Ending their boycott, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members attended the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) panel's meeting on the 2G spectrum scam that ended inconclusively here on Thursday, media reports said.
According to reports, the BJP and the Left members demanded having Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram as witnesses in the case.
The BJP members earlier said the deposition of former Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekar gave enough evidence to call Singh and Chidambaram.
JPC Chairman P C Chacko, however, ruled out calling Singh for deposition.
Azhar relieved but won't take legal action against BCCI
Former captain Mohammad Azharuddin was today a relieved man after the life ban imposed on him for alleged involvement in match-fixing was set aside by the Andhra Pradesh High Court but refused to take legal action against the BCCI.
The 49-year-old, who is now a Lok Sabha MP from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, sought to struck a conciliatory note with the body which slapped him with the ban, saying that he would not want to blame anybody for the pain he suffered in the past 12 years.
"It was a long drawn out legal case and it was painful. We fought in the court for 11 years. There were lots of adjournments, changes in the case. But finally the verdict has come and I am happy that the ban has been lifted by the court," Azharuddin told a hastily-called press conference at his residence here.
DMK not against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant
DMK President M Karunanidhi today clarified that his party was not against the controversial Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, saying "DMK always supports industrial growth in a scientific manner."
Speaking to reporters here, the 88-year-old former Chief Minister said, "we are not against developmental projects like Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. We are in favour of industrial growth in a scientific manner".
He was replying to a question on Union Minister V Narayanasamy's reported observation that DMK initially supported the Kudankulam power project, but later backed out.
MNS leaders pray for Bal Thackeray's recovery
The deteriorating health of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray has prompted the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena cadres to seek divine intervention.
Since most of the party workers and leaders owed their allegiance to their parent organisation Shiv Sena before they crossed over to the MNS, floated by senior Thackeray's nephew, the failing health of the patriarch has made them worried.
"Nearly fifty MNS party men paid obeisance at prominent pilgrimage centres like Pandharpur, Tuljapur and Akkalkot for the good health of Balasaheb," said a MNS legislator.
'BJP will take call on Modi at appropriate time'
Admitting that many people want to see Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as India's next prime minister, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would take a call on this at the appropriate time. He said he would return to the party soon after having gone separate ways.
"The decision on Modi will be taken by the BJP and the NDA at an appropriate time, but I can say he is a very tall leader with no graft taint on him," said Kalyan Singh, who was chief minister when the Babri Masjid was razed in 1992 and who is all set to return to the BJP after a bitter parting.
Life ban on Azhar illegal, rules Andhra High Court
The Andhra High Court has ruled that the life ban imposed by the BCCI on former Indian Test captain Mohammad Azharuddin for match-fixing is illegal.
The BCCI has softened its stance towards Azharuddin in the past by honouring him along with other former captains in 2006.
But the ICC has reportedly not been keen on revoking the ban.
Shah Rukh kisses Katrina in Heer
Ahead of the release of the much-awaited and much-disputed Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Yash Raj Films has released yet another song.
Heer is a romantic number picturised on Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan. A forlorn Kat strums a guitar as she reminisces about the days she spent with SRK's character, Samar.