Look-alike of Modi starts campaign for BJP

Varanasi, March 18 (ANI): BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s look-alike, Abhinandan Pathak, started election campaign for the party on Tuesday in the temple town of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Pathak said he will campaign and back Modi for the post of prime minister. People surrounded Pathak and also garlanded him during the campaign. Mar 18, 2014

Missing plane to hurt Malaysia tourism from China

Mumbai, March 18 (ANI): Malaysia Tourism said on Tuesday that the missing jetliner would hit the lucrative tourism trade from China although normalcy resumed from other sectors. China accounts for 12 percent of tourists to Malaysia, excluding those from neighbouring Singapore. The airline and the Malaysian government have faced demands to speed up their hunt for the plane from China, home to two-thirds of those on the aircraft. The Director General, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Dato Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, who was speaking at a news conference in Mumbai, said that the travellers will overcome the sense of fear. No trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been found since it vanished on March 08 with 239 people aboard. Investigators are increasingly convinced it was diverted perhaps thousands of miles off course by someone with deep knowledge of the Boeing 777-200ER and commercial navigation. Mar 18, 2014

Vladimir Putin signs treaty to incorporate Crimea into Russia

Moscow, March 18 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a treaty to incorporate Crimea into Russia, shortly after delivering a speech before the parliament in which he said that Crimea was and is an integral part of Russia. The signing in the Kremlin came two days after Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum condemned by the Ukrainian government, the United States and the European Union as illegitimate. Putin drew applause and a standing ovation as he began addressing a joint session of parliament at the Kremlin. Mar 18, 2014

Peaceful protests in Venezuela after crackdown

People demonstrated peacefully in Altamira Square - an opposition stronghold in Caracas - on Monday after Venezuela's authorities deployed hundreds of security forces to stamp out protests against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Mar 18, 2014

China is searching for Malaysian jet inside its territory

China says it is searching for the missing MH370 jet inside its own territory. Meanwhile, desperate relatives of Chinese passengers threaten to go on hunger strike as they demand answers about the missing aircraft. Duration: 01:11 Mar 18, 2014

Iranians prepare for Persian New Year

Iranians are shopping for traditional items for Noruz, or Persian New Year. The ancient Zoroastrian tradition is celebrated by Iranians and Kurds and marks the arrival of spring. Mar 18, 2014

Politicians pitch for development as election fever grips India

Chandigarh/Amritsar/ Nagpur, Mar 18 (ANI): Politicians assured development in their respective constituencies, as Congress leader, Pawan Kumar Bansal, filed nomination papers while opposition leaders Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari campaigned to garner support ahead of the 2014 general elections. Scandal-hit Former Railway Minister, Bansal, who was re-nominated by Congress from Chandigarh, filed nomination papers on Tuesday. Bansal promised that he would work for the progress and development of Chandigarh. Mar 18, 2014

Jalandhar a hub of sports equipment industry

Jalandhar, Mar 18 (ANI): Jalandhar, located in the northern state of Punjab is not only famous for its rich culture and vibrant heritage, but also for its sports equipment industry. The state is home to people of different religions who have been living together in harmony for centuries. A sports equipment-manufacturing unit here perfectly exemplifies this ethos. Mar 18, 2014

Urs of Mastan Shah Baba, perfect example of communal harmony

Haldawani, Mar 18 (ANI): The culture of harmony and amity among different communities has been kept alive over centuries in the country. This week we travel to Haldawani, located in northern state of Uttarakhand where devotees belonging to different communities celebrated Urs of Mastan Shah Baba. And during the Urs or the death anniversary there is a huge increase in the number of devotees, who celebrate the occasion in perfect harmony. Mar 18, 2014

Pawan Bansal files nomination from Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Mar 18 (ANI): Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal filed his nomination for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday from Chandigarh. Bansal, whose tenure as the railway minister was marred by the railway bribery scam in May 2013, will contest the seat for the seventh time. Mar 18, 2014

Defence Expert on secret 1962 Indo-China war report made public

New Delhi, Mar 18 (ANI): A section of the private Henderson Brooks report that critically reviewed India's defence preparedness and strategies during the 1962 war with China has been released online by Australian journalist Neville Maxwell. The report discusses how the Army was ordered to challenge the Chinese military to a conflict it could only lose, according to Maxwell. Mar 18, 2014

NCW chief demands answers from Maharashtra Govt on poor women safety record in Mumbai

New Delhi, March 18 (ANI): National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Mamta Sharma on Tuesday expressed her anguish over the rising cases of crimes against women occurring in Mumbai. Police on Monday arrested four men for allegedly molesting a woman journalist working with a news channel and assaulting a cameraman who was accompanying her. The incident happened on Monday in suburban Andheri when the journalist and the cameraman were returning in their office vehicle from a shoot and the accused had allegedly blocked the road. Mar 18, 2014

Nehru completely responsible for India's debacle against China in 1962: BJP

New Delhi, March 18 (ANI): BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Tuesday, squarely blamed former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the 1962 debacle in the Sino-India War of 1962. The BJP leader also attacked Nehru's leadership skills, comparing him with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's legacy. A section of the confidential Henderson Brooks report that critically reviewed India's defence preparedness and strategies during the 1962 war with China has been released online by Australian journalist Neville Maxwell. Mar 18, 2014

BJP on the backfoot after Wikileaks denies endorsing Narendra Modi

New Delhi, March 18 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia on Tuesday took a jibe at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi after whistleblower website, WikiLeaks, clarified that its U.S. diplomatic cables released in 2011 never called Modi 'incorruptible'. Sisodia accused the BJP for creating false propaganda to garner positive publicity before general elections. Meanwhile, defending Modi, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that WikiLeaks should understand the ground reality of the country.WikiLeaks on its website, on Sunday (March 16), through its tweets, rubbished BJP's claims of quoting Modi as the 'lone honest Indian politician'. Mar 18, 2014