India, US focus on renewable energy

New Delhi, March 11 (ANI): Deputy Chairman of India's Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Tuesday called for lifting of restrictions on renewable energy during a conference on 'Financing Renewable and Energy Efficient Technologies' in the national capital of New Delhi. Secretary of US Department of Energy, Ernest Moniz was also present at the conference, organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Moniz emphasized that rising global warming calls for prudent actions towards clean energy. Mar 11, 2014
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Rahul hits at Modi, says India does not need a watchman

Balasinor, Mar 11 (ANI): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a dig at BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's 'security guard' jibe at his home turf Gujarat. Rahul said that the people of India do not need a security guard, but they need their rights. Modi had earlier requested the people in his rally to make him the Chowkidaar of the country. Rahul also said that Amul is successful in Gujarat due to the hard work put in by the women of the state and not by anyone else. Mar 11, 2014
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Raju Srivastava opted out of SP's Kanpur seat, says party has no base in constituency

Lucknow, March 11 (ANI): Stand-up comedian and actor Raju Srivastava on Tuesday opted out of contesting elections from Samajwadi Party's Kanpur seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Srivastava said that though there is no base of the party in Kanpur, he took this responsibility with positivity but non-cooperation from the SP workers in the constituency made him to resign from the poll fray. He said that people love him for his comedy so he will better stick to the same responsibility and therefore returned the party's ticket with gratitude. Mar 11, 2014

At least 20 jawans killed in Chhattisgarh naxal attack

Tongpal, March 11 (ANI): At least 20 jawans are feared killed and several others have been injured in an encounter that went on for over three hours between the Naxals and security forces in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. The attack reportedly began around 10:30 am in the Tongpal area, about 500 km south of Raipur. Following the attack, an encounter broke out between the CRPF-police personnel and Maoists. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said they are "getting information, (but) cannot say anything right now". Mar 11, 2014
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BJP condemns Chhattisgarh Naxal attack

New Delhi, Mar 11 (ANI): BJP Leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday condemned the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh and said that whenever elections are around the corner, Naxals carry out such attacks. Fifteen people have been killed in a gun battle after Naxals ambushed a team of security personnel in the heavily-forested district of Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. Mar 11, 2014
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EC bans NaMo tea stall, draws reaction

New Delhi, March 11 (ANI): After Election Commission puts ban on BJP’s ‘NaMo’ tea stall election campaign, BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the party workers are requested to function without breaking model code of conduct and the order by the EC will be followed. Reacting on the same, Congress leader Shobha Oza said that the whole thing was nothing but a ‘gimmick’ and that this is nothing new that BJP is giving things for free to people before elections. Further, RJD leader Manoj Jha welcomed the step by EC and said that ‘NaMo’ tea was like dangerous ideas being served to people. Further, AAP leader Ashutosh said that this should have been stopped war before and that it was more like bribing people. Mar 11, 2014
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Fresh spell of snowfall in Kashmir

Srinagar, March 11 (ANI): A fresh spell of snowfall enveloped Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, plummeting temperature and forcing people to remain indoors. Trees, roads and rooftops of houses in mountainous regions were covered with snow. The fresh snowfall however, will help maintain the water-level in rivers and will boost the production of fruits and crops. Normal life in many parts of north India has also been adversely affected due to the harsh weather conditions. March is generally the month for snow to melt; but with the fresh snowfall even at the onset of the third month, the temperature has again dropped in many northern states such as Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi. Mar 11, 2014
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Sheila Dikshit sworns in as Kerala Governor

Trivandrum, March 11 (ANI): Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday took oath as the governor of Kerala. Dikshit was administered the oath by Kerala High Court Chief Justice Dr Manjula Chellur. She replaced Nikhil Kumar, who has held the post since March 2013, following his resignation. Mar 11, 2014
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Ashok Agarwal resigns from AAP, says party promoting elite over common man

New Delhi, March 11 (ANI): In another blow to Aam Aadmi Party ahead of 2014 general elections, party’s National Executive Member Ashok Agarwal resigned from the party and said that AAP is promoting elite people over common man. He said that he was unhappy with the ticket distribution process and said that the focus of the party deviated from the interests of the common man. Agarwal also said that he had filed a form to contest as MP from Chandni Chowk but was ignored and he is frustrated about the fact that it is slowly moving away from common man. Mar 11, 2014
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Harsh Vardhan on Ashok Agarwals resignation from AAP

New Delhi, Mar 11 (ANI): After AAP's national executive member Ashok Agarwal resigned from the party saying that the party worked like a “private limited company” with an aim to promote “elite individuals”, BJP leader Harsh Vardhan said that the Aam Aadmi Party is like a sinking ship. He added that many leaders are getting disillusioned by the party as it preaches something and practices something else. Mar 11, 2014
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Mohan Bhagwat says chanting NaMo NaMo not our job, Politicos react

New Delhi/ Lucknow/ Nagpur, March 11 (ANI): After RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat refrained his workers from chanting ‘NaMo NaMo’ and to stay in their limits when campaigning for BJP, politicos reacted in contradictory manner bringing a dent in Narendra Modi’s ‘wave’. Clarifying the statement RSS leader Virag Pachpor said that the Sangh’s goal is bigger than a political party and it should not be overshadowed by anything. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that the RSS has full control over BJP and realizing that there is no Modi wave around, the Sangh is trying to divert itself. Meanwhile, Suspended JD (U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari said that the statement is contradictory as the RSS chants Modi’s name considering him ‘their Lord Ram’. Mar 11, 2014