Strike in Bangladesh takes toll on trade and bus service with India

Akhaura, Nov 4 (ANI): Trade between India and its neighbouring Bangladesh is facing the brunt of continuous strikes and unrest in Dhaka as hundreds of passengers are also stuck due to halt in bus services across the border. On Saturday, the bus services resumed after almost a week, but the visitors expressed their anger, as the transportation service to Bangladesh is still very uncertain due to regular strikes in Dhaka. Trade in Tripura and Bangladesh has been badly affected and the business community claims that there is a dip in the number of trucks transporting goods across the border. Normally around 200 trucks loaded with various items from Bangladesh enter Tripura through the Akhaura LCS but at present due to the adverse law and order situation in Bangladesh, the number of vehicles plying is less than 20. Nov 4, 2013

Demand to boycott Commonwealth meet in Sri Lanka increases

Chennai, Nov 4 (ANI): Student wing of Free Tamil Eelam held a protest on Monday in Chennai, demanding India to boycott the Commonwealth Heads Meet in Colombo against Sri Lankan war crimes, amid speculations of Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh's participation. Arputhammal, mother of Perarivalan who is facing death sentence in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, also participated in the protest and said that the Commonwealth meet should be cancelled. Meanwhile, DMK leader TKS Elangovan said that his party has demanded that the Indian government should not participate in the meeting. Nov 4, 2013

Jayanthi Natarajan urges PM to boycott CHOGM

Chennai, Nov 04 (ANI): Union Environment Minister, Jayanthi Natarajan urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to boycott Commonwealth Heads Meeting in Colombo, as a mark of protest against the war crimes committed by Sri Lankan regime on Tamils. Natarajan said that she was hopeful that Singh would take a positive stand on the issue. Nov 4, 2013

BJP against banning opinion polls, asks EC to convene all party meet

Allahabad, Nov 04 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said that the party is not in favour of banning opinion polls, and added that the Election Commission should convene an all-party meet to discuss this issue. The Congress Party has written to the Election Commission (EC) to restrict opinion polls ahead of the elections. The legal department of the Congress Party stated that opinion polls can be misused, and they are not scientific or credible. Nov 4, 2013

Breaking communal barriers, the sweet way in Aligarh

Aligarh, Nov 04 (ANI): Aligarh in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh is home to people from different religions who live and work here in perfect harmony. One such example is that of Hindus and Muslims who are engaged in making sugar candy sweets, which is an obligatory food item on Diwali, a Hindu festival. The main reason for the success of this business is the harmony that exists between workers of different faiths. Nov 4, 2013

NCW condemns alleged gang rape of Muzaffarnagar riot victim

Jaipur, Nov 04 (ANI): National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma on Monday condemned the alleged gang-rape of a 20-year-old riot victim who was staying at a relief camp for people affected by the communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar district. Talking to mediapersons in Jaipur, she said that it is very shameful incident and the state government should take strict action against the culprits. Nov 4, 2013

Urs of Hazrat Sai Ganji brings all faiths together

Rajouri, Nov 04 (ANI): The socio-cultural ethos of Jammu and Kashmir is steeped in a tradition of religious tolerance, social harmony and brotherhood. This ethos was influenced considerably by the advent of Sufism. Sufi saints were both popular and influential because they identified themselves with established traditions and never opposed the blending of different religious customs, practices and beliefs. As a result, they attracted many followers. Nov 4, 2013

Omar urges Pakistan to respect ceasefire along the border

Jammu and Kashmir, Nov 4 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday demanded Pakistan to respect ceasefire along the border while he stressed on the dialogue between the nuclear-armed neighbours over the truce violations and infiltration. Speaking to media after inaugurating the Civil Secretariat Office in the state's winter capital Jammu, Abdullah said dialogue is the only option to resolve Kashmir issue. During the conference, Abdullah also urged the separatist forces to negotiate for talks. Nov 4, 2013

Kalraj Mishra on Muzaffarnagar rape case

Lucknow, Nov 04 (ANI): Reacting to the gang rape incident in Muzaffarnagar BJP’s senior leader Kalraj Mishra on Monday slammed the UP Government for their complete failure in providing security to the people especially to the down trodden classes. He added that the riots, rapes and communal feuds are the result of the incapability of the government. Nov 4, 2013

Today Omar, soon everyone will accept Modis influence: BJP

Kolkata/New Delhi, Nov 04 (ANI): Reacting over Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s statement that it would be wrong to deny any Narendra Modi influence in the elections, the BJP on Monday said that today Omar, soon everyone will accept Modi’s influence. Nov 4, 2013

Rahul Gandhi seeks one more week's time to reply to EC notice, draws flak from BJP

New Delhi, Nov 04 (ANI): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Monday sought one more week's time to reply to the Election Commission's notice on a complaint of alleged violation of model code of conduct drawing the flak of the complainant the BJP. The Election Commission has issued a notice to Rahul Gandhi for his speeches in Churu, Rajasthan on October 23 and Indore, Madhya Pradesh on October 24. Nov 4, 2013

Militant attack in Assam: Death toll increases to seven

Guwahati, Nov 04 (ANI): Death toll in the attack by suspected Garo National Liberation Army insurgents on a group of people in Assam’s Goalpara district has risen to seven. Talking to mediapersons in Guwahati, A P Raut, ADG (Law & Order), Assam Police said that six persons were gunned down on the spot, while 10 others were seriously injured with one of them succumbing to his wounds on the way to hospital. Meanwhile, security measures have been intensified in the district and the near by areas following the incident. Nov 4, 2013

Opinion polls have become joke, should be stopped: Digvijay Singh

New Delhi, Nov 04 (ANI): Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday backed Election Commission's (EC) views on restricting publication and dissemination of opinion polls during elections. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi he said that the opinion polls have become a joke and should be stopped. He also said that such polls are incorrect, lack credibility and could be manipulated by vested interests. Nov 4, 2013

Kashmiris observe Black day against occupation by Pakistan

Muzaffarabad, Nov 04: Kashmiris across the world observe October 22nd as “Black Day” to protest the invasion of their homeland by Pakistan. In Muzzaffarabad city of Azad Kashmir a large number of nationalists gathered to raise their voice against the illegal occupation by recalling the brutalities of the Pakistani troops during the unprovoked aggression. Nov 4, 2013