Arun Maira says Sonia called shots on appointments and UPA policies, Politicos react

New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): Following release of books criticizing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, another book on Singh by outgoing Planning Commission member Arun Maira released a book saying Sonia Gandhi called shots on appointments and UPA policies. Reacting on the same, Congress leader Meem Afzal and Rashid Alvi said that these books are coming as the government is about to change and these people are to leave the position they are holding, with the purpose of gaining credibility in the BJP. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that Maira is right but the timing is controversial. Meanwhile, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar and Former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui supported the view. May 14, 2014

Giriraj Singh refuses to budge from 'terrorists from one community' remark

Patna, May 14 (ANI): After giving a yet another controversial statement on Pakistan and terrorism saying that all the terrorists belong to one particular community, BJP leader Giriraj Singh refused to budge from his remark. He said that his statements were twisted by the media, though he would never take a step back on his statement that Pakistan shelters the terrorists and that he doesn't think that there is anything wrong about the same. May 14, 2014

Success party of two National Award winning films

Mumbai, May 14 (ANI): The cast and crew of India's National Award winning films 'Shahid' and 'Ship of Theseus' came together to celebrate the success of their movie in entertainment capital Mumbai. Director of Bollywood film 'Shahid', Hansal Mehta, filmmaker Kiran Rao and Chief of Disney UTV movies, Siddharth Roy Kapur were also present during the celebrations. Both the movies received the National Film Awards in May. Hansal Mehta received the Best Director award for 'Shahid' and Raj Kumar Rao won the Best Actor for the same film. 'Ship of Theseus' won the award for Best Feature Film. Kiran Rao, wife of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, was involved with the promotion of indie film 'Ship of Theseus' for Indian cinema that has been directed by Anand Gandhi. On the occasion Kiran said if a film is able to touch people's heart it is the best reward among all awards. May 14, 2014

Congress prepares ground to shield Rahul as rivals target him for predicted poll debacle

New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): The Congress on Wednesday tried to shield party vice president Rahul Gandhi even as rivals targeted him over the predicted poll debacle. Former BJP leader Jagdambika Pal who crossed over to join BJP before elections said that the Congress worked under Rahul's leadership during election campaigning and therefore he should be held responsible for his party's defeat. May 14, 2014

NCP rejects speculation of alliance with BJP

New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): Reacting over the speculation that the NCP will give support to BJP, NCP leader Praful Patel today rubbished reports that it was cosying up to BJP ahead of formation of the next government. He said that his party is with UPA. May 14, 2014

Residents of Murshidabad fall sick after consuming temple food

Murshidabad, May 14 (ANI): In a likely case of food poisoning, around 300 residents of Murshidabad district in West Bengal fell sick after consuming food served in a temple, as per reports. Locals said that people who ate the food served as a part of the temple offering started vomiting and started showing dysenteric symptoms. People suffering with stomach infection were admitted to a local hospital and Murshidabad medical college. The affected included a large number of women and children, who were seen resting on the floor of the hospital. May 14, 2014

Thai protesters occupy heart of power as crisis deepens

From state rooms normally used by Thai prime ministers to host foreign dignitaries, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban and his supporters are now plotting the downfall of the wounded government. Duration: 01:09 May 14, 2014

Turkey mine blast kills over 200, hundreds more trapped

More than 200 people have been killed and hopes are fading for hundreds more still trapped underground after an explosion at a coal mine in western Turkey, one of the worst industrial disasters ever to hit the country. Duration: 00:59 May 14, 2014

BJP leaders to meet Modi to discuss Advani's role, politicos react

New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): As all exit polls projected NDA's victory in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, activities have increased in the BJP camp. The BJP leadership is seeking to figure out what to do with party stalwarts LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, both decades senior to BJP's Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi. BJP leader Nitin Gadkari along with party president Rajnath Singh and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, will meet Modi in Gandhinagar today to discuss the post poll scenario. May 14, 2014

Bangladeshi migrants should have no voting rights: Ex- BSF DG

New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): Former Director General of India's paramilitary Border Security Force, Prakash Singh, said that illegal migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh should not be granted voting rights in India. Singh was speaking during the launch of book 'Bangladesh Migrants - A Threat to India' in New Delhi, which has been penned by former Additional Director General of BSF, PK Mishra. May 14, 2014

AIADMK admits Modi wave in country, BJD yet to decide

Tamil Nadu/ Uttar Pradesh, May 14 (ANI): Regional parties like Tamil Nadu's AIADMK and Odisha's Biju Janata Dal, which had earlier kept their cards close, are now hinting towards a prospect of forming coalition with BJP. Jayalalitha, reportedly, earlier was eying the prime ministerial seat. May 14, 2014