News in brief: May 8

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New Delhi, May 8: The election fever has not yet died down even after the 8th phase of the Lok Sabha elections in the seven states is over.  Here's brief news of what is happening across the country and the world that may leave a mark in the world socio-political history.

8:30 pm: Rahul won't lose Amethi, no one from Gandhi family scared: Digvijaya to IBN Live

8:00 pm: Narendra Modi has completed his trip to Varanasi with a roadshow and is now heading to the airport

7:44 pm: Madgaon blast: Goa DGP says blast took place inside a house

7:35 pm: Heavy rains lash Kerala, claims two lives

6:25 pm: BJP didn't apply for permission regarding Narendra Modi's cavalcade from BHU gate to BJP central election office: EC sources

6.03 pm: Narendra Modi's roadshow begins in Varanasi.

5.53 pm: Huge crowd, including BJP members, gathers at Varanasi for Narendra Modi's roadshow.

5.20 pm: Narendra Modi reaches BHU campus.

5.04 pm: CEC holds a press conference, says we are disappointed that questions are being raised over EC; we are not afraid of any political party or entity in discharging our duty.

4.14 pm: Narendra Modi addresses rally in Rohania, Varanasi.

4.01 pm: Narendra Modi reaches Rohania, Varanasi to addresses rally.

3.47 pm: Rahul Gandhi addresses rally in Ghatal, WB.

3.35 pm: Sonia Gandhi addresses rally in Kushinagar UP says BJP is threatening to stop pro-poor schemes if they come to power.

2.45 pm: The Election Commission of India will address a press conference at 7 pm today.

2.24 pm: BJP calls off dharna in Varanasi.

2.12 pm: As BJP intensifies its protest, TMC candidate Indira Tewari alleges she was heckled by BJP workers in Varanasi.

2.01 pm: Responding to Narendra Modi's comment, P Chidambaram said, "I don't agree with the comment that EC is weak, overall EC has done a tremendous job."

1.08 pm: Singer Ankit Tiwari shot into fame with Bollywood film 'Aashiqui 2' charged with rape.

1.01 pm: Venkiah Naidu addresses reporters says, important for a leader campaigning across nation to contest in constituency where he is a candidate.

12.45 pm: Relief to parents as SC allows nursery admissions in Delhi.

12.39 pm: Narendra Modi addresses Bharath Vijay rally in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh.

12 .21 pm: Rahul Gandhi in Bihar: Gujarat model can be called Modi model, toffee model or Adani model.

12.18 pm: BJP leaders in Delhi allowed to enter Election Commission as they continue to protest against the EC.

12.12 pm: Five militants killed in fresh Taliban infighting in Pakistan.

12.09 pm: Thousands gather outside BHU protesting against EC for denying permission to Narendra Modi to hold a rally in Varanasi.

12.05 pm: Supreme Court dismisses plea to stall commissioning of Kudankulam nuclear plant.

11.11 am: Mayawati hits out at BJP, says the party is indulging in 'dramabaazi' to gain political mileage.

10.58 am: Arvind Kejriwal says no permission needed for Ganga aarti, invites Narendra Modi for an open discussion (read more)

10:00 am: Narendra Modi to hold a huge roadshow in BHU.

9:45 am: Congress hits out at BJP, says it does not respect constitutional authorities.

9:15 am: Modi says he won't perform the Ganga aarti in Varanasi today.

8:40 am: Obama's three new Indian-Americans advisers sworn in.

8:35 am: Now, mobile app to track errant auto-rickshaw, taxi drivers for the safety of women on Delhi roads.

8:30 pm: Narendra Modi requests BJP workers to maintain peace during the Varanasi and Delhi protest. Modi apologises to 'Ganga Maa', says Election Commission not neutral.

8:15 am: EC disappointed with BJP  protests in Varanasi and Delhi.

8:00 am: EC reschedules repoll in 2 TN polling stations to May 10

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