News in brief: April 5

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Bangalore, April 5: Here are the top news in brief for April 5, 2014 (Saturday):

9:15 pm: Election Commission appeals to Maoists not to disrupt elections

9:10 pm: Third Front will choose PM through consensus: Nitish

8:28 pm: Musharraf's plea for exemption in Lal Masjid case rejected

7:27 pm: Telangana BJP leaders oppose tie-up with TDP

7:00 pm: Ramdev defends Amit Shah's remarks

6:10 pm: Chinese ship searching for missing Malaysian jet detects 'pulse' signal: Xinhua

5:35 pm: Gas price row: Kejriwal's FIR against Moily, Ambani illegal says Solicitor General

4.40 pm:
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said the Congress is playing communal cards before the polls.

3.52 pm:  Actor Mithun Chakraborty campaigns for TMC's Mamata Banerjee in Ranchi.

3.26 pm: Shahi Imam's brother Yahya Bukhari slams Congress' endorsement, saying that it backstabs from behind rather than attacking from front.

2.48 pm: RLD member Amar Singh makes a sexist comment about Hema Malini, saying 'we don't want dream girls, we want farmers.'

1.57 pm: LK Advani files his nomination from Gandhinagar.

1.55 pm: Congress candidate from Vadodara Madhusudan Mistry files nomination. He is pitted against Narendra Modi. [Read top contests: Modi versus Mistry]

1.27 pm: Congress moves EC against Modi, accuses him of making provocative statements on religious lines at a rally in Bihar.

1.25 pm: Mamata Banerjee attacks Narendra Modi over Gujarat riots again.

1.08 pm: Narendra Modi addresses party workers in Gandhinagar. "We feel lucky to have served a leader like LK Advani," he said. He asked his party workers to ensure that the BJP not only wins 26 seats from Gujarat but also the two bypolls.

12.50 pm: We will play a key role in government formation: DMK treasurer MK Stalin to NewsX.

12.30 pm: Rahul Gandhi addresses rally in Kasaragod in Kerala.

12.20 pm:
I never intended not to contest from Gandhinagar, said LK Advani. He also said there can be no comparison between Modi and Vajpayee for the latter belongs to a class of his own.

11.35 am: Afghan President Hamid Karzai casts vote.

11.27 am: Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah speaks on a Google Hangout.

11.20 am: BJP president Rajnath Singh files nomination from Lucknow.

10.20 am: BJP leader Amit Shah launched attack on Samajwadi Party Mulayam Singh Yadav. He asked people to vote for Modi to ensure the SP's defeat.

10.00 am: Narendra Modi to accompany LK Advani during his filing of nomination from Gandhinagar constituency.

9.50 am: Veteran actor and producer Jeetendra to be conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

9.40 am: US police department officer held by Delhi Police for carrying bullets.

9.10 pm: The BJP will release manifesto on April 7, said Rajnath Singh. He added that the delay isn't a big deal.

8.50 am: Five killed as train gets derailed in Indonesia.

8.15 am: The campaigning for the first phase of Lok Sabha election to end today. Six constituencies in Assam and Tripura will go to the parliamentary polls on April 7.

8.14 am: JD(U) to release manifesto for the Lok Sabha poll today.

8.12 am: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar to jointly address rally in Maharashtra.

8.10 am: Nitish Kumar takes a dig at Narendra Modi, says he who doesn't enjoy confidence of minorities can't become a PM.

8.04 am:
India beat South Africa by 6 wickets to enter the final of World T20 cricket championship in Bangladesh. India will take on Sri Lanka in the final on Sunday.

8.03 am: BJP candidate from Amethi Smriti Irani to visit her constituency today.

8.00 am: Senior BJP leader LK Advani and BJP president Rajnath Singh to file nomination papers from Gandhinagar and Lucknow, respectively, on Saturday.

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