Police gun down two Maoists in encounter in Odisha

Koraput, Mar 5 (ANI): Police killed two Maoists in an encounter in a forest area near Pottangi in Koraput district of Odisha, and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from them. Inspector General of Police (IGP) (south-western range), Yashbant Jethwa said that rebels opened fire at the security forces who were on a routine combing operation and in retaliation, the security forces also opened fire in which the Maoists were killed. The other Maoists fled the area, leaving behind the bodies of their slain comrades. Maoists are rebels who try to sink deep roots and form links after decades of neglect. Equipped with weaponsthe Maoists want to cripple economic activity. Security personals of late are coming down heavily upon the left wing extremists, denting their confidence and spreading the fear of law. Mar 5, 2014

EC announces LS election dates; Congress, BJP set for battle

New Delhi, March 05 (ANI): As the Election Commission on Wednesday announced the schedule for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, the Congress and the BJP both exuded confidence saying that people will choose their leaders wisely. Polling will begin on 7 April in six constituencies, up until 12 May in nine days. Counting will be on 16 May. Mar 5, 2014

Doctors' strike in UP intensifies, talks fail to end deadlock

Kanpur, Allahabad, Mar 5 (ANI): Patients faced the brunt of the doctors' stir that has hit health services in several parts of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday as the strike by junior doctors continued following the arrest of their co-workers after a scuffle with a SP leader Irfan Solanki. Patients said that doctors did not turn up in hospitals alleging that the administration was torturing the medical students. Mar 5, 2014

Uphaar fire tragedy case: SC upholds conviction of Ansal brothers

New Delhi, March 05 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld conviction of Gopal and Sushil Ansal in 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case. The issue on quantum of punishment has been referred to a three-judge Bench in view of the difference in opinion between the current two judges Bench. Mar 5, 2014

Rahul addresses rally in Aurangabad, says ministers should listen rather than speaking

Aurangabad, March 05 (ANI): While addressing a rally in Aurangabad, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that ministers should listen to the problems of the poor and the women, rather than speaking at stages. He said that the BJP has no guts to do that and they believe in giving all power to one person unlike Congress. Further, he said that the BJP has never read Gita, which says that all people should work in unity. Mar 5, 2014

There might be violence in upcoming LS polls: JD (U)

Lucknow, Mar 5 (ANI): Reacting to Election Commission's Lok Sabha polls schedule, JD (U) Leader KC Tyagi on Wednesday said that he is scared that their might be violence in this election. He also appealed to the Election commission to take care of the same. Mar 5, 2014

Political parties gear up as EC sounds poll bugle

New Delhi, Mar 5 (ANI): As Election Commission declared the Lok Sabha polls schedule, BSP Leader Sudhindra Bhadoria on Wednesday welcomed the move saying that this is a festival of democracy for BSP. Meanwhile, NCP Leader Tariq Anwar said that the schedule of polls is long but also added that it was a compulsion for EC as India is a big nation. Mar 5, 2014

EC announces LS polls schedule; voting begins on April 7, counting on May 16

New Delhi, March 05 (ANI): The Election Commission on Wednesday announced the schedule for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. The model code of conduct prevents the government from making any decisions that can be seen as influencing voters. It also prohibits political parties from making unsubstantiated allegations against opponents. CEC VS Sampath announced that there will be 9 poll days starting from April 07 and counting of LS polls will take place on May 16. Mar 5, 2014

Jagdish Tytler files nomination from N-E Delhi, politicos condemn

New Delhi/ Ahmedabad/ Ludhiana, March 05 (ANI): Politicos, on Wednesday condemned Former MP Jagdish Tytler, after he filed his nomination for Northeast Delhi Lok Sabha seat under primaries project. BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said that this is an attempt to raise sentiments of the Sikhs who are still not over that dreadful incident. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that Congress and BJP have this policy that they always keep such people in their parties who are involved in some sort of controversy. Following the suit, SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar said that such things are happening against Sikh sentiments and that the community condemns the same. Tytler’s candidature was withdrawn by Congress in the last Lok Sabha polls due to protests over his alleged role in 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Mar 5, 2014

UP doctors strike intensifies, political parties call it unfortunate

New Delhi/ Ahmedabad, March 05 (ANI): As doctor’s strike in Uttar Pradesh intensified on Wednesday, political parties condemned the same and called it ‘unfortunate’. BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said that the state government should take action and assure doctors of all possible security to them. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar also condemned the SP government in the state and said that they should look at the demands of the doctors to solve the issue as soon as possible. Meanwhile, NCP leader Majid Memon said that whatever may be the reason, doctors should not have resorted to go on a strike, which is causing trouble and loss to many innocent patients. Mar 5, 2014

Former CEC welcomes 2014 LS polls schedule, says duration made short

Gurgaon, Mar 5 (ANI): After Chief Election Commission on Wednesday announced the schedule for Lok Sabha polls 2014 which will be held on nine dates from April 07 to May 12 and the counting of votes will be held on May 16, former CEC SY Quraishi welcomed the same. Quraishi said that there are many good things taken up in the schedule and that the nine dates decided are made very short-spanned and that the total number of days are also reduced from what actually takes place. Mar 5, 2014

BJP will get clear majority in upcoming polls: Rajnath Singh

Raipur, Mar 5 (ANI): BJP president Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that the party is targeting 272+ seats in the upcoming elections. Singh further said that with the kind of public support BJP is getting under the leadership of Narendra Modi, the party will get clear majority. Mar 5, 2014

CEC announces LS polls schedule, regional parties react

Mumbai/ New Delhi, March 05 (ANI): After the Election Commission on Wednesday announced the schedule for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, the regional parties react in both positive as well as negative sense. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut welcomed the schedule and said that the party is ready for the battle and was waiting for the same. While, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury showed unhappiness with the ‘long schedule’ for the polls and said that it could have been done in lesser time. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that the polls will bring surprising results for all. Further, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Naresh Gujral showed confidence and said that the party will win 13 seats in Punjab and will wipe out Congress. Mar 5, 2014

EC announces LS election dates; AAP says it will bring change

New Delhi, Mar 5 (ANI): The Election Commission on Wednesday announced the schedule for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Speaking on the same, AAP leader Ashutosh said that this time the election will be 'dishonest v/s honest'. He also added that it will be an election to bring change in the nation. Mar 5, 2014

Polio's last stand on the Afghan-Pakistan border

At the Afghan-Pakistani border, Afghans dismiss militant threats and conspiracy theories about the polio vaccination programme while their children receive drops that could finally eradicate the crippling disease. Duration: 02:15 Mar 5, 2014