LS Polls: Lalji Tandon says will leave seat for Modi but reluctant for Rajnath

Lucknow, March 10 (ANI): It seems BJP's blues over tickets for its top guns has deepened. Lucknow BJP MP Lalji Tandon said that he will not vacate his seat for anyone other than party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. According to reports, BJP President Rajnath Singh wants to contest the Lok Sabha elections from the Lucknow seat. Mar 10, 2014

Bangladesh economist appeals to punish Pak war criminals before locals for 1971 liberation war

Dhaka, March 10 (ANI): Bangladesh economist Mahbubul Mokaddem Akash said that before prosecuting local war criminals, Pakistani atrocity makers should be punished, who are accused of genocide during 1971 liberation war and were released under Simla Agreement in 1972. The Simla Agreement was inked between India and Pakistan in July 02, 1972, which paved the way "for a diplomatic recognition" of Bangladesh. While talking to a reporter in Dhaka, Akash demanded a quicker punishment for Pakistani war criminals so as to provide a slight benefit to the Bangladeshi nationals. Unrest erupted in January 2013 when the International Crime Tribunal (ICT) sentenced to death in absentia a leader of Jamaat. Mar 10, 2014

Cyprus unable to mourn its missing 40 years after war

The fate of Greek and Turkish Cypriots who disappeared during a decade of unrest culminating in the Turkish invasion of 1974, remains an open wound across the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Duration: 02:28 Mar 10, 2014

EU's Ashton on landmark visit to Iran

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Sunday a final accord on Iran's nuclear programme cannot be guaranteed, during a landmark visit that underscores a thaw in Tehran's ties with the West. Duration: 01:20 Mar 10, 2014

Tensions mount as rivals stage rallies in Ukraine

Thousands took to the streets for rival pro- and anti-Kremlin rallies across Ukraine on Sunday as the West and Moscow dug in their heels over a deepening crisis in Crimea. Duration: 01:50 Mar 10, 2014

Congress LS nominee Bhagirath Prasad joins BJP

Bhopal, March 09 (ANI): In another setback to Congress, the party’s Lok Sabha nominee Bhagirath Prasad joined BJP on Sunday saying that the Congress is not efficient now in fighting against corruption and working for poor. Prasad said that he considers BJP and Narendra Modi vibrant enough to work in such direction and so he joined the party. Mar 9, 2014

Israeli military unloads 'Iran weapons ship'

The Israeli military was on Sunday unloading a ship allegedly transporting arms from Iran to Gaza which navy commandos intercepted in the Red Sea and escorted to the port of Eilat. Mar 9, 2014

Ethnic Dhimal community threatens not to cast vote in LS polls

Darjeeling, March 09 (ANI): Ethnic Dhimal community residing in Maoists inflicted area of West Bengal on Sunday threatened not to cast their vote in the upcoming general elections on account of not being recognized as a tribe. The Dhimal community resides in Ketugaborjote village near Darjeeling district. They claim that they are facing economic problems and receive no support from the government. Many of them had to give up on education due to shortage of money and are working outside Bengal, some in Kerala and some in Delhi as daily labour. They are still recognized as Other Backward Classes (OBC). The people here have refused to wait unless they avail the ‘tribal’ status. Mar 9, 2014

Malaysia says missing jet may have turned back

Malaysia on Sunday launched a terror probe into the disappearance of a passenger jet carrying 239 people, with authorities looking into the possibility that the plane attempted to turn back. Mar 9, 2014

My ticket will be decided by Parliamentary board: MM Joshi

New Delhi, Mar 9 (ANI): Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday held a press conference in which he said that his ticket will be decided by the Parliamentary board. Further speaking on a ‘poster war’ between him and BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, he said that there is no poster war as is reported by the media. Earlier, when BJP announced its second list of candidates, Joshi questioned party President Rajnath Singh for allegedly trying to force him out of Varanasi. Joshi, the sitting MP from Varanasi asked Rajnath to make clear whether the Varanasi seat be given to him or not. Mar 9, 2014

Raj Thackeray to support Narendra Modi in LS polls

Nagpur/Mumbai, Mar 9 (ANI): Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday announced to lend his support to Narendra Modi for prime minister. Thackery, while declaring the first list of MNS candidates for upcoming Lok Sabha polls, said that the party will back Modi for PM. He also said that the party will make all efforts in this direction. Mar 9, 2014

Hardcore Maoist leader surrenders before police in Odisha

Malkangiri, March 09 (ANI): Top female Maoist leader Debe Podiami alias Sandhya, surrendered before the police in Malkangiri district of Odisha. She surrendered before Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jaswant Jethwa and Malkangiri Superintendent of Police (SP) Akhileswar Singh. Sandhya had a bounty of 5,00,000 rupees (nearly USD 8164.73) on her head. Following her surrender, the police gave her 50, 000 rupees cash as a part of provincial government’s package. She will get compensations in accordance with provisions of surrender package of Odisha government for Maoists. The 30-year-old hardcore Maoist was the committee member of Malkangiri-Koraput border and member of outlawed CPI (Maoist) outfit. Mar 9, 2014

BJP calls Kejriwal agent of Congress

Nagpur, Mar 9 (ANI): BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain, on Sunday said that the Congress mired in corruption was diverting attention of people from such issues and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal was helping the party. Addressing a news conference in Nagpur Hussain lashed out at Kejriwal, calling him an agent of Congress party. Mar 9, 2014