Mulayam asks Akhilesh Yadav to work for UP and stay away from sycophancy

Lucknow, March 04 (ANI): Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has publicly admonished UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and criticized his government for "sitting on files." Yadav asked the state CM to step up and work for UP and to stay away from sycophancy. He also said that Chaploos (stooges) are running the government and they are never good for a chief minister's image. Mulayam Singh went on, not sparing even Azam Khan and asked him to start working rather than sitting back. Mar 4, 2014

TRS took U-turn without considering what Congress did for AP: Hanumantha Rao

New Delhi, March 04 (ANI): After the merger of TRS with Congress hit a roadblock with the party saying that there was no such move decided, wherein Congress claimed TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao has expressed readiness to merge, Congress leader from Andhra Pradesh, Hanumantha Rao said that the party took a U-turn without considering what the party did for the state. He said that this is not a party’s affair and that many lives have been sacrificed over the issue. And that TRS should think it over again. Mar 4, 2014

Shiv Sena upset over miss-communication after BJP-MNS meet, says Marathi votes belong to party

Mumbai, March 04 (ANI): Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said that the party is upset over the communication gap that cropped within the BJP created by those praising Congress and NCP leaders. He further assured about the party votes and said that Shiv Sena and BJP will sin about 40 seats and that Marathi votes belong to Shiv Sena and will not go to any other party. Mar 4, 2014

Nirbhaya Helpline faces closure, Sheila Dikshit condemns

New Delhi, March 04 (ANI): The Delhi Government’s 181 helpline for women in distress, which was launched after the Nirbhaya assault case, is on the verge of closure. Contracts of employees who run the service have not been renewed since December and they have been working without pay for two months. Reacting over this, Congress leader and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said that this will be a retrograde step. She added that she will write to Lieutenant governor about it. Mar 4, 2014

RJD trying its best to keep up alliance with Congress, offers 111 seats

New Delhi, March 04 (ANI): RJD leader Ram Kripal Yadav on Tuesday said that the party and Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is trying their bets to keep up the alliance with Congress and has also offered 11+1 seats for Congress in Bihar. Yadav said that the party is waiting for their response. He also remained assured that a ‘secular party like Congress’ will never join hands with the JD (U) which was a close ally with the BJP and NDA. Mar 4, 2014

Ink thrown on Subrata Roy outside SC

New Delhi, Mar 4 (ANI): Ink was thrown at Sahara chairman Subrata Roy on Tuesday as he arrived at the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The man suspected to have thrown ink on Subrata Roy has been detained. After being detained the man said that he threw the ink because Roy is a thief. Roy was driven down from Lucknow to Delhi last night in a Mercedes escorted by police cars. He reached the Supreme Court for his appearance in a contempt case arising out of non refund of Rs 20,000 crore to investors. Mar 4, 2014

India to discuss key issues with Sri Lanka at BIMSTEC

Nay Pyi Taw, Mar 4 (ANI): Foreign minister, Salman Khurshid has said that many issues are there to discuss with Sri Lankan counterpart in the ongoing Bay Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC). Indian delegation headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is in Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw to attend (BIMSTEC). Mar 4, 2014

TRS not to merge with Congress

Hyderabad, Mar 4 (ANI): Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) Chief K Chandrashekar Rao, has denied merger with Congress party. Congress leader Digvijay Singh had earlier hinted that the TRS will merge with the Congress. He had said that the consultation process between the two parties was over. However, ending days of speculation and dashing the hopes of Congress, the TRS ruled out any merger with the Congress. K Chandrashekar Rao had joined hands with TDP against Congress for the 2009 elections. But his party had suffered a serious setback and won only two Lok Sabha seats and 10 Assembly seats in the region. Mar 4, 2014

Sex workers in Kolkata rally for equal rights, social status

Kolkata, Mar 4 (ANI): Sex workers in Kolkata recently took out a rally, pressing their demands of security and social status for their community. More than 1500 workers marched on the streets of Kolkata on international sex workers day (March 03). Members of largest sex workers organization, Durbar, were holding placards and raising slogans for their equal rights and status in the society. These sex workers from one of India's biggest red light lane, Sonagachi in Kolkata, demanded the legalization of the world's oldest profession. Dey also said that the day, which was started after efforts and labour put in by the sex workers of Sonagachi, is now celebrated worldwide. Mar 4, 2014

Police nab five Maoists in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Mar 4 (ANI): Police have arrested five Maoists and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunitions after a joint combing operation with paramilitary force in Jharkhand. Deputy Auxiliary Police (DAP) launched a joint operation at the rebel hideout in Ranchi district. The Superintendent of Police, Prabhat Kumar, said that the rebels belonged to People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI). Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. However, thousands have been killed in the insurgency since the late 1960s. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoist rebellion as one of the gravest security threats to India. Mar 4, 2014

DLF's high-rise plan near Rashtrapati Bhavan draws flak from politicos

New Delhi, March 04 (ANI): Real estate giant DLF's proposed high-rise residential project, barely a kilometre from Rashtrapati Bhavan, is on hold. The CBI will look into DLF's high-rise plan. The Urban Development Ministry approved DLF's high-rise residential project worth Rs 10,000 crore just one km from Rashtrapati Bhavan keeping aside the security concerns. Last November, the CBI registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against officials of the urban development (UD) ministry for allegedly favouring DLF, giving it permission to construct the building. The PE was registered following a reference from the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), which received a complaint. Meanwhile, terming the plan as violation of laws, political leaders condemned it. Mar 4, 2014

NCP on Gadkari-Raj Thackeray meeting

New Delhi, Mar 3 (ANI): The Nationalist Congress Party on Tuesday said that Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra is much stronger than the BJP-Shiv Sena Alliance and therefore to strengthen its base in the state, BJP is trying to bring MNS on its side. Memon added that the BJP should never forget that MNS is Shiv Sena's enemy and if Nitin Gadkari will try to come close to MNS then Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray will not allow that. Mar 4, 2014

Cyber Game Championship enthralls tech savvy kids in Srinagar

Srinagar, Mar 4 (ANI): Technology savvy kids flocked to the Cyber Game Championship organised by a multi-gaming organisation, ‘PULSE,’ in Srinagar, proving that the computer screen is the new playfield among the modern youth. Games like Taken, Counter strikes and FIFA top the list of favourites. Mar 4, 2014

Marine Museum of ZSI showcases blend of history, geography, anthropology and archipelago

Port Blair, Mar 4 (ANI): Marine Museum of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) showcases a perfect blend of history, geography, anthropology and the beautiful marine life of Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, housing over 1200 species and a diverse range of exhibits with informative coverage of the islands’ ecosystem, tribal communities, plant as well as animal life. Mar 4, 2014