New 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)
New 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.
New 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.
New 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.
New 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.
New 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.
New 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.
New Delhi, March 20 : Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel has joined hands with handset maker Nokia to provide new Nokia X smartphone across 17 countries in Africa from mid-April this year, a company statement said here Thursday.
Bharti Airtel has operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa.
"This is yet another first from Airtel and Nokia. As Africa's largest Internet provider, we are excited that Airtel customers in 17 countries will be amongst the first in the world to enjoy a unique combination of Nokia's stunning design and user experience integrated with a wide range of services.
State-run NTPC got little respite with regard to its grievance over the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission's (CERC) new tariff norms as the Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to grant a stay on the new norms sought by the power giant.
However, the HC directed the CERC to consider any representations made by NTPC against its new five-year tariff regulations, which are set to come into effect on 1st of April this year.
New Delhi, March 20 : India's Parupalli Kashyap arrested his slide in the latest Badminton World Federation rankings released Thursday, by rising a place to No. 24 in men's singles.
Kashyap, who reached a career high of World No. 6 last year, had been out of form for quite some time until his semifinal performance last week at the Swiss Open which helped him gain vital points.
Meanwhile, first round exits at both All England Open and Swiss Open have led Kidambi Srikanth to drop two places to 22nd.
New Delhi, March 20 : A host of BJP leaders, including prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Thursday rushed to meet patriarch L. K. Advani amid reports that he did not want to again contest from Gandhinagar, the seat for which the party has named him.
Gandhinagar in Gujarat is the seat that Advani represents in the 15th Lok Sabha. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, according to sources, wanted to fight the polls from Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal this time.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had also called party president Rajnath Singh and requested him to let Advani contest from Bhopal.
New Delhi, March 19 : India discard Gautam Gambhir doesn't see the Indian Premier League as a platform to make his case for a national comeback. The opening batsman has set no deadline for himself but says he will quit the day he is not enjoying the game.
For the present, Gambhir's priority is the upcoming IPL seventh edition and the southpaw says his focus is to do well for Kolkata Knight Riders which he has ably led the last three seasons.
Gambhir has not set himself a deadline even as his seniors Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh maintain they remain good enough to play at the highest level for another three to four years.
New Delhi, March 19 : Power infrastructure major Alstom T&D India Wednesday said it has won a euro 20.1 million contract from state-run Power Grid Corp for supplying transmission equipment across north India.
“Alstom T&D India has secured a euro 20.1 million (Rs. 161 crore) contract from Power Grid for upgrading transmission substations at 14 sites across five Indian states, and 765 KV reactors at Bhiwani (Haryana),” the company said in a statement.
New Delhi, March 19 : Japan's Nissan Motor Company Wednesday launched its entry-level hatchback, Datsun GO, priced between Rs. 3.12 lakh and Rs. 3.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The launch marks the revival of the Datsun brand after 32 years. The entry-level hatchback which has been engineered and developed in India was first showcased last year.
The entry-level vehicle is powered by a 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a fuel economy of about 20.63 km a litre. The engine is coupled with a five-speed manual transmission.
New Delhi, March 18 : The under-recovery, or revenue loss, on diesel for the second fortnight effective March 16 has come down to Rs. 7.16 per litre from Rs. 8.37 during the first fortnight of the month, the petroleum ministry said Tuesday.
"In the case of PDS Kerosene and Domestic LPG the under-recoveries for the month of March 2014 remains unchanged at Rs. 36.34 per litre and Rs. 605.80 per cylinder respectively as their refinery gate prices are determined on monthly basis," the ministry added.
New Delhi, March 18 : AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday asserted that he was determined to defeat BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha election in Varanasi.
"I was reading in some newspapers that it will be a symbolic fight (in Varanasi) and it is Modi who will win," Kejriwal told a meting of Muslims here.
"I want to tell him (Modi) that I am going (to Varanasi) not only to fight but I am going to defeat him," he said.
Kejriwal said the Aam Aadmi Party's "success story" of Delhi would be repeated in the Lok Sabha election.
New Delhi, Mar 18 : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani will contest next month's general elections from Gujarat's Gandhinagar constituency, the Gujarat unit of the party announced on Tuesday.
Gujarat BJP unit spokesman Vijay Rupani said: "The state unit has approved L. K. Advani's name from the Gandhinagar constituency, and will send its recommendation to the party office in Delhi."
New Delhi, Mar 16 : Kangana Ranaut has opened up about her fashion choices, including her most fashionable role so far, her favorite designers and design labels.
In an interview with L'officiel India Magazine, the Bollywood style diva revealed that Burberry and Stella McCartney are her favorite foreign design labels, and she loves Sabyasachi's design when it comes to ethnic fashion.
The 'Tanu Weds Manu' star said that she is extremely comfortable in Burberry gowns as they fit her well and Tom Ford is one design label she can blindly pick from.
New Delhi, Mar 16 : In the run up to the general elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), concluded the ticket distribution while finalizing constituencies for party bigwigs including party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who will be contesting from Varanasi.
Late on Saturday, BJP leader Anant Kumar declared the names of senior party leaders and their respective constituencies.
New Delhi, March 16 - BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi late Saturday thanked the party for announcing his candidature for the Lok Sabha polls from the temple town of Varanasi.
"Grateful to the Party for giving me opportunity to contest the election from the holy city of Varanasi! An honour to contest from Varanasi," Modi tweeted minutes after the announcement.
"With blessings of Ganga Mata & Kashi Vishwanath, let us work towards success of Mission 272+ & create a strong, vibrant & prosperous India," he said in another tweet.