LJP’s move indicates groundswell in favour of BJP: Jaitley

BJP on Friday said the decision of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) to be a part of NDA indicates the groundswell in support of the alliance and claimed that electoral tie-ups in several states is in the offing.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley also said that there are chances of more alliances before or after the general elections, going by the growing strength of the alliance.

President’s Rule justified – Ram Narayan Reddy

Former Finance Minister Mr. A. Ram Narayan Reddy defended the decision of imposing President’s Rule in A.P. He told that he will expose Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy after he forms the new party. He said that formation of Govt. before the issue of election notification is useless. Congress the majority to form the Govt. but the Central Cabinet decided to impose President’s Rule in the State after taking into consideration all the aspects. He further told that the next General Elections will be held in United A.P. or in two States separately. This decision will be taken by the Central Govt.

Asia Cup: India vs Sri Lanka scoreboard

The following is the scoreboard of the Asia Cup match between India and Sri Lanka held at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium here Friday:

India:
Rohit Sharma lbw b Senanayake 13
Shikhar Dhawan b Mendis 94
Virat Kohli b Mendis 48
Ajinkya Rahane c Thirimanne b Senanayake 22
Ambati Rayudu c Kusal Perera b de Silva 18
Dinesh Karthik c de Silva b Mendis 4
Ravindra Jadeja not out 22
Stuart Binny lbw b Senanayake 0
Ravichandran Ashwin b Malinga 18
Bhuvneshwar Kumar st Sangakkara b Mendis 0
Mohammed Shami not out 14
Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 6) 11

Total: (9 wickets in 50 overs) 264

Top US diplomat to visit India next week

A top Obama administration diplomat is travelling to India next week to hold talks with Indian officials in New Delhi, and the private and corporate sector in Bangalore.

“The breadth and quality of our strategic partnership with India attests to the underlying strength and salience of our relations,” said Indian-origin US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal in advance of her visit to Bangalore and New Delhi from March 4 to 6.

China ready to raise ties to new level with Pakistan

China has said it appreciates Pakistan’s valuable support on issues concerning its core interests and stands ready to work with Islamabad to lift bilateral ties to a new level.

Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan said it here Friday while visiting the country, Xinhua reported. During a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, he hailed the all-weather friendship and all-around cooperation between the two countries as a good example for international relationships.

LPG to cost Rs. 479.50 – Aadhar Card and Bank Accounts not necessary

Consumers of LPG will have to pay only Rs. 479.50 for a cylinder. Govt. has withdrawn the scheme of linking Aadhar Card with Bank Accounts. Central Govt. has issued instructions to LPG dealers yesterday. Govt. has now decided to provide 12 LPG Cylinders per annum on concessional rates. It has now been decided to give the amount of subsidy directly to the LPG dealers. At present the cost of LPG Cylinder is Rs. 1220.50 out of which Rs. 741 is given as subsidy by the Govt. in this way the consumers will now get a cylinder for Rs. 479.50.

Rihanna’s dress that made heads turn

Singer Rihanna recently stepped out in a see-through outfit for a fashion house’s party in Paris.

She was seen in a black see-through fishnet and leather skirt creation, which gave a glimpse of her front and stud on her bust on Thursday night, reports mirror.co.uk.

She sported the risky look for the Balmain fashion show after party held in Paris.

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Interference in functioning of Govt. ceased with President’s Rule

There are misunderstandings about the imposition of President’s Rule in Andhra Pradesh after a gap of 41 years. People have an apprehension that during President’s Rule the Law and Order is controlled by the Army and it deals with all the matters but it is not true. 41 years back when President’s Rule was imposed in AP, the situation was different. Due to “Jai Andhra” Movement becoming violent in 1973, there was a breakdown of Govt. machinery. President’s Rule was imposed since Narsimha Rao Govt. failed to control Law and Order situation in the State.

Governor’s Advisors – Farooq likely

Rumors are making round after the imposition of President’s Rule in AP that who will be the advisors of the Governor. It is expected that Lingaraj Panigrahi, IAS is likely to be appointed as Advisor to Governor. The other 2 IPS Officers belonging to Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh cadres are likely to join the team of Governors advisor. Mr. Farooq, IPS from Chhattisgarh and Mr. K. Vijay Kumar, IPS from Tamil Nadu cadre are likely to be appointed. It is expected that the names of advisors of the Governor will be finalized in a day or two.

Geetha Reddy demands Special Status to Telangana State

Former Minister J Geetha Reddy today sought that Telangana state needs a special status and Telangana Development Bank for speedy development
. Dr Geetha Reddy was participated as the Chief Guest at a seminar on “Industrial Development in Telangana: Problems, Prospects with Focus on Special Category Status” jointly organized by Telangana Industrialists Development Federation and Telangana Development Forum at FAPCI here.

TDP, YSRCP are still against Telangana: Shankar Rao

Former minister Dr P Shankar Rao has accused Telugu Desam Party and YSR Congress Party of carrying out a campaign against Telangana despite the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking to media persons in Assembly premises here on Friday, Shankar Rao said that both TDP and YSRCP candidates would not be able to secure their deposits in Telangana region in next elections. He also claimed that both the parties were carrying out a propaganda that Congress has weakened in Seemandhra region. He said this was being done to distance people from the Congress party.

BJP deplores delay in issuing gazette notification on T State

BJP State president G Kishan Reddy today questioned inordinate delay in issuing a gazette notification even after the Telangana Bill was passed in Parliament recently.
Kishan Reddy said if the Telangana Political JAC leaders come forward with family members of Telangana martyrs, they would be given tickets by his party for the ensuing elections. He also said consultations to select candidates for the Assembly elections have begun. Referring to an alliance with the TDP, Kishan Reddy said his party would go it alone in the elections.

CREDAI Hyderabad expects property sales to pickup

The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI), the apex body for private real estate developers in India firmly believes that the Hyderabad Real Estate is poised to grow further and the outlook is highly positive.

The city of Hyderabad, which has infrastructure comparable to other metros, offers residential properties at a much lower price. With the political clarity coming, CREDAI is confident that brand Hyderabad will emerge as the leading destination for the real estate investments going forward.

Hurricane Sarfaraz Khan on fast track, picked for Mumbai one-day team

He has been knocking at the door for long but he cannot be ignored now Sarfaraz Khan can do no wrong these days. India may have finished a poor fifth in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in the UAE, but the fortunes of the 16-year-old from Mumbai are heading north.

Mumbai: Sarfaraz Khan, the Under-19 cricketer who was among the leading run-scorers for India in the Junior World Cup in UAE, was on Friday included in Mumbai`s senior team, which is currently playing in the West Zone One-Day league in Rajkot.

YSRCP demands inquiry in Naidu foreign assets

Demanding an inquiry into the wealth Chandrababu Naidu has amassed in Singapore, Malaysia and at other places YSR Congress has said of late the TDP leader has been speaking out of jealousy and frustration as his electoral fortunes are fast eroding.

U.S. report says rights violations, corruption widespread in Indian Govt.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 – India”, which affirms that the most significant human rights problems were police and security force abuses, including extra-judicial killings, torture, and rape; widespread corruption at all levels of government, leading to denial of justice; and separatist, insurgent, and societal violence. According to the report, Manmohan Singh became prime minister for a second term in the 2009 general elections, which were considered free and fair, despite scattered instances of violence.

Abdullah urges banks, industry to promote green energy

Major stakeholders like banks and industry would need to play a pro-active role to promote green energy, union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah said Friday.

“Banks will need to come forward and reduce interest rates even as the industry needs to innovate and develop better products,” Abdullah said at an event here organised by the Planning Commission and industry body CII to launch India Energy Security Scenario (IESS) 2047 – a tool that would help stakeholders in adopting optimal option to meet energy needs.

‘Iran needs resistance economy to offset sanctions’

A senior Iranian cleric has given a call to adopt resistance economy policy for undermining international and western sanctions against the Islamic republic over its nuclear programme.

“Economic autonomy is a component part of sovereignty,” Xinhua quoted Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami as saying Friday. “Resistance policies are instrumental to economic independence,” he added.

Time is ripe for adopting resistance economy and Iran is a rich country in terms of human and natural resources, said Khatami who was leading Tehran Friday Prayers attended by tens of thousands of people.

Syrian warplanes raid Lebanese border town

The Syrian air force raided outskirts of Lebanon’s Bekaa town Friday morning but no casualties were reported, state media here said.

Syrian jets launched four air-ground missiles on the Kherbet Younin region on the outskirts of Arsal, which lies on the eastern border of Lebanon and has about 50 km long border with Syria, Xinhua reported.

On several occasions, Arsal has been the target of the Syrian air force. The last raid was carried out last December when the Lebanese army anti-aircraft units fired for the first time against the Syrian jets.

Over 20,000 South Sudan asylum seekers in Kenya: UN

More than 20,000 South Sudanese asylum seekers have arrived in Kenya as fresh clashes between the pro-government forces and rebels heighten in the world’s youngest nation, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 1, 690 new arrivals were received and transported from Nadapal border into Kakuma refugee camp in the last seven days.

France, Germany, Poland warn of more violence in Ukraine

Foreign ministers of France, Germany, and Poland — currently leading an European mediation in Ukraine — voiced concern Friday over the worsening security situation in the country, urging for unity to complete a political transition.

“We are deeply concerned with the tensions in Crimea,” Xinhua quoted top French diplomat Laurent Fabius as saying. ” Everything must be done to decrease the tension in the eastern region and promote peaceful discussions among relevant parties.”

UNSC to meet on Ukraine Friday

The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet behind closed doors Friday afternoon to discuss the current situation of Ukraine at the request of Kiev, the council president said here.

“The president of the Security Council invites council members to a private meeting of the Security Council at 3.00 p.m. this afternoon,” Xinhua quoted Raimonda Murmokaite, UNSC’s current president as saying in a message.

Murmokaite is the Lithuanian permanent representative to the UN and holds the rotating council presidency for February.

Not to ask Russia for military support: Yanukovych

Ukraine’s ousted president Viktor Yanukovych said Friday he would not ask Russia for military support to resolve domestic crisis.

“Any military operation is unacceptable in that situation … I’ll return to Ukraine as soon as my and my family’s safety are guaranteed,” Xinhua quoted him as telling a press conference in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don, some 1,000 km from Moscow.

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SC fiat to Centre on establishing National Court of Appeal

The Supreme Court today sought response from the Centre and the Ministry of Law on the issue of establishment of a National Court of Appeal with regional benches in major cities to finally decide cases arising from high courts.

The PIL petitioner submitted that distance of the apex court in national capital from other parts of the country coupled with high travel expense and cost of litigation were coming in way of citizens from far flung areas to approach the top court of the land which is otherwise also burdened with large scale pendency of cases.

Cameron, Putin discuss Ukraine situation

British Prime Minister David Cameron Friday discussed situation in Ukraine, particularly escalating violence in Crimea, with Russian President Vladimir Putin over phone.

“The Prime Minister emphasised that all countries should respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” Xinhua quoted a Downing Street spokesperson as saying.