Dhaka, May 1 (ANI): Experts blamed political unrest and uncertainty surrounding elections held in January for economic slowdown in Bangladesh. As predicted by International Monetary Fund (IMF), Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Bangladesh this year is to be a little over five percent, lower than the six percent GDP last year. Apart from the political instability, investment stagnation and reduced remittance inflows are also quoted as major cause of slowdown. As per Bangladesh Bank, remittance flow has dipped by seven percent in the initial eight months of this fiscal year. The country went through a period of nationwide protests and turbulence during the elections that took place on January 05, 2014. But one of the blows that the youth faces due to the slowdown is the growing unemployment. Executive Chairman of PPRC, Hossain Zillur Rahman said Bangladesh cannot expect a vibrant economy below eight percent GDP. Therefore, to recover from the slowdown and battle chronic poverty, country's government needs to encourage investment and develop business confidence among other solutions.May 1, 2014
Chennai, May 01 (ANI): Victims of the twin blasts that rocked the Chennai Central Railway Station on Thursday have been taken to hospital for treatment, as officials say 14 injured are stable. Two explosions ripped through the Bangalore-Guwahati Express around 7:30 a.m, killing a 22 year-old female passenger. The injured were admitted to the government-run Rajiv Gandhi general hospital near the station. Chennai District Collector, V Sundaravalli, said that all possible medical care was being given to 15 people who were brought to the hospital. A relative of an injured victim of train blast, Vijayant Kumar, said that his two children suffered injuries.May 1, 2014
Amethi, May 01 (ANI): While holding a public meeting in Amethi on Thursday, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that the tenure of Rajiv Gandhi's government was a golden period for Amethi and Rahul follows the same principle as him. Priyanka said that Rahul thinks about future and plans ahead. She said that the people understand better who wants to work for the welfare of the constituency and the nation and who comes here for personal interests. Further, appealing the people to vote fro the right government, Priyanka said that it's the responsibility of the people to secure the tradition and culture of the nation.May 1, 2014
Almora, May 01 (ANI): Police in Almora city of Uttarakhand beefed up security and deployed additional forces after some Maoist forces pasted posters on walls threatening people to boycott ongoing parliamentary polls. The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Anant Ram Chauhan, said that a case has been registered against unknown persons for putting up posters and added that the police are on a look-out for the people involved. The messages written on posters called for a change in the system, mocked the democracy and called for a revolution. As Uttarakhand will go to polls in the eighth phase on May 07, hectic campaigning is currently underway in the parliamentary constituencies but the threat by Maoists through posters has set alarm bells ringing among the leaders.May 1, 2014
Baisakhi is one of the festivals which is celebrated across the country. In Jammu, too, it was celebrated with great enthusiasm.
The biggest flood channel of the Kashmir valley has shrunk. For the last two decades, most water bodies in the valley have been shrinking due to encroachments and government negligence. People fear that this will have a negative impact on the region.
The main roads in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district are in pathetic condition, making any vehicular movement extremely difficult.May 1, 2014
New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): Defence expert Bharat Verma on Thursday condemned Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif’s statement that Kashmir is the "jugular vein" of Pakistan and the issue should be resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris and in line with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions for lasting peace in the region.May 1, 2014
New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): Politicos on Thursday condemned Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif’s statement that Kashmir is the "jugular vein" of Pakistan and the issue should be resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris and in line with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions for lasting peace in the region.May 1, 2014
New Delhi, May 01 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday condemned BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for saying that FIRs were registered against him for not showing knife, pistol or gun but for flashing lotus to the people.May 1, 2014
New Delhi, May 01 (ANI): Politicos across the party line on Thursday condemned the twin bomb blasts at the Chennai Central railway station in which one woman was killed and13 others were injured. The two bombs went off on Thursday in quick succession in two coaches of the Guwahati-Bangalore Express at the Chennai Central railway station. The National Investigation Agency, which usually looks into terror attacks, has sent representatives to collect and examine evidence.May 1, 2014
Six weeks after surviving a Taliban attack on a Kabul hotel that left his father, mother, brother and sister dead, miracle child Abuzar Ahmad arrives in Canada to start his life anew (Duration 00:30)May 1, 2014
Tirumala / New Delhi/ Ahmedabad, May 01 (ANI): BJP’s Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, blamed the Congress party for registration of a case against him for alleged violation of election rules. The Gujarat administration filed two FIRs against BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi on orders of the Election Commission (EC) after he delivered a politically charged speech and displayed his party's symbol, lotus, in violation of the poll code soon after exercising his franchise in Gandhinagar. A police complaint was also lodged against TV channels. Meanwhile, Union Law Minister, Kapil Sibal, asked the poll panel not to hand over the investigation to Gujarat police, as it was in favour of Modi.May 1, 2014
New Delhi, May 01 (ANI): Congress hit back at main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party BJP, citing the World Bank report which enlisted India as third biggest economy in the world. According to a report released by World Bank on April 29, India displaced Japan to clinch the position of world’s third biggest economy in terms of purchasing power parity. Targeting BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for his sharp attacks on Congress party and alleging weak economic policies and development fallouts during its terms, Congress leadership retorted back saying the World Bank report is an ‘answer’ to them. He added that party is not anticipating incumbency threat to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and clarified that he has attended maximum number of election campaigns. Ahmad reaffirmed that India has achieved the feat because of Singh’s efforts.May 1, 2014
Bangalore, May 1 (ANI): Speaking over Bangalore-Guwahati Express blast, Railway Minister, Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday said that a very unfortunate incident took place in Chennai today. He further said that investigation is going on.May 1, 2014
Chandoli /Rishikesh, May 1 (ANI): A mud slinging match between the senior leaders of Congress and the main opposition BJP resulted in the two parties blaming each other for the staggered growth and development of the country. Senior leaders of both parties took potshots at each other as Salman Khurshid (Congress) lashed at PM frontrunner Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj, (BJP leader) attacked the Congress governance, holding it responsible for the staggered growth and development of the country. Khurshid addressed a rally in Chamboli town where he claimed that the Modi stood exposed before the nations on account of his words and deeds. In Rishikesh, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, also addressed a rally and blamed the Congress rule in the country for the sorry state of affairs of the country.May 1, 2014