PDP demands resolving Kashmir issue

Srinagar, Nov 4 (ANI): The People's Democratic Party (PDP) took to streets in Srinagar on Monday to press their demand for the early resolution of Kashmir issue in a peaceful manner. The irate supporters came out in droves and shouted anti-government slogans against the constant ceasefire violations along the border. Chief of PDP, Mehbooba Mufti, said that the Kashmir issue should be resolved through dialogue between the two nuclear armed neighbours. Nov 4, 2013

Assam's Boko block office gets ISO certification

Assam, Nov 4 (ANI): Situated in the Kamrup district, the Boko block was once a hub of insurgents. However, with the efficient implementation of welfare schemes and the active participation of villagers in the development process, the block has made steady progress. In a rare accomplishment, it recently received the ISO certification which recognized the block office's efficiency. The International Organization for Standardization or ISO develops standards to ensure that companies and organizations consistently provide products and services of good quality. The block office has extensively used various schemes to undertake a series of development works for livelihood generation and infrastructure development. Nov 4, 2013

NAGA students union, Delhi (NSUD) celebrates its 50TH year in the national capital

New Delhi, Nov 4 (ANI): A large number of people of the Naga community from the northeast gathered at the TYAGARAJ complex to mark 50 years of living in Delhi. The main theme of the event, where pictures were put up, was "Pause, Rewind and Play". The NSUD was established in 1963. During the event, a group of students performed a harmony dance in their colorful attires and mesmerized the audience. 'Inspiration Awards' were also given to some Naga achievers in recognition of their work in different fields. Nov 4, 2013

Indian cyclists crushed in the rush for prosperity

The tens of millions of people in India who can only afford a bicycle to get around are increasingly overlooked as car ownership rises and a ban in one city is implemented. Duration: 02:19 Nov 4, 2013

Strike in Bangladesh takes toll on trade and bus service with India

Akhaura, Nov 4 (ANI): Trade between India and its neighbouring Bangladesh is facing the brunt of continuous strikes and unrest in Dhaka as hundreds of passengers are also stuck due to halt in bus services across the border. On Saturday, the bus services resumed after almost a week, but the visitors expressed their anger, as the transportation service to Bangladesh is still very uncertain due to regular strikes in Dhaka. Trade in Tripura and Bangladesh has been badly affected and the business community claims that there is a dip in the number of trucks transporting goods across the border. Normally around 200 trucks loaded with various items from Bangladesh enter Tripura through the Akhaura LCS but at present due to the adverse law and order situation in Bangladesh, the number of vehicles plying is less than 20. Nov 4, 2013

BJP against banning opinion polls, asks EC to convene all party meet

Allahabad, Nov 04 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said that the party is not in favour of banning opinion polls, and added that the Election Commission should convene an all-party meet to discuss this issue. The Congress Party has written to the Election Commission (EC) to restrict opinion polls ahead of the elections. The legal department of the Congress Party stated that opinion polls can be misused, and they are not scientific or credible. Nov 4, 2013

AAP opposes restriction on opinion polls

New Delhi, Nov 04 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia on Monday strongly opposed restriction on opinion polls, and said that it is an essential part of democratic debates. The Congress Party has written to the Election Commission (EC) to restrict opinion polls ahead of the elections. The legal department of the Congress Party stated that opinion polls can be misused, and they are not scientific or credible. Nov 4, 2013

Demand to boycott Commonwealth meet in Sri Lanka increases

Chennai, Nov 4 (ANI): Student wing of Free Tamil Eelam held a protest on Monday in Chennai, demanding India to boycott the Commonwealth Heads Meet in Colombo against Sri Lankan war crimes, amid speculations of Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh's participation. Arputhammal, mother of Perarivalan who is facing death sentence in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, also participated in the protest and said that the Commonwealth meet should be cancelled. Meanwhile, DMK leader TKS Elangovan said that his party has demanded that the Indian government should not participate in the meeting. Nov 4, 2013

Jayanthi Natarajan urges PM to boycott CHOGM

Chennai, Nov 04 (ANI): Union Environment Minister, Jayanthi Natarajan urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to boycott Commonwealth Heads Meeting in Colombo, as a mark of protest against the war crimes committed by Sri Lankan regime on Tamils. Natarajan said that she was hopeful that Singh would take a positive stand on the issue. Nov 4, 2013

Urs of Hazrat Sai Ganji brings all faiths together

Rajouri, Nov 04 (ANI): The socio-cultural ethos of Jammu and Kashmir is steeped in a tradition of religious tolerance, social harmony and brotherhood. This ethos was influenced considerably by the advent of Sufism. Sufi saints were both popular and influential because they identified themselves with established traditions and never opposed the blending of different religious customs, practices and beliefs. As a result, they attracted many followers. Nov 4, 2013

Breaking communal barriers, the sweet way in Aligarh

Aligarh, Nov 04 (ANI): Aligarh in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh is home to people from different religions who live and work here in perfect harmony. One such example is that of Hindus and Muslims who are engaged in making sugar candy sweets, which is an obligatory food item on Diwali, a Hindu festival. The main reason for the success of this business is the harmony that exists between workers of different faiths. Nov 4, 2013

NCW condemns alleged gang rape of Muzaffarnagar riot victim

Jaipur, Nov 04 (ANI): National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma on Monday condemned the alleged gang-rape of a 20-year-old riot victim who was staying at a relief camp for people affected by the communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar district. Talking to mediapersons in Jaipur, she said that it is very shameful incident and the state government should take strict action against the culprits. Nov 4, 2013