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Patna participated in 'run for vote' to create awareness among voters

Patna, April 12 (ANI): People in Patna city of Bihar participated in 'run for vote' on Saturday to create awareness among voters and urge civilians to exercise their franchise during the general elections. The marathon saw participation of schoolchildren, college students, common people and activists, apart from government officials. The participants attempted to make people realize the value of their one vote in the elections of the world’s biggest democracy. Television celebrity Ratan Rajput, also ran in the event to create awareness among voters. Apr 12, 2014

Narendra Modi is major issue for Kejriwal, not corruption: Ramdev

Karnataka, April 12 (ANI): Yoga Guru Ramdev on Saturday attacked AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal saying that he has deviated from his real issue of corruption to BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. He stated that Kejriwal has joined hands with Congress to raise Modi’s name in every issue. Ramdev further declared that if Kejriwal decides to contest from Rae Bareli against Sonia Gandhi, he himself will campaign for him and make his victory sure by historic record. Apr 12, 2014
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It happens: Marathon for Peace & Unity

New Delhi, April 11 (ANI): Hundreds of school children participated in marathon race, 'Run for Unity' in New Delhi to promote peace, brotherhood and unity among people living in the country on Saturday. The marathon touched different places of worship in south Delhi, welcoming harmony among everyone.Teenagers from various parts of the nation participated in the marathon and stopped at religious destinations like temples, mosques, churches and Sikh holy shrines en route to receive tokens with religious symbols embossed on them.Eventually when the runners reached the final checkpoint, they received a set of golden rules with underlying messages of peaceful co-existence.The event was organised by Italy based Focolare Movement at Holy Child Auxilium School in New Delhi. Such events have been already organised many world cities by the firm. Apr 12, 2014
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It happens: Ram-Navami

New Delhi/Kanpur/Varanasi, April 11 (ANI): Devout Hindus paid obeisance at temples in northern India as nine-day fasting festival, 'Navratri', marked in honour of goddess Durga, concluded. Devotees thronged temples in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh state to sought blessings of the goddess on the Hindu festival of 'Ram Navami'.According to the legends, Lord Rama sought blessings of goddess of power, Durga, before waging a war against a demon king Ravana. 'Ram Navami' is also one of the most important festivals of the Vaishnava sect of the Hindus. On this day, temples are decorated and the idols of Lord Rama, his wife, Sita and his brother Lakshman, are richly adorned. Devotees, both young and old, visit the temples and made offerings of sweets, flowers and fruits.The festival falls on the ninth-day of the moonlit fortnight in the months of March-April. Most people consider it an auspicious day and some even observe a strict fast a day earlier. It is believed that Lord Rama was born to eradicate evil from the earth. His saga is depicted in the Ramayana scripture. Apr 12, 2014
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Azam Khan and Amit Shah's remarks cannot be compared: Naqvi

New Delhi, April 12 (ANI): BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday spoke over the decision of Election Commission banning Amit Shah and from addressing rallies. Where on one hand Naqvi considered Azam Khan's ban decision correct on the other he condemned the comparison of speeches by Azam Khan and Amit Shah. Naqvi stated that Khan had said something condemnable which tried to divide society but Shah's statements cannot be compared to Khan's. Naqvi further said that the BJP has appealed to EC to reconsider its decision about Shah. Apr 12, 2014
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Moaist threat looms large as 2014 general elections are underway

Gadchiroli/ Khunti, April 12 (ANI): As India entered the fourth phase of general elections, threat of Maoists loomed large as the rebels carried out attacks in different places. In Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, a police official was killed and five others were injured in an ambush while the police team was returning after casting their votes. Similarly, Maoists carried out an attack in Khunti district of Jharkhand where AAP candidate Dayamani Barla, was attacked by members of rebel outfit People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), who also threatened to kill Barla and other party members if they continued with their election campaigning. Apr 12, 2014
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Sanjaya Baru's book confirms Manmohan Singh was weak PM: TSR Subramanian

New Delhi, April 12 (ANI): After the Prime Minister's Office denounced Former adviser to PM, Sanjaya Baru's memoir, Former Cabinet Secretary of Government of India TSR Subramanian said that Baru's book just confirms that Manmohan Singh was a weak PM. He said that there was nothing new in the book, just that an already known fact is now confirmed by an insider. The memoir claims that Singh had been "defanged" by the Congress in his second term, and he seemed to surrender to party Chief Sonia Gandhi. The PM's office had later said that "it is an attempt to misuse a privileged position and access to high office to gain credibility and to apparently exploit it for commercial gain. The commentary smacks of fiction and coloured views of a former adviser." Apr 12, 2014
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Rahul Gandhi to file nomination from Amethi today

Amethi, April 12 (ANI): Preparations and celebrations are in full swing in Amethi district of Uttar Pradesh as Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to file his nomination from here for the parliamentary election on Saturday. People were seen dancing to the tunes of drums and are all geared and ready to welcome Rahul. Rahul will face Smriti Irani from the BJP and Kumar Vishwas from the Aam Aadmi Party who are also contesting from the same constituency. Apr 12, 2014
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Politicos react over Sanjaya Baru's controversial book

New Delhi/Noida, April 12 (ANI): Former Media Advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sanjaya Baru's book over Singh's accidental selection as a PM receives reactions from various political parties. Congress leader Rajeev Shukla said that Sanjay Baru is just trying to use the facts for commercial publicity of his book and Prime Minister's Office has already given its clarification over it. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi remarked casually that there is nothing new in the fact that Prime Minister's post was with one person and power with another and everyone already knew it. Meanwhile, AAP leader Ashutosh stated that only elected people should be given the post of a Prime Minister not the selected ones like Singh. Apr 12, 2014
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Sonia never let Manmohan work autonomously: Shahid Siddiqui

New Delhi, April 12 (ANI): Commenting on Prime Minster Manmohan Singh's former media adviser Sanjay Baru's memoir, former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui on Saturday said that Baru's memoir has confirmed that Congress President Sonia Gandhi did not let Singh work autonomously in the government. He added that in this case, all the power rested with Gandhi and all the responsibilities with Singh. Siddiqui also said that the Congress president is solely responsible for destroying the UPA government and the financial situation of the country. Apr 12, 2014
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Will Congress talk over Amarinder's affidavit: BJP

New Delhi, April 12 (ANI): BJP leader Nirmala Sitaraman on Saturday slammed the Congress Party and its leader Capt Amarinder Singh. Sitaraman questioned that Rahul Gandhi had created a huge buzz about Narendra Modi mentioning his wife's name in the nomination affidavit but will Congress also talk about Amarinder Singh not mentioning details of his wife's foreign bank accounts in his affidavit. Apr 12, 2014
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EC bans public rallies by Azam Khan and Amit Shah

Lucknow/ Moradabad, April 12 (ANI): Election Commission (EC) of India banned SP leader Azam Khan and BJP General Secretary Amit Shah from addressing any public rallies after they made "highly inflammatory speeches" during election campaigns. Country's independent election body also ordered the authorities to register FIR against the two politicians and initiate criminal proceedings. Commenting on the notice issued to him, Khan said he exercised his freedom to speech. Meanwhile, SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary called the Commission's decision as unfortunate and said comparison cannot be made between the two leaders. Apr 12, 2014
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Amit Shah on Election Commission ban

New Delhi, April 12 (ANI): A day after the Election Commission banned BJP leader Amit Shah from addressing public meetings and rallies in Uttar Pradesh, Shah has said that he will send his reply and would request EC to review its decision. He claimed that he has an answer for the notice. Apr 12, 2014