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478 complaints of poll code violation in Kashmir: EC

Jammu : As many as 478 complaints of violation of the model code of conduct have been received by the Election Commission since the beginning of the five-phase Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, a poll panel official said.

Also 92 incidents of violence relating to the poll campaign were reported from different parts of the state, which resulted in injury to 117 people, chief electoral officer (CEO) Umang Narula said in a statement here.

He said 248 of the complaints have so far been disposed off and remaining are under investigation.

Less and less SCs/STs candidates joining para-military forces: Centre

By A Mirsab,,

New Delhi: The actual recruitment of Schedule Castes (SC) and Schedule Tribes (ST) in the para-military forces is not keeping pace with the number of vacancies, as per the data released by the Union Home Ministry for years 2011, 2012 and 2013.


Parties condemn bail to 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind

New Delhi : Politicians, cutting across party lines, Thursday condemned a Pakistani court's decision to grant bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the man accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that left 166 people dead.

They also expressed doubts whether Pakistan was "serious enough" in its fight against terrorism.

"The fight against terror cannot be duplicitous, seeking to differentiate between the ones who operate in India and others who attack in Pakistan," BJP spokesman Nalin Kohli told IANS.

Regime change brings no difference; same old story for Minority Affairs Ministry

By Staff Reporters,

New Delhi: Newspapers readers in the national capital woke up to full page advertisements of the Ministry of Minority Affairs on the occasion of ‘Minority Rights Day’ on Thursday, December 18.


Minority promoters to be paid honourarium soon: Kerala govt

By Staff Reporter,

Kozhikode: The long wait for almost 900 minority promoters – those working for promoting activities meant for welfare of the minorities – will soon be over as the state government has decided to grant their pending honorarium. The state government said it has sanctioned Rs four crore towards the distribution of pending honorarium.


Lakhvi bail no surprise, Pakistan has to decide its course: Experts

New Delhi : India termed as "very unfortunate" Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi getting bail from a Pakistani court, while experts and former envoys to Pakistan evinced no surprise over the development, saying it was all part of a "pattern" and that Islamabad needs to decide which way it was going, especially after the terror attack on a Peshawar school.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said at a press conference, "it is very unfortunate, and believe it should not have happened" and added that the evidence provided by India to Pakistan was "more than enough to nail him".

IS supporter's police custody extended by 15 days

Bengaluru : A court here Thursday extended the police custody of alleged Islamic State (IS) supporter Mehdi Masroor Biswas by 15 days for further interrogation on charges of waging war against a country which is at peace with India, police said.

"We produced Mehdi in the sessions court on expiry of his five-day custody to further interrogate him on his postings in the social media and Twitter handle (@ShamiWitness), as part of our investigation. We have secured his custody for another 15 days up to Jan 2," city police commissioner M.N. Reddi told reporters.

Security tightened at Bodh Gaya temple

Patna : Security was Thursday tightened at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya after the terror attack in Pakistan's Peshawar city, a top official said.

"We have tightened security at the temple following an intelligence alert after the terror attack in Peshawar," Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Nishant Kumar Tiwari said.

Tiwari and other senior police officials Wednesday night took stock of the security arrangements at the temple in Bodh Gaya, 110 km from here.

He said three companies of Bihar Military Police have been deployed at the temple.

Candle light vigil by Khudai Khidmatgar for Peshawar terror attack victims

By TCN News,

New Delhi: Holding placards with message of love, peace and humanity, people from all walks of life including professionals, college students and little children participated in a candle light vigil commemoration organized by Khudai Khidmatgar to condemn the Peshawar killings, where in a desperate attack Taliban terrorists killed over 140 persons, including 132 school children, of a school run by Pakistan army.

Dilip Kumar grieves for Peshawar

By Uma Ramasubramanian,

Mumbai : Bollywood thespian and now ailing Dilip Kumar, who was born in Peshawar, said Thursday that he longed to reach out to the parents of the children massacred in the Pakistani city.

Speaking on his behalf, his wife and former actress Saira Banu said Dilip Kumar, who real name is Yusuf Khan, was shocked by the savagery at the Peshawar school.

The 92-year-old Dilip Kumar said: "I was born in the charming city of Peshawar in undivided India and I still have many special memories of the place.