Election Commission will ensure that Delhi polls take place efficiently: HS Brahma

Noida, Jan 23 (ANI): Chief Election Commissioner of India HS Brahma on Friday said that the poll panel will ensure that assembly elections in Delhi take place efficiently. He said that the campaigning is going on and that the panel will ensure that all voters come and vote comfortably, and that all the doubt and grievances of the voters will be solved. Brahma also talked about security arrangements in and around the polling booth. He also announced the helpline number 1950 and asked the voters to clear their doubts on the same. Further, talking about the notice issued to AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal, Brahma said that there is a way of expressing and it differs from person to person. He also said that the panel will wait to see what he replies. Jan 23, 2015

BJP attacks after Manish Tewari demands details or apology on Parrikar's comment

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): BJP leaders attacked Congress after Manish Tewari on Friday demanded the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to either give relevant details for his comment or apologise to the country. Parrikar had alleged that some former Prime Ministers compromised the country's ‘deep assets'. Congress leader Manish Tewari has said that Parrikar should not make any statement without proper details. BJP leaders Siddharth Nath Singh, GVL Narasimha Rao and Nalin Kohli said that it is Congress' misgoverning factor to bring out defence details in public domain which is not correct on the part of government. Jan 23, 2015

Hurt Anna Hazare says he can fight for Lokpal alone; politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Politicos from various parties on Friday said that anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare was betrayed by his own people for personal agendas. Hazare, in a telephonic interview to a daily newspaper said that he would continue to fight for the Ombudsmen Bill alone and wondered why crusaders of Lokpal bill, or Ombudsman bill joined political parties. Hazare had launched India Against Corruption (IAC) and protested in the national capital for enactment of the Lokpal Bill. Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal and BJP’s CM candidate for Delhi polls Kiran Bedi, supported him in the fight and campaigned with him for corruption-free India. Jan 23, 2015

Two killed, at least 14 injured in Bomb explosion at Arrah civil court in Bihar

Arrah, Jan 23 (ANI): Two persons, including a woman, have been killed in a bomb explosion in a civil court in Arrah district of Bihar on Friday. The police said a woman was carrying the bomb and was killed when it exploded. A policeman also died. At least 14 people have been injured. The deceased was yet to be identified as more details about the incident are awaited. There is a nationwide security alert ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to India which begins on Sunday. Jan 23, 2015

BJP says confident of winning Bihar as Amit Shah sets ambitious 'Mission 185'

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah is on a two-day visit to Bihar, his first since assuming office in July last year. Gearing up for the Bihar Assembly elections due in 2015, the BJP on Friday expressed confidence and said people will vote for them in the upcoming elections scheduled for later this year. Shah has set an ambitious target of winning 185 seats in the high-priority state, where it had won 31 out of 40 seats in the last Lok Sabha polls. Jan 23, 2015

PM Modi remembers Balasaheb Thackeray on his birth anniversary

Mumbai, Jan 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday remembered Shiv Sena patriarch Balasaheb Thackeray on his birth anniversary. Prime Minister Modi took to twitter to remember him. "Remembering Balasaheb Thackeray on his birth anniversary. His was a life dedicated towards people's welfare. He lives on in our hearts," PM Modi tweeted. Meanwhile, Shivaji Park in Mumbai is decorated to remember the late leader. The Shiv Sena has planned a slew of functions across the state today to mark the birth anniversary of the late Balasaheb Thackeray. Jan 23, 2015

Snowfall in Kashmir intensifies cold wave

Udhampur/ Dharamsala, Jan 23 (ANI): Tourists thronged Jammu and Kashmir and experienced snowfall, which intensified cold wave in northern parts of the country. People from the plains flocked Udhampur district to enjoy fresh snowfall as temperatures reached minus two degree Celsius. The mountainside was covered with a blanket of snow, speckled by the visitors who were seen having snowball fights. Meanwhile, rainfall in hill town of Dharamsala plummeted temperatures, forcing people to stay indoors. Located in the tropics, most of India witnesses a very hot summer and a largely temperate winter. Snowfall in states like Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh has a direct impact in other northern states like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Jan 23, 2015

Pakistan arrests 38 Indian fishermen for violating its waters

Karachi, Jan 23 (ANI): Pakistan maritime authorities arrested thirty eight Indian fishermen and took into custody their seven boats for illegal fishing in the country's territorial waters, police said. The fishermen, who were arrested on Wednesday, had been handed over to Docks Police Station in the port city of Karachi on Thursday for necessary legal action. The arrested fishermen have been charged under Foreign Act and Fisheries Act. Police will present them before a magistrate on Friday, who will send them to jail. The South Asian rivals frequently arrest each other's fishermen for encroachment. Fishermen from both the countries frequently stray into each other territory and end up spending years in their jails. Jan 23, 2015

Never asked for votes for myself but for party, will work to develop Delhi: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): While addressing party workers in Krishna Nagar, BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, Kiran Bedi on Thursday said that she had never asked for votes for herself but for the party. Bedi said that the BJP is the umbrella and the party leaders are just offshoots under the same. She also assured the people that she will continue to work for the development of Delhi. She said that in order to develop India, the national capital needs to evolve first. Jan 23, 2015

Cricket fraternity welcomes SC's verdict on IPL spot fixing case

Mumbai/ New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Former Indian cricket board Chief Sharad Pawar hailed Supreme Court's verdict to debar incumbent board Chairman N Srinivasan, from re-contesting for the post on grounds of conflict of interest after delivering judgment in the spot fixing scam.Earlier, the court had relieved Srinivasan of his duties as president of the BCCI to ensure a fair probe into the scam, in which his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, was indicted for illegal betting in 2013. The BCCI said it would implement the court's verdict and elect a new president within six weeks. Former Cricketer Kirti Azad lauded the judgment, adding that he would move court against state units for alleged financial bungling. Jan 23, 2015

Court drops suicide charges against Irom Sharmila in Manipur

Imphal, Jan 23 (ANI): A court in Manipur dropped suicide charges against fasting human rights activist, Irom Sharmila who is on hunger strike for the last 14 years in protest against alleged army atrocities. In August last year, Sharmila, also known as the Iron Lady of Manipur, walked free from a prison hospital where doctors had force fed her to keep her alive after a trial judge found no evidence to support earlier charges filed by state prosecutors that she was trying to commit suicide by refusing food. However, within two days of release, she was arrested again. As soon as the news of Sharmila's release broke out, her supporters gathered outside the prison hospital where she was kept in custody. Jan 23, 2015

Saudi King Abdullah dies, Salman is new ruler

Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah dies and is replaced by his half-brother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam. Duration: 01:05 Jan 23, 2015

Villagers in Jharkhand bear the brunt of Maoists' internecine fights

Palamu, Jan 23 (ANI): Residents of Kauria village in Palamu district of Jharkhand face social boycott after two Maoist rebel groups fought pitched battles last August. Kauria villagers are being ostracised by the neighbouring villages on suspicion of sheltering Maoist rebels, a charge they vehemently deny. Villagers claim that it is hard to find suitors and brides for the youth as nobody is willing to maintain relations with them. An encounter between two Maoist outfits -- Communist Party of India (Maoist) (CPI-M) and its splinter group Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) -- left 16 people dead. The village also lacks basic necessary infrastructure like schools etc, she added. Residents of Kauria live in a perpetual fear as they feel that the police have been lax in conducting patrolling in the area and have not come to check on the people ever since the last encounter took place. Jan 23, 2015

Cameroon raid frees German hostage held by Boko Haram

Cameroon said its forces have freed a German hostage kidnapped six months ago in Nigeria by Boko Haram, as African leaders appealed to the United Nations for support in fighting the Islamist militants. Duration: 00:37 Jan 23, 2015