People in Rajkot switch to herbal colours to play Holi

Rajkot, March 15 (ANI): Shops in Rajkot are selling powered herbal colours ahead of festival of colours, Holi. In a bid to ensure safe and eco-friendly Holi, shopkeepers are selling herbal colours made of starch, which do not irritate the skin, have no chemicals and are not harmful. Most of the colours sold in markets are oxidised metals or industrial dyes and are harmful to skin. Slowly people are realising the side effects of these colours like skin allergies to cancer and eye irritation. The shopkeepers in the state are already receiving huge orders from neighbouring areas and this time they have made 18 colours using starch. Mar 15, 2014

Uttam Khobragade calls US action unacceptable

Mumbai, March 15 (ANI): Devyani Khobragade's father, Uttam Khobragade on Saturday lashed out at United States of America for what he called an act of sheer aggression against India for re-indicting his daughter with false charges filed by New York based US Attorney Preet Bharara. He also said that India had been slow to react against Devyani's re-indictment by the US. An arrest warrant was on Saturday issued against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on visa fraud charges after her fresh indictment by US prosecutors who accused her of "illegally" underpaying and "exploiting" her domestic maid. Mar 15, 2014

Modi to attend fund-raising dinner in Delhi, Congress slams

New Delhi, March 15 (ANI): BJP'S Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be attending a fund raiser dinner in the Asoka Hotel of Delhi. The money collected from the fund raiser will be deposited to Modi for PM fund which was launched by Bharatiya Janta Party in January this year. Everyone who will participate in the dinner will get a chance to be the part of a lucky draw. Also, the winners of the lucky draw will get a chance to have dinner with the man who can be the next Prime Minister of the country. The event which is likely to happen on March 26 has invited criticism from the Congress. The Congress on Saturday targeted the BJP and Modi saying that the people of the country understand the drama. Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that it is unfortunate that Indian politics has to witness such a day, and Election Commission must take note of it. Mar 15, 2014

Congress on Sushma Swarajs tweet on Sriramalus induction

New Delhi, March 15 (ANI): Reacting on BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s tweet over the induction of controversial Karnataka leader B. Sriramalu in the party, the Congress on Saturday said that the voice of the senior leaders in the party is being suppressed by Narendra Modi. The Congress leaders also stated that if Swaraj is sharing such problems on twitter out of worry, then she should reveal all the wrongdoings going on in the party. Mar 15, 2014

Congress faces flak for naming 'Tainted' ministers in second LS list

New Delhi, March 15 (ANI): The Congress party on Saturday received criticism for naming two scam-tainted former ministers in its second list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. Former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal will contest from Chandigarh and former minister Subodh Kant Sahai will contest from Ranchi. Bansal had resigned in the wake of the railway recruitment scam and Sahay had resigned following the coal block allocation scam. Mar 15, 2014

BJP on Sushma Swaraj's tweet on Sriramalu's induction

New Delhi, March 15 (ANI): Dismissing reports of differences within the BJP over the induction of controversial Karnataka leader B. Sriramalu in the party, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi claimed that the party is united. Expressing her angst against the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) decision to induct controversial Karnataka leader B. Sriramalu in the party, senior leader Sushma Swaraj took to twitter on Saturday saying the decision was taken despite her 'stiff opposition'. The BJP had re-inducted Sriramalu, who had left the party in 2011, and it is expected that he might be the party's Lok Sabha candidate from Bellary constituency in Karnataka. Mar 15, 2014

Media spreading lies about Modi's development claims: Kejriwal

Bangalore, March 15 (ANI): Maintaining his charge against the media, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal said that the media is spreading lies about Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's development claims in Gujarat. Kejriwal reiterated that media houses of the country should be open to criticism and not indulge in false practices while naming a leading English News channel for giving unnecessary hype to Modi. Mar 15, 2014

India fed up with Congress, says Narendra Modi

New Delhi, March 15 (ANI): BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi while addressing lawyers in New Delhi said that India is fed up with the ruling Congress party. Modi said that the country is not ready to tolerate the Congress. Praising India's judiciary, BJPs' prime ministerial candidate said that foreign investors prefer India because of its democratic system and trustworthy judicial system Mar 15, 2014

US visa fraud case: Devyani re-indicted, faces arrest warrant

New Delhi, March 15 (ANI): An arrest warrant was on Saturday issued against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on visa fraud charges after her fresh indictment by US prosecutors who accused her of "illegally" underpaying and "exploiting" her domestic maid. Mar 15, 2014

Maoists kidnap workers in Bihar, set construction machine on fire

Jamui, March 15 (ANI): Maoists attacked a land mining site in Jamui district of Bihar on Friday, kidnapping around seven workers and setting two machines on fire. The rebels barged at the site as the sand picking work was on and created ruckus. Their demands are still unknown. Rana said that the investigation and search operations are on. Meanwhile, the work has been halted. The rebels have operated for decades across a wide swathe of central and eastern India. Mar 15, 2014

Mumbai building collapse kills at least six people

An apartment block collapsed in the Indian financial hub Mumbai on Friday, killing six people and injuring three others in the latest of a series of deadly building cave-ins. Duration: 00:33 Mar 15, 2014

A look back at week two of the Oscar Pistorius trial

Police procedures come under the spotlight during week two of the Oscar Pistorius trial -- as the athlete's lawyer accuses officers of incompetency and theft. He is on trial for the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Duration: 02:26 Mar 15, 2014

US, Russia fail to bridge diferences before Crimea vote

The United States and Russia failed on Friday to resolve a Cold-War-style crisis sparked by Moscow's military intervention in Crimea and the Ukrainian peninsula's weekend referendum on joining Kremlin rule. Duration: 01:01 Mar 15, 2014

Jordan protesters want peace treaty with Israel annulled

Around 1,000 people demonstrated Friday near the Israeli embassy in Amman to protest the killing of a Jordanian judge by Israeli soldiers, demanding a peace deal between the countries be annulled. Duration: 00:39 Mar 15, 2014