Oklahoma delays execution after first is botched

An American murderer dies of a heart attack more than 40 minutes after his execution was halted due to a botched lethal injection, leading Oklahoma to postpone the execution of a second inmate. Duration: 00:32 Apr 30, 2014

Unconditional apology by Manish Tewari in defamation case filed by Nitin Gadkari

Mumbai, April 30 (ANI): Congress leader Manish Tewari on Wednesday tendered an unconditional apology to BJP leader Nitin Gadkari. Tewari had in November 2010 accused Gadkari of holding a 'benami' flat in the Adarsh housing society. Gadkari dragged Tewari to court in December that year, accusing him of defamation. On March 7 this year, the court had taken cognizance of the complaint against Tewari and on April 7, he was asked to pay a bond of Rs. 10,000 to Gadkari. Apr 30, 2014

Im not a CM or PM candidate, just your servant: Modi

Samastipur, April 30 (ANI): BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday tried to woo voters during a rally in Bihar’s Samastipur. He stated that he is not a CM or PM candidate for people, he is their. Modi further praised Bihar for the gift of knowledge bestowed upon the state. Relating Goddess Laxmi’s seat to his party symbol, Modi appealed the people for giving maximum votes to his party. Apr 30, 2014

Modi says God saved him in Patna blasts; hits at Congress-RJD alliance

Samastipur, April 30 (ANI): BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday tried to woo voters in Bihar’s Samastipur. Modi referred to the blasts in Patna on 27 October when he was in the state and said that only God saved him in the incident where many political servants lost their lives. He then took a dig at RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and said that RJD has an alliance with Congress in Bihar but it is not publicized because Congress is scared that if Lalu’s relations with Congress are revealed Congress will be removed from the entire nation. Apr 30, 2014

Iraqis vote despite security issue

Polls opened Wednesday in Iraq's first parliamentary election since US troops withdrew, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki seeking a third term in power amid the country's worst violence in years. Duration: 01:06 Apr 30, 2014

Narendra Modi takes selfie with party symbol, Congress moves EC

New Delhi/ Ahmedabad, April 30 (ANI): Congress on Wednesday filed complaint with Election Commission against Narendra Modi expressing its displeasure over Modi's selfie outside polling booth holding the BJP symbol in his hand after casting his ballot in Ahmedabad. Post voting, Modi clicked a selfie of his inked finger along with party’s election symbol lotus – triggering an instant controversy with Congress party leaders slamming the move as a publicity gimmick and against the laid guidelines of the Election Commission. Reacting on the complaint, BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, quashed it saying that the Congress party is in a distressed state and such complaints reflect their frustration of losing the election. Meanwhile, EC sources said that they would examine if Modi has violated its code or not. Apr 30, 2014

Priyanka lists Rahul's achievements & works in Amethi

Amethi, April 30 (ANI): Priyanka Gandhi, while addressing a public meet in Amethi on Wednesday listed out a number of development works done by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in the constituency. She said that Rahul worked for the transportation upgradation, education, welfare of women, and in many other sectors. Further, Gandhi said that the Congress Vice President never did all this for political benefit but for the relation Gandhi family shares with Amethi. Apr 30, 2014

Rakhi Sawant lashes out at Uma Bhartis remark, says she stained saffron clothes

Jhansi/ Mumbai, April 30 (ANI): After BJP leader Uma Bharti on Wednesday compared Actor turned Politician Rakhi Sawant with Priyanka Gandhi and said that she keeps saying things which is not worth commenting upon, Sawant lashed back at the BJP leader. She said that Uma Bharti and Ramdev are staining ‘saffron clothes’. Sawant said that Bharti is like an insect that goes into hibernation during rainy season, but she will continue to speak in all 12 months against injustice. Sawant further dared the BJP leader and said that Bharti should avoid speaking about her for if she comes in the forefront, it won’t be good for Bharti. Apr 30, 2014

UK Envoy visits polling booths, meets Rajnath Singh in Lucknow

Lucknow, April 30 (ANI): British High Commissioner to India, Sir James David Bevan met BJP Chief Rajnath Singh on Wednesday in Lucknow followed by his visit to the polling booths there. Sir Bevan met Singh who is contesting the general election from Lucknow constituency and extended greetings. He also has been visiting various polling booths to witness the progress of polling in India. Seemingly amused Sir Bevan congratulated the authorities for holding the big election efficiently. He also complimented Indian voters for their enthusiasm with which they are participating in the democratic process. Apr 30, 2014

Narendra Modi's mother travels in auto to cast her ballot

Gandhinagar, April 30 (ANI): Hiraben, mother of BJP’s PM candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, travelled in an auto rickshaw to cast her vote in Gandhinagar for the Lok Sabha elections. The 77-year-old travelled quietly in an auto sans the cavalcade. Earlier in the day, Modi also cast his ballot in Ahmedabad. After casting his vote, Modi took to Twitter and tweeted his selfie with inked finger and the BJP's symbol. Apr 30, 2014

Pakistan says Narendra Modi will 'destabilise' regional peace if he becomes Indian PM, BJP reacts

New Delhi, Apr 30 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday claimed that Narendra Modi, if elected as India's Prime Minister, would "destabilise" regional peace as he criticized the BJP leader's recent comments on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. The statement came against the backdrop of assertions by Modi that he will bring back Dawood from Pakistan if he comes to power. Apr 30, 2014

Shutdown in Kashmir as crucial phase of election kicks off

Srinagar, April 30 (ANI): A shutdown was observed in Kashmir on Wednesday during the seventh phase of general elections in response to a call given by hard line Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and his moderate counterpart Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. Both separatist leaders reportedly asked the people to keep away from polling booths and not to vote for any of the candidates contesting the elections. Business establishments, schools and transport are closed and roads in the Kashmir Valley wore a deserted look. Security is heavily beefed up in the province which is giving the residents jitters. Several candidates, including National Conference president Dr. Farooq Abdullah and opposition leader Tariq Hammed Qara are in the electoral fray for the Srinagar constituency. Apr 30, 2014

India and Georgia sign MoU for enhancing trade and economic cooperation

New Delhi, April 30 (ANI): The first session of the India-Georgia Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological, Cultural and Educational Cooperation was held on April 29 in New Delhi, where both countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote mutual interests. The Indian delegation was led by Dinkar Khullar, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) whereas the Georgian delegation was headed by David Jalagania, Deputy Foreign Minister. Deputy foreign minister of Georgia, David Jalagania at the India-Georgia Intergovernmental Commission thanked everyone for sharing ideas for the strengthening of ties and mutual interests. Apr 30, 2014

Senior BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote

Gandhinagar, April 30 (ANI): Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Wednesday cast his vote from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar constituency. Advani appreciated the efforts taken by the Election Commission to ensure that maximum voters come out to exercise their franchise. Apr 30, 2014