BJP attacks JD (U) over Manjhi's expulsion, RJD says no option was left

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): BJP leaders on Monday reacted as JD (U) expelled Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi from party's leadership. BJP leaders Shahnawaz Hussain, GVL Narasimha Rao and Sambit Patra said that Nitish Kumar did so because he wants to become the Chief Minister of Bihar again. Meanwhile, RJD leader Manoj Jha said that JD (U) was left with no other option than to expel Manjhi. Feb 9, 2015

Ajay Maken ready to take responsibility for Congress loss in Delhi Assembly Polls

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): With the exit polls for the Delhi legislative assembly elections painting a grim picture for the Congress, the party's chief ministerial candidate Ajay Maken on Monday stated that he was ready to take full responsibility if the predictions of a massive loss for the grand old party were to come true. Maken further said that the exit polls seemed to indicate that the people of the national capital wanted to give another chance to Arvind Kejriwal, around a year after the Aam Aadmi chief stepped down after serving as the Delhi chief minister for 49 days. The exit polls have predicted the second place for the Bharatiya Janata Party while the Congress has been placed at a distant third. A voter turnout of 67.08 percent was recorded in the polling for the 70-member Delhi Assembly. A total of 673 candidates are in the fray this time. Feb 9, 2015

People of varied faiths donate blood at Blood Donation Camp

West Bengal, Feb 09 (ANI): In the small village of Natungram near Bankura district of West Bengal, a blood donation camp has brought the residents together across religious and social lines. The camp witnessed participation of both Hindu and Muslim citizens enthusiastically. While the camp reflected the perfect message of communal harmony, there were some locals who believed that the initiative would also assist in providing blood to those who are in need, thus promoting humanity...The united effort put in by the residents of Natungram towards donating the blood signifies that in this day and age, the principles of communal harmony are still alive. Feb 9, 2015

Politicos react as Exit polls suggest clear majority for AAP in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): Political parties on Monday react as exit polls suggest clear majority for AAP in Delhi Assembly elections. Most of the exit polls say AAP will have clear majority against BJP, a day before the announcement of the results. AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said that the party will wait for the results and not go by the exit polls. However, he also said that the exit polls have downplayed AAP's performance and that the party will gain more number of seats. Congress leader Manish Tewari accepted the exit polls and said that Congress' votes in Delhi have been diverted to AAP. BJP leader Srikant Sharma said that the exit polls are not accurate always and that the party is confident of making government in the national capital. Meanwhile, RJD leader Manoj Jha said that the BJP will soon vanish and the process will start from Delhi. Feb 9, 2015

Kashmiri separatist leader calls for complete shutdown

Srinagar, Feb 09 (ANI): Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday called for complete shutdown in Kashmir to observe death anniversary of Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was executed for masterminding militant attack on Parliament in New Delhi. All the shops remained closed and traffic was off the roads in Srinagar as well as other parts of the valley. The normal business was affected due to the non availability of traffic. Meanwhile, the state government imposed a curfew across Srinagar to prevent protest rallies on the day. Security forces anticipating unrest have imposed curfew in Srinagar and ordered people off the streets. Police officers and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have stepped up surveillance across the city. However, a few residents managed to stage a protest in Srinagar despite the heightened security. Feb 9, 2015

Rohtak gangrape and murder: Police inspects site, investigation underway

Rohtak, Feb 09 (ANI): Haryana Police is investigating the site of alleged gangrape and murder of a mentally challenged woman in Rohtak. DGP of Haryana, YP Singhal said that investigation of the case is underway and police will leave no stone unturned to nab the guilty. He added that the reward money has been increased from Rupees 1 lakh to 5 lakh. Feb 9, 2015

Shrines of Sufi saints and their spirituality at Urs of Ejmail in Rajouri attract all faiths

Rajouri, Feb 09 (ANI): Kashmir, besides being called as paradise on earth, also houses shrines of various Sufi saints. These saints have preached oneness on the soil of Jammu and Kashmir which is a mix of different religious faiths. Their spirituality and simple life attracted people of different faiths and they embraced their teachings, besides holding them in high regard. A similar example is seen at the Shrine of Ejmail in Rajouri of Jammu and Kashmir, where devotees pay obeisance to saint and seek his blessings. Thronging the shrine in thousands, the devotees hold the day-and-night-long prayers to pay homage to the saint, besides asking for fulfillment of their wishes. Women, men and children chant hymns and offer prayers in the week long celebrations. The saint is highly revered by Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians of the Valley. Feb 9, 2015

Rajnath Singh chairs meeting of four CMs of Naxal affected states

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): In order to give shape to fight back against the Naxals, Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of chief ministers of four Maoist-hit states in New Delhi on Monday. The Chief Ministers of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Odisha attended the meeting today. According to reports the meeting stressed on better coordination among state and central paramilitary forces of the four states to plug loopholes and counter the rebels. The meeting was also attended by DGPs of all four states, heads of paramilitary forces and senior Home Ministry officials. Feb 9, 2015