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

Australian deputy PM says MH370 search may be called off

Australia, March 02 (ANI): The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever, Australia's deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already underway between Australia, China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks. No trace has been found of the Boeing 777 aircraft, which disappeared one year ago this week, carrying 239 passengers and crew shortly after taking off from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing. More than two dozen countries have been involved in the air, sea and underwater search for the missing plane. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said that a decision would have to be taken well before May as to whether to continue into the massive 1.1-million-sq-km area around the primary search area if nothing is found by then. Mar 2, 2015

AAP rift: Politicos react after Bhushan slams one person-centric campaign, calls for swaraj

New Delhi, March 02 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after AAP senior leader Prashant Bhushan accused the party of running a "one person-centric" campaign that revolved around Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the Delhi elections. AAP leader Dilip Pandey who had also written a letter to the party expressing his grievances said that he doesn't want to bring his grievances in the public domain. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Kejriwal should look into the matter. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that an internal clash in party at such an early stage is not good. Politicos from other parties also expressed similar sentiments. Mar 2, 2015

Politicos react after Mufti credits Pakistan, militants, separatists for 'smooth polls'

New Delhi, Feb March 02 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in his controversial statement regarding the elections, praised the security forces for the successful conducting of polls in the state. Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that if anyone should be credited for successful polls in JandK, then it has to be the people of JandK. However, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut condemning the statement said that such statement is an insult of the military. Politicos from other parties gave mixed reactions. Mar 2, 2015

Visitors welcome finance minister's move to resurrect historical tombs

Hyderabad, March 02 (ANI): Visitors to historic Quli Qutb Shahi Tombs complex in Hyderabad welcomed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's proposal for providing financial help for restoration work of the tombs. Jaitley, in his budget speech on Saturday said that heritage sites were "still deficient and needed restoration, interpretation centres and plans for benefitting communities around them" and resources for the same would be provided to the Quli Qutb Shahi Tombs and eight other heritage sites in the country. A tourist, Nafisa, said that a little help from the government could go a long way in restoring the glory of these tombs. Jaitley's announcement gains significance as Qutb Tombs along with other popular heritage sites including Charminar and Golconda Fort are vying for UNESCO World Heritage Site tag. Meanwhile, a historian Narendra Luther hoped for overall development of the entire complex. Mar 2, 2015

Hindus must boycott films of Khans as they promote love jihad: Sadhvi Prachi

Dehradun, March 02 (ANI): BJP controversial leader Sadhvi Prachi came under criticism with her statement that Hindus should boycott movies by Khan actors in Bollywood as they promote 'Love Jihad'. The statement was reportedly made during a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) programme in Dehradun on Sunday. Prachi also said that Hindus should refrain from putting up posters of Khan actors on their walls. She further took pot-shots at Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, advising him to get married to an Indian girl. Mar 2, 2015