Polling begins in 13 constituencies of Jharkhand amidst tight security

Jharkhand, Nov 25 (ANI): More than 3.3 million voters are all set to exercise their franchise as 13 Maoist-affected constituencies of Jharkhand on Tuesday went on polls as the first phase of five-stage assembly election gets underway in the tribal-dominated state. The polls will decide on the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly as the results are to be announced on December 23. People were seen lining up outside the polling booths as one of the local urged people to come out and caste their vote. While the BJP is looking to sustain its victory after having swept the Lok Sabha polls and key states this year, the Congress and big regional players like the JMM are fighting to halt the juggernaut. A total of 199 candidates including nine sitting legislators are contesting in the first phase. About 45,000 security personnel have been deployed at 3,961 polling stations while three helicopters have been pressed into service for aerial monitoring of the election. Nov 25, 2014

Maulana Kalbe Jawwad slams Modi government after being detained at Delhi airport

New Delhi, Nov 25 (ANI): Noted Indian Shi'ite cleric, Maulana Kalbe Jawwad slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi government for stopping a six-member humanitarian delegation, which was headed to war-torn Iraq ravaged by the Islamic state (IS) militants, for rehabilitation and relief work. Jawwad, who was heading the delegation, is the general secretary of one India's leading Islamic Organisation, Jamiat-Ulema-I-Hind. He and the preparatory delegation were detained at international airport in New Delhi on Sunday after a Look out circular (LOC) letter by Intelligence Bureau officials was shown to them. Hitting at the BJP government, he said LOC is shown to the untraceable criminals, not to those with no criminal backgrounds, heading for a noble cause. Earlier in September, Jawwad and other Muslim clerics had hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark 'Indian Muslims will live, die for India'. Nov 25, 2014

Bangladesh's former Awami League leader sentenced to death for war crimes

Dhaka, Nov 25 (ANI): A former leader of Bangladesh's ruling party Awami League, Mobarak Hossain, was sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal in connection with atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. Hossain, a local leader expelled from the Awami League party in 2011, was found guilty of charges including mass killing, abduction and torture, prosecutors said. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010 opened an inquiry into war crimes committed during the nine-month war. Monday's verdict is the first against any ruling party leader, and counters claims that Hasina is targeting her political rivals. International human rights groups have said the tribunal falls short of international standards. The government denies the charge. Nov 25, 2014

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee launches fresh salvo on PM Modi questioning funds for lavish poll cam

Kolkata, Nov 25 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched a fresh attack on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning the funds being spent on lavish poll campaigns. Earlier, Banerjee had slammed ruling BJP for causing disturbance across the state and carrying out political vendetta against her party. She said that it is her Trinamool Congress (TMC) government who has busted the Saradha scam which had been transpiring since many years under previous government. Alleging the Prime Minister Modi for garnering publicity by clicking selfies, she said on the contrary of attracting such fake publicities, her government is popular because her party works for people and not for publicity. Attacking the BJP, Banerjee said the party that has been amassing people's money should not give sermons to others. Nov 25, 2014

Muslim girls decorate earthen lamps for Hindu devotees on religious festivities

Varanasi, Nov 24 (ANI): Varanasi, situated on the banks of river Ganga, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, is known as the spiritual capital of India. The city is known for Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb or religious harmony between the people of different faiths. This tehzeeb is upheld by the people, who celebrate religious co-existence in the city with utmost devotion. A similar example is witnessed in a Muslims locality where Muslim girls paint and decorate earthen lamps for Hindus during their religious occasions. Their aim is to maintain the age-old culture of religious harmony and promote peace and brotherhood in the city. Besides, these Muslim girls want to gift the decorated lamps to their Hindu sisters as a sign of mutual respect and gratitude. These efforts enlighten the hearts of the people of different communities who work ceaselessly to maintain communal harmony in the region, for which Varanasi is popular. Nov 25, 2014

Hindus help Muslims in making Tazia during Muharram, promote communal harmony

Rajkot, Nov 25 (ANI): India is known for its diversity that is marked by harmonious relations between people of different communities. And examples of this ethos can be found throughout the country. One such example comes from Rajkot, in the eastern state of Gujrat, where Hindus help muslims in making Tazia during Muharram. This Tazia is popular in Rajkot by the name of a Hindu, Patel Tula Ram. A Tazia is a replica of the tomb of Imam Hussain that is carried in processions during Muharram. The first ten days of the month of Muharram commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain and his companions at Karbala. The Tazia makers believe that through their work they are sending out a message of brotherhood and harmony between different communities. The joint participation of people in important events of different communities is an example of interfaith harmony that exists in the country. Nov 25, 2014

J and K residents throng markets to buy heaters to brave extreme winters in state

Srinagar, Nov 25 (ANI): Residents of the Jammu and Kashmir thronged markets to buy heaters and other equipments to keep themselves warm, as their houses left damp by the devastating floods that hit the state in September, are far colder this winter than in previous years. The main markets of Srinagar were full of people rushing to buying heaters. Hundreds of people were killed and thousands of villages were devastated by the worst flooding in decades that ravaged the Kashmir valley recently. Nov 25, 2014

Brazil unveils mascots for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

The Rio Olympic Games have their mascots: a yellow feline animal representing Brazil's rich fauna and wildlife, and a blue and green creature with its head covered in leaves for the Paralympics. Duration: 00:51 Nov 25, 2014

Madagascar working to contain plague outbreak

Madagascar said Monday it is trying to contain an outbreak of plague -- similar to the Black Death that swept Medieval Europe -- that has killed 40 people and is spreading to the capital Antananarivo. Duration: 00:42 Nov 25, 2014

Nigerian court strikes out charges against Abuja bomb suspect

Nigerian court strikes out the terrorism related charges against an alleged mastermind of a bus station blast in Nyanya, an outskirt of the capital city of Abuja. But Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche remains in custody and could yet face trial. Duration: 00:51 Nov 25, 2014