Government deploys paramilitary to tackle Maoist threats in Odisha

Malkangiri, April 6 (ANI): With hours left for the general elections to kick off, government has beefed up security in India’s red corridor of Odisha to ensure peaceful polls and deployed paramilitary forces for round the clock combing operations to tackle Maoist threats. Threat looms large over the interior Maoist hit districts of the state like Malkangiri as the red rebels have inscribed threatening slogans on the school walls and other voting centres, trying to dissuade people from stepping out of their houses on the poll day. However Deputy Superintendent of Police, Pramod Kumar Bagh said that security has been tightened to ensure safety of voters and peaceful polling. Apr 6, 2014

Army busts militant hideout in Kashmir

Doda, April 6 (ANI): On a tip of intelligence, Army and police in a joint operation busted a militant hideout in Kashmir ahead of general elections, informed a senior official. A huge cache of arms and explosives including six weapons and eight kg of RDX, communication equipments, logistic support items, literature related to terrorists and Pakistan currency notes were recovered from the well stocked hideout. Although no arrests have been made so far, combing operations by joint forces are underway Apr 6, 2014

BJP to use 3D projection for Narendra Modi rallies

New Delhi, April 6 (ANI): BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address more than 1,000 'Bharat Vijay' rallies in different states using the advance 3D hologram technology, to garner votes in parliament polls. Senior BJP leader, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, said party's PM candidate Narendra Modi would hold more than 1,000 rallies to reach out to people in the evening. Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister, Manish Tewari, said these polls posed a challenge to basic principles of the country and urged people to vote judiciously. The general elections will be held in nine stages from April 07 till May 12. Results of the mammoth exercise are due on May 16. Apr 6, 2014

Kashmir prepares to jump into mammoth 2014 election frenzy

Srinagar, April 6 (ANI): With just few days left for the mammoth parliamentary polls of the World's largest democracy, Kashmir prepares to jump into 2014 election frenzy. Returning officer from Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir Ajeet Kumar Sahu said that the arrangements for elections were in place. Sahu added that the officials have also campaigned for a good voter turnout at polling booths that used to witness low voter turnout. Meanwhile, army officials have said that they are prepared for any attempts of infiltration as far as the security is concerned. Voting will be held on 10 April for Jammu, Poonch parliamentary constituency and 1848000 voters are expected to vote on the polling day. Apr 6, 2014

Police arrest five red rebels in Maoist hotbed

Gumla, April 6 (ANI): Police in Jharkhand province have arrested five Maoists in red corridor of Gumla district, ahead of upcoming general elections. Police also informed that they arrested the rebels after destroying a rebel camp located in the hills. Tuti also confirmed the recovery of arms and ammunitions, Maoist documents and things stolen by red rebels during various incidents of robbery. Tuti said that it is a major achievement of Jharkhand police ahead of the general elections and would help to ensure peaceful polls in the province. Apr 6, 2014

India's Modi: abrasive Hindu nationalist tipped to be PM

Narendra Modi, son of low-caste parents from Gujarat state, has overcome formidable obstacles and is tipped to be India's next prime minister, yet he remains a divisive figure due to his controversial past and abrasive personality. Duration: 02:29 Apr 6, 2014

Bahrain Shiites protest as Grand Prix practice begins

Thousands of Shiite Muslims turned out peacefully Friday to call for political reforms in Bahrain, as practice began for this year's Formula 1 Grand Prix in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom. Duration: 00:35 Apr 5, 2014

Thai 'Red Shirts' rally to support embattled PM

Thousands of Thai pro-government "Red Shirts" massed Saturday in a show of support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, warning that they would resist attempts to oust her through the courts. Duration: 00:42 Apr 5, 2014

Security forces on high alert to ensure peaceful elections in the Northeast

Assam/ Tripura/ Mamipur, April 05 (ANI): With barely a fortnight remaining for voting to begin for the general elections, elaborate security measures have been put in place all over the country. In the Northeast, the security forces are on high alert to prevent any attempt by insurgent outfits to disrupt the democratic process. The region has a past experience of poll boycotts by underground outfits, and incidents of threats and extortions against candidates. In Assam, security has been tightened in sensitive areas, as outfits like NDFB (S) are threatening candidates and demanding money. In Tripura, around 20,000 security personnel, including 15,000 state police and Tripura State Rifles jawans, would be deployed to maintain law and order during the elections. Apr 5, 2014

JD (U) releases its manifesto for LS Polls

Patna, April 05 (ANI): JD (U) releases its manifesto in the presence of Party Chief Sharad Yadav and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Yadav said that their manifesto is true and valid according to the present situation in the country. Yadav also stated that the party's work matters more and will make an impact on the people. He further said that there is no particular issue which is important because all issues of corruption, unemployment, inflation etc need equal attention for the development of the country. Apr 5, 2014

Imam's support to Congress is condemnable: Yahya Bukhari

New Delhi, Apr 5 (ANI): Brother of Imam Bukhari, Yahya Bukhari on Saturday said that Imam's support to Congress is condemnable. He further asked what Congress has done for Muslims in the past. He also said that wherever Congress is not in power, they incite riots there before elections so as to polarize votes. Apr 5, 2014

Manipur's first milk processing plant comes as a boon to many

Manipur, April 05 (ANI): Manipur's Youth Volunteers' Union has set up the state's first milk processing plant at Thoubal Wangmataba with an aim to provide employment to the local unemployed youth. The plant, being run by the Youth Volunteer Union Milk Producer Company Ltd, will be the first to produce pasteurized and toned milk in the state. The construction of the processing plant, which includes a 5000 liter cold storage, was started in January last year and the plant has been producing pasteurized milk since December. The Youth Development Union has been undertaking developmental projects in the state with an aim to improve the lives of the underprivileged people by providing them employment opportunities. Apr 5, 2014