2014 LS Polls: Congress moves EC over Modi's roadshow in Varanasi

New Delhi, April 24 (ANI): The Congress moved EC against the BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi over his road show in Varanasi on Thursday, when Uttar Pradesh went to polls. The party also made a complaint against alleged rigged voting in Nagaland. Apr 24, 2014

Sri Lanka's opposition party protest against casino projects

Colombo, April 24 (ANI): The Sri Lankan government is scheduled to seek parliamentary approval for the Australian Crown Resorts Ltd's $400 million complex along with other two similar projects. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government last year won parliamentary approval for the projects but without explicit permission to operate casinos at them. Local media reports say Crown's chief, gambling tycoon James Packer, has asked for explicit approval to run a casino for the project to take off. Opposition politicians say Packer was getting concessions not given to local entrepreneurs and Buddhist leaders said the casino could be detrimental to Sri Lanka's culture. The mixed development projects include convention centre, shopping malls, and five-star hotels. Apr 24, 2014

Moldova's horsemen fear for future of their only stud

In Southern Moldova, a minority Turkish population nurture a cult-like adoration for their horses. But funding cuts and privatisation of the country's only horse farm threaten the future of their cherished equestrian heritage. Duration: 02:07 Apr 24, 2014

Ukraine crisis prompts soul-searching in Transdniestr

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: 02:23 Apr 24, 2014

Turkey's Armenians come out of the shadows

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday accused Turkey of an "utter denial" in failing to recognise World War I mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. Duration: 02:24 Apr 24, 2014

Modi wave has turned into a Tsunami, says Amit Shah

Varanasi, April 24 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah, a close aide of the party prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, said on Thursday that the Modi wave which is sweeping the country has now turned into a tsunami after the latter had filed his Lok Sabha nomination from Varanasi. He asserted that from the environment prevailing in the country, it is pretty evident that the next government will be formed by Narendra Modi. Apr 24, 2014

BJP concerned only about power, not about poor: Sonia Gandhi

Valsad, April 24 (ANI): While addressing a rally in Valsad constituency of Gujarat, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday lashed out BJP and said that they are only concerned about gaining power and not about the welfare of poor. Gandhi said that the state government did not allow the Lokayukta to come in Gujarat for 10 years, alleging that their aim was to save themselves from getting exposed. She also said that the opposition says that if they come to power, nation will turn into a 'heaven', and later questions if considering family with Rs 11/day income as not poor is anywhere near heaven or not. Apr 24, 2014

Police arrest three Maoists in Jharkhand

Palamu, April 24 (ANI): Acting on a tip-off, police arrested three Maoists accused in several attacks, in Jharkhand and also recovered arms and ammunition during search operation. Police recovered a looted police rifle and many rounds of unused bullets during the arrest of Maoists in Palamu district of Jharkhand. The Maoists, who say they are fighting for the rights of the poor and landless, control some of India's mineral-rich areas and operate in large swathes of eastern, central and southern countryside. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since 1960s. Apr 24, 2014

People will vote for secular leaders: Akhilesh after Modi's nomination

Saifai, Apr 24 (ANI): Speaking on Narendra Modi filing his nomination from Varanasi, UP Chief Minister and Samajwadi party leader Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said that his party has worked for the people of Varanasi and also added that the people there will vote for secular leaders. Apr 24, 2014

Leaders cast their vote on second-biggest day of 16th LS polls

Chennai/Alwar/ Sivaganga, April 24 (ANI): Leaders thronged the polling booth to exercise their franchise on Thursday on the second-biggest day of the 16th Lok Sabha polls. Journalist, N Ram after casting his vote in Chennai said Indian voters keep changing his or her mind where is volatility of the situation. India's junior sports minister, Jitendra Singh cast his vote in Alwar district of Rajasthan and said that high turnout is going to favour Congress. Meanwhile, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and DMK President M Karunanidhi also cast their votes from respective constituencies. Apr 24, 2014

Happy birthday master blaster!

Mumbai, April 24 (ANI): It is a day of celebration for all cricket fans across the world as master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was born on this day in 1973. It has been 6 long months since the little master's retirement. There is hardly anything left which this veteran hadn't achieved in his illustrious career. From being the highest run scorer in both forms of cricket, along with making 100 centuries or even being the first batsman who was given out by a third umpire, the list is endless. Almost every record has been in his kitty. Sachin is the role model for many and this man made it a point to exercise his franchise even on this special day. Apr 24, 2014

LS polls: Bollywood big wigs cast vote

Mumbai, Apr 24 (ANI): Bollywood celebrities in Mumbai came out to vote for the 16th Lok Sabha polls on Thursday. Among those who cast their votes were Preity Zinta, Rishi Kapoor, Prem Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor and Lyricist Gulzar. Polling began at 7 AM for the third and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra, where 338 candidates are testing electoral waters in 19 Lok Sabha seats. Apr 24, 2014

Narendra Modi holds road show in Varanasi

Varanasi, April 24 (ANI): BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday held a road show in Varanasi before filing his nomination papers from the constituency. Modi’s road show witnessed a huge crowd on onlookers and supporters, some witnessing the march from their rooftops and others from under construction buildings. Modi is to file his nomination from Varanasi as India enters the 6th phase of 2014 polls. Apr 24, 2014

Political leaders cast their vote as India enters 6th phase of 2014 polls

Farrukhabad/ Mandsaur/ Mumbai/ Chennai, April 24 (ANI): As India entered into 6th phase of 2014 polls on Thursday, political leaders cast their vote with hope of a stable government at the centre. While Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid cast his vote from Farrukhabad, Congress candidate from Mandsaur Lok Sabha constituency Meenakshi Natarajan also cast her vote in a positive note. Practicing their franchise, NCP President Sharad Pawar also cast his polls in Mumbai along with Congress leader Milind Deora. Meanwhile, DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran also casted his poll and said that the fight is between the DMK and AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. Apr 24, 2014

Manmohan Singh casts vote in Guwahati, says Modi wave creation of media

Guwahati, April 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday exercised his franchise and cast his vote for the last time as the country’s PM in Guwahati and said that ‘Narendra Modi wave’ is nothing but a creation of media. Singh was accompanied by his wife Gursharan Kaur. The couple cast their vote amidst tight security arrangements. Apr 24, 2014