Bangladesh lawyer calls for free and fair elections as political battle intensifies

Dhaka, Nov 16 (ANI): Senior advocate of Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Abu Mohammad Aminuddin urged the feuding parties, the Awami League and the BNP, to end the impasse over the issue of caretaker government and called for free and fair elections, as tensions mounted ahead of the polls. Aminuddin while talking to a reporter in Dhaka on Saturday (November 16) said that the leading parties should discuss about the forthcoming elections, as there is no provision of caretaker government in the present constitution. Commenting over the political uncertainty within the country, Aminuddin highlighted the difference over religion in politics between the two parties. Aminuddin also said that the BNP was associating with Jamaat with an aim to win the votes of the fundamentalists. Nov 16, 2013

Pak on the hunt to cross LoC despite snowfall, wont be successful: BSF

Srinagar, Nov 16 (ANI): The BSF on Saturday informed that Pakistani troops were on constant hunt to cross the Line of Control along the border despite the fact that snowfall has already started in the region, however, any attempt to violate ceasefire will be dealt with. Nov 16, 2013

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to be given Bharat Ratna

New Delhi, Nov 16 (ANI): Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar who bid adieu to all forms of the game on Saturday will be conferred with the prestigious Bharat Ratna, according to a release by the Prime Minister's Office. That Sachin has been honoured with several awards is testimony to his extraordinary brilliance as a sportsman, and the records set by him are unmatched, and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by him exemplary, said the release. Nov 16, 2013

Shivraj Singh Chouhan releases manifesto ahead of upcoming state polls

Bhopal, Nov 16 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan promised well-connected road system, increased power generation and schemes for farmers while releasing election manifesto in Bhopal ahead of upcoming polls. Releasing the manifesto along with other leaders on Saturday, Chouhan lured voters with announcement of a slew of projects. To make sure that the electricity crises is addressed, Chouhan said that power generation will be increased by 2020. While releasing the manifesto, Chouhan also highlighted the schemes for the farmers of the state. State Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh will be held on November 25. Nov 16, 2013

Rahul Gandhi lauds Nand Kumar Patels work, expresses grief over his loss

Kharsia, Nov 16 (ANI): Addressing a rally in Kharsia constituency in Chhattisgarh, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said lauded former PCC Chief Nand Kumar Patel’s work in the state and expressed grief over the 25th May incident which killed Patel. Gandhi said that Patel never asked to be a Chief Minister, he was a person with the heart of a ‘Sarpanch’ and not of a political party leader. He said that Congress gave many schemes and introduced bills for the Chhattisgarh people, but BJP stripped off all these from the citizens. Finally, Gandhi said that he wants 500 such Nand Kumar Patel from between the crowds who will throw the BJP out and that will ultimately lead to the development of the state. Nov 16, 2013

22 die in Karnataka road accident

Belgaum, Nov 16 (ANI): At least 22 people were killed early on Saturday when a mini-truck in which they were travelling toppled on a highway near Belgaum. The victims include nine women and five children. The mishap occurred when the mini-truck overturned after its driver lost control and hit a roadside kerb at a junction on the state highway. The victims were going to Saundatti, a border town in the northwest region from Surpur in Karnataka's northeast Yadgir District, which is about 540 kilometers from Bangalore. Police have registered a case against the driver and the vehicle's owner under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for rash and negligent driving resulting in deaths. Nov 16, 2013

YSR Congress leaders meet Sitaram Yechury over Telangana

New Delhi, Nov 16 (ANI): YSR Congress Leaders along with Chief, Jaganmohan Reddy met CPI (M) Leader, Sitaram Yechury over the issue of Telangana sharing their mutual concerns over the issue they continue to strongly oppose. Nov 16, 2013

Arvind Kejriwal files nomination papers from Delhi, slams opposition

New Delhi, Nov 16 (ANI): As the 2014 general elections are approaching, AAP representative Arvind Kejriwal also filed his nomination paper following BJP and Congress nominations. Kejriwal slammed the opposition BJP as well as Congress for corruption and said that the nomination is filed on the behalf of the common man and not a political party. He further slammed Congress’ advertising banners and said that is there would have been any development in Delhi, Sheila Dikshit would never have required posting banners and bragging about the developments done. Nov 16, 2013

British PM welcomes European Commissions say in Spain-Gibraltar row

Colombo, Nov 16 (ANI): Addressing a news conference in Colombo on Saturday, British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the decision of European Commission on Spain-Gibraltar border issue, which comes in favour of Spain and rules out UK’s complaints. Earlier, Britain had said that it is confident that Spain was breaking EU (European Union) law by imposing "politically-motivated" checks at its border with Gibraltar, after Madrid imposed strict controls at the border following tiff with the latter over an artificial reef created by it in disputed waters. The European Commission too found that Spain had broken no EU rules by stepping up checks on the border crossing into Gibraltar. Nevertheless, Cameron said that raising the issue with the Commission had definitely served a purpose and good had come out of it. Nov 16, 2013

Congress, maintain some decency during election campaigns: Rajnath Singh

Raipur, Nov 16 (ANI): BJP president Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the limits of decency should not be crossed by Congress leaders during election campaign speeches. Rajnath said that the more baseless allegations Congress levels at BJP and its PM Candidate Narendra Modi, the more his party will emerge stronger. Nov 16, 2013

Congress should name their PM candidate: Rajnath Singh

Raipur, Nov 16 (ANI): BJP president Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that there is no chance of any rethinking by his party over its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Singh further said that the Congress instead of pondering over Modi, should announce their PM candidate. Nov 16, 2013

Shi'ite Muslims take to streets during Muharram procession in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Nov 16 (ANI): Shi'ite Muslims took to streets in Bangladesh on Friday; flogged themselves with steel-tipped flails and slashed their bodies with knives to express solidarity with Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, observing ‘Ashura’ the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram. Imam Hussein was killed by his political rivals along with 72 companions in the 7th century battle of Karbala. Crowd of mourners, men and women came out in droves and observed Ashura. Ashura falls on the tenth day of a 40-day mourning period during the Islamic calendar's first month, Muharram, which commemorates the death of Imam Hussein. Shi'ites express their mourning by crying, flagellating themselves and listening to verses and sermons about how Hussein and his family were martyred. Nov 16, 2013

INS Vikramaditya to increase power & capability of Indian Navy: K Raja Menon

New Delhi, Nov 16 (ANI): As the much awaited USD 2.3 billion aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is set to be inducted into the Indian Navy on Saturday, Rear Admiral (Retd) K Raja Menon said that the carrier will definitely increase the power and capability of the Indian Navy in the long run. He said that the carrier will make the Navy independent and India would no longer be dependent on other countries for the same. Defence Minister AK Antony will today commission INS Vikramaditya at the Sevmash shipyard in Russia. Further, Menon said that India would definitely need more carriers and even powerful ones, but the present deal is more than satisfactory for now. Nov 16, 2013