Odisha police hold flag march in Maoist hit area encouraging people to vote

Gajapati, Mar 25 (ANI: Police forces in Odisha conducted a flag march in Maoist infested Gajapati district on Tuesday to boost the morale of people and encourage them to vote, as they face security threat from insurgents during general elections. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district police held the march throughout the region. Maoists seek the violent overthrow of the Indian state but have so far not managed to spread significantly into urban areas. The flag march has left a positive impact on people, who are appreciating the effort by the police, and they hope for the march to be organized in rural areas as well. Mar 25, 2014

DMK Chief M Karunanidhi permanently expels MK Alagiri from party

New Delhi, Mar 25 (ANI): DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday permanently expelled his elder son MK Alagiri from the party, two months after suspending him. The DMK had even threatened disciplinary action against party members if they were found to be in touch with Alagiri. The party general secretary K Anbazhagan, in a statement had said that Alagiri was causing confusion by organizing meetings on the pretext of meeting his supporters. On January 24, the DMK had suspended 63-year-old Alagiri for opposing Karunanidhi's younger son MK Stalin, 61, who is tipped for the party's top post. Mar 25, 2014

Japan woos tourists

Tokyo, Mar 25 (ANI): Tokyo Marathon 2014 attracted many participants from Japan and across the world. The annual citizen marathon, which starts from Tokyo Metropolitan Government building, has become one of the world's major marathons along with Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York. About 36,000 runners took part along with the world's elite runners. 10 per cent of the participants were foreigners. The marathon organizers received 300,000 applications for the event, but only 10 per cent of them were selected through a draw. The marathon passed through Tokyo's landmarks such as Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower and the town of Ginza and Asakusa and concluded at Tokyo Big Sight Convention Centre. Mar 25, 2014

Jharkhand: Landmine blast injures three policemen

Khunti, March 25 (ANI): At least three policemen were seriously injured in a landmine blast triggered by Naxals in Jhankhand's Khunti district on Tuesday. The blast took place near the Murhu police station in the Kotna village where the officers were engaged in anti-Maoist operations. Superintendent of police, Anees Gupta, threw more light on the incident. For better treatment, they have now been sent to Apollo hospital in Ranchi. Gupta also said they are inspecting the site of the blast. Operations and raids against the Maoists have been taking place in the area. Mar 25, 2014

Malaysian PM confirms MH370 crashed, Indian family mourns loss of kin

Ahmednagar/ New Delhi, March 25 (ANI): After the declaration made by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak about the crash of missing Malysian flight MH370 in Southern Indian Ocean, relatives of the passengers in India mourn over the death of their kin. The relatives express shock as well as anger at the news saying that in this world of technology, it is hard to believe that a Boeing plane can go missing. Meanwhile, retired Rear Admiral K Raja Menon expressed doubt over the statement of plane crash as there has been no valid proof for it. The launch of an official air crash investigation would give Malaysia power to coordinate and sift evidence, but it may still face critics, especially China, which had more than 150 citizens on board the missing plane and has criticised Malaysia over the progress of the search. Mar 25, 2014

Bangladesh social activist calls for trial of 1971 war criminals accused of genocide

Dhaka, March 25 (ANI): Bangladesh social activist, Khushi Kabir called for trial of the collaborators including Pakistani soldiers accused of genocide in 1971 and pressed his demand for closure of the culture of impunity. Unrest erupted in January 2013 when the tribunal sentenced to death in absentia a leader of Jamaat. Thousands took to the streets in February demanding the execution of another Jamaat leader after he was jailed for life on similar charges. Kabir while talking to the reporter in Dhaka, urged the government to take up the issue of war crimes trial. Kabir also said that the ruling party, Awami League should prove itself and ensure that that they are democratically elected. Mar 25, 2014

BJP's Sonaram Choudhary files nomination from Barmer

Barmer, Mar 25 (ANI): BJP's Sonaram Chaudhary on Tuesday filed his nomination papers from the Barmer Lok Sabha seat. The constituency has been in news after senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh decided to contest as an Independent candidate after the party denied him ticket from here. Sonaram said that Jaswant Singh is a senior BJP leader and he respects him. Mar 25, 2014

Chandumajras remark reveals his mindset about women: Ambika Soni

Chandigarh, Mar 25 (ANI): Congress candidate from Anandpur Sahib Ambika Soni, reacting to the statement of SAD opposition candidate Prem Singh Chandumajra, said that his remark reveals his mindset about women. Chandumajra (64), on Monday had sparked a controversy by calling his opponent Soni, “72 saal di buddhi aurat” (72-yearold old woman), in the presence of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, while addressing a rally. Mar 25, 2014

Chinese MH370 relatives protest at Malaysian embassy

Angry relatives of Chinese passengers aboard flight MH370 scuffle with security personnel as they descend on Malaysia's embassy in a rare protest, weeping as they demand answers on the crashed plane. Duration: 00:48 Mar 25, 2014

Gurudas Dasgupta welcomes the EC decision for postponing govts move over gas price hike

NEW DELHI, Mar 25 (ANI): Senior CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Tuesday welcomed the decision of the Election Commission asking the government to postpone any move regarding gas price hike which will benefit only a particular corporate house in the country. Dasgupta, calling the issue of gas price a controversial one, has appreciated the decision of EC for various reasons. Further, Dasgupta denies giving credit to anyone for raising this issue and clarifies that he raised it in the Supreme Court first and later Kejriwal supported it. Mar 25, 2014

Kejriwal set for rally in Varanasi, politicos react

New Delhi/ Lucknow, March 25 (ANI): As AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal is all set to start campaigning in Varanasi, the development brought reactions by the political leaders. BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi called it not a step by AAP but Congress. He said that Congress has sent its pawn when they themselves failed to do anything. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal said that Kejriwal should stop dreaming of doing politics in the state. Meanwhile, Expelled JD (U) Leader Sabir Ali said that Kejriwal’s intentions are fake and they will not be able to do anything. Mar 25, 2014

Rajnath Singhs double tweets replacing BJP govt with Modi govt stirs controversy

New Delhi/ Lucknow/ Patna, March 25 (ANI): As the BJP President Rajnath Singh double tweeted replacing ‘time for BJP government’ with ‘time for Modi government’, political leaders condemned the action. INC leader Sandeep Dikshit and JD (U) Spokesperson Rajeev Ranjan said that the BJP is now centered around one person and the party is not understanding on what Narendra Modi will do to them. Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi said that the party and Modi’s supporters should not think about whose government will come as the UPA will be coming back to power. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal condemned it and said that BJP will never refrain from running after power. Mar 25, 2014

Deadly landslide in Oso, Washington

More than a hundred people are potentially still missing from a devastating landslide in the US state of Washington, as the White House announces federal help. Duration: 00:57 Mar 25, 2014

Guinea scrambles to contain deadly Ebola outbreak

Aid workers and health officials battle to contain west Africa's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as tests on suspected cases in Conakry allay fears that it has spread to the Guinean capital. Duration: 00:44 Mar 25, 2014