Don't appreciate use of such language: Rahul on Khurshid's 'impotent' Modi remark

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that he did not endorse or appreciate External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s description of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as "impotent" in whatever context. Khurshid had on Wednesday defended his remarks, insisting that he meant Modi's "administrative incompetence" in the handling of the 2002 Gujarat riots, and also said he did not think he would be censured for his choice of words. Feb 27, 2014

Devout Hindus celebrate Mahashivratri across India with fervour

Uttar Pradesh/ Madhya Pradesh, Feb 27 (ANI): Devout Hindus revelled in the festive spirit as thousands of them thronged temples and congregated at the banks of holy rivers across India on Thursday to celebrate festival of Mahashivratri, also known as Lord Shiva's wedding anniversary, with religious fervour. The pilgrims and devout Hindus chanted holy words as they took holy bathe in the sacred Triveni Sangam, in Allahabad city of Uttar Pradesh. The magnificently decorated temples in the holy town of Ayodhya also witnessed crowd of devotees. The Mahakaleshwar Temple of Ujjain city in Madhya Pradesh immersed into devotional spirit of prayer and worship on the occasion. Feb 27, 2014

INS Sindhuratna Mishap: Jaswant Singh demands AK Antonys resignation

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Former Defense Minister and BJP leader Jaswant Singh on Thursday demanded Defense minister AK Antony’s resignation in wake of the INS Sindhuratna accident. Singh said that Antony has not been able to fulfill his responsibilities as a Defense Minister of the country. Feb 27, 2014

Shivraj Singh Chouhan compares Rahul with tail, Modi with moustache, Congress condemns

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): It seems there is no end to personal attacks by political leaders. After Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid’s ‘impotent’ remark on BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan hit back at the Congress by targeting its vice-president Rahul Gandhi calling him a hair of a tail. He added that Modi is a hair of moustache. Reacting over Chouhan’s comment, Congress leader and I&B minister Manish Tewari said that such low-level remarks will be responded to by the party in a proper and parliamentary manner. Feb 27, 2014

AB Vajpayee's niece joins Congress

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Former BJP leader and Atal Bihari Vajpayee's niece Karuna Shukla on Thursday joined the Congress. Launching a scathing attack on the BJP, Shukla said that the party’s ideology has deteriorated over the time and its PM candidate Narendra Modi would never be able to win the hearts of people. Feb 27, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Feb 27, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

South Kashmir’s Shopian district is known all over the country for the quality of apples produced here. The state govt. claims to have spent millions of rupees on roads, but all this seems only to be on paper. A damaged building and shortage of teachers at the Government high school Kabukote in Rajouri district is causing many problems to students of the school. Feb 27, 2014

JD (U) expels Shivanand Tiwari, four rebel LS MPs

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): The JD (U) on Thursday expelled five MPs from the party for anti-party activities. The expelled Lok Sabha members are Jainarain Nishad, Purnmasi Ram, Sushil Kumar Singh, Mangani Lal Mandal. Outgoing Rajya Sabha MP Shivanand Tiwari has also been expelled from the party. Feb 27, 2014

Navy chief resigns after INS Sindhuratna mishap, politicos welcome move

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Political leaders welcomed Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi’s decision to resign from the post following the INS Sindhuratna mishap. Congress leader DP Tripathi said that the naval chief took moral responsibility and resigned, while JD (U) leader Ali Anwar welcomed the move saying very few officials do such a thing. Meanwhile, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar pointed out the shortcomings of the Defence ministry and said that they should take responsibility of the series of mishaps in the Indian Navy. Following the suit, NCP leader Tariq Anwar also welcomed the move. Feb 27, 2014

Kashmir: Soldier shoots dead 5 colleagues, kills self

Ganderbal, Feb 27 (ANI): An army jawan of 13 Rashtriya Rifles shot dead five of his colleagues at point blank range when they were sleeping and killed himself in Kashmir's Ganderbal district Thursday morning, said army official. The deaths of the jawans took place inside the army camp of 13 Rashtriya Rifles at Safapora. An army court of inquiry will investigate the deaths. According to sources, the soldier, who was posted on sentry duty at the camp, entered one of the barracks at around 2:00am and opened indiscriminate firing on his sleeping colleagues. Feb 27, 2014

Jagdambika Pal likely to join BJP, draws reaction

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): As the speculations on Congress leader Jagdambika Pal joining BJP surfaces, political leaders draws differentiating reactions. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that no party can stop any leader and if Pal wants to decide on his political career, its his wish. Meanwhile, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that if any tranfers is to take place, it will take place in open and its any leader’s personal choice. Further, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that this is more of ‘aaya ram, gaya ram’ policy and that all leaders who used to abuse BJP are heading towards the same. Feb 27, 2014

Nitish behind RJD split: Shivanand Tiwari

Patna, Feb 27 (ANI): JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari on Thursday confirmed that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was behind the split in the RJD. The development came in view of 13 RJD MLAs purportedly splitting from the party. Nine had later come back in the RJD fold. RJD chief Lalu Prasad had earlier said that Nitish Kumar had conspired to split his party to save his government, which is in a minority. However, refuting the charge Nitish said that the crisis in the RJD was their own doing. Feb 27, 2014

JD (U), Shivanand Tiwari, Nitish Kumar, RJD, MLA, Lalu Prasad

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the release of four convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The court court issued a notice to Tamil Nadu government and the four prisoners on the Centre's plea against their release. Earlier, an apex court bench headed by Justice P Sathasivam directed that the central government's plea would be heard on March 6. The Centre on Monday had moved the apex court to prevent the state government to set free four other convicts serving life imprisonment in the case. Feb 27, 2014

Trend of running nation from Delhi must stop: Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi while addressing the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) national convention at Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi on Thursday said that the trend of running the nation from Delhi must stop. He added that Centre must trust the states and that every state has its own strengths which should be nurtured. With an aim to attract the traders' body ahead of the Lok sabha Polls, Modi said that BJP's image is of a traders' party and it has been only possible as the party has been continuously working for the welfare for traders. Feb 27, 2014