Kejriwal praises EC decision to put gas price hike on hold

Faridabad, Mar 22 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday welcomed the Election Commission's decision to direct the government not to hike gas prices from April 1. On Friday, the Election Commission had said that it will be looking at the urgency of the manner in which the government was going ahead with a hike in gas prices. The oil ministry had last week sought the poll panel's approval to announce a hike in prices of gas from USD 4.2 a unit to USD 8 next month, when India goes to polls. Mar 22, 2014

Liquor manufacturers anticipate high sales during LS polls

Amritsar, Mar 22 (ANI): General elections seem to be a boon for the bootleggers and country liquor manufacturers in Punjab who pin hope on high sales of local brew during polls to garner voters’ support. Despite stringent election rules, a "money for votes" ethos still thrives in India, with politicians dishing out cash, food and liquor. A farmer, Rajendra Singh, said that there is an increase in sale as associates of the candidates contesting elections often distribute free liquor. To curb “the abuse of money power” during the elections, flying squads and static surveillance teams will guard against the distribution of cash or other bribes to voters. Mar 22, 2014

Putin signs Crimea annexation law amid new EU sanctions

Moscow, Mar 22 (ANI): Despite the EU and the US issuing latest sanctions on Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed laws formalizing Russia's annexation of Crimea. The move comes amid the west warning Russia that Crimea's annexation violated international law and would not be recognized by the world. The European Union's latest measures target 12 people involved in Russia's annexation of the peninsula. As Russia chose to overlook objections, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe reportedly consented to sending an international monitoring team to Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russian stock market tumbled low after US president Barack Obama threatened to target major economic sectors of the country, if it tried to move beyond the Black Sea peninsula. Mar 22, 2014

My fight is between fake and real BJP: Jaswant Singh

Jodhpur, Mar 22 (ANI): Calling BJP a divided party, senior leader Jaswant Singh on Saturday said that the real challenge is between the real and the fake BJP and only the public can make a verdict on them. He further said that he will decide on the future course of action for the Lok Sabha polls after talking to his supporters. Mar 22, 2014

Saamna hits at BJP over insulting Advani, Politicos react

New Delhi/Lucknow, March 22 (ANI): In his editorial in Shiv Sena's mouthpiece 'Saamna', party chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday targeted the BJP for treating senior leader LK Advani unfairly. Narendra Modi's era has begun, but that does not mean it is the end of the Advani era, said the editorial. Shiv Sena questioned the party for keeping Advani waiting on his seat for Lok Sabha polls. He said that this is an insult to Advani, his name should've featured in the first list. He also added that a person who was part of BJP's golden era was kept hanging till last minute. Reacting over the issue, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal said that the BJP's internal feud was open and that what Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamna' said was to highlight the same fact. Congress and JD (U) too slammed BJP for treating Advani unfairly and said that there is no place for senior leaders in the saffron party. Mar 22, 2014

Not looking for positions: Arun Jaitley on Badal's Deputy PM remark

Amritsar, March 22 (ANI): BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that he is not looking for positions. He was reacting over Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's remark that Jaitley could be given the post of deputy prime minister if the NDA forms the next government at the Centre. He said that such comments are made in the course of a campaign. Mar 22, 2014

BJP on Saamna editorial over Advani

New Delhi, March 22 (ANI): In his editorial in Shiv Sena's mouthpiece 'Saamna', party chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday targeted the BJP for treating senior leader LK Advani unfairly. Narendra Modi's era has begun, but that does not mean it is the end of the Advani era, said the editorial. Meanwhile, reacting over this BJP said that there is no rift within the party and no leader is treated unfairly. He also said that Shiv Sena is the BJP's oldest political partner and has been with the party inspite of many difficulties. Mar 22, 2014

Jayalalithaa hits at Congress for its anti people policies

Virudhunagar, March 22 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa took a dig at ruling Congress party for its anti-Tamil policies. In a pre-election campaign held in Virudhunagar district of the state, Jayalalithaa appealed the people to put an end to the Congress government in the country. Jayalalithaa had moved a resolution in the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu in 2013 asking the Congress led government to take steps to regain the administrative powers of the small uninhabited island between India and Sri Lanka, Kachchatheevu. Mar 22, 2014

Modi will not be able to 'wash his sins' at Varanasi: Lalu

Patna, March 22 (ANI): Hitting out at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who is contesting from Varanasi, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said that Modi wants to wash away his sins of Godhra and the Gujarat riots but he will not be pardoned. He also asserted that there is no Modi wave in Bihar, particularly in rural areas, as per the rumours being spread by some vested interests. Mar 22, 2014

Mamata slams both Congress and BJP ahead of LS Polls

Kolkata, March 22 (ANI): In a public rally as part of her election campaign ahead of the general elections, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, slammed her political opponents for the increase in prices of essential commodities. Mamata known for her charismatic leadership in West Bengal is all set to contest the upcoming elections and hopes for her win without any alliance either with Congress party or with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Slamming the parties, Banerjee accused them of forming a syndicate to secure a vote bank. Banerjee took a dig at the Congress led central government by slamming them over price rise and inflation. Criticising the opposition, Banerjee cautioned people about the consequences of BJP rule if they come to power by sharing experience during her alliance with BJP led NDA. Mar 22, 2014

No political alliances to seek power: PDP

Srinagar, March 22 (ANI): Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chief Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, said that forming an alliance with political parties for power is not on their agenda ahead of the forthcoming polls and they would rather persuade them to come up with a resolution on the Kashmir issue. While addressing media persons in Srinagar, she said that power was not the main agenda for her party in the upcoming polls. Peoples Democratic Party has been blaming the government led by Omar Abdullah's National Conference (NC) party for failing to resolve the problems in the state and increasing tensions in the region. PDP has accused NC of just pleasing their ally, the ruling Congress at the Centre. Mar 22, 2014

Crimea military town splits as Russia moves in

Surly and dejected, many Ukrainian soldiers at Perevalne base in Crimea deserted their posts Friday, crossing groups of buoyant Russian soldiers moving in -- but 200 were said to be resisting. Duration: 01:12 Mar 22, 2014

Israel says Gaza 'terrorist' tunnel discovered

The Israeli army said Friday it had uncovered a new Gaza "terrorist" tunnel reaching into the Jewish state, but Hamas said the tunnel was old and had been exposed by storms. Duration: 00:34 Mar 22, 2014

World faces 'water-energy' crisis: UN

Surging populations and economies in the developing world will cause a double 'crunch' in demand for water and energy in the coming decades, the United Nations says in a report published on the eve of World Water Day. Duration: 01:22 Mar 22, 2014