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AP gets additional power of 277 MW Hyderabad, April 23 (IPT) : In response to the request letter addressed recently by Andhra Pradesh Governmet at the behest of Governor ESL Narasimhan to Central Government, the Ministry of Power, Government of India (GoI) has decided to allocate 276.83 MW of power to state from Aravali Power Company Private Limited (APCPL),

Jhajjar in Haryana. The Communication in this regard has been received from GoI to Rajbhavan, here today in which it was stated that Power utilities of State shall extend the power purchase agreement duly entering into commercial arrangements with APCPL, Jhajjar in Haryana. With this the total allocation from APCPL, Jhajjar to

Andhra Pradesh would be 503 MW (existing 226.17 MW + extra allocation now 276.83 MW). The Governor, who has recently reviewed the present power supply position, has directed the power utilities to put up all out efforts to provide satisfactory power supply to the maximum extent possible to the consumers during this summer months.

Wadhra land issue is not a personal issue: BJP Hyderabad, April 23 (IPT) : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Prakash Javdekar today said Wadhra land issue is not a personal issue but that of corruption.Addressing a press conference here, Mr Javdekar said people want to know why the land use was changed by the Haryana Government which amounted to misuse of power with insider information, he questioned he alleged. The land worth Rs 8 crore zoomed to Rs 58 crores within 3 months because of the land-use change. He said BJP viewed it not as an issue of a family but that of a corruption issue by the family.Ms Priyanka Gandhi's accusations were nothing but hypocrisy as she her-

self was raising personal issues against Mr Modi everyday. This was a typical Congress double speak, he charged BJP has an action plan for creation of jobs in Telangana and Seemandhra through massive public and private investment in the sphere of infrastructure including irrigation and housing, besides roads, rails and ports. Irrigating one hectare of land creates 5 new job opportunities.The party has a plan to utilise at least 50 TMC of Godavari and Krishna rivers, which goes into the sea, thereby creating irrigation potential in 50 lakh hectares.This one programme will create millions of new job opportunities. Creating skills is another facet of this employment-driven programme, he added.

EC supreme in interpreting poll speeches: Amit Shah New Delhi, April 23 : BJP general secretary Amit Shah Wednesday said he was initially convinced he had made remarks regarding the Muzaffarnagar riots after due consideration, but the Election Commission was the supreme authority in interpretation of poll speeches and he respected its directive.In an interview to NDTV, Shah also said that BJP leaders had not made personal attacks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and their remarks were in reference to controversies surrounding his alleged land deals.Asked about his remarks over the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots that led to his censure from the poll panel, Shah said, "This is a question of interpretation.""I

spoke after due consideration, I used to feel that. The Election Commission (EC) is the supreme authority for interpretation of speeches given during the election period. The EC said there were certain things (in my speech) which should not have been there. I accepted it.""The EC said some things should not have been spoken. According to my interpretation, these were right. If EC has said, I abide by it, respect it," Shah added. Shah, considered close to Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, had asked voters to cast their ballot and take revenge for the Muzaffarnagar riots. The EC allowed Shah to resume campaigning in Uttar Pradesh after he apologised and promised not to use de-

rogatory language or do anything violative of the Model Code of Conduct. Shah, the BJP general secretary in charge of party affairs in Uttar Pradesh, said Congress campaign centred around a family but his party's campaign was about issues faced by the people. "Their campaign is centred around a political family. Our campaign is about issues faced by the people," he said.The BJP was fighting to get an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha, he said."We are fighting to get more than 272 seats. I have confidence that our alliance will get more than 272 seats. If we win more than 272 seats, even then we will need support of all parties for the progress of the country," Shah said.


Thursday, April 24, 2014 Rs 110 Cr seized, 598 candidate in fray for 42 LS seats in AP elections Hyderabad, April 23 (IPT) : A total of 598 candidates are in the fray for 42 Lok Sabha constituencies and 3,912 candidates for 294 Assembly Seats in Andhra Pradesh where elections will be in two phases. In all, after withdrawal, 265 candidates remained in 17 Lok Sabha seats and 1669 candidates for 119 Assembly Constituencies in the first phase elections in Telangana region where elections will be held on April 30 while 333 candidates remained in the fray for 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Seemahdhra region and 2,243 candidates for 175 Assembly seats in the second phase elections to be held on May 7 in the region, Andhra Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal said in a press conference here today.The deadline for withdrawal of nomination papers ended in Seemandhra today, he said adding 53 candidates withdrewal nomination papers out of 386 valid nominations in 25 Lok Sabha seats while 572 candidates withdrew nomination papers out of 2815 valid nominations for 175 Assembly Seats. The highest number of 22 candidates each are contesting for Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Vijayawada Lok Sabha constituencies in Andhra Pradesh and lowest, 7 candidates, are contesting from Chittoor (SC) Parliamentry Constituency in Andhra Pradesh, Mr.Bhanwar Lal said. However, in the assembly seats, the highest number of 36 candidates are in fray for Kurnool Assembly in Seemandhra region while 32 candidates in Amberpet Assembly Constituency in Telangana region, he said.

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

Priyanka Vadra during an election campaign for her mother, Congress President, Sonia Gandhi in Raebareli on Wednesday. Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh), April 23 : For the second consecutive day, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Wednesday targeted the BJP and its prime ministe-

rial candidate Narendra Modi. Speaking at an election meeting in her mother Sonia Gandhi's parliamentary constituency, she directly attacked Modi by telling the

crowd "he was listening to conversations of women". Referring to the Gujarat snoopgate scandal where opposition parties allege that Modi ordered tracking of the

movements of a woman and spying on her, Priyanka said the man who was calling for protection of women was himself spying on a woman.Seeking votes for her mother and Congress president Sonia, she urged the people not to be swayed by false propaganda unleashed by the opposition and said voters should keep their welfare and the progress of nation in mind while voting. "A lot is being said in the poll season and you must be watching on television the type of 'tu-tu-main-main' (verbal spat) going on between political leaders," she told a gathering in Rae Bareli. At times, television news can be disgusting, Priyanka said while pointing out that she often asked her children not to watch television.Realizing that a large number of television crews were present at the meeting, she immediately apologized for the taunt but added that somehow this was the reality.Priyanka also listed many issues like infrastructure development, creation of jobs and women's empowerment as key issues people should care for. Ask the politicians how they will protect your interests, she told a group of women. Priyanka is doubling as the campaign manager of her mother Sonia and brother Rahul for their respective constituencies of Rae Bare l i and Amethi.Rae Bareli votes April 30 while polling in Amethi will be held May 7.

SC forms panel over govt 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.The bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice N.V. Ramana said "the existing DAVP policy/guidelines do not govern the issues raised" by the NGO Common Cause and the CPIL as the guidelines "do not lay down any criteria for the advertisements to qualify for 'public purpose' as opposed to partisan ends and political mileage...."The court said "there is a need for substantive guidelines to be issued by this court until the legislature enacts a law in this regard". Chief Justice Sathasivam said there was no policy or guideline to regulate the content of government advertisements "and to exclude the possibility of any mala fide use or misuse of public funds on advertisements in order to gain political mileage by the political establishment". The three-member committee would comprise N.R. Madhavan Menon, founder director of Bangalore's National Law School of India University; T.K. Vishwanathan, former Lok Sabha secretary general; and counsel Ranjit Kumar. The court said the infor-

mation and broadcasting ministry secretary would be member secretary, who would be coordinating and rendering assistance to the committee. The committee will submit its first report to the apex court in three months time.Pointing to the limited time available to the court to frame guidelines on the subject which was "sensational and significant", the bench said: "We deem it proper to constitute a committee to undertake the task of suggesting guidelines to this court after an intricate study of all the best practices in public advertisements in different jurisdictions and to submit the same before this court."Accepting the government position that it was only through such advertisements that it communicates its poli-

cies, decisions, programmes and initiatives to the people, the court said the plea by the NGOs Common Cause and CPIL was "also not entirely misconceived". "Since the primary cause of government advertisements is to use public funds to inform the public of their rights, obligations, and entitlements as well as to explain government policies, programmes, services and initiatives, however, when these requisites are not fulfilled in a government advertisement, then the whole purpose would be frustrated," it said.Pointing out that the boundary line between the government advertisements to inform the people and those having political overtones can get blurred, the court said, "we need to distinguish between the adver-

tisements that are part of government messaging and daily business and advertisements that are politically motivated". Observing that the issue raised by the NGOs might be new to India, governments in other countries have faced such a situation in the past and they resolved it by framing advertising guidelines. While Australia took steps to depoliticise public advertising and preventing conflict of interest so that no person or group exploits public advertising funds for individual or political gains, Canada also enforced guidelines for preventing conflict of interest by promoting transparency, accountability and separation of authority so that public advertisements could not be used for individual, financial or political gains.

Electioneering peaks as D-day nears Hyderabad, April 23 (IPT) : With just six days left for polling in Telangana, contesting parties upped their campaigning ,promising the voters to convert the region into a land of milk and honey. The theme song of the campaigning of top leaders of major political parties including BJP's Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi,Congress President Sonia Gandhi, AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi, TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu, TRS President K.Chandrasekhar Rao, among others,

who participated in the electioneering in the region was the speedier development of Telangana. Each leader claimed that his or her party alone can ensure the development of Telangana while making a plethora of promises. TRS Chief K.Chandrasekhar Rao, while campaigning in the Malkajgiri Lok Sabha constituency, today promised to implement 12 per cent reservation for Muslims with in four months after his party was voted to power. He also promised to withdraw tax on autorickshaws.


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China military says faces 'complex' task keeping secrets China's military faces a "severe and complex" task in maintaining secrecy, especially given the widespread use of the internet and mobile communications, and needs to ensure security is tightened, a top military paper said on Wednesday. Secrecy is needed to ensure that the Chinese army is capable of both waging war and winning, the People's Liberation Army Daily said, citing a document approved by President Xi Jinping and issued by the powerful Central Military Commission. "Have a clear understanding of the severe and complex situation faced in maintaining secrecy, always remain sober-minded and spare no effort to keep secrets safe," it said.The military has ordered a special check-up and overhaul to check loopholes in the management of documents and other items carrying classified information, as well as secret sites and activities, the newspaper said. Modern communications technology meant measures need to be taken to ensure "infallible security of confidential military information". The newspaper did not give specific examples or mention any recent lapses that may have caused the new order to be issued. A separate commentary in the same newspaper said military secrecy is vital to the army's survival, development and the outcome of any battles it may fight. "The country is faced with an increasingly complicated security environment and intensified competition in armed forces, which have fuelled rivalries in the scramble for information," the commentary said."There is no reason to be too optimistic about current secrecy measures", because problems still exist in certain fields in the army, it said. Despite proclaiming that its military spending and modernization is transparent, China keeps tight control over information regarding its armed forces, including banning foreign media from monthly defense ministry news conferences. While the United States frequently accuses China, including its military, of hacking computers, China says it is a target of hacking attacks by the United States. The White House has said that the U.S. does not spy to gain commercial advantage. China will beef up its internet security after recent reports that the U.S. government spied on a major telecommunications firm, the Defense Ministry said last month.

Is stopping Modi the West's new priority? On the eve of India's polls, it looks like the West has accepted the widespread Indian mood for change, but still wishes it has to deal with someone else but Narendra Modi. The Economist magazine brazenly displaying a Western arrogance bordering on a coloured vision, suggests in its latest issue: 'If, more probably, victory goes to the Bharatiya Janata Party, its coalition partners should hold out for a prime minister other than Modi.' The old colonial psyche that described us as heathens and pagans to be civilised through a hard dose of the gospel, still survives, it seems, in the editorial offices of some Western newspapers and magazines. When the economy is down and the corruption is high, a nation needs a leader with clear majority and a massive mandate to take firm, hard decisions. It must make Western governments, dwindling under their own 'not so good economic conditions', happier and more assured. Instead of bowing before the people's mandate and looking at an emerging, stronger democratic India as a guarantee for regional peace and power balance, the Western media and some hardcore Christian lobby groups in the United States have started their last ditch effort to stop Modi. Though there are fears that forces inimical to India's rise might plot something sin-

ister, nothing can stop Modi from taking oath as the new prime minister. The Indian people have shown their transparently clear and decisive mood. It is an unprecedented event in India's post Independence history. The West has always preferred to have a timid, half intelligent and a dependent India rather than a decisively independent and self-reliant one. No matter whether the Congress was in power or the BJP. The Western preferences have been very clear: A pliable Indian leadership suits them best. Modi belongs to an entirely different world they do not know how to connect with. Having developed a habit of reporting India with the help of so-called liberal, Left of Centre, Anglophile scholars, commentators and gossip providers in an English club ambience, the Western media and their highly accented Indian correspondents find it difficult to comprehend the new phenomenon. They have never read anything first hand source material on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh except the extreme Left's hate literature; their understanding of the Modi factor is limited to briefings by frequent fliers to Cambridge and the preopinionated India International Centre crowd. How to deal with a new leadership that has studied in a village school in Gujarat

So if not Modi, then who? There must be millions who will never get a chance to meet or speak to Narendra Modi. Still they want him -as prime minister. They would never ask for a Cabinet berth, chairmanship of a corporation or even membership of the Minorities Commission from the 'Hindu quota' as some of the worst Hindu-baiters availed of in this regime. So what ignited their minds? I was in Karimganj, near Silchar on the IndiaBangladesh border, Shillong, Banaras, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Kanpur, Patna, Amritsar, Pathankot, Jallandhar, Pune, Pali, Muzaffarpur and Hyderabad. People who were never ever connected with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or the

Bharatiya Janata Party, were seen supporting Modi. In Christian-dominated areas; in areas where Muslims are in a majority; and in Hindu-majority constituencies who have always returned a non-BJP legislator. I have known Narendrabhai since the days of our respected Advaniji's Rathyatra from Somnath to Ayodhya in 1990. He was never like this. The words I spoke to Advaniji, in his Ram Rath, when we took off from Somnath after an elaborate havan, can be used for Modi now -- you have entered a different orbit of public life. The Rathyatra transformed Advaniji from a gentle, intellectual BJP ideologueleader to a mass leader whose mesmerising charm would transform the party and the contours of politics.

This election is going to do the same thing. Narendrabhai Modi will be a man of destiny, so far from us yet so close to India's destiny.You may choose to ignore him, poohpooh him and say it is all a media creation, he is a big hoax, it's all propaganda. Still, in your heart, a small voice says 'It's Modi this time'. Why? After all, every Indian voter has a choice. So if not Modi, then who? The dark age we have had, mired in clouds of corruption, lethargy, when no government office was working and/or delivering, with external threats looming large and our voice getting lost in a din of being mocked at, ignored and taken lightly, with internal security matters going out of hand -- not just

the Maoists, but even a Google playing with Indian security and the complaints of a government agency like the Survey of India getting a boot from the weak, spineless leadership and bureaucracy, price rise, inflation, rupee devaluation, corruption in gigantic schemes like MGNREGA, the Supreme Court intervening to ensure justice in government at every step... people began losing faith in the State's power. Someone is needed to restore India back to Indians. So you decided you won't vote for Modi. But then, who will you vote for? List your leaders from the north to south and east to west, and ask your heart and mind, will any one of them be able to deliver and bring back India from the darkness it has fallen into?

and has completed the threeyear rigorous RSS training? The ignorance and illiteracy regarding the new language has put fear in their minds -we do not know this, so this must be a monstrous thing. Modi is a son of the soil. He speaks English with an Indian accent, and not an Oxbridge one, which had been so familiar to the Western media, crowding and appreciating the Westernised neo-Nehru clan. A half-baked knowledge of Indian history and a Churchilian outlook make them too uncomfortable dealing with a person who is best at speaking to Indians in their language and is moulded by the ideology they had despised so much. This is a new vocabulary to them, a new introduction to the reality which is diametrically opposed to the half-Brit-Nehruvian model of behaviour they were familiar with. That was the protocol, they could easily connect with -- looking at India the way a Viceroy looked at the natives -- a Ganesha terracotta to admire, ethnic pottery, folk something of Bastar and Jodhpur, sympathies with Maoists guerillas, talking supportively with Kashmiri separatists, no to Ayodhya and eyes wide shut at Hindu ethnic cleansing in the valley. That was the sum total of their Indian affair. Anglicised masters of India's destiny. Dictating terms to talk or stay paused with Pakistan. Getting a baton to begin the Commonwealth Games from the Queen. A protocol of regularly turning at Buckingham Palace and 10, Downing Street; feeling humbled by the benevolent attitude. It came to them so naturally that till the Atal Bihari Vajpayee regime, the Budget of India was presented in Parliament as per British clocks, to make the Lords in London comfortable and not for the comfort and the convenience of the Indian people. It was the BJP that changed the timing and started presenting the Budget when India was comfortable to hear it.The BJP changed that and is set to change much more for India. The fear is the colonial continuity of the supremacy of the Anglophile may end with the rise of Modi. When India gained nuclear power under Vajpayee's Pokaran-II test, the West was first to frown upon us, isolate us from the

Is Nitish Kumar's arrogance finishing him? The exit of Nitish Kumar after a 17-year alliance with the National Democratic Alliance has raised many interesting questions about Indian politics. Nitish says he considers the Bharatiya Janata Party-designated prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi communal. Three years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid demolition he had stitched alliance with the BJP but 12 years after the Gujarat riots he has moved out from the BJP. Interestingly Nitish does not seem to have done anything right in Bihar after the separation from the BJP. He

has been a failure on many fronts including law and order. The idea that Nitish Kumar might have decided to break away from the NDA owing to constraints of his carefully engineered Muslim vote bank has emerged as common sense but his decision seems as a disaster but he transformed himself into a vikas purush shifting from caste politics to development. Bihar has been changed due to good governance of Nitish Kumar but he has been trailing in alliance politics. Alliance politics is crucial

to survive in the state where four major parties are in the fray. He has already lost one alliance partner and also failed to compensate his party by entering into an alliance with either the Congress or the Lok Janshakti Party. Nitish Kumar’s decision to break away from the BJP has not only backfired, but also it hasn’t brought him any benefits that he hoped for. On one side the BJPLJP-Rashtriya Lok Samata Party alliance and another side Congress-RJD-NCP combine literally have squeezed him into third place.The BJP's calculation

is that Modi will be a votemultiplier and bring them many more seats in the state. In that sense, the BJP has compensated the snapping ties by Nitish Kumar. Nitish may have lost out due to over confidence. Recent poll surveys show that the BJP alliance in Bihar may bag 21-29 seats, the Congress’ alliance between 7-13 seats while Nitish’s Janata Dal-United may reduced to 26 seats.Nitish was the first one to raise the banner of secularism against Modi as calculated game to get the Muslim community votes but it seems that they are not

getting any benefit from the anti-Modi vote. One of the most patent things about Bihar politics is the caste combination that each political party tries to forge for forming a winning combination. The stark reality is that caste is the deciding factor in Bihar politics. Muslim constitutes around 16.5 percent of votes in Bihar but JD-U has fielded only five Muslim candidates who are learnt weak candidates in comparison of Congress alliance, which has eight Muslim candidates including known faces like Md Taslumuddin, Tariq Anawar, AA Fathmi and Abdul Bari Siddiqui.

mainstream and impose harsh sanctions against India. In spite of that, India-US relations have remained a pillar of India's foreign policy. The presence of nearly four million professionals of Indian origin people in the US and the recognition of their contribution by the Barack Obama regime is a testimony to the strong bonds that exist between us. Obama's rise delighted common Indians as much as it brought a feeling of justice in Washington. A future Indian government will have to move ahead without any historical baggage of rancour or animosity and hence it is important to know if the West is hearing or is willing to appreciate the new music of a happy dawn on the Indian horizon. It is not just trade and industry, the strategic partnership of India, Japan and the US is more significant in the contemporary geo-political situation. The Economist and other voices of Modi-fear emanating from the influential US media can't have come at a more inappropriate time. In Washington, Capitol Hill tried to give some signals of a changed mood, though delayed. The US ambassador to India, Nancy Powell, has resigned, fueling speculation that perhaps a more acceptable face would be sent to Delhi as a new envoy. But Congressional noises right at the time of elections in India have exposed the real faces of some US politicians against the rise of a new Indian leadership. On April 4, the US Senate's Human Rights Commission had an unusually timed hearing on religious freedom in India that was meant just to criticise Modi and suggest, quite shockingly, strengthening of religious minority courts. The timing of such an outrageous hearing alarmed some Hindu groups and Representatives. US Congresspersons Tulsi Gabbard and Brad Sherman raised serious concerns about the timing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on religious freedom in India. Both US Representatives, who are members of the commission, suggested that the hearing may have been timed with the upcoming Indian democratic election and urged committee members not to attempt to influence it.'Any attempt by the United States to have an effect on the Indian elections will backfire,' Congressman Sherman said, while questioning the panelists. The Hindu American Foundation specifically criticised House Resolution 417 as Hinduphobic and highly prejudicial, and expressed particular concern over the resolution's call to empower religious minority courts to conduct trials and hear appeals -- a suggestion the HAF contended threatens to undermine the secular Indian judicial system. They want an India with American priorities but Indians are making an India of their dreams. That is their priority? It hasn't to be an American choice, but an Indian destiny. And it will be.

Now, 3D-printed plaster cast to heal wound faster In what could revolutionise plaster cast technology, a Turkish design student has unveiled a slick 3D-printed cast with ventilation holes that reduces healing time by around 40 percent than currently used plaster casts.The new-age cast relies on ultrasound vibrations to heal wound faster and more easily. The ventilation holes on the 'Osteoid Medical Cast' prevent itches and smells normally associated with plaster casts that have changed very little over the past 300 years. "Conventional medical casts sacrifice ventilation for structural integrity," Deniz Karasahin said in a study. As a result, they are itchy, they smell very bad and due to plasters material properties they are bulky, heavy and they limit patients exposure to water, Karasahin, who won the 2014 Golden A'Design Award for his concept, noted. The new cast tackles the problem by 3D-printing the cast to fit the shape of the patients arm, and also providing ventilation holes, Karasahin claimed.To accelerate the healing process, a low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (Lipus) bone stimulator is placed directly on the patient's skin when the design is printed.The ventilation holes on the cast allows the Lipus bone stimulator probes to be placed directly over the injured area, said the study.The most difficult part was to come up with a fully functioning locking mechanism which is strong enough to protect the limb, Karasahin said.

How bariatric surgery can help control diabetes

What bariatric surgery, or obesity surgery, leads to weight loss is well known, but researchers have now identified the mechanism why obesity surgery also leave positive effects on diabetes and heart diseases.Health benefits from obesity surgery are not caused by a reduction in the stomach size but by increased levels of bile acids in the blood, said the study. Bile acids could be a new target for treating obesity and diabetes, suggested the study. For the study, researchers focused on a specific receptor called FXR, which is involved in bile acid signaling. "Our study shows that signaling through FXR is essential for the beneficial effects of the surgery to be achieved, Fredrik Bckhed from Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden.This is a major breakthrough in understanding how bariatric surgery affects metabolism and in the development of new treatment strategies," Bckhed said. Bariatric surgery is associated with a risk of complications and therefore treatment strategies based on the FXR receptor could be an important future therapeutic approach, said the study.In this study, mice with or without the FXR gene underwent an operation termed vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) in which approximately 80 percent of the stomach was removed.The surgical procedure is the same as that performed in humans. The researchers observed that the operation promoted weight loss and improved glucose metabolism in mice with FXR while the operation had no effect in mice that lacked FXR. The study appeared in the journal Nature.

McDonaldisation of gym culture spreading fast: Study

You must have witnessed the mushrooming of gym and fitness centres in your neighbourhood in the recent past. This is just like the spread of fast food chains, a study reveals. With successful gyms now spreading wings to different countries and promoting a typical body ideal, the fitness industry today resembles in many ways the fast food chains, said a study that explored the development of the modern fitness concept. McDonaldisation of the gym culture is the theme of the article published in 'Sports, Education and Society'. The study is partly based on interviews with personal trainers and group fitness instructors. With the example of the company Les Mills, established in New Zealand in the 1960s, the authors describe the emergence of a strictly regulated and globalised culture in the field of group fitness training.Les Mills, a giant in the fitness industry, operates based on a franchise model where permission to use the companys programmes is sold across the whole world. Spread across 80 countries, over 14 000 gyms that offer a Les Mills programme caters to over four million fitness class participants every week. Les Mills implies a standardised set of techniques that look basically the same in all forms of group fitness training. It is really a business empire built around group fitness," said Thomas Johansson, a professor at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. The concept consists of the companys head trainer presenting strictly regulated movements, including which music should be played while they are performed. Such a method limits the competence of the individual instructors as they have no way of changing the movements, music or the way they give instructions, said the study.The article appeared in the journal Sports, Education and Society.


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Obama and Abe to huddle at venerable Tokyo sushi counter Tokyo, April 23: U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are due to have dinner on Wednesday, bumping elbows at the counter of a tiny basement sushi restaurant run by an octogenarian chef. Sources close to Abe told Japanese media the prime minister thought a meal at "Sukiyabashi Jiro," a venerable establishment in Tokyo's bustling Ginza shopping district, would be a good way to build trust. "The prime minister thought that personal hospitality would be good," media quoted one of the sourcing as saying. The restaurant, with just 10 seats but three Michelin stars, is considered one of the world's best sushi restaurants.

Lebanese MPs fail to pick new president in first vote Beirut, April 23: Lebanese parliamentarians failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Wednesday, with leading candidate Samir Geagea falling well short of the required two-thirds majority. Geagea's shortfall had been widely expected and is likely to open up the race to other candidates in a process which politicians have warned could drag on for months.Parliament must choose a successor to President Michel Suleiman, whose six-year term ends in late May. But deep political divisions within the country and over the war in neighboring Syria have hampered efforts to agree on a new president, who must be a Maronite Christian. Geagea, supported by the March 14 political bloc which opposes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, won 48 votes in a session attended by 124 parliamentarians.

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he is driven through the crowd for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City.

Ukraine's leaders say have U.S. backing to take on 'aggressors'

Kiev, April 23: Ukraine's government relaunched a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups after an Easter pause on Wednesday and said it had the backing of the United States. Prompted in part by the discovery of the body of a Ukrainian politician who appeared to have been tortured, officials in Kiev decided to renew what they call an "anti-terrorist operation" against separatist militias who have seized control of about a dozen public buildings in eastern Ukraine. But it was unclear what steps, in reality, Kiev could take to restore its authority in the mainly Russian-speaking east, without wrecking an international deal, signed last week in Geneva, designed to defuse the stand-off. The crisis over Ukraine, now in its fourth month, has dragged Russia's relations with the West to their lowest level since the Cold War. A further escalation could lead to damaging economic sanctions,

and raises the risk of a disruption to the Russian gas supplies on which Europe depends."The security forces are working on the liquidation of illegal armed groups," in the east of Ukraine, First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema told reporters. "The corresponding activities will be carried out in the near future, and you will see the results." The Kiev government, which took power after Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovich fled the capital in a row over whether to strengthen ties with Europe, appeared to have been emboldened by Tuesday's visit of U.S. VicePresident Joe Biden. He brought a package of aid and urged Russia to curb the separatist militias in the east. "We have obtained the support of the United States, that they will not leave us alone with an aggressor. We hope that in the event of Russian aggression, this help will be more substantive," Yarema said. The United

States and NATO have made clear they will not intervene militarily in Ukraine. But the Pentagon said it was sending about 600 soldiers to Poland and the three Baltic states for infantry exercises, to reassure NATO allies. The Kiev government and its Western supporters accuse Moscow of using covert agents to foment unrest in eastern Ukraine. Moscow denies that, and says people in the east rose up spontaneously against a government in Kiev which, it says, is illegitimate and aligned with far-right nationalists. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would respond if its interests, or the interests of Russian citizens were attacked. "Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation," he said according to excerpts of an interview with Russia Today news channel. Russia justified its intervention in Crimea earlier this year by saying it had to de-

fend Russians living there. In eastern Ukraine some people hold Russian passports. The European Union said Russia should use its leverage to ensure an immediate end to the violence in eastern Ukraine. Lavrov said Moscow has no influence over the pro-Russian militias in eastern Ukraine. He said he suspected Washington was directing the Kiev government's response to the crisis.Russian gas giant Gazprom has said it will turn off supplies to Ukraine next month unless Kiev pays its outstanding debts. That would have a knock-on effect on deliveries to Europe, because much of the gas shipped westwards has to pass through Ukrainian territory. Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said Russia had proposed a ministerial meeting on Thursday with Ukraine and European officials in Slovakia to talk about gas but the European Commission said Energy Commissioner Guenther

Hong Kong and Philippines settle China says probing reports Chinese spat over 2010 bus tragedy chlorine used in Syria attack Hong Kong, April 23: Hong Kong on Wednesday scrapped travel sanctions against the Philippines after Manila offered an apology and compensation for a hostage tragedy almost four years ago, settling a lengthy diplomatic spat between the two. Hong Kong and the Philippines have close economic ties, with more than 150,000 Filipino domestic helpers working in the city. But emotions still remain raw over the 2010 killing of eight Hong Kong citizens in Manila by a sacked Filipino policeman after their tourist bus was taken hostage in a day-long siege. After a prolonged standoff and negotiations, the gunman opened fire. Many Hong Kong residents watching the drama unfold on live television blamed the deaths on what they considered to be a botched handling of the crisis by Philippine authorities. Both sides had now reached a "consensus" on resolving the rift, Hong Kong's leader, Leung Chun-ying, told reporters following a meeting with Manila mayor Joseph Estrada and an envoy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino in Hong Kong. The victims' families said they too were satisfied with the Philippine government's apology, its offer of additional compensation, a pledge to punish officials who dealt

with the crisis and a commitment to enhance tourist safety. "The Philippine Government expresses its most sorrowful regret and profound sympathy, and extends its most sincere condolences for the pain and suffering of the victims and their families," both governments said in a joint statement. Leung said the agreement heralded a "normalization of bilateral relations" between the two sides. "I ... believe that the bilateral relations between the peoples of Hong Kong and the Philippines will s ta r t a n e w c h a p t e r, " Le u n g t o l d r e p o r t e r s . While the compensation amount offered by Manila has not been disclosed publicly, media reports said it was around HK$20 million ($2.6 million). "It is reasonable and acceptable," said James To, a lawmaker representing the victims' relatives, of the compensation. In January, Hong Kong scrapped visa-free access for all Philippine diplomatic and official passport holders after Manila failed to issue a formal apology. Leung said this sanction would be lifted with immediate effect. The former British territory of Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 but retains a high degree of autonomy over its affairs.

Beijing, April 23: China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that it was investigating reports that a chlorine canister bearing the name of the country's biggest arms maker was shown in footage believed to document a gas attack in Syria this month. Attacks this month in several areas in Syria share characteristics that have led analysts to believe that there is a coordinated chlorine bomb campaign, with growing evidence that it is the government side dropping the weapons. In the rebel-held village of Kfar Zeita in the central province of Hama, 125 miles north of Damascus, opposition activists uploaded video of people choking and being fed oxygen following what they said were bombs dropped from helicopters on April 11 and 12. Further footage showed a partially exploded canister with the chemical symbol for chlorine along with the name of Chinese arms manufacturer Norinco.Reporters could not verify the authenticity of the videos and Norinco, also known as China North Industries Group Corporation, has not responded to requests from Reuters for comment. "After seeing this report, we paid great attention and immediately sought to understand (the situation) from relevant departments. We will clarify this issue in a timely manner," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular press briefing."We oppose the production and use of chemical weapons. On this, we are conscientious and responsible. Domestically, we have relevant laws and rules and a supervision system." In a statement later emailed to Reuters, the ministry said China "scrupulously abides by its non-proliferation obligations" and strictly controls exports of dualuse items, including sensitive chemicals. "Chlorine is a raw material that has wide industrial uses, and it is not on any nation's or organization's list of controlled items," it said. "China hopes that relevant media can objectively and fairly report this, to avoid causing misunderstanding." Syria has vowed to hand over or destroy its entire chemical weapons arsenal by the end of this week, but still has roughly 14 percent of the chemicals it declared to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). In addition, the alleged battlefield use of chlorine gas, never included on the list submitted to the OPCW, has led some countries to consider requesting an investigation, possibly through the United Nations.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed with the United States and Russia to dispose of his chemical weapons - an arsenal that Damascus had never previously formally acknowledged - after hundreds of people were killed in a sarin gas attack on the outskirts of the capital last August.

Oettinger was not expected to attend any talks. The crisis in Ukraine began when Yanukovich, under pressure from Moscow, pulled out of a planned cooperation agreement with the EU. Pro-Western protesters took to the streets and Yanukovich fled after bloody clashes. As a caretaker leadership of pro-Western protest leaders took over the government in Kiev, the Kremlin sent its forces into Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula, and shortly after annexed the region. Moscow said it acted to protect local people who were being persecuted by Kiev's new rulers, while the West called it an illegal land grab.In Slaviansk, a flashpoint eastern Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian armed men, the de facto local leaders ordered residents to brace for an offensive by security forces loyal to Kiev, but there was so far no sign of any operation on the ground. Ukraine's poorly resourced forces had previously shown little sign of taking on the gunmen who started occupying towns and public buildings two weeks ago. The offensive may not lead to much more action but could fuel recriminations between Moscow and Kiev about who is failing to honor the Geneva deal. Mediators from the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe, tasked with helping the sides implement the accord, were in eastern Ukraine trying to encourage illegal groups to disarm. There was no sign yet they were backing down.

His total was eclipsed by 52 blank votes submitted by members of the March 8 coalition, led by the militant Shi'ite group Hezbollah, which has been fighting in Syria to support Assad against mainly Sunni Muslim rebels and foreign jihadis. Former army chief Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, could declare himself a candidate ahead of the next vote, which will be held next Wednesday.If parliament fails to elect a new president in the second session, politicians might look for consensus candidates such as current army chief General Jean Kahwaji or Central Bank governor Riad Salameh, though neither has declared their intention to run at this stage. Lebanon's political system divides up political power among its various religious communities, allocating the presidency to Maronite Christians. The prime minister is a Sunni Muslim and the speaker of parliament a Shi'te Muslim.

Pakistan TV channel under pressure from military after shooting

Islamabad, April 23: Pakistan's Defence Ministry has demanded that a prominent news channel be suspended after it reported that the country's powerful spy agency was behind the shooting of one of Pakistan's most famous journalists, a media regulator said on Wednesday. Hamid Mir, a veteran talk-show presenter at privately owned Geo News, survived the attack after unidentified gunmen shot him multiple times in the port city of Karachi on Saturday.Geo has since repeatedly accused the military's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency of being behind the shooting. The military has denied the accusation. On Wednesday, Pakistan's electronic media watchdog said it had received a complaint from the Defence Ministry demanding the channel's license be suspended. "Of course we are aware of the gravity of this

issue and so the complaint is being dealt with at the highest level," said Fakhruddin Mughal, a spokesman for the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority."Rest assured, we are a neutral regulator and no matter who the complaint is from and who it is against, we will deal with the matter only as per the law and not under pressure from any organization or individual." The shooting of a journalist anchoring Pakistan's top political news talk show has sent a chill through the journalistic community weeks after television anchor Raza Rumi was attacked in the city of Lahore. Rumi survived but his driver was shot dead. Although Pakistani media have become increasingly vibrant in recent years, with stories exposing corruption or injustices appearing frequently on the pages of the country's many dailies, public criticism of the army or the

ISI is largely a taboo. No one has claimed responsibility for the recent assaults, although the Taliban, holed up in mountains on the Afghan border, have made repeated threats against domestic and foreign reporters for portraying the insurgency in a negative light.Geo's Islamabad editor, Rana Jawad, told Reuters that the media sector would not be easily silenced. "Obviously they (the army and the ISI) are disturbed about why we repeated suspicions by the journalist who was shot and his family, and now that has led to this attempt to invoke the law and get us off air," Jawad said. "But this is not Musharraf's era, it won't be that easy to muzzle the media," he said, referring to Pakistan's former military dictator, Pervez Musharraf. "We don't believe that we did anything to bring disrepute to national security institutions or publicly mock them. That is not possible."

China urges renewed peace effort in South Sudan after massacre Beijing, April 23: China on Wednesday urged renewed peace efforts in South Sudan after the United Nations said rebels slaughtered hundreds of civilians when they seized the South Sudan oil hub of Bentiu. "We strongly condemn this and urge all sides in South Sudan, including the opposition and the authorities, to keep pushing political dialogue to resolve the relevant issues and achieve reconciliation, peace and development at the earliest date," foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a daily briefing. China has played an unusually active diplomatic role in South Sudan and is the biggest investor in its oil industry. Bentiu is capital of South Sudan's oil-producing Unity

state. Oil firms in South Sudan, a country roughly the size of France, include China National Petroleum Corp, India's ONGC Videsh and Malaysia's Petronas. "China has energy interests in South Sudan, so we hope even more that this country can maintain peace and stability," Qin added."We also ask that the South Sudanese authorities provide protection to China's reasonable rights in South Sudan and the safety of Chinese nationals," he said. China's special envoy to Africa, Zhong Jianhua, told Reuters in February that China's efforts to help resolve the conflict in South Sudan marked a "new chapter" in its foreign policy that would seek to engage more in Africa's security.

Aung San Suu Kyi is surrounded by members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party upon her arrival at the funeral of Win Tin, a senior leader of the NLD, at Ye-Way cemetery in Yangon, Myanmar. Win Tin, a prominent journalist who became Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner after challenging military rule by co-founding the NLD died on April 21, 2014. He was 85.


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MARK INDIA, Hyderabad

Malkajgiri witnessing fight between dharma, money: Dr JP Hyderabad, April 23 (IPT) : Loksatta Party National President Dr Jayaprakash Narayan today described the contest for Malkajigiri Lok Sabha seat as a fight between dharma and money and exuded confidence of dharma winning over money in the defining election. Addressing a media conference, Dr Narayan, who is contesting the seat, said he has heard rumors of some candidates spending up to Rs 150 crore each in the constituency and added that politics has come to mean mere money. It is, therefore, no surprise that forces which are bent upon continuing the status quo are mortally afraid of the Loksatta Party which is seeking votes on the plank of changing the nature of politics and governance without offering any inducements to voters.Referring to

Rebels among those who withdrew papers

Hyderabad, April 23 (IPT) : As the deadline for withdrawal of nomination papers ended in Seemandhra today, the state administration is rolling up its sleeves to make massive arrangements in both Telangana and Andhra for the two-phase elections.While in Telangana the polling will take place on April 30,voting in Seemandhra is scheduled to be held on May seven.After withdrawal, 333 candidates remained in the fray for 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra and 2,243 candidates for 175 assembly seats in the region. Among those who withdrew their papers were rebel candidates belonging to different political parties.Meanwhile, the state election commission was busy making elaborate arrangements for the conduct of free and fair elections.

movie star Pavan Kalyan's decision to support the TDP candidate in Maljigiri although he had pledged to campaign for the Loksatta earlier, Dr Narayan said he could understand the pressures and influences Pavan was subjected to and the agonizing dilemma he had to contend with. Pavan, he recalled, had originally thought of contesting from Malkajgiri. but dropped his idea later deeming him (Dr. JP) as the right candidate. He had openly expressed support and offered to campaign for Dr JP Dr Narayan said he was moved by Pavan's gesture. 'Pavan is a sincere and guileless person who is burning with a desire for the development of Telugu people and the country. I can understand his compulsions and pressures'.

Kejriwal ahead of Modi in Time magazine poll

New York, April 23 : Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal is leading the Time magazine’s readers poll of 100 Most Influential People in the world with the highest percentage of ‘yes’ votes, pipping BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and American singer Katy Perry.Indian politicians are dominating the list during election season. As of Tuesday morning, as many 3,168,308 people had cast a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote for Mr. Kejriwal, while more than 5,075,588 had voted for Mr. Modi. Till now, Mr. Kejriwal has received 71.5 per cent ‘yes’ and 28.5 ‘no’ votes. Mr. Modi had a greater percentage of ‘no’ votes than any other influential person-

alities in the running, beating out both Ms. Perry and Justin Bieber for naysayers. Mr. Modi has received 49.7 ‘yes’ and 50.3 per cent ‘no’ votes. Each year, Time publishes an editor-curated list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Before the issue comes out, Time runs an online poll where readers can cast their vote for where politicians, actors, musicians and athletes should rank on the list. The top of the poll has otherwise been dominated by the entertainment industry figures. After Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Modi, Egyptian military commander Abdul Fattah al-Sissi was the next world figure on the list.

Cong manifesto a copy paste of TRS: Konda Hyderabad, April 23 (IPT) : Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Cevella Lok Sabha Candidate Konda Vishweshwar Reddy today said the Congress Party election manifesto was copy paste of TRS manifesto. Speaking after flagging off a huge bike rally at Ayyappa Society, Madhapur here, Mr Reddy said that Telangana Pradesh Congress President (TPCC) Ponnala Lakshmiah, was claiming that the Congress has given Telangana. Telangana dream was fulfilled with the struggle of Telangana people and sacrifice of its President K Chandrasekhar Rao, he claimed.He requested the voters to give massive mandate to TRS for putting Telangana firmly on the path of progress and development. He said, TRS manifesto is precious, It has been drafted under the guidance of experts and intellectuals. TRS will implement the manifesto to the last word on being elected.'We are confident of winning 90 per cent seats in the forthcoming elections. Some parties have been boasting of what they will do on being elected, citing development of Hi-tech city, without realising the real meaning of development. Bringing about change in the living standards of people is the real parameter of development, this is possible only for TRS', Mr Reddy added. I am confident of TRS MLA candidate Shankar Goud getting elected from Serilingampally and leading the constituency to unprecedented growth.

A polling official hands over EVMs to his colleague at a distribution center ahead of the sixth phase of voting of the Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai on Wednesday.

LS tryst : Stage set for Phase VI polls in 12 states for 117 seats New Delhi/Chennai/ Lucknow, April 23 : An 180million electoral college prepared for Phase VI polls in 117 Lok Sabha constituencies, spread across 12 states and one Union Territory tomorrow, amid steppedup security. Involved in the phase six of the tryst with the 16th Lok Sabha are Uttar Pradesh (12 seats), Tamil Nadu (39), Maharashtra (19), Madhya Pradesh (10), Assam (six), Bihar (seven), Chhattisgarh (seven), Rajasthan (five), West Bengal (six), Jharkhand (four), Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag and the erstwhile French protectorate of Puducherry. Among the aspirants are Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav (Mainpuri), Leader of the

Giriraj Singh to surrender before court on April 24

TMC Rajya-Sabha MP Mithun Chakrabortry addresses an election campaign meeting for the party candidate Anupam Hazra at Bolpur in Birbhum district of West Bengal on Wednesday..

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. The CPI-M journal, "People's Democracy", said in an editorial that beneath "Modispeak" was "an intense communal campaign which is specially concentrated in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar". "The duality in the BJP's election campaign is getting exposed," the magazine said. "The recent speeches and utterances of BJP and RSS leaders are revealing the Hindu chauvinist and com-

munal character of (the BJP's election) campaign," it said. It cited the example of Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Nawada in Bihar, Giriraj Singh, who declared that Modi critics will have to shift to Pakistan. "The branding of all critics of Hindutva as anti-national and pro-Pakistan is an old trick employed by the Sangh combine," the editorial said. "The allusion to Pakistan is also meant to target the Muslim community who are always caricatured as being loyal to Pakistan." This speech follows the one made by Amit Shah, Modi's lieutenant, in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh when he called for

avenging "the insult to our community". "It is significant that the BJP leadership defended Amit Shah by saying that he had only called for revenge by voting. Narendra Modi himself came out in his defence." The editorial went on: "Such hate speeches directed against the minority community and those who oppose the Hindutva agenda are part of the campaign being conducted by the entire RSS cadre who are out in the field to support the BJP's election campaign. "RSS squads are moving house to house and distributing leaflets which are appealing to the Hindus to come out and vote 100 per-

cent to save the country from malicious enemies." It also cited the case of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia who has spewed hatred against Muslims. The CPI-M said: "Modi is presiding over such a campaign camouflaging it with talk of delivering all-round development and effective government. "But the communal trappings and the divisive hatred being spawned cannot be concealed... "What is to be understood is that these instances are not aberrations of some individuals," it said. "This is integral to the political platform of BJP and Modi. The people and the country have been forewarned."

Patna, April 23 : Facing arrest for his controversial statements, senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh on Wednesday said he will surrender before the court on Thursday but did not say whether he would do so in Jharkhand or Bihar. “I will surrender before court tomorrow... I have respect for law, judiciary and the Election Commission,” he told reporters. When asked, he said, “I will not reveal where I will surrender.” Three FIRs — two at Deogarh and Bokaro in Jharkhand and one in Patna — were lodged against him at the behest of the Election Commission, which has barred him from campaigning in the two States in the wake of his April 18, 2014 remarks that those opposing BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi belong in Pakistan, and that the Centre was giving subsidy for export of beef while taxing those who reared cows. The third FIR was lodged at the Airport police station in Patna two days ago for repeating the same remarks publicly on April 20. Patna district administration had issued notice to Mr. Singh and sought his reply within 24 hours, which he did after expiry of the deadline.

Opposition Sushma Swaraj (Vidisha), actress-turnedpolitician Hema Malini (Mathura), PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti (Anantnag), External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid (Farukkhabad) and former high profile SP leader, now RLD candidate Amar Singh (Fatehpur Sikri) . In all, 845 candidates are in the fray, including 55 women in Tamil Nadu, with 39 seats.About 1.25 lakh police personnel plus paramilitary forces have been deployed to maintain law and order during polling.A total of 5,50,42,876 voters are slated to exercise their franchise.Polling will be held at lone J&K Anantnag Lok Sabha seat over 16 assembly segments in Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and

Kulgam districts.State police personnel and Central Reserve Police Force (CR Pirpanjal range and other areas, which were being used by militants to sneak into south Kashmir from Poonch, Doda and Rajouri have also been sealed.Elaborate security has been mounted as Jharkhand gears up to conduct the third and final phase of voting for Rajmahal (Reserved ST), Godda, Dumka (Reserved, ST) and Dhanbad. Altogether, 72 candidates- 11 from Rajmahal, 14 from Dumka, 16 in Godda and 31 in Dhanbad- are in the fray.Over 93 lakh people would vote for the third and final phase in Dhubri, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Mangaldai, Gauhati and

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. Referring to Priyanka's remarks at a rally in Rae Bareli Tuesday, Jaitley in an article on the Bharatiya Janata Party website said she was right that personal attacks should be avoided. Priyanka, daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Tuesday said the allegations about her husband Robert Vadra were part of a concerted political attack on her family. She also said she was hurt by such allegations and "feel strongly against such vicious attack". Jaitley said Robert Vadra was in a controversy over the nature of his investments and, prima facie, it was a case of "investments without original capital and an unprecedented return". "Priyanka Vadra claims not to be in politics. She helps her mother and brother in their constituencies which she is entitled to. Yesterday, she commented that she was pained at the personal attacks on her husband Robert Vadra who has been in controversy over the nature of his investments. There is obviously something much more than meets the eye," Jaitley said. He said "Mrs. Vadra is right" that personal attacks pain people and should be avoided. "I wish her political friends should also realise this. If they had realised it, her brother would not have made Narendra Modi's so-called child marriage into a public issue," Jaitley said. Priyanka's brother and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had accused Modi of hiding his marital status after he named his wife in his nomination papers filed in Vadodara.The Congress has also moved the Election Commission against Modi on the issue. Jaitley said the Congress should also not have attacked Modi on the alleged snooping of a young woman in Gujarat and over the 2002 riots."The Congress would not have made security to a lady in Ahmedabad into a 'snoopgate' issue. In a case where courts have found that there is not even enough case to register an FIR against Modi, the Congress should not have carried on campaign for 12 long years based on falsehood and fabrications."

Nagaon constituencies of Assam.Chhattisgarh gears up for an 11-hour polling for the third and final phase of elections to remaining seven Lok Sabha seats tomorrow.Polling will be conducted at 14,474 polling booths across seven parliamentary constituencies -Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg, Korba, Surguja (ST), Raigarh (ST) and Janjgir-Champa (SC) -- to decide the fate of 153 candidates, including 15 women.An estimated 1,18,10,256 voters, including 57,72,750 women, spread over 14 districts and 58 of 90 assembly segments would exercise their franchise.A total of 3,283 polling booths had been identified as sensitive and hypers e n s i t i v e because of Naxalism and other factors.

Rajnath, Sonia to campaign in Gujarat today, Rahul on April 26 Ahmedabad, April 23 : Campaigning in Gujarat for the general elections has gained momentum with BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi kicking off his party's campaign today, even as BJP president Rajnath Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will address rallies for their candidates in the state tomorrow. Mr Modi started campaign in his home state for the general elections addressing a rally in Surendranagar this afternoon. The Gujarat Chief Minister also addressed a rally in Gandhinagar where BJP veteran leader L K Advani is contesting from. He was also addressing rallies in Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and Jamnagar. Tomorrow, Mr Modi will address a public rally in Vadodara. Besides Vadodara, the BJP's PM candidate is also contesting from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Besides the BJP national president, former party chief Nitin Gadkari and cricketerturned-MP Navjot Singh Sidhu will also campaign tomorrow.BJP Gujarat unit media convener Harshad Patel today said Mr Singh will address three rallies in Kheda, Bharuch and Kutch. Mr Gadkari will be canvassing for the party candidates at Valsad, Navsari and Ahmedabad East.

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