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Transgenders demand inclusion in mainstream decision making

New Delhi, April 30 (ANI): After a long wait, India's long marginalised transgender community has finally been identified as the "third" gender or the "other category" but transgenders say mere recognition is not enough and a lot more needs to be done to improve their lot in the society. After years of neglect and living life as social outcasts, transgenders were given the status of the third gender by the Supreme Court and even Election Commission included them in the "other" category in voter identity cards, something that did not exist until the last elections in 2009. Activists lauded the landmark judgement but stressed on being treated on par with men and women and sought total inclusion for having a say in decision making. Apr 30, 2014
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Politicos in key battle grounds cast their ballot

Lucknow/ Hyderabad/ Amritsar/ Ludhiana, April 30 (ANI): Leaders in key battlegrounds of mammoth general election exercised their franchise on Wednesday in the crucial seventh phase as India is close to choosing its next Prime Minister. Chief of the Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (SGMC) Avtar Singh Makkar and supporter of the BJP cast his vote in Ludhiana. A total of 89 constituencies in seven states and two Union Territories went to polls in the seventh phase of general election. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh governor BL Joshi cast his secret ballot in Lucknow amid heavy security. Apr 30, 2014
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Delhi HC adjourns hearing in Robert Vadra's land deal case

New Delhi, April 30 (ANI): Delhi High Court on Wednesday adjourned any further hearing in alleged illegal land deals of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law, Robert Vadra, till May 13, after completion of general elections, citing that any judgment might influence the voters. The order came after the petitioner, ML Sharma, who filed the public interest litigation (PIL) seeking investigation by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the various land deals made by Vadra, himself requested the court to adjourn the proceedings. Sharma said in the court that any judgment by court would tilt voters either towards Bharatiya Janata Party or towards Congress. Apr 30, 2014
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Oklahoma delays execution after first is botched

An American murderer dies of a heart attack more than 40 minutes after his execution was halted due to a botched lethal injection, leading Oklahoma to postpone the execution of a second inmate. Duration: 00:32 Apr 30, 2014
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Unconditional apology by Manish Tewari in defamation case filed by Nitin Gadkari

Mumbai, April 30 (ANI): Congress leader Manish Tewari on Wednesday tendered an unconditional apology to BJP leader Nitin Gadkari. Tewari had in November 2010 accused Gadkari of holding a 'benami' flat in the Adarsh housing society. Gadkari dragged Tewari to court in December that year, accusing him of defamation. On March 7 this year, the court had taken cognizance of the complaint against Tewari and on April 7, he was asked to pay a bond of Rs. 10,000 to Gadkari. Apr 30, 2014
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Im not a CM or PM candidate, just your servant: Modi

Samastipur, April 30 (ANI): BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday tried to woo voters during a rally in Bihar’s Samastipur. He stated that he is not a CM or PM candidate for people, he is their. Modi further praised Bihar for the gift of knowledge bestowed upon the state. Relating Goddess Laxmi’s seat to his party symbol, Modi appealed the people for giving maximum votes to his party. Apr 30, 2014
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Modi says God saved him in Patna blasts; hits at Congress-RJD alliance

Samastipur, April 30 (ANI): BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday tried to woo voters in Bihar’s Samastipur. Modi referred to the blasts in Patna on 27 October when he was in the state and said that only God saved him in the incident where many political servants lost their lives. He then took a dig at RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and said that RJD has an alliance with Congress in Bihar but it is not publicized because Congress is scared that if Lalu’s relations with Congress are revealed Congress will be removed from the entire nation. Apr 30, 2014
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Iraqis vote despite security issue

Polls opened Wednesday in Iraq's first parliamentary election since US troops withdrew, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki seeking a third term in power amid the country's worst violence in years. Duration: 01:06 Apr 30, 2014
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Narendra Modi takes selfie with party symbol, Congress moves EC

New Delhi/ Ahmedabad, April 30 (ANI): Congress on Wednesday filed complaint with Election Commission against Narendra Modi expressing its displeasure over Modi's selfie outside polling booth holding the BJP symbol in his hand after casting his ballot in Ahmedabad. Post voting, Modi clicked a selfie of his inked finger along with party’s election symbol lotus – triggering an instant controversy with Congress party leaders slamming the move as a publicity gimmick and against the laid guidelines of the Election Commission. Reacting on the complaint, BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, quashed it saying that the Congress party is in a distressed state and such complaints reflect their frustration of losing the election. Meanwhile, EC sources said that they would examine if Modi has violated its code or not. Apr 30, 2014
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Priyanka lists Rahul's achievements & works in Amethi

Amethi, April 30 (ANI): Priyanka Gandhi, while addressing a public meet in Amethi on Wednesday listed out a number of development works done by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in the constituency. She said that Rahul worked for the transportation upgradation, education, welfare of women, and in many other sectors. Further, Gandhi said that the Congress Vice President never did all this for political benefit but for the relation Gandhi family shares with Amethi. Apr 30, 2014
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Rakhi Sawant lashes out at Uma Bhartis remark, says she stained saffron clothes

Jhansi/ Mumbai, April 30 (ANI): After BJP leader Uma Bharti on Wednesday compared Actor turned Politician Rakhi Sawant with Priyanka Gandhi and said that she keeps saying things which is not worth commenting upon, Sawant lashed back at the BJP leader. She said that Uma Bharti and Ramdev are staining ‘saffron clothes’. Sawant said that Bharti is like an insect that goes into hibernation during rainy season, but she will continue to speak in all 12 months against injustice. Sawant further dared the BJP leader and said that Bharti should avoid speaking about her for if she comes in the forefront, it won’t be good for Bharti. Apr 30, 2014
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UK Envoy visits polling booths, meets Rajnath Singh in Lucknow

Lucknow, April 30 (ANI): British High Commissioner to India, Sir James David Bevan met BJP Chief Rajnath Singh on Wednesday in Lucknow followed by his visit to the polling booths there. Sir Bevan met Singh who is contesting the general election from Lucknow constituency and extended greetings. He also has been visiting various polling booths to witness the progress of polling in India. Seemingly amused Sir Bevan congratulated the authorities for holding the big election efficiently. He also complimented Indian voters for their enthusiasm with which they are participating in the democratic process. Apr 30, 2014
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Narendra Modi's mother travels in auto to cast her ballot

Gandhinagar, April 30 (ANI): Hiraben, mother of BJP’s PM candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, travelled in an auto rickshaw to cast her vote in Gandhinagar for the Lok Sabha elections. The 77-year-old travelled quietly in an auto sans the cavalcade. Earlier in the day, Modi also cast his ballot in Ahmedabad. After casting his vote, Modi took to Twitter and tweeted his selfie with inked finger and the BJP's symbol. Apr 30, 2014