Congress uses AB Vajpayee's statement to divert voters, politicos react

New Delhi/Amritsar, April 11 (ANI): Congress Party stirred a fresh controversy by putting BJP's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's picture on its official website and using his statement to divert voters against Narendra Modi. Vajpayee's photo was published on Congress website with a caption that read: "Atal had said Modi did not follow Raj Dharma. How can a person whom Atal Bihari Vajpayee had thought unfit to be even a chief minister expected to be given the reigns of the country (PM)." Congress leader Rajiv Shukla said that Vajpayee did not consider Modi even worth being a Chief Minister so how can he be projected as a Prime Minister of the country. BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria has although, condemned the way Congress used the statement, yet he said the nation knows that Modi did not do his duty properly, over which Vajpayee was upset. Meanwhile, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi mocked the ruling Congress Party saying that the defeated Congress is diverting people's attention from actual issues Apr 11, 2014

BJP defends Narendra Modi over his marital status, attacks Rahul

New Delhi, April 11 (ANI): BJP leader Nirmala Sitaraman on Friday clarified that the party's PM candidate Narendra Modi has never lied about his marital status in any of his nomination affidavits. Taking a dig at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi who attacked Modi on the matter, Sitaraman said that Gandhi should have read all the affidavits before stating that Modi did not declare his marital status until filing his nomination from Vadodara. Apr 11, 2014

Digvijay's stalker comment on Modi is unfortunate: BJP

Varanasi, April 11 (ANI): The BJP on Friday strongly condemned Congress leader Digvijay Singh's tweet in which he stated that BJP's Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi is a stalker of women. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that such comments are unfortunate. He also said that Digvijay Singh should not be taken seriously. Apr 11, 2014

Badalta Manzar (April 11, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

For the benefit of patients and to improve the health sector in Srinagar, city hospitals including Jawahar lal Nehru memorial hospital (JLNM) gets high tech labs. The state government of Jammu and Kashmir totally fails to preserve the historical and Heritage Bridge known as “Zero Bridge” in Srinagar, which is disappointing for people. The recent snowfall has damaged most of the apple orchards in south Kashmir Shopian district, some 60kms from the Srinagar city. Apr 11, 2014

Abu Azmi says girls having sex with or without consent should be punished, Politicos react

New Delhi, April 11 (ANI): Following SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, party leader Abu Azmi said that women having sex with or without consent before marriage should also be punished, which was deeply criticized by the leaders of different political parties. Congress leader Shobha Oza said that such statements are indictive of the midset of the male towards women. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that using such sensitive issues for political gains is totally unacceptable. Further, BJP leader Najma Heptulla also condemned the statement. Meanwhile, BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria said that people like Mulayam Singh and Azmi should be kept behind the bars. Apr 11, 2014

Rahul Gandhi takes on Narendra Modi over his marital status

Doda, April 11 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday assailed BJP’s PM candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for not revealing his marital status till filing his nomination from Vadodara. Rahul said that Modi should not be talking about respecting women of the country if he cannot give respect to his own wife. Apr 11, 2014

Women activists condemn Mulayams remark on rape law

New Delhi/ Lucknow/ Patna, April 11 (ANI): Women activists on Friday condemned SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s remark on rape law wherein he said that it was unfair to award death penalty to rapists for their 'mistakes'. AIWC President Shobha Oza said that it is unfortunate and that rape is a heinous crime and that there should be no leniency towards rapists. AIMWPLB Chairperson Shaista Amber said that the statement is shocking and that Election Commission should take action against such act. Further, Women's Rights Campaigner Kavita Krishnan said that Yadav is trivializing rape and that there should be a model code of conduct on such statements. Apr 11, 2014

IPL spot fixing case: SC turns down BCCIs request for transcripts of taped recording

New Delhi, April 11 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday turned down BCCI’s request for the transcripts of taped recording of MS Dhoni, N Srinivasan and Sundar Raman before the justice Mukul Mudgal panel that investigated the IPL betting and spot-fixing case. The court also said that the hearing on the matter will take place on April 16. Earlier, BCCI said it needed the transcript to prepare themselves for the matter before the hearing of the main case on April 16. Apr 11, 2014

Kejriwal accuses Congress & BJP of playing dirty politics

Amritsar, April 11 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal, during a road show in Amritsar on Friday, accused the ruling Congress party and the BJP of playing dirty politics and sticking to the seat of power while trying to topple his AAP government in Delhi. He also said that AAP had no other option than leaving the government as both Congress and BJP were behind them, not allowing any proper functioning of their government and passage of important bills. Kejriwal further added that to save the nation both the prime ministerial candidates BJP’s Narendra Modi and Congress’ Rahul Gandhi have to be driven out of the country. Kejriwal was holding a road show in Amritsar to support his candidate, Dr. Daljit Singh, who is contesting from the city. Apr 11, 2014

Floribeth Mora Diaz: John Paul II's second miracle

John Paul II, the Polish pope who died in 2005, will be canonised on April 27th. A miracle came after Floribeth Mora Diaz, a woman from Costa Rica, was cured from a brain aneurysm on May 1, 2011, the same day the late pope was beatified. Duration: 02:33 Apr 11, 2014

Girls having sex before marriage should be punished, restates Abu Azmi

Mumbai, April 11 (ANI): After Mulayam Singh Yadav sparked controversy on Thursday by questioning the amended anti-rape law and the death sentence for rapists, Maharashtra Samajwadi Party chief Abu Azmi came up with another outrageous comment saying irrespective of consent any woman having sex with a man should be hanged. Restating his stand Azmi on Friday said that no one will like it if an unmarried couple is living together and having sex before marriage and they should be punished. Apr 11, 2014

Extra-terrestrial Tweet-up links Tokyo with space

An unusual 'Tweet-up' -- a meeting of people who know each other on Twitter -- involving an ambassador, an astronaut and a prime minister has taken place on a video-link between Japan and the International Space Station. Duration: 01:27 Apr 11, 2014

LS polls: Voting commences in Mizoram for single seat

Mizoram, April 11 (ANI): Voting for a single Lok Sabha seat in Mizoram constituency began on Friday, for which additional eight companies of central para-military forces have been deployed. The Mizoram Lok Sabha seat is witnessing a three-cornered contest between the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and the United Democratic Front which is an alliance of eight opposition parties. An electorate of 7,02,189, of whom 3,55,954 are women are eligible to cast votes in 1,126 polling stations. In 385 polling stations, mainly in urban areas, the VVPAT system, under which a paper trail would show the voters their choice of candidates, has been installed. Apr 11, 2014

Will bring back black money in foreign banks within 100 days of Modis govt: Ramdev

Bhubaneswar, April 11 (ANI): Endorsing Narendra Modi in Bhubaneswar, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev extended a promise to bring back Indian currency stashed in foreign banks within 100 days of Modi’s government. Continuing its tirade against Congress, Ramdev blamed the union government for the lack of development in the state despite of resources and money. Ramdev has been touring India to garner votes for BJP after the party accepted his proposal to bring back black money stashed in foreign banks. Apr 11, 2014