Chidambaram says 2000-2003 saw worst phase in India's growth

New Delhi, May 01 (ANI): Targeting the then NDA government, Union Finance minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said that India saw worst phase in its growth between the year 2000 and 2003. Chidambaram said that Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh governments have stalled progress of GST. He also said that UPA and Congress are committed to pass DTC Bill. May 1, 2014

Lalu says Modi must be sent to Pakistan, BJP slams

Patna/ New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday said that BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi must be sent to Pakistan before he sends others there. Reacting on his comment, the BJP said that Lalu is rattled by Modi's impact in the country. May 1, 2014

Modi attacks Congress over Andhra Pradesh bifurcation

Andhra Pradesh, May 1 (ANI): BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday while addressing a rally in Andhra Pradesh's Madanapalle severely attacked the Congress Party for the division of Andhra Pradesh and the date for the recognition of Seemandhra as 2nd June in particular. Modi also thanked the people for attending his rally despite severe heat and assured that once BJP government comes to power he won't let their efforts go wasted. Modi further appealed to the people to vote for BJP and send ‘lotus' to Delhi to form government. May 1, 2014

EU, Cuba in talks years after human rights row

Cuba and the EU finish the first round of talks aiming at deals through political dialogue. The Americas' only one-party, communist-ruled state is the lone country in Latin America that has no political dialogue with the EU. Duration: 01:24 May 1, 2014

Activists protest against abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls

Around 100 protesters from civil societies march to the governor's office in northern Nigerian city of Kano calling on the federal government to rescue at least 187 school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists. Duration: 00:34 May 1, 2014

Pak Army Chief's statement bizarre, Kashmir heart and part of India: PN Hoon

Chandigarh, May 01 (ANI): After Pakistan Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif said that Kashmir is the "jugular vein" of Pakistan, Former Commander of Indian Army Lt Gen (Retd) PN Hoon said that the statement is absolutely bizarre and that Kashmir is heart and a part of India. Hoon said that not only Kashmir, but also the area along LoC belongs to India. Further, he said that as far as UN Security Council is concerned, we don't recognize it. He said that every Indian is ready to shed blood for the honour of the nation and that there is no need at the point to remind the Pakistanis of 1947. May 1, 2014

Almora police steps up security after Maoists threaten people to boycott polls

Almora, May 01 (ANI): Police in Almora city of Uttarakhand beefed up security and deployed additional forces after some Maoist forces pasted posters on walls threatening people to boycott ongoing parliamentary polls. The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Anant Ram Chauhan, said that a case has been registered against unknown persons for putting up posters and added that the police are on a look-out for the people involved. The messages written on posters called for a change in the system, mocked the democracy and called for a revolution. As Uttarakhand will go to polls in the eighth phase on May 07, hectic campaigning is currently underway in the parliamentary constituencies but the threat by Maoists through posters has set alarm bells ringing among the leaders. May 1, 2014

Rajiv Gandhi's tenure was golden period for Amethi, Rahul follows same principles: Priyanka

Amethi, May 01 (ANI): While holding a public meeting in Amethi on Thursday, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that the tenure of Rajiv Gandhi's government was a golden period for Amethi and Rahul follows the same principle as him. Priyanka said that Rahul thinks about future and plans ahead. She said that the people understand better who wants to work for the welfare of the constituency and the nation and who comes here for personal interests. Further, appealing the people to vote fro the right government, Priyanka said that it's the responsibility of the people to secure the tradition and culture of the nation. May 1, 2014

Chennai train blasts: 14 injured victims stable, investigation on

Chennai, May 01 (ANI): Victims of the twin blasts that rocked the Chennai Central Railway Station on Thursday have been taken to hospital for treatment, as officials say 14 injured are stable. Two explosions ripped through the Bangalore-Guwahati Express around 7:30 a.m, killing a 22 year-old female passenger. The injured were admitted to the government-run Rajiv Gandhi general hospital near the station. Chennai District Collector, V Sundaravalli, said that all possible medical care was being given to 15 people who were brought to the hospital. A relative of an injured victim of train blast, Vijayant Kumar, said that his two children suffered injuries. May 1, 2014

Political turmoil reason behind economic slowdown in Bangladesh

Dhaka, May 1 (ANI): Experts blamed political unrest and uncertainty surrounding elections held in January for economic slowdown in Bangladesh. As predicted by International Monetary Fund (IMF), Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Bangladesh this year is to be a little over five percent, lower than the six percent GDP last year. Apart from the political instability, investment stagnation and reduced remittance inflows are also quoted as major cause of slowdown. As per Bangladesh Bank, remittance flow has dipped by seven percent in the initial eight months of this fiscal year. The country went through a period of nationwide protests and turbulence during the elections that took place on January 05, 2014. But one of the blows that the youth faces due to the slowdown is the growing unemployment. Executive Chairman of PPRC, Hossain Zillur Rahman said Bangladesh cannot expect a vibrant economy below eight percent GDP. Therefore, to recover from the slowdown and battle chronic poverty, country's government needs to encourage investment and develop business confidence among other solutions. May 1, 2014

Actor Jitendra receives Dadasaheb Phalke award for his contribution to cinema

Mumbai, May 1 (ANI): Veteran Bollywood actor Jitendra received the highest honour of Indian cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for his exemplary contribution to the film industry. The 72-year-old Jitendra has had a career spanning three decades starting from 1960s to 1990s. The Governor of Maharashtra, K. Sankaranarayanan in the presence of filmmaker Rakesh Roshan and various other dignitaries honored him. Soon after receiving the honour, Jitendra expressed his gratitude to all the people who shaped his career. Actor Farhan Akhtar was also presented the Best Actor male award for essaying the role of athlete Milkha Singh in the movie "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag". Akhtar said he was honoured to receive the prestigious award. Veteran actress Juhi Chawla won the Best Actress award for her women-centric film "Gulaab Gang" and expressed excitement in receiving the honour. May 1, 2014

Thousands left homeless as rain storm hits Tripura

Tripura, May 1 (ANI): Thousands of people were left homeless in Tripura as a rain storm destroyed hundreds of houses. The most affected area was Mandwai in Dhalai district where many trees and electric posts were uprooted due to the storm. A government official, Abdul Hossai, said that around 1500 people have been affected. The homeless people said their houses were totally destroyed and therefore they are compelled to take shelter in the relief camps along with their children. Most of the houses with thatched and tin roofs were flown away along with the strong winds while the walls of many mud houses were broken following heavy hailstorm. A storm survivor, Mita Banik, said there has been no water and electricity supply in the region after the storm. Staffs of the electricity department were busy restoring electricity and removing trees from the roads. May 1, 2014

Rahul Gandhi hits at Gujarat model of development, says all fund goes to 'one person'

Bilaspur, May 01 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, while addressing a rally in Bilaspur on Thursday attacked the Gujarat model of development and said that the state government gives the entire fund to one person, that is, Adani. He said that they only invest only a meager part of the funds for the people and say that people earning more than Rs. 11 are not poor. He said that the ideology of the opposition party is to let India remain as it is and there be no development whatsoever. May 1, 2014

EC issues showcause notice to Punjab CM for making statement on fund raising

New Delhi, May 01 (ANI): The Election Commission has issued a showcase notice to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for allegedly making a statement asking for funds from people. At an election meeting in Jalandhar, Badal had asked people to give funds to the party secretly for campaigning. The EC, in its notice to Badal, has said, "The Commission is, prima facie, of the opinion that by making such statement you have violated the above said provision of Model Code of Conduct and also incited others to violate the law." The poll body, therefore, has given time till Friday to Badal to explain his stand on his statement. May 1, 2014