Munde says BJP, Shiv Sena will contest 2009 polls together

BJP LogoThane, Feb. 23 : The Bhartiya Janata Party will contest together with Maharashtra ally Shiv Sena in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, BJP general secretary Gopinath Munde said.

"The alliance between BJP and Sena is of life long one and the Sena supremo Bal Thackeray will never give up the alliance and desert the Hindutva policy," Munde said.

Munde quashed off all the speculations of Shiv Sena straying away from the National Democratic alliance and trying to join hands with the NCP.

Munde said the Sena will never do the mistake of having a poll alliance with the NCP.

Lord Ganesh appeased with 1111 lamps

Thane (Maharashtra), Sept 11 : Devotion has many forms. A unique method has been adopted by Pravin Joshi, a devotee who tied 1111 lamps to his body and offered prayers to Lord Ganesha on the occasion of "Ganesh Utsav" at Thane in Maharashtra.

The 1111 lamps tied to his body presented a glorious sight as Pravin Joshi, danced in front of the idol of Lord Ganesha.

The annual ten-day Ganesha festival is celebrated with great ardour across the country. This year the festival began on September 3.

Pravin, who has been performing the act of tying lamps to his body to offer prayers to the god for the past eight years, has performed this act across many states in the country.

Thane blast injures five

Thane, June 4 : A blast in the parking area of Gadkari Rangayatan theatre in Thane today injured five persons.