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Foul language against Modi started by Sonia, says Jaitley

Foul language against Modi started by Sonia, says JaitleyNew Delhi, March 28 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley Friday accused the Congress of using inappropriate language, saying that it started with Sonia Gandhi's "Maut Ka Saudagar" comment on prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Jaitley said this in his blog after Imran Masood, the Congress candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur Lok Sabha seat, said Modi will be chopped into pieces.

Supreme Court names Gavaskar head of BCCI

Supreme Court names Gavaskar head of BCCINew Delhi, March 28 - The Supreme Court Friday appointed cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar as interim president of the Indian cricket board in place of the tainted incumbent, N. Srinivasan.

An apex court bench headed by Justice A. K. Patnaik said Gavaskar would only be concerned with matters related to the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The rest of the functions of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be discharged by its senior most vice president, Shiv Raj Yadav (IANS)

Airtel launches pocket TV app

Airtel-Pocket-TV-AppNew Delhi, March 27 : A mobile app that enables viewers watch their favorite TV programmes while on the move was launched here Thursday by Airtel Digital TV, the DTH service arm of leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel.

Airtel ‘Pocket TV’ is loaded with over 150 Live TV channels and more than 10,000 hours of video content and over 13 channels on anytime TV, a company statement said.

“Pocket TV now promises a never-before library of video content which is available at an affordable price,” the statement said.

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 in India

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 in IndiaNew Delhi, March 27 : South Korean electronics major Samsung Thursday unveiled Galaxy S5, its flagship Android phone, in India. Priced between Rs. 51,000-Rs. 53,000, it will be available in the market from April 11, a top company official said here.

"This smartphone is targeted at the working professionals with a hectic lifestyle and also at style-crazy people," Vineet Taneja, country head, IT and mobile division of Samsung India, told reporters on the sidelines of the launch.

Kejriwal to refocus on Delhi from April

Arvind-KejriwalNew Delhi, March 26 : AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will refocus on Delhi from April after campaigning in Varanasi for the general elections, a party leader said Wednesday.

Kejriwal will visit all seven constituencies and hold road shows in Delhi from April 1. The campaining will be comnducted for a week, the party leader told IANS.

The former Delhi chief minister's two-day visit to Varanasi, where he announced he will contest against Bharatiya Janata Party's Narendra Modi, held six road shows in one of the oldest cities in India.

Delhi will go to polls April 10.(IANS)

Congress bats for sexual minorities in manifesto

congress-manifestoNew Delhi, March : The Congress in its election manifesto released Wednesday promised to bring a new legislation to protect the rights of sexual minorities.

Listing the legal reforms it plans to move in if voted again to power in the Lok Sabha polls, the party said it "will enact a law to ensure that consensual sexual relations between adults of the same-sex are not criminalised."

Modi will destroy India's secular fabric: Farooq

Farooq-AbdullahNew Delhi, March 26 : National Conference chairperson Farooq Abdullah has said his party will never consider joining the BJP-led NDA in case Narendra Modi becomes the prime minister.

In an interview to CNN/IBN, Abdullah said BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was supported by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), which has a communal agenda.

"My thinking is that people like Modi are supported by the RSS which is basically a communal organisation and will destroy the secular fabric of the country," he said.

The National Conference "will never join hands with such people", he added.

BJP 'balloon' will explode, says Rahul

Rahul-GandhiNew Delhi, March 26 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday challenged the perception that the BJP was most likely to win the Lok Sabha election and said "this balloon will explode".

Gandhi told the media here that the Bharatiya Janata Party's claims now were akin to the "India Shining" ad blitz it carried out ahead of the 2004 Lok Sabha battle that the BJP lost to the Congress.

"When it comes to perception, the 'India Shining' campaign was a brilliant campaign. Everyone including you was convinced that the BJP was winning...

Vinod Khanna to contest from Punjab's Gurdaspur on BJP ticket

Vinod KhannaNew Delhi, Mar 26  : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna from the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab.

The party announced this as it released a list of nine more candidates last night.

Khanna will take on Punjab Congress chief Pratap Singh Bajwa who had defeated him in the last election in 2009 by a narrow margin.

Khanna had joined BJP in 1997 and was elected from Gurdaspur constituency in the next year's Lok Sabha poll. In 1999, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency.

Worldfloat challenges Facebook with 50 million users

New Delhi, March 26 - India's homegrown social networking site Worldfloat has said its user base has crossed 50 million, which will help it challenge the dominance of global giants like Facebook.

According to Worldfloat founder Pushkar Mahatta, the user base of the site has risen sharply in recent months on the back of several innovative features like free online movies and news and search engine facilities.

He said Worldfloat has users from across the world but the majority of them are from India.

Facebook has around 100 million users in India.

Mahatta said the Worldfloat user base has grown to 50 million in less than two years after its June 2012 launch.

Pressure mounts on BCCI chief Srinivasan to quit

Pressure mounts on BCCI chief Srinivasan to quitNew Delhi, March 25 : Pressure is mounting on Narayanaswami Srinivasan to quit as BCCI president after the Supreme Court Tuesday made it clear that he has to step down to enable a fair investigation in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scandal.

When contacted by IANS, Srinivasan's terse reply was: "I cannot comment on the matter.  The case is subjudice."

We are ready to pay Rs.20,000 crore to SEBI: Sahara to SC

Sahara-IndiaNew Delhi, March 25 : Sahara group Tuesday offered to the Supreme Court to pay market regulator SEBI in a span of one year Rs. 20,000 crore of the money it has to return to the investors collected through Optionally Fully Convertible Debentures (OFCD).

In a fresh proposal to the apex court bench of Justice K. S.  Radhakrishnan and Justice J. S.  Kehar, the Sahara group said they will deposit Rs. 2,500 crore within three working days of the acceptance of its proposal and three instalments of Rs. 3,500 each would be deposited with SEBI June 30, Sep 30 and Dec 31.  The balance of Rs. 7,000 crore would be deposited March 31, 2015.

Mustard oil output to reach 3.4 mn tonnes by 2020

Mustard-oilNew Delhi, March 25 : India's annual mustard oil production is likely to reach 3.4 million tonnes by 2020 from the estimated 2.6 million tonnes in the financial year ending March 31, 2014, according to Mustard Research Promotion Consortium.

The output would be driven by sustained rise in crop acreage.  It will reduce India's dependence on imports of edible oil.  Currently, India imports 50 percent of its edible oil needs.

Mustard oil output was recorded at 2.3 million tonnes in 2012-13.

Congress defeat has never been so certain: Advani

LK-AdvaniNew Delhi, March 25 : Never has the defeat of Congress been as certain as in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll, veteran BJP leader L. K.  Advani said Tuesday.

"I have participated in all general elections held in independent India since 1952.  In none of the 15 elections held till today, the Congress party's defeat seemed as certain as it does this time, I have been telling party colleagues," Advani said in a blog published Tuesday.

He also recounted that he has been representing Gandhinagar in the Lok Sabha since 1989, except for the 11th Lok Sabha when he did not contest following corruption charges.

General Motors launches new variant of Cruze

Chevrolet-Cruze-SedanNew Delhi, March 25 : Automobile manufacturer General Motors India Tuesday launched updated sedan Chevrolet Cruze priced between Rs. 13.70 lakh and Rs. 16.19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

According to the company, the new updated variant of the sedan comes with improved fuel economy.  The automatic transmission variant provides a fuel efficiency of 14.81 km per litre, while manual transmission mileage remains 17.3 km per litre.

The updated Cruze comes with both a six-speed manual and automatic transmission mated to the turbocharged 2.0-litre VCDi engine.

Anushka teams up with Eros for maiden production venture

Anushka-SharmaNew Delhi, March 25 : Actress Anushka Sharma's first production venture "NH 10" will be co-produced by Eros International Media Limited (Eros International) and Phantom Films.

To be directed by Navdeep Singh, "NH 10" is an action thriller about a road trip that goes wrong, and apart from producing it, Anushka will feature in it.

Indian economy has withstood many crises: President

Pranab-MukherjeeNew Delhi, March 24 : The Indian economy has withstood many crises due to the contribution of farmers, industrial workers and policy makers, President Pranab Mukherjee said here Monday.

"The importance of sound economic advice in the policy arena in today's complex world is being increasingly realised," the president said.

He was interacting with a group of 29 officer trainees of the 2013 batch of the Indian Economic Service who called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

BHEL bags Rs.3,000 crore order from NTPC

BHEL bags Rs.3,000 crore order from NTPCNew Delhi, March 24 : State-run engineering company Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) Monday announced it has won an order worth Rs. 3,000 crore for supply of steam generators for an upcoming power project in Odisha.

"In the face of stiff international competition, engineering major BHEL has won a prestigious order for the supply of 2x800 MW steam generators (boilers) with supercritical parameters for an upcoming power project in Odisha," the company said in a statement here.

Tata Communications installs 1,000th 'indicash' ATM in NCR

Tata-Communications-ATMNew Delhi, March 24 : Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited (TCPSL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Communications, Monday said it has set up its 1,000th Indicash ATM, the country's first white label ATM network, in the national capital region.

The 1,000th automatic teller machine (ATM) was set up at Bhondsi village in Gurgaon, Haryana.

Backed by the $96.79 billion Tata Group, Indicash is aimed at empowering Indians with the convenience to access their own money with ease across cities, towns and villages.

Sibal hits out at BJP's 'Modi ki sarkar' slogan

Sibal hits out at BJP's 'Modi ki sarkar' sloganNew Delhi, March 24 : Congress leader Kapil Sibal Monday lashed out at BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and said the party's slogan of "Modi ki sarkar" was unconstitutional as India cannot be run by an individual.

Law Minister Sibal also took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party over denial of Lok Sabha ticket to former union minister Jaswant Singh.

He criticised the BJP over its slogan "Ab ki bar, Modi sarkar (This time it will be Modi's government)".


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