Badalta Manzar (April 24, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

Greater profit from fish farming, around Rs. 60 to 70 thousand per year, is helping people make the switch from traditional farming in Kathua. And to help the people, the fisheries department is providing fish seeds to them. While many central govt. schemes like the National Rural Health Mission exist to improve health care facilities in the rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir, many areas of the state still have poor healthcare facilities. Food products including milk, biscuits, sweets, and other packed food items from outside the state are totally substandard. The people, especially children, are facing many health problems due to substandard products. Apr 23, 2014

Sex racket busted in Gurgaon, six held

Gurgaon, April 23 (ANI): Police arrested five girls and a pimp after conducting a raid in a spa and massage parlour in the satellite town of Gurgaon in Haryana. In a bid to combat illegal prostitution in Haryana, the police had launched a sting operation. A team of policemen raided the parlour on the signal of the impostor and arrested the women alleged to be part of immoral trafficking. Inspecting officer, Lakhpat Singh, said the arrested girls and the pimp have been sent to jail after a medical check up. Apr 23, 2014

Xaviers principal criticizes Gujarat model, BJP slams

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): BJP leader Balbir Punj slammed St Xavier's college principal, Dr Frazer Mascarenhas who had in a mail to the college students criticized the Gujarat Model of Development while praising UPA's Rojgar Yojana and Food Security bill. Apr 23, 2014

Arvind Kejriwal files nomination from Varanasi

Varanasi, April 23 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday filed his nomination papers for Lok Sabha polls. Kejriwal is contesting from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency against BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi and Congress candidate Ajay Rai. Varanasi will observe polls on May 12 in the last of the nine phase General Elections, the result of which is due on May 16. Apr 23, 2014

Complaint against Madhusudan Mistry, sits on dharna

Vadodara, April 23 (ANI): Congress candidate in Vadodara Madhusudan Mistry has been clouded in controversies for publishing an allegedly defamatory pamphlet against BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi. Thereafter, police had registered a complaint under various sections of IPC. Mistry, sitting on a dharna, opposed the complaint saying that he should not be particularly targeted as the pamphlet was distributed from the party’s side in entire Gujarat. He also stated that he was sitting on a dharna to make people aware. The pamphlet accuses Modi in the context of corruption and also refers to the snooping scandal involving a young woman architect. Apr 23, 2014

Non-bailable warrant issued against Giriraj over 'Pakistan' remark

Bokaro, Apr 23 (ANI): A non bailable warrant has been issued against Bharatiya Janata Party leader Giriraj Singh over his controversial 'Pakistan remark'. This comes a day after the Election Commission banned Singh from holding any public rallies or meetings and gave him time till April 24 to file a reply. The EC had banned him from holding public meetings, public processions, rallies and road shows in Bihar and Jharkhand. Apr 23, 2014

2014 LS Polls: Kashmiris gear up to exercise their franchise

Baramulla, April 23 (ANI): As India gears up for the sixth phase of polling, preparations for the upcoming elections in Jammu and Kashmir are not far behind either. The people of the Kashmir valley are looking forward to exercising their franchise and are looking for an eligible candidate who addresses their issues and does not leave promises unfulfilled. Residents also said that there has been a failure in providing education and employment to the youth. Apr 23, 2014

Kejriwal slams Modi, Rahul for 'helicopter politics' during his roadshow

Varanasi, April 23 (ANI): On his way to file his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha polls from Varanasi, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday stepped up his attack on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. During his roadshow, Kejriwal condemned their helicopter politics and criticized the condition of Varanasi's infrastructure and spoke about citizens' problems. He also talked about Gandhi's constituency saying all the people of Amethi see the Congress vice-president in his helicopter only and when people go to him in Delhi they are beaten up and driven away. Apr 23, 2014

EC holds vintage car rally in Ludhiana to raise voter awareness

Ludhiana, April 23 (ANI): The Election Commission organized a vintage car rally on Wednesday as part of its election awareness drive in Ludhiana city of Punjab to encourage voters to cast their ballot during the ongoing mammoth general elections. The participants held flags and shouted slogans to spread awareness among the voters to exercise their franchise. Meanwhile, an onlooker, Ramneet Kaur, called it a novel idea to motivate people to turn out in huge numbers on voting day. The elections to choose members to the 543-seat Lok Sabha are spread over five weeks in nine separate phases and will end on May 12. Results would be announced on May 16. Apr 23, 2014

Supreme Court Asks Govt to Reveal List of Indian Account Holders in German Bank

The Supreme Court on 22 April lashed out at the Union government for not providing it with the list of Indian account holders in Liechtenstein Bank, Germany. It is believed that several individuals from India are stashing their black money in the bank. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has vowed to bring back the black money of tax evading Indians from the foreign banks to utilise the same for welfare programmes. Apr 23, 2014

Used secular & communal words in ironic manner: Shazia Ilmi

Guwahati, April 23 (ANI): A day after a video showing AAP leader Shazia Ilmi sitting amongst a group of Muslims and saying that “Muslims would have to be communal” sparked controversy, the AAP leader came out to clarify that she used the secular and communal words in an ironic manner. She added that her remark has been distorted and misconstrued. Apr 23, 2014