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AP TCS techie swati dies in Chennai bomb blast Hyderabad, May 1 (IPT) : Parchuri Swati, a TCS techie's home coming after a gap of four months had become a death trap. The 24-year-old's first visit after she landed a job at TCS Bangalore in January this year, she walked into a death trap when a bomb exploded in the S4 compartment of GuwahatiBangaluru Express train this morning at Chennai Central. Swati was the only casualty in the explosion as the low intensity bomb was right below her seat, police sources said. Two others from the state, also traveling in the same coach, suffered injuries. "Swathi had booked the ticket through Tatkal and her father was supposed to bring her home from

Vijayawada station but the disaster took her away from us," said her grandmother, Katragadda Rajyalakshmi with tears welling up in her eyes. Her parents, Parchuri Ramakrishna and Kamakshi, residing at Srinagar colony of Guntur rushed to Chennai. Swati's brother Pradyumna, is pursuing engineering course at IIT, Mumbai. She studied up to Class 10 at KLP Public School, completed Intermediate from St Ann's College of Guntur and later pursued BTech

(EEE) from JNTU, Hyderabad. She got through GATE and pursued MTech from the same institution. Her parents, who hail from Jagarlamudi village, are from agricultural background and had moved to Guntur to provide better opportunities for their children and also recently bought an apartment. Swati would have married her class mate from Warangal shortly said family sources. A spokesperson for the TCS Bangalore said: 'We are deeply shocked and saddened at this unfortunate loss of life of our colleague in this tragic incident.Swati died and 14 people were injured in twin blasts in GuwahatiBengaluru Express at Chennai Central station.

I don't hide things like Modi who is a coward: Digvijay Singh Hyderabad, May 1 (IPT) : Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Thursday said that he does not hide his relationship like Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi who had been hiding the truth about his marriage and added that the latter is a coward. "I don't hide my relationship, which Mr. Modi does. I am not a coward. My relationship is a private matter that I have made public," said Singh. "Modi is a coward as he has hidden his wife for years, but I have the courage and conviction to face the consequences for what I have said and done," he added. Yesterday, the Congress leader had

tweeted that he had no hesitation in accepting his relationship with T.V journalist Amrita Rai."I have no hesitation in accepting my relationship with Amrita Rai. She and her husband have already filed a mutual consent divorce case and we will formalize the relationship once the divorce comes through," tweeted Singh. "Once that is decided we would formalise it. But I do condemn encroachment in our private life," he added. Later in the day, Rai had also accepted the same and had tweeted, "I have separated from my husband and we have filed a mutual consent divorce papers. After which I have decided to marry with Digvijay Singh.

Congress moves EC, demands Modi's arrest New Delhi, May 1 : The Congress Thursday moved the EC demanding immediate arrest of BJP leader Narendra Modi, saying section 130 of the Representation of the People Act should be added to the FIR registered against him for his comments to the media after casting his vote on Wednesday. In a letter to the Election Commission (EC), K.C. Mittal, secretary of the Congress legal and human rights department, said the poll panel had Wednesday ordered registration of FIR against Modi on a Congress complaint. He said the party had made its own inquiries and

examined footage and other records made available by the election authorities in Gujarat over Modi's comments to the mediaon Wednesday. Modi is the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party and is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Vadodara and Varanasi constituencies. "It is found that Narendra Modi also committed offence within the meaning of u/s 130, in addition to section 126 of the Representation of the People Act (RPA), 1951, since he was canvassing in and near a polling station which is prohibited under section 130 of the act," Mittal

said.He said section 130 of the RPA should be added to the FIR against Modi. "He should be charged with the offence under sections 126 and 130 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and he should be arrested immediately," Mittal said. The commission ordered registration of FIR against Modi Wednesday saying his address to the media was in the nature of political speech intended to influence the result of constituencies going to polls in Gujarat and outside the state. The commission said Modi violated the provisions of sections 126 (1) (a) and 126 (l) (b) of RPA.

TV anchor Amrita Rai files hacking complaint

New Delhi, May 1 : A day after her intimate photographs with Congress leader Digvijaya Singh appeared on a social networking site, TV anchor Amrita Rai Thursday lodged a police complaint, saying her email and social network accounts were hacked. "She (Rai) complained that her accounts on Gmail, Facebook and Twitter were hacked. The crime branch has registered a case under the IT Act," a Delhi Police crime branch official said. Twitter Wednesday was abuzz with news of the revelation of the affair between 67-year-old Digvijaya Singh, a former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh,

and Rai, a Rajya Sabha TV anchor. Both accepted they were in a relationship and will marry soon. Digvijaya Singh posted two tweets, acknowledging the relationship with Rai. "I have no hesitation in accepting my relationship with Amrita Rai. She and her husband have already filed a mutual consent divorce case." "Once that is decided we would formalise it. But I do condemn encroachment in our private life," he posted. Rai separately tweeted: "I have separated from my husband and we have filed a mutual consent divorce papers. After which I have decided to marry with Digvijaya Singh."

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Twin blasts in train kill one, injure 14 in Chennai

Chennai, May 1 : A young woman working in an IT company was killed and 14 people were injured Thursday when two bombs exploded on a train as it entered the Chennai Central station, police said. The low intensity explosions in quick succession occurred in two adjacent coaches of the BangaloreGuwahati express train around 7.15 a.m., triggering mayhem on May Day at the busy station. Many fled in panic and the wounded cried out in pain, as the young woman lay dead. Two of the wounded suffered serious injuries. Southern Railway general manager Rakesh Mishra identified the dead woman as 24-year-old Swathi from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. Swathi was an employee of an IT company in Bangalore, and was going to Andhra Pradesh. Speaking to reporters at their residence in Guntur, Swathi's parents were inconsolable and said their daugh-

ter was to get married in a couple of months. They later arrived here to collect Swathi's body. A man at the station told IANS: "The blast was not very loud. It was only after we saw people running away from the train that we realised something was wrong." He said the rail coaches were not badly damaged but the berth where the dead woman was seated bore the brunt of the explosion. Sheetal Pradhan, a passenger in one of the two coaches, told reporters that the first blast was like a Diwali bomb and was immediately followed by the second. She and her friend immediately came out on to the platform where the scene was chaotic. They shivered at the thought of the bomb being much more powerful. Railway porters told reporters they were heading towards the incoming train when they heard the blasts. Frightened passengers immediately rushed out of the

coaches.The porters were the first to provide help to the injured. They also helped passengers get out. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the "barbaric act" and said they "highlight the desperation and cowardice of those responsible". "No efforts should be spared to bring the perpetra-

tors to justice," he said. The blasts came barely two days after a Sri Lankan national, Mohammed Zakir Hussain, was arrested on charges of plotting to damage vital installations in Tamil Nadu. "The blasts occurred in coaches S4 and S5 of the Bangalore-Guwahati train," Inspector General of Police (Railways) Seema Agarwal told. She said the injured were admitted to a government hospital and the two coaches were detached from the train for investigation. According to hospital officials, the condition of those injured was stable.

train was later flagged off. Police also took into custody a young man who was hiding in a coach. Registering a case, railway police later transferred it to the Tamil Nadu Police crime branch. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa expressed grief at the death of the woman. "I have ordered police to investigate the crime along with the railway police and bring the culprits (to book)," she said. She also announced a solatium of Rs.100,000 to the family of the dead woman, Rs.50,000 to those who suffered serious injuries and

The Chennai Central station handles some 200 trains and several thousands of people every day. The train was scheduled to reach Chennai at 5.40 a.m. but was running late by an hour and a half. IGP Agarwal said it was too early to say what explosives were used.After detaching the two coaches, the

Rs.25,000 to the other injured people.Security at all major railway stations in Tamil Nadu was beefed up after the blasts.Southern Railway general manager Mishra said an ex-gratia of Rs.100,000 has been announced for the family of the dead, Rs.25,000 for those who suffered serious injuries and Rs.5,000 for the other injured.

My father is Rajiv Gandhi: Priyanka to Modi's daughter comment Amethi/New Delhi, May 1 : In a scathing retort to Narendra Modi's reported "daughter" comment, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Thursday said she was the daughter of late former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, while controversy-hit Doordarshan clarified there was no "deliberate editing" of the BJP prime ministerial candidate's interview."My father is Rajiv Gandhi. He laid down his life for the country. He cannot be compared to any other person," Priyanka Gandhi, the daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, said angrily in Amethi.She was reacting to a reported comment of Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Modi in an interview aired on Doordarshan April 27 that Priyanka Gandhi was like a daughter.Following a media report that said Modi's comment made during the interview to Doordarshan was edited out, the BJP charged the ruling Congress with interference in the functioning of the public broadcaster. But Doordarshan clarified

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during the election campaign for her brother and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Amethi on Thursday. there was "no deliberate editing or omission" of any part of Modi's interview. "Wherever editing was done was for technical reasons and during post-production," Doordarshan said in a statement.Priyanka Gandhi, who has been unsparing in her attacks on Modi during political campaigns in favour

of Sonia Gandhi and her brother Rahul Gandhi, also said that she did not appreciate the comparison with her father, who was assassinated by a Tamil Tiger human bomb in 1991 during an election rally.Asked by reporters if she was offended by Modi's comments, Priyanka said: "No, it doesn't really anger

me... But enough is enough. I don't get offended by anything anyone says." Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari denied any interference in the state-run broadcaster, saying Prasar Bharati, under which Doordarshan and All India Radio function, is kept at

"arms length" by the government."Prasar Bharati is an autonomous broadcaster and is governed by an act of parliament. The ministry of information and broadcasting has an arms-length relationship with the broadcaster. We do not interfere in their news agenda," Tewari told Times Now news channel. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram wondered if Priyanka Gandhi would appreciate Modi's reported paternal sentiments. "I am happy that Modi considers Priyanka Gandhi as his daughter, but am not sure if she will be happy to consider Modi as a father figure," he said.Latching onto the controversy to attack the Congress, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said the interview should have been played out in full and "there should not have been any tinkering". Another party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said: "Doordarshan already has been pressurised to function like a government mouthpiece."


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Why a former CM is in the battle of his life Sindhudurg, the bastion of Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane and his sons, has been in political turmoil this past fortnight. When an elected legislator of the Congress party's main ally, the Nationalist Congress Party, protests against his leadership (imagine taking on Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar!), the news calls for immediate attention. Narayan Rane, once a hard-core Shiv Sainik, who was quite a favourite of the late Bal Thackeray, rebelled and joined the Congress party. I always felt it was a mistake. Joining the NCP would have helped him, because he wouldn't have been suffocated as he is right now. The Congress is an old party and can tame veterans. Look what it has done to Rane. Rane was the chief minister in 1999 when he was in the Shiv Sena. Before Rane chose to join the Congress, he held three rounds of meetings with NCP President Sharad Pawar who told him he would be made deputy chief minister and that he would feel more comfortable in the NCP than the Congress. Rane was riding high, as the Congress high command had promised him the CM's post. Not in a mood to listen, he made a choice which one day would come to haunt him. Rane has taken his time to get used to the Congress party and its culture. He complains that the party hasn't used his leadership skills. In his Konkan bastion, he is not averse to flexing his muscle. And that is where he is facing problems. Rane's sons are politicians. Dr Nilesh Rane is a member of Parliament and Nitish Rane is a legislator. There are complaints about their reign of terror. I've had the opportunity to meet them often, talk to them and while the father does have a soft side, his sons need to tone down their anger and attitude. The senior Rane has done many good things in his home town. Not many believe me when I say he has set up an old age home in the Konkan region where senior citizens live happily. He goes there every month to have a meal with the seniors. Some have sad stories of families having disowned them, after taking all their property and wealth. Narayan Rane has helped many homeless people, built small homes for them and helped them get jobs. Rane goes on condolence visits and also attends all happy occasions of his constituents. Like Pawar he knows people personally.

Why Rajnikanth may not swing votes Modi's way After two pre-poll rallies at Tiruchi and Chennai, Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi came calling on Tamil Nadu, once again at Chennai, last weekend. This time, unlike earlier and possible future visits ahead of the April 24 polling in the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu, Modi was not the main attraction, Rajnikanth was. It should have been a different experience for Modi, whom admirers from all walks of life and from across the country have been mobbing to see, touch and feel. Most of them know they cannot hope to meet him. Not Rajnikanth, who after the Modi visit, wished the latter (electoral success). Rajni in particular wanted the world to believe that it was only a courtesy call, nothing political or electoral about it. According to him, Modi had kept calling him throughout the period he was indisposed the year before, and he had then invited the Gujarat chief minister home at the time. No one was fooled. Whether or n o t R a j n i wanted Modi around at the peak of Lok Sabha poll campaign, it was obvious that the BJP leadership, both in the state and at the national-level, had hoped for electoral advantage from the media hype attending on such a meeting. So, Modi had to stay on the side-lines, giving media space and limelight voluntarily to someone else for the first time since his name came to be mentioned for the

prime ministership. Leaving aside the personal equations between the two, the BJP may have got it wrong as far as Rajni’s political influence goes. They seemed to be living in the past of his last film offering, Robot or Enthiran in Tamil. With the block-buster, Rajni possibly became the nation’s top star (filmi or otherwise), after whom all kinds of macho-man jokes were created and circulated on the social networks. Not having launched a political party own when millions of fans had hoped for in 1996, Rajni now has his fans spread across various political parties in the state. They vote for different political parties and candidates, depending on issues and factors such as ideology, caste and community. Though Rajni does generate new and younger fans with each new generation and film, the core of his following is aging. Whether these fans would go by any open call from Rajnikanth, for or against any political party, is unclear. Possibly, if he were to launch a political party, they may consider shifting electoral loyalties, but Rajni may have passed that phase in state politics very long time ago. Reflecting public mood Rajnikanth lost his electoral charm after the 1996 elections, when he reflected the general, anti-Jayalalithaa mood of the state’s voters. The election proved the voter -- and hence, Rajnikanth -right. When he supported the DMK alliance in the 1998 Lok

Sabha polls -- after the ‘Coimbatore serial blasts’ -his acknowledged and identifiable fans and their associations, pulled down his cutouts across the state. The election proved the fans were right and Rajnikanth was wrong. After shying away from identifying with any party or alliance or candidate in 1999 and 2001, Rajni’s unclear backing failed in 2004 parliamentary elections. The DMK-led alliance came through despite his endorsement of the AIADMK, winning all Lok Sabha seats, including the lone seat from Puducherry. Today, Rajni fans are tired of talking about his entry into politics. They are even more sceptical about his endorsing political parties and candidates. Yet, political parties, strategists and self-appointed promoters do not seem to have lost hope. From Valli to Kochadaiiyaan Today, ahead of the release of his multi-lingual (including Bojpuri and Japanese), multi-crore, 3-D computer-animated tech-extravaganza, Kochadaiiyaan, an offering by his younger daughter, Soundarya Ashwin, Rajnikanth can still do with some free publicity - and across the nation and beyond. With the world, particularly South Asians settled across continents, closely watching the Indian election scene, Modi as the hottest political topic wanted to be seen in his company, Rajni was not the one to let go off it. Or, so it seems.

That Rajni was in two minds in talking elections before or after receiving Modi in his Poes Garden residence this time round came across well, when he clarified postvisit that there was nothing political to the Modi visit. After all, Modi represents a certain political ideology and Rajni has fans who transcend those barriers. For a few hours after the Modi visit, speculation was rife if Jaya TV, which had purchased the television rights of Kochadaiiyaan -- the story about a fictitious ruler with some references made to history, and the title meaning, the ‘man with a curly mane’ (a reference also to Lord Shiva?) -- would carry a pre-publicised interview with the ‘super-star’ as a pre-release promotional venture on April 14, the Tamil New Year Day. It did happen, and Rajni fans and owners of cinemas in the state that have booked Kochadaiiyaan at a high cost are said to be relieved. What makes Rajnikanth click? Over the past so many years and films, he has had a film release every three or four years -- and does only one movie at a time. In his Jaya TV interview, Rajnikanth also reiterated for one more time that he was not a great actor. Yet, he continues to be the reigning super-star of Tamil cinema. The magic formula none has fathomed, to replicate, or even reach a shade of it. That is the iconic value of Rajnikanth, which even the wave-creating Narendra Modi could not do without.

'Is Modi a good actor, or is he really so genuine?' The concluding part of Sheela Bhatt's exclusive interview with Dr Kalindi Randeri, co-author of The Man of the Moment: Narendra Modi, presenting never known before details of Narendra Modi's marriage to Jashodaben 46 years ago. Why did he marry her? Why did he walk out of it? Read it all only on, in this interview with Modi's co-biographer. Why did you and Mr Kamath decide to write a book on Narendra Modi? Neither Mr Kamath nor I knew Modi as such. But one day, the publishers, who were quite young, came to Mr Kamath and said they would like to publish a book, they have approached Mr Modi, and he is ready to cooperate. In fact, the publisher had approached Modi before meeting us. Modi inquired about the author. They said they haven't decided yet. Mr Modi told them, 'Bring 10 names to me and I'll select' - in the sense, if he likes any of them. So they took 10 names to him and he selected Mr Kamath's name. He showed his readiness to cooperate with Mr Kamath. When the publishers met Mr Kamath he agreed, but he said he would like to consult me. Mr Kamath said he wouldn't like to write the book alone because it involves many things that as a colleague I was competent to help him with. We had only heard about Modi, we did not know him. He had become CM in 2001 and in 2002 the riots happened. The English media

was bombarding Modi then, Mr Kamath and I felt that this was something going really wrong. We always felt the people were not getting the right picture. So, when we got this opportunity to write the book on him with his cooperation, we thought fine, now we will have an opportunity to personally look into these matters and can write what we feel. In 2002 and after, our instinct was that Modi was not doing anything wrong and he can't be made responsible. That is how we came into the picture. Did you meet Modi to write this book? Yes, at that time we met him often. In fact, initially, we had three proper interviews with him, Mr Kamath and I met him for two, three hours at a stretch and we discussed many things with him. Subsequently, I met many people around him. Also, if I needed any supplementary information, I used to meet him since I have family in Ahmedabad and I had to also visit Ahmedabad to do research in the archives there. During all that time I used to meet him alone, without Mr Kamath. What was your first impression of Modi? We were extremely impressed. In our very first encounter, Mr Kamath said, 'Mr Modi, if you think this book is going to be all praise of you, then let's end it right here. We will drink coffee and leave.' 'Mr Kamath,' Modi said, 'don't I know you and your reputation? You are free to

write whatever you want.' In one interaction Mr Kamath asked Modi, 'Do you hate Muslims?' 'Let me ask you, are you a Hindu?' Modi asked. Mr Kamath said, 'Yes.' 'Were you ever brought up as a Hindu to hate Muslims?' Modi asked. He asked me this, too. When we replied in the negative, Modi said, 'The same is the case with me. Why should I hate them? I have nothing against them.' Then, we started talking about his childhood and the chronology of events in his life and all that. Did you visit Vadnagar, his hometown? Yes. I went to meet Rasikbhai, specially because he was one of Modi's oldest influences. We went around, and I specially wanted to see the house in which Modi lived. Modi's family no longer lives in that house; in fact, his family is no longer in Vadnagar, they moved out and somebody else stays in that house. But still, I went to see it. My god, it is made of tinsheets! It is like a row of rooms, it has only one door, that is all there is to see in Modi's house. When you enter there is one room, then there is the second room which is the kitchen, and then there is the third room which is like a storeroom. It is completely dark inside his home. They had built a first floor with bamboo-like material with a tin roof which would get hot in summer. Earlier, when they were staying there, there was no toilet. But now you see a little

corner to drain out the water in the front room, which they had covered with curtains. The women used to take a bath over there. But all members of the family had to go out in the open or to the field to answer nature's call. Narendrabhai always went to a nearby lake for his bath. That was the kind of life in his early years. Now, his house in Vadnagar has an Indian-style toilet just outside the house where you carry water whenever you want to use it. He went to a government primary school till the fourth standard. Then he went to a private secondary school -only one high school was there, where everybody went and so did Narendrabhai. In Vadnagar? Yes, in Vadnagar. I met his teachers at the school. He was always considered a good student, not brilliant. He never came first or anything like that, but was an intelligent student. He had lots of interests. He was reading all the time and active. He used to read a lot at the Vadnagar library which still stands. He read almost all kinds of books and magazines.At a very young age he brought a book of seven hundred pages on Shivaji and read that. He was known as a voracious reader. He was always willing to help others. Everyday, after school, he would go to help his father at the tea stall near the railway station. But in between, if there was any political or social activity coming up, he would attend it.Later, he joined the shakha when the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh arrived

in the village. He attended it because all the children, his friends and everybody, were attending the shakha. In the evening, due to the shakha, the villagers got something to do. There also, he would prove that he was different. I met Dwarkadasji, the person who was looking after the Congress party in Vadnagar. Even though he was a part of the RSS, he remembered whenever there was a Congress function Narendrabhai would come as a volunteer with his friends. Because, his idea was always to help people without any discrimination. When he was five or six years old he went to Dwarkadasji and asked, 'Can I sell badges?' He told Dwarkadasji, 'You give me, I will sell it to the people.' Congress badges? Yes. He extended help to the Congress or any other event in the town. Even though he was so young, he was active. In his early years he made an application to join the military school. He was very keen to go there because he wanted to serve the country. But his father put his foot down, so he could not go to military school. Right from the beginning he wanted to do something for the country, for the people.Modi's school compound wall was broken at many places. It badly needed repairs, needed to be reconstructed, but there was no money. So, he told his friends, 'Come, let's raise the money.'He staged a play. Narendrabhai wrote the play, acted in it, directed it, he did everything -- it was a one-

man, one-act play. The name of the play was Peelu Phool --the yellow flower. The whole theme was based on untouchability. In the play a woman was in need of one yellow flower for her sick child, but because she was an untouchable she couldn't enter the temple. People in Vadnagar, his friends, still remember how well written and well acted the play was. At that time he was hardly 13, 14 years old, but he had shown all this talent. Once there was floods in Surat. He told his friends, 'Let us collect funds for Surtis.' So at Janmashtami Narendrabhai and his friends got together, cooked the food, sold it, made a lot of money and contributed it to the flood victims. What about his higher education? There was no college in Vadnagar, so like all his friends, Narendrabhai migrated to Visnagar and joined college, but only for a few months. Why? Because he was not interested in sansar. He wanted to become a sadhu. Really? Yeah. During his childhood also, he showed signs that he would remain detached from worldly things. If any sadhu would come to town he would go to help. Once a sadhu was staying in a mandir at the end of the street where he was living. He had grown jwara (wheatgrass) all over his body and so needed help with food and all. Narendrabhai would go there in the morning and help him.

Erratic sleep may affect memory later: Study In your 40s and miss on that crucial sleep either because of erratic lifestyle or odd working hours? Get your sleep habits back in shape as extreme changes in sleep duration from middle age to older age may worsen memory function. In a study on 15,263 women participants, researchers found that women who slept five or fewer hours either in midlife or later life had worse memory than those sleeping seven hours per day. Women whose sleep duration changed by greater than two hours per day over time had worse memory than women with no change in sleep duration, said Elizabeth Devore, an instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in the US. Participants were female nurses and were free of stroke and depression at the initial cognitive assessment. Given the importance of preserving memory into later life, it is critical to identify modifiable factors, such as sleeping habits, that may help achieve this goal," Devore stated. Getting an 'average' amount of sleep, seven hours per day, may help maintain memory in later life.Greater changes in sleep duration appear to negatively influence memory in older adults, the study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, noted.

Vitamin D deficiency may lead to prostate cancer: Study

Get under the morning sun sooner rather than later as vitamin D deficiency has now been linked to aggressive prostate cancer, an alarming study indicated. Vitamin D deficiency could be a biomarker of advanced prostate tumour progression in large segments of the general population," said Adam B. Murphy, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. More research is needed, but it would be wise for men to be screened for vitamin D deficiency and treated, Murphy added. This is the first study to look at vitamin D deficiency and biopsy outcomes in men at high risk of prostate cancer, informed Rick Kittles, an associate professor in the department of medicine at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). To reach this conclusion, scientists examined data collected from a diverse group of more than 600 men from the Chicago area who had elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels or other risk factors for prostate cancer. Each man was screened for vitamin D deficiency before undergoing a prostate biopsy. The authors were surprised to find that vitamin D deficiency seemed to be a predictor of aggressive forms of prostate cancer diagnosis in African-American and European-American men. These men, with severe vitamin D deficiency, had greater odds of advanced grade and advanced stage of tumours within or outside the prostate," Murphy added. Unless it is severe, vitamin D deficiency is fairly asymptomatic, so more effort needs to be put on screening.It is a good idea to get your levels checked on a yearly basis, said the study published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

Now buy condoms, healthcare products at Metro stations

Healthcare products will now be available to Delhi Metro commuters through vending machines being set up at various stations, a contraceptive manufacturer said here . HLL Lifecare Limited, a Kerala-based manufacturer of contraceptives, in association with the Delhi Metro has decided to make an array of healthcare products available at selected stations. Sanitary napkins, oral contraceptive pills, condoms (male and female), deodorants and ayurvedic products will be on offer. Health Secretary Lov Verma inaugurated the first vending machine at the Central Secretariat Metro station Wednesday. "This is a novel initiative of making available contraceptives and other healthcare products to the commuters of Delhi Metro," Verma said after the launch. "I'm sure this will further strengthen government of India's initiatives towards stabilising the population," he added. M. Ayyappan, HLL Lifecare Limited's chairman and managing director, said 25 vending machines would be installed in the first phase at 21 Metro stations. "Our endeavour is to make condoms, sanitary napkins, deodorants and contraceptive pills available to the commuters of Delhi Metro, who can avail this facility while on the move. It will also contribute to social issues of family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention and women's hygiene leading to their overall health," he said. Operated by vending company Instago, the fully automatic multipurpose vending machines would dispense the products at the press of a button after the designated Indian currency -- both in paper and coin forms -- has been inserted.


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Ukraine detains Russian military attaché for spying Kiev, May 1: Ukraine said on Thursday it had detained Russia's military attaché to Kiev on suspicion of spying and ordered him to leave, as the ex-Soviet republic wrestles with an armed uprising it says is orchestrated by Moscow. In a statement, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said the unnamed diplomat was detained on Wednesday while undertaking "intelligence activities". Ukraine accuses Russia of orchestrating the fall of towns and cities across its industrial east to pro-Russian separatists over the past month, spearheaded by wellorganized gunmen in masks and military fatigues. Russia denies having any part in the rebellion, but has warned it reserves the right to intervene to protect ethnic Russians following its annexation of Crimea in late March - and has massed tens of thousands of troops on its western frontier with Ukraine. "The military-naval attaché of the embassy of the Russian Federation in Ukraine is declared persona non grata in connection with his actions, which are not in accordance with his diplomatic status," the ministry

said. The diplomat was ordered to leave, though the statement mentioned no deadline. There was no immediate response from Moscow, which like Kiev is observing the May 1 holiday. Ukraine's pro-Western leaders conceded on Wednesday they were "helpless" to counter the fall of government buildings and police stations to the separatists in the Donbass coal and steel belt of eastern Ukraine, source of around a third of the country's industrial output. Having seized key buildings in the capital of the easternmost province, Luhansk, on Tuesday, gunmen took control at dawn on Wednesday in the nearby towns of Horlivka and Alchevsk. In Donetsk, the biggest city to fall, mainly Russianspeaking separatists have declared a "People's Republic of Donetsk" and called a referendum on secession for May 11, threatening to undercut a planned presidential election in Ukraine two weeks later. Ukraine hopes the presidential poll will help restore order after five months of civil turmoil that saw Moscow-backed president Viktor

Yanukovich toppled after street protests and gun battles in central Kiev, and Russia's subsequent annexation of the Crimean peninsula.Pro-Western authorities that took power with Yanukovich's ouster accuse Russia of planning to disrupt the presidential election, create instability and frustrate the new government's hopes of Western integration. Overnight, the state security guard, responsible for securing key government sites and officials, carried out a small drill in central Kiev. Four armored personnel carriers trundled through the streets to parliament, where several dozen troops took position as if responding to a threat. The guard's commander, Valery Galetey, said they were training for possible "provocations" during the May 25 election. On Tuesday, Oleksander Turchinov, Ukraine's acting president, said the armed forces were on full alert for a Russian invasion. That prompted a return volley from Moscow, where the Foreign Ministry demanded that Kiev "immediately ceases the bellicose rhetoric, which is aimed at intimidating its own population".

Malaysia set to release initial report into MH370 disappearance Kuala Lampur, May 1: Malaysia is expected to release a report on Thursday on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane that it has sent to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN body that governs global aviation. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told CNN last week that the report on Flight MH370 would be released this week, and the Ministry of Transport said in a statement that a media release and preliminary report would be issued later on Thursday. Malaysian officials declined to comment on what the report might contain. The fact that the aircraft has not yet been found suggests there will be few, if any, major revelations in the report, although any informa-

tion on the missing flight is being closely followed by families of missing passengers and international media. The Boeing 777-200ER, which had 239 passengers and crew on board, disappeared off civilian radars on March 8 while on a scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.Relatives of those on board have accused the Malaysian government of bungling the early phase of the search and of keeping them in the dark about the details of the incident. The search moved to the Straits of Malacca a week after the disappearance after radar data confirmed that the aircraft made a turn back. It was expanded after satellite data showed it could have taken a course anywhere from central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean.

May Day rallies demand reform; 5 hurt in Cambodia Phnom Penh, May 1: May Day demonstrators denounced low wages and called for reforms on Thursday during rallies that turned violent in Cambodia and in Turkey, where police cracked down on participants defying a ban on public protests. Security forces in Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square pushed back demonstrators with water cannons and tear gas. Protesters retaliated by throwing objects at police. In Phnom Pehn, witnesses said civilian auxiliary police, armed with clubs and often used by the government to break up protests, turned on the demonstrators after opposition leaders spoke to the crowd and left the rally site. The assaults appeared to be random and limited, and were over in less than an hour. At least five people were hurt, said Om Sam Ath, an officer of the human rights group Licadho. “These security forces seem to be addicted to beating people,” he said. “Every time they disperse protesters, they beat people, and not one of them has been arrested.” Nearly 1,000 factory workers and supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party gathered outside the city’s Freedom Park, which had been sealed off with barbed wire with hundreds of police on guard. The event was held both to mark the labour holiday and kick off the opposition’s campaign for local elections. A ban on demonstrations has been in place since January, following numerous labour protests for a higher minimum wage and opposition demonstrations denouncing last July’s general election as rigged. Speaking before the violence, opposition leader Sam Rainsy condemned the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen for banning workers from holding a May Day rally.

Gerry Adams questioned for second day over IRA killing

An injured pro-Russian activist speaks with an armed protester during clashes with police in front of the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine. Anti-government demonstrators in Donetsk have stormed the local prosecutor's office. The clash came after a march by several hundred people carrying flags of the Donetsk People's Republic, a movement that seeks either greater autonomy from the central government, or independence and possible annexation by Russia.

Riot police clash with May Day protesters in Istanbul Istanbul, May 1: Turkish police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber pellets on Thursday to try to stop thousands of people, some armed with fire bombs and fireworks, from defying a ban on May Day rallies and reaching Istanbul's central Taksim square. Citing security fears, authorities shut parts of the city's public transport system and deployed thousands of riot police, blocking access to Taksim, a traditional union rallying point and the focus of weeks of anti-government protests last summer. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who warned last week against efforts to march on Taksim, has cast both last year's street protests and a corruption scandal dogging his government since December as part of a plot to undermine him.The Istanbul governor's office said it had advance information that "illegal terror organizations and their extensions" would resort to violence to stoke unrest. Pockets of protesters played catand-mouse in several neighborhoods on the fringes of Taksim, a huge square sur-

rounded by stores, restaurants and hotels usually thronged by commuters, shoppers and tourists. Flagwaving demonstrators, some throwing fireworks and stones, at one point breached barricades in Besiktas, a neighborhood near Taksim on the shores of the Bosphorus, before police forced them back into side streets. In the working class Okmeydani district, members of leftist groups threw fire bombs and fireworks at police, who responded with rubber pellets and tear gas. Similar clashes erupted in March at the funeral of teenager Berkin Elvan, who had lain in a coma after being wounded in last year's unrest. "Berkin's murderers!" shouted one protester as he threw stones at police lines. Clouds of tear gas also wafted near the Tarlabasi district, a neighborhood of crumbling buildings adjoining Taksim, which is heavily populated by migrants and subject of a government regeneration plan. Erdogan said last week he would not let unions

march on Taksim and the government suggested instead the gathering should take place at a venue on the outskirts of Istanbul. The unions rejected that idea. "We will be in Taksim despite the irrational and illegal ban. All roads will lead to Taksim on May Day, and our struggle for labor, equality, freedom, justice and peace will continue," the main unions said in a joint statement on Wednesday. On the main Istiklal shopping street leading to Taksim, hundreds of police, some in plain clothes others in riot gear, sat outside shuttered shops. Disgruntled tourists were searched at dozens of police checkpoints thrown up around the square. "This is supposed to be a friendly place for tourists. This is a terrible way to treat visitors," said Mustafa, from Cairo. The authorities issued a similar ban last year, leading to thousands of anti-government protesters fighting with police as they tried to breach barricades around the huge square, which in previous years was a focal point for labor demonstrations.

Dublin, May 1: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams remained in police custody for a second day on Thursday as detectives questioned him over his alleged role in the Irish Republican Army’s abduction, killing and secret burial of a Belfast mother of 10 in 1972. Senior politicians in Mr. Adams’ Irish nationalist party said they hoped he would be released soon without charge and accused British authorities of timing Wednesday’s arrest to undermine Sinn Fein’s campaigning in elections taking place in both parts of Ireland later this month. Under Northern Ireland’s anti-terrorist law Adams can be held until Friday night, by which time police must release or charge him, or seek a judicial extension to his custody. Mr. Adams, 65, has always denied any role in the outlawed IRA, but every credible history of the Sinn FeinIRA movement has identified him as a senior commander since the early 1970s. The IRA killed nearly 1,800 people from 1970 to 1997, when it ceased fire to permit Sinn Fein to pursue peace negotiations with Britain and leaders of Northern Ireland’s Protestant majority. Former IRA members interviewed for a Boston College-commissioned research project have linked him to the slaying of Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow whom the IRA branded a British spy. An investigation by Northern Ireland’s Police Ombudsman said there was no evidence that she was an informant. Northern Ireland police successfully sued in U.S. courts to acquire several tapes of IRA members, and have already used them to charge Mr. Adams’ alleged former Belfast IRA colleague, 77-year-old Ivor Bell, with aiding McConville’s killers. The IRA did not admit killing her until 1999, and her remains including a skull bearing a single gunshot wound to the back of the head was found in 2003 near a Republic of Ireland beach.

Iran to buy 400 airliners if sanctions lifted, top official says

Protesters stand as riot police use water cannons and teargas to disperse thousands of people trying to reach the city's main Taksim Square to celebrate May Day in Istanbul. Clashes erupted between May Day demonstrators and riot police as crowds determined to defy a government ban tried to march to the city's iconic Taksim Square. Security forces pushed back demonstrators with water cannons and tear gas.

Ankara, May 1: Barred by sanctions from buying Western airliners since the 1970s, Iran has pent-up demand for 400 new planes, Tehran's top aviation official was reported as saying, offering potential billions to manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing. Iran won limited relief from Western sanctions after agreeing to curtail its nuclear activities for six months under an interim accord with world powers which took effect in January. A complete lifting of sanctions would require a comprehensive deal to end a decade-long stand-off over what Tehran maintains is a nuclear program for peaceful energy

purposes. "Iranian airlines will be ready to buy 40 passenger planes every year for 10 years if sanctions are lifted," said Ali Reza Jahangirian, head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation, the Ettelaat newspaper reported on Thursday. The 400 figure confirmed the top end of a range reported by Reuters in November citing a senior Iranian official. Boeing and Airbus, which took orders for more than 2,800 aircraft from airlines and lessors in 2013, would likely lead the battle for Iran's business. Canada's Bombardier, Embraer from Brazil and Russia's Superjet

could also secure orders for the smaller airliners they produce along with engine makers GE Aviation and RollsRoyce. Jahangirian said out of Iran's 250 commercial planes, about 150 were flying while the rest are "not functional" due to a lack of spare parts. "We have got very positive signals from Western companies, including Boeing Co. and General Electric Co. (GE) about getting new spare parts for our planes," he said. The current, preliminary deal allows for the limited sale of commercial plane parts and services to Iran, whose fleet includes

vintage Boeing and Airbus airliners. GE has won U.S. Treasury approval to service 18 engines sold to Iran in the late 1970s. They will be serviced at facilities owned by GE or Germany's MTU Aero Engines, which is licensed to do the work. Iran's four largest carriers - Iran Air, Iran Aseman Airlines, Mahan Air and Iran Air Tours - all have average fleet ages above 22 years, Iranian media have reported. They serve a market of 76 million people in a country whose vast oil and gas reserves could help draw foreign companies once sanctions are lifted.

More than 100 injured in Political parties not interested in working class: Sri Lankan Trade Unions Florida jail explosion Colombo, May 1: Amid an apparently weakening labour movement — that leaders attribute to growing affiliation to parliamentary politics and a neoliberal state — Sri Lanka’s trade unions say there is more reason now to continue the struggle. Rather busy preparing for May Day, trade unionists on Wednesday were in meetings, giving final revisions to their resolutions and getting things in order for the rallies.

With over five decades of involvement in the labour movement, Bala Tampoe, one of the most active trade union leaders and General Secretary of the Ceylon Mercantile Union (CMU), says successive governments have neglected the working class. “Political parties don’t see workers as voters. They are not interested in the working class. They are unable to see workers as people putting in their labour in a capi-

talist system,” says Mr. Tampoe, who will turn 92 this month. As someone at the forefront of the massive hartal (strike) in 1953, which paralysed the entire country, he is concerned about many trade unions being ‘trapped in parliamentary politics.’ Trade unionists like him, whether while observing May Day rallies here or following developments in workers’ struggle in the region, remain keen India watchers, for the

Left in Sri Lanka earlier had close ties with Indian counterparts. Most of the Left parties in Sri Lanka are now aligned with the ruling coalition that President Mahinda Rajapaksa leads. Leaders like Mr. Tampoe observe that the real challenge is to mobilise workers outside the sphere of parliamentary politics, which is ‘evidently controlled by the capitalist class.’Linus Jayatilleke, president of the United Work-

ers Federation, says with ‘growing exploitation’ of workers in all sectors, there is a greater need for them to appreciate one another’s concerns and raise them collectively. Menaha Kandasamy, General Secretary, Ceylon Workers Red Flag Union says women working in the plantation sector are “made to work much longer than the stipulated 8 hours; we have to start the struggle all over again.”

Florida, May 1: A gas explosion at a jail in the Florida Panhandle injured 100 to 150 inmates and corrections officers, a county spokeswoman said. The explosion happened around 11 p.m. (local time) on Wednesday in Escambia County jail’s booking facility and caused the building to partially collapse, said Kathleen Castro, the county’s public information manager. About

600 inmates were in the building at the time, she said. Ms. Castro didn’t know if flooding in the area was a factor but says the jail did get extensive flooding during heavy rains that drenched the region Tuesday and Wednesday. The injured were brought to hospitals and the uninjured inmates were brought to jails in neighbouring counties, Ms. Castro said. Spokespersons at the Sacred Heart Hospital

and West Florida Hospital in Pensacola said the injuries they treated were all relatively minor.Vicki Brooks, a spokeswoman for Sacred Heart, said they treated 31 patients with mostly neck and back injuries. Kendrick Doidge said West Florida Hospital treated 37 inmates in the emergency room and all have been released back into the custody of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.


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MARK INDIA, Hyderabad Pawan, a mad crow basking in glorification of separatist BJP,TDP YRSCP

BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi with TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu, BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu and Janasena founder Pawan Kalyan after offering prayers in the Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala in Tirupati on Thursday.

YSR looted Andhra to fill coffers of mother-son: Modi Guntur (Andhra Pradesh), May 1 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday alleged that Y.S. Rajasekara Reddy during his five-year rule looted Andhra Pradesh and filled the coffers of 'mother-son' (Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi). Addressing an election rally here, he said the Congress turned Andhra Pradesh into 'scam Andhra' by looting the state for 10 years and appealed to people to decide whether they want to continue the same tradition. He was referring to YSR Congress party led by Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, son of the late chief minister."You

are at a critical juncture. You have to decide whether you want golden Andhra or scam Andhra," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said in an obvious reference to corruption allegations against Jaganmohan Reddy. Modi along with Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu and Telugu actor Pawan Kalyan is on a whirlwind election campaign in Seemandhra, the residual regions of Rayalseema and coastal Andhra after the creation of separate Telangana. The trio addressed a meeting in Tirupati Wednesday night. They participated

President, PM condemn Chennai blasts New Delhi, May 1 : President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday condemned the twin bombings on a train in Chennai that killed a young woman and wounded 14 people. In a message to Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah, Mukherjee said: "I am saddened to learn about the tragic loss of life and injuries caused to innocent travellers in the explosions. Such senseless acts of violence deserve the strongest condemnation." A young woman working in an IT company was killed when two bombs exploded in two coaches of a train after it entered the Chennai Central station. "No efforts should be spared in bringing the perpetrators of this heinous attack to justice. I am confident that the state government and other agencies will do the needful to provide all possible aid to the affected families," the president added.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said such acts "highlight the desperation and cowardice of those responsible"."Such barbaric acts targeting innocent men, women and children only highlight the desperation and cowardice of those responsible." Offering his condolences to the family of the deceased and heartfelt sympathies to those injured, Singh said he was "confident that the people of India will stand united against these attempting to disturb peace and harmony and urged the people to maintain peace"."No efforts should be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice," he said.

in a series of meetings since Thursday morning. After addressing a rally at Madanapalle in Chittoor district in the morning, they spoke at the meetings at Guntur and in West Godavari district. They are also scheduled to address a meeting at Visakhapatnam later in the day. Modi appealed to people to bring TDP-BJP alliance led by Chandrababu Naidu to power to turn the region into golden Andhra. Referring to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the Gujarat chief minister said the mother-son government "backstabbed" Seemandhra and shattered the dreams of

the people of the region. "The Delhi government has orphaned you but I will not abandon you," he assured the people. Modi said if voted to power at both the centre and in the state, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would develop it on par with Gujarat."Our dream is to supply water and power to farmers and to provide employment opportunities to youths," he said and promised to set up Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Seemandhra.

Modi should be sent to Pakistan, says Lalu Yadav Patna, May 1 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi should be sent to Pakistan, few days after BJP leader Giriraj Singh stirred controversy saying Modi's opponents have no place in India and are Pakistan bound. Interacting with reporters in Patna Yadav said that the Gujarat strongman should be send to Pakistan. "Narendra Modi should be sent to Pakistan. When he will go there, he will come to know, why he is sending others?" said Yadav. Yadav was reacting to the statement of Pakistan's Home Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan's statement that Modi's election as prime minister will destabilise the

region.Yadav's remark evoked a sharp reaction from BJP leaders. "It seems half of Lalu's mind is not working and after the election results it will stop working completely. Lalu should hear and understand that people of India want Modi to become the Prime Minister of the country," said senior journalist and BJP member, M.J. Akbar.Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy took a jibe at Yadav, saying he was busy with fodder scam."Modi will be felicitated in Pakistan in a big way. The envoy of Pakistan had met me and said that but sadly Lalu cannot understand Foreign policy as he is busy in fodder scam. The civil society in Pakistan is waiting to welcome Narendra Modi," said Swamy.

Hyderabad, May 1 (IPT) : Launching a stringent counter attack on actor and Jana Sena Party founder Pawan Kalyan for his prompted jibes and outbursts against its president Jagan , YSR Congress party today described him as a mad crow basking in the glorification of the parties and leaders that facilitated bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. It was only Jagan who tried his best and fought till the last to keep the state united by meeting leaders of national and regional political parties while BJP and TDP helped Congress bifurcate the state in the most unjustified manner, party spokesperson Vasireddy Padma said in a press conference here.Strongly objecting to the actor's remarks that Telangana agitation took shape during the YSR regime, Ms Padma said the ignorant actor should know the facts before speaking. 'It was YSR who strongly opposed division and made strong efforts to stop the division,' she said and asked Mr Kalyan to study the Sri Krishna Committee report which clearly said that the desire among the Telangana people for a separate state stemmed during the Chandrababu Naidu regime. Serving a stern warning to the actor not to speak and spread canards without knowing the facts, Ms Padma said YSR was a role model CM for the entire country.'Six hundred people died of heartburn following the sudden and tragic death of YSR. Such was the love and affection he showered on people, she said.

BITS-Pilani-Hyderabad organises National Seminar on NSIST Hyderabad, May 1 (IPT) : BITSPilani, Hyderabad campus organized one day National Seminar on 'Indian Space Technology-present and future' (NSIST-2014) here tody as a part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of BITS Pilani. Dr K.Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Secretary, Department of Space, Government of India was the chief guest.He also delivered Mr G.D.Birla Memorial lecture on 'reach and relevance of the space program in India'. He also presented future programs of ISRO and their relevance to society. Prof VS Rao, Director, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus felicitated Dr

Radhakrishnan on this occasion of him being conferred Padma Bhushan by Government of India. On the occasion, Mr S Ramakrishnan, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Mr A S Kiran Kumar, Director, Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad, Dr V Narayanan, Deputy Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Dr MYS Prasad, Director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Shri Sumitesh Sarkar, Group Director, , Space Application Centre, Ms Manju Sarma, Group Head, National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad, Mr Bhanu Murthy, Group Director, NRSC, Dr PG Diwakar, Group Director, NRSC delivered lectures on various aspects of space program and technology.

It is now time to change the MP of Bankura:Mamata Bankura (West Bengal), May 1 : Trinamool supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said the MP of Bankura has remained unchanged for over many decades, after poriborton at assembly level, it is now time to change the MP of Bankura. She asked people to vote for peace and progress and shun the Opposition as they want to incite violence in Jangalmahal for political gains. Ms Banerjee was addressing an election rally here at Bankura in support of party candidate Moonmoon Sen (Srimati Dev Barma). Several artists of the Bengali film fraternity were also present there along with Moonmoon Sen's daughters - Riya and Raima Sen. During her speech, the Chairperson lauded Bankura for emerging as the best district in India in 100-Days

Work Scheme. She also said that the students of Bankura are very talented Ms Banerjee said, "Congress-BJP-CPI(M) have an understanding to cut our votes. I respect Leftist ideology. But the communists in Bengal have sold their ideology to the Congress and BJP. CPI(M) indulges in malicious campaigns. Congress hatches conspiracies and BJP ignites communal violence." "A person who has stains of riots in his hands, someone who wants to divide Bengalis and non Bengalis, can never become the PM. Indian Constitution is secular. A person who is not inclusive can never hold the PM post. Where are these political leaders during Durga Puja or Kali Puja? They can be seen only during election season. We do not have to learn about Hinduism from

As BJP defends Modi, Congress says EC insulted New Delhi, May 1 : As the BJP defended its leader Narendra Modi who was booked for flashing the party's election symbol near a polling booth, the Congress Thursday slammed the main opposition party for insulting the EC. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley Thursday indirectly suggested that the Election Commission (EC) acted in haste when it asked for a police complaint to be registered against Modi. Jaitley, in a blog published Thursday, said all politicians interact with the media after casting their votes. "When constitutional institutions react in haste and even anger, they miss out the

larger vision," he wrote in the blog."Criminal law provisions are to be strictly construed. Their meaning can't be stretched out. A public meeting is a public meeting, the media bite is not a public meeting. If media is to be prosecuted for displaying comments of politicians on a voting day, such a provision will fall foul of constitutional guarantee of free speech," he said.Jaitley's comments come after Modi himself alleged that the Congress got an FIR registered against him as they were in "panic". Addressing an election meeting Wednesday night in Tirupati in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, he said the Congress was staring at defeat. "They are wor-

ried because a tea seller has challenged their dynasty," he said.Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said the poll panel acted on its own, and took on BJP for suggesting the commission was working at the behest of the Congress."Modi is aiming for the biggest position in the country, he must be more responsible. Is BJP trying to say EC is being run by the Congress," said Afzal. "This is an insult of the EC.""Congress did not register an FIR. The EC had taken suo motu cognizance of the issue, our complaint went later," he said. The Congress leader also slammed television channels for violating the model code of conduct by telecasting

ing: "Modiji's policy is to favour just one businessman, (Gautam) Adaniji". He questioned how the business house grew to Rs.40,000 crore during Modi's tenure as the Gujarat chief minister. "You ask that businessman how much employment he has given." "The total budget for Gujarat's education and health is Rs.8,000 crore. But, one may be astonished to know that one corporate -Adani -- was given land worth Rs.40,000 crore on a token lease of Re.1."

"Moreover, Rs.26,000 crore was also showered as free power concession to this particular corporate." Gandhi said the Congress-led UPA government served the people of the country by launching many flagship programmes but it never boasted about the schemes. He added such policies succeeded in lifting more than 15 crore people above the below poverty line level. He condemned the Bharatiya Janata Party for misleading the voters after promising implementation of

"one rank, one pension" scheme for soldiers. In a jibe at Modi, he said: "The day RTI (Right to Information) commissioners go to Gujarat or the Lokayukta reaches Gujarat, the state's 'chowkidaar' will be behind bars." Speaking in the presence of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and state Congress chief Sukhvinder Sukhu in Bilaspur, some 60 km from the capital Shimla, Gandhi said, "we exempted luxury tax for 10 years" to promote tourism in the hill state.

Modi's comments. "This is the third time they are violating the model code of conduct. First, they released their manifesto before the first polling day. Then, Modi's road show in Varanasi was shown all across the country on a polling day. This is the third time," he said, adding that "intention of some media houses also needs to be questioned for showing the road show (in Varanasi) for hours at a stretch". Modi was Wednesday booked for showing off his party symbol lotus close to a polling booth in Gandhinagar where he voted. Opposition parties, including the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, complained that this violated the model code of conduct. On the urging of the poll panel, the Gujarat authorities filed a police complaint against Modi.

TDP workers en route to Modi's rally attacked

Modi represents RSS ideology, says Rahul Gandhi Bilaspur/Solan (Himachal Pradesh), May 1 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi represents the ideology of the RSS, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said here Thursday. Referring to M.S. Golwalkar, the second "Sarsanghchalak" (supreme chief) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Gandhi said Golwalkar believed India made a huge mistake by giving voting rights to women. He also slammed Modi over his alleged links with the Adani industrial group, say-

parties which indulge in religious parties," Trinamool supremo commented. While addressing the rally she said, "We have no greed for power. We left UPA when their policies went against the interests of the people. We have registered the highest growth in revenue collection; the Centre is taking away a major share of our money. Our fair price medicine shops are national models now. The leaders in Delhi are jealous of us because we work for the people. We have revived Bengal's economy." Ms Banerjee said, " The youth are the future of India. They have to build a better nation. Without the youth, Poriborton would not have been possible."'Paper tigers can never compete with Royal Bengal Tigers. Money power of CPI(M)-BJP-Congress will never win over people power,' she added.

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha with Mario Michel Affentranger, Chief Negotiator for International Mutual Legal Treaties, Swiss Confederation, at the Enforcement Day function in New Delhi on Thursday.

Hyderabad, May 1 (IPT) : YSR Congress Party workers allegedly attacked TDP activists who were on their way to attend a public meeting to be addressed by BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Guntur town this afternoon.The incident took place in Amaravathi Mandal in Guntur district.Some vehicles in which the TDP workers were travelling, were damaged in the incident.

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