Rahul visited Amethi 70 times and spent 140 days: Priyanka to Smriti Irani

Amethi, April 27 (ANI): Responding to BJP candidate from Amethi, Smriti Irani 's comment about Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's visit to the constituency, Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that Rahul had visited Amethi 70 times and had spent 140 days there. She also said that those fighting against Rahul are not interested in the truth or in development. She said there are people who are trying to do things for the public but there are certain elements that are creating hurdles. Apr 27, 2014

Only Congress can work towards development: PM

Hyderabad, April 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh claimed to the people of Andhra Pradesh that only ruling Congress party can ensure consistent development to the state which is soon to be bifurcated to form new states of Telangana and Seemandhra. Telangana will officially come into existence on June 02.Singh stressed on the pertinence of Congress rule for new region. Singh also launched attack on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, stating that Modi can never fulfill his promises. Apr 27, 2014

BJP is hungry for power: Sonia Gandhi

Rae Bareli, April 27 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday accused the BJP of being hungry for power, and added that they can stoop to any level to grab it. She also alleged that the BJP itself is neck deep in corruption, but is advising the people about fighting it. Apr 27, 2014

Lok Sabha Polls 2014: Politicos target Narendra Modi

Lucknow/Kanpur / Birbhum, April 27 (ANI): Politicians criticized BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for his ‘communal image’ and for becoming bigger than his party. BSP Chief Mayawati, hit out at Modi for riots that took place under his rule in 2002 in Gujarat. Meanwhile, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury, took a dig at Modi’s Tsunami wave remark. SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, said that after the results of the ongoing general election will be out, BJP leaders would go against Modi. Apr 27, 2014

Michael Phelps competes

One week after announcing he was coming out of retirement, superstar swimmer Michael Phelps competed for the first time since the 2012 London games at the Mesa Grand Prix in Arizona. Duration:02:00 Apr 27, 2014

Costa Rican 'miracle' woman arrives for JPII's canonisation

The beneficiary of one of Pope John Paul II's two 'miracles', necessary for him to be made a saint, has arrived in Rome to witness his canonisation on Sunday. Costa Rican woman Floribeth Mora Diaz was cured from a brain aneurysm. Duration: 01:36 Apr 26, 2014

People form human chain in UP to spread voter awareness

Faizabad, April 26 (ANI): People of Faizabad town in Uttar Pradesh held hands to form a human chain to spread voter awareness on Saturday as the town gears up for the mammoth polls. From school children to workers of Shiksha Mitra (educational welfare association), everyone participated in the awareness programme with enthusiasm. Faizabad will go to polls on May 7, 2014 marking the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh elections, which is holding its Lok Sabha polls in six phases in the ongoing general elections. Apr 26, 2014

Rajnath Singh meets ND Tiwari, seeks blessings

Lucknow, Apr 26 (ANI): BJP Chief Rajnath Singh on Saturday met veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari to seek his blessings for the ongoing parliament polls. Tiwari, who has served thrice as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, said that his blessings are with the BJP chief. Meanwhile Rajnath recalled encouraging words that he received from Tiwari after his maiden speech in Uttar Pradesh assembly in 1977. Apr 26, 2014

Lack of rainfall adversely affects tea production in West Bengal

Siliguri, April 26 (ANI): Considered as one of the world's finest, the tea industry in West Bengal is about to witness lower production owing to deficient rainfall in the region this year. Additional Secretary, Tea Association of India, north Bengal branch, Sumit Ghosh, expressed his concern over the low production and the subsequent loss the industry would suffer. A tea trader from Siliguri, Ravi Agarwal, said that since the quality of tea is affected due to the lack of rainfall, tea trade, which flourishes in the month of May is likely to suffer a loss. The north Bengal plains along the Darjeeling hills produce the best quality of tea leaves in the world. The all India production of tea on a yearly basis on an average is 980 million kilograms and the production of tea in north Bengal is around 230 million kilograms a year. Apr 26, 2014

Ramdev shouldnt have used a word like honeymoon: Yashwant Sinha New Delhi, Apr

New Delhi, April 26 (ANI): Hours after an FIR was lodged against yoga guru Ramdev for his comment against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi that he goes to houses of Dalits for "picnics and honeymoon”, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Saturday said that he should not have used such words during his speech. Apr 26, 2014

President gives away Padma Awards to distinguished recipients

New Delhi, April 26 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday conferred the Padma Awards on 56 prominent personalities at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The awardees included one Padma Vibhushan, eleven Padma Bhushan and forty-four Padma Shri. Renowned yoga practitioner B K S Iyengar was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan. Padma Bhushan recipients included tennis star Leander Paes and renowned author Ruskin Bond. Cricketer Anjum Chopra, Actor Paresh Rawal and Delhi University Vice Chancellor Professor Dinesh Singh were some of the recipients of the Padma Shri award. Apr 26, 2014

Did not intend to insult Dalits, my 'honeymoon' comment misinterpreted: Ramdev

Vadodara, Apr 26 (ANI): Clarifying his earlier remark that Rahul Gandhi goes to Dalit's houses for picnic and honeymoon, Yoga Guru Ramdev on Saturday said that people have taken what he said about Rahul in a wrong way. He also said that he did not meant to insult Rahul or Dalits. He also added that if his statement hurted the dalits, he regrets it. Apr 26, 2014

FIR against Ramdev for his 'honeymoon' comment on Rahul

Lucknow/ New Delhi, April 26 (ANI): An FIR has been lodged against yoga guru Ramdev by the Uttar Pradesh police, for his comment against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi that he goes to houses of Dalits for "picnics and honeymoon". The controversial remark by Ramdev, who is supporting the BJP this elections, drew flak from various quarters. CPI leader D Raja lambasted Ramdev for insulting the Dalit community and especially the women and said that his remark refers to women as 'commodities, which are purchasable'. Meanwhile, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has hit back at the Congress party after it demanded a public apology from Ramdev for insulting dalits. Ramdev an avid supporter of BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi has been touring India to garner votes for BJP after the party accepted his proposal to bring back black money stashed in foreign banks. Apr 26, 2014