Priyanka Gandhi says Varun strayed on wrong path & needs guidance, Politicos react

New Delhi, April 13 (ANI): A day after Priyanka Gandhi said that her brother & BJP leader Varun Gandhi has strayed on wrong path and needs guidance, Congress leader Meem Afzal said that relation comes up even if you ignore it for a long time. Reacting on the same, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that talking like this during elections is not wrong and is very normal. He said that it is quite possible that Varun Gandhi too can speak about her the same way. Meanwhile, Former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui said that this is nothing but a political statement and that she wishes for victory of Congress candidate, and therefore such statements are obvious. Apr 13, 2014

Two-day Shimla Film Festival 2014 begins in Shimla

Shimla, April 13 (ANI): The two-day Shimla Film Festival - 2014, showcasing a mix of films by Himachali filmmakers and films from other parts of the country as well as a foreign short film, began in Shimla. Organiser of film festival, Ravinder Makhaik said that they received a good response for the film festival, which they have organised to encourage filmmaking in the region. A total of 34 documentaries, short and feature films are being screened in the two-day fest. Award winning film maker from Himachal Pradesh, Sanjeev Rattan said that such kind of film festivals provide a platform to people and give a boost to their talent as they get a good chance to learn and experience. Such film festivals help to bring forward and promote filmmakers and young talents coming from different parts of India. Apr 13, 2014

Aquarium Exhibition-cum-Flower Show in Manipur offers blend of knowledge and visual treat

Imphal, April 13 (ANI): People flocked to the show of the rarest breeds of ornamental fishes and flowers at the seven day long state level Aquarium exhibition cum flower show organised by the Manipur Science & Technology Council and Aquarium & Floriculture Entrepreneurs in Imphal, the capital of Manipur. The exhibition which kicked off on April 10 would continue till April 16 and has intrigued people from all age groups. The event has been attended by aquarium entrepreneurs and floriculturalists from all across the state. A total of 84 colourful and attractive fish species has been put on display- 28 species of Indigenous fishes and 56 species of Exotic fishes were put on display. On the other hand, the floriculturists have shown a total of 124 plants species. Apr 13, 2014

The Accidental Prime Minister shows institution of PM been minimized: Jaitley

Amritsar, April 13 (ANI): Talking about Former adviser to PM, Sanjay Baru’s book, ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said that the book shows that the institution of the prime minister has been minimized and reduced to a meager position. He said that Baru was a witness to whatever happened inside the system. He said that there were many scams during the tenure of Manmohan Singh but he kept quite on the orders and directions of someone outside the government. Apr 13, 2014

It is Priyanka and not Varun who has gone wayward: BJP

New Delhi, Apr 13 (ANI): BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday stated that it is Priyanka Gandhi who has gone astray and not BJP leader Varun Gandhi. While accompanying Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at Amethi while filing nomination papers, Priyanka had said that Varun has chosen a wrong path and needed to be led in the right direction. Apr 13, 2014

LK Advani on Sanjaya Barus book on PM

Ahmedabad, Apr 13 (ANI): Senior BJP leader LK Advani, who once called Manmohan Singh India’s ‘weakest PM’, on Sunday said that Sanjaya Baru’s book has authenticated what the world was thinking. Advani said Baru was chosen by the PM as his media advisor and his book proves everything. Apr 13, 2014

Naqvi supports Uma Bharati's jail threat on Robert Vadra

New Delhi, Apr 13 (ANI): BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday supported his party colleague Uma Bharati's views on Robert Vadra, and said that the Congress party has many corruption scandals hidden underneath which are like skeletons and could resurface if one digs deep into it. Bharati, had earlier declared that if her party comes to power at the centre then the Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law, Robert Vadra will be sent to jail for committing 'several faslsehoods'. Apr 13, 2014

Repoll at 33 polling stations in Bihar today

Jamui, Apr 13 (ANI): The Election Commission has ordered repolling at 33 polling stations in five Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar due to security reasons. Votes will be cast from 7am to 3pm at these polling stations on Sunday. The EC had received complaints about polling stations being hampered in Aurangabad, Karakat, Gaya, Nawada and Jamui. Apr 13, 2014

If serving country is diversion from route, let the country decide: Maneka tells Priyanka

Pilibhit, Apr 13 (ANI): A day after Priyanka Gandhi said her brother and BJP leader Varun Gandhi has chosen a “wrong path” and urged people to lead him to the right way, BJP leader and Varun’s mother Maneka Gandhi dismissed the statement saying if serving your country is called diversion from the route then let the country decide it. Apr 13, 2014

Uma Bharti says will send Robert Vadra to jail if BJP comes to power, politicos react

New Delhi, April 13 (ANI): BJP firebrand leader Uma Bharti has said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, "would go jail" if the BJP comes to power at the Centre. While her party backed her statement, the Congress overlooked it and said that the party is under illusion that it is coming to power this time. Apr 13, 2014

Police defuse 20 kilograms of explosives in Bokaro

Bokaro, Apr 13 (ANI): Police defused 20 kilograms of cane bombs, which was planted by Maoists in Bokaro district of Jharkhand, in a bid to disrupt ongoing parliamentary elections, said a senior officer. Inspector General of Police (IGP), Laxman Prasad Singh, said security personnel received intelligence inputs about the explosives during a combing operation. Apr 13, 2014

Akhilesh slams BJP for misusing religion for poll campaigns

Uttar Pradesh/ Tamil Nadu/ Madhya Pradesh, April 13 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has slammed the BJP, over dragging the element of religion during their poll campaigns. During an election rally of the Samajwadi Party in Tanda city of Uttar Pradesh, Yadav criticized the BJP for using religion to make political gains. Meanwhile Aam Aadmi Party leader, Shazia Ilmi took a jibe at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, during the party election campaign in the city of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. Apr 13, 2014

VS Sampath meets political parties in Tamil Nadu ahead of polling

Chennai, April 13 (ANI): The Chief Election Commissioner of India VS Sampath met political parties in Tamil Nadu on April 12, as part of election preparedness assessment as the election is scheduled to be held on April 24 in the state. Sampath met representatives of all major political parties in the state discussing election management. Sampath directed the election machinery and the election officials to ensure that fair election processes are maintained. Tamil Nadu is notorious for the election expenditures by the political parties and workers for wooing the voters with money, liquor and freebies. However, he warned the general public that taking bribe from political parties is punishable under section 171 B of Indian Penal Code. Apr 13, 2014

Controversial remark by Khaleda Zias son sparks protest in Bangladesh

Dhaka, April 13 (ANI): Political organizations took to roads in Bangladesh on Saturday to protest against the comment made by former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman against Bengali nationalist politician and statesman Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Tarique Rahman, senior Vice-Chairman of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, had said on April 08 in London that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was an illegal Prime Minister because he had apparently ignored the declaration of independence made on April 10, 1971 when the first government in-exile was formed. Reportedly, Tarique quoted the declaration saying Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would remain as president and Syed Nazrul Islam as vice-president until the adoption of the constitution. Apr 13, 2014

Japan PM takes US ambassador on 314-mph diplomatic date

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on a test ride of Japan's super-fast magnetic train on Saturday, showcasing the "Maglev" technology Tokyo hopes to sell to its ally. Duration: 01:20 Apr 13, 2014