Leaders of Congress and BJP lash at each other for staggered growth and development

Chandoli /Rishikesh, May 1 (ANI): A mud slinging match between the senior leaders of Congress and the main opposition BJP resulted in the two parties blaming each other for the staggered growth and development of the country. Senior leaders of both parties took potshots at each other as Salman Khurshid (Congress) lashed at PM frontrunner Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj, (BJP leader) attacked the Congress governance, holding it responsible for the staggered growth and development of the country. Khurshid addressed a rally in Chamboli town where he claimed that the Modi stood exposed before the nations on account of his words and deeds. In Rishikesh, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, also addressed a rally and blamed the Congress rule in the country for the sorry state of affairs of the country. May 1, 2014

Congress refers to World Bank report, hits back at BJP

New Delhi, May 01 (ANI): Congress hit back at main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party BJP, citing the World Bank report which enlisted India as third biggest economy in the world. According to a report released by World Bank on April 29, India displaced Japan to clinch the position of world’s third biggest economy in terms of purchasing power parity. Targeting BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for his sharp attacks on Congress party and alleging weak economic policies and development fallouts during its terms, Congress leadership retorted back saying the World Bank report is an ‘answer’ to them. He added that party is not anticipating incumbency threat to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and clarified that he has attended maximum number of election campaigns. Ahmad reaffirmed that India has achieved the feat because of Singh’s efforts. May 1, 2014

Modi blames Congress for FIRs against him for poll code violation

Tirumala / New Delhi/ Ahmedabad, May 01 (ANI): BJP’s Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, blamed the Congress party for registration of a case against him for alleged violation of election rules. The Gujarat administration filed two FIRs against BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi on orders of the Election Commission (EC) after he delivered a politically charged speech and displayed his party's symbol, lotus, in violation of the poll code soon after exercising his franchise in Gandhinagar. A police complaint was also lodged against TV channels. Meanwhile, Union Law Minister, Kapil Sibal, asked the poll panel not to hand over the investigation to Gujarat police, as it was in favour of Modi. May 1, 2014

Railway Minister has expressed sorrow on Bangalore-Guwahati Express blast: Anil Saxena

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): One passenger died and nine others were injured in a bomb blast in Bangalore - Guwahati express train that was stationed off platform number nine at the Chennai Central Railway Station on Thursday. Speaking about the matter DG, Public Relations, Railway Board Anil Saxena said that Union Railway Minister has expressed sorrow over the matter. May 1, 2014

BJP warns Pakistan not to interfere in Indias internal matters

New Delhi, May 01 (ANI): BJP Spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, warned Pakistan not to interfere and intervene in India’s internal matters, specially in the electoral politics of the country. Lekhi said that India is very clear about not interfering in internal matters of any other country. Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistan interior minister, Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, had slammed BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, over his statement on Dawood Ibrahim and had warned that Modi could become a major threat to regional peace and cooperation. Modi had recently claimed that he will bring back Dawood from Pakistan after coming to power. Meenakshi Lekhi ,asked Pakistan to issue a statement on Dawood’s whereabouts. May 1, 2014

1 dead, 9 injured in twin blasts on train at Chennai Railway Station

Chennai, May 01 (ANI): One passenger died and nine others were injured in a bomb blast at an express train that was stationed off platform number nine at the Chennai Central Railway Station on Thursday. Police teams have arrived at the spot to conduct an investigation as to what caused the blast on the train that was about to leave the station. The railway station platform, has been cordoned off. May 1, 2014

Tripura roots for access to Bangladesh port to transport food grains

Agartala, May 1 (ANI): Tripura has approached the central government to gain access to Chittagong sea port of Bangladesh in order to transport essential commodities to the state. Earlier in a major policy change, the Bangladesh government had agreed to transport 10,000 tonnes of food grains for Tripura from Haldia (port in West Bengal) to Ashuganj (port in Bangladesh). The successful transit of the food grains through the neighboring nation will not only reduce the distance of more than 1600 km between Tripura and West Bengal through the hilly serpentine road to one-third and thus save huge amount of transportation money, but will also save precious time. May 1, 2014

Kiev protesters paint symbolic giant map of Ukraine

Young protesters have painted a symbolic map of Ukraine in front of the parliament building in Kiev. The "map of Ukraine's losses" is a protest against the central government's passivity in the eastern regions. Duration: 00:57 May 1, 2014

UN stresses gravity of the situation in war-torn Sudan

Top UN rights officials vowed Wednesday to do everything in their power to prevent conflict-wracked South Sudan from sliding into genocide, and warned the warring factions they would be held responsible if famine breaks out. Duration: 00:47 May 1, 2014

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2014 opens

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair opened its doors for the 2014 edition on Wednesday in the United Arab Emirate with 1,200 participants publishing in different languages. Duration: 00:54 May 1, 2014

UN aid chief in war-torn S.Sudan meets with rebel leader

The United Nations' aid chief in war-torn South Sudan Tuesday held talks with rebel leader Riek Machar before vowing to do everything possible to prevent the country from sliding into genocide. Duration: 00:45 May 1, 2014