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LS Polls: Sonia meets Jama Masjid imam, politicos slam

Lucknow /Ranchi / New Delhi, April 02 (ANI): Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi made a strong appeal to minorities ahead of battle of 2014 general election, pitching to help nurture the cause of "secularism" met Muslim delegation led by Delhi's Jama Masjid Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Wednesday. Politicians hit at Gandhi’s move of meeting the Head cleric of the Jama Masjid ahead of upcoming polls of the world's largest democracy. Attacking Sonia Gandhi, Chief of main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rajnath Singh said that Congress was practicing communal politics. Meanwhile, former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui, criticized Bukhari saying that he was an opportunist and was not bothered for the welfare of Muslim community. Taking a jibe at Sonia Gandhi, Muslim cleric Maulana Khalid Rashid said it would have been in the good taste if such meetings were arranged by Congress in the past and not just ahead of general elections and take note of problems faced by the Muslim across the country. Apr 2, 2014
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UN says no foreign interference in Afghan election

Jan Kubis, head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan insists there will be no foreign interference in the Afghan presidential elections and insists the conditions of this vote are better than the previous one. Duration: 01:45 Apr 2, 2014
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Anti-China protest in Manila over maritime dispute

Protesters rally in front of the Chinese consular offices in Manila, after China warned that the Philippines "seriously damaged" bilateral ties by asking the United Nations to rule in their favour in a maritime dispute. Duration: 00:38 Apr 2, 2014
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LS Polls: Arun Jaitley attacks Amarinder Singh

Amritsar, April 02 (ANI): BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who is contesting from Amritsar against Congress candidate Captain Amarinder Singh, strongly attacked Congress and Captain Singh on Wednesday. Jaitley said that during campaigning Captain Singh never speaks over the major issues which are inflation, corruption and various administrative deficiencies. He further slammed Singh saying that when he has negligible legislative attendance in Punjab's Legislature, how people can expect his participation in the Centre. Apr 2, 2014
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LS Polls: Ramdev hits at Congress over corruption

Chandigarh, April 02 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev hit at Congress calling it the most ‘corrupt’ party embroiled in multiple scams, while beating drums for main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party’s win in 2014 general elections on Wednesday in Chandigarh. Ramdev slammed Congress saying that it was responsible for coal scam and various other graft cases in the country. Meanwhile, Ramdev hailed BJP’s prime ministerial candidate saying that Narendra Modi was the only leader who could provide a stable and corruption free government and was hopeful that Akali Dal would again emerge as a winner in Punjab. Apr 2, 2014
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Arunachal MP Sanjoy exposes dishonesty of Congress-turned BJP candidate Rijiju

Itanagar, April 02 (ANI): Sitting Arunachal Pradesh Member of Parliament and front running Indian National Congress (INC) Western parliamentary constituency candidate Takam Sanjoy has exposed both the dishonesty of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its Congress-turned-BJP opponent Kiren Rijiju. He also said that it was wrong on Rijiju’s part to state that Khandu, the people's chief minister, had apologized for defeating him fraudulently. This, he said, is another tactic to befool the masses. Pointing out that the Congress believes in value-based politics, Sanjoy urged Rijiju to reply to the queries and to allow people to scrutinise his statement for authenticity. It maybe recalled that on August 24, 2009, Rijiju joined the Congress Party after quitting as the BJP's national secretary. His joining the Congress was approved by AICC president Sonia Gandhi. Apr 2, 2014
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Sonia Gandhi files her nomination from Rae Bareli

Rae Bareli, April 02 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday filed her nomination papers for 2014 general elections from Rae Bareli constituency of Uttar Pradesh. The three-time MP from the constituency was accompanied by her son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi during the visit. The BJP has fielded Supreme Court senior lawyer, Ajay Aggarwal, from the seat. Apr 2, 2014
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India aims to expand nuclear energy generation capacity by 2032: PM

New Delhi, Apr 2 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday that the country aims to expand nuclear energy generation capacity to more than 62000 mega watt by 2032 with additional safety features and proliferation resistant technologies. Singh was addressing the audience on nuclear weapon free world at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi. The Prime Minister also said that there is no theme more important or for that matter politically more challenging to determine country's international security. He further added that the very first resolution of the first session of the United Nations General Assembly dealt with the issue of nuclear technology and the need to harness it for peaceful applications. Stressing on the need of reducing the importance of nuclear weapons, Prime Minister said it would require a combined effort by many nations. Apr 2, 2014
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Rahul Gandhi welcomes Varun's appreciation

Rae Bareli, Apr 2 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday appreciated and agreed with the statement made by his cousin and BJP leader Varun Gandhi. Varun had praised the works done by Rahul in Amethi and said that he would like to replicate the same in his constituency Sultanpur. Rahul further said that he is very happy to see that the works done by him are being appreciated. However, Varun later clarified that his remark should not be viewed as an endorsement of any political party or candidate. Apr 2, 2014
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TMC to fight against BJP, Congress and CPI (M) with equal vigour

Kolkata, April 02 (ANI): Trinamool Congress MP and spokesperson, Derek O'Brian on Wednesday ruled out any possibility of the Trinamool Congress showing any leniency towards the Bharatiya janata Party (BJP), as he said that the party will fight tooth and nail against all three-the BJP, the Congress and the CPI (M) on an equal footing. The TMC leader also strongly asserted that his party will never beg from anyone. Earlier, some newspaper reports suggested that there was a strong possibility that party Chief Mamata Banerjee will agree to extend outside support to a Modi-led government in exchange for a generous financial package aimed primarily at easing West Bengal's debt burden. Apr 2, 2014
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Kolkata institute offers solar jackets for cooler summers, easy campaigning

Kolkata, Apr 2 (ANI): City of joy 'Kolkata' is now offering solar jackets that keep conditions cool for the wearer during hot environmental conditions. These jackets can also serve as a solution to the politicians and their supporters campaigning for elections during hot weather conditions. S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences (SNBNCBS), an autonomous research institution under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has joined this venture in collaboration with Kolkata-based Renewable Energy College. Apr 2, 2014