It happens: Easter Celebrations

Thiruvananthapuram/Kochi/Mumbai/New Delhi , April 25 (ANI): Devout Christians across India celebrate Easter, the day of resurrection of Jesus Christ, and attend special prayer sessions with religious fervour and gaiety. In India's southern Kerala state, faithful held special mass prayers and processions were carried out with pomp and show. In Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi cities of Kerala, devotees revelled in celebrations and observed special customs and sunrise church services. In Kochi, Cardinal Mar George Allencherry, Major Archbishop and Head of Syro Malabar Church led the midnight mass at St. Mary's Basilica. Meanwhile, Easter celebrations were also marked in India's coastal Goa state in grand manner. In western Mumbai city, people thronged churches early in the morning for prayer services as well as to show their devotion to Lord Jesus Christ. Christian devotees attended Easter prayer services in New Delhi also, enthusiastically. On Good Friday, Jesus Christ was crucified after which his body was buried in a cave. This day also marks the end of lent period and fasting by avoiding meat and other luxury items. Later after church prayers, people gather at home and celebrate Easter with their family members. Apr 25, 2014

Obama, Kerry warn Russia over Ukraine as sanctions bit

President Barack Obama warns Russia that the US is keeping "arrows" in its "quiver" as tension increases in Ukraine, while Secretary of State John Kerry warns that Russia is making an "expensive mistake". Duration: 01:05 Apr 25, 2014

Dancing priest brings #2popesaints to Internet flock

A priest dances in a famous piazza in Rome surrounded by four gyrating parishioners. Tourists stare and dozens of children on a school trip from France start to twist and turn to the music. Duration: 00:59 Apr 25, 2014

Virgin Australia plane held at Bali airport after suspected hijacking

Sydney, April 25 (ANI): A Virgin Australia plane VA41 landed at Bali airport on Friday after a suspected hijacking, officials said. The pilot of the Virgin Australia plane flying to the Indonesian holiday island of Bali reported a hijacking attempt after a drunk passenger tried to enter the cockpit. The man was handcuffed and put into a rear seat of the Boeing 737-800, which landed safely. Virgin Blue Airlines, also known as Virgin Australia, is the country’s second largest airline as well as the largest by fleet size to use the Virgin brand. Apr 25, 2014

BJP demands re- polling in some areas of Firozabad post SP mishandling

Firozabad, April 25 (ANI): BJP on Friday demanded for re-elections in some areas of Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh after police baton charged BJP supporters allegedly protesting against booth capturing by regional Samajwadi Party workers. Uttar Pradesh BJP unit President Laxmikant Bajpai said that the party will go to the Election Commission to ask for re election in the constituency where polling machines were mishandled by the SP workers. Earlier, the BJP supporters came out in droves in Firozabad district and staged a sit-in protest. Apr 25, 2014

Instead of Varanasi, Modi should have contested against Rahul from Amethi: Mayawati

Lucknow, April 25 (ANI): BSP Supremo Mayawati on Friday said that BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi should be contesting against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi from Amethi. She further added that while the Congress has put Rahul in front indirectly as the PM candidate, the BJP's Narendra Modi is fighting the battle for prime ministership, therefore both should be fighting against each other. Apr 25, 2014

Priyanka Gandhi slams Modi over 'ABCD and RSVP remark'

Raebareli, April 25 (ANI): While addressing a public rally in Raebareli, Priyanka Gandhi lashed out at Narendra Modi over his 'ABCD and RSVP remark' and said that when you address people, you should talk about what you did for them rather than teaching English alphabets. She said that Modi should tell about the condition of women and farmers in Gujarat, rather than being a school principal. Gandhi said that the common man is wise enough to get such things and later appealed the people to cast their vote for the nation. Apr 25, 2014

BJP condemns Congress' Muslim quota promise

New Delhi/Lucknow, April 25 (ANI): BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Tarun Vijay condemned Congress' additional manifesto in which the Party promised OBC quota to Muslims. BJP Vice President Naqvi stated that Congress is using the old trick to attract Muslim voters. Vijay said that Congress will be attacking on Dalits by providing quota to Muslims. Apr 25, 2014

Vibrant Gujarat is full of vibrant lies: Kapil Sibal Part - 1

New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday slammed BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying the Gujarat administration is run by a man for whom distorting facts is a daily routine. Sibal added that vibrant Gujarat is full of vibrant lies. Apr 25, 2014

Vibrant Gujarat is full of vibrant lies: Kapil Sibal Part - 2

New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday slammed BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying the Gujarat administration is run by a man for whom distorting facts is a daily routine. Sibal added that vibrant Gujarat is full of vibrant lies. Apr 25, 2014

OBC Quota for Muslims not an appeasement: Minority affairs minister

Lucknow, April 25 (ANI): Union Minority affairs minister K Rahman Khan on Friday stated that as part of its 2009 poll manifesto 4.5 per cent quota has been earmarked for backward Muslims in the existing other backward caste (OBC) reservations and that it was not an appeasement. In its additional manifesto adopted by the Congress, the party has declared that it will seek to empower minorities. The Congress has stated that it will work towards earmarking a quota of 4.5 per cent for backward Muslims in the existing other-backward-caste (OBC) reservations. Apr 25, 2014

Instead of Varanasi, Modi should have contested against Rahul from Amethi: Mayawati

Lucknow, April 25 (ANI): BSP Supremo Mayawati on Friday said that BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi should be contesting against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi from Amethi. She further added that while the Congress has put Rahul in front indirectly as the PM candidate, the BJP's Narendra Modi is fighting the battle for prime ministership, therefore both should be fighting against each other. Apr 25, 2014