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

Omar says wrong to deny any Modi influence in elections, JD (U) agrees

New Delhi, Nov 04 (ANI): Janata Dal (United), leader Shivanand Tiwari who recently praised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday agreed with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's view that it would be wrong to deny any Narendra Modi influence in the elections. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, he said that Modi has emerged as a big leader and the Congress party is finding difficult to fight with him. Nov 4, 2013

Tribunal awards death sentence to two non-resident citizens for Bangladesh war crimes

Dhaka, Nov 04 (ANI): Bangladesh special war crimes tribunal awarded death sentence to its two non-resident citizens for killing large number of people during 1971 liberation war. The special court in Dhaka awarded death penalty to Chowdhury Mueenuddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan for their killing intellectuals of the country at that time. Nov 4, 2013