Centre must act and show it is not going soft on communal forces: SP

New Delhi, April 04 (ANI): Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal on Friday, called for stringent action from the centre against those forces that had demolished the Babri Masjid. An elaborate sting operation, conducted by Cobrapost on 23 key people of the Ram Janambhoomi movement, claims that the fall of the disputed 16th century structure on December 6, 1992, was elaborately planned by various wings of the Sangh Parivar and executed with precision by trained volunteers. It wasn't, as it is claimed, a case of mob frenzy going out of control, leading to the collapse of the Babri Masjid . Apr 4, 2014

Fire engulfs orphanage in New Delhi, two dead

New Delhi, April 04 (ANI): Fire killed two after it engulfed an orphanage in New Delhi on Friday (April 04), as the firefighters struggled to douse the raging inferno. The incident took place at around 2.00 am (IST) in the orphanage, housing around 150 people including old, mentally challenged and severely ill. Fire tenders immediately reached the spot to douse the blaze. The ranging inferno also resulted in huge loss of property. The president of the orphanage, Ravi Kalra, said the survivors were shifted to a safe place by the rescue teams. Apr 4, 2014

Arvind Kejriwal slapped by unidentified person during his roadshow

New Delhi, April 04 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal has been slapped in Delhi's Dakshin Puri area by an unidentified person on Firday. The man has been handed over to the police by AAP volunteers. An unidentified person lunged at Kejriwal when he was campaigning in the area in an open jeep. He slapped him on the neck before being taken down by Kejriwal's supporters. However, Kejriwal appealed to not resort to violence, but his supporters started beating the man. AAP volunteers later had to escort the man to safety after forming a protective ring around him. Apr 4, 2014

Madhusudan Mistry released on bail over poster war, Politicos react

New Delhi, April 04 (ANI): After Congress senior leader Madhusudan Mistry was arrested and thereafter released on bail over the 'poster war' in Vadodara, party leader Meem Afzal said that it was just a symbolic protest by Mistry to show that how Narendra Modi has taken over all advert spaces in Vadodara, leaving no space for Congress' campaigning. Reacting on the same, BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria condemned the action and said that BJP and Congress share the same ideology. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that Mistry is a former RSS worker and is aware of their tactics and so, the fight in Vadodara between such ideologies will be interesting. Apr 4, 2014

BJP moves EC over Sonia-Imam meet, Politicos take different stands

New Delhi, April 04 (ANI): After BJP moved Election Commission over Sonia Gandhi and Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari of Jama Masjid, Congress leader Meem Afzal asked if Narendra Modi can meet Baba Ramdev, what is the issue in Sonia-Imam meeting. Condemning the meet, BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria said that asking for votes based on religion is wrong. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that Gandhi is trying to encourage communal forces by all this. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that during elections, meeting religious leaders are but obvious and that BJP has no right to object on the same. Apr 4, 2014

AAP releases national manifesto, political parties react

New Delhi, April 04 (ANI): After Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal released national manifesto, political parties looked down upon it. Congress Leader Meem Afzal said that AAP has become 'Khaas Aadmi Party' and that their graph is going down rapidly and that the party will not gain votes in future. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that AAP manifesto is like trying to save oneself from drowning. Further, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that the party by its recent actions has upset him. Apr 4, 2014

Badalta Manzar (April 04, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

Inspector General of Police Rajesh Kumar along with DIG Shakeel Ahmed Beig of Jammu launched ‘Smart 24x7’- a Mobile based security Application at Police Control Room for the state. Although it has been more than 11 days since the last snowfall in Kashmir valley, but the locals are still facing hardships caused post snowfall. The authorities in Shopian district which received some 4 feet of snow cleared the roads for vehicular movement but during the process, they dumped the snow on the roadsides which is now causing heavy traffic jams and inconvenience to the commuters. Many houses got damaged due to flash flood in the canal of Upper Sindh power project Phase-II in New Colony Gund in Ganderbal district of Kashmir Valley. Water entered in many residential houses and damaged them very badly. Apr 4, 2014

Three big names go down to the wire in Afghan election

Afghanistan goes to the polls on Saturday with three contenders dominating the eight-man race to succeed President Hamid Karzai and lead the country without the aid of NATO combat troops to fight the Taliban. (Duration 02:40) Apr 4, 2014

Babri sting an attempt by BJP to polarize voters: Congress

New Delhi, April 4 (ANI): Congress leader Meem Afzal on Friday alleged that sting operations and research on Babri masjid just before the election is an attempt by the BJP to polarize voters. He hoped that people of the country will reject such issues. Apr 4, 2014

US gives explosive incident counter measures equipment to India

New Delhi, April 04 (ANI): Outgoing US Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell gave explosive incident counter measures equipment worth $300,000 to Mumbai police to aid the fight against terrorism. In a bid to step up efforts against terrorism, Powell said Washington and New Delhi were working together to make life safe for people. Powel, resigned on Monday from the post of US Ambassador to India following a series of diplomatic hiccups. However, while serving an interim period in India, Powell mentioned both countries were victims to terrorism. Apr 4, 2014

BJP approaches EC to stop airing of Cobrapost sting, says its Congress' strategy

New Delhi, April 04 (ANI): BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday approached the Election Commission to stop and restrict the airing of Cobrapost sting operation claiming that it is nothing but a strategy planned by the Congress party. Naqvi said that Congress is conspiring to communalize the election atmosphere in the country and the sting has been done to threaten the communal harmony in the nation. Apr 4, 2014

Imran Masood out on bail, denies giving hate speech against Modi

Saharanpur, April 04 (ANI): Congress leader Imran Masood, denied knowledge of giving provocative speech against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi after he was released on bail. A court in Uttar Pradesh remanded Masood, to 14-day judicial custody on Saturday after police arrested him for publicly threatening to murder Modi, post an FIR filed against him accused him of violating the election code of conduct. A criminal case was also registered against Masood, who is Congress party candidate from Saharanpur, after a video of him threatening Modi went viral on the web. Apr 4, 2014

BSF seizes 13 packets of heroin in Amritsar

Amritsar, April 04 (ANI): India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) recovered 13 packets of heroin from Pakistan smugglers in Amritsar, after fierce gun battle. Addressing mediapersons, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Border Security Force, MF Farooqui said 13 packets of heroin were recovered. The suspected miscreants have reportedly fled taking advantage of the darkness. BSF chief also added that tight measures are being undertaken along the border in the backdrop of the upcoming general elections. Apr 4, 2014

Politicians file nominations, hold rallies ahead of 2014 polls

Kolkata/ Farrukhabad, April 04 (ANI): Indian politicians from different parties in poll fray toured various parts of the country to file nomination papers and address rallies ahead of general elections. BJP is expected to release its manifesto soon. However, BJP leader in Odisha, Dharmendra Pradhan, unveiled manifesto for the state and assembly elections. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, filed his nominations in Farrukhabad. Apr 4, 2014