Congress protests against Ramdev over his derogatory remark

Bhopal / Bangalore, April 28 (ANI): Congress supporters and workers protested in various parts of the country on Monday against yoga guru Ramdev over his derogatory remarks on party's vice-president, Rahul Gandhi. Ramdev had said Gandhi visits Dalit households for picnics and honeymoon, which triggered a storm especially among Dalit community. In IT hub Bangalore, members of the youth Congress party and Schedule Caste department took to streets and shouted slogans against Ramdev. Following Ramdev's remarks, Election Commission banned Ramdev from conducting any meetings and programmes in Lucknow till May 16, the day results of general elections will be announced. Apr 28, 2014

Regional leaders in Tamil Nadu pay tribute to Major Mukund Vardarajan killed in Shopian

Chennai, April 28 (ANI): The Tamil Nadu government and the regional Congress leaders on Monday paid homage to one of the security personnel, Major Mukund Vardarajan at his Chennai residence. Major Mukund Vardarajan and sepoy Vikram Singh were killed by militants during an overnight gun battle that started Friday in Shopian, which is 55 kilometres away from Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar. Senior Congress leader E V K S Elangovan said fighting militancy is the biggest challenge in front of the country. Both the security personnel are survived by their wives and children. Acting on a tip-off about a militant hideout, security forces launched the search operation to flush them out. The militants were reportedly asked to surrender but they resorted to firing, triggering the gunfight. Apr 28, 2014

Nursery Admission Case: SC asks Delhi govt if 5 more seats can be added

New Delhi, April 28 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday postponed the case of Nursery admissions till 3:00 PM on Tuesday and asked the Delhi government if it can increase the number of seats to five in private schools. The court will give the final decision in the case after the reply of the government. The SC has stopped the admission process till then. Apr 28, 2014

Indian rock band pays tribute to Pink Floyd's progressive and psychedelic music

Imphal, Apr 28 (ANI): Music lovers cheered as an Indian rock band in Manipur paid a tribute to Pink Floyd, an English rock band that achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Enthusiasts crowded the venue of rock music show in Imphal in a bid to promote peace, harmony and tranquillity in the province. A three-member alternative rock band based in Bangalore, Grief Card performed during the show while another rock band, Think Floyd, which was conceived in 2006, paid a musical tribute to Pink Floyd. Apr 28, 2014

I also know enough English, used 'honeymoon' word metaphorically: Ramdev

Kangra, April 28 (ANI): Despite an Election Commission ban on his campaigns in Lucknow, yoga guru Ramdev, while holding a press conference in Himachal Pradesh, accused the Congress of misusing the Election Commission. Ramdev claimed that he used the word 'honeymoon' in a political context and the Congress has changed the context. Apr 28, 2014

RSS ideologue calls for slapping sedition charges against Farooq Abdullah

Nagpur, April 28 (ANI): Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Virag Pachpor on Monday termed National Conference (NC) chief, Farooq Abdullah's comments as objectionable, and said sedition charges must be filed against the latter. The RSS ideologue also added that electing one person as prime minister cannot break the nation, and instead, asked the National Conference chief to come forward and discuss developmental issues. Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah said Sunday that Kashmir will not be a part of India if Modi is voted to power. Addressing an election rally, Abdullah, who is also Union New and Renewable Energy Minister, said the people of Kashmir wouldn't accept a communal person. Apr 28, 2014

Sikh temporal authority holds Bikram Singh Majithia guilty of religious misconduct

Amritsar/ Maharashtra, April 28 (ANI): One of the five seats of temporal authority in Sikhism, Takht Sri Hazur Sahib, in Maharashtra, held Punjab revenue minister, Bikram Singh Majithia, guilty of religious misconduct for distorting words of compositions of the Sikh Gurus, 'Gurbani', during an election rally. Takht Sri Hazur Sahib in Nanded district has declared Majithia as 'tankhaiya' (guilty of religious misconduct) for showing disrespect to the sacred compositions of the Sikh Gurus. The former president of Takht Sri Hazur Sahib, Laddu Singh Mahajan, said the diktat of declaring Majithia 'tankhaiya' has come amid protests by the Sikhs. Apr 28, 2014

Rahul Gandhi addresses rally in Bhatinda, takes dig at Narendra Modi

Bhatinda, Apr 28 (ANI): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi sought votes for party candidate from Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency Manpreet Singh Badal on the final day of campaigning of Punjab on Monday. He said at the rally that Congress is fighting in Gujarat for the rights of the Sikh farmers facing eviction there. He further took a dig at Narendra Modi saying that Modi doesn't see corruption in Punjab, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Apr 28, 2014

Biggest injury to secularism happened under Farooq Abdullah's regime: Modi

Gandhinagar, April 28 (ANI): Lashing back at Farooq Abdullah’s remark wherein he said that all Modi voters should jump into the sea, Narendra Modi, while speaking at his office, said that the biggest injury to secularism happened under Abdullah’s, his father’s and his son’s regime. He said that secularism is in Indian citizen’s blood and veins and not just in the Constitution. He said that it was Kashmir where the Kashmiri pandits were kicked out based on the religion and said that Abdullah is responsible for the migration of Hindus. Apr 28, 2014

Modi must apologize or face defamation: TMC

Kolkata, April 28 (ANI): A day after his rally in Kolkata, Narendra Modi faced flak on Monday from the TMC for attacking its chief Mamata Banerjee. The party has demanded him to apologize to their leader publicly or face a defamation case for questioning the sale of Mamata Banerjee's painting. The TMC also asked Modi to give account of UTI and Balco scam. Sarcastically lauding Mamata's talent of painting, Modi at a rally in Srirampore on Sunday said, "Your paintings used to be sold for Rs 4 lakh, 8 lakh or 15 lakh, but what is the reason that one of your paintings sold for Rs 1.80 crore. I respect art."But who was the person who bought the painting for Rs 1.80 crore”. Apr 28, 2014

Fire engulfs scrap yard, spreads to slum cluster in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad, April 28 (ANI): A massive fire swept through a scrap yard and spread to a slum cluster in Ghaziabad city on Monday, leaving hundreds of dwellers homeless. The fire devastated the slum cluster in Bhopura area. Dozens of fire tenders had rushed to the spot to douse the inferno. There was no loss of life reported from the fire so far. An eyewitness, Shamshudin, said the deadly fire spread like a wild inferno and the cause of the fire is yet unknown. Apr 28, 2014

EC bans Ramdev in Lucknow, BJP saddened while Politicos welcome move

New Delhi, April 28 (ANI): While Election Commission’s ban on Ramdev against holding any meetings in Lucknow saddened the BJP, other political leaders welcomed the move. Congress leader Shobha Oza said that Ramdev’s place is either in jail or in mental asylum. NCP National Secretary Majid Memon said that he is not a political person and such remar5ks from him is not considered apt. CPI leader D Raja said that Ramdev cannot consider himself above law and that EC’s decision is right. Former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui said that the yoga guru should sit in his ashram and should remain quiet. Apr 28, 2014

Derek O'Brien calls Modi 'Butcher of Gujarat', Politicos react

New Delhi/ Lucknow, April 28 (ANI): Politicos reacted over TMC leader Derek O'Brien's remark wherein he called Narendra Modi 'Butcher of Gujarat' following the later's remark over Mamata Banerjee. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy condemned the remark and said that they are lowering their levels. Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi said that the word used is not right but Modi is blood handed due to 2002 riots. Rashid Alvi said that if Benerjee would have supported Modi, such a comment would not have come. Meanwhile, CPI leader D Raja condemned such languages used during polls. Former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui said that such languages would not benefit anyone, but will impact the society in the long run. Apr 28, 2014

Farooq Abdullah says all Modi voters should jump into sea, Politicos react

New Delhi/ Lucknow, April 28 (ANI): Politicos on Monday reacted over Farooq Abdullah's statement where he said that all Narendra Modi voters should jump into the sea. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that nobody can move Modi and that Kashmir is an inseparable part of the nation. BJP Spokesperson MJ Akbar said that that there is no realistic chance of this as there is no sea in J and K. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi said that those who will vote for Modi will fall in the ditch. Former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui said that the nation will prosper only under secular force. Apr 28, 2014