Amit Shah moves HC against FIRs on hate speeches

New Delhi, Apr 9 (ANI): BJP leader Amit Shah on Wednesday moved a plea in the Allahabad High Court challenging the FIRs lodged against him by the Uttar Pradesh government for alleged hate speeches made by him at election meetings in Bijnore and Shamli districts. The court has sought a copy of the video from Election Commission where Shah is purportedly seen making an inflammatory statement, asking voters to seek revenge over the Muzaffarnagar riots. Apr 9, 2014

BJP's Srinagar candidate resigns prior to Polls

Srinagar, April 9 (ANI): Yet another shock awaited the BJP prior to polls when its Srinagar candidate Arif Raza quit the party on Wednesday. Raza resigned from the BJP on grounds of being upset over party President Rajnath Singh's announcement of finishing Article 370. Raza said that Rajnath Singh is nobody to finish Article 370 under which Jammu and Kashmir deserves a special status. He also said that he will not stay in contact with the BJP anymore. Apr 9, 2014

Greeks strike against more EU-IMF reforms

Greek unions held a 24-hour anti-austerity strike Wednesday, shutting down ferry services to the country's world-famous islands, disrupting rail travel and closing pharmacies and several government offices. Duration: 01:08 Apr 9, 2014

Rahul tries to woo voters in Chattisgarh rally

Chattisgarh, April 9 (ANI): With an aim to woo voters of Chattisgarh, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday while addressing a rally in Balod district highlighted the achievements of Congress Party. Gandhi also gave an insight to the future plans of the Party if it comes to power. Gandhi further slammed the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi saying that BJP posters speak about women empowerment but in Gujarat women’s phones are tapped and police is made to chase them. Apr 9, 2014

SC refuses to stay governments decision to grant quota to Jat community

New Delhi, Apr 9 (ANI): The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday refused to put a stay on central government’s decision to include ethnic Jat community in the category of Other Backward Classes (OBC) in nine states. A representative of Jat Community, Yashpal Mallik, said the court mentioned in its ruling that there were prima facie material for taking the decision. Apr 9, 2014

Will support Kejriwal if he contests against Sonia: Ramdev

Moradabad, April 09 (ANI): Yoga Guru, Ramdev, offered to support Aam Aadmi Party chief, Arvind Kejriwal, to help him win the general election against Congress chief, Sonia Gandhi, if he contests against her from Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh. Ramdev was addressing a news conference at Moradabad on Wednesday. Slamming the Congress chief, he said that she is a heartless person and is not working towards the progress of the country. Apr 9, 2014

Would not engage Jaitley to fight even at district court: Capt Amarinder

Amritsar, April 9 (ANI): The election battle in Punjab is getting intense day by day where BJP and Congress candidates leave no occasion of slamming each other. This time it's going to be a top 'hot' contest in Amritsar as the veteran leaders- BJP's Arun Jaitley and Congress's Captain Amarinder Singh have been pitted against each other. 'War of words' has already started between the two political stalwarts with Amarinder calling Jaitley as an "outsider" and "Pseudo Punjabi". Now, Captain Amarinder Singh has slammed Arun Jaitley by saying that he doesn’t trust Jaitley’s advocacy skills. Singh also stated that he does not consider Jaitley worth fighting a case even at district level for him. Apr 9, 2014

Pistorius faces fierce cross examination

Oscar Pistorius insisted Wednesday he never intended to kill his girlfriend, as the prosecution began tearing into his version of events on that fateful night. Duration: 01:27 Apr 9, 2014

Mamata had no choice but to bow before EC: Gurudas Dasgupta

Kolkata, Apr 9 (ANI): Reacting over West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s acceptance of the Election Commission’s order to transfer five Superintendents of Police and a district magistrate, CPI Leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Wednesday said that Mamata had no choice but to comply with the Election Commission's decision on the transfer of six officials. Apr 9, 2014

Politicos condemn Azam Khan's statement on Kargil war

New Delhi/Kolkata, Apr 9 (ANI): Politicos on Wednesday condemned Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan's statement that the Muslims and not Hindus won the Kargil war. CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said that it is not the victory of a religion. Congress Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that he is completely against the division of soldiers on the basis of religion. Apr 9, 2014

Slain AFP reporter's son recovering well

The orphaned child of the AFP reporter killed with the rest of his family in a Kabul hotel may is recovering rapidly from bullet wounds he sustained in the attack. Duration: 01:41 Apr 9, 2014