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Modi can take India to the next level: Kiran Bedi

Kolkata : India's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi Tuesday batted for BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying he could take India to the "next level" as prime minister.

"I understand instinctive leadership. Therefore, I do see very positive qualities of leadership in Narendra Modi compared to many others.

"He is tried and tested and I believe he can take the country to the next level," Bedi said in her address at a session "Mandating Women Security" organised by the MCCI Ladies Forum.


Bihar LS candidate arrested by Meghalaya Police

Shillong : Chandra Mohan Jha, an independent candidate contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Bihar's Jhanjarpur constituency and wanted by Meghalaya Police for fraud and selling fake certificates, was Tuesday arrested in Bihar, officials said.

"Our CID (Criminal Investigation Department) team along with Bihar Police arrested Jha from Madhubani during his campaign," Meghalaya Director General of Police Peter Hanaman told IANS.


In Varanasi, Sisodia lays ground for Kejriwal

By Gaurav Sharma,

Varanasi : “Why should I vote for Arvind Kejriwal when he doesn’t have a chance here? And why not Modi?” snaps Shrikant Poddar at AAP leader Manish Sisodia, who nonchalantly sips tea at a stall in one of the busiest markets of Varanasi.

“He has committed a mistake by deciding to contest against (Narendra) Modi. He will end up losing his deposit,” the 60-year-old businessman, who sports three horizontal sandal paste stripes on his wizened forehead, ridicules Aam Aadmi Party's chief further.


Owaisi hate speech video: Ban plea hearing April 26

New Delhi : A court here Tuesday fixed April 26 for hearing a plea for a permanent restraint on Andhra Pradesh legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi's hate speeches being aired on YouTube.

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Owaisi delivered the controversial speeches at public meetings in Nizamabad and Nirmal of Andhra Pradesh Dec 8 and 22, 2012, respectively.

Police took action after the speeches went viral over social networking sites and some people lodged complaints with the police and in courts.

2014 Election: TV actress hope for better education, women's security

Mumbai : The 16th Lok Sabha elections are underway and actresses like Jennifer Winget and Deepika Singh sat that once the new government comes to power, it should work towards education for all, security for women and eradication of child labour.

Here is what they have to say:

AAP to demand world spiritual capital status for Varanasi

Varanasi : The AAP will demand the status of world spiritual capital for this Hindu holy city in Uttar Pradesh, a party leader said Tuesday.

"Varanasi is not only about Hindu religion, and is about all religions. Hence, we would demand a special package for Varanasi so that it can be called the world spiritual capital," a senior Aam Aadmi Party leader, who didn't want to be identified, told IANS, adding that it is included in the party's manifesto for Varanasi.

Saradha scandal returns to limelight in Bengal poll season

Kolkata : The Saradha chit fund scam - West Bengal's biggest financial scandal - is yet again grabbing the spotlight in the midst of the Lok Sabha polls, as the ruling Trinamool Congress faces the heat over the issue from its political opponents.


South Africa polls: Candidates' names up for scrutiny

Johannesburg : With General Elections to select a new 400-member National Assembly and nine provincial assemblies a fortnight away, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa was expected to later Tuesday release the final list of candidates for the May 7 polls, media reports said.

The IEC would on Thursday issue certificates to all candidates as per regulations of the Electoral Act -- but prior to that, it would scrutinise complaints, if any, against the candidates about their suitability to take part in the upcoming polls.


Take action against Togadia, Shah: Surjewala to Modi

New Delhi : Congress leader Randeep Surjewala Tuesday asked BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to take action against his close aide Amit Shah and VHP leader Praveen Togadia for their alleged hate speeches.

"He (Modi) has to prove his bona fides by expelling Amit Shah and Praveen Togadia from the BJP and its sister organisations," Surjewala told media persons.

Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, meanwhile, defended Togadia, saying the Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader has already said that the communal statements attributed to him were false.

Narendra Modi posts selfie with Chetan Bhagat

New Delhi : Chetan Bhagat's 40th birthday Tuesday couldn't have been made more special - Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi not just wished him via a tweet on his special day, but also posted a selfie with the author on an online microblogging platform.

"Dear Chetan Bhagat, many happy returns of the day! Sharing the selfie you took last evening," Modi posted Tuesday.

Bhagat, author of bestsellers like "Five Point Someone", "The 3 Mistakes Of My Life" and "2 States: The Story Of My Marriage", met the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Monday.