Artists enthrall audience at the Northeast spring festival in Dimapur

Dimapur, March 30 (ANI): The people of Dimapur witnessed week-long singing and dance performances during the Northeast Spring festival 2014 at the Northeast Zonal Cultural Complex. Ranging from world-renowned Mizo Bamboo dance to mesmerizing Naga warrior dance, and traditional dances from Tripura and Meghalaya, the performing artists enthralled the visitors. A major attraction of the event was the performance of classical dance from Odisha and rope dance from Rajasthan. The festival provided a perfect stage for artists from across the country to showcase their talent. The event was organized under the aegis of Northeast Zonal Cultural Centre Dimapur and Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Mar 30, 2014

Amritsar fortunate that Arun Jaitley representing constituency: Parkash Singh Badal

Amritsar, March 30 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal praised BJP senior leader Arun Jaitley, saying people were fortunate as Jaitley was contesting elections from Amritsar constituency. Singh said that BJP’s win was certain and Jaitley would hold important portfolios in the next government. Later, Jaitley endorsed the alliance between regional Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP, saying it was responsible for social cohesion in the state. Mar 30, 2014

Satish Prasad joins RJD after quitting BJP

Patna, March 30 (ANI): Former Bihar Chief Minister Satish Prasad Singh on Sunday joined RJD after resigning from BJP alleging denial of proper representation to backward Kushwaha community in the general elections. RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav welcomed Singh in the party. Mar 30, 2014

Hundreds join Venezuela anti-government protests

Hundreds of opposition supporters marched in Venezuela's capital Caracas Saturday over food shortages, insecurity and censorship imposed by the government, while Chavistas targeted the presidential palace to protest against damage to the economy. Duration: 00:44 Mar 30, 2014

Militant hideout busted in J&K, cache of arms & ammunitions recovered

Baramulla, March 30 (ANI): Paramilitary forces on Sunday busted a militant’s hideout in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir ahead of upcoming general election. A huge cache of arms and ammunitions were recovered from the hideout during a joint operation by Rashtriya Rifles and Police in Tangmula forest of Baramulla district. Following this the security had been beefed up in the valley. The restive region has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency, and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades. This is the third hideout busted by security forces in the past one week after two militant hideouts were busted in Bandipora district of Kashmir. Mar 30, 2014

Jaswant Singh has no plan to form a new party, or join anyone, says his wife

Jaisalmer, Mar 30 (ANI): Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh’s wife Sheetal Kanwar, on Sunday gave her reviews about the BJP and its attitude towards her husband. Kanwar said that the party is a building prepared by some senior leaders and if even one of its founders is removed, it will not stand. Sheetal Kanwar specifically termed the elections as a game of respect instead of success or failure and also expressed her unhappiness with BJP leader Nitin Gadkari. Kanwar further stated that BJP has exposed itself and clarified that Jaswant Singh is not planning to form a new or join another party. Mar 30, 2014

103 year old Sarmaya Chettri all set to practice her franchise in 2014 general elections

Jalpaiguri, March 30 (ANI): A 103-year-old Indian woman Sarmaya Chettri from Jalpaiguri in West Bengal has joined poll fervour as she is all set to cast her vote in the upcoming 2014 general elections. What makes Chhetri special is that she is among the first Indians to cast vote since 1951 when India first went to polls. Expressing her happiness for being witness to all the historic elections of India, she asked the government to arrange for her transportation that would ferry her to the polling station for exercising her franchise. Her son, who had been accompanying her to the polling stations during all elections that she had witnessed through her life span till date, spoke about the significance of casting vote. Mar 30, 2014

Arvind Kejriwal holds road show for Gul Panag in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, March 30 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday held a road show in Chandigarh to garner support for party candidate Gul Panag for the upcoming general elections. Kejriwal urged people to vote for AAP candidate Gul Panag to save the country. A large number of police personnel have been deployed to prevent any untoward incident during the event. The general elections will be held in nine stages staggered between April 07 and May 12. Mar 30, 2014

Mayawati addresses rally in Chandigarh, attacks Congress & BJP

Chandigarh, Mar 30 (ANI): BSP supremo Mayawati on Sunday targeted the Congress and the BJP during her rally in Chandigarh. Attacking the BJP, the BSP supremo questioned why the party’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, who promises to solve all problems of the country as soon as he comes to power, didn’t do anything when his party was ruling the country for six years. Mar 30, 2014

Youth get training to make bamboo products in Manipur

Imphal, March 30 (ANI): All together 30 trainees are undergoing a one-month residential artisans' training programme on bamboo handicraft and furniture at the Naoremthong Laishram Khulem Leikai Community Hall in Imphal. The training programme is organized jointly by the Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre, Burnihat Assam and Lifeline Development Organisation and State Bamboo Mission, Manipur. The objective is to make the youth self-reliant and provide them a source of income. These youth are quite happy to learn new bamboo crafts and designs, under master trainers from Assam, Tripura and Manipur. Mar 30, 2014

Naqvi should apologize or prove, otherwise will protest outside his house: Sabir Alis wife

New Delhi, March 30 (ANI): Following Former JD (U) Leader Sabir Ali’s membership cancelled by BJP after Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi alleged Ali’s links with Yasin Bhatkal, his wife Yasmin Ali said that Naqvi should either write an apology letter or prove the allegations within 24 hours or else she will protest outside his house. She said that such allegations cause major harm to the family and this is not right on Naqvi’s part to do it. Further, Sabir Ali challenged Naqvi for a debate in front of the media and to prove his point Mar 30, 2014

Maoists in Bastar threaten people to boycott general elections

Bastar, Mar 30 (ANI): As India prepares for mammoth general elections that are just a week away, Maoists in ‘red corridor’ of Bastar district of Chhattisgarh held a Jan Adalat on Saturday (March 29), asking villagers to boycott polls. The red rebels held a rally in the dense forests of the region and threatened not to vote. Not only the villagers, the politicians and candidates are also under the constant threat of Maoists, who are braving the situation and are working to encourage people to vote. A big challenge being faced by security officials is the holding of polls without any troubles or disruptions. The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of millions of landless tribal people. Apart from prisoner releases, the Maoists have also demanded an end to tourism in parts of the state where many tribes exist. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has previously described the Maoist insurgency as India's biggest internal security challenge. Mar 30, 2014

Three-day Cultural Dance Fest in Manipur

Imphal, March 30 (ANI): The three day cultural dance festival - Chhau Parva is drawing large audience to the Imphal city of Manipur. The festival is being held for the first time in the province and has been organized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama in association with Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur dance Academy of Manipur. The Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA) Upendro Sharma explained what Chhau dance form is all about. The festival was inaugurated by the Governor of Manipur Vinod Kumar Duggal in the presence of Vice Chairman of JNMDA N Tombi Singh and Director Sharma himself. The festival was kick started on Saturday with six dance performances. Mar 30, 2014