Don't make mountain of a molehill, I stand by what I said: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

Jammu, Mar 02 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday clarified his controversial remark about support of Separatists and terrorists over peaceful elections. Sayeed said that Pakistan and Hurriyat have recognized the institutions of democracy in India for elections. He slammed the media for making mountain of a molehill and added that he stands by what he said. Mar 2, 2015

Lavrov calls Nemtsov murder a 'heinous crime'

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday (March 2) called the murder of prominent Putin critic Boris Nemtsov a "heinous crime". Lavrov was addressing the Mar 2, 2015

Indian youth enters Guinness records for speedcubing

Chennai, March 02 (ANI): Taking speedcubing to a new level, an Indian youth entered the Guinness Book of world records by solving five Rubik’s cubes single-handedly in just over a minute. Solving five Rubik’s cube in 1.23.934 minutes, Bhargav Narasimhan of Chennai city, broke the existing record of 1.52 minutes held by Tumu Tabuchi of Japan. Since its inception in 1980s Rubik Cube has intrigued children and elders alike. The fascination with the red-blue-green-yellow-white-orange angular plastic cube is such that there is a global community of speedcubers today. Bharghav says he was happy he did it for the nation. At present he holds more than 40 national record and two Asian records for solving Rubik’s Cube single-handedly. Mar 2, 2015

PM Modi has lunch at Parliament canteen, pays Rs 29 for veg thali

New Delhi, March 02 (ANI): In a rare gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday had lunch at the Parliament canteen. Reportedly, PM Modi made a surprise visit to Room number 70 on the first floor of the Parliament building, from where the canteen operates. The canteen staff was surprised by Modi’s sudden arrival but soon regained composure and guided him to a table and took his order. According to media reports, PM ordered a Veg Thali which consisted of sarson ka saag, aloo subji, rajma, rice, roti and curd and paid Rs 29 for his lunch. After having the lunch, PM Modi wrote in the canteen's visitor book "ann data Sukhi Bhava". Modi was in company of three MPs at the table. Mar 2, 2015

SpaceX launches commercial satellites

A Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida on Sunday (March 1) to put two commercial communications satellites into Mar 2, 2015

Leadership Change in Congress State Units, AICC likely; politicos react

New Delhi, Mar 2 (ANI): In wake of the Congress' poor performance since the Lok Sabha poll debacle, the party is likely to make leadership changes in a number of states, which will also lead to a shake-up in the AICC, where some young general secretaries could be appointed. The changes, likely to be announced tomorrow or the day after, might see a stamp of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi with a number of young leaders taking over the party's reins both in states and AICC. Politicos on Monday responded on the issue. Mar 2, 2015

Constant leak of letters spoiling party's image, National Executive to take action: AAP

New Delhi, Mar 02 (ANI): Amid reports of rift within AAP regarding leak of letters by party's senior leadership, Sanjay Singh briefed the press about further course of action decided by the party. Singh said that the constant leak of letters by veteran leaders of the party revealing intentions like they want to remove Arvind Kejriwal as party's Convenor. He added that the National Executive meet of the party will be held on March 04 after which the party will decide upon the further course of action. Mar 2, 2015

Ajay Maken appointed as DPCC President, will take charge immediately: PC Chacko

New Delhi, March 02 (ANI): Congress on Monday appointed Ajay Maken, who led the Congress party in the worst ever defeat in Delhi Assembly elections, as the Delhi Congress Pradesh Committee (DPCC) chief. The rejig was in continuation to Rahul Gandhi's campaign of revamping the beleaguered party. Speculations are rife that Rahul's sister Priyanka Gandhi will soon join active politics by accepting a general secretary post in the Congress party. This was, however, denied by Priyanka's office. Reacting on the same, party leader PC Chacko said that Maken will take charge of the office immediately. Mar 2, 2015

Jagmohan Dalmiya elected BCCI president

New Delhi, March 02 (ANI): Jagmohan Dalmiya on Monday was formally elected as the Board of Control for Cricket in India president by the body's annual general meeting held here. According to reports, Anirudh Choudhary has been elected as treasurer of the body, with Sanjay Patel stays retaining his post as BCCI secretary. Further details are awaited. Mar 2, 2015

South Korea condemns missiles fired by North

Strong words from the South Korean Defence Ministry after North Korea fires two short-range missiles off it's east coast on Monday. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN DEFENCE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN KIM Mar 2, 2015

Prince William kicks off visit to China

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives Prince William a warm welcome as he visits Beijing. William is the first member of the British royal family to visit mainland China in almost 30 years. He conveyed Mar 2, 2015

Prince William kicks off visit to China

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives Prince William a warm welcome as he visits Beijing. William is the first member of the British royal family to visit mainland China in almost 30 years. He conveyed Mar 2, 2015

Reactions flow amid reports of VIP treatment to Lakhvi in Pak jail

New Delhi, Mar 02 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Monday amid reports of 26/11 Mumbai Attacks accused Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi being given VIP treatment in Pakistan jail. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that it is wrong on Pakistan's side. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that Pakistan should consider that if it wants to keep friendly relations with India it should take care of Lakhvi's punishment. SP leader Naresh Aggarwal said that Lakhvi being jailed by Pak is a big thing as the country has always supported terrorists. Meanwhile, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Pakistan should not provide such VIP facilities to a terrorist like Lakhvi. Mar 2, 2015

Congress stages walkout from Parliament after demand of PM's remark on Mufti not fulfilled

New Delhi, Mar 02 (ANI): The Congress party on Monday staged a walkout from the Parliament after its demand for Prime Minister's statement on JandK Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's remark giving credit to separatists and Pak government to ensure successful polls. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that democracy of India runs with the people of India not with Pakistani government. Meanwhile, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that Opposition has every right to stage walkout, but government does not agree with JandK CM's statement. He added that the matter should have ended when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave his statement. Mar 2, 2015

Govt distances itself from Mufti's remark, Opposition demands PM's statement

New Delhi, March 02 (ANI): The BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre on Monday dissociated itself from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's remark crediting Pakistan for peaceful polls in the state. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday told the Parliament that armed forces, paramilitary forces and the people of Jammu and Kashmir have made peaceful polls possible. Meanwhile, the opposition demanded a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. Sayeed, who took oath as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister yesterday, stoked a controversy by stating that the Hurriyat, Pakistan and militants had allowed a conducive atmosphere for the assembly polls in the state. Mar 2, 2015