No SPG security cover for Modi: Shinde

West Bengal, Nov 06 (ANI): Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Wednesday turned down the BJP's demand for Special Protection Group (SPG) security to the saffron party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Talking to mediapersons, Shinde said that the matter was determined by law, and there was a law under which such security is provided only to the prime minister. Nov 6, 2013

Chhattisgarh Assembly polls: BJP releases manifesto

Raipur, Nov 06 (ANI): Ahead of Assembly election in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Raman Singh on Wednesday released BJP’s election manifesto in Raipur. Singh attempted to lure the voters especially the youth by announcing freebies for the college entrants. Singh also announced food grains at cheap rates for large number of families. Singh also highlighted that schemes would be implemented to improve the state infrastructure. The first phase of polls in Chhattisgarh will be held on November 11 for which the notification will be issued on October 18. The last date of filing nominations will be October 25 and the last date of withdrawal will be October 28. The second phase of elections will take place on November 19 for which the notification will be issued on October 25. Nov 6, 2013

US reiterates 'no change' in visa policy if Narendra Modi chose to reapply

New Delhi, Nov 6 (ANI): The US has reiterated its stand on its visa policy and said that BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi can reapply if he wants and wait for a review. US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said that there has been no change in the visa policy and Modi is welcome to apply for the procedure and wait for any other applicant. According to reports, the Gujarat Chief Minister, was denied a diplomatic visa in 2005 and his existing tourist and business visa was revoked under the Immigration and Nationality Act that makes a foreign government official responsible for severe violations of religious freedom ineligible for a travel document. Harf denied having specific knowledge about whether Modi has applied to a US visa and said that visa application details are confidential. Nov 6, 2013

British royal couple Prince Charles and wife Camilla Parker Bowles in Uttarakhand

Rishikesh, Nov 06 (ANI): British royal couple, Prince Charles and wife Camilla Parker Bowles took part in traditional hawan and Ganga arti at Parmartha Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh on Wednesday following their arrival in Uttarakhand earlier in the day. The royal couple will spend the night in a hotel in Narendranagar and attend a slew of programmes on Thursday in Dehradun to be hosted by the Indian Military Academy, the Forest Research Institute and the Doon School. Nov 6, 2013

Nigerian envoy assures to resolve death of his countryman in Goa

New Delhi/Panaji, Nov 6 (ANI): Nigerian ambassador to India, Ndubuisi Vitus Amaku has assures that death of his country’s national in Goa is being handled and the matter will be soon resolved. The Nigerian was found dead with stab wounds in Goa's Mapusa town. The incident triggered protests by Nigerians in Goa where they blocked roads and allegedly attacked the police vehicle carrying the dead body of their fellow national with sticks on October 31. While interacting with a reporter in New Delhi Amaku said on Wednesday that the bilateral relations would be respected while resolving the matter. Nov 6, 2013

Free handicraft training provided to school drop outs in Jorhat

Jorhat, Nov 06 (ANI): These youngsters from different parts of Assam are all school dropouts, and are a part of a bamboo handicraft workshop recently held in Jorhat.The week-long training programme was organised by the Institution for Culture and Rural Development (I-CARD) at the Rain Forest Research Institute in Sootea. In total 20 people, belonging to extremely poor families participated in the skill development workshop, where they were taught to make different bamboo products. I-CARD has been consistently taking initiatives to impart vocational training to unemployed youths in the region. The Institute works with the Rights Foundation under the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT). The institute also plans to create a data base of unemployed youths and jobs available in various sectors. Nov 6, 2013

Festival organized in Tripura to promote and preserve tribal culture

Agartala, Nov 06 (ANI): Dressed in bright clothes, these performers are representatives of various tribes of Tripura. A total of 19 tribes, some of which are on the verge of extinction, came together at the Nazrul Kalakshetra auditorium in Agartala for a tribal cultural heritage meet. The two-day long event, organized by ONGC Tripura, aimed at promoting tribal culture of the state. The audience was enthralled by traditional dances of tribes like Reang, Chakma, Jamatia, Kaloi, Lusai and Uchoi. Models dressed in traditional attires of their respective tribes walked the ramp. People got a chance to sample the rich cultures of different tribes of the state. Nov 6, 2013

Police draw similarity between serial blasts in Patna and Bodh Gaya

Ranchi, Nov 6, (ANI): The Bihar police claimed on Wednesday that there might be a connection between the serial blasts in Patna and Bodh Gaya in Bihar, as probe into the incidents gained momentum. In fact, Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Satyanarayan Pradhan, said there is a possible link between the bombs that exploded in Patna, the ones that were seized in Ranchi and the bombs that were used in Bodh Gaya earlier this year. Nov 6, 2013

Patna serial blasts: JD (U) hits back at BJP

Patna, Nov 06 (ANI): The JD (U) on Wednesday hit back at BJP over allegations that the JD (U)-led Bihar Government was conspiring against the BJP’s PM Candidate, Narendra Modi through a shabby investigation into the Patna blasts. Nov 6, 2013

Advani has pointed out injustice being done to great country's freedom fighters: BJP

New Delhi, Nov 6, (ANI): Commenting on L K Advani's blog in which he quotes from MKK Nair's book titled The Story of an Era Told without Ill Will, which said that then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru called his home minister a "total communalist", Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday stated that party patriarch has pointed out the injustice that is being done to the great freedom fighters of this country. In his latest blog posting, Advani has referred to extracts of a book - "The Story of an Era Told without Ill Will" by MKK Nair which deals with the "sharp exchange" between Nehru and Sardar Patel in a Cabinet meeting before "police action" against Hyderabad. Nov 6, 2013

Rahul Gandhi heckled at Jammu rally: We have no powers, says Sarpanch

Jammu, Nov 06 (ANI): Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday faced a heckler as he addressed a gathering of village leaders in Jammu and Kashmir. The heckler, a village sarpanch said they had no powers and were being indiscriminately killed by militants. Nov 6, 2013