Live: Narendra Modi pays tribute at the Swami Vivekananda statue in Varanasi

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 24, 2014 07:59 hrs

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Kejriwal lashes out at BJP for attack on Bharti

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal today lashed out at Narendra Modi over the attack on former Delhi Minister Somnath Bharti, questioning if the Gujarat model was about "threatening" people and demanded immediate intervention of the EC to ensure free and fair polls.

Accusing the local administration of not taking action against those involved in the attacks on AAP workers, Kejriwal asked, "What kind of culture BJP is bringing to this holy city.

"This kind of attack is against the tradition and culture of this temple city. Is this Gujarat model where people are either threatened or bought over," Kejriwal, who is locked in a high-profile electoral battle against Modi here, told reporters.

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Taliban ready to deal on captive US soldier?

The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal, according to two individuals in the military working for his release. Critics of the release effort blame disorganization and poor communication among the numerous federal agencies involved.

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Rediff: Narendra Modi pays tribute at the Swami Vivekananda statue in Varanasi. He paid his tribute before freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malviya's statue. 

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Modi to Priyanka: Be ready to face criticism in public life

BJP’s Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi on Wednesday assailed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, wife of Robert Vadra, saying that in public life, people must be ready to face allegations levelled against them.

“Some allegations were levelled against one family. They were uncomfortable with it. They were troubled by it. No one was publishing those allegations until a newspaper in America published it...,” Modi said, addressing a public rally in Kalol in Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency. 

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Tendulkar turns 41 today

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar turned 41 today and will be celebrating his birthday in his home town in the midst of Indian Premier League action in the United Arab Emirates after being with his franchise Mumbai Indians in the initial phase of the T20 league.

Tendulkar had returned from the UAE two days ago, according to sources close to him, and is celebrating his birthday with his family and friends in the city.

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Modi to file nomination from Varanasi today

Rediff: Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will on Thursday file his nomination papers from Varanasi.

The BJP has made hectic preparations for the day when Modi will undertake a "grand road show" before filing his papers for the mega battle in this holy city where he is challenged by Congress leader Ajay Rai, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal and others.

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Polling begins for last phase of LS polls in Maharashtra

Polling began at 7 AM today for the third and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra, where 338 candidates are testing electoral waters in 19 Lok Sabha seats.

Polling is being held in following 19 constituencies: Nandurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Raver, Dindori, Nashik in North Maharashtra, Jalna, Aurangabad in Marathwada, Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane in Thane district and Raigad, besides all the six constituencies of Mumbai North, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South Central, Mumbai South, Mumbai North East and Mumbai North West.

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Weaver and boatman to propose Modi's nomination

A retired high court judge who is the grandson of noted educationist Madan Mohan Malaviya will be among four prominent personalities to propose Narendra Modi's nomination for Lok Sabha polls in Varanasi.

A renowned singer from Benares, a weaver and a boatman will be among other proposers of Modi's candidature.

Modi will be filing his nomination papers on Thursday, the last date of filing papers. Varanasi will go to polls on May 12, the last phase of polling.

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