Voter turnout increases as 6th phase of polls come to an end

New Delhi/ Maldah/ Madurai/ Agra, April 25 (ANI): As India passed its second biggest day of polling with people of 117 constituencies on 11 states and one Union Territory cast their ballots, the national aggregate of turnout increased marginally. The EC said there was improvement in the turnout when compared to figures of 2009. In Bihar, where voting was conducted on seven seats with 108 candidates in fray, voter turnout was recorded at 60 percent as compared to 52.7 percent in 2009 general elections. In Jharkhand, polling was done in four seats with 72 candidates contesting the elections. The voter turnout was recorded at 63 percent as compared to 53 percent in 2009 elections. In Assam and West Bengal, polling was conducted in six seats, each. Apr 25, 2014

Govt takes stringent safety measures as Bangladesh marks first anniversary of 'Rana Plaza collapse'

Dhaka, April 25 (ANI): One year after Bangladesh's garment factory collapse that killed over 1,100, workers, manufacturers and exporters say the scenario has changed with government taking stringent safety and clearance measures. On April 24, 2013, the eight-storey Rana Plaza building in Savar, housing garment factories and shops collapsed. Managing Director of Evince group and former president of Bangladesh garment manufacturer and exporters association, Anwar-Ul-Alam Chowdhury (Parvez), said after deep introspection it was deduced that the disaster occurred due to lapses by several institutions. On Wednesday (April 23), protesters and family members of victims demanded compensation on the eve of the one year anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza. Apr 25, 2014

Beni Prasad Verma calls Modi 'an animal', defies EC notice

Gonda, April 25 (ANI): Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma defied the Election Commission notice after he called Narendra Modi 'an animal' whom he can straighten alone with the use of 'hunter' like they do with the animals. Verma said that there is illegal liquor business going on in Gujarat and the BJP is fighting the elections with that money. Verma had earlier called Modi the "biggest goon", “a descendant of Hitler”, and even claimed that Modi, as a 20-year-old, had committed a "major crime" and had fled his home. Apr 25, 2014

Massive Fire engulfs Vasant Kunj slum in Delhi

New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): A massive fire engulfed a large slum in Vasant Kunj area of South Delhi on Friday turning about 1100 huts to ashes. The raging inferno caught hold of the slum in not more than 30 minutes. More than 20 fire engines have been sent to put out the flames, said officials, who stressed that nobody is reported hurt so far. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. More details are awaited. Apr 25, 2014

BSF seize heroin at Indo-Pak border

Amritsar, April 25 (ANI): Security personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) seized heroin worth rupees 500 million, which was being smuggled along India-Pakistan border in Amritsar city of Punjab. The official added the smugglers took advantage of darkness and managed to escape. Drugs trade has been thriving in Punjab, which shares its international border with Pakistan. Increasing seizures indicate that the state is on a new and dangerous high on drugs. Apr 25, 2014

Moldova's pro-Russian breakaway region longs for recognition

On the borders of Europe, the inhabitants of Transdniestr, a Russian-speaking breakaway region of Moldvoa, desire international recognition and worry about the knock-on effects of the conflict in neighbouring Ukraine (Duration 02:22) Apr 25, 2014

Khodorkovsky calls for Russian-Ukrainian dialogue

Former Russian oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, freed after a decade in prison in Russia, on Thursday opened a forum dedicated to Russian-Ukrainian dialogue. Duration: 01:03 Apr 25, 2014

Putin warns Kiev against using force in east Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that the deployment of military forces in east Ukraine by the Kiev authorities was a crime against its own people that will "have consequences." Duration: 00:42 Apr 25, 2014

'Laughter yoga' in Lebanon helps Syrian refugees

The Lebanese physiotherapy consultant and instructor, Liliane Akiki, is the first "laughter therapist" in Lebanon and the Middle East. She launched the concept in Lebanon as a remedy for a wide-range of symptoms. Duration: 00:55 Apr 25, 2014

Emotional, violent protests a year after Bangladesh disaster

Thousands of Bangladeshis held emotional and violent protests on the one-year anniversary of the world's worst garment factory disaster, as Western retailers face pressure to hike aid for victims of the accident that cost 1,138 lives. Duration: 00:57 Apr 25, 2014

Nairobi police tow away car after overnight bombing

Police officers in Nairobi on Thursday confiscated a car believed to have been used to carry bombs in the city's Pangani area, less than a kilometre from the police station where a car bomb exploded on Wednesday killing four people. Duration: 00:44 Apr 25, 2014

Ukraine army launches armoured assault on Slavyansk

Ukraine's military launched assaults with armoured vehicles and a helicopter Thursday to retake rebel-held eastern towns, including Slavyansk, in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have "consequences". Apr 25, 2014

Rapturous welcome for Modi in Varanasi battleground

India's opposition leader and election favourite Narendra Modi is cheered by supporters in the holy Hindu city of Varanasi where he is filing his nomination papers in the battleground state of Uttar Pradesh. Duration: 00:42 Apr 24, 2014