Indian security officials in civil clothes to strengthen connect at borders

Siliguri, Feb 10 (ANI): In a unique initiative, India's paramilitary Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) (Armed Border Force) launched a pilot project in Siliguri in which officials would be deployed at Nepal and Bhutan borders for smooth transit of people. As a part of the project, SSB officials will be seen in civil clothes at India-Nepal and India-Bhutan borders to help civilians, who often get intimidated by seeing security officials. SSB Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Ranidanga Sector, A.K. Mallik, said that officials dressed in civil clothes would be able to establish greater trust among people. An SSB official, Shriparna, hoped that this initiative would ward off fear from civilians. The teams have been specially trained by experts from Ranidanga and Jalpaiguri sector headquarters to be empathetic to the civilians. SSB personnel have been instructed to speak politely to the tourists coming from the neighbouring countries as India shares cordial relations with the both the nations. Feb 10, 2015

Oldest elephant 'Maheshwari' dies in Thiruvananthapuram zoo

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 10 (ANI): An 85-year-old elephant, Maheshwari died in a zoo in Thiruvananthapuram city of Kerala. Maheshwari was the oldest inmate of the zoo. A couple of days back, a frail Maheshwari had collapsed after a bath and could not stand on her own since then. The zoo authorities tried lifting her up with a crane but all efforts went in vain. Surgeon at the zoo, Doctor Jacob Alexander said that Maheshwari breathed her last at 10.45 a.m. Zoo officials paid last respects to Maheshwari, who was also accorded with a proper funeral and complete last rites. Feb 10, 2015

Hong Kong woman guilty in Indonesian maid abuse case

A Hong Kong woman is convicted of beating and starving her Indonesian maid and keeping her prisoner in a case that sparked international outrage and highlighted the plight of migrant domestic workers. Duration: 01:09 Feb 10, 2015

Ajay Maken takes moral responsibility for poll debacle, decides to tender resignation

New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): Congress leader Ajay Maken on Tuesday took moral responsibility for his party's dismal show in the Delhi Assembly polls and tendered his resignation as the AICC general secretary. Maken also congratulated Arvind Kejriwal for the Aam Aadmi Party's victory in the elections. The AAP is inching closer to government formation in Delhi with the party leading in 65 seats. The BJP is ahead in four seats while the Congress is trailing in all the 70 assembly seats. Feb 10, 2015

Arrogance of BJP, Congress major cause for their downfall: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is heading towards a landslide victory in the Delhi Assembly Elections, said on Tuesday that the people of Delhi have done something amazing and the magnitude of victory is "scary". He, however, cautioned the AAP leaders and supporters against becoming arrogant. He also thanked his family for supporting him throughout. Feb 10, 2015

Delhi Polls Results 2015: AAP overjoyed as latest trends show absolute majority for party

New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party leaders were overjoyed on Tuesday as in a major setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP headed towards a landslide win in the Delhi Assembly polls. AAP leader Manish Sisodia said that people of Delhi have given them a huge responsibility and that the party is grateful for love, affection and faith that the people have showered on them. Other AAP leaders also expressed their happiness and joy and promised to continue with clean politics. Feb 10, 2015

AAP's SK Bagga wins from Krishna Nagar constituency against Bedi

New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): AAP candidate from Krishna Nagar constituency, SK Bagga came out victorious against BJP's Kiran Bedi as the results showed AAP getting clear majority and BJP lagging far behind. Bagga said that he will work for the people of the constituency and will abide by whatever Arvind Kejriwal asks him to. He said that the people of the area did not like Bedi as she was an outsider to the place unlike him who is a resident of Krishna Nagar. Feb 10, 2015

Shutdown in Kashmir to protest killing of youth

Srinagar, Feb 10 (ANI): Separatists called for shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday to protest killing of youth during demonstration in the valley. Hurriyat Conference appealed people to observe a complete shutdown. A youth named Farooq Ahmad Bhat was killed when forces allegedly opened fire on a group of stone-pelting protesters in Palhallan area of north Kashmir on Monday. The youths were demanding the mortal remains of Afzal Guru - a Kashmiri --who was hanged in New Delhi jail for attacking parliament on December 13, 2001. Guru, who was held guilty in the case, was given death sentence by a Delhi court on December 18, 2002, after being convicted of conspiracy to attack parliament and waging war against the country and murder. Feb 10, 2015

Centre will extend full support to AAP Govt, says Naidu

New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday hoped that the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would be able to live up to the expectations of the people and said the Centre would extend full support to the new government in Delhi. The AAP is inching closer to government formation in Delhi with the party leading in 65 seats. The BJP is ahead in four seats while the Congress is trailing in all the 70 assembly seats. Counting began at 8 a.m. and is taking place at 14 centres in nine districts of the national capital. A voter turnout of 67.08 percent was recorded in the polling for the 70-member Delhi Assembly. A total of 673 candidates are in the fray this time. Feb 10, 2015

Nitish Kumar congratulates AAP for leading in Delhi polls

Patna, Feb 10 (ANI): JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar on Tuesday congratulated Aam Aadmi Party for leading in the Delhi Assembly Polls. Kumar said that BJP has faced a great defeat and it should learn from it. He added that BJP keeps changing its stand regarding coalition with parties in Jammu and Kashmir and other states during their elections. He also accused BJP of horse-trading openly. Feb 10, 2015

Delhi polls: Politicos react as PM Modi calls Arvind Kejriwal to congratulate him

New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Tuesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Arvind Kejriwal after the latest trends showed the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP heading towards a landslide win in the Delhi Assembly polls. AAP leader Manish Sisodia said that the wishes have been extended to all the workers and supporters of AAP. AAP leader Bhagwant Mann said that Kejriwal accepted PM Modi's wishes and is likely to meet PM Modi in the next 2-3 days. BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that PM Modi extended his wishes to Kejriwal and that the party will evaluate the outcome of the assembly polls. Feb 10, 2015

Congratulate AAP for leading in polls, BJP will assess party's defeat: Kiran bedi

New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): BJP's CM candidate Kiran Bedi on Tuesday congratulated the Aam Aadmi Party for leading in the Delhi Assembly Polls as counting is underway. Bedi expressed hope that AAP and Arvind Kejriwal will fulfill the promises made in their manifesto and remove the gap between urban rich and urban poor. She also said that she has not lost as she put in her best efforts during campaigning and added that BJP will assess the party's defeat. She further said that it is not PM Narendra Modi's defeat as he was not the CM candidate. Feb 10, 2015

Manish Sisodia thanks voters for AAP victory, says it's time for work not celebration

New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): AAP leader Manish Sisodia on Tuesday thanked the voters of Delhi for victory to the party with full majority in the state. Sisodia also thanked the voters of Patparganj constituency to once again choose him as their leader. He further appealed to the voters that it was not a time for celebration but for work. Sisodia also said that BJP faced defeat as it did not have any agenda for these polls. Feb 10, 2015

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim found guilty in sodomy trial

Malaysia's highest court found opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty on charges of sodomy on Tuesday (February 10) in a case that his supporters claim was politically motivated. Anwar was smiling Feb 10, 2015