Moaist threat looms large as 2014 general elections are underway

Gadchiroli/ Khunti, April 12 (ANI): As India entered the fourth phase of general elections, threat of Maoists loomed large as the rebels carried out attacks in different places. In Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, a police official was killed and five others were injured in an ambush while the police team was returning after casting their votes. Similarly, Maoists carried out an attack in Khunti district of Jharkhand where AAP candidate Dayamani Barla, was attacked by members of rebel outfit People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), who also threatened to kill Barla and other party members if they continued with their election campaigning. Apr 12, 2014

Azam Khan and Amit Shah's remarks cannot be compared: Naqvi

New Delhi, April 12 (ANI): BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday spoke over the decision of Election Commission banning Amit Shah and from addressing rallies. Where on one hand Naqvi considered Azam Khan's ban decision correct on the other he condemned the comparison of speeches by Azam Khan and Amit Shah. Naqvi stated that Khan had said something condemnable which tried to divide society but Shah's statements cannot be compared to Khan's. Naqvi further said that the BJP has appealed to EC to reconsider its decision about Shah. Apr 12, 2014

Narendra Modi addresses 3D rally in more than 100 locations

Jaipur/ Ahmedabad/ Bangalore, April 12 (ANI): BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, addressed people of the nation in more than 100 locations simultaneously through 3D holographic projection technology. Modi also said people have now lost faith in ruling Congress party. Modi said the aim of addressing these rallies is to provide a vision for good governance and development in the country. Modi had first used this technology during assembly polls of Gujarat in 2002 in order to spread his messages among the masses. Apr 12, 2014

Amit Shah on Election Commission ban

New Delhi, April 12 (ANI): A day after the Election Commission banned BJP leader Amit Shah from addressing public meetings and rallies in Uttar Pradesh, Shah has said that he will send his reply and would request EC to review its decision. He claimed that he has an answer for the notice. Apr 12, 2014

EC bans public rallies by Azam Khan and Amit Shah

Lucknow/ Moradabad, April 12 (ANI): Election Commission (EC) of India banned SP leader Azam Khan and BJP General Secretary Amit Shah from addressing any public rallies after they made "highly inflammatory speeches" during election campaigns. Country's independent election body also ordered the authorities to register FIR against the two politicians and initiate criminal proceedings. Commenting on the notice issued to him, Khan said he exercised his freedom to speech. Meanwhile, SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary called the Commission's decision as unfortunate and said comparison cannot be made between the two leaders. Apr 12, 2014

LS Polls 2014: Assam, Tripura, Sikkim and Goa begin voting

Goa/ Assam/ Tripura, April 12 (ANI): Voting in four states, namely Assam, Goa, Sikkim and Tripura began on Saturday, with voters casting ballots that would decide the fate of over 1.2 billion people. Polling began at 7am in four states for seven consituencies, namely three seats in Assam, two in Goa and one each in Sikkim and Tripura. Around 50 lakh voters will vote for 74 candidates in the four states. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was amongst the early voters, pinned hopes on his party. In Goa, 19 candidates are in the fray for the North and South Goa constituencies, which will witness a single phased poll. While Assam has nearly 30 million eligible voters, Goa has over 1 million. Sikkim has a 362,326 electorate, of which 175,549 are women. As many as 1.13 million electorate are eligible to vote as 12 candidates battle it out for the Tripura East constituency. Apr 12, 2014

Ukraine offers amnesty to pro-Russian militants

The embattled acting president of Ukraine promised on Thursday not to prosecute pro-Russian militants occupying government buildings in the east of the country if they laid down their arms and halted a four-day standoff. Duration: 00:44 Apr 12, 2014

Putin pledges to fulfill European gas obligations

President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would fulfill its obligations to send natural gas to Europe but also said the United States had no business interfering in Russia's talks with Europe over Kiev's debt. Duration: 00:42 Apr 12, 2014

Merkel a 'believer' in Greece after tough reforms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she "firmly believed" there was untapped potential in Greece after years of tough austerity reforms that culminated in a bond comeback this week. Duration: 00:53 Apr 12, 2014

Dramatic week in court as Pistorius takes the stand

Some of most dramatic courtroom scenes so far in the trial of Oscar Pistorius took place this week, as the man himself took to the stand charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Duration: 01:57 Apr 12, 2014

Obama nominates new health secretary

President Barack Obama nominated budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as his new health secretary, seeking to capitalize on an enrollment surge to cement his signature health law. Duration: 01:01 Apr 12, 2014