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Laundry Project India to expand operations

Chennai, April 19 : Corporate clothes launderer Laundry Project India plans to expand its business operations by setting up operations in Pune and National Capital Region (NCR) this year and also venture into leasing of linen and corporate uniforms, said a top company official.

BJP seeks stay on appointments, complains against PM's media advisor

New Delhi, April 19 : The BJP Saturday urged the poll panel to ask the UPA government to put all major appointments on hold till a new government takes over and also demanded action against the media advisor to the prime minister for "violating" model code of conduct.

Mother-son government will be defeated: Modi

Katihar, Apr 19 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday attacked Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi and said the 'mother-son' government would be defeated.

Mirwaiz slams Geelani

By Saleem Iqbal Qadri, Srinagar Apr 19 : Asking Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani to come out from his 'Holier than Thou' stance, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairperson Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Umar Farooq in an open attack on Geelani Saturday said that he is trying to exhibit an attitude of superior virtue and thinks he is the god-father of the freedom movement which is utterly incorrect.

Modi terms UPA 'mother-son' government, hits out at 'RSVP model'

Barpeta (Assam)/Katihar (Bihar), April 19 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Saturday fired fresh salvos at the Congress, terming the UPA a "mother-son" government and raking up the alleged land deals of Robert Vadra by saying that the country wants to know about the "RSVP (Rahul, Sonia, Vadra, Priyanka) model".

Don't just be a voter, be a canvasser too: Modi to youth

Nagaon (Assam), April 19 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Saturday urged young voters in Assam to take part not only in voting but also as canvassers for the right candidate.

BJP's charges of corruption against Congress false: Sonia

Amethi, April 19 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Saturday slammed the BJP, saying that its "false propaganda" on corruption charges against the UPA government was nothing but an attempt to cover up cases of corruption in states ruled by it.

Poll panel chief refuses to respond to Azam Khan's allegation

Hyderabad, April 19 : Chief Election Commissioner V.S.Sampath Saturday declined to comment on the allegations by Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan that the poll panel is biased towards the BJP as it allowed Amit Shah to go scot free while not lifting ban on his election meetings in Uttar Pradesh.

Don't act like sole conscience-keeper of Kashmiris, Mirwaiz warns Geelani

Srinagar, April 19 : In a hard-hitting statement, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group Saturday, warned senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani not to try and act as the conscience keeper of Kashmiris or as the godfather of the separatist movement.

Awaiting report on Ajit Pawar's alleged threat: EC

Hyderabad, April 19 : The Election Commission Saturday said it was looking into reports that Maharshtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar threatened voters in Baramati Lok Sabha constituency.

PM greets people on Easter

New Delhi, April 19 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday greeted people on the occasion of Easter, saying the festival signifies compassion, brotherhood and a brighter future.

PM wasn't heard, didn't leave any footprints: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, April 19 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley Saturday took a dig at Manmohan Singh over information provided by his office that he delivered a speech almost every third day, saying the prime minister "walked on snow but did not leave any footprints".

Will Nehru-Gandhi dynasty reboot or fade out?

By Amulya Ganguli : Narendra Modi is not far off the mark when he says that the May 16 results will be the Congress's worst.

India may become 'world capital of liver diseases'

New Delhi, April 19 : A sedentary lifestyle, increased alcohol consumption and obesity are contributing towards making India the "world capital of liver diseases" by 2025, a health expert said Saturday.

BJP seeks apology from Geelani for 'mischievous' claims

New Delhi, April 19 : The BJP Saturday sought an apology from hardline Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani over his claims that two people had approached him as Narendra Modi's emissaries, saying such remarks were mischievous and aimed at creating confusion among people.

You can't cross our bridge, Bihar villagers tell politicians (Election Special)

By Imran Khan, Darbhanga (Bihar), April 19 : Residents of a village in Bihar's Darbhanga parliamentary constituency have barred elected representatives from using a bamboo bridge they have built through their own donations.

Age doesn't make Modi more mature than Rahul: Biman Bose (Election Special)

By Anurag Dey and Sirshendu Panth, Kolkata, April 19 : BJP star Narendra Modi cannot be called more mature than Rahul Gandhi just because he is older, said CPI-M politburo member Biman Bose who iterated that the projection of a prime ministerial candidate during elections was not relevant in the coalition era.

Modi sought my support on Kashmir: Syed Ali Geelani

Srinagar, Apr 19 : Separatist Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has claimed that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had sought his support in solving the Kashmir issue. "On Mar 22, two Kashmiri Pandits met me on Modi's behalf. They requested me to give my commitment to Modi that I will lend my support to him on the Kashmir issue," said Geelani.

Modi slams SP, BSP, Congress in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, Apr 18 : Taking a dig at Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday said the 'Netaji' was unable to take a stand where required.

Unrepentant SP seeks to play minority-victim card (Election Special)

By Mohit Dubey, Lucknow, April 19 : An unrepentant Azam Khan, Uttar Pradesh's loud-mouth urban development minister, continues to justify his acerbic speeches and acid-laced comments on political opponents and has now - with the party's ostensible backing - decided to turn the heat on the Election Commission (EC), accusing it of being "prejudiced towards Muslims".

How Marquez's 'magic realism' captivated Indians!

By Shilpa Raina, New Delhi, April 19 : Former Indian prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, a polyglot, once told interlocutors he had read many works of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in the original Spanish and was an ardent fan of his storytelling. He wasn't the only one. Many Indians fondly remember the Colombian literary luminary who introduced "magic realism" into literature and was a gifted writer who showcased local paradigms in a universal language.

High-tension wire falls on bus in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, April 18 : Many casualties were feared as a high-tension wire fell on a bus in which around 60 members of a marriage party were travelling in Madhya Pradesh's Bhind district Friday, police said, adding the exact number was not known yet.

Christians observe Good Friday across India

New Delhi, Apr. 18 : Christians across the country thronged churches in large numbers and attended holy mass on Friday on the occasion of Good Friday, which marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Pankaj Pachauri defends Manmohan Singh's 'silence' on Sanjay Baru's book

New Delhi, Apr.18 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's media advisor Pankaj Pachauri on Friday defended Dr. Singh silence on the controversial book of his former media advisor Sanjay Baru, saying that the PMO, his family and the Congress Party had made statements, and there was nothing new to say anymore on it.

Modi for Team India, says won't divide country in name of secularism

New Delhi, April 18 : Pitching for a "Team India", BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said Friday his appeal would not be to Hindus and Muslims but to the entire people of the country.

Probe BJP's cyber propaganda, Congress tells police

Mumbai, April 18 : The Congress's Maharashtra unit Friday lodged a police complaint objecting to what it alleged BJP's attempts "to poison minds using cyberspace", a party leader said.

Manmohan redefined Indian foreign policy: Sanjay Baru

New Delhi, Apr.18 : Former media advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sanjay Baru, has said that Dr. Singh redefined India's foreign policy and took important initiatives to ensure that the country improved its bilateral relations with other nations.

Chidambaram does not have the courage to contest elections: BJP

Amethi, Apr.18 : Reacting to Finance Minister P Chidambaram's 'Encounter Chief Minister' jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, BJP leader Smiti Irani on Friday said the former does not have the courage to contest the Lok Sabha elections as he knows that he is answerable to the people.

Modi open to pan-India retail tax, pushes for jobs, infrastructure

New Delhi, April 18 : A pan-India goods and services tax with the support of state governments, a push for infrastructure and privatisation of state units without politics are among the assurances of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi if voted to power.

Don't allow yoga camps if possibility of misuse, poll officials told

New Delhi, April 18 : The Election Commission Friday asked district election officers not to grant permission for activites like yoga camps if there was possibility of their misuse for political campaigning.

'Idea of communal identity being bigger than humanity is absurd'

By Subhash K. Jha, Mumbai, April 18 : Theatre legend Feroz Abbas Khan's directorial venture "Dekh Tamasha Dekh" is a brutal chronicle of the communal divide between Hindus and Muslims that stares in our face. He says it was essential for him to express a concern for the times "we're living in".

One-family rule has affected governance: Modi

New Delhi, April 18 : One-family rule has affected the nation, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said in an interview to Network 18 Friday.

Congress remains like a ship without captain: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Apr 18 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Friday slammed the ruling Congress over the issue of naming its prime ministerial candidate and said it is like a 'ship' without a 'captain'.

Manmohan Singh can't reply to tweets: PMO

New Delhi, Apr 18 : The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Friday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cannot go around reacting to tweets posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

BJP wants probe into EVM tampering in Ranchi, JVM-P wants fresh voting

Ranchi, April 18 : A day after politicians and journalists were beaten up by police while protesting tampering with EVMs after voting in Ranchi constituency, the BJP Friday demanded a judicial probe in the allegations while the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) sought the poll be countermanded and a fresh election held.

'Media ignored Manmohan Singh's development pitch'

New Delhi, April 18 : With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh set to lay down office in about a month, his communication adviser made a belated attempt to redeem his battered image, suggesting that even that the media, especially television, did not take enough note about the all-round progress of the country and the prime minister's thrust on development.

Agraites show no pride in Taj city's rich heritage (August 18 is World Heritage Day)

By Brij Khandelwal, Agra, April 18 : While World Heritage Day was celebratd globally on Friday, Agra's residents seem unconcerned and indifferent to the Taj city's rich historical legacy.

Friends, family priority for Indian youth: Study

Mumbai, April 18 : Be a rebel - the line from the "Rang De Basanti" song does not seem to resonate with today's youth in the country. They are now all for caring for their family, according to a new study conducted by youth channel MTV India.

NHRC seeks report on artificial ripening of fruit

Bhubaneswar, April 18 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from the health ministry on the action taken to stop the use of calcium carbide for the artificial ripening of fruit, a petitioner said Friday.

Mayawati bares her prime ministerial ambitions

Agra, April 18 : A day after Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said he would stake claim for the prime minister's post, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati Friday said if her supporters voted intelligently, a "Dalit ki beti" could well be at the helm of affairs of the central government.

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