Voting for Bihar by-polls begins amid tight security, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): Voting for the by-polls in 10 assembly constituencies in Bihar began on Thursday on a peaceful note. The by-polls results will establish whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi's magic is still working in the state or that of Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar, who have claimed a winning formula in allying. Meanwhile, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that BJP and its allies will win all the 10 seats. However, RJD leader Manoj Jha said that RJD- JD (U) alliance will bring good result in the by polls. Aug 21, 2014

Water-logging in Mumbai due to heavy rains

Mumbai, Aug 21 (ANI): Heavy rains in the Dadar area of Mumbai have led to massive water-logging causing numerous problems to the commuters. Last month, traffic was reported to have been moving at a slow pace at several places following the rains. Commuters also had a hard time travelling due to poor visibility. Aug 21, 2014

Assembly by poll voting begins in Bihar

Bihar, Aug 21 (ANI): The voting for the assembly by poll elections in Chhapra district of Bihar has begun on Thursday. JD (U), RJD and Congress had reached to an understanding to contest 10 Assembly seats in Bihar together. They had officially announced entering into an alliance earlier this month. Both the parties have drawn a lot of criticism from other political parties as prior to this alliance; the RJD and JD (U) had been in a constant conflict with each other. Aug 21, 2014

BJP leader makes aerial survey of flood affected areas in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand, Aug 21 (ANI): BJP leader Ajay Bhatt made an aerial survey by a chopper in the flood affected areas after a cloudburst worsened the situation in Uttarakhand. The heavy rains followed by a cloudburst have led to floods and landslides claiming more than 20 lives and causing immense damage of life and property in various parts of Uttarakhand. Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat assured adequate food supplies to the affected people and said the government was trying its best to do the needful. Aug 21, 2014

Monitoring the situation, will meet both CMs: Kiren Rijiju on Assam-Nagaland violence

Guwahati, Aug 21 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Thursday reached Guwahati city of Assam to meet the Chief Ministers of both Assam and Nagaland. Rijiju said that he will be closely monitoring the situation in both states and talk to the Chief Ministers about the violence. Rijiju also said that the armed forces work on the action and direction of the State Government. Aug 21, 2014

30 villages in UP under water, 24,000 homeless

Gonda, Barabanki, Aug 21 (ANI): Floods triggered by heavy rainfall have inundated 30 villages in Uttar Pradesh, rendering at least 24,000 people homeless, said a senior official. Thousands were marooned in villages across nine districts of Uttar Pradesh, where the release of water from overflowing dams in neighbouring Nepal has added to the impact of the downpours. Meanwhile, the Sub divisional Magistrate of Gonda district, Jagdeesh Singh said that situation was under control and rescue operations were underway. However, distressed locals of the area expressed their disappointment over State government’s inaction. Aug 21, 2014

Lawyer files case against Pakistan envoy and Kashmiri separatist leader

Uttar Pradesh/New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): A lawyer from Allahabad city filed sedition charges against Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and senior Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah. India's Foreign Secretary, Sujatha Singh, was supposed to hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Aziz Ahmad, but it was cancelled after Basit met separatist leaders on Monday (August 18). Lawyer Sushil Mishra justified his filing of a case against the two leaders stating they had breached the rules and regulations of the Indian Constitution and hence is a threat to the nation. Aug 21, 2014

Seven Maoists surrender in red corridor of Chhattisgarh

Ranchi, Aug 21 (ANI): Tired of internal politics, seven Maoists surrender to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Chhattisgarh state. Maoists sent a message to the CRPF stating the various factors responsible for their surrender. They said that promotion to higher levels inside the Maoist organisations is only given to members from Andhra Pradesh. They also said that they were not allowed to meet their family members. CRPF is seeing the surrender as a big achievement, especially because of the surrender of a Maoist named Kranti, who was wanted, in various major operations and attacks by the insurgents. Some of the surrendered Maoists are Improvised Explosive Device (IED) experts. Aug 21, 2014

Artificial limb center in Kanpur provides aid to injured in war torn areas

Kanpur, Aug 21 (ANI): Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) has earned goodwill for the country by providing artificial limbs to the land mine victims in Afghanistan and by setting up a limb fitting facility centre. ALIMCO, which is based in Kanpur, distributes aids and appliances to the disabled free of cost and at concessional rates. Recently, it provided a ray of hope to the survivors of war torn Afghanistan as it set camps in the country where experts took measurements of the disabled for their artificial limbs and also taught how to use them. Aug 21, 2014