Candidates file nomination ahead of polls in Jharkhand even as Maoist calls for boycott

Latehar, Nov 04 (ANI): Candidates filed nominations for the first time in Jharkhand even as Maoists called for a boycott of the elections scheduled for later this month. The five-phased state assembly polls in Jharkhand will begin from November 25 and end on December 20. The results would be announced on December 23. A voter Sashi Kumar said that they look forward to better amenities. A candidate of RJD, Ramchandra Singh filed his nomination. Enrolment of over 5,000 workers was also witnessed in the Maoist infested Latehar district. However, a local Yogesh Prasad said that despite being a Maoist affected area, the locals took part in the nominations with great enthusiasm playing drums and performing folk dance. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) team was deployed in the area to manage any unwanted situation. Nov 4, 2014

Congress welcomes Cabinet's decision for fresh polls

New Delhi, Nov 04 (ANI): Congress leader Rajiv Shukla on Tuesday welcomed the Cabinet's decision to dissolve Delhi Assembly and go for fresh polls. Shukla said that Congress will put in all efforts to bring majority in the polls. On being asked about the face of BJP's CM candidate, Shukla said that if BJP is not ready with a candidate it can project it later. Nov 4, 2014

People in Kashmir brave cross border fire to join voter awareness camp ahead of assembly polls

Kathua, Nov 04 (ANI): Despite continuous ceasefire violations from across the border and devastating floods in the recent past, residents of Jammu and Kashmir thronged the Voter Awareness Camp with great enthusiasm to express their faith in Indian democracy. The people of Hiranagar town in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, participated in the camp in great numbers to be aware of the electoral process of the coming assembly elections in the state. The camp was organised at a government school in the town. The participants of the camp said it is important to strengthen democracy in Kashmir. The assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir will be held between November 21 and December 20. To ensure a larger participation in assembly election in border areas, the District Election Officer, Kathua, Shaheed Iqbal organised the camp under the Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) at Marheen village to make people aware of the need to exercise their franchise. Nov 4, 2014

Fight is between AAP and BJP: AAP on Delhi Polls

Ghaziabad, Nov 04 (ANI): AAP leader Manish Sisodia on Tuesday hailed the decision of Cabinet approving the dissolution of Delhi Assembly and going for fresh polls. Sisodia said that the fight is now between BJP and AAP because Congress does not stand anywhere. He added that it is for the people of Delhi to decide whether they will choose an honest leader like Arvind Kejriwal or a leader like BJP's Jagdish Mukhi. Nov 4, 2014

Grenades hurled at CRPF camp in JandK

Sopore, Nov 04 (ANI): Suspected militants hurled grenades at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp at Sopore in Baramulla Distric of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. Witnesses said people ran for cover after the explosive was hurled. However, one rifle grenade did not explode and the other missed the target. The rifle was later on defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad. Soon after the incident took place, forces, including police counter insurgency Special Operation Group and units of army, cordoned off the area and conducted searches to nab the culprits. Nov 4, 2014

Party will fight polls collectively, sure of victory in Delhi: BJP

New Delhi, Nov 04 (ANI): BJP President in Delhi Satish Upadhyay said on Tuesday that BJP will be going for polls in New Delhi after a decision was made in the cabinet meeting approving to dissolve the current Assembly session. Upadhyay said that the party will contest polls under collective leadership and is sure of victory in the capital. He added that the right decision will be taken at the right time regarding the face of BJP in Delhi. Nov 4, 2014

Pak changed its stance, full fledged retreat ceremony to be held from today: BSF

Jalandhar, Nov 04 (ANI): After a blast on the Pakistani side of Wagah border that killed more than 55, it was decided that the joint retreat ceremony which takes place on both the sides will not be held for three days. On Tuesday, the IG of BSF, Ashok Kumar said that yesterday Pak changed its stance and said that retreat ceremony can be held from today. To this Indian side agreed and full fledged retreat ceremony will be held from today. Nov 4, 2014

Delhi LG recommends dissolution of assembly; Congress, BJP, AAP gear up for fresh polls

New Delhi, Nov 4 (ANI): The Congress, BJP and AAP are gearing up for fresh polls in Delhi as the Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung recommended on Tuesday the dissolution of the state assembly, a day after the BJP and other parties said no to government formation. Delhi has been under President's Rule since February after Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government stepped down after 49 days in power. Nov 4, 2014

Manipur police reduce drugs worth crores to ashes

Imphal, Nov 4 (ANI): In what seems to be a unique clean up exercise, state police of Manipur set fire to a bounty worth of large amount of drugs seized from various parts of capital Imphal. Police trucks arrived at an open field in the Lilong Pan Ahanbi area in the state capital and unloaded huge packages containing narcotics that had been seized from various police stations in Imphal between 2012 and 2013. The police officer who headed the disposal, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Range-IV, Imphal, Kh. Chandramani Singh said that the illegal narcotics were worth more than 4.5 crore. The drugs were piled in a mound after which officials set fire to it. Nov 4, 2014

Security tightened in Trilokpuri on Muharram

New Delhi, Nov 4 (ANI): Security was tightened in Trilokpuri area on the occasion of Muharram on Tuesday. Along with the local police, Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel were also seen on patrol in the area. The police have imposed restrictions on the display of weapons- swords, lathis and knives - during the festival and will be keeping a close watch on the procession. The measures have been taken in the wake of last week's communal clashes in the area which had left five injured including two teenagers. Over 1,000 policemen and paramilitary personnel have been posted at Trilokpuri area after the clashes took place. Every year, Muslims observe Muharram to mourn the death of Imam Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, in the battle of Karbala. Nov 4, 2014

Curfew imposed in Srinagar ahead of Muharram

Srinagar, Nov 4 (ANI): Even as a complete shutdown is being observed in several parts of the Kashmir valley, Muharram processions would be taken out amid tight security in the state on Tuesday. Security personnel are manning the streets in Srinagar and shops and businesses have been shut down. More than 6,000 police personnel and several drones with live satellite feed would patrol and guard the city so that mourners can observe the Muharram peacefully. The processions would be taken out amid water-tight security, as Shi'ite Muslim mourners indulge in self flagellation, to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad. Since 1989, Muharram processions have been banned in Srinagar after a pro-independence revolt started in Kashmir. Nov 4, 2014