It happens: India Celebrates Colorful Holi Festival

New Delhi, March 21 (ANI): India's Holi festival, known as the Festival of Colors, unites people of all ages, religions and castes and marks the advent of spring. Revelers douse each other with colored powder and water, hand out sweets, and dance in the streets. The event also honors Hindu legends and Gods and devotees attend temple to present offerings and to pray. And even though its roots lie in Hindu beliefs, Holi is celebrated throughout the country by a wide range of communities. Mar 21, 2014

Iraq: Qaeda-linked militants patrol Fallujah amid fighting

At least 37 people were killed Wednesday in renewed violence in Iraq, including 15 in fighting between the Iraqi army and Qaeda-linked militants in Fallujah, which remains beyond the control of the government, according to medical sources. Mar 21, 2014

NCW welcomes court's verdict in Mumbai telephone operator gang rape case

New Delhi, March 20 (ANI): The National Commission for Women on Friday welcomed a sessions court's decision to give life term to four convicts of the Mumbai telephone operator gang rape case, three of whom are also accused of raping a photojournalist in the same compound in July last year. NCW member Nirmala Sawant said that the verdict will give a positive message across the country. Mar 21, 2014

AAP expels two party members on charges of corruption

New Delhi, March 21 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Friday expelled two party members on charges of corruption. Awadh Convenor Aruna Singh and Hardoi Treasurer Ashok Kumar were expelled allegedly for promising tickets in exchange for bribes. Kejriwal also appealed to the people to record any wrongdoing by AAP members and submit the proof to the party. Mar 21, 2014

Shiv Sena denies fielding candidates against Modi, Rajnath

Mumbai, Mar 21 (ANI): Clarifying his earlier stand on Shiv Sena contesting against BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday said that Shiv Sena will fight on 20 UP seats, but it's wrong that they will contest against Modi and Rajnath. Mar 21, 2014

Satpal Maharaj quits Congress, joins BJP

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): Senior Congress leader from Uttarakhand, Satpal Maharaj, quit the party on Friday and joined BJP, with less than a month to go for the general elections. Maharaj, who represents the Pauri Garhwal constituency in the Lok Sabha, had last week announced that he will not contest the Lok Sabha polls. He cited the neglect of party workers as the reason behind his decision to quit the Congress. Mar 21, 2014

Four get life sentence in Shakti Mills gangrape

Mumbai, Mar 21 (ANI): The Shakti Mill gangrape case ended in victory for the telephone operator while the hearing for the photojournalist's case has been adjourned till March 24. All the four convicts who were accused of raping an 18-year old telephone operator in July have been sentenced to life imprisonment. A sessions court in Mumbai had on Thursday convicted all the four accused in the Shakti Mill photojournalist gangrape case of August 22, 2013 and also the four accused in another gangrape case of a telephone operator. Mar 21, 2014

BJP delegation meets Home Minister over terror threats to its leaders

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): A BJP delegation on Friday met Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde amid reports of possible security threats to top BJP leaders. The meeting comes a day after the BJP demanded security for its top leaders. On Thursday, Shinde had denied having information about the matter. Mar 21, 2014

Nandan Nilekani faces flak from BJP after declaring assets

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): The BJP on Friday took a jibe at the Congress and its candidate from Bangalore South, Nandan Nilekani saying that the man appointed by the party to plan schemes to wipe out poverty in the country has himself declared that he and his wife have assets worth Rs. 7,700 crore. Nilekani, in an official statement said that they have assets worth Rs 7,700 crore on account of the success of Infosys, which they were involved with from its founding stages in early 1980s. Mar 21, 2014

Coalgate: CBI to record statement of key PM aide

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): In Coalgate probe, CBI is likely to examine as a witness T K A Nair, advisor to PM, in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks. Speaking on the same NCP leader Tariq Anwar on Friday said that CBI wants to go to the depth of the matter. Mar 21, 2014

Chidambaram running away from contesting, responsible for India's gloomy economy: BJP

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): Launching a scathing attack on Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who has opted out of the Lok Sabha election with the party on Thursday night nominating his son Karthi from his constituency Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu, BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman said that after bring the shining economy of India to the gloom, Chidambaram is running from contesting elections. She added that the move is symbolic of the mindset of all senior Congress leaders. Mar 21, 2014

Greatly honoured that Congress gave me opportunity to contest from Sivaganga: Karti Chidambaram

Chennai, Mar 21 (ANI): Karti Chidambaram, son of finance minister P Chidambaram on Friday said that he is greatly honoured that Congress gave him the opportunity to contest from Sivaganga. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has opted out of the Lok Sabha election with the party on Thursday night nominating his son Karthi from his constituency Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu Mar 21, 2014