Gun battle between militants and security forces rages on unabated in Srinagar

Srinagar, April 14 (ANI): Gun battle between security forces and militants intensified in Kashmir on Monday as forces launched search operations to trace the rebels hiding in a house. Reportedly, the militants hiding in a house in Soura area of Srinagar opened fire at the forces and injured one security personnel. The injured was immediately admitted to a local hospital. The city wore a deserted look as the entire area has been cordoned off by the forces. A resident, Samir, said that the people of the area were facing the brunt of continuous firing. Apr 14, 2014

To save his govt, 'weak' Vajpayee remained mum on many occasions: Sanjay Jha

Mumbai, April 14 (ANI): Following his tweet wherein Congress Spokesperson Sanjay Jha claimed that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the weakest PM, he remained on his statements and said that to save his government, Vajpayee remained mum on many occasions where he should have taken action. He said that BJP leader Govindacharya himself had said that Vajpayee is a two-faced man. Further, he questioned the former PM on what was he doing when thousands were killed in a state ruled by his own party and that he did not try to stop Gujarat riots in order to save his government, which is a sign of a weak government. Meanwhile, talking about Sanjay Baru's memoir, he said that this is BJP's orchestrated criticism against a decent PM. Apr 14, 2014

Sanjay Jha tweets Vajpayee weakest PM, BJP condemns

New Delhi, April 14 (ANI): BJP on Monday condemned Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha's tweet which said that "the weakest PM India ever had was AB Vajpayee who gave Kandahar terrorists an escort-service, and allowed Parliament to be attacked." BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that their words show that the party is sure of their defeat and that the polls will backfire all their allegations on them. Further, BJP Spokesperson MJ Akbar said that Jha is the weakest spokesperson Congress have to say such a thing about a loved former PM. He also pitied on Jha for such a remark. Apr 14, 2014

Priyanka Gandhi was keen to fight Modi in Varanasi, Politicos react

New Delhi, April 14 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday targeted the Congress party over media reports that Priyanka Gandhi wanted to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections against Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from Varanasi. Apr 14, 2014

MM Joshi says no Modi wave, only BJP wave, Politicos react

New Delhi, April 14 (ANI): Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has said that there was no Modi wave but only a BJP wave in the country. Reacting over this Congress leader Meem Afzal said that BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate has sidelined bigwigs of the party and Joshi's statement has brought to light the rift with in the party. Meanwhile, BJP denied any controversy and said that it is a wave of BJP campaign. Former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui said that there are some senior leaders in BJP who are trying to stop Modi's rise, but it is very tough for anyone to stop him now. Apr 14, 2014

PM was never given power, still being ignored: Politicos

New Delhi, April 14 (ANI): BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui on Monday criticized the Congress Party and specifically party President Sonia Gandhi for never letting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to execute his powers properly. Swamy stated that Singh is being ignored because Gandhi wants to project his son, Rahul Gandhi as the face of Congress. Meanwhile, former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui stated that if Singh was allowed to work freely in his PM office the country would not have suffered. Apr 14, 2014

Congress rubbishes reports that Priyanka was keen to fight Modi in Varanasi

New Delhi, April 14 (ANI): The Congress party on Monday denied media reports that Priyanka Gandhi wanted to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections against Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from Varanasi. Denying the reports Congress leader Meem Afzal said that there is no truth in it. Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, said that the party would never stop her from contesting an election if she wanted to and such reports are mere rumours. Apr 14, 2014

Politicos react as P C Parakh says PM was unable to counter vested interests

New Delhi/ Amritsar/ Varanasi, Apr 14 (ANI): Reacting over Former Coal secretary P C Parakh’s book in which he has said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was running a government in which he had 'little' political authority, AAP leader Gopal Rai said that it is not something new and he had an inkling of the same. BJP leader Arun Jaitley said that he is not interested in the timing of the book but its context. Former SP Leader Shahid Siddiqui also said that the book does not say anything new. Apr 14, 2014

Encounter triggers between Army and militants in Kashmir

Srinagar, Apr 14 (ANI): Fierce gunbattle between militants and army took place in Srinagar of Jammu and Kashmir as security forces zeroed in following reports of militants hiding in a house of a residential area in the heart of the city. As the mammoth general elections have kicked off in the country, the militant attacks have increased in the valley in order to instill fear among the masses and show their repulsion against the establishment. Apr 14, 2014

Tripura's Council member's house, vehicles torched in post poll violence

Tripura, Apr 14 (ANI): A village council member Faruk Mia's house and his two vehicles were torched allegedly by CPI (M) hooligans in Tripura in a post poll attack. The incident took place in bordering Ragna Echirepar village under Dharmanagar sub-division in North Tripura. Apr 14, 2014

Controversial remark of Khaleda Zia's son triggers uproar

Dhaka, Apr 14 (ANI): Political organizations in Bangladesh protested against the comment made by former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman against Bengali nationalist politician and statesman Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Tarique Rahman who is the senior Vice-Chairman of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), had said on April 08 in London that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was an illegal Prime Minister because he had apparently ignored the declaration of independence made on April 10, 1971 when the first government in-exile was formed. Protesters belonging to various political parties took to the roads showing their Apr 14, 2014

Turbans a major hit on Global Fashion Circuit

New Delhi, April 14 (ANI): Turban, also known as 'Dastar' in Khalsa society, have always been a symbol of spirituality, honor and self respect. But now, they are an attraction in the international fashion world. It's a matter of pride for Sikhs to see turbans acquiring fame on the glamour circuit. And, this is not only about turbans, but also about turbanators! Last year in November, international Sikh designer and model Waris Ahluwalia, was featured in a Gap ad, and now, it is Jatinder Singh Durhailay who has become the face of luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton's advert on monogrammed turbans. Well....after seeing this, it is definitely time for turbans!!! Apr 14, 2014

Japan military in popularity push

The Japanese Self-Defence Forces are on a charm offensive to attract young recruits, with online popularity contests and a soprano superstar. Duration: 02:33 Apr 14, 2014