People critical of frequent rescheduling of Maldives' presidential polls

Male, Oct 28: People are critical of Maldives officials rescheduling the country's presidential election for November 9, putting the entire process of electing a democratic leader in doubt. A constitutional vacuum will be created, as it is necessary to elect a president by November 11, when sitting President Mohamed Waheed Hassan's term ends. The rescheduled presidential election will take place on November 9, and if no candidate wins 50 percent of the vote, a runoff would be held on November 16. Hopes are high that the presidential election in Maldives would go ahead on November 9 with a new voter registry, after police forcefully stopped elections scheduled for October 19. People protested against the cancellation of a re-run of presidential elections and called for the resignation of President Mohamed Waheed. Oct 28, 2013

Mixed political response on NYT editorial criticism of Modi

New Delhi/Lucknow, Oct 28 (ANI): Leaders of some of political parties have given a mixed response to the New York Times criticism of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP's) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. In an editorial, the NYT said Modi cannot hope to lead India effectively if he inspires fear and antipathy among many of its people. It further stated that Modi's rise to power has troubled many Indians deeply, especially the country's 138 million Muslims and its many other minorities, and added that they worry that if he becomes India's next prime minister, he might exacerbate sectarian tensions that have subsided in the last decade. Responding to the NYT article, senior BJP leader Vinay Katiyar said he did not believe in the report, and described it as very misleading. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Congress President Rita Bahuguna Joshi, seemed to agree with the gist of the article. Union Minister of State for Agriculture and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar too agreed with the report. Oct 28, 2013

BJP slams Shinde for attending Rajjo's music launch on day of Patna blasts

New Delhi, Oct 28 (ANI): The opposition on Monday slammed Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for enjoying the music launch of upcoming film 'Rajjo' in Mumbai on the day when Patna was rocked by serial blasts. Senior BJP Leader Venkaiah Naidu said that the entire country was shaken by the blast and the Home Minister seemed to be unmoved. Oct 28, 2013

Central govt has given full security in Patna: Sushilkumar Shinde

New Delhi, Oct 28 (ANI): Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde post attending a Bollywood event in Mumbai, hours after Patna serial blasts, said that central government is giving full security in Patna and there is no security lapse as such. Shinde refused to give any detailed information on the same and said that it can infringe upon the ongoing investigation of the case. Shinde's presence at the ceremony brought about criticism from the opposition on Monday. Oct 28, 2013

IM carried out Patna blasts: Jharkhand ADG

Ranchi, Oct 28 (ANI): Talking about the progress in the investigation in Patna serial blasts case, Jharkhand Additional DG SN Pradhan confirmed that Indian Mujahideen (IM) carried out the aforesaid blasts. Further, he said that Tehseen Akhtar, IM member who is under police custody may have a hand in the Bodh Gaya blasts case too. Pradhan also confirmed that the timer devise used are of same brand that were used in the Bodhgaya blast. Oct 28, 2013

BJP complaints to EC over Rahul Gandhi's speech

New Delhi, Oct 28 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday submitted a complaint letter against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to Election Commission (EC) for hate speech given by him and inciting communal tension. During a rally in indore, Rahul Gandhi had claimed that some Muslim youth from riots-hit Muzaffarnagar area were contacted by the Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI. The BJP had sought action against Rahul. The party also said that Congress is violating Model Code ahead of the Assembly polls. Oct 28, 2013

Shinde faces flak for attending Rajjo's music launch on day of Patna blasts

New Delhi, Oct 28 (ANI): The opposition on Monday lashed out at Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for enjoying the music launch of upcoming film ‘Rajjo’ in Mumbai on the day when Patna was rocked by serial blasts. The opposition used the occasion to target the ruling Congress Party, saying all their leaders are busy in such things rather than devoting their time on issues of national interest. Shinde attended the function hours after serial blasts rocked Bihar's Patna city ahead of BJP's prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's 'Hunkar rally'. Oct 28, 2013

Blasts in Patna 'a cowardly act': Rita Bahuguna Joshi

Lucknow, Oct 28 (ANI): Condemning the blasts in Patna as a cowardly act, Uttar Pradesh Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Monday expressed hope that the guilty will be brought to book at the earliest. Oct 28, 2013

BJP on New York Times editorial on Narendra Modi

Allahabad/New Delhi, Oct 28 (ANI): The New York Times has said that BJP’s PM Candidate, Narendra Modi cannot hope to lead India effectively if he inspires “fear” and “antipathy” among many of its people. Reacting to this the BJP said that editorial in New York Times can have their own view but the facts are different in India and the people of the country will decide who will be the able Prime Minster. The editorial, also questioned Modi's economic track record in Gujarat. Oct 28, 2013

NYT says Narendra Modi cant lead India effectively, opposition responds

New Delhi, Oct 28 (ANI): Reacting on a report by the New York Times which says that BJP prime ministerial candidate Naendra Modi can’t lead India effectively, the opposition JD (U) agreed with the same and the BJD leader Jay Panda asked the American daily to not speculate on matters of Indian politics. Oct 28, 2013

Rajnath Singh on Patna serial blast

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): Reacting on the Patna serial blast case, BJP President Rajnath Singh said that there is no doubt that there were major security lapse and he believes the attack happened because of terrorist activities. He also said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar telephoned him and said the investigations are on and details will be acquired in a day or two Oct 28, 2013

Patna blast: Central and State govt responsible, says Nitin Gadkari

Thane, Oct 28 (ANI): Reacting on the Patna serial blast case, BJP leader Nitin Gadkari said that the central government, particularly congress and the State government is responsible for the blasts. Further, he said that the blast took place because of the security lapses at the time when BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was to address his 'Hunkar' rally in the same venue as the blast that is Gandhi Maidan. Oct 28, 2013

Bangladesh BNP starts three-day strike, at least five people killed

Dhaka, Oct 28 (ANI): Bangladesh opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), began its three-day strike in the country that left at least five people dead and many others injured and also lead to destruction of property across Bangladesh. The BNP commenced the strike on Sunday, demanding a caretaker government during the upcoming national elections in 2014. BNP chairperson and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said that there would be no election in Bangladesh with Sheikh Hasina as Prime Minister. Oct 28, 2013

Patna Blasts: Four suspects arrested, BJP cries foul in security and preparedness

Patna, Oct 28 (ANI): After a total of 4 suspects were caught in Patna blast case which killed at least five persons and left over 90 injured, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain visited the victims at the hospital and blamed the government for under preparedness at the rally venue. Later, speaking at a news conference after visiting the victims, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said the situation is out of control at the hospital and expressed his concern over chaos and anarchy there. The blast is largely seen as a strategy to stop BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's 'Hunkar' rally which took place in Patna. Oct 28, 2013

Oommen Chandy hurt as LDF protesters started stone pelting

Kannur, Oct 28 (ANI): Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy was injured after protesters pelted stones at his car in Kannur town. Chandy sustained minor injuries on his forehead and his car’s windowpanes were broken when an ongoing campaign by CPI (M)-led LDF over the solar panel scam turned violent on Sunday evening. According to local media, provincial main opposition CPI (M) could be behind the protest. The incident happened when Chandy was on his way to attend the 43rd Kerala Police Annual Athletic Meet and also a public meeting organized by the Congress party. Oct 28, 2013