New Delhi, Feb 15 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday denied his move to quit was with an eye on the general elections, and said he was undecided about contesting the Lok Sabha polls.
In an interview to NDTV, Kejriwal, who submitted his and his council of ministers' resignation Friday, also refuted arguments that his government failed.
Kejriwal also said he was ready to face legal proceedings launched by Reliance chairperson Mukesh Ambani in the wake of the Aam Aadmi Party government filing a police complaint against him over the gas pricing row.
New Delhi, Feb 15 : President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said that India's pluralism and social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity is her greatest strength and a multiple source of inspiration for every Indian.
He also appealed to parents and teachers to inculcate in children the habit of reading at a young age. He said implanting the habit of reading in children will ensure that it becomes a skill that stands them in good stead throughout their lives.
New Delhi, Feb 15 : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Saturday said it would contest the Lok Sabha election under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal, a day after he quit as Delhi chief minister.
AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said at a press conference here after a party meeting that its first anti-corruption rally will be held Feb 23 in Haryana's Rohtak district.
The second rally will be held March 2 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The rally will be led by Kejriwal.
Yadav justified Kejriwal's resignation Friday, saying the AAP has set a precedent as a government that is willing to quit.
New Delhi, Feb 15 : AAP leader and senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan said Saturday the party had no option but to quit after the Jan Lokpal bill was rejected in the Delhi assembly.
Bhushan said the bill was the first promise made to the public of Delhi.
"Our biggest responsibility was to form a corruption-free government and run it, but if the BJP and the Congress are not letting us pass the bill, then what is the point of us staying in power," he said.
New Delhi, Feb 14 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hinted at his resignation Friday when he said that this "seems like our last (assembly) session".
Addressing the house despite unending heckling by Congress and BJP members, Kejriwal was at his aggressive best, saying it was more important to fight against corruption than to run a government.
"Whether our government remains in power or not is not important," he said, trying to make himself heard above the din caused by sloganeering by Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party legislators.
New Delhi, Feb 14 : As the government mopped up over Rs. 61,000 crore from the just concluded 2G spectrum auction, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said this would bring a smile to the face of the Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.
But industry experts say it is not the way to improve the fiscal situation and economic growth by bringing in quick money through auctions and licence fees.
New Delhi, Feb 14 - Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel along with Apple Friday launched India’s first 4G on mobile, a company statement said here Friday.
The statement said now Airtel customers in Bangalore on Apple iPhone 5s or 5c will be able to experience 4G on their mobile at the current 3G prices.
“Customers have to just change their existing SIM to a 4G SIM to start enjoying 4G on mobile without any need to migrate from their existing data plan,” it said.
New Delhi, Feb 13 : Model-turned-actress Nargis Fakhri, who is not so fluent in Hindi, got to dub for David Dhawan’s forthcoming Bollywood movie “Main Tera Hero” and she enjoyed doing it.
"I am through with the dubbing. I dubbed in Hindi for the first time. It was awesome and scary. I did enjoy and learned a lot," said the actress whose voice was dubbed by someone else in her debut Hindi movie "Rockstar".
However, she had dubbed herself in English for John Abraham-starrer 2013 film "Madras Cafe".
New Delhi, Feb 13 : State-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) Thursday posted a net loss of Rs. 961.45 crore in the third quarter ending December owing to lower subsidy payment by the government on the sale of petroleum products.
"The company posted losses mainly on account of higher absorption of under recoveries on sale of sensitive petroleum products," IOC chairman R. S. Butola said here announcing the results.
New Delhi, Feb 13 : Bollywood's leading actress Deepika Padukone has been named the brand ambassador of Hewlett-Packard India's new VoiceTab series of tablets. She says the products are "exactly what I want from my devices".
The technology giant Thursday announced the launch of its HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 VoiceTab, plus four new mobile devices that are built for enhanced performance and maximum mobility.
Deepika has used one of the latest products and she is a satisfied customer.
New Delhi, Feb 13 : President Pranab Mukherjee will preside over the two-day Conference of Governors from today at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
This is the 45th Governors' Conference and the second such Conference to be presided over by Mukherjee.
Twenty-six Governors and three Lt. Governors of the States and Union Territories will attend the Conference.
New Delhi, Feb 12 : Actress Kareena Kapoor has replaced Genelia D'Souza as the brand ambassador of Naturals hair and beauty salon chain.
“Genelia helped us to move business from 80 salons to 340 salons. Now Kareena will take forward from 341 to 3000. She will be the face of Naturals. We have a two-year contract,” C. K. Kumaravel, CEO and co-Founder Naturals hair and beauty salon chain, told IANS.
“We have thought of bringing her for events like Durga Puja or Valentine’s Day.. the latter is around the corner, so maybe next year. Greet and meet contest is another thought,” he added.
New Delhi, Feb 12 : The rule of law is not just a prerequisite for a vibrant society based on civil and human rights but also for robust bilateral and global economic and trade relations that are without uncertainties, said an expert Wednesday.
The rule of law is necessary not just for the civil rights and the human rights as is generally believed but even for business and commercial transactions, said James P. Duffy, a convenor of a three-day conference on "Threading the needle in US-India deals: Safe passage through formidable legal risk", starting here Thursday.
New Delhi, Feb 12 : Mobile service provider Uninor has expanded its network by deploying 5,000 additional sites in six telecom circles to cover more subscribers, the company said here Wednesday.
The circles are UP West, UP East, Bihar (including Jharkhand), Maharashtra and Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. This is a 30 percent expansion of network sites in one go - the largest since launch of operations - and will be completed within the next five months, the statement said.
New Delhi, Feb 12 : Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath Wednesday termed as "unfortunate" the disruption during the rail budget, and said it was setting a bad precedent for the future Lok Sabhas.
"It is very unfortunate... the obstruction and creating disturbances and all kinds of unruly scenes... This is a very bad precedent for the future Lok Sabhas," Kamal Nath told reporters after the drama in the Lok Sabha during the railway budget presentation.
Railways Minister Mallikarjun Kharge could not read his entire speech and a couple of members nearly came to blows in the lower house Wednesday.
New Delhi, Feb 12 - The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day Wednesday following protests over the Telangana issue.
As the house reconvened at 12 noon, members against as well as those favouring the formation of the proposed state of Telangana created a ruckus.
While Seemandhra members carried placards hailing a united Andhra Pradesh, Telangana members shouted slogans demanding its early creation.
The members marched towards the Speaker Meira Kumar's podium.
Amid pandemonium, the house was adjourned for the day.
New Delhi, Feb 12 : President Pranab Mukherjee has said that India's success against polio is indeed a milestone towards universal health care in the country.
Mukherjee, who attended the function to celebrate the eradication of Polio in India which was organized by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare here yesterday, said it proves the efficacy of the innovative tools and strategies applied by Government of India for the prevention and treatment of the communicable and non-communicable diseases.
New Delhi, Feb 11 : Panasonic India, a global leader in innovation and technology, today marked its entry into the feature phone market by launching two new phones- EZ240 and EZ180.
Continuing with its focus on the mobility segment, and following up on the recent success in the smartphones category, these phones are designed to deliver an affordable mobile experience to its consumers.
Priced at Rs. 1,790 and Rs. 1,350 respectively, these are the only devices in the Indian feature phone market which are CE certified.
New Delhi, February 11 : Stars of the upcoming film 'Gunday', Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh , have opened up about their Valentine's Day plans and their ideas about love.
Chopra said that she thinks love is the most important thing in the world and she is going to spend her valentine's day with her ' Gunday' co-stars.
"My idea of love is be original, I think Love is what makes the world go round, it's the most important thing in the world," the 'Barfi!' actress said.
New Delhi, Feb 11 : Anushka Sharma came on Twitter to lay to rest the ongoing rumours about her lips.
She tweeted "Lately there has been a LOT of talk about me in this particular episode of Koffee with Karan . Mainly regarding my lips. I am here to just convey what I have to say regarding the same. I am talking about it only because this story has taken a scary direction and things have been 'blown out of proportion' ( pun intended)"