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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)".

Actor Paresh Rawal replaces Advani loyalist from Ahmedabad East LS seat

Paresh RawalNew Delhi, Mar 23  : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has replaced L. K. Advani's loyalist and sitting MP Harin Pathak with Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal from Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat.

In the fresh list of nine candidates announced yesterday, the BJP also decided to field state office in-charge of the party, Alok Sanjar, from Bhopal seat in Madhya Pradesh.

Sitting MP Prabhatsinh Chouhan would seek re-election from Panchmahal seat and former MLA Deep Sinh Rathore will contest from Sabarkantha. (ANI)

Have old association with Mathura, says Hema Malini

Hema-MaliniNew Delhi, March 22 : Bollywood actress Hema Malini, who is making her maiden foray in the Lok Sabha elections as a BJP candidate from Mathura, Saturday said her association with the holy land of Lord Krishna is almost two decades old.

"I have been associated with Mathura for almost 20 years. Whenever I come to Delhi, I always go to Mathura and Varanasi. I am a devotee of Lord Krishna, so when BJP asked me to contest from Mathura, I was very happy," said the 65-year-old actress at a press conference here.

Rahul is right alternative to 'divisive' Modi: Tharoor

Shashi-TharoorNew Delhi, March 22 : Union minister Shashi Tharoor has backed Rahul Gandhi for prime minister, saying people with lesser credentials than the Congress vice president have in the past turned out to be good leaders and Gandhi was the "right alternative" to a "divisive force like Modi".

Appearing on the "Right To Be Heard Town Hall election special of Headlines Today, Tharoor was asked why Gandhi and not more educated, more experienced, more knowledgeable leaders were not being projected by the party.

Tesco inks deal with Tata company Trent

Tesco-Tata-DealNew Delhi, March 21 : Britain's supermarket chain Tesco Friday entered into an agreement with Tata Group company Trent Hypermarket Limited to form a 50:50 retail business joint venture in which it will invest around 85 million pounds ($140 million).

Tesco said the agreement followed approval from the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board and completion of this transaction is subject to other necessary approvals.

On completion of the transaction, Trent will operate 12 stores retailing a range of merchandise, including food and grocery, personal and home care products, home and kitchen, fashion and accessories.

BJP demands security for top leaders

Ravi-Shankar-PrasadNew Delhi, March 21 : A delegation of BJP leaders Friday met Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and demanded security for top party leaders saying there are terror threats.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders also submitted a memorandum to Shinde over the issue.

The BJP leaders quoted media reports saying there were terror threats to their leaders.

"The BJP is extremely concerned about these developments. Even earlier, there have been threats," BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Alliance with Shiv Sena intact: BJP

Rajnath-SinghNew Delhi, March 21 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh Friday denied any rift with ally Shiv Sena.

"Shiv Sena and the BJP are very old allies. I am confident that this alliance will remain intact," Rajnath Singh said Friday.

"It is beyond my imagination to think that the alliance between BJP and Shiv Sena can ever break," he said.

Rajnath Singh's comments come as a rift seemed to be appearing between the two parties after former BJP president Nitin Gadkari met Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackrey.

Nasreen's book on Waheeda Rehman to be available soon

Waheeda-Rehman-BookNew Delhi, March 21 : Author Nasreen Munni Kabir has penned "Conversations with Waheeda Rehman", which provides a rare view of the National Award-winning veteran actress's life. It is set to hit the stands soon.

Published by Penguin, the book on the veteran actress will hit the stands by end of this week, said a statement.

Waheeda, whose career spans about six decades, is renowned for her natural talent in front of the camera and her ethereal beauty.


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