Declare election of candidate concealing criminal antecedents null and void: SC

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): The Supreme Court has said that the election of a candidate, who conceals his or her criminal antecedents during the nomination process, should be declared null and void. The apex court ruled that the suppression of criminal antecedents, especially relating to heinous crimes, by a candidate during nomination deprives voters to make an informed choice and creates impediments in the free exercise of electoral right. The judgment was delivered in a case relating to non-disclosure of full particulars of criminal cases pending against a candidate, Krishnamoorthy, who was elected as the President of Thekampatti Panchayat, Mettupalayam Taluk in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu in 2006. Krishnamoorthy's election was challenged on the sole ground that he had filed a false declaration suppressing details of the criminal cases pending against him, and therefore, his nomination ought to have been rejected. Feb 6, 2015

Kiran Bedi prepares langar in Krishna Nagar gurudwara

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): BJPs chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi, who ended her campaigning in her constituency of Krishna Nagar in east Delhi on Thursday, said she will spend her entire day with BJP workers today. She said that she will celebrate this evening with party workers. Even as Delhi is all set to go to polls tomorrow, Bedi visited a gurudwara in Krishna Nagar constituency and prepared 'langar'. She also offered prayers at the gurudwara along with party workers. Bedi had said she was "confident" that her party will win the polls. Counting of votes will take place on February 10. Feb 6, 2015

Metro services to start at 4 AM on polling day in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): The Delhi Metro will start operations at 4 AM on Saturday to enable voters to reach their respective polling booths to exercise their franchise to elect 70 members to the Delhi Assembly. A Delhi Metro release said that the trains will run at intervals of 30 minutes till 5:30 AM on all its lines. Thereafter, it said frequency would increase and trains will start running as per the normal schedule after 5:30 AM. Announcements in this regard are being made in the trains as well as on station premises. The Election Commission has been carrying out an awareness campaign with people commuting on the Delhi Metro with an aim to encourage them to vote in the assembly polls. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is also scrolling voter awareness messages on display screens installed in train coaches. Delhi goes to polls on February 7, while the results will be declared on February 10. Feb 6, 2015

At least 17 dead in warehouse fire

At least 17 people are dead after a fire at a warehouse in southern China Thursday. The fire broke out on the fourth floor of a small wholesale market in Guangdong province. It took more than six Feb 6, 2015

North Koreans condemn US sanctions

North Koreans have criticized U.S. sanctions brought against the communist country after an attack on Sony Pictures. In video provided to Reuters by the country's official news agency, citizens in Feb 6, 2015

Delhi Polls- A riveting duel between comrades turned rivals results of which are yet to be witnessed

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): New Delhi is in the middle of election frenzy with two major players - Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party and Kiran Bedi of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -locked in a tight race to the finish. Delhi goes to polls on Saturday for the second time in 14 months after the last elections threw up a hung assembly. Never before has a state election transfixed the attention of a nation as it has done this time around where two former bureaucrats, Magsaysay awardees and anti-corruption activists, are pitted against each other. The capital city, an amalgamation of people from almost all the Indian states, is witnessing a too-close-to-call fight between BJP and AAP, which captured people's imagination with its promise of corruption free rule. Congress party, which ruled the capital for the past 15 years, has been reduced to a fringe player amid seething anger over a slew of corruption scandals that tainted its last stay in power. Feb 6, 2015

Swine Flu claims four more lives in Mumbai

Mumbai, Feb 06 (ANI): Swine flu claimed four more lives in Mumbai, taking the toll to nearly 200 across the country in 2015. Additional Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai, Sanjay Deshmukh said 26 patients were admitted in various hospitals. The disease has killed 191 people in the country in January alone with Telangana being worst hit. So far 2,038 people have been afflicted by the virus. Swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus. H1N1 symptoms are similar to those produced by other influenza viruses - fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and respiratory problems. Feb 6, 2015