Digvijay targets Kejriwal over fundraising dinner
Congress leader Digvijay Singh targeted Arvind Kejriwal for his fund-raising dinner in Bangalore questioning whether the AAP leader, who was charging Rs 20,000 per person for having a meal with them, can claim to represent the common man.
He said there was a huge difference between Kejriwal and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who goes to the poorest of the poor, sits down on the floor in their hut, holds hands and eats with them.
In sharp contrast, Kejriwal charges Rs 20,000 per person for having dinner with him, Digvijay said in a tweet.
He said he was not sure if Kejriwal really represented the common man.
"Kejriwal aam aadmi hai toh khaas aadmi kaun hai (If Kejriwal is a common man, then who is the VIP)," Singh quipped.
Notice to Kejriwal for allegations against Gadkari's firm
A Nagpur court has issued notice to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, party's Nagpur Lok Sabha nominee Anjali Damania and five others after BJP leader Nitin Gadkari promoted Purti sugar company accused them of defamation.
Purti Power and Sugar Limited has dragged Aam Admi Party leader Kejriwal, Damania and five other AAP activists to civil court for allegedly making "baseless and defamatory" accusations against the company and its former director Nitin Gadkari.
The civil court registered the suit yesterday and issued notices to Kejriwal, Damania, AAP spokesman Girish Nandgaokar, and party activists Rahul Pugalia, Devendra Wankhede, Prajakta Atul Upadhyay and Pradyumna Sahasrabhojanee.
Second civil judge S Y Abajii issued the notices to the defendants and posted the next hearing on March 21.3.00 pm:
Omar puts end to controversy over renaming Shankaracharya Hill
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday made it clear that there is no proposal to change the name of the Shankaracharya Hill, on which the revered Lord Shiva temple is located in Srinagar.
"Let me be as clear as I can - there is NO, repeat NO proposal by the state to change the name of Shankracharaya Hill in Srinagar," Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Omar said he wanted to stay out of the discussion on the issue as it was based only on "imagination".
"I had wanted to stay out of this discussion since it was based on the figments of some very active imaginations but no such luck," he said.
Maoists declare anti-poll fatwa in Odisha
Fresh anti-poll posters by Maoists have surfaced in Koraput district of Odisha, leaving local leaders worried over the conduct of peaceful Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the Naxal-hit region.
Many posters were found in interior Majhiguda and Dasmantpur panchayats of Boipariguda block, about 50 km from the Koraput district headquarters town, on Friday.
Sources said the rebels, through the posters, have asked the locals not to exercise their franchise on April 10 and accused all political parties of being anti-poor. The posters also asked the people not to let politicians enter villages for campaigning.1.20 pm:
Manish Tewari unlikely to contest LS polls
Union Minister Manish Tewari, who has been hospitalised due to a heart ailment, is unlikely to contest the Lok Sabha polls, sources said.
The Information and Broadcasting Minister, who represents Ludhiana constituency in Lok Sabha, may not be in a position to fight elections and is learnt to have apprised the party leadership of his health condition.
The 48-year-old Tewari has not been keeping well for the past several days and had earlier gone to AIIMS for treatment.12.29 pm:
Mob sets ablaze Hindu temple in Pakistan
A frenzied mob attacked a Hindu temple and set a dharmashala on fire over alleged desecration of a holy book, prompting authorities to impose a curfew in the Larkana city of Pakistan's southern Sindh province.
The protesters attacked the temple, set the dharmashala on fire last night and surrounded the house of a Hindu man who was accused of burning the pages of the holy book, prompting security forces to fire warning shots and tear gas shells.
Crimea starts polling to join Russia
Polls have opened in Crimean referendum to decide whether region leaves Ukraine to become part of Russia, Reuters reports.
Earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian region of Crimea would vote on Sunday in a hastily organized referendum to break away and join Russia, in defiance of broad condemnation from the international community, which has described the process as illegitimate.
Nuclear fuel complex to come up in Rajasthan
India is setting up a second nuclear fuel complex to reprocess atomic fuel in view of growing number of atomic reactors in the country.
The NFC will come up next to Rawabhata nuclear plant in Kota, Rajasthan at a cost of Rs 2400 crore.
The proposal was cleared by Cabinet Committee on Security earlier this month.
Sources in the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) said the new arrangement has been made keeping in mind the fuel supply required to meet the demand, which will be soon come up in the country.
Elderly couple charred to death in Thane fire
An elderly couple was burnt alive while two others were injured when a fire broke out in a housing complex in Samata Nagar locality here on Sunday.
The fire broke out in a flat on ninth floor of Gulmohar Society in Sunderban Park at Vartak Nagar around 6 a.m. and soon spread to other floors, an official at the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) disaster control room said.
Pre-2005 currency notes can be exchanged at any bank till Jan 1, 2015
People can walk into any bank to get their pre-2005 currency notes, including Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations, exchanged till January 1, 2015, following a Reserve Bank directive asking banks to help the public get rid of old currency notes.
There is no limit on the number of notes that can be exchanged.
RBI has decided to withdraw the pre-2005 currency notes from circulation and asked the holders of such currency to exchange them by January 1, 2015. The earlier deadline was June 30. Thereafter, people would have had to produce identity proof to exchange more than 10 notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.
In the recently released FAQs, the RBI said: "Banks have been advised to freely provide this exchange facility to all members of public, whether customer or non-customer."
RBI further said that there is no such restriction on the number of pieces that can be exchanged. "Banks have been advised to freely exchange these notes till January 1, 2015."
Jailed footballer who fed lover to dogs signs deal with Brazilian club
A Brazilian footballer, who is in prison on charges of ordering the kidnapping and murder of his ex-girlfriend, has reportedly been given a second chance to play professional soccer while in prison.
Goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes, who was put on trial two years ago over the case of Eliza Samudio- whose body was allegedly fed to dogs- and holding their son hostage, confessed to his crime last year and was sentenced to 22 years and three months in prison.
According to Fox News, however, president of the Brazilian club Montes Claros of the Campeonato Mineiro league, Ville Mocellin confirmed that Fernandes has apparently signed a five-year contract with the club, although the terms of his release from jail in order to attend training sessions will be determined by a judge.
According to Brazilian law, a felon may be allowed some freedom after three or four years, depending on his behavior in prison, adding that Brazil has a maximum prison sentence of 30 years under statutory law.
In Crimea, uncertainty grips Ukraine's military
In the eastern reaches of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, witnesses report advanced Russian surface-to-air missiles being offloaded and readied for movement. At a base near the naval port of Sevastopol, an air force commander takes to YouTube to appeal for clear orders of engagement with the Russian forces who have occupied much of his base. In a naval base near regional capital Simferopol, a commander reports feeling like a hostage, and fearing what will come in the next few days.
On the eve of Sunday's referendum on whether the Black Sea peninsula should break away from Ukraine and join Russia, Crimeans of all ethnicities waited with deepening anguish and fear about the vote that at best, will yield months or years of uncertainty, and at worst, will spark war.
Among those facing the greatest and most fraught uncertainty were Ukraine's military forces on the peninsula, who have been hemmed in by heavily armed Russian troops and warned by the region's pro-Russian leader that they would be considered "illegal" if they didn't surrender.
India suspends search for missing Malaysian plane
India on Sunday put on hold its search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at the request of the government in Kuala Lumpur, which wants to reassess the week-old hunt for the Boeing 777 that is now suspected of being hijacked reported Reuters.
India had been searching in two areas, one around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and a second further west in the Bay of Bengal. Both searches have been suspended, but may resume, defence officials said.
"It's more of a pause," said Commander Babu, a spokesman for the country's Eastern Naval Command. "The Malaysian authorities are reassessing the situation. They will figure whether they need to shift the area of search."
G8 likely to boot out Russia over Ukraine crisis
Russia is likely to be booted out of G8 over the Ukrainian crisis as the other seven members are considering to choose London as an alternative meeting place for a G8 summit planned in Sochi, sources from the German government were quoted by the media as saying Saturday.
Seven members of the G8, namely Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the US, are preparing for a meeting without Russia, Xinhua cited some media reports as saying.
The British government suggested London as an alternative meeting place for a G8 meeting that includes Russia and had been scheduled to take place in Russia's Sochi in June. Other G7 members expressed goodwill to the proposal, German government sources were quoted as saying.
Karnataka eye hat-trick of titles in Vijay Hazare final
Heavyweights Karnataka will aim to continue their dream run and claim an unprecedented hat-trick of titles in the season, when they square off against underdogs Railways in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final at Eden Garden in Kolkata on Sunday.
Karnataka have not looked back after their Ranji triumph as they went on to beat Rest of India to clinch Irani Trophy.