Accident at nuclear submarine in Visakhapatnam kills one, injures two, Politicos react

New Delhi, Mar 9 (ANI): One civilian worker was killed and two others were injured on Saturday in an accident at the under-construction nuclear submarine at the shipbuilding centre of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in Visakhapatnam. The accident reportedly took place on the Aridaman project, the follow on boat of INS Arihant, at the ship building centre in Visakhapatnam while pressure tests were being carried out. An enquiry has been ordered to probe the accident. This comes just a day after a naval officer was killed on Friday in a gas leak on board India's most advanced destroyer ship, the INS Kolkata, while the vessel is under construction at Mumbai's Mazgaon dockyard. Reacting on the same, CPI leader Atul Anjan said that Submarine accidents are a very sensitive issue and politicians should stay away from commenting on it. Further, BJP Leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that someone must take the responsibility of the number of incidents that has taken place within navy. He also added that even after many frequent accidents if the Defense Minister remains silent, it will put a huge question mark in front of the people. Mar 9, 2014

LS Polls: Congress declares 194 candidates in first list

New Delhi, March 09 (ANI): All India Congress Committee (AICC) announced its first list of 194 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Congress has declared 28 women candidates for the elections which will be held between April 07 and May 12. The party has decided to field Congress President Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareily and Vice President Rahul Gandhi from Amethi. The nominees also include cricketer Mohammed Kaif, Atal Bihari Vajpayee's niece Karuna Shukla and Justice Hanumanthappa. Mar 9, 2014

Search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane continues

Malaysia, March 09 (ANI): Search operations for a missing Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished from radar screens over the South China Sea with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board continued on Sunday. By the early hours of Sunday, there were no confirmed signs of the plane or any wreckage, well over 24 hours after it went missing. Vietnamese navy ships reached two oil slicks which were spotted earlier, but found nothing. There were no indications of sabotage or claims of an attack too. But the passenger manifest issued by the airline included the names of two Europeans - Austrian Christian Kozel and Italian Luigi Maraldi - who, according to their foreign ministries, were not in fact on the plane. Both the Austrian and Italian men claimed they lost their passports in Thailand two years ago and in 2013 respectively. Mar 9, 2014

Modi accuses Congress of giving false hope of welfare measures to women

New Delhi, March 09 (ANI): BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, accused the ruling Congress government of not spending even a single rupee till now on the welfare of women out of the Nirbhaya fund set up after the death of the 23-year- old Delhi gang rape victim. Taking a dig at the central government led by the Congress, Modi said that the government was only allocating funds and misguiding the people of this country. Mar 9, 2014

Kejriwal hits out at Modi's development claims in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, March 09 (ANI): Aam Aadmi party chief Arvind Kejriwal attacked BJP’s prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi's claims of development in Gujarat and said that he has done development works only in favour of corporate houses and betrayed the farmers. Kejriwal further added that there is development in Gujarat but only for the corporate houses and farmers remain in devastated as they have not got any compensation in return of lands. The former Delhi Chief Minister also attacked the media for creating a false image of Modi and said that if people got to know the reality they would never vote for the BJP prime ministerial candidate. Mar 9, 2014

Northeast projects its potential in the tourism sector

Guwahati, Mar 9 (ANI): Rich scenic beauty, exotic flora and fauna, delicious cuisines, indigenous arts and handicrafts… the northeastern region is a delight for any visitor. Home to a number of tribes, each boasting of a rich and colorful culture, the region has a lot to offer in terms of diversity. The tourism potential of the region is largely untapped. Mar 9, 2014

Residents in Malkangiri to boycott polls due to state governments apathy

Malkangiri, Mar 9 (ANI): The residents of cut-off areas in Malkangiri district of Odisha have decided to boycott assembly polls this time as a mark of protest against state government for neglecting growth and development. The residents complained that the development in the area has come to a standstill for the last one decade due to the fear instilled by Maoists and politicians visit them only during the time of elections. Mar 9, 2014

Thousands of pro-Russians rally in Ukraine's Donetsk

Thousands of pro-Russian activists rallied in the heartland of Ukraine's ousted leader on Saturday as Moscow threatened to cut off gas to its neighbour and keep the United States from checking on its nuclear arsenal. Mar 8, 2014

Ukrainian Tatar TV channel fears being shut down

As a propaganda war rages over Russia's incursion into Ukraine, several Ukrainian TV channels have had their signals taken off-air in the Crimean peninsula. ATR, a station aimed at the region's Tatar muslim minority, has continued to broadcast for now, but fears that it may too be shut down. Mar 8, 2014

Winter Paralympic Games open in Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Winter Paralympics in Sochi on Friday with only one Ukrainian athlete parading in an emotional protest on a politically-charged night. Mar 8, 2014

Indian Flight Catches Fire in Nepal, No Casualties

Kathmandu, Mar 8 (ANI): An IndiGo flight caught fire while landing in Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Saturday, but there were no casualties reported among the 170 people on board, officials said. The right wheels of the Airbus 320 caught fire while landing in Katmandu after a flight from New Delhi. As the plane was landing, passengers complained of a "rubber burning-like smell”. Passengers were quickly evacuated through emergency doors, while emergency workers quickly put out the flames. Officials refused to give further details while they were investigating the incident. Mar 8, 2014

President awards six outstanding achievers on International Womens Day

New Delhi, Mar 8 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday gave Stree Shakti Puruskar (Women Empowerment Award) to six women for their outstanding achievements in the social development field on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Speaking on the occasion, the President stressed on the need to provide safety and security to women. Mar 8, 2014