NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India on Monday named its powerful national security adviser as a special envoy on China, opening the way for resumption of talks on the disputed border, where tensions have risen in recent months over border patrols and stiffer defences.
A million voters will get to decide the political fate of 123 candidates who are in the fray in the first phase of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections to be held Tuesday.Poll campaign for the first phase ended Sunday evening as thousands of security forces and hundreds of poll officials started reaching polling stations in seven districts of the state where voting would be held Tuesday.Two districts in the Kashmir Valley, Bandipora and Ganderbal, two in the Ladakh region, Kargil and Leh, and three in the Jammu region, Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar, will get to vote Nov 25 for 123 candidates of various parties and independents who are in the fray.Seven ministers of the ruling Congress-NC coalition are seeking re-elections in this phase from Leh, Kangan, Sonawari, Gurez, Banihal, Kishtwar and Doda constituencies which they also represent as sitting legislators in the 87-member assembly.Interestingly, there are just two female candidates in the race in this round. As many as 1,050,250 electors, including 549,696 males, 500,539 females and 15 belonging to the third gender, would exercise their franchise at 1,787 polling stations in the 15 assembly constituencies Tuesday.The highest number of voters, 104,354, are in Bhaderwah assembly constituency while the lowest, 13,054, are in Nubra constituency.The highest number of candidates, 13 each, are trying their luck in Bhaderwah and Bandipora constituencies while there are just two candidates in the fray in the Leh constituency.Polling starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Tuesday.The Election Commission has arranged for videographing of many poll stations during the first phase.As many as 275 companies of central paramilitary forces and the state police have been deployed in strength to secure polling stations across the state and provide security to voters in this first phase.There are 27 polling stations in Zanskar and Gurez assembly constituencies, to where the poll staff and security forces would have to be airlifted if the weather conditions in these areas deteriorate, a senior poll official told IANS in Srinagar.Two main regional parties in Jammu and Kashmir - the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) - are locked in a do or die electoral battle while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress too are giving the pols their best shot.Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit the poll campaign in Kishtwar constituency Saturday where more than 30,000 people turned out to hear him.Modi appealed people to end the over-50 years long dynastic rule in the state without directly naming the Congress and the NC that have been in power alternately or in alliance during the last half century.Modi told voters to end the dynastic rule and vote for the BJP if they wanted to usher in an era of development and prosperity in Kashmir.Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also addressed two election rallies in Ramban and Bandipora constituencies Friday to garner support for her party's candidates.Campaigning by the NC and the PDP remained at high pitch in both the Jammu region and the Kashmir Valley where senior leaders of the two regional parties spoke of common man's problems, Article 370, corruption, preserving the eclectic culture of the state.Poll campaign in Kashmir and the Jammu region witnessed a large participation by the supporters of various parties and their candidates as party flags, banners and buntings dotted the rural areas where the voters are expected to come out in large numbers to choose their representatives.
Bollywood super Shah Rukh Khan has never missed a chance to interact with fans. Twitter, Facebook, Youtube—the tech-savvy Badshah knows how to reach out to the audience and respond to the immense love being showered on him by his fans.
Recently, on hitting 10 million fans on Twitter, Shah Rukh Khan has sent out an audio message thanking his fans to help him achieve such a feat. SRK used Audio Card, one of the newest Twitter innovations to thank his fans. He is the second most followed user on Twitter in India. He already has over 12 million likes on his official Facebook page.
In the past, SRK has also used the platform for various forms of outreach including a Q&A where he responds to his fan's questions via the hashtag #AskSrk frequently and he recently delighted his fans through a personalised video message and a digitally autographed poster mentioning the names of his fans for Red Chillies Entertainment's film Happy New Year.
Listen to SRK's audio clip right here:
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Launching a fresh attack on BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that no conspiracy could stop her from going ahead in carrying out development work in the state. There is conspiracy going on against us. Let them (BJP).
I will show them (BJP) that no amount of conspiracy can thwart us from carrying on development work in the state, she said at a function in Bongaon in North 24-Parganas district indicating her ire at the ongoing CBI investigation into the Saradha ponzi scheme scam. By conspiring they (BJP) cannot emerge successful as we work for the people, Banerjee said.
Dwelling upon the various works by Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal, Banerjee said the state was the first in introducing fair price shops for medicines where discount up 78 % was offered. The system of paying beds have been done away with in government hospitals and those had been converted into free beds and thousands of new beds have come up, she said.
Even our Kanyashri scheme is the first in the country, the Chief Minister said.
The Kanyashri programme was launched by the Mamata Banerjee government in October 2013 to help prevent girls from being married off at a young age by encouraging education.
On last Saturday, Banerjee had launched a blistering attack against the Modi government, accusing it of selective vendetta against her and the party and dared the Centre to impose President's rule and arrest her.
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In a nightmarish experience caught on camera, five women sitting in a car were stalked and harassed by unidentified men in the heart of the city with their screams for help going unnoticed.The incident happened on Saturday around 11:30 PM when the women on a weekend outing stopped their car near an ice cream parlour on M.G. Road and found to their shock unidentified men trying to open the doors of their vehicle.As they were seated inside waiting for their driver who had gone to pick up ice cream for them, the men stared at them, stood around the vehicle and tried to open the doors, according to the complaint lodged by one of the victims.Police said according to the complaint, first, three men were seen staring at them and they were later joined by two others who tried to open the car door.They even tried to open the door with an object on getting to know that the door was locked, the complaint said.As the women started raising alarm by repeatedly screaming for help and honking, the men fled from the spot, police said.The women even managed to take video of the men, which they have submitted to the police. The grainy video shows the men standing around and the women crying for help persistently.DCP(Central) Sandeep Patil said their husbands were in a different car near the place where the incident happened. City police are on the lookout for culprits.....certain sections have been invoked like stalking, criminal intimidation and outraging the modesty of the women. Let the investigation take place. Let us detect the case. Let us nab the culprits, City Police Commissioner M N Reddi told reporters here.
Srinagar, Nov 24: It has been informed that the general observers for all the seven assembly constituencies of district Baramulla, nominated by the ECI, will be available from 21st November to 23rd December to meet and address any grievances of the
Indian cricket team's stand in captain Virat Kohli has admitted that it can be very hard in a place like Australia to come back, if one is down in the series, so the focus would be to have the composure and the concentration in those important moments.
Kohli says India must motor from the outset to find elusive series success in Australia.
However wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Carters said that Cricket Australia XI aim to start the rot for the visitors in back-to-back tour matches, starting on Monday, at Glenelg Oval.
India's 4-0 loss to Australia in 2011-12 and England's 5-0 capitulation last summer proved there was no time to find feet Down Under, News.com.au reported.
Kohli, who must improve on a disappointing tour of England this winter, where India lost 3-1, said that that's going to be one of their priorities in this series, to start on the right note.
He added that a full strength India XI, minus injured skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, would figure in two-games starting on Monday and Friday, in a bid to gain rare match practice ahead of the series opener from December 4 at the Gabba.
Kohli, who struck a maiden Test ton in Adelaide three years ago, said that they are going to try and string in the best combination they can for the start of the first Test, and probably stick with that combination through the whole series.
The stand-in skipper admitted that it's very important to give those 11 players confidence that they are going to play regardless of what happens in the first two games or something like that.
Kohli said that the 11 one picks are probably going to be their match-winners, the big impact players.
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