Xaviers principal criticizes Gujarat model, BJP slams

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): BJP leader Balbir Punj slammed St Xavier's college principal, Dr Frazer Mascarenhas who had in a mail to the college students criticized the Gujarat Model of Development while praising UPA's Rojgar Yojana and Food Security bill. Apr 23, 2014

Varun Gandhi hits back at cousin Priyanka

Sultanpur, April 15 (ANI): Soon after filing his nomination in Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, BJP leader and the estranged member of the powerful Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, Varun Gandhi, in an indirect reference fired back at his cousin Priyanka Gandhi's remark. Gandhi was also all praises for the BJP prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi. Apr 15, 2014

Algeria: Anti-Bouteflika paper deprived of advertising

Algeria News newspaper has been deprived of advertisiting from administrations and public companies after its opposition against Abdelaziz Bouteflika's fourth mandate as President of Algeria. Duration: 00:54 Apr 15, 2014

Bomb attack in Cairo wounds 2 police, civilian

A bomb blast in an upmarket central Cairo district wounded two policemen and a passer-by Tuesday, the latest attack on Egypt's security forces since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted. Duration: 00:31 Apr 15, 2014

PM's daughter hits out at Sanjaya Baru, politicos react

New Delhi/ Hazaribagh, April 15 (ANI): BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, after his eldest daughter Upinder Singh slammed Sanjaya Baru saying his book 'The Accidental Prime Minister - The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh' was a huge betrayal of trust. Modi said that Upinder’s remark show that whatever is written in the book is true. While Congress defended its Prime Minister, leaders of other parties attacked him over the matter. Apr 15, 2014

Modi targets Rahul over toffee remark, calls him 'childish'

Hazaribagh, April 15 (ANI): Hitting back at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his “toffee” remark, BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday called him 'childish'. Addressing a rally in Jharkhand's Hazaribagh, Modi said that Rahul Gandhi is obsessed with 'balloons and toffees' like a child. Rahul had dubbed the Gujarat model of development propagated by Modi as a "toffee model", saying it had benefited only one industrialist in the state. Apr 15, 2014

Manipur celebrates Cheiraoba festival with devotion & fervour

Imphal/ Kolkata, April 15 (ANI): Residents in Manipur celebrated the Cheiraoba Festival heralding the Manipuri New Year with traditional devotion and fervour. Cheiraoba Festival usually takes place in the month of April. The name ‘Cheiraoba’ is a combination of two words - 'Chahi' meaning year and ‘Laoba’ to mean declaration, together ‘Cheirao-ba’ denotes the announcement of the coming year. Although this festival is mainly celebrated by Hindus, over the past couple of years, people from other communities in large numbers also take part in the celebrations. On this special day, thousands of people of different castes and communities climb the Cheiraoching and other hills of the state after a grand hefty feast with their family members and friends. Apr 15, 2014

Devotees celebrate Hanuman Jayanti with religious fervor

Ayodhya, April 15 (ANI): Devout Hindus thronged temples on Tuesday to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman and enthusiastically participated in the festivities. Hanuman Jayanti was celebrated with religious fervour at the birthplace of Lord Rama, Ayodhya, to mark the day since lord Hanuman was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. Devotees offered prayers and chanted hymns in praise of Lord Hanuman and offered flowers and sweets at the temple. The priests said that the festival is celebrated every year on the occasion of Chaitra Poornima, observed on the full moon day in the month of Chaitra. Apr 15, 2014

Rahul levelling false allegations against Modi: BJP

New Delhi, April 15 (ANI): The BJP on Tuesday said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, is trying to malign BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi by levelling false allegations regarding allotment of land to industrialists. Rahul has accused Modi of selling land to infrastructure-builder Adani at rupee one per metre in Gujarat - the price of a toffee these days. The BJP asked Rahul Gandhi to check his facts as the land was given during Congress-supported government in 1996. BJP also raked up Gandhi’s brother-in-law, Robert Vadra’s improper deals with companies in real estate business. Apr 15, 2014

Sibal hails SC's recognition of transgenders as third gender

New Delhi, April 15 (ANI): Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday expressed his agreement with the Supreme Court's verdict recognizing transgender as a third gender. Sibal said that he is very happy with the SC's verdict and that he himself has fought for the rights of transgender and even got a land allotted to them in his constituency. Apr 15, 2014

Modi claims to send tainted MLAs to jail, Politicos react

New Delhi, April 15 (ANI): Leaders from various political parties grabbed the opportunity to react on BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi's comment that he will send tainted MLAs to jail within one year of his governance. Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Meem Afzal have directly attacked Modi saying that he should first look for such people in his own party and justify his sources of money being spent on election campaigning. Meanwhile, former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui has stated that the political parties should first stop giving tickets to tainted people. Also, journalist turned politician Ashutosh condemned Modi's statement calling him a liar who makes false promises. Apr 15, 2014

Kejriwal meets Varanasi's 'Shahar Qazi'

Varanasi, April 15 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday met Varanasi 'Shahar Qazi' Maulana Ghulam Yasin after he arrived in the temple city. Kejriwal said that he met the Muslim cleric in order to put an end to the religious politics wherein political parties divide the religions in order to garner votes for their vested interest. Meanwhile, Maulana Ghulam Yasin said that Kejriwal came to give a message of justice where all religions are considered equal. He further said that they are with Kejriwal and hoped that Kejriwal succeeds in convincing the people of Varanasi. Apr 15, 2014

Sonia Gandhis appeal must be against divisive Congress: MJ Akbar

New Delhi, April 15 (ANI): Reacting to Sonia Gandhi’s rare television appearance to urge voters to reject "divisive and autocratic" forces that would ruin the country's "Bharatiyata" and "Hindustaniyat", BJP Spokesperson MJ Akbar said that Gandhi must be appealing against ‘divisive Congress’. Akbar said that it is Congress which has been using divide and rule policy and have ruined the generation for years. He further said that it is Narendra Modi whom people are supporting because they have got employment on his name. Apr 15, 2014