Media is running baseless news, will never join BJP or Congress: Kejriwal

New Delhi, April 2 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that media is speculating baseless rumours that he is ready to join the BJP if it is going to stop gas price hike. Kejriwal added that he is ready to die but will never join the BJP or the Congress. Apr 2, 2014

Beni Prasad Verma's 'Modi RSS goon' remark sparks controversy

New Delhi/ Uttar Pradesh/ Maharashtra, Apr 2 (ANI): With less than a week left for the general elections, vitriolic attacks among politicians have intensified with Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma calling BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi the biggest goon of the RSS. Addressing a rally in his constituency Gonda in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, Verma had alleged that Mahatma Gandhi was killed because of the RSS and the BJP and dubbed Modi as the biggest RSS goon. Apr 2, 2014

Arup Raha inaugurates commanders conference

New Delhi, Apr 2 (ANI): Indian Air Force Chief, Arup Raha, inaugurated Air Commander’s conference on Wednesday to review the progress of ongoing activities and formulate strategies to tackle maintenance issues arising out of induction of new technology and weapon systems. Raha addressed the commanders of the Air Force Units at Indian Air Headquarters at New Delhi. Apr 2, 2014

Political candidates in Goa urge voters to exercise their franchise

Panaji, Apr 2 (ANI): In a bid to elevate awareness among people for greater participation in the democratic process, a non-governmental organization in coastal state of Goa organized a direct interaction between people and political candidates from different parties to encourage people to exercise their voting right. One of the organizers, Vijay Kumar Sullakar, said this was being organized keeping in mind the election date of April 12 in the state and it was an awareness drive among the voters. Apr 2, 2014

Narendra Modi addresses rally in Koderma

Koderma, April 2 (ANI): BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed a rally in Koderma, Jharkhand. Modi said that India needs to strengthen its farmers, but Congress is not bothered about it. Apr 2, 2014

Lalu Yadav flays out at BJP

Patna, Apr 2 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday lambasted the BJP by saying that the nation needs to be saved from the party. Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar and Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who used to be allies, will be conducting separate rallies in Nawada city on Wednesday. Lalu claimed that both Modi and Kumar continue to be friends. Apr 2, 2014

Azam Khan calls Modi brother of a dogs pup, BJP reacts

New Delhi, Apr 2 (ANI): BJP leader Prakash Javadekar, on Wednesday slammed Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan who called BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi an elder brother of a dog’s pup. Javadekar said that by making such remarks the party is only exposing its desperation. He further said that the abuses made by such leaders on Modi will come back to them. Apr 2, 2014

Omar Abdullah lashes out at Narendra Modi

Rajouri, April 2 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir chief Omar Abdullah has lashed out at the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, over his attitude towards Muslims. Addressing a gathering in Rajouri district of the province, Abdullah said BJP leaders divide society for votes. Apr 2, 2014

Security personnel seize huge cache of explosive material in Jharkhand

Giridih, April 2 (ANI): In a joint operation, police along with paramilitary, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), in Jharkhand seized huge cache of explosive material that could have allegedly been used by Maoists to attack security forces during upcoming elections. Maoists have been resisting any democratic process in the region from decades. A big challenge faced by security officials is conducting polls without any troubles or disruptions. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has previously described the Maoist insurgency as India's biggest internal security challenge. Apr 2, 2014

Former Indian film star eyes pivotal election role

A south Indian film siren turned combative chief minister is eyeing the national stage in upcoming elections, with a campaign that could propel her to kingmaker in the world's largest democracy. Duration: 02:13 Apr 2, 2014

Chilean authorities say 2 confirmed dead following massive quake

Arica and Central Chile, April 2 (ANI): Two people were confirmed dead and three were seriously injured when a major earthquake struck off the northern coast of Chile on Tuesday night, authorities said. The earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck triggered a tsunami that hit the northern part of the country but no serious damage was reported. Residents across northern and central Chile were evacuated from their homes. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake generated a large tsunami with the biggest wave reported at 2.3 meters. The Chilean navy said the first big wave hit the coast within 45 minutes. The government said it had no reports of significant damage to coastal areas, but around 300 prisoners took advantage of the confusion and escaped from a jail in Iquique, Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said. Apr 2, 2014

Investors hope general elections to revive stock market

Rajkot, April 2 (ANI): Investors are anticipating a more business-friendly government winning the national elections, as India’s two benchmark stock indexes, the Sensex and Nifty rallied to new highs. Managing director of shares and finance company, Marwadi Group, Ketan Marwadi, said that India with a strong government can give a tough competition to all the emerging markets. Meanwhile, confident of stability in market, a spokesperson of a stock broker company, Parvesh, said that BJP is perceived to be more business-friendly than the ruling Congress-led coalition, which is on the back foot over corruption scandals that have stifled decision-making. Apr 2, 2014

BJP slams Beni Prasad Verma for Modi RSS goon remark

New Delhi, April 2 (ANI): The BJP on Wednesday slammed Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma, who in a personal vitriolic attacks on Narendra Modi, called him a 'gunda' (goon) of the RSS. He also attacked BJP president Rajnath Singh calling him a slave. Apr 2, 2014

Nitish Katara Murder Case: Delhi High Court upholds conviction of three convicts

New Delhi, Apr 2 (ANI): In a major development, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of three convicts by the trial court in the 12-year-old Nitish Katara murder case. The Delhi High Court, while passing the order, said Nitish Katara's murder was a case of honour killing and there was no need for a re-trial. The High Court said that the trial court had rightfully found three convicts – Vikas, Vishal Yadav and Sukhdev Pehelwan - guilty of kidnapping and murdering Nitish Katara in 2002. According to the prosecution, Vikas and Vishal killed Nitish Katara on the night of February 17, 2002 after abducting him from a marriage party in Ghaziabad. Seeking death penalty for the convicts, the prosecution told the high court that Nitish Katara and Bharti Yadav were in an intense relationship and her family's opposition to their friendship led to the killing of Nitish Katara. Nitish Katara’s mother and prosecution, Neelam Katara said that she is happy as a mother and as a Indian citizen with today’s decision. Apr 2, 2014