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Huge voter turnout is a positive sign of India's democracy, says Rajnath  Nov 25, 8:03 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 25 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday lauded the high voter turnout in the first phase of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, stating that it is an indicator of the strength of India's democracy.
Congress taunts Govt. on black money issue  Nov 25, 12:50 pm
New Delhi, Nov.25 (ANI): Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry on Tuesday alleged that the Centre has in the last six months handed the broom to the people and made false promises, especially in the context of getting black money back home from abroad.
Poor security provisions, 'lax culture' leave US govt agencies susceptible to hack attacks  Nov 24, 4:29 pm
Washington, Nov 24 (ANI): Despite a dozen mass breaches of government computer systems since 2013, many federal agencies have a "lax culture" and poor security provisions to repulse the growing threat posed by hackers and cyber attacks from states such as China, Russia and Iran, internal investigative reports said.
Clarke, Watson cut down asking price of luxurious Sutherland Shire homes  Nov 24, 2:54 pm
Sydney, Nov 24 (ANI): Australia's star cricketers Michael Clarke and Shane Watson have both repeatedly slashed the asking price of their glamorous Sutherland Shire homes but they are still struggling to bag someone who is ready to mint out the dollars.
Rajnath Singh expresses sadness over Murli Deora's demise  Nov 24, 12:57 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 24 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday expressed his sadness over the demise of veteran Congress leader Murli Deora.
Ali Zafar celebrates `Kill Dil` success with underprivileged kids in Pakistan hometown   Nov 24, 11:12 am
Karachi, Nov 24 (ANI): Ali Zafar recently visited a school of underprivileged children in his hometown Sanjan Nagar in Pakistan to celebrate the success of his latest film 'Kill Dil'.
Nintendo 3DS finally gets hacked 3 years after hitting shelves  Nov 23, 1:54 pm
Washington, Nov 23 (ANI): Three years after it hit the shelves, Nintendo 3DS has finally been hacked, a report said.
Mike Hesson says `improved` Kiwis can now take on top nations away from home  Nov 23, 1:43 pm
Johannesburg, Nov 23 (ANI): New Zealand cricket team coach Mike Hesson has warned that his side is improving and have proved they can take on top nations away from home and claimed that the tense draw in the second Test against Pakistan that finished Friday in Dubai had proved the point.
Strong earthquake hits central Japan, injuring at least 39 in Nagano  Nov 23, 1:12 pm
New York, Nov 23 (ANI): A 6.7 magnitude earthquake has hit central Japan injuring at least 39 people as their homes collapsed in Nagano.
Sir Cliff Richard to sue BBC for filming police raid on his home  Nov 23, 10:57 am
London, Nov 23 (ANI): Sir Cliff Richard will reportedly sue the BBC for filming police raid on his home.
Student delegation meets Rajnath Singh in New Delhi  Nov 22, 5:56 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): A delegation of the All Assam Students' Union recently met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to demand the implementation of Assam Accord, a memorandum of settlement signed in 1985 to stop illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
US watching Kashmir election process, no major complaints  Nov 22, 5:05 pm
Washington, Nov. 22 (ANI): American officials are keenly watching the political drama unfolding in Jammu and Kashmir, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party is running to claim the coveted prize of winning India's only Muslim-majority state. They are aware that if the BJP successfully completes its most ambitious and audacious project or comes close to the prize, the signal that it is the new national party would be unmistakable. US diplomats have learnt a quick lesson after the national elections where their analysis was a little behind the curve. But Kashmir also arouses worry in Washington -- it is seen as a "flash point" between India and Pakistan, an ever-simmering flame that can spark a confrontation. Pakistani visitors never fail to whip up exactly those sentiments among Americans with exaggerated accounts of alleged Indian army excesses and the desire among Kashmiris for "azadi." It so happens that Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's army chief, is currently on a six-day visit to the US, meeting officials at the Pentagon and the State Department. He has blamed India for the current spate of LOC firings, saying that his attention is being forcibly diverted from fighting terrorists on his eastern border. But blaming India for Pakistan's self-inflicted wounds doesn't sell as well in Washington as it used to. The constant misinformation campaign on Kashmir - best exemplified by the unmasking of ISI-fronted Kashmiri American Council and ISI-funded Ghulam Nabi Fai in 2011 - has taken a heavy toll on the credibility of Pakistani claims. US officials can see that the BJP is looming large on Kashmir this time with an effective strategy of making inroads over the past two years. But they are worried about BJP's stated desire to "debate," if not abolish Article 370, which gives the state a special status. Even though BJP leaders are trying hard to keep the 370 issue away from headlines this campaign season, the pot has been stirred. The first phase of voting for the 87-member State Assembly begins Nov. 25 and political dynamics are fluid to pin down. Only two things are sure: that the BJP won't join the Congress in a coalition and that the two main regional rivals, the National Conference and the PDP won't join each other. All other combinations are possible, especially with smaller parties, many of which were created recently, playing an important. They will be crucial in BJP's attempt to get the magic number of 44 since no matter how hard it tries; its appeal among Muslims in the valley is low. US analysts say that parties like the Kashmir Development Front, which has several former bureaucrats and academics, may be appealing to voters. KDF was created by Farooq Renzu Shah, who left the Congress Party saying he was disillusioned. Renzu, a bureaucrat who helped rebuild damaged shrines and big bridges when he was in government, is popular among the people. US officials say they see no major problems in the execution of the elections and the theme of development in Kashmir is just what the doctor ordered. They don't see the streets erupting if the BJP forms the government. The meeting between Modi and former separatist leader, Sajjad Lone, was seen as an especially interesting development. Vijay Sazawal, a Kashmir expert who is consulted widely by Washington opinion makers, said the mood in the valley and elsewhere has noticeably changed, mostly in favor of the BJP. He cited two factors - the apology by the Indian army for the shooting of a teenager and a young man on Nov. 3 and the sentencing by a military court of five soldiers, including two officers, to life imprisonment for the staged killing of three Kashmiri civilians in the Machil sector in 2010. The rare developments have been welcomed by Kashmiris whose wounds are deep and feelings raw. "It has helped greatly and the apology came after direct orders of the PMO not to fudge the issue. The people are happy that the army has been punished. People tell me that none of Modi's posters has been torn or defaced in the valley," says Sazawal, who regularly talks to people on the ground. He marveled at the strategic insights of BJP managers - Amit Shah and Ram Madhav - in making the right moves and saying the right things. He cited BJP's state unit vice-president, Ramesh Arora's declaration that Sufi Islam would prosper under BJP. This is clever messaging to those Muslims who are tired of terrorism and want the peaceful version of their religion to return home. The US government, struggling to contain the extreme strains of Islam as exemplified by ISIS, can hardly quarrel with promotion of Sufi Islam. Pakistan, the other player in the "dispute" doesn't raise confidence levels when it comes to dealing with or "managing" Wahabism, which it and Saudis have injected into India.
Ex-Man U skipper Ince says club should not have let Welbeck leave  Nov 22, 1:55 pm
London, Nov 22 (ANI): Former Manchester United football team captain Paul Ince believes that the club should not have let their home grown talent Danny Welbeck leave.
Rijiju concerned over attacks on north-eastern people  Nov 21, 3:40 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has called for a meeting with all the ministers and officials of the Delhi Police to look into the increasing attacks on the north-eastern people across the country.
Cook seeks to settle score with Sri Lanka  Nov 21, 2:11 pm
Johannesburg, November 21 (ANI): England captain Alastair Cook has admitted that he is desperate to win the upcoming seven-match series against Sri Lanka as he seeks to settle scores for the team's home loss against Sri Lanka earlier this year.
Ivory Coast's Africa Cup of Nations qualification marred by clashes  Nov 21, 8:54 am
Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Nov. 21 (ANI): Ivory Coast may have qualified for the African Cup of Nations but their 0-0 draw against Cameroon, which enabled the Les Elephants to enter Africa's elite tournament, was marred by clashes between fans and the police. he match, played at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium here, was a drab affair, with both teams settling for a draw and the home side passing the ball in their own half for virtually the last 30 minutes.
J-K polls: Rajnath calls for debate on Article 370  Nov 20, 8:56 pm
Leh, Nov. 20 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday called for a debate on the relevance of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, claiming that the law has hindered the creation of Ladakh as a union territory.
TN fishermen on death row in Lanka return home, thank PM Modi  Nov 20, 8:29 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 20 (ANI): The five Tamil Nadu fishermen, who returned home on Thursday after being incarcerated in a Sri Lankan prison, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for securing their release.
Woman thrown off running Malwa Express train: MP Home Minister assures action  Nov 20, 1:13 pm
Bhopal, Nov. 20 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur on Thursday assured that an investigation was underway to catch the culprits who threw a woman off the Malwa Express last night after she resisted their robbery attempt.
American golfer feels playing golf in Australia is same like drinking beer with friends  Nov 20, 1:12 pm
Johannesburg, Nov 20 (ANI): American golfer Boo Weekley feels that playing golf in Australia is no different to playing at home with friends while drinking a few beers.
Here`s how much kids cost their folks before they turn 10  Nov 20, 12:22 pm
London, Nov 20 (ANI): A new survey has revealed that Brit kids cause more than 2,000 pounds worth of damage around the house by the time they reach the age of ten.
PM Modi returns home after successful 10-day three-nation visit  Nov 20, 7:46 am
New Delhi, Nov. 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home on Thursday morning after a successful 10-day three-nation trip to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji.
Rising fuel prices have come down during NDA regime, claims Rajnath  Nov 19, 6:59 pm
Bhaderwah (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov. 19 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said fuel prices kept rising under the previous UPA regime, whereas under the incumbent BJP-led NDA, they have fallen consistently.
Nobel laureate Malala encourages children to fight for education in Peshawar  Nov 19, 5:08 pm
Johannesburg, Nov 19 (ANI): Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai, the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, asked children in her homeland to stand up for their right to avail education.
'The Voice' Recap: Two female contestants eliminated by American viewers   Nov 19, 4:30 pm
Washington, Nov 19 (ANI): The Top 12 got cut down to the Top 10 in the latest episode of 'The Voice,' as two female contestants were sent home by the American viewers.
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