PM Modi calls upon people of Delhi to vote

New Delhi, Feb 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called upon the residents of Delhi to vote in large numbers in the ongoing assembly polls in the national capital. The Prime Minister took to twitter to share his message for the people of the city. "As Delhi votes today, urging voters to go out and vote in large numbers. I particularly call upon my young friends to vote in record numbers," he posted. Earlier in the day, polling for the 70-member Delhi assembly began at 8 am amid tight security. According to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi, all arrangements are in place to ensure free and fair polling. About 55,000 police personnel have been deployed to ensure hassle free voting. Over 1.33 crore electorate will decide the fate of 673 candidates. Feb 7, 2015

Security officials defuse 18 landmines in Jharkhand

Khunti, Feb 07 (ANI): In a joint operation, army and police in Jharkhand recovered and defused 18 landmines in Khunti district. The landmines were spread across a muddy route, mainly used by security personnel. Police is investigating the matter further. The Maoists, also known as Naxals in India, are inspired by the political philosophy of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong. They say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. Feb 7, 2015

Delhi Polls 2015: Political Bigwigs cast their vote

New Delhi, Feb 07 (ANI): Political bigwigs on Saturday reached at their polling booths to exercise their right to vote. Vice President Hamid Ansari cast his vote in the assembly elections in the national capital. After casting his vote, the Vice President showed his index finger with the voting mark and waved to the media. AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj appreciating the voters of Delhi said that it is a good thing that people are coming out to vote. BJP unit in Delhi President Satish Upadhyay after casting his vote said he is confident that BJP will form its government in Delhi. Congress leader Sharmishtha Mukherjee said that she has a got good and warm response from the people of her constituency. Feb 7, 2015

Delhi CEO casts his vote, appeals voters to come out in large numbers

New Delhi, Feb 7 (ANI): Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Chandra Bhushan Kumar on Saturday cast his vote in the ongoing assembly elections in the national capital. Kumar also urged voters to come out in large numbers to cast their ballots. Polling for the 70-member Delhi assembly began at 8 a.m. amid tight security. According to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi, all arrangements are in place to ensure free and fair polling. About 55,000 police personnel have been deployed to ensure hassle free voting. The police will also undertake patrolling in different parts of the capital to prevent the distribution of liquor, money or any other allurements. Feb 7, 2015

French solar park inaugurated in Punjab

New Delhi, Feb 07 (ANI): A 21 MW solar park, which is set up in Punjab, was inaugurated by French Minister for Sustainable Development and Energy, Segolene Royal, and State's Renewable Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, in New Delhi. The solar park has been set-up by a French Solar company, Solairedirect, and is spread across 40 hectares in Fazilka city. Royal who is in India for the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit said that the park was an example of fine engineering. The rapidly falling cost of solar power, which is expected to reach parity with conventional energy by 2017, has ignited interest in its potential in India. Meanwhile, Royal said that the project was a win-win partnership. Feb 7, 2015

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Kerala hosts first edition of World Ocean Science Congress, focuses on threats to coastal life

Kochi, Feb 07 (ANI): The first edition of World Ocean Science Congress (WOSC) is being held in Kerala with an aim to discuss ways and means to use ocean resources without disrupting the environment. The event, which will also be attended by oceanographers and environmentalists, will address issues like "Protect Oceans for Posterity" and "Blue Economy". The first edition of the event, taking place at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi, was inaugurated by Governor of Kerala, P Sathasivam, who while addressing the gathering of experts, expressed concern over the increasing commercialisation of oceans. Meanwhile, Director of National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, Dr Syed Wajih Ahmad Naqvi, said oceans were already responding to climate change, but their management, particularly of Indian Ocean is challenging. Feb 7, 2015

Science expo in Panaji displays country's military, technological might

Panaji, Feb 07 (ANI): A science expo in Goa is drawing huge audiences with displays from various Indian scientific and military organisations, aiming not only to attract investors and buyers, but also to educate students. The Fourth Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan and Expo, an initiative of the Goa government, Goa University and the largest people's science campaign in India, Vijnana Bharti, aims at bringing people together who have had achievements in the field of science and technology and disseminate their achievements to the masses. The theme for this year is 'Innovation in science and technology in service of mankind'. The Expo will see workshops and seminars on various topics along with exhibitions of various technologies under one roof. Goa governor, Mridula Sinha, who inaugurated the event, said the Expo was a display of India's technological might to the world. Feb 7, 2015

Yemen's Houthis dissolve parliament, assume power

Fireworks over Yemen's capital Sanaa... ...after the dominant Houthi movement dissolves parliament and vows to form a new interim assembly and government. Yemen has been in political limbo since the Feb 7, 2015

Strauss-Kahn unaware of prostitutes says co-defendant

An explosive pimping trial in northern France zoned in on its most high-profile protagonist Dominique Strauss-Kahn, with a local businessman saying the former IMF chief was unaware their orgies involved prostitutes. Duration: 01:07 Feb 7, 2015