New Delhi, June 11 : BJP president Rajnath Singh Tuesday said that L. K. Advani, who had resigned from all leadership positions, has decided to accept the parliamentary board's request to stay in the core party bodies.
"Advanji has said that any decision of the party he will accept," Rajnath Singh said quoting Advani, who quit Monday.
Advani, who had resigned Monday from the parliamentary board, election committee and national executive, was not present at the brief press conference.
New Delhi, June 11 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday condoled the death of Congress leader V. C. Shukla, who was seriously injured in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh last month.
"Prime Minister extends condolences on passing away of Congress leader VC Shukla who was injured in Naxal (Maoist) attack in Chhattisgarh," the PMO posted on its Twitter account.
Shukla, 84, who was the main architect of media censorship during the emergency regime of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, died at around 2.30 p. m. in the Medanta Medicity Hospital.
New Delhi, June 11 : The Indian rupee, which has plunged by almost 2.5 percent in the last two sessions and hit a record low of 58.95 against a dollar Tuesday, is likely to stabilise in the next three to four days, a top government officials said.
"In next three-four days, we will see a mid-course correction... Rupee is going to stabilise and we are going to see a positive movement,” Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram told reporters here.
The partially convertible rupee weakened by 77 paise to hit a new low of 58.95 against a dollar at the interbank foreign exchange market in Mumbai.
New Delhi, June 11 : In an indication of the government's thinking on revising gas prices, Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily said Tuesday oil companies were right in redefining their business models in view of rising production costs and reduced profits.
"The average production cost has risen from $2 per BOE (barrel of oil equivalent) in 2001 to $12 per BOE in 2012 and their (international oil companies') operating profit margins have reduced to 11 percent in 2012 from 16 percent in 2005," Moily said.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the 3rd IEF NOC-IOC Forum here co-hosted by ONGC and Shell.
New Delhi, June 11 : This summer will be more exciting with Nokia and Warner Bros Pictures joint effort to bring superhero “Man of Steel” closer to the movie enthusiasts through exclusive applications.
The partnership brings a collection of exciting content, including an immersive “Man of Steel” application, exclusive to Nokia Lumia Windows 8 smartphones and the chance to win tickets to the movie premiere.
New Delhi, June 11 : Stylish short dresses, casual tees with stripes, printed knee-length shorts and coloured pants - revamp your wardrobe with the clothes inspired from nautical style and fashion.
Well-known online fashion brand, American Swan has launched its Navy Collection and offer an interesting range of summer outfits.
The exclusive collection, perfect for both men and women, draws its inspiration from the cool, casual sailors' outfits.
New Delhi, June 11 : President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday appealed for creation of adequate social awareness on women's rights and against "barbaric" acts of violence against them.
Mukherjee said that women have played and aspire to play a pivotal role in shaping the socio-political and economic development of our country.
New Delhi, June 11 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered fresh cases against former minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao and industrialist Naveen Jindal in connection with irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks, a official said Tuesday.
"Aprt from these two, a fresh case has been registered against Naveen Jindal's company Jindal Steel and Power Ltd, Gagan Sponge and two other companies," a CBI official said.
New Delhi, June 11 : The Indian automobile industry closed last month producing 4.08 percent lesser number of vehicles as compared to May 2012 while the overall domestic sales during April-May this year declined 0.64 percent over the like period last year, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said Tuesday.
"The industry produced 1,737,548 vehicles in May 2013 as against 1,811,515 in May 2012, decline of 4.08 percent over the same month last year. The overall domestic sales during April-May 2013 declined by 0.64 percent over the same period last year," SIAM said in a statement.
New Delhi, June 11 : The BJP Tuesday said its leaders were in constant touch with L. K. Advani, who has quit all party posts, and were hopeful of resolving the crisis soon.
"All leaders are in touch with him and we are hopeful that the crisis will be resolved soon and the BJP will emerge stronger," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters.
Javadekar said the Congress and some others were needlessly dragging the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) into the controversy.
New Delhi/Mumbai, June 11 : The rupee Tuesday continued to fall against the dollar and was at Rs. 58.65 against a dollar during mid-day session. It opened at Rs. 58.30.
The rupee touched the day's low of Rs. 58.95 Tuesday and with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) not intervening yet, importers rushed to procure their future dollar needs.
The Indian rupee registered its biggest fall in almost two years Monday when it slumped to below 58 against a dollar for the first time on escalating worries over current account deficit and firming of the US currency globally.(IANS)
New Delhi, June 10 : A Delhi court Monday granted bail to suspended cricketer S. Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila who have been booked under the provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the IPL spot fixing scandal.
Additional Session Judge V. K. Khanna also granted bail to 15 bookies on personal bonds of Rs. 50,000 each.(IANS)
New Delhi, June 10 : Footwear and apparel brand Woodland has launched a special-edition t-shirt collection to raise funds for Unicef's wash programme in the country.
Unicef wash programme aims to provide safe drinking water to families in rural India and the special edition collection is available across Woodland Stores for the month of June only.
New Delhi, June 10 : Indian cricket board interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya Monday promised to look into Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s alleged conflict of interest after the team returns from the Champions Trophy being held in England and Wales.
“I don’t want to disturb the team during the Champions Trophy. I gain nothing by doing that. We have taken a note of the (Dhoni) issue, we are looking into it but we are not going to hound someone,” said Dalmiya at an emergency meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) here.
New Delhi, June 10 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Monday made a passionate appeal to L. K. Advani to reverse his decision to resign from party positions.
"Had a detailed conversation with Advaniji on phone. Urged him to change his decision. I hope he will not disappoint lakhs of (party workers)," Modi tweeted.
A day after the BJP appointed Modi to lead it in the next Lok Sabha election, Advani quit major party posts after accusing most of its leaders of pursuing "personal agendas".
New Delhi, June 10 : With Narendra Modi heading the BJP's Lok Sabha campaign panel, the stage is set for a virtual showdown between the Gujarat chief minister and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi next year.
While Modi was named the Bharatiya Janata Party's central poll campaign committee head Sunday, Gandhi was picked in November last year to head the Congress election coordination committee.
This happened two months before Gandhi was made the vice president, second only to his mother and party chief Sonia Gandhi.
New Delhi, June 10 : The growth prospect for India remains "below trend" whereas major developed economies such as the US and Japan are experiencing expansion, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Monday.
The Paris-based think tank's conclusions are based on the Composite Leading Indicators (CLI) that are designed to anticipate turning points in economic activities.
New Delhi, June 1 : The Congress Monday took potshots at the BJP over the resignation of party veteran L. K. Advani from his posts, saying the opposition party had no connect with India.
"It is for the BJP to think. It is for the concerned persons to think. We had already said that it (Modi's elevation) will have its repercussions," Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.
"The BJP is totally disconnected with the nation," Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury added. She said she was amazed "the BJP was not able to see the writing on the wall".
New Delhi, June 10 : Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Monday expressed "surprise" at BJP patriarch L. K. Advani's decision to resign from all party posts but said she was confident she would be able to convince him to take back his resignation.
"I am going to his house and will talk to him and I am sure we will be able to convince him. I have spoken to him over phone and told him that I am coming to see him," she told reporters here.
"I was surprised at his decision," she said, adding that she was confident that she would convince him to take back his resignation.
New Delhi, June 10 : BJP president Rajnath Singh Monday refused to accept party leader L. K. Advani's resignation from organisational posts.
"I have not accepted Shri Advaniji's resignation," Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.
BJP sources said that the party leadership would make efforts to persuade Advani to reconsider his decision.
Advani Monday quit from all major posts in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), accusing "most of our leaders" of being "concerned just with their personal agendas".