Action should be taken against Congress for supporting Imran Masood: BJP

New Delhi, Mar 30 (ANI): The BJP on Sunday said that action should be taken against the Congress party as its leaders are giving hate speeches against opposition leaders. According to reports, wife of Imran Masood, who was recentlt arrested for giving hate speech against Narendra Modi, has thanked Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for supporting her husband. Mar 30, 2014

JD (U) slams Ramdev for comparing Sonia Gandhi to demons

New Delhi, Mar 30 (ANI): JD (U) leader KC Tyagi on Sunday criticized yoga guru Ramdev, who on Saturday compared Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi to various demons. Ramdev equated Sonia with demoness 'Taadka' and called the Congress leaders as Kans and Ravana. He went on to dub Sonia Gandhi as a "videshi looteri bahu". Tyagi said that action should be taken by the Election Commission against people who give hate speeches like him. Mar 30, 2014

Modi needn't worry about Maharashtra, enough growth here: Ashok Chavan

Nanded, Mar 30 (ANI): Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Chavan on Sunday said that BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi need not worry about Maharashtra as the state is having enough growth. Modi will be addressing a rally in Maharashtra’s Nanded district today. Mar 30, 2014

Governor of Chinas Yunnan state hails economic ties with Kolkata

Kolkata, Mar 30 (ANI): Governor of China’s Yunnan province, Li Jiheng during an exclusive business meet in West Bengal hailed the economic engagement between Kolkata and Yunnan. Jiheng said that ties between Yunnan and West Bengal is the only sub national cooperation mechanism between China and India. Jiheng also added that during a meeting between the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Kunming and Kolkata officially entered into sister ties. Mar 30, 2014

Modi calls himself future Prime Minister, dubs Congress as burden

Chandigarh, Mar 30 (ANI): Launching a blistering attack on the ruling Congress party, BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi has called himself the future prime minister of the country while dubbing Congress as a burden. Addressing an election rally in Chandigarh, Modi hit at Congress by taking a pledge to defeat it in the national polls. Modi also condemned the decision of Congress for fielding tainted candidates like Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashok Chavan in the upcoming general elections, calling it a part of a mindset that refused to fight corruption. Mar 30, 2014

Maoists threaten people to boycott 2014 polls in Jharkhand

Lohardaga, March 29 (ANI): Maoist extremists threatened the people of Lohardaga district in Jharkhand by distributing pamphlets asking people to boycott the upcoming general elections in the country. The pamphlet also warns of "actions" by Maoists, if people participate in the upcoming general elections. Inspector general of the Ranchi, MS Bhatia, said that the administration is perfectly ready to deal with the threat posed by Maoist during the elections. An expert on Maoist issues, Dheerendra Vidyarthi, is of the view that administration would need to deal with a number of problems to organise successful elections in the isolated regions of Jharkhand. Vidyarthi further added that the central government need a clear strategy and great work to find a solution to the growing problem of Maoists. Mar 29, 2014

IAF plane crash: Deceased Squadron's family lament over authorities apathy

Kanpur, March 29 (ANI): Family of Squadron leader of Indian Air Force (IAF), Ashish Yadav, who was killed in the cargo plane crash, resented no response from the Air Force authorities post incident. C-130J Super Hercules IAF cargo plane crashed on Friday, killing its crew of five, highlighting poor safety standards across the country's armed services. Yadav was a Squadron leader at the Hindon Air Base of Agra. It was the first crash of a Hercules aircraft of the Indian Air Force, which has been plagued for years by the crashes of its Russian-made MiG-21 fighters. Mar 29, 2014

Ruckus ends Cong-BJP-AAP political debate in Bangalore

Bangalore, March 29 (ANI): A political debate organized by Biocon Limited Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw ended with ruckus and slogans when BJP leader Ananth Kumar started talking about the flaws of UPA government. Talking about the failure of the event, Shaw said that there were some rules already told to the leaders and when those rules were broken, such a situation occurred. She also said that it would be taken into consideration and next such event will invite not the party workers as audience but more 'genuine people'. Mar 29, 2014

BJP welcomes cancellation of Sabir Ali's membership, other parties condemn

New Delhi/ Amritsar/ Patna, March 29 (ANI): After BJP cancelled former JD (U) leader Sabir Ali's membership on Saturday party leaders Arun Jaitley and VK Malhotra welcomed the step and said that it is natural to remove such candidates who does not support clean history but any such actions should follow proper investigations or judicial trial. Reacting on the same, Congress leader Shobha Oza said that the BJP has become directionless and with differences and that they only want power by any means. Further, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that the party took really long in taking the decision. Mar 29, 2014

BJP lashes out at Rahul Gandhi's statement on Imran Masood

New Delhi/ Saharanpur, March 29 (ANI): BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's statement wherein Gandhi condemned Imran Masood's remark, but also said that it is picked up from 6 months old video tape. The BJP leader said that such a statement shows that Rahul Gandhi's campaign is completely based on falsehood. Mar 29, 2014

Three candidates set for Istanbul mayoral vote Sunday

Turkey prepares to go to the polls Sunday for local and mayoral elections and the spotlight is on Istanbul after prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared "the battle for Istanbul is the battle for Turkey." Duration: 01:22 Mar 29, 2014

CBI arrests IT officer and husband for accepting Rs 10 lakh bribe

Bhopal, March 29 (ANI): Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested an a deputy commissioner of income tax department and her husband for accepting bribe of Rs 10 lakh from a builder to settle his tax penalty case in Bhopal. The arrested officer has been identified as Poonam Roy, who is a 2007 batch IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer. She was held along with her husband Ganesh Malviya who acted as a mediator. Reportedly, the builder filed a complaint with the CBI about money being demanded to settle the penalty and he had claimed that he had been paying his tax regularly. CBI then set up a trap and caught the duo red-handed at their residence. Mar 29, 2014

Rahul Gandhi attacks BJP during his Ghaziabad rally

Ghaziabad, Mar 29 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, while addressing a rally at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, strongly attacked the BJP and said that if the constituency MP had visited Ghaziabad earlier he would not have to contest from Lucknow this time. Gandhi, further criticized the publicity balloons released by the BJP before every election. Rahul Gandhi also stated that the task of one rank one pension was done by the Congress Party within three days after being demanded by the ex-servicemen of army. Mar 29, 2014

Modi's 'Pakistan agent' comment unpatriotic and inappropriate: AK Antony

Thiruvananthapuram, March 29 (ANI): Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday said that Narendra Modi's 'Pakistan agent' comment against him is unpatriotic. Antony said it would demoralise the armed forces. Earlier, Modi had called the defence minister as one of the AKs being admired in Pakistan. The defence minister refuted claims that modernisation of Indian armed forces had been halted due to series of scams. Mar 29, 2014