Obama holds G7 summit as Russia tightens Crimea grip

US President Barack Obama on Monday vowed Western unity in punishing Moscow for annexing Crimea, as he headed for crisis talks that could see Russia excluded from the G8 club of rich nations. Duration: 00:55 Mar 24, 2014

French far-right triumphs in local polls

France's ruling Socialists scramble to recover lost ground after the far-right made huge inroads in the first round of local elections widely seen as a slap in the face for the country's deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande. Duration: 01:35 Mar 24, 2014

Jaswant Singh takes on BJP, says Raje and Rajnath betrayed him - Part - 2

Barmer, Mar 24 (ANI): Rebel BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who filed his nomination from Barmer constituency as an independent candidate said that he had been betrayed by BJP chief Rajnath Singh and Rajasthan CM Vasujdhara Raje. Singh said he had sought to represent Barmer for sentimental reasons and pointed out that the party leadership had denied it to him. Mar 24, 2014

BJP is cracking: Veerappa Moily on rift within BJP

BANGALORE, Mar 24 (ANI): Union Minister Veerappa Moily, in an interview, has said that ‘BJP is cracking’, highlighting the rift in the saffron party regarding indecisive ticket distribution. Moily has also criticized the one man leadership ideology and RSS agenda followed by BJP in the upcoming L.S polls. Mar 24, 2014

Jaswant Singh files nomination as independent candidate from Barmer

Barmer, March 24 (ANI): Defiant Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh on Monday filed his nomination papers from Barmer constituency in Rajasthan. Earlier, he asserted that he is "not a piece of furniture" to be "adjusted" after polls. Singh, however, said he would not switch loyalties and join the Congress party and said that the decision on resigning from BJP will be taken after consulting the party leaders. Mar 24, 2014

New Bangladesh govt faces challenges post violence plagued polls

Dhaka, March 24 (ANI): Bangladesh’s new government is facing a set of challenges after it won a violence-plagued election which was boycotted by the opposition amid growing international calls for fresh and inclusive polls. While talking to the reporter in Dhaka, the founder-secretary of a civil society organization, Shujan, Badiul Alam Majumdar, said that the foremost challenge was related to the question of the legitimacy of the government. Majumdar said that the government has to take adequate steps to stabilize the economy, adversely affected by the violence. More than 200 people were killed in violent street protests in Bangladesh which broke out in February and continued throughout 2013. Mar 24, 2014

Human rights violations in Balochistan raised at United Nations

Geneva, March 23: These banners on the shores of Lake Geneva were displayed to make the people aware about ongoing genocide in Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province. Organized by the Baloch Diaspora on the sidelines of 25th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, it highlighted issues like economic exploitation, Talibanization, enforced disappearances and killings of Baloch political leaders and intellectuals. The recent discovery of mass graves and an ongoing army operation in Balochistan were also highlighted. On March 10, the issue of gross human rights violations in Balochistan was also raised during a side event at the United Nations titled “Human Rights and Security Perspectives for Balochistan and Pakistan Post-2014”. Mar 24, 2014

Central BJP s decision to cancel membership wrong, should be revoked: Pramod Muthalik

Hubli, March 24 (ANI): Following the cancellation of membership from the BJP only hours after being taken in by the Karnataka BJP unit, Sri Ram Sene Founder Pramod Muthalik on Monday said that the central BJP’s decision is wrong and that they should revoke it. He said that the decision is sending wrong messages among the people and that it is an insult to him. Muthalik further said that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement is not in his sphere of powers and he is not in central leadership to say anything like that. Further, Muthalik said that the 2009 Mangalore pub incident is very old and that the idea behind it was good and positive. Mar 24, 2014

Jaswant Singh takes on BJP, says Raje and Rajnath betrayed him - Part - 1

Barmer, Mar 24 (ANI): Rebel BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who filed his nomination from Barmer constituency as an independent candidate said that he had been betrayed by BJP chief Rajnath Singh and Rajasthan CM Vasujdhara Raje. Singh said he had sought to represent Barmer for sentimental reasons and pointed out that the party leadership had denied it to him. Mar 24, 2014

BJP rift grows wider, politicos react

New Delhi, March 24 (ANI): As the rift in BJP is widening with Jaswant Singh and Lal Muni Chaubey to fight elections as independent candidate and other senior leaders saddened on one development or the other, political leaders reacted with different perspectives on the same. JD (U) leader Sabir Ali said that its nothing but minor disputes in the party. Meanwhile, Expelled JD (U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari and Congress leader Shobha Oza said that it is all Narendra Modi who is responsible for the spat and that BJP have turned into Modi party. Mar 24, 2014

SP mocks Narendra Modi with Darr Darr Modi slogan

Allahabad, March 24 (ANI): Samajwadi Party in Allahabad twisted the controversial BJP slogan ‘Har Har Modi’ to ‘Tharr Tharr Modi, Darr Darr Modi’, slamming the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The agitated SP workers also painted Modi posters black in protest against replacing Lord Shiva’s name with BJP’s PM candidate. Reacting on the same, Congress leader Shobha Oza welcomed the slogan by the SP workers. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader Sabir Ali said that this is a false show off by SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to woo Muslim voters. Mar 24, 2014

BJP workers protest outside Rajnaths residence in protest of ticket distribution

New Delhi, March 24 (ANI): BJP workers on Monday protested outside party President Rajnath Singh’s residence against the ticket distribution procedure. This came following the already deepening rift in the party with senior leaders set to contest elections independently and others saddened over other reasons. Mar 24, 2014

Kejriwal holds Roadshow in Gurgaon

Gurgaon, March 24 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal held a roadshow in Gurgaon takes a jibe at main opposition and ruling Congress for being controlled by Billionaire Mukesh Ambani. Kejriwal slammed Congress as well as BJP saying that Ambani influences the results of general elections. Kejriwal has been alleging Congress party and BJP for uniting against the anti-graft bill after he had ordered a probe into Mukesh Ambani, as well as policymakers over gas pricing. Kejriwal, further, accused Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, for acting as a middle man between corporate houses and Robert Vadara. Mar 24, 2014