Bengaluru, Nov 25: Jammu and Kashmir registered a record 71.28 percent turnout in the first phase of Assembly elections when people ignored boycott calls by separatists and cold conditions to cast their votes in 15 constituencies.
Jharkhand also recorded a high turnout of nearly 62 percent in the 13 Naxal-affected constituencies in the opening phase of the five-phased polls in both the states.
Follow all the latest national and international news updates of Tuesday, Nov 25 here:
9.00 pm: A host of key issues, including lifting of restrictions for easy movement of goods services, opening new transport connectivity and ways to ensure food security, were discussed by Foreign Ministers of SAARC countries, ahead of the summit-level deliberations on Nov 26, Wednesday.
8.45 pm: Tennis star Sania Mirza named UN Women's goodwill ambassador for South Asia.
Issue of terrorism was also raised: Syed Akbaruddin, MEA pic.twitter.com/jqTP4iRFvW— ANI (@ANI_news) November 25, 2014
8.00 pm: US Delegation meets Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Very happy that J&K saw a high voter turnout today, want to congratulate people of J&K and Jharkhand: Rajnath Singh pic.twitter.com/1UphqEdTQl— ANI (@ANI_news) November 25, 2014
7.45 pm: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar says, "Retirement age of Govt employees has been lowered to 58 yrs from 60 years."
If a CBI Dir is trying to save culprits of 2g & many cases then action should be taken against him: Prashant Bhushan pic.twitter.com/fwcYpImVNV— ANI (@ANI_news) November 25, 2014
7.30 pm: "Nothing new will come out of examining ex-PM in coal scam case, but about why he wasn't examined about entire Coalgate case I cant say", former coal secretary PC Parakh says.
Kathmandu (Nepal): PM Modi hands over 14-seater ALH Dhruv Mark 3 chopper to Nepal Army pic.twitter.com/2L4lJMZVVu— ANI (@ANI_news) November 25, 2014
7:15 pm: Cancellation of talks was India's unilateral decision: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Geo TV
7:00 pm: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif says he is ready to hold talks with India.
6:43 pm: India and Nepal agree on twin-city pacts between Kathmandu-Varanasi, Janakpur-Ayodhya and Lumbini-Bodh Gaya.
6:32 pm: PM Modi hands over 14-seater ALH Dhruv Mark 3 chopper to Nepal Army in Kathmandu, Nepal.
6:24 pm: PM Narendra Modi at the National Trauma Center in Kathmandu earlier today in Nepal.
6:13 pm: Nitin Gadkari flags off Delhi-Kathmandu bus service in New Delhi.
6:00 pm: 2 female suicide bombers kill over 30 people in Nigeria market, say police.
5:35 pm: PM Narendra Modi inaugurating National Trauma Center in Kathmandu (Nepal) earlier today.
5:16 pm: PM Narendra Modi flags off Kathmandu-Delhi bus service in Kathmandu, Nepal.
5:05 pm: The voter turnout has been encouraging in Jharkhand today, it is 61.92% and is likely to go up: Umesh Sinha, Election Commission.
4:50 pm: J&K recorded a poll percentage of 70% as per last report today upto 5pm: Vinod Zutshi, Deputy Election Commissioner.
4:44 pm: There has not been any poll boycott today in J&K: Vinod Zutshi, Deputy Election Commissioner.
4.30 pm: Huge blast rips through a busy market in Nigeria's Maiduguri: police, witnesses say
4.04 pm: Allahabad HC stays death penalty of Nithari serial killings convict Surinder Koli till next hearing on Dec 1.
4.02 pm: Tennis star Sania Mirza becomes brand ambassador of UN Women for south Asia region.
3.50 pm: Rahul Gandhi in Jammu and Kashmir: I brought Tata, Birla & other industrialists to Kashmir Univ to meet with youth for employment
3.45 pm: EX-Delhi University VC Pental arrested on charges of cheating, plagiarism, forgery.
3.20 pm: Polling ends in Jharkhand.
3.03 pm: 3 more held in Burdwan blast case, 11 suspects detained in total
2.45 pm: PM Modi reaches Kathmandu, Nepal to attend 18th SAARC Summit (Modi arrives in Kathmandu)
1.45 pm: Health Minister JP Nadda recommends ban on sale of loose cigarettes
1.38 pm: BJP is committed to the overall progress of Jharkhand and taking its development journey to new heights: PM Narendra Modi in Chaibasa.
1.30 pm: PM Narendra Modi addresses election rally in Chaibasa, Jharkhand.
1.18 pm: Another blast in Bandipore, this time the explosion targets polling booth.
1.15 pm: Ahead of hearing at 2 pm, Sahara chief Subrata Roy tells SC he is not well and needs to be admitted to hospital.
1.07 pm: CBI may send second summon to Bengal minister Madan Mitra, could take stern action if he evades
1.00 pm: Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh moves Delhi Special Police Establishment Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha.
12.47 pm: National Green Tribunal bans cutting of trees across the country
12.45 pm: Bangalore Police arrests 6 for stalking women in car in Bangalore
12.20 pm: "PM used the black money issue as a conspiracy," says SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav
12.10 pm: Don't bring umbrellas inside the House, Lok Sabha Speaker tells Trinamool MPs protesting over black money with umbrellas
12.00 pm: Terrorism is the biggest challenge our region faces today and requires a collective response: Sushma Swaraj at SAARC meet.
11.38 am: Bomb blast reported near Bandipore, Jammu and Kashmir.
11.25 am: Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 pm following ruckus over black money (TMC leaders protests outside Parliament)
11.13 am: GJM leaders meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over separate Gorkhaland state
11.02 am: SP and JD(U) join TMC's protest at Parliament over black money issue
10.32 am: Ashwini Upadhyay, expelled from AAP for speaking against Arvind Kejriwal's way of functioning, to join BJP today.
10.30 am: TMC leaders protests outside Parliament, seek suspension of Question Hour.
10.08 am: Tear gas and shots fired in Ferguson as clashes follow the Michael Brown ruling.
9.45 am: Australian cricketer Phil Hughes hit on the head during a Sheffield Game. Rushed to hospital
9.23 am: BJP Parliamentary party meet ahead of today's Parliamentary session to decide the floor strategy
9.02 am: The 18th SAARC Summit will focus on the theme of "Deeper Regional Integration for Peace and Prosperity" : PMO
8.57 am: Narendra Modi urges everyone in Jharkhand and J&K to go out and cast their vote
As polls begin in J&K and Jharkhand, I urge my sisters & brothers in these States to go out & vote in large numbers.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 25, 2014
I particularly call upon my young friends in J&K and Jharkhand to turnout in large numbers & cast their votes.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 25, 2014
8.55 am: PM condoles the passing away of noted Kathak dancer Sitara Devi, also recalled her rich contribution to Kathak
8.40 am: Heavy police deployment in Jharkhand for phase 1 of polling as voting begins in 13 Naxal infested areas of the state
8.10 am: Hong Kong officials begin clearing part of pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district.
8.07 am: Ferguson: Grand jury has decided not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown
8.00 am: Kathak dancer Sitara Devi passes away in Mumbai, after month long illness, at the age of 96.
7.55 am: First phase of polling in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand began today (Follow live updates here)