JD (U), Shivanand Tiwari, Nitish Kumar, RJD, MLA, Lalu Prasad

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the release of four convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The court court issued a notice to Tamil Nadu government and the four prisoners on the Centre's plea against their release. Earlier, an apex court bench headed by Justice P Sathasivam directed that the central government's plea would be heard on March 6. The Centre on Monday had moved the apex court to prevent the state government to set free four other convicts serving life imprisonment in the case. Feb 27, 2014

Nitish behind RJD split: Shivanand Tiwari

Patna, Feb 27 (ANI): JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari on Thursday confirmed that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was behind the split in the RJD. The development came in view of 13 RJD MLAs purportedly splitting from the party. Nine had later come back in the RJD fold. RJD chief Lalu Prasad had earlier said that Nitish Kumar had conspired to split his party to save his government, which is in a minority. However, refuting the charge Nitish said that the crisis in the RJD was their own doing. Feb 27, 2014

Jagdambika Pal likely to join BJP, draws reaction

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): As the speculations on Congress leader Jagdambika Pal joining BJP surfaces, political leaders draws differentiating reactions. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that no party can stop any leader and if Pal wants to decide on his political career, its his wish. Meanwhile, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that if any tranfers is to take place, it will take place in open and its any leader’s personal choice. Further, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that this is more of ‘aaya ram, gaya ram’ policy and that all leaders who used to abuse BJP are heading towards the same. Feb 27, 2014

Kashmir: Soldier shoots dead 5 colleagues, kills self

Ganderbal, Feb 27 (ANI): An army jawan of 13 Rashtriya Rifles shot dead five of his colleagues at point blank range when they were sleeping and killed himself in Kashmir's Ganderbal district Thursday morning, said army official. The deaths of the jawans took place inside the army camp of 13 Rashtriya Rifles at Safapora. An army court of inquiry will investigate the deaths. According to sources, the soldier, who was posted on sentry duty at the camp, entered one of the barracks at around 2:00am and opened indiscriminate firing on his sleeping colleagues. Feb 27, 2014

Navy chief resigns after INS Sindhuratna mishap, politicos welcome move

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Political leaders welcomed Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi’s decision to resign from the post following the INS Sindhuratna mishap. Congress leader DP Tripathi said that the naval chief took moral responsibility and resigned, while JD (U) leader Ali Anwar welcomed the move saying very few officials do such a thing. Meanwhile, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar pointed out the shortcomings of the Defence ministry and said that they should take responsibility of the series of mishaps in the Indian Navy. Following the suit, NCP leader Tariq Anwar also welcomed the move. Feb 27, 2014

Rosette designed cupcake

Floral themes are one of the most commonly used when it comes to designs on cupcakes. It can be used as a gesture for a loved one or a friend. Here is a simple yet elegant rosette design you can use on your cupcakes. Feb 27, 2014

Sad about Navy chiefs resignation: AK Antony

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Talking about Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi’s resignation, Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday said that he was sad about the whole development. He said that Admiral Joshi was very disturbed and met him personally to request Antony for accepting the letter. Antony confirmed that Vice Admiral Robin Dhowan will now take up the responsibility of the new naval chief. Feb 27, 2014

Anti-Taliban all-parties conference calls for halt in peace talks with TTP

Lahore/ Kotri Ranges, Feb 27 (ANI): An anti-Taliban all-parties conference in Lahore called on the Pakistan government to stop all negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) because the banned militant group had become a menace for the entire country. The conference was called by the Sunni Ittehad Council, and was attended by several mainstream religious and political parties. Sunni Ittehad Council Chief Sahibzada Hamid Raza said instead of trying to re-start stalled peace talks with the Taliban, the Pakistan government should try the Taliban for their crimes against the Pakistani nation under Islamic laws. Feb 27, 2014

India- Pakistan cross border truck drivers divided over 24x7 trade on security issues

Amritsar, Feb 27 (ANI): Both Indian and Pakistani cross border truck drivers bring divided opinion over the proposed 24x7 trade across India-Pakistan border at Attari- Wagah border due to security concerns. A proposal over resumption of 24-hour trade across Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar in Punjab was approved by the governments of both the neighbouring countries, in a bid to boost business. An Indian truck driver Balwinder Singh said he was worried about his safety as they manoeuvre through unsafe territories and the government did not ensure any security measures for them. On the contrary, a Pakistani truck driver Mubshar Abbas rejoiced over the move saying it would provide him with better opportunities to generate income. Feb 27, 2014

Russian Deputy PM meets Indias Foreign Minister to review bilateral relations

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin met India’s Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi, focusing on key issues of mutual interests in the areas of trade, defence, space and nuclear energy with an objective to foster bilateral relations between both nations. The bilateral relations between India and Russia span diverse sectors ranging from defence, space and nuclear energy to exchanges in the commercial, educational and cultural fields. Earlier, Rogozin also met Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and Trade Minister Anand Sharma to strengthen trade ties. Feb 27, 2014

Dropping anti-piracy charges against Italian marines suggest a way forward

New Delhi/ Kerala, Feb 27 (ANI): India’s Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said that New Delhi was looking forward to resolve strained diplomatic ties with Rome, and that dropping anti-piracy charges against the two Italian marines will bring relations back on track. India has dropped plans to prosecute two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen under anti-piracy law on Monday. Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde justified government’s decision of dropping anti-piracy charges against the marines. Feb 27, 2014

Admiral Joshi's resignation in keeping with tradition of service: Maritime Expert

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Commenting on the resignation of Navy Chief DK Joshi, Maritime Expert Commodore (Rtd) Uday Bhaskar said that Admiral Joshi’s resignation is in keeping with the highest traditions of the service, and added that it also draws attention to the concerns of defence sector in the country. Bhaskar said that this development shows his integrity and moral responsibility which he accepted. Admiral Joshi stepped down from his post in the Indian Navy hours after submarine, INS Sindhuratna accident off the coast of Mumbai, in the backdrop of growing concerns about a series of mishaps involving warships. Feb 27, 2014

MDMK demands UN probe against Sri Lankan govt

Chennai, Feb 27 (ANI): Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) supporters protested in Chennai against Sri Lanka government and demanded an independent investigation by the United Nations. The UN human rights Chief Navi Pillay called for an international inquiry into war crimes committed by both sides during Sri Lanka civil war, saying the government had failed to do its own credible investigation. Meanwhile, MDMK chief Vaiko alleged that what happened in Sri Lanka was genocide. Pillay recommended an "independent, international inquiry mechanism, which would contribute to establishing the truth where domestic inquiry mechanisms have failed”. Feb 27, 2014