Congress criticizes Gujarat governments data on poor in Gujarat

New Delhi, Feb 2 (ANI): Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza on Sunday slammed Gujarat government’s data on poor. According to the state government, a person who earns more than Rs.10.80 in village and a person who earns more than Rs.16.80 in city does not come below the poverty line. Oza said that it shows the double standard of BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and his party as they made a huge hue and cry when Planning Commission announced that people earning more than Rs. 33 in urban area and Rs. 26 in rural areas will not be considered below the poverty line. Feb 2, 2014

Binny takes on AAP after Madhu Bhaduri quits party

New Delhi, Feb 2 (ANI): Slamming Aam Aadmi Party and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, former party leader Vinod Kumar Binny on Sunday said the AAP is following use and throw policy. He further said that their only aim is to fight and win Lok Sabha polls. He further said that people like Madhu Bhaduri are leaving AAP which is a great damage for the party as she has been working for the development of the party. Feb 2, 2014

AAP founder member Madhu Bhaduri resigns

New Delhi, Feb 2 (ANI): AAP founder member and former diplomat Madhu Bhaduri handed over her resignation after fallout with the senior leaders of the party. Bhaduri wanted the party's national council, which met in the capital on Saturday, to adopt a resolution condemning the Khirki Extension incident in which law minister Somnath Bharti allegedly forced Ugandan women to undergo narcotic tests in the intervening night of January 15 and 16. Feb 2, 2014

Farhan Akhtar flags off marathon in Jaipur

Jaipur, Feb 2 (ANI): Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar flagged off a marathon on Sunday organized in India's Pink city, Jaipur to promote cleanliness and make the city clean and green. The Marathon was promoted by Sanskriti Yuva Sanstha a non-governmental organistion (NGO) and entered into the 5th successful year with an endeavor to promote love for 'pink city'. Feb 2, 2014

PM Yingluck Shinawatra votes in Thai election

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra casts her vote as polls open for elections in Thailand, a day after a gunfight between rival protesters in Bangkok raised fears of more violence. Duration: 01:00 Feb 2, 2014

Domestic workers come out of the closet in Hong Kong

Working long hours away from home for low pay and little time off, life is tough for foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong, but for some the city has brought liberation when it comes to their love lives. Duration: 02:32 Feb 2, 2014

Commuters in Mumbai ride on India's first monorail

Mumbai, Feb 2 (ANI): Commuters enjoyed their ride on India's first monorail in Mumbai on Sunday. This is another addition to the public transport system in the city. The monorail was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday. Excited after his first ride, a passenger, Prakash Dave, said it was a great experience but there was scope of improvement too. Feb 2, 2014

Police arrest Maoists in Jharkhand, recover arms and ammunition

Chaibasa, Feb 2 (ANI): Police in Jharkhand have arrested two hardcore Maoists and recovered arms and ammunition, during a search operation in the forests of Chakardarpur in Chaibasa district. A sub-zonal Maoist commander, Saluka Kayam, was arrested during the joint operation conducted by district police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Feb 2, 2014

Narendra Modi to address rally in Meerut today

New Delhi, Feb 2 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address a rally in Meerut today. The security has been stepped up in view of the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh last year. A number of police personnel have been deployed. Besides bomb disposal squads, metal detectors have been set up to secure Modi's rally. Feb 2, 2014

Police in Jharkhand arrest two Maoists

Gumla, Feb 2 (ANI): The police in Gumla district of Jharkhand have arrested two men for having connections with the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a Maoist outfit. Speaking to the mediaperson, the superintendent of police, Rakesh Bansal, said that the accused were planning a burglary and following a tip-off, they were arrested. The men, who are in their youth, were arrested on charges of being couriers to other Maoists in the area. Maoists are rebels who try to sink deep roots and form links after decades of neglect. 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. Feb 2, 2014

BJP criticizes Sonia Gandhi's Gulbarga speech

New Delhi/ Pune, Feb 2 (ANI): The BJP on Sunday criticized Congress President Sonia Gandhi after she accused the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi of practicing divisive politics by "sowing seeds of poison" (zeher ki kheti) and instigating violence. Feb 2, 2014

Impasse over cross border trade is 'unfortunate': Omar Abdullah

Jammu and Kashmir, Feb 2 (ANI): Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said that the deadlock in cross border trade with Pakistan, after Indian authorities seized contraband had escalated to ministerial level talks, terming Pakistan's continuous support to the alleged drug smuggler as 'unfortunate'. Abdullah denounced Pakistan's stance on the issue and said a criminal should not be supported by any nation. Feb 2, 2014