AAP leaders meet CEC over EVM tampering

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal along with other party leaders on Wednesday met the Chief Election Commissioner over various issues related to Delhi Polls. Kejriwal had previously been saying that EV machines might be tampered during polls not leading to fair and free polls. After meeting the Chief Election Commissioner HS Brahma, Kejriwal said that he put forward all concerns relating to polls and the Election Commissioner assured all steps to ensure free and fair polls for Delhi. Feb 4, 2015

Delhi Police summon AAP leader over seized liquor bottles

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Election Commission (EC) officials seized 397 cartons of liquor from a warehouse in west Delhi, days before the national capital goes to polls on February 07. Acting on a tip off, a team of EC officials raided the warehouse near residence of AAP leader Naresh Balyan in Uttam Nagar area and seized liquor. Police indicated towards possibility of Balyan's involvement. Balyan is AAP's candidate from Uttam Nagar. Meanwhile, BJP Spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, said that people should understand AAP's game plan. Voting in Delhi will take place on February 7 and the results will be announced on February 10. Feb 4, 2015

Fuel prices reduced ahead of polls in Delhi

New Delhi/ Bengaluru/ Mumbai, Feb 04 (ANI): Fuel prices have been reduced by Rs 2.42 for Petrol and Rs 2.25 for Diesel with effect from the midnight of February 3rd and 4th. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) said it would cut the retail price of diesel by about 4.7 percent and that of gasoline by 4.1 percent from Wednesday (February 04), as global prices have eased since the last revision. AAP leader Ashish Khetan said that slashing of fuel prices was a stunt by the Central government keeping February 07 Delhi polls in mind. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi said that fuel prices never got reduced during Congress' rule. Meanwhile, residents gave their mixed reactions following fuel price reduction. Feb 4, 2015

India, Bangladesh border talks kick off in Tripura

Agartala, Feb 04 (ANI): India, Bangladesh joint district-level border conference to resolve trans-border issues kicked off in Tripura. A wide range of issues like smuggling, trans-border crime, insurgent movement, narcotics, human trafficking was discussed between officials of both the countries. Both the sides expressed satisfaction and said dialogue not only helps in mutually sorting disputes at grass-root level but also helps in confidence building between the nations. Officials of both sides maintained that frequent dialogue should take place at regular intervals as it helps in better coordination and improving ties. Issues related to four districts of Bangladesh and Tripura would be tabled on last day of two-day talks. Similar conferences would also be held in Assam and Meghalaya to sort out border issues. Feb 4, 2015

Kejriwal habitual of staying in media: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): BJP leader and CM candidate for Delhi polls Kiran Bedi on Tuesday attacked AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal for illegal money laundering and accepting 'transacted money. Bedi said that Kejriwal is habitual of staying in media which is why he keeps bringing new issues everyday. She added that media should not pay much attention to him as he keeps running away from his responsibilities. Feb 4, 2015

Challenge Finance Minister to arrest me if money laundering charges prove true: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that his party is wrongly being alleged for illegal money laundering. He said that the Central government has all investigation agencies under it and it can get the transactions probed rather than putting baseless allegations on AAP. Kejriwal challenged Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to arrest him if any such charges are proved to be true. Further Kejriwal said that Kiran Bedi should not put any allegations and should maintain decency in politics. Feb 4, 2015

Surge in demand of fur shoes in Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 04 (ANI): The demand of fur shoes in Jammu and Kashmir has risen in the wake of fresh snowfall. With fresh spells of snowfall in the past two days, the valley has seen a surge in the demand of fur shoes, as leather shoes become slippery. Fur shoes also help keep feet warm while trekking on snow covered roads and mountains. These shoes are not only warm but comfortable also because of the fur used inside it. There has been sharp increase in prices of these fur shoes over the years. Feb 4, 2015

Heavy snowfall disrupts normal life in Kashmir

Ramban/ Shimla, Feb 04 (ANI): Heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir hit electricity, water and blocked national highway, disrupting normal life. Roads in Ramban area were filled with snow making it difficult for vehicles to ply due to which people had to walk long distances carrying their luggage. National Highway-44 was completely blocked, restricting transportation. State's capital city, Srinagar, on Sunday (February 01) had received season's first snowfall bringing cheers to residents. However, snowfall did not bring much delight to residents of Ramban district. As per local media reports, the weather department has predicted snowfall for next three days. The minimum temperature recorded was minus 0.2 degree Celsius. Reportedly, an avalanche warning has also been issued in higher reaches of the valley. Meanwhile, hill town of Shimla also received three to 90 centimeters of fresh snowfall. Minimum temperature recorded was two degree Celsius. Located in the tropics, most of India witnesses a very hot summer and a largely temperate winter. Feb 4, 2015

PM Modi interacts with participants of investor summit

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, hosted dinner for participants of BlackRock India Investor Summit and said his priority was to establish global benchmarks in areas like governance, transparency and taxation. Interacting with them, Modi said that the priority of his government was growth and jobs. The Prime Minister said there was raising interest in India, and "we have to accept that responsibility." The Prime Minister said he believes in a fair, predictable and consistent tax system, and in economic policies that will drive growth. Twenty one major global investors participated in the India Investor Summit earlier on Tuesday. The list of institutional investors included asset managers, insurers, pension funds, and official institutions. Feb 4, 2015

PM Modi greets Sri Lankan people on 67th Independence Day

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended greetings to the people of Sri Lanka, on their 67th Independence Day. Prime Minister Modi took to twitter for extending his wishes. "On their Independence Day, my greetings to people of Sri Lanka. The bonds of history, culture and shared values that we share are unbreakable, tweeted Prime Minister Modi. "My best wishes for the development of Sri Lanka in the years to come. I look forward to welcoming President Sirisena later this month," he added. President Pranab Mukherjee in his message to Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena said India and Sri Lanka are close neighbours with a long standing relationship of friendship and cooperation based on shared linguistic, religious and cultural traditions. He also said that these ties have matured over time to embrace all areas of contemporary significance. He expressed confidence that the traditional bonds between India and Sri Lanka will expand and flourish to the mutual benefit of the two countries in the years to come. Feb 4, 2015

Kidnapped at 13: Nepal's Dalit child brides

In impoverished villages high in the Himalayas, cut off from the modern world, girls are still routinely kidnapped and forced into marriage in a vicious cycle that shows little sign of ending. Feb 4, 2015

Artists celebrate Amitabh Bachchan's film characters on canvas

Vadodara, Feb 04 (ANI): Artists in Gujarat painted portraits of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, depicting the array of characters played by him in his films so far. The event was organized ahead of the release of his upcoming Bollywood film 'Shamitabh'. On Friday (February 06), when the movie releases, an exhibition will be held at a mall in Vadodara city, showcasing these paintings for the movie buffs coming to watch 'Shamitabh'. Around 20 artists gathered to paint Bachchan's characters from various films. The event encouraged local talent while giving them a chance to paint the legend of Bollywood. The event organiser, Giri Sharma, said such events provide great opportunity to the artists. Artists sketched portraits of their favourite star from films like 'Anand'and 'Sarkar' with much delight. Feb 4, 2015