Congress' manifesto promising Muslim quota invites mixed reactions

New Delhi/ Lucknow/ Kanpur, April 25 (ANI): The ruling Congress Party's additional manifesto promising OBC quota for Muslims has invited mixed reactions from various political and non-political leaders. Congress leader Meem Afzal clarified it as a promising fact of the party which will be fulfilled. Former SP leader Kamal Farooqui stated that Congress should have done it earlier during its tenure. Rajya Sabha MP Mohd Adeeb stated that he would support Congress if it succeeds in fulfilling this promise. Meanwhile, VHP leader Prakash Sharma attacked the Congress Party for using 'reservation' play card for its personal benefits. Muslim Cleric Mufti Mukarram said that if Congress wants to provide quota to Muslims it should first give it under Article 341. Apr 25, 2014

BJP condemns Congress' Muslim quota promise

New Delhi/Lucknow, April 25 (ANI): BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Tarun Vijay condemned Congress' additional manifesto in which the Party promised OBC quota to Muslims. BJP Vice President Naqvi stated that Congress is using the old trick to attract Muslim voters. Vijay said that Congress will be attacking on Dalits by providing quota to Muslims. Apr 25, 2014

Priyanka Gandhi slams Modi over 'ABCD and RSVP remark'

Raebareli, April 25 (ANI): While addressing a public rally in Raebareli, Priyanka Gandhi lashed out at Narendra Modi over his 'ABCD and RSVP remark' and said that when you address people, you should talk about what you did for them rather than teaching English alphabets. She said that Modi should tell about the condition of women and farmers in Gujarat, rather than being a school principal. Gandhi said that the common man is wise enough to get such things and later appealed the people to cast their vote for the nation. Apr 25, 2014

Instead of Varanasi, Modi should have contested against Rahul from Amethi: Mayawati

Lucknow, April 25 (ANI): BSP Supremo Mayawati on Friday said that BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi should be contesting against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi from Amethi. She further added that while the Congress has put Rahul in front indirectly as the PM candidate, the BJP's Narendra Modi is fighting the battle for prime ministership, therefore both should be fighting against each other. Apr 25, 2014

Beni Prasad calls Narendra Modi an 'animal' despite EC notice; BJP slams, Congress distances itself

New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): Despite facing a show cause notice issued by the EC, there is no stopping Beni Prasad Verma, who on Thursday touched a new low while addressing party workers in Gonda in Uttar Pradesh. Beni called Narendra Modi an 'animal' and said that he needs to be taught a lesson. While the Congress has distanced itself from the comment, the BJP lashed out at the minister saying he needs medical treatment. Apr 25, 2014

Lt. Governor announces compensation to Vasant Kunj slum residents

New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): Following a major fire in Vasant Kunj slum which burnt almost 1100 huts, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung visited the site and announced compensations to the aggrieved. He said that nearby SDMs should be deployed in the area and Jal Board to be alerted for more water in the region. He also announces establishing a kitchen and tents which will be up by the evening. Jung also announced 5 thousand compensation to those who lost their huts and 50,000 to those who are injured. Apr 25, 2014

Rajiv Gandhi assassination: SC refers case to Constitution Bench, Politicos welcome move

New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): Politicos welcome the Supreme Court's decision to refer the case of release of Rajiv Gandhi's assassins to a Constitution bench. The bench will decide whether the Centre or the Tamil Nadu government had the authority to release the seven convicts in the case after remission of their jail terms, within three months. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy welcoming the decision said that the convicts can get only one relief which they have got already. Further, CPI leader D Raja also welcomed the SC's decision on the basis of the division of power in between the centre and the state. Apr 25, 2014

Giriraj Singh granted anticipatory bail in hate speech case

Patna, April 25 (ANI): BJP leader Giriraj Singh was granted anticipatory bail on Friday by a Patna court for his alleged hate speech during election campaign. Singh had ealrier said during an election meeting in Jharkhand's Deoghar district, that those who opposed Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan. The lawyer said that the Election Commissioner had filed three points that the BJP leader has violated, but the statements has no reference to any of it- caste, religion and class. Apr 25, 2014

Moldova's pro-Russian breakaway region longs for recognition

On the borders of Europe, the inhabitants of Transdniestr, a Russian-speaking breakaway region of Moldvoa, desire international recognition and worry about the knock-on effects of the conflict in neighbouring Ukraine (Duration 02:22) Apr 25, 2014

BSF seize heroin at Indo-Pak border

Amritsar, April 25 (ANI): Security personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) seized heroin worth rupees 500 million, which was being smuggled along India-Pakistan border in Amritsar city of Punjab. The official added the smugglers took advantage of darkness and managed to escape. Drugs trade has been thriving in Punjab, which shares its international border with Pakistan. Increasing seizures indicate that the state is on a new and dangerous high on drugs. Apr 25, 2014

Massive Fire engulfs Vasant Kunj slum in Delhi

New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): A massive fire engulfed a large slum in Vasant Kunj area of South Delhi on Friday turning about 1100 huts to ashes. The raging inferno caught hold of the slum in not more than 30 minutes. More than 20 fire engines have been sent to put out the flames, said officials, who stressed that nobody is reported hurt so far. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. More details are awaited. Apr 25, 2014

Beni Prasad Verma calls Modi 'an animal', defies EC notice

Gonda, April 25 (ANI): Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma defied the Election Commission notice after he called Narendra Modi 'an animal' whom he can straighten alone with the use of 'hunter' like they do with the animals. Verma said that there is illegal liquor business going on in Gujarat and the BJP is fighting the elections with that money. Verma had earlier called Modi the "biggest goon", “a descendant of Hitler”, and even claimed that Modi, as a 20-year-old, had committed a "major crime" and had fled his home. Apr 25, 2014

Govt takes stringent safety measures as Bangladesh marks first anniversary of 'Rana Plaza collapse'

Dhaka, April 25 (ANI): One year after Bangladesh's garment factory collapse that killed over 1,100, workers, manufacturers and exporters say the scenario has changed with government taking stringent safety and clearance measures. On April 24, 2013, the eight-storey Rana Plaza building in Savar, housing garment factories and shops collapsed. Managing Director of Evince group and former president of Bangladesh garment manufacturer and exporters association, Anwar-Ul-Alam Chowdhury (Parvez), said after deep introspection it was deduced that the disaster occurred due to lapses by several institutions. On Wednesday (April 23), protesters and family members of victims demanded compensation on the eve of the one year anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza. Apr 25, 2014