people was on its way to Himri in Saluni region when the driver lost control over the wheel and it fell into 100 feet deep gorge. While 12 people died on the spot, two others succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Road and rail accidents are common in India, where rickety infrastructure and weak law enforcement struggle to cope with a surge in traffic and floods of unlicensed drivers. Nov 3, 2014

Kaziranga National Park reopens for visitors

Jorhat, Nov 02 (ANI): Kaziranga National Park in Assam, which is home to the largest number of one-horned rhinos has been reopened for the visitors. Forest minister of Assam Rockybul Hussain inaugurated the re-opening by cutting the ribbon amid prayers and rituals. Hussain also flagged off the first batch of elephant safari of 13 elephants for a group of tourists from countries like Australia, United States and United Kingdom. Hussain also urged the people to be more committed for the conservation and protection of the rich bio-diversity of the park and help in maintaining its natural beauty. The Kaziranga National Park is a World Heritage Site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world's great one horned rhinoceroses. Nov 3, 2014