BJP & RSS see Muslims as humans and not as vote bank: RSS

Nagpur, Mar 3 (ANI): The RSS plans to reach out to at least five crore Muslims before the Lok Sabha elections to help its affiliate the Bharatiya Janata Party assume power at the Centre. Speaking about the same, RSS campaigner Vijay Pachpore on Monday said that other parties see Muslims as vote bank but the BJP and the RSS see them as humans. He also added that the Muslims are now close to BJP. Mar 3, 2014

ND Tiwari accepts Rohit as his son, Rohit says he is surprised

New Delhi, Mar 3 (ANI): After a six-year legal battle that involved emotional arguments and a DNA test, senior Congress leader ND Tiwari has finally accepted a young man Rohit Shekhar who took him to court, as his son. Speaking on the same, Rohit on Monday said that he is amazed that Tiwari has finally accepted the fact that he is his son. He further said that he is glad by the statement and said that he hopes that nothing bad happens now. Mar 3, 2014

Nitish Kumar aims for power & works for same: Shivanand Tiwari

New Delhi, March 03 (ANI): After separating ways from JD (U), Shivanand Tiwari slammed at Bihar chief Minister Nitish Kumar and said that Kumar aims just for power & works for same. He said that Kumar is trying to make his secular image by coming in the federal front. Tiwari also said that he shows himself clean but it is only from outside. Mar 3, 2014

Cabinet nods for Jat reservation, politicos react

New Delhi, March 03 (ANI): After the Union Cabinet decided to clear reservation for the Jat community in government jobs, political leaders reacted positively whereas BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi terming the same as an election strategy. RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary expressed gratitude for the bill. Following the suit, Former JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari and Congress leader PL Punia too invited the move and expressed gratitude for the decision taken. Mar 3, 2014

Antony orders CBI probe in HAL deal case, draws reaction

New Delhi, March 03 (ANI): After Defence Minister AK Antony ordered a CBI probe into allegations of bribery into HAL- Rolls Royce company deal, politicos draw flak over the continuous scam taking place in defence sector while others welcomed steps taken by Antony. BJP leader Balbir Punj termed it as a showcase of incompetency of the UPA government. Meanwhile, Congress leader PC Chacko and Former JD (U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari looked at the other side of the coin and appreciated Antony’s decision of CBI probe. Mar 3, 2014

86th annual Academy Awards commence with stars glittering at red carpet

United States, March 03 (ANI): An array of stars walked the early arrivals red carpet just prior to the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The excitement could be felt worldwide, as Thomas Vinterberg, nominated for best foreign film "The Hunt" was appreciative of the Oscar nomination. “The Hunt” star Mads Mikkelsen too was overwhelmed with the experience. Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh of Oscar nominated foreign film, "The Broken Circle Breakdown," and director Hany Abu-Assad of "Omar," spoke about their films and what it felt like to be at the Oscars. Mar 3, 2014

PDP slams Farooqs 'Kashmiris are thieves' remark

Jammu, Mar 3 (ANI): National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah has made a controversial statement by saying that Kashmiris are thieves. There was chaos in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly by PDP MLAs over Farooq's statement. Slamming Farooq’s remark, PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that people have voted him but he made fun of them for which he should apologize. Mar 3, 2014

Politicians welcome cabinets decision to grant reservation for Jat community

New Delhi, March 03 (ANI): Politicians welcomed cabinet’s decision to grant reservation to Jat community, which had been a longstanding demand of the farming community. The cabinet ministers approved reservation of seats for the Jat community, providing them an opportunity to get reserved seats in educational institutions and government job openings. Politicos struggling for the reservation for the Jat community welcomed the decision and expressed gratitude. Meanwhile, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, announced three major decisions about the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the most important being the granting of special status to the successor state, Seemandhra. Mar 3, 2014

Supporters mark Aafia Siddiquis birthday in Pakistan

Karachi, March 03 (ANI): About two dozen supporters of a Pakistani neuroscientist, Aafia Siddiqui, currently in US prison after being convicted of shooting at FBI agents and soldiers, gathered to mark her birthday in Karachi city of Pakistan. Carrying flowers and placards, supporters of Siddiqui stood behind bars representing a prison during the celebration to mark Siddiqui's 41st birthday. Aafia Siddiqui, whose conviction was widely criticised in Pakistan, was sentenced by a US judge in September 2010 to 86 years in prison after she was convicted of shooting at FBI agents and soldiers following her arrest in Afghanistan. Mar 3, 2014

Narendra Modi will sure be next Prime Minister: Nitin Gadkari

Pune, March 03 (ANI): BJP leader Nitin Gadkari expressed confidence on winning the upcoming parliamentary elections that are due by May this year. Gadkari, who was speaking at a news conference in Pune, said Narendra Modi will definitely be the next Prime Minister of India. Gadkari also said that there is no question of them forming an alliance with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Mar 3, 2014

Lalu Prasad Yadav vows to stop communal forces from coming to power

Patna, March 03 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav exhorted secular parties to fight in solidarity against communal forces coming to power taking a dig at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. RJD chief pointed out that if secular forces come to power, following the upcoming general elections, there would not be any peace in the country. He also accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, for bringing communal political parties back to the state. Mar 3, 2014

AP Governor ESL Narasimhan to hold charge during Presidents rule in state

Hyderabad, March 03 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan said that the state which has now come under the President’s rule may be supervised by him as per the direction of President Pranab Mukherjee. He said the President has taken charge of the state with the intention of creating a congenial and conducive atmosphere for stable administration. The central government had recommended the imposition of President’s rule in Andhra Pradesh on Friday. On Saturday, Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 and also approved cabinet’s recommendation. Andhra Pradesh came under the control of President following the resignation of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy earlier in February, protesting the bifurcation of the state. Mar 3, 2014

Bangladesh mulling to bring Pak war criminals under trial: Prosecutor

Dhaka, March 03 (ANI): A top prosecutor of Bangladesh, Syed HAider Ali, on Sunday said he was examining papers and documents to bring Pakistani soldiers, accused of committing genocide during the 1971 liberation war who were released under 1972 Shimla Agreement, under trial in the country. Bangladesh law minister Shafique Ahmed hinted that 195 war criminals, who were handed over to Pakistan under Shimla Agreement be brought to justice. Ali said that the government would approach the foreign countries and investigating agencies. He also admitted that war criminals trial had slowed down due to some technical hitch. Mar 3, 2014