Market booms for cap makers in UP ahead of LS Polls

Amroha, April 04 (ANI): The demand for caps bearing symbols of leading political parties has picked-up ahead of Lok Sabha Polls as politicians are distributing the poll merchandise to supporters during campaigning. With polls just round the corner, the cap industry in Amroha district of Uttar Pradesh is witnessing a boom. Caps of leading political parties - red-coloured caps of Samajwadi Party (SP), blue caps of Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) and white and saffron caps of Aam Aadmi Party and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) respectively - with party’s election symbol are being manufactured to cash in the popularity of leaders and parties. There are some people who have been involved in this business for generations. Apr 5, 2014

LS Polls: Mayawati urges Muslims to vote for BSP

Muzaffarnagar, April 04 (ANI): BSP Chief Mayawati, on Friday urged Muslims to vote en-masse for the party candidates during parliamentary polls to defeat main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh. The BSP chief urged them not to get swayed by promises of Congress party or Samajwadi Party (SP). She also alleged that Samajwadi Party’s government in Uttar Pradesh had hatched a strategy to further stoke up 2013 communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, if she had visited the place. Mayawati alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) government had implicated her in false cases in 2004 as she had refused to ally with them to contest then parliamentary polls. Apr 5, 2014

Rahul Gandhi hits at BJP, says it is misleading nation

Bellary, April 04 (ANI): Rahul Gandhi on Friday hit at the BJP, while addressing a public rally in Bellary, Karnataka. Gandhi said that the BJP is misleading the nation. While addressing a large public gathering Rahul said that BJP keeps beating drums of corruption in the entire nation but ignores the corrupt practices being followed by their own party leaders. Meanwhile, Gandhi also added that Congress believes in inclusive ideologies. Apr 5, 2014

TRS releases first list of 69 candidates

Hyderabad, April 04 (ANI): TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao on Friday released his party’s manifesto and first list of candidates for assembly polls in Telangana. Rao released names of 69 candidates. Rao expressed confidence over victory in Telangana. A key TRS leader, K Taraka Rama Rao, ruled out alliance with any other party. Apr 5, 2014

Sonia Gandhi hits out at BJP for making tall claims

Hazaribagh, April 04 (ANI): Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi, took a swipe at the BJP, saying it only makes tall claims of fulfilling promises and acts as if will do some magic. Addressing a rally in Hazaribagh district in Jharkhand on Friday, Gandhi slammed opposition parties for showing ruling Congress party in poor light. Apr 5, 2014

Naresh Agarwal on Shahi Imam

New Delhi, April 4 (ANI): Hours after Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi slammed Samajwadi Party for communal riots and appealed Muslim voters in Uttar Pradesh to rejects its candidates, party leader Naresh Agarwal said that Muslim voters would always support the party. Apr 5, 2014

Shakti Mill gangrape case: 3 convicts get death for repeated offence, life term for one

Mumbai, April 04 (ANI): A Mumbai sessions court on Friday awarded death sentence to three convicts in the Shakti Mills photojournalist gangrape case. The court also awarded a life term for the fourth convict in the case. The court awarded the death penalty to Vijay Jadhav, Salim Ansari and Qasim Bengali for being the repeat offenders. The trio are the first to be sentenced to death under Section 376-E. Apr 5, 2014

Sushma Swaraj & Uma Bharti file nominations from Vidisha & Jhansi respectively

Raisen/ Jhansi, April 04 (ANI): BJP Senior leader Sushma Swaraj accompanied by MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, filed nomination from Vidisha constituency in Raisin on Friday. Swaraj will contest against Congress candidate Laxman Singh and expelled Congress leader Rajkumar Patel, who is contesting as an independent candidate. Meanwhile, BJP leader Uma Bharti also filed her nomination from Jhansi constituency as the general elections are approaching. Earlier, BJP proposed Bharti to contest elections from Rae Bareli against Congress President Sonia Gandhi, refusing which Bharti said that she can’t leave Jhansi. Apr 5, 2014

Professional, amateur wine-tasters gather for wine 'Oscars'

The International Wine Challenge opens near Bordeaux for the 38th year running, with over 4,000 wines from around the world vying for gold, silver and bronze medals, to be judged by some 700 international wine-tasters. Duration: 01:13 Apr 5, 2014

Ukraine dashes Darth Vader's presidential hopes

Darth Vader's run for president of Ukraine ended ingloriously Thursday when election officials said the man posing as the iconic movie villain might actually be an electrician named Viktor Shevchenko. Duration: 00:57 Apr 4, 2014

Thai Red Shirts mobilise to defend besieged PM

With a flurry of punches and kicks, hundreds of Thai "Red Shirts" undergo self-defence drills as they mobilise to protect the embattled government, stoking fears of a dangerous new phase of civil conflict. Duration: 00:57 Apr 4, 2014

Europe must remain vigilant over Russian troops: UK

"Europe must not relax" over the crisis in Ukraine as Russian troops have made only "a token withdrawal" from the border, British Foreign Secretary Wlliam Hague said Friday. Duration: 00:48 Apr 4, 2014

Endless food emergency in the Sahel

People living in the Sahel region of Africa face a food crisis for fourth consecutive year, and at the Mauritanian-Senegalese border food shortages are frequent. Duration: 00:40 Apr 4, 2014

World's finest viola presented in Hong Kong

The world's greatest viola, the "Macdonald" made by Antonio Stradivari in 1719, is presented in Hong Kong after Sotheby's opened a sealed bid process for the instrument, with bids expected in excess of $45 million. Duration: 00:58 Apr 4, 2014