BJP meets West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer over security during by-polls

Kolkata, Sep 08 (ANI): BJP delegation on Monday met West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer over state by-polls. Talking about the same, party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the party wants free and fair elections and asked for security during the polls. Naqvi said that the law and order machinery of state has been hijacked under the patronage of state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TMC government. He further said that the he was assured of proper steps and deployment of efficient security during the Assembly elections. Sep 8, 2014

Over 5000 people rescued from flood-hit areas in Kashmir

Jammu And Kashmir/New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): Indian army, air force and personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescued more than 5000 people from flood-hit areas in Jammu and Kashmir and set up relief camps on Monday. The death toll from serious flooding in Kashmir climbed to 175 with homes, military bases and hospitals inundated in the region's main city Srinagar as the Jhelum river overflowed its banks. Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed floods a national level disaster and announced 11 billion rupees in disaster relief payments, as well as compensation to victims and their relatives. Singh further said that additional 62 boats were deployed as 108 were already pressed into service in the state. About 22 air force helicopters and four aircraft were deployed to evacuate stranded people and to deliver relief. Sep 8, 2014

BJP declines AAP's allegations of horse-trading by its leader

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): The BJP on Monday declined allegations by Aam Admi Party in a sting video which shows BJP leader offering money to an AAP MLA to join BJP. Sambit Patra said that AAP should release the unedited version of the video to reveal the truth. He added that the alleged leader Sher Singh Dagar is not even a senior leader to be associated in polls. Subramanian Swamy casually said that Kejriwal has always been involved in politics of accuse and abuse so whatever he says is not to be taken seriously. Sep 8, 2014

Germany should develop cultural and economic ties: German Foreign Minister

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier who is presently in India on a three-day visit, on Monday said that it is a chance for Germany for giving a new impetus to Indo-German economic relations. Talking to mediapersons, he said that both the countries should not just look at economic ties, but also develop cultural ties. He also conveyed condolences over the loss of lives in JandK floods. Sep 8, 2014

Kejriwal releases sting video, says BJP leader Sher Singh Dagar tried to bribe AAP MLAs

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday released a sting operation video accusing BJP leader Sher Singh Dagar of trying to bribe AAP MLAs. Kejriwal while screening the video in the press conference said that the video has been shot in Dagar's house as he was trying to bribe AAP MLA Dinesh Mohania with 4 Crore rupees. Kejriwal alleging that BJP has been trying to buy MLAs to get a majority in the Delhi Assembly said that Mohania has been in contact with BJP MLAs from over a month. Kejriwal further said that they will lodge a FIR with the police, submit the sting operation's raw footage before the Supreme Court and approach the Election Commission to take the required action. Sep 8, 2014

Woman entrepreneur in Manipur carves a success story

Imphal, Sep 08 (ANI): At his tiny house located in Khurai Thoidingjam Leikai in Imphal, the 61-year-old Jina Khumujam is busy preparing herbal soap. She took up soap making in 2004. The variety of soaps under the brand name of Ma-ngal are being produced with the extracts of locally available fruits like Lemon, Xylosma, Aloe-Vera, Citrus latipes and Cucumber. Jina's soap brand is a symbol of women empowerment and enlightenment. Jina also has the expertise in recycling waste materials into productive and income generating items apart from making soaps. She wishes to open up a show room for her products and a training centre. Jina's soap making farm has been a source of earning for some other destitute poor women, like widows and those living with HIV/AIDS. They come to her house and together make soaps, and handicraft. Sep 8, 2014

Flood waters inundate farmlands in border villages of Punjab

Gurdaspur, Sep 08 (ANI): Dozens of border villages and farmlands were inundated due to floodwaters in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, while 18 people including children have been rescued. These villages across river Ravi remained cut off following flooding of the Basanter Nullah near the Pakistan borders. The incessant rains in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab have created havoc when the river waters breached embankments on the Indian side and the flow of water increased sharply. Meanwhile, Indian army teams conducted rescue operations and saved 18 people who were stuck in the flooded areas. Evacuation is being carried out. Around 200 people are stranded across the river Ravi. Sep 8, 2014

SC stays execution of Nithari killer Surinder Koli for a week

Meerut, Sep 08 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of Surinder Koli, convicted of Nithari killings, who was due to be hanged on the morning of September 12. The apex court passed the order midnight and stayed the execution for a week until a fresh review petition challenging his death penalty is heard. Koli was transferred from the Dasna jail in Ghaziabad district to Meerut on September 4 for the execution of his death warrant issued by the CBI court. Sep 8, 2014

German Foreign Minister pays homage at Gandhi memorial

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): German Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi and paid homage to the peace icon. Steinmeier along with the German Ambassador, Michael Steiner also visited the National Gandhi Museum at Rajghat. Steinmeier arrived in New Delhi on Saturday for a three-day visit to hold political and business talks with India in a bid to boost bilateral trade. Steinmeier is to hold talks with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his counterpart Sushma Swaraj, as well as other high-ranking Indian politicians on Monday. Sep 8, 2014

Flood alert in Andhra Pradesh, state CM takes stock of situation

Srikakulam, Sep 08 (ANI): Rising water levels triggered by heavy rains caused floods in Andhra Pradesh leaving nearly 300 people stranded. State Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday directed Ministers and officials to take up prompt rescue and relief measures wherever necessary. Gaurav Uppal, the District Magistrate of Srikakulam district that is badly hit, visited some of the flood-affected areas along with his team to monitor the situation. He also spoke to the affected residents to understand the state of affairs. Uppal said incessant rainfall in neighbouring Odisha on Saturday caused water levels to rise in the Vamsadhara River. He said all the concerned authorities are working together to deal with the crisis. Sep 8, 2014

Maoists open fire on police patrol in Jharkhand

Latehar, Sep 08 (ANI): Maoists opened fire on a police patrol party in Jharkhand but nobody was injured, said a police officer. Acting on a tip-off, police laid a cordon to nab the militants but they managed to escape by taking cover of fire. Police officer, Deepak Kumar said Maoists had suffered losses during exchange of fire. Police recovered bullets and other materials from the spot. 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. Sep 8, 2014

Jammu-Pathankot national highway opens as water level comes down in flood hit J&K

Jammu & Kashmir, Sep 08 (ANI): As water level in flood hit Jammu & Kashmir came down on Monday, the administration opened the Jammu-Pathankot national highway, which connects the region with the rest of the country. Meanwhile, rescue operations are in full swing as the death toll from serious flooding in Jammu and Kashmir climbed to more than 175, with homes, military bases and hospitals inundated in the region. Indian army personnel rescued residents stuck in floodwater in low lying areas in Rajouri district. About 22 air force helicopters and four aircraft were deployed to evacuate stranded people and to deliver relief. About 120 army units and eight teams of police reservists, equipped with boats and life jackets, were in action. Sep 8, 2014

BJP MLA calls for 'Love Jihad' Mahapanchayat, Politicos React

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday react as BJP MLA Sangeet Singh Som has called for a Mahapanchayat in Uttar Pradesh to protest against Love Jihad. BJP leader Sambit Patra welcoming the MLA's step said that there is lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP leaders are trying to solve the local problem in a local manner and creating awareness among the people against the same. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that such an act is very unfortunate and that the government of Uttar Pradesh needs to take action against such people and BJP needs to account for its MLAs. NCP leaders Majid Memon and Tariq Anwar condemning the act said that such hate speeches will only create differences among the people and that the BJP is only trying to play the vote bank politics in Uttar Pradesh. Sep 8, 2014