Uddhav says Cabinet should be big to accommodate allies, Politicos react

New Delhi, May 24 (ANI): Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray's demand of having a big Cabinet in the Center to accommodate NDA allies has invited political reactions. RPI (A) leader Ramdas Athawale said that the allies should be given space in the Cabinet even if it is big or small. CPI leaders Atul Anjan and D Raja stated that this decision has to be taken by the BJP and its senior leaders as to what should be the strength and size of the Cabinet. May 24, 2014

NC, PDP welcome Nawaz Sharifs visit to India for Modis oath taking ceremony

Srinagar, May 24 (ANI): The National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party have welcomed the decision of Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as prime minister. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that he was glad that Sharif has accepted the invitation and hoped that this would mark a new beginning in Indo-Pak relations. Abdullah said the people of Jammu and Kashmir will be closely watching the developments. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti too welcomed Sharif’s decision. May 24, 2014

Shazia Ilmi praises Kejriwal, urges him to quit jail politics

New Delhi, May 24 (ANI): AAP leader Shazia Ilmi, after resigning from the party praised party Chief Arvind Kejriwal for his tremendous efforts of bringing a new hope to people in the form of AAP. She advised that Kejriwal should quit the idea of jail-bail politics, rid himself of those who have held him rigidly and come out to interact with the people and meet his own candidates everywhere. She also said that the failure of AAP would be the failure of one of the significant experiments in Indian democracy. She added that Kejriwal had 'shot the messenger' but she was consistently marginalized due to her constructive criticism. May 24, 2014

Shazia Ilmi resigns from AAP, says party lacks inner democracy

New Delhi, May 24 (ANI): AAP sees another leap after Chief Arvind Kejriwal's police custody as Shazia Ilmi on Saturday resigned from all offices of the party. Ilmi addressed media persons post resigning and highlighted various reasons which caused her to quit. She said that she is sad about this decision but had no other option after realizing various flaws in the party. Ilmi stated that AAP did a lot to change the political discourse in the country but it lacks inner democracy and often she has been marginalized like many other workers. She added that she is quitting the party for its welfare because she wants to see AAP raise as a hope to people. She also said that the party is overtaken by cronyism which does not allow correct decision making. May 24, 2014

Sports goods industry in Punjab booms ahead of FIFA World Cup

Jalandhar, May 24 (ANI): With 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil less than a month away, sports manufacturing houses in Punjab are flourishing as sport lovers throng the shops to buy football gear and apparels to support their respective teams. In Punjab’s Jalandhar city, brands like Nivia are manufacturing not just footballs but jerseys, shoes, souvenirs and women apparel to lure soccer crazy fans. The fans immerse themselves in football frenzy and scream their lungs out in support of their favourite teams. This time also, especially with the World Cup just around the corner, the football industry is expected to make a profit of 30 to 40 percent as compared to last year. Although football is not very popular in northern India, it definitely has a strong grip in West Bengal, Goa, Maharashtra and Mizoram. May 24, 2014

Candice Swanepoel tops Maxim's 2014 Hot 100 list

New Delhi, May 24 (ANI): South African model Candice Swanepoel beat the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Katy Perry to become reach No.1 position in Maxim's 2014 Hot 100 list. The Victoria’s Secret supermodel said in a statement that it’s a huge honor to be Maxim’s number one, among so many beautiful and talented women, adding that its great feeling, a leading daily reported. Also included in the list were a bevy of beauties from the Hollywood Jennifer Lawrence and Mila Kunis. Maxim Creative Director Paul Martinez said that South African beauty was chosen not only because of her beauty, but also because of her catapulting herself into international stardom and building herself a global brand. May 24, 2014

Sharad Pawar seeks more seats for NCP in Maharashtra polls, Majeed Memon reacts

Mumbai, May 24 (ANI): With the Lok Sabha polls leaving the Congress badly hurt, key ally NCP demanded more seats for itself in the Maharashtra Assembly polls due later this year. NCP chief Sharad Pawar has blamed the Congress party for NCP's poor performance in the Lok Sabha polls. Reacting over this, NCP national secretary Majeed Memon on Saturday supported Pawar and said that Pawar made a pitch for his party getting more seats as part of the seat-sharing arrangement on the strength of its better performance in the Lok Sabha polls. He added that Congress's rigidity will not help the party's political revival in Maharashtra. During the last Assembly polls in 2009, NCP had contested 114 seats and Congress 174 in the 288-member House. In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, NCP contested 21 seats and won four, while Congress managed to clinch just two of the 27 seats it fought, the worst-ever showing by the party. May 24, 2014

Sharad Pawar blames Congress for NCP's poor performance, Majeed Memon reacts

Mumbai, May 24 (ANI): Sharad Pawar has blamed the Congress party for NCP's poor performance in the Lok Sabha polls. Reacting over this, NCP national secretary Majeed Memon on Saturday defended Pawar and said that whatever he said was true. He said that the parties who distanced themselves from Congress like TMC and BJD were not affected by the Modi wave. However, who remained with the Congress had to face the same wrath by virtue of being the close associate of Congress. NCP is a key ally of Congress. May 24, 2014

Shazia Ilmi may quit AAP today; Somnath Bharti says all is well

New Delhi, May 24 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi may resign from the party on Saturday. Ilmi, who seems to be dissatisfied with the party's leadership, is likely to hold a press conference where she will formally announce her resignation. In a bid to dilute the whole matter, another party leader, Somnath Bharti said he met Ilmi and there is no major issue. May 24, 2014

Police arrest militants, seize heroin in Punjab

Ludhiana, May 24 (ANI): The anti-narcotics cell along with the local police arrested militants and seized 20 grams of heroin in Punjab. Assistant Sub-Inspector, Anti-narcotics cell, Satvir Singh informed they had arrested active militant, Avtar Singh alias Tari, and one of his accomplices. The police said several cases like murder, robbery, etc are already registered against Tari. Drugs trade has been thriving in Punjab, which shares its international border with Pakistan. May 24, 2014

Top leadership of AAP dictatorial, anarchic: Vinod Binny

New Delhi, May 24 (ANI): Expelled Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Vinod Kumar Binny on Saturday said it is justifiable for party leader Shazia Ilmi to be unhappy with the party as it is forcing its decision on her, and described the top leadership of the party as 'dictatorial' and 'anarchic'. He further said that Shazia is being ignored completely in the party, and alleged that only three-four individuals are taking all the major decisions in the party. Shazia Ilmi had contested both the Delhi Assembly elections and the Lok Sabha elections, and had lost both the times. According to reports, Ilmi is unhappy with the AAP regarding some of its decisions, and might announce her decision to leave the party in her press conference scheduled for today. May 24, 2014