War, the latest visitor to Syria's fabled Palmyra

Syria's fabled desert Greco-Roman oasis of Palmyra saw its last tourist in September 2011, six months after the uprising began. Its most recent visitors are violence and looting. Duration: 01:42 Mar 16, 2014

Ukrainians divided over Crimea referendum

As crimeans took to the polls on Sunday to vote on breaking away from Ukraine to join Russia, Ukranians in Kiev worried about the result of a referendum they consider illegal. Duration: 01:27 Mar 16, 2014

Tatars boycott Crimea referendum on joining Russia

In Bakhchysaray - the main centre of Crimea's native Muslim Tatar community - many Tatars said they were boycotting the referendum and wanted to stay as part of Ukraine. Duration: 01:28 Mar 16, 2014

Lalu Prasad Yadav says Ramkripal Yadav joining BJP is injustice

Patna, Mar16 (ANI):, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, jibed at former RJD leader and now BJP leader Ramkripal Yadav at a press conference in Patna by calling his decision of joining the opposition ahead of the general elections as ‘injustice.’ Criticising BJP, Lalu cited the internal conflicts among BJP candidates over fielding of candidates. Mar 16, 2014

AAP to complain against Congress to Lucknow EC

Amethi, Mar 16 (ANI): AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that the party will approach the Election Commission in Lucknow to lodge a complaint against the ruling Congress for attacking their leaders in Amethi. Supporters of Congress party attacked AAP leader, Kumar Vishwas and his convoy in Amethi on Friday for slamming Congress Vice-President, Rahul Gandhi. Mar 16, 2014

Narendra Modi to contest from Varanasi

Varanasi/New Delhi, Mar 16 (ANI): In the run up to the general elections, India’s main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), concluded the ticket distribution while finalizing constituencies for party bigwigs including Narendra Modi, who, it has been decided will contest from Varanasi. BJP leader Anant Kumar declared the names of senior party leaders and their respective constituencies in a press conference in New Delhi. Mar 16, 2014

Narendra Modi to contest from Varanasi, BJP confident of winning polls

New Delhi, Mar 16 (ANI): BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Sunday exuded confidence and said that there is no doubt that Narendra Modi is forming a government this time. Hussain claimed that not only people of Varanasi, but the entire north India is celebrating it. On Saturday, the BJP finalized constituencies for senior party leaders. The party has fielded Modi from Varanasi, which was earlier represented by senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi . The BJP has fielded Joshi from Kanpur, party chief Rajnath Singh from Lucknow and leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley from Amritsar. Mar 16, 2014

P C Chacko slams A Raja for tainting PMs image

Kochi, Mar 16 (ANI): While Former Telecom Minister, A Raja, kicked off his election campaign, a Congress leader, PC Chacko, criticized his attempts to taint the image of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with allegations against him in the telecom scam. Criticizing Raja for accusing the government of not defending him in the case, PC Chacko said that he should himself try to prove his innocence. Mar 16, 2014

Karnataka people are fed up with both Congress, BJP: Kejriwal

Bangalore, Mar 16 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal held a road show in India’s IT hub Bangalore on Sunday to woo voters ahead of the upcoming general elections. Addressing the residents of Bangalore, Kejriwal said the people of the state are fed up with both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He also accused the Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily of colluding with the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to hike the gas prices, which will come into effect from April 1. Mar 16, 2014

Mystery surrounds missing Malaysian plane, Indian experts await search reports

New Delhi/Kolkata, Mar 16 (ANI): As the fate of the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner is still shrouded in mystery, Indian aviation experts said they cannot arrive at any conclusion till the investigation is complete and machine is located. An aviation expert, Harshvardhan, however did not rule out media reports of plane being hijacked but said no opinion can be final till they are able to locate the jetliner. Mar 16, 2014

I will contest from Nawada: Giriraj Singh

Patna, Mar 16 (ANI): BJP leader Giriraj Singh, who had expressed his displeasure over the ticket distribution in Bihar earlier, has agreed to contest election from Nawada. Singh said that he would give thousands of sacrifices to make Narendra Modi the PM. Reports said that the Bihar BJP leader wanted to fight the Lok Sabha from Begusarai constituency. The party has given the Begusarai ticket to Bhola Singh. Mar 16, 2014

Two people die of asphyxiation in fire accident in Thane

Thane, Mar 16 (ANI): Two people died and two others were injured on Sunday in a fire accident that occurred in a residential building, in the city of Thane in Maharashtra. Reportedly, two elderly people died due to asphyxiation in the fire which broke out in a residential building in Thane. It was learnt that the reason for the accident was short circuit. Fire brigade reached the spot within minutes after the mishap was reported. Mar 16, 2014