PM Narendra Modi condemns terror attack on Pakistan side of Wagah border

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned Sunday evening's terror attack on Pakistan side of the Wagah border, which has claimed at least 55 lives. PM Modi tweeted, "Terror attack in Pakistan near Wagah Border is shocking. I strongly condemn such a dastardly act of terrorism. My condolences to the families of the deceased. Prayers with the injured." According to reports, 110 people are injured in the explosion, which took place outside a restaurant on the Indo- Pak border, just after a daily ceremony when troops from both sides simultaneously lower the two nations' flags. The outlawed Jundullah and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) affiliated Jamaat-ul-Ahrar outfits have claimed responsibility for the blast. Meanwhile, deploring the incident Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar urged the international community to jointly fight terrorism. Nov 3, 2014

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visits RSS memorial, says it gives inspiration to work for nation

Mumbai, Nov 03 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday visited RSS memorial in Mumbai and said that the same gives him inspiration and motivation to work for the welfare of the nation. He said that he is a Swayamsevak and he was here to re-establish his pledge of working for the nation. Fadnavis also assured that he and his cabinet in the state will work in accordance with the principles and guidelines of the Indian Constitution. Nov 3, 2014

Azad Kashmir observes 'black day'

Muzaffarabad/ Geneva, Nov 03: October 22, 1947 - the day when Pakistani Pashtun tribes invaded the Kashmir Valley and created mayhem, is remembered as "Black Day". Kashmiris across the world use the day to protest the invasion of their homeland by Pakistan. In Muzzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir, a large number of nationalists gathered to raise their voices against illegal occupation by recalling the brutality of Pakistani troops. Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan were a part of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which was captured by the Pakistani Army disguised as tribesmen. At the Kishan-Ganga Bridge in Kotli, Kashmiri protesters lit candles as a tribute to those killed during the tribal invasion of 1947. They shouted slogans against Pakistan for illegally occupying their territory. Pakistan claims to champion the cause of Kashmiris, but ignores their plight in so-called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. Nov 3, 2014

Wagah border attack a serious internal security challenge, could have been on Indian side too: Secur

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): Security Expert Uday Bhaskar on Monday termed the suicide attack at Pakistan side of Wagah border as a serious internal security challenge for India. He said the fact that assailants can reach at such sensitive area says that proper vigil and increase in arrangements for security is required on both sides. He also pointed out at the possibility of India too being on the radar of such attacks. Bhaskar said that India would have to acquire the capacity for surveillance on both side of the border after the incident. At least 55 people lost their lives and several were left injured when an explosion took place on Pakistan side of Wagah border just after a daily ceremony when troops from both sides simultaneously lower the two nations' flags. Nov 3, 2014

IPL scam: Mukul Mudgal committee submits final report to SC with less expectation

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): The Mukul Mudgal committee probing the betting and spot fixing scandals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) submitted its final report on Monday. The committee submitted its report on role of N Srinivasan and others in the scam, in a sealed cover. The hearing on the case is scheduled for next Monday. Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal said that the report has been submitted but refrained from giving any details whatsoever. The report, however, had less expectation as lawyer Rahul Mehra said that going by the past record, nothing much can be expected from the same. He also said that is the case goes in favour of Srinivasan, it will be a setback for Indian cricket as well as worldwide. Nov 3, 2014

Philippine typhoon widow grateful for cruel consolation

Jennifer was left destitute after Super Typhoon Haiyan tore into Tacloban in the Philippines a year ago. Since then she has managed to rebuild her life and with a little help from a US-based donor she's now in control of her future. Duration: 02:12 Nov 3, 2014

India beefs up security post blast at Pakistan side of Wagah border

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): India beefed up security after a blast took place on the Pakistan side of the Wagah border which killed at least 55 people including women and children and as many as 70 sustained injuries. Hundreds of people visit Wagah border crossing near the Pakistani city of Lahore to witness the flags of both countries being lowered just before sunset. Bakshi also said the explosion could have happened on this side of the border as well, and that with the winters approaching the ceasefire violation may increase along the border. Media reports earlier said the explosion was caused by a gas cylinder but later police said it was probably a suicide bomber. Police probe is underway. Nov 3, 2014

BSF guns down smugglers, recovers 22 kilograms of heroin in Punjab

Amritsar, Nov 03 (ANI): India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) troopers gunned down smugglers and recovered 22 kilograms of heroin worth 1.1 billion rupees along the Indo-Pak border in Punjab. Giving details of the incident, BSF Inspector General Ashok Kumar said that one smuggler was shot dead while two of his accomplices were injured and 22 kg of heroin was seized from them at Dera Baba Nanak sector in Gurdaspur district. He added that the operation was launched on the basis of intelligence inputs, following which the patrolling party of 38 Battalion in Gurdaspur observed some suspicious movement in the area of Bohar Wadala border outpost. The patrolling party opened fire in retaliation as the smugglers, who were trying to cross over to the Pakistan side, challenged them. Three smugglers Tasveer Singh, Balwinder Singh and Fateh Singh , all residents of Kalanaur town in Haryana, received injuries. Nov 3, 2014

JandK PDP hints at alliance with BJP post state polls

Jammu, Nov 03 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed hinted at alliance with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after polls. The five-phase polls in Jammu and Kashmir will begin November 25 and end on December 20. The results would be announced on December 23. Sayeed said he had worked with BJP leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani in the past. He also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to begin dialogue with nuclear-armed neighbour, Pakistan, to ease tension in the region. Nov 3, 2014

BJP declares candidates for polls in Jharkhand and JandK

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): BJP declared names of candidates for polls in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir. The five-phase polls in these states will begin November 25 and end on December 20. The results would be announced on December 23. BJP announced names of 45 candidates for Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was taken in a meet, which was presided by BJP chief Amit Shah, and was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior leaders. Nov 3, 2014

At least 55 killed and several injured in suicide blast on Pakistan side of Wagah border

Lahore, Nov 03 (ANI): At least 55 people were killed and more than 150 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Indo- Pak border. The attack occurred shortly after a daily ceremony when troops from both sides simultaneously lower the two nations' flags. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was a response to the Pakistani army's actions against their positions in tribal areas straddling Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. State police Chief Mushtaq Sukhera said that the explosion hit near the checkpoint at the Wagah border crossing as hundreds of people were returning from the military ceremony on the outskirts of Lahore. The daily flag-hoisting ceremonies by the Pakistani and the Indian military on their respective sides of the border draw crowds of hundreds. Some of the victims were taken to the city's Mayo hospital. Rani Begum was among the unfortunate relatives at the hospital. Nov 3, 2014