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

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

Politicos extend wishes to AAP on its landslide win in Delhi polls

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Feb 10 (ANI): Politicos extended their wishes Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party after the party swept the Delhi assembly polls routing the Bhartiya Janta Party and Congress. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad congratulated the AAP and hope AAP would work for the development of Delhi. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the people of Delhi wanted to teach BJP a lesson for their arrogance and hence they voted for AAP. Leaders from other political parties also congratulated AAP for its tremendous win in the assembly polls. Feb 10, 2015

Congress leaders AS Lovely, PC Chacko and Ajay Maken offer to resign

New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): Congress leader PC Chacko said on Tuesday that observing the poll results for Delhi, leaders responsible for elections- DPCC Chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, PC Chacko and Ajay Maken have decided to offer their resignation from the party taking their moral responsibility. He added that BJP leaders should also take responsibility of their defeat and resign from party leadership. Feb 10, 2015

Delhi polls: Vijender Gupta thanks people, BJP after win

New Delhi. Feb 10 (ANI): Vijender Gupta, who is one of the three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to emerge victorious in the Delhi Assembly polls despite the Aam Admi Party's (AAP) landslide march to victory, on Tuesday said this is a victory of the people as they had immense faith in him. Gupta, who won from the Rohini Assembly constituency, also said that this is a victory of the BJP. The BJP suffered reverses in the Delhi polls as even its chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi lost from the Krishna Nagar seat. In a major setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, the AAP won the elections with 66 of the 70 assembly seats up for grabs. Feb 10, 2015

Anna Hazare congratulates Kejriwal on victory, requests him not to repeat past mistakes

Ralegan Siddhi, Feb 10 (ANI): Anti-Graft Crusader Anna Hazare on Tuesday congratulated AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal over party's phenomenal performance in Delhi assembly election and attributed BJP's dismal performance to BJP Government at the Centre going back on its promises. He said that the results indicate that people have lost faith in the BJP. Hazare also requested Kejriwal not to repeat his past mistakes and keep things simple. 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