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Yasin Bhatkal denied bail

New Delhi, April 24 : A court here Thursday turned down the bail plea of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and granted Delhi Police time, till May 8, to investigate further in the 2010 Jama Masjid terror attack case.


Jharkhand registers 63.55 percent voting

Ranchi, April 24 : The third and final round of polling in Jharkhand witnessed a good turnout of voters as the state registered 63.55 percent voting Thursday.


Varanasi comes to a halt as Modi juggernaut rolls

By Gaurav Sharma, Varanasi, April 24 : It was arguably the largest crowd Narendra Modi has attracted during his election campaign, a show of strength to silence the BJP's opponents, particularly the AAP, that has dismissed a "wave" in favour of the party's prime ministerial candidate.


India may witness below normal monsoon rainfall

New Delhi, April 24 : India is likely to witness below average monsoon rainfall in 2014 that will affect farm output and economic growth, the government's weather office said Thursday.


German scholars revived Indian culture: Merck-Tagore awardee

Kolkata, April 24 : German intellectuals revived Indian culture during the 20th century when English literature in the country became a tool of "domination and subjugation", said Pramod Talgeri, vice-chancellor, India International Multiversity.


'India well-poised to play constructive role in global net governance'

New Delhi, April 24 : India is well-poised and willing to play an important and constructive role in evolving the global Internet governance ecosystem and to make it more credible, Vinay Kwatra, Indian representative at the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance has said.


EC issues notices to Beni, Katiyar

New Delhi, April 24 : The Election Commission Thursday issued notices to BJP leader Vinay Katiyar and union minister Beni Prasad Verma for violating the Model Code of Conduct.


Conference held Delhi to create awareness about malaria

New Delhi, Apr. 24 : In a lead up to World Malaria Day, a conference was organised in New Delhi in order to create awareness among people about the importance of investing in health and more so about the deadly disease of malaria.


People voting with hope for progress and peace

Chennai, Apr. 24 : People came out in large numbers on Thursday to cast their votes with the hope for progress and development on the second biggest day of the nine -phased general elections. Tamil superstar, Rajinikanth, actress Vidya Balan, and actors Aamir Khan and Dharmendra voted during the sixth phase of the elections.


Millions vote in seventh phase of Indian election

New Delhi, April 24 : Barring the Kashmir Valley, millions voted Thursday across a dozen states in India to elect 117 MPs even as the BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi filed his nomination in Varanasi, turning the Hindu holy city into a sea of saffron.


Amethi seethes with anger at Rahul Gandhi (Election Special)

By Rashmi Saksena, Amethi, April 24 : Amethi, seen as the Gandhi family's pocket borough, is seething with anger. This Lok Sabha constituency in the Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh has since 1977 never been as angry with a Gandhi as it is with Rahul, the scion of the family and the incumbent MP. Amethi voted his father Rajiv Gandhi four times (1981 to 1991) and mother Sonia in 1999.


Sonia hits out at Gujarat model

Valsad (Gujarat), April 24 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday took on Narendra Modi on his home turf, accusing the BJP's prime ministerial candidate of not doing enough to prevent corruption in his state.


Egypt plans 'love campaign' in India: Envoy

New Delhi, April 24 : Admitting that trade and commerce were the most important tools in a bilateral relationship, Egyptian Ambassador Khaled El Bakly says his country was going all out to spread a "love campaign" to strengthen people-to-people contacts between the two ancient civilisations.


India needs active strategies to combat tobacco use: Siddhartha Mukherjee

By Sreeparna Chakrabarty, New Delhi, April 24 : Tobacco is one of the primary causes of cancer in India, particularly oral and lung cancer, and the Indian government needs to formulate "active" strategies to combat its consumption, noted oncologist and Pulitzer prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee feels.


Varun turns 27, votes before b-day bash

Mumbai, April 24 : Actor Varun Dhawan turned 27 Thursday and the "Main Tera Hero" star fulfilled his civic duty by voting before getting busy with his birthday celebrations.


PM votes in Assam, says no Modi wave

Guwahati, April 24 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday cast his vote in Gauhati Lok Sabha constituency along with his wife Gurcharan Kaur, and said there was no wave sweeping the country in favour of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.


Nothing happening to appoint Lokpal: Government tells SC

New Delhi, April 24 : The central government told the Supreme Court Thursday that no steps were being taken for appointing the anti-corruption Lokpal ombudsman and its members.


Will those behind Goa's mining scam walk free?

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Panaji, April 24 : Mining may soon resume in Goa with the Supreme Court's lifting of the 18-month ban but the big names indicted in the state's mammoth Rs.35,000 crore (nearly $6 billion) illegal mining scandal continue to evade arrest.


Stone pelting prevents voters from reaching Anantnag booths

Anantnag, April 24 : Stone pelting by irate protesters in many places in south Kashmir's Pulwama district of this Lok Sabha seat Thursday prevented voters from reaching polling stations.


India may witness poor monsoon this year

Pune, April 23 : India may witness poor rainfall this monsoon season, scientists said Wednesday.


Need to specify junk food items regulated in schools: HC

New Delhi, April 23 : The Delhi High Court Wednesday stressed the need to specify the junk food items that should be regulated in schools.


SC to hear Mittal, Ruia plea against summons May 1

New Delhi, April 23 : The Supreme Court Wednesday said it would hear May 1 a plea by Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel and Ravikant Ruia of Essar challenging their being summoned to appear before a 2G special court in connection with the excess spectrum allocation scam during the BJP-led NDA regime in 2002.


Kejriwal files nomination after attacking Modi, Rahul

By Gaurav Sharma, Varanasi, April 23 : AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday filed his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha election from here to take on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi after a massive road show that drew thousands in the Hindu holy city.


Entrust keys of Padmanabhaswamy temple with district judge, SC urged

New Delhi, April 23 : Amidst reports that a box in one of the vaults of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple containing treasure was found open, the Supreme Court was told Wednesday that to avert repetition of such a situation, the keys of the vaults should be entrusted to the district judge.


Probe BJP's Kurukshetra candidate for code violation: Naveen Jindal

New Delhi, April 23 : Congress leader Naveen Jindal has asked the Election Commission to investigate poll code of conduct violation by the BJP's Kurukshetra candidate and act against Zee Media management for airing "paid news".


Congress confused about its campaign: BJP

New Delhi, April 23 : The BJP Wednesday said the Congress leadership was confused about its election campaign and is launching personal attacks against BJP leaders, but crying foul over similar attacks against Congress politicians.


Congress worried about Vadra fallout

New Delhi, April 23 : The Congress is worried that it might be losing the battle of perception over party chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, who is accused of dubious land deals by the BJP.


Money, liquor and drug trail in these elections

New Delhi, April 23 : Money and liquor seems to be lining the electoral trail this election, if the latest figures of the Election Commission are anything to go by.


Will Tarique Anwar be lucky this time?

Katihar (Bihar), April 23 : After losing the Lok Sabha election the last three times, NCP leader Tarique Anwar is in the fray in Katihar in Bihar hoping to score a win.


Supreme Court forms panel over government advertisements

New Delhi, April 23 : The Supreme Court Wednesday constituted a three-member committee to frame guidelines to regulate issuance of advertisements by the government and its departments with an obvious political message.


Modi presiding over hate campaign: CPI-M

New Delhi, April 23 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is presiding over a hate campaign but "camouflaging it with talk of development and effective government", the CPI-M said Wednesday.


Don't approve of Shazia Ilmi's remarks: Arvind Kerjriwal

New Delhi, Apr 23 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) architect Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said he disapproved of party leader Shazia Ilmi's remarks on Muslims.


School drop manufactures light aircraft

Kottayam, Apr 23 : Thomas (43), is a school drop out. Moreover, this native of Thattakuzha, a remote hamlet in Thodupuzha in Idukki district is deaf and dumb by birth. But he has made a small aircraft, which was flown successfully by a retired wing commander of the Indian Air Force a few days back.


Charity begins at home: Jaitley on Priyanka remarks

New Delhi, April 23 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley Wednesday said he agreed with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra that personal attacks cause pain to people and should be avoided, but noted that "charity begins at home" and the Congress should not have made similar attacks on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.


Mulayam no hero for Mainpuri's young

By Puja Awasthi, Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh), April 23 : Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is no longer a hero for the young in Mainpuri, the constituency which sent him to parliament thrice.


Congress confused about its campaign: BJP

New Delhi, April 23 : The BJP Wednesday said the Congress leadership was confused about its election campaign and is launching personal attacks against BJP leaders, but crying foul over similar attacks against Congress politicians.


Very much welcome Modi statement on relations: Pakistan envoy

New Delhi, April 23 : Dismissing seemingly tough statements by the BJP and its allies about Pakistan as "poll rhetoric", Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit Wednesday said they "very much welcome" BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's latest statement that if he came to power, his government would follow a "balanced" foreign policy in which "no one should be able to intimidate us and neither should we do it".


People talking of women's security are snooping on them: Priyanka Gandhi

Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh), April 23 : For the second consecutive day, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Wednesday targeted the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.


Delhi HC asks why coins with Vaishno Devi image issued

New Delhi, April 23 : The Delhi High Court Wednesday questioned the issuance of Rs.5 denomination coins with the image of Mata Vaishno Devi embossed on the reverse, saying it "may create problem if members of other community raise the issue".


Kejriwal files nomination after attacking Modi, Rahul

By Gaurav Sharma, Varanasi, April 23 : AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday filed his nomination for the Lok Sabha election from here to take on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi after a roadshow that drew thousands in the Hindu holy city.



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