People run to encourage voting in Maoist-hit Gaya

Gaya, April 8 (ANI): People in Maoist-hit Gaya district of Bihar participated in 'run for vote' to create awareness among voters and urged civilians to exercise their franchise fearlessly. Participants asked people to turn out in huge numbers on voting day. Attacks in Maoist affected states increase before every election season, as the rebels are against the democratic exercise. Maoists threaten people to boycott elections and instill fear among rural people. The marathon saw participation of schoolchildren, college students, common people and activists, apart from government officials. The Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since the 1960s. Apr 8, 2014

Politicians condemn confrontation between EC and Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal/ New Delhi, April 9 (ANI): Politicians on Tuesday condemned the uproar between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Election Commission. According to reports, Banerjee challenged the Election Commission's order of transferring five superintendents on charges of being biased towards some political parties during a rally on Monday in Pandua town of West Bengal. Banerjee had said that she respects the election commission but won't succumb to its demand and questioned them for taking such a step without consulting the state government. Apr 8, 2014

Former BJP leader Ashok Pradhan joins SP

Lucknow, Apr 8 (ANI): Former BJP leader Ashok Pradhan on Tuesday joined Samajwadi Party in the presence of Party Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. In a setback to BJP days ahead of April 10 elections in Gautam Budh Nagar, former Union minister and senior leader Ashok Pradhan joined Samajwadi Party, claiming that there was "trade" of Lok Sabha tickets in the saffron party. Apr 8, 2014

Indonesia's 'Elvis' leads celebrity charge at polls

Wearing a white jumpsuit an ageing crooner known as Indonesia's Elvis launches into one of his racy hits in front of a crowd of screaming fans, seeking to win votes for his presidential bid. Duration: 01:21 Apr 8, 2014

Another attack on Kejriwal, BJP says AAPs false promises may be the reason

New Delhi, April 08 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has been attacked again. An unidentified man on Tuesday slapped Kejriwal. The incident took place while he was campaigning in Sultanpuri. The attacker is yet to be identified, but he was dressed like an autorickshaw driver. He attacked Kejriwal while he was travelling in an open jeep. Reacting over the incident, BJP leader Vijay Goel said that the attacker may possibly be a disgruntled AAP worker, who was fed up the Arvind Kejriwal’s false promises. Apr 8, 2014

Vegetarians less healthy with lower quality of life than meat-eaters!

New Delhi, April 8 (ANI): A new study has revealed that vegetarians are less healthy than meat-eaters and are more at risk of physical and mental illness, despite leading healthier lifestyles.The study conducted by Austria's Medical University of Graz found that the vegetarian diet appeared to carry elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.According to the study, vegetarians consumed less alcohol and had lower body mass indexes, but were still in a poorer state of physical and mental health overall and those who ate less meat also showed a tendency to avoid attending doctors appointment for preventative measures such as vaccines.The researchers said that their study has shown that Austrian adults who consume a vegetarian diet are less healthy, have a lower quality of life, and also require more medical treatment. Apr 8, 2014

Narendra Modi rakes up Italian Marines issue in Kerala

Kerala, Apr 8 (ANI): BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Kasaragod district of Kerala on Tuesday. Speaking at the rally, he raked up the issue of Italian Marines and said that the Italian Marines killed fishermen but the government did nothing. Apr 8, 2014

UP government did its best to stop communal riots in Muzaffarnagar: Akhilesh Yadav

Lucknow, April 08 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has stated that the Uttar Pradesh government has done its best to stop the communal violence sparked in Muzaffarnagar. In an exclusive interview given to ANI, Yadav said that his government took prompt action to control the riot and helped the victims by compensating them. Apr 8, 2014

UDF, LDF converted Kerala into terror nursery: Narendra Modi

Kerala, Apr 8 (ANI): BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Kasaragod district of Kerala on Tuesday. Speaking at the rally, he said that Kerala is in a bad condition and has been converted from land of tourism to terror nursery because there is an unwritten agreement between LDF and UDF to assume power alternatively and also added that one does not inquire into the misdeeds and scams of the other. Apr 8, 2014

BJP using religion to garner votes, neglecting economy: Akhilesh Yadav

Lucknow, April 8 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has criticized the election manifesto released by the BJP, saying it gives more importance to the construction of Ram Mandir and ignores the issue of poverty reduction. Yadav added that Samajwadi Party -led Uttar Pradesh government gives more importance to welfare schemes. Apr 8, 2014

Police recover arms and ammunition in Maoist- affected Latehar

Latehar, Apr 8 (ANI): Police recovered detonators, arms and ammunitions during a search operation in Maoist-affected Latehar district of Jharkhand, said a senior police official. Superintendent of police, Michael S Raj, said that following a tip off, the police recovered the consignment from a person identified as Kailu Oraon. Apr 8, 2014

Modi urges people to bid adieu to Congress

Rajasthan, Apr 8 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, urged people to bid adieu to the Congress party. He asked people to give a befitting reply to the Congress for its misgovernance in order to ensure the betterment of the upcoming generations. Apr 8, 2014