Voting begins in 89 constituencies in Karnataka


Bangalore : Voting began Saturday in 89 constituencies in 11 southern districts of Karnataka in the first of the three-phase elections to the 224-member state assembly whose outcome has assumed national importance as it could be a pointer to the timing of parliamentary polls.

Around 17.3 million voters, including 8.4 million women, are eligible to pick their representatives from over 950 candidates. There are 17 women contestants.

Indian held for Andhra student's murder to appear in court

London, May 9 (IANS) A 24-year-old man from Andhra Pradesh was to appear before British magistrates Friday on charges of killing a woman from his native state in the city of Birmingham, 190 km from here.

Nagaraju Kumar Nalluri was arrested Wednesday - a day after police found the 23-year-old woman dead from head injuries in her rented house in the Birmingham suburb of Handsworth.

Reports: two Japanese women kidnapped in Yemen

By Xinhua,

Sana'a : Two female Japanese tourists were kidnapped near Yemen's major tourist attraction Marib on Wednesday, local officials told foreign media.

The Japanese women were seized by unknown armed men while visiting a historic dam in the town of Marib, some 180 kilometers east of the capital of Sanaa, said the media reports.

The armed men took the two women, members of a tourist group sightseeing near the old dam of Marib, in their vehicle and kicked away their Yemeni driver, a provincial government official was quoted as saying.