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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People masquerade as politicians to celebrate Holi

Allahabad /Kolkata, Mar 16 (ANI): People in Uttar Pradesh revelled in the festive spirit as they celebrated the festival of colours, Holi in a unique way by wearing masks of prominent politicians and applied colour onto each other. The festival of Holi, which will be celebrated on March 17 this year, brings together people from all classes and age groups as they distribute sweets and take out processions, dancing to tunes of drums in a mélange of colours. Mar 16, 2014

Rajasthan drenches in water celebrating Holi with shades of old tradition

Bikaner, Mar 16 (ANI): Desert state, Rajasthan celebrated the 'Dolchi Holi', a unique way of celebrating Hindu festival of colours during which participants get drenched in water using age old traditional water can. Holi played in Bikaner is unique as colours are not used during festivities. Confined to two Hindu castes, the event is marked by the participation of men only while women and children watch over from their houses. Mar 16, 2014

Malaysia says jet's diversion 'deliberate'

A missing Malaysian airliner was apparently deliberately diverted and flown for hours after vanishing from radar, according to Prime Minister Najib Razak who stopped short of confirming a hijack. Duration: 01:30 Mar 16, 2014

Syria troops advance in rebel bastion of Yabrud

Syrian troops advanced Saturday on the key rebel bastion of Yabrud as the country's civil war entered its fourth year, with more than 146,000 dead, millions displaced and peace efforts stalled. Duration: 00:36 Mar 16, 2014

50,000 in Moscow protest Crimea intervention

Around 50,000 people rallied in central Moscow Saturday in protest at Russia's intervention in Ukraine, a day before the Crimean peninsula votes on switching to Kremlin rule. Duration: 00:48 Mar 16, 2014