GJMM, two members of AGP join BJP

New Delhi, March 10 (ANI): BJP and Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) have formed an alliance for upcoming general elections that start April 07. Leaders from both the parties met at the BJP office on Monday in New Delhi. President for BJP Rajnath Singh called the merger a welcome move. BJP has been trying for an alliance with major regional parties to gain the maximum seats in the general election. Meanwhile, two senior leaders, Chandan Lal Patwari and Hitendra Nath Goswami of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) joined BJP Mar 10, 2014

Syria rebels release kidnapped nuns

A group of nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian town of Maalula in December are released early thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation. Duration: 01:11 Mar 10, 2014

Ajit Singh seeks division of Uttar Pradesh

Amroha, March 10 (ANI): Civil Aviation Minister, Ajit Singh, sought the division of the most densely populated Uttar Pradesh into four parts for better governance. Singh, who is also chief of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), said that the state was so huge in terms of population that it could easily be called the sixth largest country in the world. The RLD chief hit out at BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Mar 10, 2014

India offers help to trace missing Malaysian plane

Farrukhabad / Ahmednagar, March 10 (ANI): Union Foreign Minister, Salman Khurshid, said that the government has offered help to the Malaysian government to trace the missing plane with 239 people on board. Officials investigating the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board suspect it may have disintegrated in mid-flight, a source told, as Vietnam reported a possible sighting of the wreckage of the plane. Khurshid sent a condolence message on behalf of the nation. Family members of the five Indian passengers missing in the incident are anxiously waiting for any information about the fate of the plane and their near and dear ones. K V Shirsath, father-in-law of missing Indian passenger, Kranti Shirsath, said that she was on her way to China to meet her husband. Mar 10, 2014

Muzaffarnagar riots: Politicos condemn UP BJP'S plan to seek tickets for four riot-accused MLAs

New Delhi, March 10 (ANI): Cutting across political lines, leaders on Monday condemned the BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit plans to seek Lok Sabha tickets for the four BJP MLAs booked on the charge of fuelling Muzaffarnagar riots. The party plans to propose fielding Kairana MLA Hukum Singh from the Kairana Lok Sabha seat, Bijnore MLA Bhartendu Singh from Bijnore, Sardhana MLA Sangeet Som from Muzaffarnagar seat, and Thana Bhawan MLA Suresh Rana from Saharanpur. The proposals will be put before the BJP central election committee meeting on March 13. Mar 10, 2014

LS Polls: Sushma warns Congress of nation's changing environment

Vidisha, March 10 (ANI): BJP Leader Sushma Swaraj, warned the ruling Congress of the country's changing environment due to the growing opposition to the Manmohan Singh- led government which is tainted by the recently unearthed growing series of scams. The BJP leader was accompained by chief minister of the state, Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Mar 10, 2014

LS Polls: Lalji Tandon says will leave seat for Modi but reluctant for Rajnath

Lucknow, March 10 (ANI): It seems BJP's blues over tickets for its top guns has deepened. Lucknow BJP MP Lalji Tandon said that he will not vacate his seat for anyone other than party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. According to reports, BJP President Rajnath Singh wants to contest the Lok Sabha elections from the Lucknow seat. Mar 10, 2014

Bangladesh economist appeals to punish Pak war criminals before locals for 1971 liberation war

Dhaka, March 10 (ANI): Bangladesh economist Mahbubul Mokaddem Akash said that before prosecuting local war criminals, Pakistani atrocity makers should be punished, who are accused of genocide during 1971 liberation war and were released under Simla Agreement in 1972. The Simla Agreement was inked between India and Pakistan in July 02, 1972, which paved the way "for a diplomatic recognition" of Bangladesh. While talking to a reporter in Dhaka, Akash demanded a quicker punishment for Pakistani war criminals so as to provide a slight benefit to the Bangladeshi nationals. Unrest erupted in January 2013 when the International Crime Tribunal (ICT) sentenced to death in absentia a leader of Jamaat. Mar 10, 2014

Cyprus unable to mourn its missing 40 years after war

The fate of Greek and Turkish Cypriots who disappeared during a decade of unrest culminating in the Turkish invasion of 1974, remains an open wound across the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Duration: 02:28 Mar 10, 2014

EU's Ashton on landmark visit to Iran

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Sunday a final accord on Iran's nuclear programme cannot be guaranteed, during a landmark visit that underscores a thaw in Tehran's ties with the West. Duration: 01:20 Mar 10, 2014

Tensions mount as rivals stage rallies in Ukraine

Thousands took to the streets for rival pro- and anti-Kremlin rallies across Ukraine on Sunday as the West and Moscow dug in their heels over a deepening crisis in Crimea. Duration: 01:50 Mar 10, 2014

Congress LS nominee Bhagirath Prasad joins BJP

Bhopal, March 09 (ANI): In another setback to Congress, the party’s Lok Sabha nominee Bhagirath Prasad joined BJP on Sunday saying that the Congress is not efficient now in fighting against corruption and working for poor. Prasad said that he considers BJP and Narendra Modi vibrant enough to work in such direction and so he joined the party. Mar 9, 2014

Israeli military unloads 'Iran weapons ship'

The Israeli military was on Sunday unloading a ship allegedly transporting arms from Iran to Gaza which navy commandos intercepted in the Red Sea and escorted to the port of Eilat. Mar 9, 2014