Another major round of LS polls today

Over 18 crore voters in 11 states and union territory of Puducherry to vote in the sixth phase New Delhi: Stakes will be high for Congress and BJP and a number of other parties like AIADMK, DMK, NCP and Shiv Sena when 117 constituencies will go to polls on Thursday in yet another substantial round of polling in the Lok Sabha elections. Over 18 [Full Article...]

EC slaps Azam with fresh notice

New Delhi: The Election Commission Wednesday issued fresh notice to Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for “persistently” and “continuously” violating the model code of conduct. Azam Khan along with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Amit Shah was banned by the poll panel April 11 from campaigning in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly making provocative speeches. The commission later lifted the ban on Shah after he apologised [Full Article...]

Kejriwal slams Modi, Rahul for their ‘helicopter democracy’

Varanasi: Pitching his ‘aam-aadmi’ credentials, Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday hit out at Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi for their “helicopter democracy” while projecting himself as an “honest” alternative. On his way to file his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha polls from this holy city, the AAP leader highlighted the “massive” spending in the advertisement campaigns for BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate and Congress Vice [Full Article...]

Priyanka corners Modi over ‘snoopgate’

Rae Bareli (UP): Seeking to corner Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi Wednesday raked up the “snoopgate” controversy surrounding him and questioned his credentials of talking about empowering women. Campaigning for her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in this constituency of Uttar Pradesh, she asked the electorate not to vote for a person who believes in concentrating all powers with himself and exhorted them to [Full Article...]

National Nuggets

Three Bajrang Dal men arrested for cowdung attack Mangalore: Three Bajrang Dal members have been arrested for allegedly smearing cow dung on the face of Suresh Bhat, District President of Karnataka Komu Sauharda Vedike (Communal Harmony Forum), at a hotel here. Police gave the names of the arrested as Chethan, Tilak and Pradeep Pumpwell. The trio allegedly splashed cowdung on the face and body [Full Article...]

SC forms panel for guidelines on govt ads showing politicians

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday set up a committee for framing guidelines to prevent misuse of public funds by the government and its authorities in giving advertisements in newspapers and television to get political mileage. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said that substantive guidelines are needed to regulate such advertisements at the cost of public exchequer and constituted a [Full Article...]

DGCA allows use of mobiles, laptops on flight mode

NEW DELHI: ‘Please put your mobile phones on the flight mode’. Now on, you may hear an airhostess announcing this before your flight takes off instead of asking you to switch it off!! This has now become possible with the DGCA amending the rule which bans use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) and allowing their usage in all phases of flight but on a [Full Article...]

BJP won’t need regional support: Modi

New Delhi: The NDA will get an “absolute clear-cut mandate” to form the government in the general election, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, dismissing speculation of any need to align with key regional parties that could object to his prime ministership. In a free-wheeling interview with ABP News TV channel for its programme “Ghoshnapatra” (manifesto), Modi answered a range of [Full Article...]