Shazia Ilmi sparks controversy with 'Muslims should be communal' remark

New Delhi/ Lucknow, April 23 (ANI): Politicos and Muslim clerics on Wednesday slammed AAP leader Shazia Ilmi after a video showing her sitting amongst a group of Muslims and saying that "Muslims would have to be communal" surfaced. On its twitter account, Ilmi's party clarified, "AAP does not believe in this kind of politics nor does it endorse it." Apr 23, 2014

Kejriwal to file nomination for LS polls from Varanasi today

Varanasi, April 23 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal will be filling his nomination for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls from Varanasi constituency on Wednesday. The AAP chief has challenged BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who is also contesting from Vadodara in Gujarat apart from Varanasi. The former Delhi Chief Minister will also take on Congress candidate Ajay Rai.Modi will file his nomination from Varanasi on Thursday. He has already filed his nomination from Vadodara. Apr 23, 2014

2014 LS Polls: Security forces gear up for sixth phase of polling

Chhattisgarh/ Uttar Pradesh/ Maharashtra, April 23 (ANI): Security forces across various states in India held marches as a safety measure for the sixth phase of polling in the ongoing general election. The sixth phase of election will be held on April 24 where voters of 117 constituencies in nation’s 11 states and one Union Territory would go to polls. Police Commissioner of Mumbai, Rakesh Maria, said the police are totally prepared to hold free and fair elections in the western city. Meanwhile, Chief Electoral Officer of Chhattisgarh, Sunil Kujur said 10.18 million people will vote for seven parliamentary constituencies in the province on April 24. Apr 23, 2014

Spiderman scales Mumbai buildings to campaign for general election

Mumbai, April 23 (ANI): An independent candidate, also known as Indian Spider-man, hangs from balconies, climbs buildings to campaign for parliamentary polls in India's showbiz capital Mumbai, which is due to vote in an election this week. Gaurav Sharma, who is a martial arts trainer and a fitness consultant, drew inspiration from comic book superhero, Peter Parker, and was seen jumping from one window to another asking voters to solicit their support. Dressed in spider-man's costume, Sharma, who is also contesting election convinces people in his constituency that he would use his powers to change their lives once he becomes their representative. But Sharma says his aim is also to encourage people to achieve their dreams by climbing ladders and passing all barriers. Apr 23, 2014

Narendra Modi's look-alike campaigns in Varanasi

Varanasi, April 23 (ANI): Look-alike of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Abhinandan Pathak, left no stone unturned as he was campaigning for Modi with full force. Pathak along with BJP workers conducted rituals at a temple and prayed for smooth journey of Modi to become the prime minister. The Modi look alike said that he has been touring different states in eastern, western and northern parts of India since over two months now. Also, prayers were held for Modi who will file nomination papers to contest from Varanasi on April 24. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has benefited from a wave of public anger over corruption scandals and a slowing economy under the ruling Congress, which may be facing one of its weakest-ever showings at the polls. Apr 23, 2014

Mumbai slum dwellers wary of election promises

It’s election time in Mumbai and with millions living in tightly-packed shanty towns winning votes in the slums is the key to getting into parliament. Duration: 02:12 Apr 23, 2014

Indo-Pak relations flourish with faster clearance of transit permits

Poonch, April 23 (ANI): In a bid to strengthen ties between India and Pakistan, the state transport department of Jammu and Kashmir rejoiced over the faster clearance of transit permits for the bus service to Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Nostalgia ruled hearts when long separated cousins from India and Pakistan got to meet each other due to the regular bus service that has emerged out of strengthened bonds between the two countries. Citing confidence from both nations, Custodian of Cross Line of Control (LoC) Travel, Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch district, Mohammed Bashir Lone, predicted flourishing ties. Passengers who travelled from Pakistan occupied Kashmir to India s Kashmir rejoiced over meeting their long separated relatives. Apr 23, 2014

Colombians celebrate 'Day Without Cars' in Medellin

Colombians hop on their bikes Tuesday during the ‘Day Without Cars’ celebrated in Medellin. Under the slogan "Turn off the engine, turn on your heart", a municipal decree prohibited locals of using their private cars today. Duration: 00:40 Apr 23, 2014

Palestinians renew unity bid as Israel talks stall

The Palestinians have relaunched efforts to reconcile their rival leaderships in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as US-brokered peace talks with Israel teeter on the edge of collapse. Duration: 00:53 Apr 23, 2014

Poll shows French far-right in the lead for EU elections

The National Front remains in the lead to win the European elections in France. The far-right party's leader Marine Le Pen said that voters should use this election as a referenum on the European Union. Duration: 01:02 Apr 23, 2014

Russian opposition leader Navalny convicted of slander

Top Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was found guilty on Tuesday of slandering a lawmaker and ordered to pay a hefty fine, the latest legal case against the prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin. Duration: 00:45 Apr 23, 2014