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Election commission ensures adequate security at critical polling booths

Bhopal, March 31 (ANI): Election commissioner of India, Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi informed that critical polling stations will be covered by one central paramilitary force adequately. Addressing a news conference in Bhopal, Zaidi divulged details of security on important polling booths. Steps have also been taken to ensure that the model code of conduct is strictly followed and funds are also not misused. Surveillance teams, check posts have been installed to check the unauthorised distribution of cash, liquor or drugs. Mar 31, 2014
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Congress urges EC to take action against BJP for distorting facts in Masood case

New Delhi/ Ranchi, March 31 (ANI): AICC legal cell Secretary KC Mittal urged the Election Commission to take steps against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for violating the model code of conduct and for distorting facts in Imran Masood's case. A court in Uttar Pradesh remanded Congress leader Imran Masood, to 14-day judicial custody on Saturday after police arrested him for publicly threatening to murder BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The FIR accused Masood of violating the election code of conduct. A BJP delegation led by BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi approached the Election Commission demanding cancellation of Masood's candidature from Saharanpur. Mar 31, 2014
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People won't tolerate poor governance: Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi, March 31 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee said people would no longer tolerate non-transparent and unresponsive administration, while inaugurating diamond jubilee celebrations of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) in New Delhi. Mukherjee said democracy is the soul and the core of nation-building and no meaningful growth or governance could be achieved without the preservation and nurturing of basic grid of polity. Mukherjee further stressed that good governance encompasses rule of law, participatory decision-making structure, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, equity and inclusiveness as the country's governance has to run on these principles. Mar 31, 2014
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Aamir Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Ajay Devgn voted the worst actors of 2013 at the Golden Kela Awards

New Delhi, March 31 (ANI): Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha were announced the worst actors of 2013 at the Golden Kela Awards held in New Delhi. But the biggest surprise was when Mr perfectionist Aamir Khan won an award for his bad performance in Dhoom: 3. Ajay won the worst actor award for Himmatwala, which was also named the worst film and Sonakshi was picked for R...Rajkumar. "In Bollywood today, the box office figures have no correlation to the quality of the film. Our sincerest hope is that 10 years down the line, the figures will be forgotten, while the 'Kelas' they got are remembered," Anant Singh, creative head, Golden Kela Awards, said in a statement. Mar 31, 2014
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Congo's dandies give new meaning to fashion victim

The streets of Congo's capital Brazzaville have taken on a more stylish appearance thanks to the 'sapeurs', a sartorial subculture of colourful dandies inspired by - but not always faithful to - the great couturiers of the 1960s. Duration: 01:04 Mar 31, 2014
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Artists enthrall audience at the Northeast spring festival in Dimapur

Dimapur, March 30 (ANI): The people of Dimapur witnessed week-long singing and dance performances during the Northeast Spring festival 2014 at the Northeast Zonal Cultural Complex. Ranging from world-renowned Mizo Bamboo dance to mesmerizing Naga warrior dance, and traditional dances from Tripura and Meghalaya, the performing artists enthralled the visitors. A major attraction of the event was the performance of classical dance from Odisha and rope dance from Rajasthan. The festival provided a perfect stage for artists from across the country to showcase their talent. The event was organized under the aegis of Northeast Zonal Cultural Centre Dimapur and Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Mar 30, 2014
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Amritsar fortunate that Arun Jaitley representing constituency: Parkash Singh Badal

Amritsar, March 30 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal praised BJP senior leader Arun Jaitley, saying people were fortunate as Jaitley was contesting elections from Amritsar constituency. Singh said that BJP’s win was certain and Jaitley would hold important portfolios in the next government. Later, Jaitley endorsed the alliance between regional Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP, saying it was responsible for social cohesion in the state. Mar 30, 2014
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Satish Prasad joins RJD after quitting BJP

Patna, March 30 (ANI): Former Bihar Chief Minister Satish Prasad Singh on Sunday joined RJD after resigning from BJP alleging denial of proper representation to backward Kushwaha community in the general elections. RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav welcomed Singh in the party. Mar 30, 2014
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Hundreds join Venezuela anti-government protests

Hundreds of opposition supporters marched in Venezuela's capital Caracas Saturday over food shortages, insecurity and censorship imposed by the government, while Chavistas targeted the presidential palace to protest against damage to the economy. Duration: 00:44 Mar 30, 2014

Militant hideout busted in J&K, cache of arms & ammunitions recovered

Baramulla, March 30 (ANI): Paramilitary forces on Sunday busted a militant’s hideout in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir ahead of upcoming general election. A huge cache of arms and ammunitions were recovered from the hideout during a joint operation by Rashtriya Rifles and Police in Tangmula forest of Baramulla district. Following this the security had been beefed up in the valley. The restive region has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency, and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades. This is the third hideout busted by security forces in the past one week after two militant hideouts were busted in Bandipora district of Kashmir. Mar 30, 2014
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Jaswant Singh has no plan to form a new party, or join anyone, says his wife

Jaisalmer, Mar 30 (ANI): Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh’s wife Sheetal Kanwar, on Sunday gave her reviews about the BJP and its attitude towards her husband. Kanwar said that the party is a building prepared by some senior leaders and if even one of its founders is removed, it will not stand. Sheetal Kanwar specifically termed the elections as a game of respect instead of success or failure and also expressed her unhappiness with BJP leader Nitin Gadkari. Kanwar further stated that BJP has exposed itself and clarified that Jaswant Singh is not planning to form a new or join another party. Mar 30, 2014
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103 year old Sarmaya Chettri all set to practice her franchise in 2014 general elections

Jalpaiguri, March 30 (ANI): A 103-year-old Indian woman Sarmaya Chettri from Jalpaiguri in West Bengal has joined poll fervour as she is all set to cast her vote in the upcoming 2014 general elections. What makes Chhetri special is that she is among the first Indians to cast vote since 1951 when India first went to polls. Expressing her happiness for being witness to all the historic elections of India, she asked the government to arrange for her transportation that would ferry her to the polling station for exercising her franchise. Her son, who had been accompanying her to the polling stations during all elections that she had witnessed through her life span till date, spoke about the significance of casting vote. Mar 30, 2014
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Arvind Kejriwal holds road show for Gul Panag in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, March 30 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday held a road show in Chandigarh to garner support for party candidate Gul Panag for the upcoming general elections. Kejriwal urged people to vote for AAP candidate Gul Panag to save the country. A large number of police personnel have been deployed to prevent any untoward incident during the event. The general elections will be held in nine stages staggered between April 07 and May 12. Mar 30, 2014