Maoists threat looms large over 2014 general election, says expert

New Delhi, March 24 (ANI): As the 2014 general elections are approaching, experts warned government of increasing activity of Maoists in the country where the objective of the red rebels is to bleed the state wide, decrease the morale of the security forces and create a fear psychosis among people to hamper democratic processes. Reportedly, hotbed areas of Maoist activities like Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal and Sasaram- which share their borders with Jharkhand- are on the hitlist of Maoists who have through posters send clear messages of disrupting the upcoming polls. State government agencies have been organizing campaigns to ensure that voters turnout in huge numbers to participate in the election procedure. Mar 24, 2014

Bihar: Politicians express concern over security ahead of polls

Gaya, March 24 (ANI): The hotbed Maoist area in Bihar faces Maoist threat before the upcoming elections in the area, while politicians expressed their concerns about the security of the area during the polls. BJP leader Hari Manjhi said that they need security for the upcoming polls amid the Maoist threat and past history of Maoists disrupting the polls. Maoists are rebels who try to sink deep roots and form links after decades of neglect. Mar 24, 2014

Presidential guard kills top Iraqi journalist

A presidential guard shot dead a senior Iraqi journalist during an argument in Baghdad Saturday and then fled, briefly sparking a standoff in which Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki demanded he be handed over. Duration: 00:31 Mar 23, 2014

Pro and anti-Damascus gunmen clash in Beirut

A firefight erupted in the Lebanese capital early Sunday between pro- and anti-Damascus gunmen, in the latest apparent spillover of the conflict in neighbouring Syria, the National News Agency reported. Duration: 00:50 Mar 23, 2014

Pallet, belts sighted in Australia hunt for MH370

Australian officials say that a wooden cargo pallet along with belts or straps have been spotted in the remote Indian Ocean by one of the aircraft deployed in the hunt for a missing Malaysian jet. Duration: 01:15 Mar 23, 2014

Venkaiah Naidu slams Congress, says party distributed & perturbed

Chennai, March 23 (ANI): BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu slammed Congress party and its Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, and said it wants to give power to one family only. Addressing a news conference in Chennai, Naidu took a dig at Gandhi, saying he talks about common man but ignored them during last sixty years. Naidu added that victory of BJP and its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, was certain and that too with majority. Furthermore, Naidu dismissed reports of differences within the BJP and said that the party is united. Mar 23, 2014

Pramod Muthalik's BJP membership cancelled within hours

New Delhi, March 23 (ANI): BJP Spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday confirmed that Sri Ram Sene Chief Pramod Muthalik's membership is cancelled after the central BJP instructed the same to the state party. She said that the party felt strongly about the same and therefore have taken this action. Earlier, party leader and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had also expressed objection over the decision. Muthalik had courted a huge controversy in 2009 after members of his Sri Ram Sene carried out an attack on a pub in Mangalore during which young women were dragged out. He had also carried out a campaign against the celebration of Valentine's Day. Mar 23, 2014

Swami Swaroopanand complains against BJP's campaign slogan 'Har Har Modi'

Kolkata, March 23 (ANI): Dwarka Peeth Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati has raised objections against the use of BJP's Lok Sabha election campaign slogan 'Har Har Modi' in favor of its PM candidate Narendra Modi. The Dwarka seer has strongly condemned the replacement of 'Mahadev' with 'Modi' in the holy enchanting slogan, and thus, lodged a complaint against the unfavorable slogan with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Swami has further condemned BJP leaders for considering Modi even higher than God. Mar 23, 2014

Pramod Muthalik joins BJP, politicos react

Hubli/ Nagpur/ New Delhi/ Kolkata, March 23 (ANI): Sri Ram Sene Chief Pramod Muthalik joined BJP in the presence of party leaders on Sunday and said that he joined the party with the aim of making Narendra Modi the next PM of the country. Meanwhile, party leader Manohar Parrikar objected on the same and said that Muthalik's membership should be cancelled. Reacting on the same, Expelled JD (U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari said that Muthalik fits perfectly in Modi's cultural ministry. CPI (M) leader Mohd Salim said that its not surprising and that this is more control of Hindutva brigade in the party. JD (U) Leader KC Tyagi said that it's a bad news for Sushma Swaraj that BJP has incorporated all anti women ministers in it. Mar 23, 2014

Maoist fear looms in Jharkhand ahead of LS Polls

Khunti, March 23 (ANI): Politicians in Maoist-infested Khunti district of Jharkhand expressed grave concerns as they face serious security threats from Maoists ahead of the general elections – a democratic exercise that the rebels despise. As per a report by the internal affairs ministry, Khunti has been ranked the topmost Maoist affected district in the country. Politicians said that as the mammoth exercise is just round the corner the people of the district are becoming increasingly scared of any Maoist activity. Meanwhile, the police said they are gearing up to put a fight against the insurgents and are getting support from higher authorities. Around 34 civilians and security officials were killed in Maoist attacks in Khunti last year. Mar 23, 2014

Laxman Singh remains hopeful of win over Sushma Swarajs LS seat

Bhopal, March 23 (ANI): Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s younger brother Laxman Singh, who is a party candidate from BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s Vidisha constituency, is hopeful of a win over the same. He said that people are angry with Swaraj and that they need a change and that the Congress party will provide them the same. Mar 23, 2014