BJP announces grand alliance in Tamil Nadu
BJP President Rajnath Singh on Thursday announced its grand alliance in Tamil Nadu with Vijayakanth's DMDK, Vaiko's MDMK, Ramadoss' PMK, Kongunadu Makkal Desiya Katchi and IJK.
ED issues fresh summons to Karunanidhi's wife in 2G case
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to DMK chief K Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal in connection with its money laundering probe in the 2G spectrum allocation case.
Ammal, 84, has been given an option to present her case through an authorised legal representative, in case she cannot come herself and answer questions of agency sleuths on March 28 here, sources said.
The agency, they said, wants to investigate the role of Ammal with regard to alleged channelling of Rs 200 crore to the DMK family-run Kalaignar TV through a circuitous route in which her daughter Kanimozhi and MD of the TV group Sharad Kumar are also accused.
The ruling BJD president Naveen Patnaik renominated the five sitting MPs and denied ticket to Laxman Tudu who represented Mayurbhanj in the Lok Sabha. While announcing names of candidates for the second phase of polling on April 17, the ruling BJD supremo announced candidates for the seven Parliamentary Constituencies. A total of 11 Lok Sabha constituencies and 77 assembly segments are going to polls in the second phase of elections.
The MPs who are renominated are: Arjun Charan Sethi (Bhadrak), Tathagata Satpathy (Dhenkanal), Bhartuhari Mahatab (Cuttack), Pinaki Mishra (Puri) and Baijayant Panda (Kendrapara).
The BJD supremo fielded Rarbinda Jena, a new face, in Balasore Lok Sabha seat to contest against Union Minister and Congress candidate Srikant Jena.
During the last general elections in 2009, the BJD had not fielded its candidate from Balasore Lok Sabha seat. The Balasore seat was in hands of NCP as part of the seat adjustment with the NCP in 2009.2.30 pm:
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi termed the Lok Sabha elections as a "battle of thoughts", saying while the Congress stood for empowering the people, the opposition represented only the rich in the country.
In a meeting with ex-servicemen, the Congress Vice President said he would make wholehearted attempts to fulfill the demands of the veterans including representation for the armed forces in the central pay commission.
"The election is a battle of thoughts in India. On one hand, there is Congress which feels that power should be in each and every hand and that is how the country can be powerful.
"On the other side, the opposition thinks that the country can be run by only powerful and rich and they have no place for the poor in their ideas," Gandhi said, without naming the BJP.
Detective sergeant Graham Shand said the scam that appeared to be based outside the country was targetted at migrants who had recently returned from holidays in India, according to the New Zealand Herald.
"I've had 11 complainants, all of Indian descent. All have flown over to India, and when they've arrived back in New Zealand they have been contacted by a number they believed to be Immigration New Zealand," the detective was quoted as saying.
Scammers threatened them with deportation and swindled each one them out of NZ$3,000 (over $2,550).
An official release issued today said that specially-designed aircraft with expertise in chemical spraying to put off flames would arrive tonight. He has directed the Executive Officer of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) to co-ordinate.
President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the US would not take military action in Ukraine against Russia.
"We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine," Xinhua quoted Obama as saying during an interview with KNSD, a California-based broadcaster.
"I think even the Ukrainians would acknowledge, for us to engage Russia militarily would not be appropriate and would not be good for Ukraine, either," Obama said.
"What we are going to do is mobilise all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we've got a strong international coalition that sends a clear message."8.00 am: