Arias wraps up Panama campaign

Presidential candidate Jose Domingo Arias holds his final campaign rally before elections on May 4. Duration: 01:15 May 2, 2014

Ahmed Patel refuted Narendra Modis claims of friendship with him

New Delhi, May 02 (ANI): After BJP’s PM Candidate Narendra Modi’s claims of friendship with Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s Political Secretary Ahmed Patel did rounds on Friday, Patel refuted all such claims calling it baseless & ridiculous. He said that it may be that Modi may have visited him when he was BJP’s general secretary and might have had dinner, but that was long ago. Patel refuted any such claims and said that if Modi can prove the same, he will quit his public life. Patel also said that there can be a political sense to it meant for electoral gains. May 2, 2014

Rajnath projecting himself as PM candidate: Lalu

Patna, May 02 (ANI): RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday targeted BJP President Rajnath Singh and said that that he was trying to portray himself and not Narendra Modi as the real candidate for the top post. Earlier Rajnath accused him of being afraid of Congress. Lalu said that Singh was telling his fellow Rajput castemen that it was not Modi but he was the real candidate for the top post to sway them to vote for BJP. But, neither he nor Modi would be able to befool the people of Bihar. May 2, 2014

Profile: South Africa's Helen Zille, leader of the DA

Former political journalist Helen Zille is the tough and articulate woman leading South Africa's main opposition, the Democratic Alliance. But critics say she must step aside if the party wants to grow beyond the 2014 election. Duration: 02:41 May 2, 2014

Moily rejects CPI's charges, says not favoring Reliance

New Delhi, May 2 (ANI): Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday hit back at CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta who had alleged that Moily is favouring Reliance Industries by hiking gas price as per Rangarajan formula. Moily stated that he wants to liberate the country of any import regarding fuel so that the nation becomes self-sufficient. He further clarified that he is not working for the welfare of any particular industry because many organizations will be benefitted by his policies. Moily had earlier clarified that once the Election Commission lifts its model code of conduct on May 12 its order for the deferment of a new gas-pricing regime based on the Rangarajan formula will cease to exist and a price hike would come into effect. May 2, 2014

Cabinet has passed decision to appoint judge for commission on snoopgate: Shinde

Shimla, May 02 (ANI): Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday said that the Cabinet has passed decision to appoint judge for commission on snoopgate. Shinde said that the commission of inquiry was ordered much before the model code of conduct was announced. So the announcement of the name of the judge can still happen. It will not be a violation of the model code of conduct. He also targeted BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi by saying that when as CM he was snooping on women, then what will happen to the women of the country if he becomes PM. May 2, 2014

Rahul Gandhi has accepted poll defeat by ruling out tie-up with Third Front: Gurudas Dasgupta

New Delhi, May 2 (ANI): Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Friday claimed that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's reported preference to sit in the opposition rather than having a deal with the Third Front to form a government in order to prevent the BJP from doing so, is a clear indication that he has already accepted defeat in the 2014 general elections. Gandhi has reportedly ruled out extending the Congress Party's support to a Third Front, as he believes it is a recipe for a weak government and would instead prefer to sit in the opposition and overhaul his party. This comes in contrast to the stand taken by some of senior party leaders, including cabinet ministers of the UPA, who have indicated recently that the Congress Party would be willing to back the Third Front or take their help to cobble up a government in order to keep the BJP out. May 2, 2014

Reaction flows in as Gujarat police gives clean chit to Modi over FIR against him

New Delhi, May 02 (ANI): Political reactions poured in as the Gujarat police gave a clean chit to Narendra Modi over FIR against him, saying Modi was 100 meters away from the polling station. Congress leader Kapil Sibal and Meem Afzal said that the law should apply to Modi as it does to any common man and that Gujarat police is like a toy in the hands of Modi, respectively. CPI leader D Raja said that there is an FIR against him and that EC will look into the matter. Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that the entire world saw Modi outside the polling booth. Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy supported the decision and said that Modi did not violate Model code of conduct. May 2, 2014

MQM calls for 'mourning day' against party workers' extra judicial killings in Pak

Karachi, May 02 (ANI): Pakistani political party Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) called for a day of mourning and protest on Friday after bodies of four party workers were recovered from Memon Goth in Karachi. MQM said that all four workers were picked up on April 13 by Police and Rangers from Gulshan-e-Maymar area on the outskirts of the city. The party announced that it would stage peaceful protests against what it calls "extra judicial killings and kidnappings" of its activists. MQM leaders have alleged that personnel of the law-enforcement agencies in plain clothes pick up their workers and subject them to torture, and in some cases, they kill their workers and dump their bodies on the outskirts of the city. May 2, 2014

Muslims who don't vote for SP not true Muslims, says Abu Azmi; politicos slam

Khalilabad/ New Delhi, May 2 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi sparked another controversy when he said that Muslims who do not vote for his party are not "true Mulsims". He further said that their DNA test should be conducted to ensure if they are Muslims. Politicos have condemned Azmi over the remark. May 2, 2014

Azam Khan's remark over EC invites mixed reactions

New Delhi, May 2 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan's remark that Election Commission should not behave like God gave way to mixed reactions by various leaders on Friday. Congress leader Meem Afzal said that Azam Khan is free to say anything within the limits of law not beyond that. Former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui agreed that EC should not behave like God but also highlighted that everyone including Azam Khan should respect the EC. Meanwhile, Muslim Cleric Mufti Mukarram said that Election Commission treated Azam Khan partially which is wrong and thus it should correct it. May 2, 2014

Politicos welcome govt's initiative to appoint Allahabad HC sitting judge to probe Snoopgate

New Delhi/ Ahmedabad, May 02 (ANI): Political leaders welcomed the government's initiative to approach Allahabad High Court sitting judge to probe into the Snoopgate case. Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that Narendra Modi is terrified by the news. He said that there was no chance of getting any results out of this case wherein the commission is set up by Modi himself. Arjun Modhwadia said that the present commission was a 'Modi saving commission' and that the central government should have appointed the judge long before. Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that it is a welcome decision but should have taken place long ago. Meanwhile, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta also welcomed the move. May 2, 2014

Security beefed up at sensitive installations after Chennai train blasts

Coimbatore, May 02 (ANI): Police beefed up security at railway stations across India after two bomb blasts in Bangalore- Guwahti train in Chennai which killed one woman and left nine others injured. Paramilitary forces and dog squads were deployed at several stations, with the police scanning through belongings of almost all the passengers in Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu. Police in the northern part of the country also issued an alert and railway stations were scrutinised. A team from the National Investigation Agency has joined the investigation in Chennai. May 2, 2014