#10 Best #Blog Sites To Create your Blog For Freee

 

Blogging is growing day by day and there are many platforms which allow people to blog without spending a penny. If you are passionate about blogging and want to start a blog for no charges, this post will help choose from the top free blog service providers.
Best Blogging Sites

Best Blogging Sites
I myself started on blogspot (now called blogger) and after years of learning and experimenting I started this blog on WordPress. Although my personal choice will always remain WordPress but for blogging enthusiasts the options are many. You can play around with each and in time you will be sure what to use and what you should not.
I regularly update this post, and i have seen some new blogging platforms and even tried those, with all the services put together, i have made this list as simple and straight.
I hope this post will make few more people interested in blogging.

10 BEST BLOG SITES

1.# Blogger – Blogger is a blog publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at subdomains of blogspot.com. Blogger allows users to publish blogs on other hosts, via ftp. This is my first choice for best blog sites.
blogger.com - best blog site
2. WordPress – WordPress.com is a weblog hosting provider owned by Automattic which opened to beta testers on August 8, 2005 and opened to the public on November 21, 2005. It is powered by the open source WordPress software. It is financially supported via paid upgrades, “VIP” services and limited Google Adsense advertising. This is my second choice as the best blog sites
wordpress.com - second best blogging platform
3. Tumblr – Tumblr is a microblogging platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog. Users can follow other users, or choose to make their tumblelog private. The service emphasizes ease of use.
tumblr - blogging platform
4. Medium – Medium Founded by Twitter startup guy Ev Williams & Biz Stone, this blogging platform has an extra feature to annotate work of other people, this makes this new blogging platform quite unique. Just log in from Twitter authentication system and you are ready to comment and blog. If you are new to blogging and looking out for readers, then you might want to try medium, as it has a large audience attached to it.
medium.com - blogging platform from twitter founders
5. Livejournal – LiveJournal (LJ) is a virtual community where Internet users can keep a blog, journal or diary. LiveJournal is also the name of the free and open source server software that was designed to run the LiveJournal virtual community. LiveJournal’s blogging features include those found in similar blogging sites (multiple authors, commenting, calendars, and polls). However, LiveJournal differentiates itself from other blogging sites by its WELL-like features of a self-contained community and some social networking features similar to other social networking sites.
livejournal.com - blogging platform
6. Quora – Quora is a question answer guide, where people like you and me ask question about any topic, and you will answered by the community. Its much like Yahoo and StackOverflow, but they have added blog functionality which is really great.
7. Blogsome It’s easy, choose any kind of WordPress theme, upload photos, personalize your design and start blogging right now. You can also browse samples of the latest posts and blogs. The blogsome.com also offers forums where you can search for any type of answers, read important documentation in relation of the service and terms of use, and you must ask really smart questions so to become part of this community. What the blogsome website intends is to offer a clean service, so when users are found to be using stolen content from other websites as a means of generating traffic, they immediately remove this blogs and cease service.
8. Edublogs – The World’s most popular education blogging service… Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts – it’s safe, easy and secure.
9. Blog – Blog.com provides a fully-featured publishing platform for free. Blog by yourself or establish a writing community, all under an address that looks like: you.blog.com. It also offers free blog hosting with unlimited bandwidth for their free package, more benefits for paid members.
10. Weebly –  Weebly started in 2006 has been providing very extensive well managed solutions for newbie’s. To create a blog website in Weebly you can simply log on with your FaceBook account as well. With 100′s of professional designed templates and superb website building experience, we have kept this great site in our list.

Yahoo Pulse – now closed

Yahoo! 360° was a social networking and personal communication portal operated by Yahoo! made available in 2005. It enabled users to create personal web sites, share photos from Yahoo! Photos, maintain blogs and lists, create and share a public profile and see which friends are currently online. 360° also featured a ‘friends updates’ section, under which each friend’s latest update was summarized (e.g. blog posts, updated lists or newly shared photos).
I am sure their are many more platforms which can be in his list but for now I have chosen these over some others. Let us know if you have a replacement or better blog creating service that you have used.

Need social protection to curb AIDS says National Aids Control Organisation

Social protection for families affected by HIV/AIDS is one of the key strategies to prevent the spread of the disease, the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) said Tuesday.

The National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), under the leadership of department of AIDS control, recognizes the fact that reduction of vulnerability is key to the prevention, care, support and treatment of HIV/AIDS, Luv Verma, secretary, AIDS control department, said at a press conference here.

“So much so, the fourth phase of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) has social protection as one of its core strategies,” he said.

Social protection refers to public interventions to assist individuals, households and communities to manage risk better and that provides support to the critically poor.

In order to facilitate exchange of thoughts and experiences, the department of AIDS control in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India, is hosting a two-day international conference on HIV sensitive social protection.

The conference will have representation from 14 different countries which will include participants from respective governments, civil society and communities of people living with HIV.

There would also be representation from various departments and ministries of the government, civil society, marginalized groups and experts.

Approximately 200 participants are expected to attend the two-day event here beginning Wednesday. According to a 2006 study, average HIV household income is lower by 34 percent than non-HIV households.

Close to 40 percent of adults living with HIV in the country are women, of whom 43 percent live alone without any kind of assets and support systems.

Apple iPad Air launch: Mumbaikars queue up to buy the device

 

Apple is introducing the new iPads to India soon after Google launched the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet in the country.

Apple is rolling out the slick iPad Air and the new iPad mini today in India. The devices are already listed on the Apple website with the prices. The starting price of the new iPad Air is Rs 35,900, whereas the retina display iPad costs Rs 28,900.

The launch event took place in many parts of India. In Mumbai, the event is being held at Lower Parel’s Phoenix Mills where Apple loyalists are queuing up to get a hold of the devices.

All variants of the iPad Air and the new iPad Mini are available. Customers are required to buy a coupon and stand in line to get their device.

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C were launched in the same grandeur manner. The response for the two devices was phenomenal. The phones were sold out in a matter of 3 hours from the Mumbai venue. Apple is hoping for the same welcoming response for these new tablets.

Mumbaikars queue up at Phoenix Mills for the new #Apple iPad devices that were launched in India today @dna pic.twitter.com/DznfpFpzIY

— Tasneem Akolawala (@MuteRiot) December 7, 2013

The first Mumbaikar to buy the iPad Air was Firoz Mistry from Pali Hill. He was standing in line since 1pm and was pleased to finally be able to get his iPad. “I only buy Apple products. When I got to know about the iPad Air, I could not wait for it to come to India,” he said. Mistry bought the 128 GB variant of iPad Air claiming he will be using it mainly for work.

Firoze Mistry

When informed about other cheaper substitutes available in the market he completely discarded the idea calling himself a true-blue Apple guy.

Phoenix mills was filled with many loyalists like Mistry all waiting patiently in the queue for the sales to commence. Customers also got to see and use the device before making a purchase decision at the demo corner set up by Apple.

The sales figures will be known by the end of the day.

The devices were announced on October 22 and were released in US on November 1. The iPad Air was announced during a keynote at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 22. The theme of the keynote was named ‘We still have a lot to cover.

The iPad Air marks the first major design change for the iPad since the iPad 2; it now has a thinner design that is 7.5 millimeters thick and has a smaller screen bezel similar to the iPad Mini.

iPad Air prices

Storage Wifi only Wifi +4G
16GB  Rs 35,900  Rs 44,900
32GB  Rs 42,900  Rs 51,900
64GB  Rs 49,900  Rs 58,900
128GB  Rs56,900  Rs 65,900

 

iPad mini with Retina display prices

Storage Wifi only Wifi +4G
16GB  Rs 28,900  Rs 37,900
32GB  Rs 35,900  Rs 44,900
64GB  Rs42,900  Rs 51,900
128GB  Rs49,900  Rs 58,900

No reports on promotional activities around the new iPad models are in yet. Information regarding buyback schemes on old iPads and tablets, cash-back offer and EMI schemes are still yet to materialise. However, a report on ET, does suggest that the US major does plan to incorporate similar deals that were introduced during the iPhone launch as the strategy was positively welcomed and garnered many sales in the country.

iPad Air will compete against the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) and Sony Xperia Tablet Z in the Indian market.

The box  of the iPad Air contains the charger and the device. All the other accessories can be bought from the Apple Store. The iPad Air is available in black and white.

Whereas the Retina iPad mini will compete with the second-generation Google Nexus 7 (Rs 20,999 for the 16GB variant) and Samsung Galaxy Note 510 (Rs 30,900 for the 16GB variant).

Apple promises up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music and up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network on both the devices.

Key features of the iPad Air
* It is just 7.5mm thick and weighs 454g, making it the thinnest and lightest full-sized iPad to date.
* The 64-bit A7 processor in the iPad Air has double the performance of the previous generation and adds performance and security benefits, along with potential reductions in complexity of both hardware and software, which should aid reliability.
* 9.7-inch screen (diagonally) display diagonally.
* M7 motion co-processor.
* Where graphics are concerned, the iPad Air is 72 times faster than the original iPad in GPU performance, according to Apple.
* 5 megapixels camera and a 1.2 megapixel front camera.
* MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) wireless technology which uses multiple antennas at both the transmitter and receiver for better connectivity. However the iPad Air is still using the 802.11n standard, and not the latest Wi-Fi 802.11n ac version.
Key features of the new iPad mini
* The iPad mini stays the same size as the previous generation, but receives the retina display and A7 processor of its bigger sibling.
* 8 7.9-inch tablet’s screen display.
* The screen resolution is now 2048×1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi) which is way better than the previous version which had a 163 ppi screen resolution.
*  The camera is still the same at 5 megapixels but the mini now has an improved 1.2 megapixel camera for FaceTime on the front.
* M7 motion co-processor.

The launch event for Mumbai is being held at Phoenix mills, Lower Parel. The company’s distributor Ingram Micro will begin the event at 5pm. Watch this space for fist look of both the devices and more details of the launch event as it happens.

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela dies, world mourns

Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela, a colossus in his lifetime who dismantled the apartheid regime and served as South Africa’s first black president, died at his home here on Friday at the age of 95 after a protracted illness.

Placed on par with civil rights icons Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King and often called the “Gandhi of South Africa”, Mandela was hailed by leaders across the world as a towering personality and a beacon of hope.

He strove hard for a better future for everyone in South Africa and became famous for his fight against poor governance and racial prejudice. As a leader, he was respected for his courage and wisdom in bringing people together to live in peace.

Also Read: Nelson Mandela no more: As events unfolded on Friday

South African President Jacob Zuma addressed the nation to inform them of the passing of Mandela. A sombre Zuma said, “Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20:50 on the 5th of December, 2013. He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son.”

Zuma announced that all flags will fly at half-mast from tomorrow until after the state funeral.

Also Read: Nelson Mandela in his own words
The body of Mandela was taken to a military hospital here as preparations for the December 15 state funeral of the peace icon began.
Escorted by military motorcycle outriders, a black SUV carried Mandela’s coffin, draped in South Africa’s flag, to the military hospital’s morgue from his home.

Mandela will lie in state at the seat of government the Union Buildings in the capital city of Pretoria.

Also Read: Nelson Mandela’s magic: The shirts, humour and empathy

Mandela inspired by Mahatma Gandhi

Born four years after Mahatma Gandhi’s two-decade-long civil rights campaign in South Africa ended in 1914, Mandela was deeply affected by the incident in which the young Gandhi was thrown off a train at Pietermaritzburg.

Mandela was inspired by Gandhi in his long struggle and often turned to his ideals in his bid to defeat the oppressive apartheid regime.

A recipient of the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award in 1990, Mandela was getting medical care at his home in the suburb of Houghton here since September, after three months in a Pretoria hospital for a recurrent lung ailment.

Madiba, the clan name by which Mandela was lovingly called by South Africans, was born Rolihlala Dalibhunga Mandela July 18, 1918, in the village of Mvezo on the banks of river Mbashe in Transkei, South Africa, to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the acting king of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo.

Also Read: RIP Nelson Mandela: Tributes pour in, ‘Madiba’ trends on Twitter

Mandela was elected the first black president in the first open election in South Africa April 29, 1994, and assumed office May 10 that year.

In 1999 he stepped down from the office after serving one term.

He married his present wife, Graca Mandela, in 1998, after his first two marriages to Evelyn and Winnie had ended in divorce in 1958 and 1996 respectively.

South Africans ‘celebrate’ Mandela’s life

Hundreds of South Africans across the country huddled in groups from early this morning to mourn the death of Mandela. In the black township of Soweto, the scene of a student uprising in 1976 that was brutally crushed, people gathered near the house where Mandela once lived, singing and dancing to mourn his death and celebrate his life.

The mourners, draped in the green, yellow and black flags of Mandela’s ANC party, formed a circle and sang songs from the anti-apartheid struggle. They said they were celebrating Mandela’s life.

Outside Mandela’s home in the leafy suburb of Houghton, the mood was lively and not sombre as some mourners sang and a man blew on a vuvuzela, the plastic horn used in World Cup soccer games.

Mandela, a lawyer and ex-boxer, spent 27 years in prison, most of them on Robben Island, after being convicted in the Rivonia trial with several others 50 years ago.

He stepped down in 1999 after serving one term as President following the first democratic elections in 1994.

As president, Mandela worked to unite a polarised South Africa dominated by tribal politics. He devoted his energy to moderating the bitterness of his black electorate and to reassuring whites with fears of vengeance.

Also Read: Mandela, the man once branded a ‘terrorist’ by the US

World bows in respect to Mandela

Nelson Mandela worked his magic once more on Friday, uniting friends and foes alike in a global outpouring of grief as they mourned the death of the anti-apartheid icon.

Palestinians and Israelis, Beijing and the Dalai Lama, Washington and Tehran all joined together to remember a man whose message of equality inspired millions across the globe.

Foreshadowing the guest list of what will surely be the most important funeral of recent decades, foreign dignitaries as well as celebrities, sports figures and religious leaders queued to issue solemn tributes to the 95-year-old peace hero who became South Africa’s first democratic president.

“He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages,” Barack Obama, America’s first black president, said in a deliberate echo of an early tribute paid to Abraham Lincoln, the president who emancipated the slaves.

Also Read: Nelson Mandel dies: Who said what

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared Mandela a “giant for justice”.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who in 2006 apologised for what he said were the “mistakes” of his Conservative Party in its response to apartheid in Britain’s former colony, said: “A great light has gone out in the world”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recognised the former statesman as “one of the greatest politicians in modern times” and China’s President Xi Jinping honoured his “historic contribution” to South Africa and the world.

Also Read: Mandela, the “Gandhi of South Africa” had strong Indian connections

India pays tribute to Mandela

India paid rich tributes to anti-apartheid hero and former South African president Nelson Mandela, who passed away Thursday after a prolonged illness.Both houses of parliament were adjourned for the day after paying homage to the Nobel laureate, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh describing him as a “giant among men” and “a true Gandhian”.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari also condoled the death of the iconic fighter for justice whose 27 years in prison turned the anti-apartheid fight into a global campaign.

In a piece written for Time magazine in 2000, Mandela noted that the Father of the Indian Nation’s non-violent struggle had its roots in South Africa.

“India is Gandhi’s country of birth; South Africa his country of adoption. He was both an Indian and a South African citizen. Both countries contributed to his intellectual and moral genius, and he shaped the liberatory movements in both colonial theaters,” Mandela wrote about Gandhi, whom he referred to as “The Sacred Warrior”.

Global health conference on social marketing and social franchising in Kochi

The first global health conference on social marketing (SM) and social franchising (SM) – the two emerging tools to help India achieve the universal health coverage – will begin in Kochi on December 3 with the aim of showcasing successful Public Private Partnership (PPP) and SM and SF models.

Experts in healthcare and allied areas from25 countries will take part in the three-day meet, the “Global Health Conference on Social Marketing and Franchising”, organised by Hindustan Latex Family  ..

iPhone 5s availability improves as Foxconn ramps up production: Report

iphone-5s-635.jpgApple iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s, Apple’s latest flagship smartphone, has been in great demand since the time it went on sale, with a two to three week waiting period for orders placed on the company’s US and Chinese online stores. A major reason responsible for this delay was the phone’s limited supplies.

However, it looks like Foxconn (the trade name for Hon Hai Precision Industry), the company that assembles the iPhone in China, has ramped up production by running its factories around the clock, and employing more workers on its production lines in a bid to reduce the iPhone 5s waiting time, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

The report mentions that Apple is now shipping all variants of the iPhone 5s within three to five business days. Citing people familiar with the development, the report elaborates that Apple requested Foxconn to focus on iPhone 5s production at the cost of iPhone 5c, a new less expensive iPhone which has reportedly failed to get as good a response as the iPhone 5s.

It states that Foxconn has operated 100 production lines 24 by 7 in Zhengzhou, north central China, at full capacity, citing executives at the Taiwanese contract manufacturer. It employs about 300,000 workers at the site , focusing on just making the iPhone 5s and its components including metal casings.

It mentions Foxconn executives as saying that there are the about 600 workers on each of the iPhone 5s production line for assembling the phone. The facility produces 500,000 iPhone 5s units every day, and it takes more time to produce the latest flagship compared to the previous iterations of the iPhone, notes the report.

The iPhone 5s is referred to as the ‘most forward-thinking iPhone yet’ by Apple and features a new A7 chipset which boasts of a 64-bit architecture and also includes a M7 motion co-processor for measuring motion data through various sensor like accelerometer, compass and gyroscope. The iPhone 5s runs iOS 7, the new iteration of Apple OS. It comes in three inbuilt storage variants 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and is available in three colour variants such as Gold, Silver and Space Grey.

The Apple iPhone 5s comes with a 4-inch display with a resolution of 640×1136 pixels and boasts of a 326ppi pixel density. The iPhone 5s sports an all-new 8-megapixel iSight camera with dual-LED flash, which the company called True Tone flash. The rear camera features an f/2.2 aperture and a 15 percent larger image sensor compared to the iPhone 5. It also houses a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Apple iPhone 5s is the first device in Apple’s portfolio that features a fingerprint scanner, which the company calls Touch ID. The Touch ID scanner can be used to unlock the iPhone 5s or even authorise payments on iTunes.

Apple iPhone 5s detailed specifications

General
Release date September 2013
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 123.80 x 58.60 x 7.60
Weight (g) 112.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 1570
Removable battery No
Colours Space Gray, Gold, Silver
SAR value NA
Display
Screen size (inches) 4.00
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Resolution 640×1136 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Hardware
Processor make Apple A7 (64-bit ARMv8)
Internal storage 16GB
Camera
Rear camera 8-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 1.2-megapixel
Software
Operating System iOS 7
Java support No
Browser supports Flash No
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
NFC No
Infrared No
DLNA No
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out No
HDMI No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
USB No
Charging via Micro-USB No
Proprietary charging connector Yes
Proprietary data connector Yes
Number of SIMs 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
2G frequencies supported GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900
3G Yes
3G frequencies supported 1900, 2100
Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Error or missing information? Please let us know

Patna: Modi targets Nitish, says Bihar CM dreaming about becoming PM with Cong’s support

At the beginning of his speech, he took a dig at Kumar saying people in Bihar are not opportunistic, except a few. He went on to say, “The chief minister here is my friend. People asked me why your friend has left the BJP. I tell them the person who could leave Jayaprakash Narayan can also leave the BJP.”

This was Modi’s first rally after an acrimonious split with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) four months ago, which came over Modi’s elevation inside the party. The Bihar BJP has pegged this rally as a show of strength and had pulled out all stops to make it a success.

Saying Kumar’s behavior reeked of hypocrisy, Modi said, “I and Nitish Kumar happened to meet on the same table during a lunch hosted by the PM. He wasn’t eating anything. I told him, don’t worry there’s no cameramen around. Please go ahead and eat. There is a limit to hypocrisy.”

The BJP gave up its right to form a government in Bihar even though it had more legislators than the Janata Dal (United), he said.

“For the BJP, the country’s interests are more important than the party. We let Kumar become the CM so that jungle raj of the earlier governments could end. I did not come to campaign in Bihar for campaigning earlier despite requests so that the government doesn’t fall and jungle raj returned. Nitish didn’t cheat the BJP but the people of Bihar. Let’s uproot these backstabbers. ”

He went on to attack the Congress saying the party leaders are very upset that he called a certain person shehzada (prince). “Ask the Congress to stop the politics of dynasty and I will stop calling him shehzada,” he said.

What’s happening in Patna:


Highlights from Modi’s speech (1:30pm – 2.30)
• Modi appeals for peace at Gandhi Maidan.
• Leaders and parties who humiliate our soldiers should be thrown out of power.
• This rally is not just historic, but it will also lay foundation stone for a new future.
• The country wants a change. But mud is being thrown on us from all sides.
• Those who talk of Muslims, I tell them, development is the answer to all problems.
• Bihar’s Muslims can’t afford to go on Haj. Gujarat Muslims can afford to because they are prosperous.
• Bihar BJP has demanded a 50,000-crore package and the state must get it.
• Both India and Bihar needs a change of government.
• I will repay your love with interest, and our mantra is development.
• The poor Hindu wants to fight poverty, the poor Muslim wants to fight poverty. Let Hindus and Muslims join hands and fight poverty.
• BJP has just one religion- India first.
• PM heads the planning commission. This commission says you aren’t poor if you earn Rs. 26 daily.
• A Congress leader says you can have a full meal for Rs. 12. This party has insulted the poor.
• I used to sell tea on trains. Even the Railway Minister doesn’t have my experience of what one face on trains.
• Hum gharibi main paida huye hai. I have seen and experienced poverty.
• Congress only knows how to mock the poor.
• If Bihar wants the golden age of Chanakya, it needs politics of unity.
• When Congress came to power they divided people on caste lines.
• If we want to take Bihar forward we need to unite people, bring people of all religions, caste and creed together.
• Alexander’s army conquered the entire world but was defeated by the Biharis. That’s the might of this land.
• Pakistanis killed Bihar soldiers two months ago. India salutes those soldiers but a Bihar minister insulted them.
• 80% of promises made by UPA in 2009 haven’t been fulfilled. It’s time for them to go.
• Congress promised to control prices in 100 days. Did they deliver?
• Poverty is a very big issue and due to price rises poor have nothing to eat. Children are crying.
• Congress promised to clean out Ganga but they have failed.
• Farmers dont’ have fertilisers, factories are shutting down under UPA rule.
• Congress asking why is Modi saying Shehzaada? The day Congress leaves dynastic politics, I will stop saying Shehzaada.
• JD-U has not betrayed BJP, but has betrayed you (the people of Bihar).
• We wanted to remove jungle raj from Bihar, therefore had tolerated many insults.
• In the alliance of JDU-BJP, it were the BJP Ministers who worked for the welfare of people of Bihar
• Bihar CM & I were at an occasion where he was most uncomfortable to be seen in my presence. I told him: Don’t worry no cameras here.
• Treated Bihar CM to a lavish dinner when he came to attend wedding in Gujarat, but he never leaves a chance to abuse me.
• Yaha ke CM (Nitish) hamare mitra hai, logo ne pucha unhone BJP kyu chhoda, maine kaha, jo JP ko chhod sakta hai, BJP kyu nai chhod sakta.
• When democracy was in danger, Bihar gave Jai Prakash Narayan to the nation.
• Whenevr India has needed anything, it looked at Bihar and the state provided it, when country needed, Bihar gave Lord Buddha to nation.
• Congress party is unable to sleep. They question why Modi is using the word Shehzada.
• Crowd chants yes to Modi’s question “Yeh vishwasghaat hai ki nahi.”
• Bihar CM Nitish has not betrayed the BJP. He has done vishwasghaat with people of Bihar.
• The Bihar CM is dreaming about becoming PM with Congress’s support.
• Development in Bihar was due to BJP ministers and leaders and party workers.
• I treated Bihar CM to a lavish dinner but he doesn’t leave a chance to abuse me.
• You saw Lalu ji never leaves a chance to abuse me, but 3 months ago he met with an accident and I called him.
• I want to tell the descendants of Shri Krishna (Yadavs), I have come from Dwarka to take responsibility of your well being.
• Narendra Modi: I salute Bihar
• People of Bihar are not opportunistic, other than a few exceptions.
• All major revolutions in India started from Bihar.
• The last man standing here should feel I’m running this country.

1.10pm
• BJP president Rajnath Singh: I have never seen such a sea of humanity ever in my life.
• Bihar has always been the catalyst of change.
• Narendra Modi Jana Jana Ke Asha Hai, Jana Jana Ke Bharosa Hai.
• Congress government has led the country towards unemployment and poverty. It’s only achievement promote price rise.
• Know that today people of Bihar have taken pledge to make Narendra Modi India’s PM in 2014.
• Modi is the only candidate who can solve the issues addressing India.

1pm
 Sushil Modi: In my 40 years of public life, saw JP and Lalu rally and even JD-U rallies but this rally has broken all records.
• More than half of the people attending the rally are youth. Youth are with us and youth are with Narendra Modi.
• Lalu and Nitish did their rallies in power. Today we are not in power but we did this rally.
• History will never forgive you (Nitish Kumar). You (Nitish) have betrayed the people of Bihar.

12.45pm
• Narendra Modi reaches rally venue in Patna

12pm
• Narendra Modi lands in Patna.
• Calls being issued by leaders to the crowd not to explode crackers as it would set off a stampede.
• However, police exercised on north side of the Gandhi Maidan, use mild lathicharge. People seren running away.
• Rudy, Shahnawaz on stage, asking people to desist from it.

11.55am
• Shahnawaz Hussain, Sushil Kumar Modi, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and many other leaders addressing a large crowd, attacking Bihar chief minister.

“Gandhi Maidan in Patna never witnessed the kind of crowd as today. The minorities are also here in large number here, something rarely seen see in the past. BJP is for taking all sections along and stop vote bank politics,” said Hussain.

11:30 am
• Vehicular traffic stopped as big groups of people march to listnen to Narendra Modi,
• Around a lakh people present around the venue being regaled by Bhojpuri singers singing songs tailor made for Modi, BJP and Bihar.
• Local leaders taking place on dais. State BJP president Mangal Pandey starts his address.

10am
• Minor explosion occured at Patna railway station, 1 person serious injured.

People gathered at Gandhi Maidan in Patna where Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is to address a rally. (HT Photo)

This is the first time that the Gujarat CM and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi held rallies on the same day. Gandhi is addressing a rally in poll-bound Delhi in Sunday. Modi went on to say, “Dynasty politics is the biggest enemy of democracy, the second is caste politics, third is politics of religion and then politics of opportunity. And all these things have emerged as a strong factor in the politics of Bihar.”

Earlier in the day, the venue was rocked by six explosions in and around the venue in which 16 people have been injured. Earlier in the day, one person was killed in an explosion at Patna railway station.

The rally was also attended by senior party leaders including Arun Jaitley, Shahnawaz Hussain, Sushil Kumar Modi, Shatrughan Sinha and Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

The party had hired 11 special trains, 20,000 SUVs, 6,000 buses, 126 river boats, 33 cranes and a giant gizmo-laden stage for the rally.

Inputs from HT correspondents Dev Raj, Arun Kumar, Mammen Mathew and Rai Atul Krishna

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