Satish Prasad joins RJD after quitting BJP

Patna, March 30 (ANI): Former Bihar Chief Minister Satish Prasad Singh on Sunday joined RJD after resigning from BJP alleging denial of proper representation to backward Kushwaha community in the general elections. RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav welcomed Singh in the party. Mar 30, 2014

Amritsar fortunate that Arun Jaitley representing constituency: Parkash Singh Badal

Amritsar, March 30 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal praised BJP senior leader Arun Jaitley, saying people were fortunate as Jaitley was contesting elections from Amritsar constituency. Singh said that BJP’s win was certain and Jaitley would hold important portfolios in the next government. Later, Jaitley endorsed the alliance between regional Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP, saying it was responsible for social cohesion in the state. Mar 30, 2014

Artists enthrall audience at the Northeast spring festival in Dimapur

Dimapur, March 30 (ANI): The people of Dimapur witnessed week-long singing and dance performances during the Northeast Spring festival 2014 at the Northeast Zonal Cultural Complex. Ranging from world-renowned Mizo Bamboo dance to mesmerizing Naga warrior dance, and traditional dances from Tripura and Meghalaya, the performing artists enthralled the visitors. A major attraction of the event was the performance of classical dance from Odisha and rope dance from Rajasthan. The festival provided a perfect stage for artists from across the country to showcase their talent. The event was organized under the aegis of Northeast Zonal Cultural Centre Dimapur and Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Mar 30, 2014

Congo's dandies give new meaning to fashion victim

The streets of Congo's capital Brazzaville have taken on a more stylish appearance thanks to the 'sapeurs', a sartorial subculture of colourful dandies inspired by - but not always faithful to - the great couturiers of the 1960s. Duration: 01:04 Mar 31, 2014

Aamir Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Ajay Devgn voted the worst actors of 2013 at the Golden Kela Awards

New Delhi, March 31 (ANI): Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha were announced the worst actors of 2013 at the Golden Kela Awards held in New Delhi. But the biggest surprise was when Mr perfectionist Aamir Khan won an award for his bad performance in Dhoom: 3. Ajay won the worst actor award for Himmatwala, which was also named the worst film and Sonakshi was picked for R...Rajkumar. "In Bollywood today, the box office figures have no correlation to the quality of the film. Our sincerest hope is that 10 years down the line, the figures will be forgotten, while the 'Kelas' they got are remembered," Anant Singh, creative head, Golden Kela Awards, said in a statement. Mar 31, 2014

People won't tolerate poor governance: Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi, March 31 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee said people would no longer tolerate non-transparent and unresponsive administration, while inaugurating diamond jubilee celebrations of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) in New Delhi. Mukherjee said democracy is the soul and the core of nation-building and no meaningful growth or governance could be achieved without the preservation and nurturing of basic grid of polity. Mukherjee further stressed that good governance encompasses rule of law, participatory decision-making structure, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, equity and inclusiveness as the country's governance has to run on these principles. Mar 31, 2014

Three candidates set for Istanbul mayoral vote Sunday

Turkey prepares to go to the polls Sunday for local and mayoral elections and the spotlight is on Istanbul after prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared "the battle for Istanbul is the battle for Turkey." Duration: 01:22 Mar 29, 2014

BJP lashes out at Rahul Gandhi's statement on Imran Masood

New Delhi/ Saharanpur, March 29 (ANI): BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's statement wherein Gandhi condemned Imran Masood's remark, but also said that it is picked up from 6 months old video tape. The BJP leader said that such a statement shows that Rahul Gandhi's campaign is completely based on falsehood. Mar 29, 2014

BJP welcomes cancellation of Sabir Ali's membership, other parties condemn

New Delhi/ Amritsar/ Patna, March 29 (ANI): After BJP cancelled former JD (U) leader Sabir Ali's membership on Saturday party leaders Arun Jaitley and VK Malhotra welcomed the step and said that it is natural to remove such candidates who does not support clean history but any such actions should follow proper investigations or judicial trial. Reacting on the same, Congress leader Shobha Oza said that the BJP has become directionless and with differences and that they only want power by any means. Further, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that the party took really long in taking the decision. Mar 29, 2014

Ruckus ends Cong-BJP-AAP political debate in Bangalore

Bangalore, March 29 (ANI): A political debate organized by Biocon Limited Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw ended with ruckus and slogans when BJP leader Ananth Kumar started talking about the flaws of UPA government. Talking about the failure of the event, Shaw said that there were some rules already told to the leaders and when those rules were broken, such a situation occurred. She also said that it would be taken into consideration and next such event will invite not the party workers as audience but more 'genuine people'. Mar 29, 2014

IAF plane crash: Deceased Squadron's family lament over authorities apathy

Kanpur, March 29 (ANI): Family of Squadron leader of Indian Air Force (IAF), Ashish Yadav, who was killed in the cargo plane crash, resented no response from the Air Force authorities post incident. C-130J Super Hercules IAF cargo plane crashed on Friday, killing its crew of five, highlighting poor safety standards across the country's armed services. Yadav was a Squadron leader at the Hindon Air Base of Agra. It was the first crash of a Hercules aircraft of the Indian Air Force, which has been plagued for years by the crashes of its Russian-made MiG-21 fighters. Mar 29, 2014

Maoists threaten people to boycott 2014 polls in Jharkhand

Lohardaga, March 29 (ANI): Maoist extremists threatened the people of Lohardaga district in Jharkhand by distributing pamphlets asking people to boycott the upcoming general elections in the country. The pamphlet also warns of "actions" by Maoists, if people participate in the upcoming general elections. Inspector general of the Ranchi, MS Bhatia, said that the administration is perfectly ready to deal with the threat posed by Maoist during the elections. An expert on Maoist issues, Dheerendra Vidyarthi, is of the view that administration would need to deal with a number of problems to organise successful elections in the isolated regions of Jharkhand. Vidyarthi further added that the central government need a clear strategy and great work to find a solution to the growing problem of Maoists. Mar 29, 2014

Modi's 'Pakistan agent' comment unpatriotic and inappropriate: AK Antony

Thiruvananthapuram, March 29 (ANI): Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday said that Narendra Modi's 'Pakistan agent' comment against him is unpatriotic. Antony said it would demoralise the armed forces. Earlier, Modi had called the defence minister as one of the AKs being admired in Pakistan. The defence minister refuted claims that modernisation of Indian armed forces had been halted due to series of scams. Mar 29, 2014