Today in Pics: November 19,2013

Today in Pics: November 19,2013


Congress star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi today arrived here on a two-day visit to the Lok Sabha constituency of her mother Sonia Gandhi,where she visited a number of villages and held one-to-one contact with people. (PTI)


Continuing her mass contact programme,Priyanka visited as many as 18 rural hamlets,met village women in their households and had her lunch in the open at a field,party sources said. (PTI)


She also made a visit to some other households,including those of people belonging to the Dalit community,they said. Priyanka visited Shivgarh and Mahrajganj blocks of Bachrawan Vidhan Sabha segment,and held chaupals to know about the problems of the villagers,they said. (PTI)


She also reviewed functioning of a solar water pump in Osah village and took part in a chaupal in Rampur Khas. Throughout her tour,mediapersons were kept at a distance by the SPG personnel deployed in Priyanka's security. (PTI)


About 15 per cent of the electorate cast their votes in the first hours of polling for the second and final phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections in 72 constituencies spread across 19 districts of the state today. No untoward incident has been reported so far from any part of the state. (PTI)


"The polling in 72 constituencies of 19 districts began from 8 AM and so far 15 per cent turnout has been recorded," an official at the Chief Electoral Office told PTI. Meanwhile,EVMs were changed at around 10 polling stations due to some technical problems,he said. (PTI)


A total of 843 candidates are contesting in the last of the two-phase polls to the 90-member Assembly in the state,where BJP government led by Chief Minister Raman Singh is eyeing for a hat-trick against the Congress. Over one lakh security force personnel have been deployed across the state to ensure peaceful polling,the official said. (PTI)


The nation today remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 96th birth anniversary with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice prsident Raul Gandhi paying homage to the leader. The leaders offered floral tributes at Indira Gandhi's memorial Shakti Sthal on the banks of Yamuna. (IE Photo: Renukha Puri)


Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde,External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad were among others who paid homage to Indira Gandhi. (IE Photo: Renukha Puri)


A recorded speech by Indira Gandhi was played on the occasion following which tri-colour balloons were released by the leaders. (IE Photo: Renukha Puri)


Devotional music was played during the programme. Gandhi,was born on November 19,1917 in the politically influential Nehru family. She was the first woman Prime Minister of India. (IE Photo: Renukha Puri)


The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has stopped the excavation it started at Daundiya Kheda village in Unnao on October 18 after local seer Shobhan Sarkar claimed a treasure was hidden at the site. The ASI on Monday began filling the two trenches it dug in the ruins of the fort of Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh. (IE Photo: Vishal Srivastav)


The excavation,however,established that the site,so far known to have historical evidence till the Kushan period (first century AD),also has relics of a period at least till 8th century BC. (IE Photo: Vishal Srivastav)


"The work has been completed. The most important finding of the excavation is that the site holds relics of a period up to at least 8th century BC," said Syed Jamal Hasan,Director (Exploration and Excavation). He said the ASI had drawn the conclusion based on potteries found at the site. (IE Photo: Vishal Srivastav)


"The exact date of the potteries and other evidence can be arrived at only after a closer examination," Hasan said,adding,"The excavation was not for gold. The significance of the site is archaeological." (IE Photo: Vishal Srivastav)


He said after the trenches are filled in the next few days,the archaeologists would return to their Lucknow office and start examining the evidence. "We expect a preliminary report on the excavation in a week or ten days,though a detailed report will take time," said Hasan. (IE Photo: Vishal Srivastav)


Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj began campaigning for the BJP in Delhi on Monday. Her campaign revolved around a parallel critique of the Congress government,both in Delhi and the Centre. She insisted that people shouldn't squander their vote by choosing AAP. (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)


"By voting for AAP,you'll be wasting your vote. After the declaration of assets,it turned out that they aren't aam aadmi after all. They should change their name to Amir Aadmi Party," she said while campaigning for Vijender Gupta,BJP's candidate from from New Delhi constituency. "Even Anna Hazare has criticised Kejriwal. He has said that if he had to go vote for them,he wouldn't and choose the none-of-the-above option instead," she said. (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)


Gupta is up against incumbent Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,who won by 14,000 votes in 2008. In response to AAP's allegation that BJP had fielded a lightweight candidate against the CM,Sushma said Gupta was one of the party's "strongest candidates". (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)