|RSS to initiate legal action against Rahul Gandhi|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 7 (Agencies): Irked by Rahul Gandhi's remark accusing "RSS people" of having killed Mahatma Gandhi, the Sangh has decided to initiate legal action against him and lodge a complaint with the Election Commission.
"Legal action will be initiated against Rahul Gandhi for his irresponsible utterances linking RSS with Gandhi's murder. Complaint will be filed with EC too," RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said on social networking site twitter.
The Sangh has taken umbrage to the statement made by Gandhi at a rally in Maharashtra yesterday.
While addressing the rally in Thane district, the Congress Vice President had alleged that it was "RSS people" who had killed Mahatma Gandhi.
"RSS people killed Gandhiji and today their people (BJP) talk of him...They opposed Sardar Patel and Ga...|
|Another Navy Mishap: Officer dies onboard INS Kolkata|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 7 (Agencies): Indian Navy was hit by yet another mishap today with gas leakage taking place on a ship in Mazagaon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai, leading to the death of a Commander-rank officer and hospitalisation of some others.
INS Kolkata-class destroyer ship Yard-701, being built by the MDL, suffered malfunction in its Carbon Dioxide unit while undergoing machinery trials, leading to gas leakage, sources said.
One Navy commander died and some others were taken ill and hospitalised in today's incident.
The mishap took place just more than a week after fire and smoke incident on INS Sindhuratna off the Mumbai coast, in which two officers lost their lives and seven sailors were taken ill.
This is the 12th mishap involving Navy's assets over the last seven months.
|Sahara Chief Subrata Roy to stay in jail: SC|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 7 (Agencies): Calling it an insult after making it assemble a special bench, the Supreme Court today ticked off the Sahara group for not coming out with a proper proposal for refunding Rs.20,000 crore of investors money and asked it to come out with an "honourable" plan.
Subrata Roy will remain in Tihar jail till next Tuesday when the court posted the matter for further hearing.
The apex court expressed displeasure that the Sahara group asked for assembling of the special bench to hear the matter but did not provide a proper proposal. "It's an insult to us," it observed.
The Sahara group submitted that it was ready to make a cash payment of Rs 2,500 crore within three days and gave an assurance that it will pay the rest of Rs 14,900 crore in five instalments by the end o...|
|Muzaffarnagar residents traveling from Pak arrested with pistols|
|ATTARI, Mar 7 (Agencies): Six persons, including two women, hailing from Muzaffarnagar in UP have been arrested after 11 pistols were seized from them on their return from Pakistan by Samjhauta Express.
During customs checking at the Attari Railway Station yesterday, 11 pistols were found concealed in 11 meat cutter machines along with 22 magazines, Gurdev Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Customs said.
"A doubt arose after the machines were subjected to X-ray. They were cut by cutters and pistols were found. There were a total of 11 machines and 11 pistols were recovered," he said.
Six persons, including two women, have been arrested, he said, adding that they were all residents of Muzaffarnagar.
Their interrogation is going on, Singh said.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had claime...|
|Kejriwal fails to get appointment with Narendra Modi|
|GANDHI NAGAR, Mar 7 (Agencies): Arvind Kejriwal, who has been attacking Narendra Modi of late, today created a drama by suddenly demanding a meeting with the Chief Minister to discuss the issue of gas price and development in Gujarat but failed to get an appointment.
Accompanied by AAP leaders including Manish Sisodia, Kejriwal, who has been in Gujarat for the last two days "inspecting" development in the state, drove to Gandhinagar this morning wanting to meet Modi.
But the police stopped him some five kms away from the Chief Minister's official residence in the administrative capital and asked the AAP leader to seek an appointment with Modi.
Sisodia was then escorted by police to the chief minister's office to seek an appointment with Modi whom Kejriwal has said was in "Ambani's poc...|
|16-yr old girl raped by youth in Haryana|
|JIND, Mar 7 (Agencies): A 16-year-old girl, who went missing from house, was allegedly raped by a youth from her village in the district, police said today.
The girl went missing on February 22 from Shahpur village after which her family members filed a police complaint.
During investigation, the accused, Pankaj (21) was arrested yesterday at the railway station here and the girl was rescued, police said....|
|Bihar's growth rate has halved in past one year: Sushil|
|PATNA, Mar 7 (Agencies): Seeking to expose Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's development plank in the run up to general elections, the BJP today claimed that the state's economic growth rate has nose-dived by nearly half in the past one year.
Quoting from the report of Central Statistics Office (CSO), the former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that Bihar's growth rate has reduced to half at 8.82 per cent in 2013-14 against 15.05 per cent in 2012-13.
"The sharp decline in growth rate has exposed the Chief Minister's contention that there has been no adverse impact on governance in Bihar since he dumped the BJP from his government on June 16, 2013," he told reporters.
Modi said the CSO figures, released on March one, tell a different story and prove beyond doubt that devel...|
|Cong slams Modi for not giving appointment to Kejriwal|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 7 (Agencies): Congress today sought to make an issue of Narendra Modi not giving an appointment to Arvind Kejriwal by accusing the Gujarat Chief Minister of dishonouring the tradition of the state of welcoming guests.
"In our culture, guest is god. Kejriwal has been a guest of Gujarat and it is a tradition of the state that whoever is the chief minister, meets leaders and chief ministers from other states," Congress spokesman Shaktisinh Gohil told reporters, disapproving of Modi's action.
He suggested that it was Modi's duty to meet Kejriwal despite the fact that he was now the former chief minister of Delhi. The AAP leader has been in Gujarat for the last two days "inspecting" development in the state.
"If Rahulji had been the chief minister, he would have met Kejriwal,...|
|Bihar BJP plans massive electioneering for 40 LS seats|
|PATNA, Mar 7 (Agencies): Aiming to ride on the popularity of its prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi, the Bihar BJP plans to flag off 250 raths and hold 1000 rallies daily during the 50 day campaign for the six-phase Lok Sabha elections in the state.
"We will send out one rath each, equipped with state-of-art LED TV, on the campaign trail in each assembly segment of 40 Lok Sabha constituencies from today with content like Modi's humble background as a tea seller, his slogans and speeches particularly the one made at the Gandhi Maidan rally last year, state unit BJP president Mangal Pandey told reporters here today.
Prominently displaying a popular slogan - 'Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi,' each rath will visit at least four to five places in the assembly segments on a daily basis to s...|
|UP election body submits report on AAP-BJP clash to EC|
|LUCKNOW, Mar 7 (Agencies): A preliminary report on the clash between AAP and BJP activists outside the saffron party's headquarters in Lucknow has been submitted to the Election Commission by the state Chief Electoral officer.
A report having facts of the events of the clash has been sent to the EC while detailed report would be sent after District Magistrate and SSP's report, officials said today.
On March 5, armed with brooms, workers of Aam Aadmi Party clashed with lathi-wielding activists of BJP outside its headquarters on Vidhan Sabha Marg here to protest against detention of former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Gujarat.
Clashes had occurred in other parts also, including in Delhi, in protest against detention of Kejriwal.
Cross FIRs were lodged by both the parties agai...|
|AAP-BJP Clash: Ashutosh, Ilmi taken for questioning by police|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 6 (Agencies): AAP leaders Ashutosh and Shazia Ilmi, booked for rioting and damaging public property during clashes with BJP workers, have been brought for questioning by Delhi Police.
Ilmi, who was picked up by a team of women police personnel from her Greater Kailash residence, was brought to Parliament Street Police station for questioning, police said.
Journalist-turned politician Ashutosh, picked up from AAP's Model Town office, is on his way to the Parliament Street police station.
AAP leader and former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti has also reached the police station.
An FIR was lodged last night at Parliament Street Police station against Ilmi and Ashutosh and other AAP volunteers in connection with clashes outside BJP headquarters here.
Police had initially...|
|SC defers centre's plea against release of Rajiv killers|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 6 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today deferred till March 26 the hearing on the Centre's plea against the Tamil Nadu government's decision to release seven prisoners convicted in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam adjourned the case and posted it for final hearing on March 26 after the Centre sought time to file a rejoinder to state government's response.
Earlier, the apex court had restrained the state government from releasing the prisoners who were undergoing life sentence and directed it to maintain status quo.
The Tamil Nadu government had opposed the Centre's plea, saying the petition was not maintainable as the Union government cannot file a writ in the case.
The state government had also submitted that the Centre has no...|
|Kiran Kumar Reddy moves SC on Telangana issue|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 6 (Agencies): Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Reddy today approached the Supreme Court against the Centre's decision to create Telangana by bifurcating the State.
A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, before whom the matter was mentioned, agreed to list his plea along with other petitions which will be taken up tomorrow for hearing.
A batch of petitions is listed for hearing tomorrow against the bifurcation of the State.
The apex court had earlier on February 7 and 17 respectively refused to entertain petitions challenging the division of Andhra Pradesh on the ground that they were "premature" as the Bill was not cleared by Parliament at that time.
Parliament gave its approval on February 20 for the creation of Telangana by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh....|
|Cops lodge complaint in Kejriwal's car attack incident|
|BHACHAU (KUTCH), Mar 6 (Agencies): Kutch Police today lodged a case of rioting against a mob of 40 to 50 men, who allegedly stopped the convoy of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal last evening and attacked his car.
The incident took place at Kharohi village in Bhachau taluka of Kutch yesterday. Later, local crime branch PSI J P Solanki lodged an official complaint of rioting and damaging private property against the mob.
In his complaint at Bhachau police station today, Solanki alleged that 40 to 50 unidentified men gathered at Kharohi cross roads to accomplish their motive and shouted slogans.
Later, one of them attacked the car and broke the windshield using some object. However, the complaint does not mention any names, neither of BJP nor of Kejriwal.
The AAP leader and his team members a...|
|More qualified for PM post than others: Nitish Kumar|
|BATTIAH, Mar 6 (Agencies): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today appeared to suggest that he was more qualified to be the Prime Minister than those 'roaming around' for the post.
"You say if those roaming around has the experience that matches mine? Do they have one day's experience, one who aspires to be leader of Parliament, either in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha," he told NDTV without naming BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi.
He said he has been a Minister of State in the V. P. Singh government and held important portfolio in Vajpayee governments at the Centre. "Whether I am a PM candidate or not, I have been an MP. I had been an MLA in the past and have been CM for the last so many years and doing public service."
Asked if he was saying he was more qualified to become prime minister, ...|
|Modi is 'Vikaspurush' for only Adanis and Ambanis: Kejriwal|
|KUTCH, Mar 6 (Agencies): Escalating his attack against BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over his development claims, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal today said he is "vikaspurush" (development man) only for industrialists.
"Modi is a vikaspurush, but only for Adanis and Ambanis," Kejriwal, who is in Gujarat to "inspect" development claims made by Modi, said after meeting farmers in Mundra taluka where Adani Port and Special Economic zone (SEZ) is located.
"Big industries in a nexus with government started acquiring lands, he alleged, while adding that "it seems that the entire land of Gujarat is on sale."
"Industries have earned so much black money that they will flee to Switzerland any day," he further alleged.
"Through media he (Modi) conspires a propaganda of development....|
|Nine Phase LS Polls from April 7, counting on May 16|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 5 (Agencies): The high-stake Lok Sabha elections pitting Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi in a virtual presidential-style contest with a number of other PM aspirants thrown in will be held between April 7 and May 12 on nine days, the highest number of phases so far.
Counting of votes in all the 543 constituencies involving an electorate of 81.4 crore will be done on May 16, Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath announced today at a press conference releasing the election schedule.
Assembly elections will also be held simultaneously in the states of Andhra Pradesh, including Telangana region, Odisha and Sikkim.
Flanked by Election Commissioners H S Brahma and S N A Zaidi, Sampath was at pains to explain the difference between nine polling days and phases saying the whole ...|
|AAP protest at BJP's Delhi headquarters turns violent|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 5 (Agencies): AAP workers today demonstrated in front of BJP's Delhi headquarters and faced water cannons from the police.
The protest came after Arvind Kejriwal was briefly detained by the Gujarat police when he was touring the state, as e allegedly violated the model code of conduct, hours after the Lok Sabha election schedule was announced.
Kejriwal was accompanied by other AAP leaders, including Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh. They were welcomed by a large number of AAP members, who were seen carrying brooms (party symbol) and shouting slogans 'Sheila Dikshit hari hai, ab Modi ki bari hai' (Sheila Dikshit has lost, now it's Modi's turn)....|
|Uphaar Fire Tragedy: SC upholds conviction of Ansals|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 5 (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of Gopal Ansal and Sushil Ansal in 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case.
A two-judge bench differed on the quantum of punishment for Ansals. The issue on quantum of punishment referred to a three-judge bench in view of difference in opinion between the two judges.
The apex court further stated that Ansals were more concerned about making money than ensuring safety of cinemagoers.
The court said “A contemptuous disregard to law by owners of Uphaar cinema hall led to loss of lives.”...|
|EC wants paid news to become an Electoral Offence|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 5 (Agencies): Recognising the malaise of paid news, Election Commission has proposed to the government to make it an electoral offence even as it continues to tackle it itself by monitoring the expenditures of candidates.
Addressing a press conference here to announce the Lok Sabha poll schedule, Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath said paid news has three aspects -- print media, electronic media and expenditure by candidates.
"Since there is no law (to deal with paid news), we have made a proposal to the Law Ministry to make it an electoral offence," he said.
Meanwhile, he said, the Election Commission deals with the malaise by keeping a close watch on the expenditures of the candidates.
"Election Commission is doing what is under its control. We have monitoring co...|
|Whether I become PM or not is immaterial: Rahul Gandhi|
|SHIRPUR, Mar 5 (Agencies): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said whether he becomes the Prime Minister or not is immaterial but what matters is that all Indians, including women and youth, feel it is their country.
The Congress leader was interacting with tribal youth at an engineering college here, as he began his two-day Maharashtra tour.
Responding to best wishes from a youth for becoming the Prime Minister, Rahul said, "My becoming or not becoming PM does not matter. What is most important is that everyone here, specially women and youth in country feel that this is their own country."
Asking youth to enter mainstream politics, the Congress leader said there should not be even one youth who says he is afraid in his own country.
"I want to see MLAs, MLCs and MPs from amon...|
|Lok Sabha Elections 2014 Voting Schedule|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 5 (Agencies): The Election commission announced today that voting for the next Lok Sabha elections will start from April 7 and conclude on May 12. However, results will be declared on May 16.
State-wise polling days:
Andhra Pradesh: April 30, May 7
Arunachal Pradesh: April 9
Assam: April 7, 12, 24
Bihar: April 10, 17, 24, 30, May 7 and 12
Chhattisgarh: April 10, 17, 24
Goa: April 17
Gujarat: - April 30
Haryana: April 10
Himachal Pradesh: May 7
Jammu and Kashmir: April 10, 17, 24, 30, May 7
Jharkhand - April 10, 17, 24
Karnataka: April 17
Kerala: April 10
Madhya Pradesh: April 10, 17, 24
Maharashtra: April 10, 17, 24
Manipur: April 9, 17
Meghalaya: April 9
Mizoram: April 9
Nagaland: April 9
Odisha: April 10, 17
Punjab: April 30
Rajasthan: April 17, 24
|Nationwide release of Gulaab Gang stayed|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 5 (Agencies): The Delhi High Court today stayed the nationwide release on Friday of Hindi film Gulaab Gang, starring Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla, on the plea of activist Sampat Pal who claimed that the film has been inspired by her group Gulaabi gang.
Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva restrained the film's producers, Sahara One Media Entertainment Ltd, and their agents from "releasing, exhibiting, distributing and promoting" the film till the next date of hearing on May 8.
The court was of the prima facie view that "irreparable damage and injury" would be caused to Pal if the movie is released.
It noted in its order that while the loss to the producers would be monetary, she will suffer both financial loss, as her copyright over Gulaabi gang has been used without her permission...|
|WB to have five-phase Lok Sabha Polls from April 17|
|KOLKTA, Mar 5 (Agencies): The upcoming Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal will be a five-phase one and held between April 17 and May 12 along with the bye-elections to six Assembly seats, state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Gupta said here today.
Elaborating the poll schedule, Gupta said the state would go to polls on April 17, 24, 30, May 7 and 12, while counting would be held on May 16 along with the entire country.
The four Lok Sabha seats Coochbehar, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling would go to the polls on April 17.
The six Lok Sabha seats Raiganj, Balurghat, Malda (North), Malda (South), Jangipur and Murshidabad would go to the polls on April 24.
The nine Lok Sabha seats Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampur, Hooghly, Arambagh, Burdwan (East), Burdwan-Durgapur, Bolpur and Bi...|
|Police Lathicharge Cong Workers on way to MP Assembly|
|BHOPAL, Mar 5 (Agencies): At least 60 Congress workers were reportedly injured when police resorted to mild lathi-charge while they were trying to march to the state Assembly from the party office at Jawahar Bhawan, a party official said.
Along with mild baton charge, police used water cannons to disperse the agitating party workers, state Congress unit spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi told AGENCIES.
However, police said action against protesting Congressmen was taken as they violated the prohibitory orders.
The workers, led by state party unit president Arun Yadav and Leader of Opposition in MP Assembly Satyadev Katare, were demanding immediate payment of compensation to farmers whose crops have been hit by heavy rains and hailstorm, and a CBI probe into the Professional Examination Board ...|