EC announces LS polls schedule; voting begins on April 7, counting on May 16

New Delhi, March 05 (ANI): The Election Commission on Wednesday announced the schedule for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. The model code of conduct prevents the government from making any decisions that can be seen as influencing voters. It also prohibits political parties from making unsubstantiated allegations against opponents. CEC VS Sampath announced that there will be 9 poll days starting from April 07 and counting of LS polls will take place on May 16. Mar 5, 2014

Polio's last stand on the Afghan-Pakistan border

At the Afghan-Pakistani border, Afghans dismiss militant threats and conspiracy theories about the polio vaccination programme while their children receive drops that could finally eradicate the crippling disease. Duration: 02:15 Mar 5, 2014

Arvind Kejriwal begins his tour in Narendra Modis Gujarat to verify his development claims

Ahmedabad, Mar 5 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday embarked on his tour of Gujarat, the homeland of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, to verify the development claims often made by the latter. Taking a jibe at Modi, Kejriwal kick-started his four-day tour and said that he is visiting the state to see the level of development. Mar 5, 2014

Major engagement with ASEAN through look east policy: Salman Khurshid

Onboard, Mar 5 (ANI): The two-day economic summit in Myanmar proved fruitful for India as the nation involved in discussions on key issues with its neighbouring countries including Sri Lanka and Myanmar and strengthened ties with other Southeast Asian nations, said India’s foreign minister Salman Khurshid. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attended the Bay Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in Myanmar, along with representatives from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. Singh pushed the nation’s 'Look East' policy and urged his counterparts to explore ways to enhance connectivity, transport, trade and tourism between the north-eastern states. Mar 5, 2014

Police arrest Maoist in Jharkhand, recover arms and ammunition

Palamu, Mar 5 (ANI): Police on Tuesday arrested a Maoist cadre, Sanjay Bhuiya, in Palamu district of Jharkhand. During the arrest, the police officials also recovered arms and ammunition. Ramesh also added that his team was conducting an anti-Maoist operation in Palamu since past three to four days. 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. The Maoists, who say they are fighting for the rights of the poor and landless, control some of India's mineral-rich areas and operate in large swathes of the eastern, central and southern countryside. Mar 5, 2014

Narendra Modi is making false promises to gain vote bank: Mayawati

New Delhi/ Muzaffarpur, Mar 5 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati criticised BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and said he is fake and has been making false promises. Mayawati said Modi is lying by connecting himself to the backward class, only to lure people from the marginalized section and gain vote bank. She also said that her party would do anything to make sure that BJP and Modi do not come to power in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Stating that her party should not be considered weak with regard to the forthcoming elections, Mayawati said there is a possibility that her party might become the balance of power. Mar 5, 2014

Rare Thai satire takes aim at all political colours

The duo in dark sunglasses rattle off scathing, witty barbs at breakneck speed: all sides of Thailand's political crisis are fair game on "Shallow News In Depth", a satirical show taking Thailand by storm. Duration: 02:30 Mar 5, 2014

Obama unveils election year 'growth and jobs' budget

President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a budget for the coming fiscal year that had less to do with managing US finances than with stemming Democratic losses in congressional elections. Duration: 00:58 Mar 5, 2014