EC raids AAP candidate Naresh Balyan's residence, recovers over 5000 liquor bottles

New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): The Election Commission officials raided the residence of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Candidate Naresh Balyan in Delhi and recovered thousands of liquor bottles. Over 5,000 liquor bottles were recovered from Balyan's residence and an FIR has been lodged against him for violating Model Code of Conduct. Balyan is contesting upcoming Delhi Assembly polls from Uttam Nagar and the incident tarnishes the party's image for the polls scheduled for February 7. Meanwhile, Balyan has claimed that the liquor seized by EC is the property of a BJP worker and that the party is trying to put false allegations on him. Jan 31, 2015

Eight workers killed in factory blast in Vellore

Vellore, Jan 31 (ANI): Nearly eight workers were killed when an effluent treatment plant burst open in Tamil Nadu on Saturday early morning. So far, the cause of the accident is not known though the rescuers reached the accident spot in Vellore district and brought out the bodies. The police have registered a case and investigation is underway. Most of the workers were from eastern state of West Bengal. Jan 31, 2015

India gets bids worth $3.9 billion in Coal India sale

New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): India received bids worth about 240 billion rupees for the sale of a 10 percent stake in state-run Coal India limited, a senior government official said, citing preliminary data. The share sale in the world's largest coal producer was fully covered on Friday. Jan 31, 2015

Former Gorkha soldier Subash Ghising who ignited Gorkhaland fire in Darjeeling dies

West Bengal, Jan 31 (ANI): The body of former Gorkha soldier Subash Ghising, who ignited Gorkhaland fire in Darjeeling in West Bengal in the eighties, has been flown to Bagdogra airport and would be taken to his village for last rites. Ghising, 79, died at a government hospital in New Delhi. He is survived by his son. A large crowd of his supporters gathered at Bagdogra airport when his body was brought from New Delhi in a plane. General Secretary of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), Mahendra Chettri, said Ghising’s death was a major loss for the entire nation. Jan 31, 2015

India revises up 2013/14 GDP growth to 6.9 percent

New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): India revised its economic growth to 6.9 percent from 4.7 percent in the fiscal year to March 2014 after the government changed the formula to measure the economy, a move that will make it easier for the government to meet fiscal deficit goals. The new measurement of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) includes under-represented and informal economic sectors as well as items such as smartphones and LED television sets. The government also revised its GDP for 2012/13 to 5.1 percent from 4.5 percent earlier. New Delhi revises the method of calculating national accounts and other macro data every five years, bringing in a newer base year and adjusting for changes in the economy. It will now use 2011/12 as the new base year, instead of 2004/05. The new methodology moves India more in line with global standards by measuring the economy at market prices, and by tracking consumer rather than wholesale inflation. Jan 31, 2015