Australia, US launch search for Malaysia jet

Australian and American authorities say they have begun searching 600,000 square kilometres of the remote Indian Ocean for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Mar 18, 2014

Putin signs treaty on Crimea joining Russia

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a treaty with the leaders of Crimea on the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula becoming part of Russia, state television showed. Mar 18, 2014

PoK opposes Kashmir Council established by Pakistan

Muzaffarabad, PoK, March 18: Pakistan occupied Kashmir or PoK is a mere show piece in the hands of Islamabad. Pakistan which calls pok as aazad or free kashmir, administers the disputed region through a puppet government. Mar 18, 2014

Vladimir Putin signs treaty to incorporate Crimea into Russia

Moscow, March 18 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a treaty to incorporate Crimea into Russia, shortly after delivering a speech before the parliament in which he said that Crimea was and is an integral part of Russia. The signing in the Kremlin came two days after Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum condemned by the Ukrainian government, the United States and the European Union as illegitimate. Putin drew applause and a standing ovation as he began addressing a joint session of parliament at the Kremlin. Mar 18, 2014

Missing plane to hurt Malaysia tourism from China

Mumbai, March 18 (ANI): Malaysia Tourism said on Tuesday that the missing jetliner would hit the lucrative tourism trade from China although normalcy resumed from other sectors. China accounts for 12 percent of tourists to Malaysia, excluding those from neighbouring Singapore. The airline and the Malaysian government have faced demands to speed up their hunt for the plane from China, home to two-thirds of those on the aircraft. The Director General, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Dato Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, who was speaking at a news conference in Mumbai, said that the travellers will overcome the sense of fear. No trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been found since it vanished on March 08 with 239 people aboard. Investigators are increasingly convinced it was diverted perhaps thousands of miles off course by someone with deep knowledge of the Boeing 777-200ER and commercial navigation. Mar 18, 2014

Look-alike of Modi starts campaign for BJP

Varanasi, March 18 (ANI): BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s look-alike, Abhinandan Pathak, started election campaign for the party on Tuesday in the temple town of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Pathak said he will campaign and back Modi for the post of prime minister. People surrounded Pathak and also garlanded him during the campaign. Mar 18, 2014

Iranians prepare for Persian New Year

Iranians are shopping for traditional items for Noruz, or Persian New Year. The ancient Zoroastrian tradition is celebrated by Iranians and Kurds and marks the arrival of spring. Mar 18, 2014

China is searching for Malaysian jet inside its territory

China says it is searching for the missing MH370 jet inside its own territory. Meanwhile, desperate relatives of Chinese passengers threaten to go on hunger strike as they demand answers about the missing aircraft. Duration: 01:11 Mar 18, 2014

Peaceful protests in Venezuela after crackdown

People demonstrated peacefully in Altamira Square - an opposition stronghold in Caracas - on Monday after Venezuela's authorities deployed hundreds of security forces to stamp out protests against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Mar 18, 2014

Lok Sabha Elections 2014: BJP May Field Modi from Ahmedabad as Well

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is likely to contest the Lok Sabha election from a seat in Gujarat also, said the party's Gujarat unit on 18 March. The party had already declared that Modi will contest from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Mar 18, 2014