Narendra Modi to contest from Varanasi, BJP confident of winning polls

New Delhi, Mar 16 (ANI): BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Sunday exuded confidence and said that there is no doubt that Narendra Modi is forming a government this time. Hussain claimed that not only people of Varanasi, but the entire north India is celebrating it. On Saturday, the BJP finalized constituencies for senior party leaders. The party has fielded Modi from Varanasi, which was earlier represented by senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi . The BJP has fielded Joshi from Kanpur, party chief Rajnath Singh from Lucknow and leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley from Amritsar. Mar 16, 2014

Narendra Modi to contest from Varanasi

Varanasi/New Delhi, Mar 16 (ANI): In the run up to the general elections, India’s main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), concluded the ticket distribution while finalizing constituencies for party bigwigs including Narendra Modi, who, it has been decided will contest from Varanasi. BJP leader Anant Kumar declared the names of senior party leaders and their respective constituencies in a press conference in New Delhi. Mar 16, 2014

AAP to complain against Congress to Lucknow EC

Amethi, Mar 16 (ANI): AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that the party will approach the Election Commission in Lucknow to lodge a complaint against the ruling Congress for attacking their leaders in Amethi. Supporters of Congress party attacked AAP leader, Kumar Vishwas and his convoy in Amethi on Friday for slamming Congress Vice-President, Rahul Gandhi. Mar 16, 2014

Lalu Prasad Yadav says Ramkripal Yadav joining BJP is injustice

Patna, Mar16 (ANI):, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, jibed at former RJD leader and now BJP leader Ramkripal Yadav at a press conference in Patna by calling his decision of joining the opposition ahead of the general elections as ‘injustice.’ Criticising BJP, Lalu cited the internal conflicts among BJP candidates over fielding of candidates. Mar 16, 2014

People masquerade as politicians to celebrate Holi

Allahabad /Kolkata, Mar 16 (ANI): People in Uttar Pradesh revelled in the festive spirit as they celebrated the festival of colours, Holi in a unique way by wearing masks of prominent politicians and applied colour onto each other. The festival of Holi, which will be celebrated on March 17 this year, brings together people from all classes and age groups as they distribute sweets and take out processions, dancing to tunes of drums in a mélange of colours. Mar 16, 2014

Rajasthan drenches in water celebrating Holi with shades of old tradition

Bikaner, Mar 16 (ANI): Desert state, Rajasthan celebrated the 'Dolchi Holi', a unique way of celebrating Hindu festival of colours during which participants get drenched in water using age old traditional water can. Holi played in Bikaner is unique as colours are not used during festivities. Confined to two Hindu castes, the event is marked by the participation of men only while women and children watch over from their houses. Mar 16, 2014

Malaysia says jet's diversion 'deliberate'

A missing Malaysian airliner was apparently deliberately diverted and flown for hours after vanishing from radar, according to Prime Minister Najib Razak who stopped short of confirming a hijack. Duration: 01:30 Mar 16, 2014

Syria troops advance in rebel bastion of Yabrud

Syrian troops advanced Saturday on the key rebel bastion of Yabrud as the country's civil war entered its fourth year, with more than 146,000 dead, millions displaced and peace efforts stalled. Duration: 00:36 Mar 16, 2014

50,000 in Moscow protest Crimea intervention

Around 50,000 people rallied in central Moscow Saturday in protest at Russia's intervention in Ukraine, a day before the Crimean peninsula votes on switching to Kremlin rule. Duration: 00:48 Mar 16, 2014

It happens: Spring Festival

Bhubaneswar, March 14 (ANI): The Santhal community in Bhubaneswar city of India's eastern Odisha province celebrated the onset of spring season by performing traditional rituals and colorful dances at the ongoing 'Baha Bonga' festival. The festivities are hosted at Jaher (shrine), at the foot of a Sal tree and go on for three to four days. Jaher is the centre of performing rituals and socio-cultural activities for the Santhal tribe. On the occasion, the tribal god, Maarang Buru, and goddess, Jaher Ayo, are worshipped with other deities at the Jaher. As a part of rituals, the deities are offered newly blossomed flowers and fruits of Sal and Mahua trees. The tribal community believes that the spirits of the god and goddess take away diseases, evils and sufferings of humans from the Earth. The spirits of the gods descend into the body of a tribesperson, who then grants their wishes. The festival starts with the local priest distributing Sal and Mahua flowers to both men and women, symbolizing that from that day onwards they are permitted to use forest products. Men tuck them behind their ears while women embellish their hair with them. Mar 15, 2014

It happens: Kashmir Snowfall

Srinagar, March 14 (ANI): A fresh coat of snow brought a new ray of hope to the sagging tourist business in Srinagar of northern Indian Kashmir after heavy rains lashed the valley and other parts of the country. Enhancing the beauty of the picturesque valley, Srinagar received a fresh spell of snowfall recently. The snow clad mountains and trees have always provided a visual treat to the locals as well as tourists. Mar 15, 2014

It happens: Rare Bird

West Bengal, March 14 (ANI): A rare bird sighted at Sanbandha village on the outskirts of Bankura town in India's eastern West Bengal amazed curious onlookers and bird lovers. The bird was huge, typically 110-120 centimetres tall with a 210 centimetre wingspan and a body weight of around 5 kilograms. Approximately 3000 birds of this species are still in world. Only 40 birds of this particular species are on official record in West Bengal. The region in and around Bankura is regarded as a haven for the Lesser Adjutant Stork, which is a rare species of the stork family. Mar 15, 2014