Syria's Assad, unwavering war leader convinced of victory

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is expected to clinch re-election effortlessly next week, believes he has saved his regime from a brutal three-year insurgency, despite international isolation and calls for his departure. May 28, 2014

Sharad Yadav condemns statement on Article 370, calls SIT on black money 'time waste'

New Delhi, May 28 (ANI): JD (U) Chief Sharad Yadav on Wednesday severely slammed the statement given by Dr Jitendra Singh about removing Article 370 from J&K. Yadav stated that Kashmir is an integral part of India and the national heritage is associated with the state. Yadav also said that the decision of the Cabinet of forming an SIT to probe black money is merely a time waste. Commenting on the tweet of Ajay Maken questioning the qualifications of HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Yadav said that education does not help in understanding the nation and thus, criticism should be done on her work not her education. May 28, 2014

Jitendra Singh calls for debate on Article 370, politicos slam

New Delhi, May 28 (ANI): A day after Minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh kicked up a controversy after he made a statement calling for a debate on Article 370, which gives special and autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, politicos from rival parties slammed him. Targeting the BJP, many said that immature ministers should understand their responsibility and speak cautiously. May 28, 2014

Sharif- Modi meeting outcome better than expected: Sartaj Aziz

Islamabad, May 28 (ANI): Pakistan on Wednesday said the actual outcome of the meeting between Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif was much better than expected. Sharif's National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz said in Islamabad that both the PMs recognized the need to turn a new page in the relations between the two South Asian neighbours. Aziz said the issues of cross-border terrorism and Kashmir were discussed but not substantially during the bilateral meeting on Tuesday in New Delhi. He added that Sharif did not meet the Hurriyat leadership as it was a ceremonial visit to India. During the meeting, Modi also sought that the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case be expedited, a demand which Aziz described as not a new one from India. May 28, 2014

Modi Cabinet: Maneka, Uma and Kalraj take charge of their office

New Delhi, May 28 (ANI): The Cabinet Ministers under PM Narendra Modi for Water Resources, MSME and Maneka Gandhi for Women and Child Development took charge on Wednesday. Maneka Gandhi took charge of Women and Child Development (WCD) and was warmly welcomed by other officials. Uma Bharti was handed over the responsibility of Water Resources Minsitry for which she thanked the PM Narendra Modi and pledged to execute her duties well. Kalraj Mishra took over the ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and said that this ministry will help in abolishing unemployment from the nation. May 28, 2014

Ashton Kutcher rescues stranded strangers after car breaks down

Mumbai, May 28 (ANI): Ashton Kutcher rescued a group of strangers who were stranded after their car broke down. According to an online portal, he was driving down a street near the Hollywood Hills when he spotted a group signaling for help, and even though the actor had a passenger in his car, he promised he’d be back after he dropped her off. He did return, and even though it took him a while to actually help as he struggled to find his own battery, he took his error in good spirits. Meanwhile, one of the group members suggested said that Ashton’s companion in the car was his pregnant fiancee Mila Kunis. May 28, 2014

Sonakshi Sinha promotes 'Holiday'

New Delhi, Mumbai 28 (ANI): Bollywood Diva Sonakshi Sinha was in the capital to promote her upcoming flick 'Holiday : A Soldier is Never off Duty'. Holiday is an action thriller directed by A.R Murgadoss and features Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi sinha in the lead role along with Govinda in a supporting role. Sonakshi not only promoted the action thriller but also shared her fitness mantra for this summer season. Well we wish Sonakshi all the best for the movie and a very happy Holiday season. May 28, 2014

Delhi court to decide on bail petitions of telecom scam accused on May 30

New Delhi, May 28 (ANI): A Delhi court said on Wednesday that it would decide on the bail petitions of the accused allegedly involved in money laundering in 2G-scam case on May 30. The court granted two days extension to all the accused to scrutinize the documents related to chargesheet filed by Enforcement Directorate (ED). Former Telecom Minister A Raja, lawmaker of DMK Kanimozhi and seven other accused moved bail applications before a Delhi court on Monday. Lawyer of Vinod Goenka, one of the accused in the telecom scam, Majid Memon, said the accused sought more time to go through the documents related to chargesheet. May 28, 2014

Former SG says he faced pressure, Politicos give mixed reactions

New Delhi, May 28 (ANI): In a startling revelation about political interference in bureaucracy, former solicitor general Mohan Parasaran said that he faced political pressure in many sensitive cases by the members of UPA Government in the last one decade. Reacting to this CPI leader D Raja said that this should be answered by the Congress party as it ruled for the last decade during which Mohan Parasaran was the SG. Meanwhile, Congress leader Meem Afzal stated that the resignation of the SG does not mean he felt pressure from within the administration. He added that Parasaran should have resigned earlier if he sought any such pressure before. Parasaran had submitted his resignation on Tuesday along with Attorney General Goolam Essaji Vahanvati following the change in the Government at the Centre. May 28, 2014

Article 370: Why attack JandK on day one, asks Omar

Srinagar, May 28 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah hit out at the newly formed BJP-led NDA government saying reigniting the Article 370 debate would not protect the people of the state but further alienate them. He further asked the central government to come clean on who are the "stakeholders" it was talking about on the contentious issue of revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution. May 28, 2014

Omar, Mufti fume over Jitendra Singh for Article 370 debate remark

New Delhi, May 28 (ANI): J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party Chief Mehbooba Mufti have slammed junior minister in Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh, over his remark on Article 370, which provides special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. After taking charge, Singh on the very first day stirred controversy, saying that Kashmir has lost more than gained due to Article 370. The remark drew sharp reactions with Abdullah saying that Article 370 was the only constitutional link between J&K and rest of India. Abdullah tweeted, “long after Modi government is a distant memory, either J&K won’t be part of India or Art 370 will still exist.” Meanwhile, Mufti said no one could challenge the article as it was included in the Indian constitution. May 28, 2014

Venkaiah Naidu takes charge as Urban Development minister

New Delhi, May 28 (ANI): Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu took charge as the country’s Urban Development minister on Wednesday. After taking charge he said that by 2020 everyone should have a 'pucca' house which is very difficult but not impossible. He also said that focus will be there to develop 100 new smart cities which is the dream of PM Narendra Modi. Twin city and infrastructure for satellite towns will also be the focus. He added that cleanliness and sanitation will be given priority focus. May 28, 2014